U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby addressed the public during groundbreaking ceremonies on Tuesday, Oct. 17,
for the Alabama 4-H Environmental Science Education Center, the first sustainable building in the Southeast
specifically designed to teach environmental issues in a building designed using sustainable practices.
The event was held at at the Alabama 4-H Center on Lay Lake near Columbiana, Ala. In addition to
Sen. Shelby, other dignitaries who spoke were Auburn University President Ed Richardson and
Alabama A&M University President Robert Jennings.
“Alabama 4-H will be bringing national prominence to the state with this new facility,” said Jack Odle, chairman
of the Alabama 4-H Club Foundation, Inc., the non profit fundraising arm of Alabama 4-H. “It will be the first
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) commissioned environmental education building in the
Southeast and will be an example of sustainable awareness nationally.
“We are certainly proud that Sen. Shelby recognizes the important step Alabama 4-H is making to the youth of
our state by constructing a facility like this, and we are pleased he will be joining us. Sen. Shelby has been a
strong advocate and friend of Alabama 4-H and we greatly appreciate his commitment.”