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Johnson C. Smith University Awarded for Environmental Defense Fund Climate Corps Program

Charlotte, N.C. (Nov. 16, 2012) – The Environmental Defense Fund has recognized Johnson C. Smith University for its outstanding commitment to a clean energy future and cultivation of the next generation of environmental leaders. As part of Johnson C. Smith University’s sustainability efforts, the University is involved with the Environmental Defense Fund’s Climate Corps program. The pioneering summer fellowship program places specially trained MBA and MPA students in companies, cities and universities to research and promote energy efficiency. This program is designed to cut pollution by overcoming barriers that prevent organizations from investing in energy efficiency. 

The intern who worked at Johnson C. Smith University evaluated energy efficiency opportunities on campus. This initial audit identified a need for campuswide energy education and awareness, while pinpointing needs such as programmable thermostats, LED exit signs and hot water tank insulation.

“It is an honor to participate in a program where students can employ the knowledge Johnson C. Smith University is teaching about energy efficiency,” said Sherrill Hampton, director for Applied Leadership and Community Development. “As we look for ways to operate more efficiently and effectively, we are working toward creating a culture of environmental sustainability and awareness.”

Founded in 1867, Johnson C. Smith University is an independent, close-knit urban university located in Charlotte, N.C. It has a growing national reputation for integrating the liberal arts with business, the sciences and technology in ways that empower tomorrow’s diverse entrepreneurial citizens and leaders. Offering 23 fields of study to more than 1,600 students from a variety of ethnic, socioeconomic and geographic backgrounds, the University’s excellent academic programs focus on servant leadership, civic engagement and global responsibility.    

Jennifer Gaskins
Assistant Director of Communications and Marketing





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