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Academic Institutions Establish Agreement To Implement Sustainable Practices On Campus And In Communities

Release Date: 12/03/2012
Contact Information: Contact: William McBride, 404-562-8378 (direct), 404-562-8400 (main), mcbride.william@epa.gov

(Atlanta, Ga. – Dec. 5, 2012) – On Wednesday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will enter into agreement to promote environmental sustainability by developing a cooperative working relationship between four institutions of higher education: South Carolina State University (SCSU), Claflin University, Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College (OC Tech), and Aiken Technical College (ATC). As part of the agreement, the four institutions will form an Environmental Sustainability Working Group with the intention to develop sustainable campuses and communities in the Midlands, Lowcountry and Sea Islands (Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor) areas of South Carolina.

A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) will be signed during a ceremony at South Carolina State University.

WHO: Gwendolyn Keys-Fleming, EPA Region 4 Administrator;
Catherine Templeton, Commissioner South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control;

          Hugh Weathers, South Carolina Agricultural Commissioner;
          Dr. Cynthia Warrick, South Carolina State University Interim President;
          Dr. Henry Tisdale, President Claflin University;
          Dr. Walter Tobin, President Orangeburg Calhoun Technical College;
          Dr. Susan Windsor, President Aiken Technical College; and
          Paul Miller, Mayor of Orangeburg, South Carolina;

WHAT: EPA, South Carolina State University, Claflin University, Orangeburg Calhoun Technical College, and Aiken Technical College sign MOU to develop sustainable campuses and communities

WHEN: Wednesday, December 5th, 2012, 10:30 am – 11:30 am

WHERE: Hugine Suites
President State Room
300 College Street N.E.
      Orangeburg, South Carolina 29117

Through this MOU the partners express their intention to establish cooperative working relationships over the next three years, in areas of mutual interest, including participation by the Institutions in the EPA Region 4 Environmental Science Partnership Program. Under this program the EPA intends to establish partnerships with colleges and universities in the southeast to develop a pool of culturally diverse and highly qualified graduates to address current and future environmental challenges.

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