Inaugural sustainability grants awarded

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Water bottle refilling stations, a campus bike share program, a waste reduction plan for dorm-move out and a rainwater harvesting system are the projects selected to receive the inaugural Campus Sustainability Grants, awarded by the UGA Office of Sustainability.  Winners are:

  • Emily Karol, in the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, who plans to use her grant to install a water bottle refill station in the Miller Learning Center to encourage students to use refillable rather than disposable bottles.
  • Sheena Zhang, in the Odum School of Ecology and the department of biology, who will help establish a bike share program in the soon-to-be LEED-certified Building 1516 residence hall on East Campus.
  • Nick Martin, in the College of Public Health, who will work to enhance the dorm move-out waste reduction program designed to save unwanted but usable dorm furniture and clothing items from the landfill, instead making them available to the people in the community who need them.
  • Andrew Douglass, in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, who will assist with the installation of a rainwater harvesting system at UGArden, the campus community garden located near the State Botanical Garden of Georgia on South Milledge.  There were 18 entries for the awards. The Office of Sustainability provided $13,000 from student green fees to fund the projects.