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'Zero Waste Initiative' Wins Wells Fargo Green Award

UNC Charlotte’s "Zero Waste Initiative" for Richardson Stadium was named the 2014 Wells Fargo Green Award winner at the annual Charlotte Chamber Energy Summit. The University was recognized in the large business category for "its impressive efforts" to eliminate waste in the 16,000-seat stadium.

The 2014 Wells Fargo Green Awards are presented to "member companies who have incorporated innovative, sustainable practices in the products they produce, the services they provide and within the culture of their company."

The dining services team and Chartwells sourced products that could be fully recycled, such as beverage cups, lids and straws. In addition, the team negotiated packaging alternatives with food providers/ national brands and gave them the opportunity to partner in the initiative. Additional time was invested in "waste-training" community volunteers who worked concession pods during games, and dining services and Chartwells supported the use of water bottle filling stations even though this would directly and negatively impact beverage sales.

Storrs Gallery to Display Lott’s ‘False Front'

The Storrs Gallery will exhibit "False Front," works by Ted Lott from Wednesday, Nov. 19, through Thursday, Jan. 15.

Lott is an artist, designer and craftsperson; he believes that thinking and making are two sides of the same coin. He served as artist-in-residence at the Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Kohler Arts / Industry Program, Haystack School and the Vermont Studio Center. Lott received his M.F.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his B.F.A. from the Maine College of Art. His work encompasses sculpture, architecture, furniture and public art, and it has been exhibited in museums and galleries across the country.

According to the artist, "Craft practices are at once defined and restrained by their connections to tradition. Viewing woodworking in the context of objects made with wood, housing, particularly stick-frame construction, emerges as possibly the most widespread use of the material throughout the modern world. Utilizing these techniques in a studio-based practice, it is my hope to further the conversation on how notions of craft fit into the modern world."