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April 5, 2011

CONTACT: K.E. Schwab




SRU Green Fund OKs nine environmentally friendly projects


SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Slippery Rock University’s Green Fund Advisory Board has recommended and President Robert Smith has approved $34,622 to fund nine Green Fund Projects.

            The Green Fund helps fund environmentally friendly projects and programs on campus.

            “All of this year’s applicants brought forth worthwhile and interesting projects. It is indeed exciting to see so many on our campus concerned about the environment and willing to offer projects and suggestions that will both lessen our carbon footprint and increase environmental awareness,” Smith said.

            “I congratulate all of the successful grant applicants, Jerry Chmielewski, professor of biology, and his committee for their efforts. The campus and the environment will certainly benefit,” he said.

            Projects approved for 2011-12, and their originators were:

• A $5,214 “Greener Campus” project sought by Jeremiah Rosser, a management major from McDonald and president of SRU’s Student Government Association. The proposal calls for purchasing and planting trees to replace those lost due to on-campus construction projects and to increase awareness about the importance of tree planting. The SRU geography, geology and the environment department will help determine planting locations.

• A $2,814 wind-powered, lake-aeration system submitted by Nicholas Kunkel, a environmental geoscience major from Slippery Rock and president of the Geography and Geology Club. The water aeration system will be installed in one of the campus retention ponds. The primary goal of the project is to oxygenate the pond to improve water quality, which will help inhibit growth of harmful algae. A secondary goal of the project is to educate people about the importance of water quality.

• Two, water-bottle filing stations will be installed in the Robert N. Aebersold Student Recreation Center and an academic building yet to be determined, at a total cost of $4,000, as part of a project submitted by Scott Albert, director of facilities and planning, and Greg Sferra, director of campus recreation. The units, which will replace an existing water fountain, are expected to reduce the number of plastic bottles and aluminum cans disposed of at the facilities – thus reducing the University’s carbon footprint.

• A “Green Chemistry Symposium” project was funded for $1,004 to allow the SRU Chemistry Club the opportunity to host a workshop focused on enhancing the awareness of green chemistry. The symposium was proposed by Logan Miller, a chemistry major from Franklin. It will serve as an educational program on campus by enhancing awareness of green chemistry capabilities through education and hands-on activities. Topics will include learning to make safer solvents, increasing energy efficiency, using renewals and related topics.

• A refillable markers project, led by Julie Snow, associate professor of geography, geology and the environment, received $900 to replace the current disposable markers used in classes offered by the department. The department expects to save nearly $400 over the expected five-year lifespan of the refillable markers.

• Four electric meter projects to document exact electrical energy usage were approved at a total cost of $20,690. The new meter systems, which will be tied to the University’s current energy conservation and monitoring system, will be installed in Carruth Rizza Hall, Art Building, Old Main and Patterson Hall. The projects were submitted by Albert. Two of the projects involve actual meter installation and two involve connecting existing meters to the current energy monitoring system.

            Fifteen applications were received this year. Those who submitted proposals not funded may reapply next year.


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