(BOWIE, Md.)— Bowie State University was awarded a 2010 Kresge Foundation Fellowship Award. Second Nature, with funding from The Kresge Foundation, has presented these fellowship awards to 25 higher education institutions out of 60 applicant institutions. Selection was based on a diverse selection committee’s assessment of these institutions’ level of need, statement of interest, and campus sustainability capacity.
The fellowship provides a senior member of the university community with education on green building and sustainability in higher education and peer-to-peer networking opportunities. Dr. Karl B. Brockenbrough, Vice President for Administration and Finance, will represent Bowie State University in this fellowship opportunity.
“We are very pleased to receive this award and are thankful to The Kresge Foundation for awarding it to Bowie State University,” stated Mickey L. Burnim, president of Bowie State University. “This wonderful fellowship experience will enable Dr. Brockenbrough to provide even more effective leadership of the university’s Climate Commitment Coordinating Committee (C4) as we work to fulfill our commitment to do our part to save the environment.”
A goal of the fellowship program is to offer university executives the information and networks requisite to become successful green building leaders at their own under-resourced campuses. These representatives will attend one of two noteworthy green building-related conferences for the year 2010, where they will have the opportunity for training, networking, and inspiration for campus green building. The fellowship award will compensate for their travel, lodging, and conference registration expenses.
“The Kresge fellows are becoming key players in the education for sustainability movement. We’re thrilled to welcome the selected 2010 fellows to this effort, and we are excited to support them as they champion green building on their own campuses and beyond,” says Anthony Cortese, president of Second Nature.
The Kresge Fellowship Program is one of the key educational and outreach programs within the Advancing Green Building in Higher Education Initiative. This capacity-building initiative, launched by Second Nature and funded by The Kresge Foundation, focuses on addressing some of the crucial challenges faced by under-resourced colleges and universities to ‘build green’ on their campuses. Through this initiative, Second Nature is helping under-resourced higher education institutions build champions for green building and learn about the resources and networks available to construct and renovate campus buildings in ways that save money, reduce environmental and health impacts, serve as educational tools, and increase student enrollment.
“We are proud that Bowie State University was selected as a recipient of The Kresge Foundation Fellowship Award by Second Nature,” stated Dr. Brockenbrough. “I believe participating in the program will strengthen sustainability efforts at the university and assist in our planning for upcoming construction and renovation projects.”
The Kresge Foundation is a $2.8 billion private, national foundation that seeks to influence the quality of life for future generations through its support of nonprofit organizations in six fields: health, the environment, arts and culture, education, human services, and community development. In 2008, it awarded 342 grants totaling $181 million.
Second Nature is a Boston-based nonprofit organization that works to accelerate movement towards a sustainable future by helping senior college and university leaders in making healthy, just, and sustainable living the foundation of all learning and practice in higher education. Second Nature is the lead support organization of the American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment, which has been signed by more than 665 school presidents who are committed to eliminating carbon emissions on campus and training students to help society address climate change. For more information on Second Nature's Advancing Green Building in Higher Education Initiative, please contact Ashka Naik, Program Manager, at email@example.com.
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