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University Joins Green Sports Alliance
UNC Charlotte has joined the Green Sports Alliance, an organization that leverages sports to promote healthy and sustainable communities.
According to its website, the Green Sports Alliance achieves its success by "inspiring sports leagues, teams, venues, their partners and millions of fans to embrace renewable energy, healthy food, recycling, water efficiency, species preservation, safer chemicals and other environmentally preferable practices." UNC Charlotte has focused on developing facilities and practices that meet the needs of the next generation of students and educators while limiting the impact on the resources vital to the communal health of the region.
Charlotte 49ers fans began embracing the opportunity to develop a more responsible, socially conscious campus community. The Rose Football Center incorporates Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) elements in its design, and a zero-waste initiative is underway with plans for expansion. During home football games at Richardson Stadium, fans contribute to the University’s commitment to reduce waste via increased recycling and composting and reduced energy and water consumption.
Social Work Wins $2 Million for Grad Scholarships
The UNC Charlotte School of Social Work has been awarded a $2 million federal grant to provide scholarships for graduate students from disadvantaged and underrepresented backgrounds who are preparing for careers in behavioral health care.
100 students will receive full academic scholarships to pursue a master's degree under the new Behavioral Health Scholars program. In exchange, the students agree to work with underserved populations in primary care behavioral health settings after graduation.
The School of Social Work will use the funding from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration to expand efforts to recruit students from disadvantaged backgrounds and support its mission to meet demands for a diverse workforce.