Budgets may be shrinking, but a team of our students, faculty and staff are making things grow. By keeping the material costs and investment spent on software to a minimum, we’ve created a green project, our starter Production Office. On the walls we used leftover no VOC paint, with a tiny bit of low VOC, so there is none of that new-paint smell or nasty chemical off gassing. The counter top is made from an oversized tabletop we bought for $5 bucks from university salvage. (In fact, it was big enough for two projects.) The custom cubby over the desk was built from MDF savaged from a gallery installation. With a clean-sweep and a software upgrade the older model computers found a second-life running production applications. Even staff and alums got involved: a faculty member donated the hardworking laser printer and a recent graduate donated table lamps. The matching aluminum frame chairs were rounded up from within our own area. In fact, only the bulletin bars are new out-of-the-box.