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Freedom By Design Chapter Wins 2016 AIAS Award

The UNC Charlotte chapter of Freedom By Design has won a 2016 Honor Award from the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS).

The chapter is being recognized for Phase 1 of a project at Cabarrus Bilingual Preschool that included a privacy fence weave (colorful nylon strips woven through the existing chain link fence), a series of interactive wooden panels fixed to the fence and a large gardening area.

The AIAS Freedom By Design Honor Awards publicly recognize outstanding achievements by students, educators and practitioners who have exhibited an exemplary commitment to the education and development of architecture students. The chapter will received the award during a formal ceremony on Dec. 30 at the AIAS Forum in Boston.

University Recognized for Energy Reduction Goal

UNC Charlotte received a certificate of recognition during the Appalachian Energy Summit for its commitment and achievement to reduce campus energy consumption by 30 percent. The University was lauded as the largest institution in the UNC system to reach this benchmark.

Tony Schallert, University energy manager, has led the charge to assess and report successes of the energy reduction plan; he accepted the award from Len Hoey of the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality.

"Energy conservation is a team effort," Schallert said."“Everyone from the maintenance crew to capital project designers plays an important role to incorporate and maintain energy efficient innovations." As a result of this team effort, University energy costs decreased by $5 million within this past year alone.