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College and University Business Officers to Build Greenhouse for Beach High Students


Long Beach, CA (July 18, 2018)–As part of its annual meeting, the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) will spend a day volunteering to build a greenhouse and garden center at Beach High School, in partnership with the Long Beach Unified School District.

About 70 business and finance leaders from colleges and universities across the country will gather at Beach High School, 3701 E. Willow Street, on Saturday, July 21, from 9 am to 1 pm PT. The new facility will serve as an outdoor classroom at the school, an alternative education program for students who need help to get back on track to graduate.

“Leaving a lasting, positive impact in the local community is an integral part of the NACUBO annual meeting,” said Matt Hamill, senior vice president of Advocacy, Research and Communications at NACUBO. “As higher education professionals, we are particularly excited to lend our volunteer efforts to help Beach High School meet its mission of getting students college- and career-ready.”

Once built, the greenhouse ecosystem will offer hands-on learning opportunities in laboratory earth sciences and biology classes, while also providing organic produce. 

“The development and maintenance of a greenhouse garden by students will promote healthy eating and sustainability by eating locally sourced, organic fruits and vegetables for a healthy diet,” said Julie Sparks, program specialist at Beach High School. “In addition to the greenhouse adding to the aesthetics of the campus, we are confident it will also have a positive impact on the culture and climate of Beach High School by increasing student leadership, ownership, and school connection.”


The community service project is supported in part by corporate sponsors BankMobile, Sibson Consulting, TIAA, and Sodexo Universities. It is one of the first events during the NACUBO 2018 Annual Meeting, which will bring more than 1,500 higher education business officers to Long Beach from July 21-24.


NACUBO, founded in 1962, is a nonprofit professional organization representing chief administrative and financial officers at more than 1,900 colleges and universities across the country. NACUBO works to advance the economic vitality, business practices, and support of higher education institutions in pursuit of their missions. Visit us at


Katy McCreary

Senior Manager, Public Relations and News