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January 9, 2003

Birmingham-Southern College receives grant to increase environmental awareness among students

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Birmingham-Southern College has received a grant to encourage student-initiated projects and educational programs that preserve and enhance the natural resources of the state.

The $1,000 Associated Colleges of the South grant will fund “Green to the Last Drop,” a program to distribute thermal travel mugs made of recycled plastic to first-year Birmingham-Southern students at no charge. The mugs will be imprinted with a BSC logo and an environmental slogan. New first-year students enrolled on campus next fall will receive a mug during the college's Freshman Orientation Weekend.

“The project will increase visibility of student environmental initiatives by providing first-year students with a visible example that reduces waste and consumption of Styrofoam and supports environmentally friendly or recycled projects,” said Cori Jobe, a senior biology major from Keystone Heights, Fla., who created the program.

The mug program at BSC is supported by the Environmental Programs Division of the ACS Alliance for Student Development and Engagement. Jobe currently is serving as an ACS environmental intern at BSC for the 2002-03 academic year.

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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