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Students Participate in Habitat Projects
This fall, UNC Charlotte students took part in several efforts to benefit Habitat for Humanity, including the second on-campus homecoming build by the UNC Charlotte Chapter of Habitat for Humanity. Shortly after the Homecoming football game, the chapter house was moved to its permanent location in Arvin Meadows, a neighborhood off Statesville Road. The student-led Habitat chapter raised $50,000 for the on-campus build; Habitat Charlotte will coordinate volunteers to finish the house at its permanent location.
Earlier this semester, the University College partnered with Charlotte’s Habitat for Humanity Home Repair operation to organize several service projects that aided local veterans, such as home restoration and providing "Welcome Home" comfort baskets. In addition, the University College offered a fall break trip in partnership with the Red Cross of Camp Lejeune, Volunteers for Communities and Disabled American Veterans. Students, again, took time to work on home repair projects for veterans.
The projects were an outgrowth of the University’s Common Reading Experience of "The Yellow Birds," authored by Iraqi war veteran Kevin Powers. The book discussed the broader impacts of war and raised awareness of issues returning veterans face. The Common Reading Experience is designed to provide a shared academic experience, offering unique opportunities for self-reflection, critical thinking, student interaction, and understanding of diverse perspectives.
'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.