Solar Greenhouse Employment Project

Bill Dow in Smithville ,Tenn., 1970

Bill Dow

Bill Dow co-founded the Student Health Coalition while in medical school at Vanderbilt University, in 1969. His larger-than-life role in the SHC origin story and beyond warrants special telling, which we attempt in the essay that follows. Contributed by Margaret Ecker, compiled in collaboration with friends  Bill Dow energized a generation of student activists and …

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Randy Hodges

Randy graduated Vanderbilt with a degree in civil engineering in 1975. Randy first worked with the SHC helping to construct the Petros Health Clinic in 1973. He served as SHC co-director from 1973-1974 and as a community worker in Jacksboro, Tenn. the summer of 1974.    In 1979 he helped found the Solar Greenhouse Employment Project, …

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Jack Beckford

One of the many Philosophy majors among SHC’s early community organizers, Jack graduated from Vanderbilt University in 1971 and spent the following summer working in Mud Creek, Ky. He later founded the Georgia Agricultural Marketing Project after briefly working with the Solar Greenhouse Employment Project, both considered somewhat “spin-off” groups from the SHC, out of …

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Randy Hodges Collection on the Solar Greenhouse Employment Project, Southern Historical Collection, UNC Chapel Hill

Randy Hodges, a civil engineer educated at Vanderbilt University, served as a consultant on the Solar Greenhouse Employment Project (SGEP), a non-profit initiative which sought to address rising food and heating costs and unemployment in rural communities in the South during the late 1970s and early 1980s. The collection contains proposals to foundations; construction design …

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