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UNCG goes greener with new campus, community sustainability projects

061516Feature_UNCGGoesGreenerIn the fall of 2014, student group UNCGreen presented a unique yet simple proposition to UNCG’s Student Fees Committee: implement a $2.22 annual fee per student to raise funds for sustainability projects across campus and the surrounding community.

Launched just last semester, UNCG’s Green Fund now has $55,000 designated solely for making the campus and the community more sustainable. The Green Fund Committee selected six projects from 20 proposals – submitted by students, faculty and staff – to implement this spring and summer.

The fully-funded Green Fund projects are:

  • Installation of LED lighting on McIver Mall, submitted by junior Matt Krieger
    UNCG Facilities Operations plans to upgrade a minimum of 20 light fixtures on McIver Mall (pedestrian walkway that runs from the south end of McIver Street to McIver Building), resulting in a projected 61 percent decrease in energy use. Total cost is $9,135.
  • Installation of a second cistern, submitted by junior Erin Yow
    The installation of an additional 2,500-gallon cistern will allow the university’s grounds crew to collect more rainwater to water plants and make brine. Total cost is $6,000.
  • Conversion of Warnersville Community Garden to multi-purpose local foodscape, submitted by faculty member Dr. Marianne LeGreco
    The conversion will provide a more agriculturally and economically sustainable approach to growing food in a neighborhood with a 65 percent poverty rate. Total cost is $5,900.
  • Installation of water bottle refill station in Mossman Building, submitted by staff member Adam Horton
    Americans throw away an estimated 35 billion plastic bottles every year. The refill station in Mossman Building will encourage students, faculty and staff to use a reusable water bottle. Total cost is $1,250.
  • Restoration of award prizes for winners of Sustainability Shorts series, submitted by staff member Sarah Dorsey
    Prizes for award winners of the Sustainability Shorts series have been slashed in recent years due to budget cuts. This project will provide $1,000 to restore the awards to their original amounts.
  • Expansion of elementary school Adopt-A-Stream program, submitted by faculty member Julie Loreth
    Eight elementary schools in Guilford and Randolph counties will adopt streams near their respective schools and work with UNCG students over the next four years to clean the streams and test water quality. Total cost is $850.

Implementation will last through the summer.

To learn more about sustainability initiatives at UNCG, visit facsustainability.uncg.edu.

By Alyssa Bedrosian
Photography by Martin W. Kane

Full story at UNCG Now.
Photo: Green Fund Committee Co-Chair Spencer Schneier (middle) and Green Fund project leaders Dr. Marianne LeGreco, Matt Krieger and Adam Horton are among the UNCG students, faculty and staff who are leading sustainability initiatives on campus.