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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.

Continuing Education's Brown Bag Series Continues

UNC Charlotte's Continuing Education department's Brown Bag Series, which began over the summer, continues their lineup of free educational events covering a variety of topics.

The next event, scheduled for December 3 at 12:00 PM, will focus on "The Five Biggest Trends Shaping Your Future." During the one hour seminar, Jason Mink, founder and president of COGNITION, will share what he has learned through running a marketing and web design agency serving for-profit companies and non-profits organizations in a variety of industries. Participants will learn how to identify and understand trends, connect the trends to the challenges they are facing in life and business, and encourage them to take the first few steps to addressing a future that will be very different from the past.

This is event is free and open to the public, though registration is required.