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FAMU Green Coalition Wins Energy Innovator Award
July 16, 2013

Florida A&M University’s (FAMU) Green Coalition has won an Energy Innovator Award at the second annual Energy Ball, sponsored by Rethink Energy Florida. The ball honors Tallahassee-area people and organizations for energy innovation.
The Green Coalition won the award in the organizations category in honor of more than six years of successful sustainability initiatives. From 2007-2009, the coalition distributed more than 6,000 energy-saving compact fluorescent light bulbs, which were donated by the City of Tallahassee, to residents of the south side and Frenchtown communities.

In 2010, the coalition received a $10,000 grant from The Home Depot to build a rainwater-collection system and a green park on campus. In 2012-2013, the coalition received a $50,000 grant from the Siemens Corporation. A portion of the funds were used to sponsor the Southeast Student Renewable Energy Conference and campus educational forums. The coalition plans will use additional grant funds to purchase a solar-powered cell phone and battery recharging station.

“I am very proud of the many years of hard work done by the students in FAMU’s Green Coalition,” said Olivier Chamel, a FAMU architecture professor and Green Coalition adviser. “They have shown the power of today’s young people to make a difference in the world.”

Ryan Mitchell, lead coordinator for FAMU’s Department of Environmental Health and Safety, won the 2012 Energy Innovator Award in the individual category for his work in promoting sustainability on FAMU’s campus. Mitchell led the initiatives that resulted in FAMU’s inclusion in The Princeton Review’s 2011 and 2012 lists of top green campuses.

Duresny Nemorin, a senior public relations student from Orlando, was a finalist in the individual category for serving as the voice of America’s youth in the “Break the Silence on Climate Change” campaign during the 2012 presidential campaign. She is currently studying sustainability in Brazil for a semester.

FAMU’s Green Coalition is a student-led organization dedicated to promoting sustainability in the greater FAMU community. Founded in 2006, the Green Coalition has collaborated with local government and other university and environmental organizations to address renewable energy, sustainability and climate change.

Proceeds from the Energy Ball go to support Rethink’s programs, including an Energy Camp for children. More information about FAMU’s Green Coalition is available by writing to famugreencoalition@gmail.com. 

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