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 Good News: Pittsburgh250 highlights SRU's campus greening success 

 

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SRU Good News for Jan. 15, 2009

 

Pittsburgh250 highlights SRU's campus greening success

 

Pittsburgh 250 Community Connections recently highlighted the success of Slippery Rock University's Green and Growing Initiative during its wrap-up banquet for the regionwide Connector Corps grant program.

            SRU was one of 14 grant recipients - out of 100 - honored for making the most of its Connector Corps grant. SRU received $5,000 and bought 10 new bicycles for a campus loaner program and planted 100 trees on campus.

            Community Connections asked Steve Roberts, coordinator of outdoor adventures and sports clubs and adviser to the SRU Green and Growing Initiative, to summarize the initiative's success at the banquet. Pittsburgh 250 will include SRU's advances in a publication showcasing grant success stories. 

            "It was very significant that they called me forward to explain our program, and they liked the fact that their grant produced matching funds," Roberts said. "They were thrilled with the success. I told them our goal is to get people out of their cars and onto bicycles as a form of transportation. People clapped and clapped."

              SRU's Green and Growing Initiative was one of 88 out of 540 proposals to receive a $5,000 grant. An additional 12 agencies received $50,000 grants. Pittsburgh 250 is a non-profit organization that promotes civic engagement in the 14 counties surrounding Pittsburgh. Grants were distributed through The Sprout Fund. 

            SRU split its $5,000 between the green bike and tree planting programs. The bike initiative, started by students, now includes 30 bicycles. Many bicycles were donated. Roberts said the grant money also paid for tools and a parts inventory for bicycle repairs.

            Students bought and planted trees across campus, including two saplings that were planted in honor of two SRU professors who died last year, David Dixon, history, and Claudia Balach, elementary education and early child development. 

 

Slippery Rock University is Pennsylvania's premier public residential university. Slippery Rock University provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that intentionally combines academic instruction with enhanced educational and learning opportunities that make a positive difference in their lives.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Slippery Rock University is Pennsylvania's premier public residential university. Slippery Rock University provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that intentionally combines academic instruction with enhanced educational and learning opportunities that make a positive difference in their lives.

 

Editor's Note: The successes of our friends and colleagues at the University are something we should all celebrate�and share. The University Public Relations Office has introduced a daily E-feature to share a good news story about a person, program, activity or service associated with Slippery Rock University. When good news happens to you, please let us know so we might share it with others. Submit items through campus e-mail to: GoodNews@sru.edu.

 

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