Solar panels and goat herds could soon be coming to Oklahoma State University campus housing.
OSU officials are developing a housing option designed to encourage its residents to be more socially and ecologically aware. Known as an eco-village, the project will incorporate ideas about sustainable living and living in a socially integrated community.
Philippe Garmy, a clinical instructor in OSU's hotel and restaurant administration department, said he got the idea as he was sitting on the balcony of his apartment in north Stillwater, looking out over a golf course.
He said he began thinking about what would happen if all the 21st century accoutrements of an apartment complex were stripped away and replaced with features such as vegetable gardens, orchards and space to keep animals for eggs or meat. The buildings themselves would be sustainable in their use of energy and water.