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duPont grant will fund Longwood’s expanded sustainability program

June 18, 2008

Longwood University has received a  $138,000 grant from the Jessie Ball duPont Fund to support the consolidation of Longwood’s existing sustainability efforts into an expanded comprehensive program.  The grant will also partially fund the hiring of a full-time sustainability coordinator who will develop, implement, and direct Longwood’s sustainability program.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency defines sustainability as meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.

“It is vital that Longwood be a strong leader in the field of sustainability,” said Dick Bratcher, vice president of facilities management and real property at Longwood.  “As responsible stewards of the state, we must recognize that many resources are finite.  We must conserve where possible and plan appropriately for those that follow in our footsteps.”

Elements of the consolidated program include assessing current sustainability efforts; developing a speakers’ series and educational programs for the Longwood and Farmville communities; and forming partnerships with local and regional cooperatives. In addition, the program will support Longwood’s Master Plan by implementing sustainability goals in the areas of energy, water, and material use; construction and transportation methods; and carbon footprint reduction. The sustainability program will establish formal policies for the construction and operation of future campus facilities.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to take the sustainability goals in the master plan and implement a plan of action to make them a reality,” said Jerry Jerome, campus master plan coordinator.  “The timing is impeccable.”  

The goals of Longwood’s sustainability program are to substantially increase the ability of Longwood to reach its strategic goals of Distinctive Impact and Responsible Stewardship; to educate the campus community about sustainable operations; to significantly reduce the amount of energy, water, and other resources consumed by the university leading to a significant cost savings; to help the university meet its moral requirement and to embrace the concept of sustainability and the recommendations of the 1987 Brundtland Report.

“The addition of a sustainability coordinator will be a tremendous asset to Longwood’s program,” said Louise Waller, space planning and real property manager. “Having a person and program devoted to sustainability sends the message that we are truly committed to making a difference and pushing for change.”

The sustainability coordinator will be charged with developing a campus assessment plan; researching and planning sustainability initiatives; implementing the program; writing grant proposals; and managing the campus recycling program.

The Jessie Ball duPont Fund is a national foundation that makes grants to a defined universe of organizations whose eligibility is determined exclusively by Mrs. duPont's personal philanthropic decisions.