Campus & Sustainability
LMI's Leadership Center in Honduras honors the environment and the health of students and staff through many different sustainable practices.
On campus, some of our electricity and light are generated through solar panels. We utilize a hydroponics system for fish and water spinach. We filter water from the river nearby for use on campus, and supplement with a well and a spring that are both located on our property. One of our long-term goals is for our campus to be completely self-sustaining. Our students learn important sustainability principles through participating in extracurricular projects while living on campus, and many have implemented these practices in their own homes and communities across Honduras.
If you have knowledge or expertise in any of these areas and want to share your knowledge, please send us a message.
Our campus has over 10,000 coffee plants in the ground that are shade grown. After the coffee is harvested, dried, roasted, and bagged it is consumed on campus and sold to visitors and teams. 100% of the coffee proceeds are reinvested into the organization.
The United Nations leads international efforts to defeat hunger and improve nutrition and food security. Its Latin motto, fiat panis, translates to "let there be bread" and we believe we have a role in making this change in our students. Vegetable gardens provide families with crucial nutrients in regions where people would otherwise rely heavily on rice.
Our campus has four vegetable gardens that are cared for and harvested by our students year-round. We teach skills like composting, the use of gardening tools, and the proper way to seed a garden. All of the food that is grown on campus is consumed by the students. Our primary crops include beets, carrots, corn, and beans.
Meat and dairy are excellent sources of protein, vitamins, and minerals, and help our students eat healthy. Our students and staff raise chickens, cows, and pigs, and commit to treating our animals with care through good food and space.
Aquaponics involves a combination of aquaculture and hydroponics in one integrated system. The basic premise of aquaponics is that the waste produced by your fish feeds the plants, and the plants clean the water for the fish, producing one continuous cycle. This process is one of the most sustainable ways to grow food.
We have a simple aquaponics system that primarily uses gravity and a single pump to circulate nutrient-rich water to several vegetable gardens and provides tilapia for consumption.