The Reclamation Project is an eco-art project by Xavier Cortada. At Miami Dade College, it has inspired a collaborative effort between the Earth Ethics Institute, Institute for Civic Engagement, the Miami Science Museum, and the FIU Architecture + The Arts Office of Engaged Creativity. This partnership originated as a result of student-driven initiatives carried to completion by members of the Water Clock Project. MDC students work on projects to promote sustainable development with the support of Earth Ethics Institute.
At Miami Dade College, Cortada’s Reclamation Project inspired interdisciplinary academic engagement. The Reclamation Project is, in the words of artist Xavier Cortada, a "social sculpture" and works with mangrove propagules (seedlings) to create living art installations where aesthetics, civic engagement and social transformation intersect. The mangrove trees grown in the installations are eventually planted in their natural setting, helping to restore a vanishing South Florida ecosystem.