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 Good News: SRU graduate student leads green sign project 



SRU Good News for April 28, 2009


SRU graduate student leads green sign project 


Thanks to Tom Kindling, a Slippery Rock University graduate student from Erie, the Robert A. Macoskey Center for Sustainable Systems Education and Research has a new sign that utilizes a photovoltaic solar panel and other sustainable features.

            Kindling, who will graduate with a master's degree in sustainable systems Saturday, obtained a $10,000 grant from Beulah Land Inc., a center for sustainable living and learning in Bruin, for the sign and future improvements such as an information kiosk about the Macoskey Center. He worked with Thomas Reynolds, center director, on the project.

            "Tom has done an excellent job of creating an innovative way to help people interact at the Macoskey Center," Reynolds said.

            "I really believe in the mission of the Macoskey Center," Kindling said. "The sign was a great way to get hands-on experience and explore issues of sustainability."

            The photovoltaic solar panel powers lights that run on rechargeable batteries. The sign is constructed of wood and steel salvaged from the demolition of various campus structures, including Patterson Hall, Vincent Science Hall and the former Macoskey Center sign. The signboard letters uses new type of recyclable and biodegradable plastic made from plant fibers.

            The sun-powered lights will illuminate the sign and a message board.

            Kindling said the remainder of the grant will buy interpretative materials for the center and the kiosk. The center is in the middle of a major expansion to enlarge its Harmony House facility and offer more classroom space.

            After graduation, Kindling will begin planning major construction projects for the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference. The non-profit organization, with a membership of more than 10,000, partners with government and private landowners to maintain and protect 1,700 miles of trails.

            The Macoskey Center is an 83-acre campus laboratory that promotes sustainability through demonstration, education and research.


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