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Oct. 10, 2013

Dominion renews carbon grant

On Sept.  24, VCU Rice Rivers Center Board member Pam Faggert presented a check on behalf of the Dominion Foundation to Anne Wright in the amount of $40,000 as part of a grant for the Carbon Awareness Partnership. This generous grant will enhance greatly the partnership already in existence thanks to Dominion's grant of the past year. As part of this project, three classes are being developed for undergraduate students : Carbon Forest, The Psychology of Recycling, and Hybrid Energy Systems.  Lesson plans and films to further understanding of the carbon cycle are being developed to be used in area school systems.

Funded by Dominion, Wright and students Eric Hall, Rachel Cooper, and Lindsey Koren developed the original VCU Carbon Awareness Partnership Program to highlight carbon cycling dynamics and sustainability issues for multiple levels of post-secondary students and educators. Following the original workshops developed through the Dominion grant, Wright's partnership developed a Carbon Capstone Service Learning course that trains VCU undergraduates to effectively lead a multi-day carbon module investigation for high school classes, to conduct a scientifically relevant carbon research experiment and to produce an academic poster/presentation to disseminate their research and teaching experiences to the greater community.

Community partners in this effort include Central Virginia Waste Management Authority, Chesterfield County Anti-Litter Campaign and 10 local and regional school systems.

14th Annual James River Regional Cleanup
Wright addresses VCU Rice Rivers Center Board of Directors

14th Annual James River Regional Cleanup
Pam Faggert of Dominion and VCU Rice Rivers Center Center Director, Len Smock, Ph.D.