The Door Campaign partnered with The Aquaponics Project to place small-scale aquaponics tanks - built from a shipping container - in Pittsburgh neighborhoods. Beginning in the center of downtown Pittsburgh, the tank also traveled to Pitt’s campus, the North Side, and community gardens across the city. The permanent home for the tank to be found currently is Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens.
The tanks demonstrate the viability of aquaponics to community members, and highlight the remarkable benefits of harnessing technology that wastes less water, space, and energy. The tanks also serve as instant conversation starters around pressing community topics like sustainability, food security, and healthy eating.
Students from the University of Pittsburgh took an active role in maintaining the tanks and caring for the farm-raised tilapia. Community members were invited to come learn about aquaponics through hands-on experiences. And finally, by partnering with a number of Pittsburgh restaurants and chefs to host events featuring appetizers and drinks made with ingredients, such as basil grown from the tanks, community members were able to taste and enjoy the direct benefits!
Through projects such as this, the Door Campaign strives to raise community awareness of aquaponics.