In 2016 The Door Campaign partnered with The Aquaponics Project to build an aquaponics tank - built from a shipping container - to display in neighborhoods throughout Pittsburgh. Beginning at Gateway Center in downtown Pittsburgh, the tank also traveled to the campus of University of Pittsburgh, Manchester Park on the Northside, and now resides at Sheridan Street Orchard in East Liberty.
The mobile aquaponics demo illustrates the viability of aquaponics to community members, and highlights the remarkable benefits of harnessing technology that requires less water, space, and energy. The aquaponics system also serves as instant conversation-starter around pressing community topics like sustainability, food security, and healthy eating.
Students from the University of Pittsburgh took an active role in maintaining the aquaponics tank and caring for its vegetable and tilapia populations. Community members were invited to come learn about aquaponics through personal experience at community open house days. 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.