Winona State University global studies students are hoping to use hundreds of plastic 2-liter bottles to make a greenhouse for an April climate summit.

To fuel the construction of the more than 230-cubic-foot greenhouse, the students are collecting the bottles from recycling bins on campus and taking donations from local organizations. The group has collected about 350, and needs 400 more to reach its goal of 750, said student Jorge Segovia.

“The more we get, the bigger a greenhouse we can build,” said student Jana Diekrager.

Once completed, the soda-bottle greenhouse will be fully functional and the students hope to find a permanent home for it on campus. In any case, it’ll be a centerpiece of the climate summit, which is scheduled April 17-20 and consists of student presentations including a photography exhibit and other displays.

“The greenhouse helps people be more aware of their ways,” Segovia said. “Maybe this will challenge them to change their ways on a daily basis.”

Update: The students involved in the greenhouse project are members of a Winona State University global studies course, not a geoscience class as previously identified. The mistake came from information provided by the group's spokesperson.

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