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October 27, 2004

Birmingham-Southern receives grant to increase environmental awareness among students

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.— Birmingham-Southern College recently received a grant from the Associated Colleges of the South that encourages student-initiated projects and educational programs that preserve and enhance the environment.

The $1,000 ACS grant will fund “Stomp out Styrofoam,” a program to increase student recycling efforts in residence halls and computer labs. The program includes the purchase and allocation of recycling bins, hiring a student to assist with recycling collection, and educating students on the importance of reducing waste.

“The main goal of the project is to make recycling more convenient, educational, and fun for the BSC community,” said Ashley Powell, a junior psychology major from Fort Mill, S.C., who created the program. “By increasing the recycling of waste in residence halls and computer labs, we will be taking a substantial step in making the college a more environmentally sound establishment.”

Powell currently is serving as coordinator of the college's conservancy. The Styrofoam program at BSC is supported by the Environmental Programs Division of the ACS Alliance for Student Development and Engagement.

ACS is a consortium of 16 liberal arts colleges and universities in 12 Southern states that work cooperatively to strengthen academic programs of the member institutions and to promote to others the nature of a liberal arts education and the vital role it plays in society.


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