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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.

Ranis' Work Part of USA Today's 'Must-see' Exhibits

Work by Associate Professor of Art Marek Ranis is part of an international exhibition in the Anchorage Museum in Alaska. The contemporary art exhibition "View From Up Here: The Arctic at the Center of the World" presents photographs, film, installations and sculpture by 14 artists who come from Canada, Europe and the United States. It was named by USA Today as one of the 12 "must-see" exhibits of the summer.

Ranis contributed "Like Shishmaref," a 16-minute film that juxtaposes video of the eroded coasts of the Alaskan Inupiaq village of Shishmaref and the North Carolina Outer Banks.

"Like Shishmaref" is the most recent creative work in Arctic Utopia; it is a collaborative project with the Alaskan poet Joan Naviyuk Kane that includes a multimedia installation, the film and a play.