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July 19, 2011

BSC student selected for first internship with state chapter of U.S. Green Building Council

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Birmingham-Southern student Christopher McElveen has been selected for the first summer internship ever awarded with the Alabama chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).Birmingham-Southern student Christopher McElveen

McElveen is working in the USGBC's Homewood location three days a week as part of a team of board members and green building professionals and advocates at the local and state levels. He was selected from a pool of undergraduate student applicants across Alabama and is gaining real-world experience on a broad array of areas related to sustainability and green building, including advocacy and a five-step federally-funded workforce development program.

A junior urban environmental studies major from Tampa, Fla., McElveen is interested in urban planning and design. He hopes to receive academic credit for his work, which includes researching ideas for outreach to the local community about green building practices, assisting with programs, and helping with fundraising.

At the end of the internship, McElveen will have the opportunity to take an exam for a LEED® Green Associate accreditation. He also intends to share some of the information he's learned over the summer with the BSC community such as conveying to students the importance of diverting recyclables from the landfill (e.g., aluminum cans and paper) instead of creating mountains of waste.

"I became interested in sustainable design for the broad social benefits it provides to communities," said McElveen. "I feel that many failed communities can be fixed by proper green practices. In the past, there has been a blatant disregard for sustainable building practices, but it is very encouraging to see the large strides developers and politicians are making to warrant the success of these practices."

USGBC Alabama is one of 70 chapters of the U.S. Green Building Council nationwide, which aim to educate and empower citizens about green building and sustainability. They also seek to integrate students and young professionals into the growing green building movement by empowering them to transform their campuses, communities and careers.

McElveen is a member of the BSC track and field team and is the son of Michael and Janese McElveen.

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