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Johnson C. Smith University launches sustainability initiative

Charlotte, N.C., December 5, 2011 —  Johnson C. Smith University has received a $6,500 grant from the North Carolina State Energy Office to renovate and improve the energy efficiency of its student union and residence halls.

To raise energy efficiency awareness on campus, the University kicked off a sustainability initiative on Dec. 5 in the Student Union Rotunda. Students attended Reduce and Recharge to learn simple ways to conserve energy around campus and at home. The first 50 students received a free gift. Activities included a raffle for a JCSU gift basket, a carbon footprint quiz, eco-friendly games and refreshments.

“This sustainability effort is another milestone in our comprehensive, on-going effort to improve the long-term environmental sustainability of our campus,” said Dr. Ron Carter, president of Johnson C. Smith University.

Specifically, the grant will partially fund a project to retro-fit Grimes Lounge to allow the University to conserve energy by reducing heat loss in the cooler months and retain cooler air in warmer weather. Additionally, the funds will enable the University to install controls and efficiency measures to Smith Residence Hall. The projects are slated for completion by the end of December.

Founded in 1867, Johnson C. Smith University is the premier independent urban liberal arts university located in the heart of Charlotte, N.C. It offers a progressive liberal arts curriculum with 26 fields of study to nearly 1,500 students. The University prepares students for success through excellent academic programs with a focus on servant leadership, civic engagement and global responsibility.          

 

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