Virginia Tech approves record funding for student proposed green projects

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BLACKSBURG (WSLS 10) - Five green projects proposed by student organizations will receive a record $111,000 from Virginia Tech to improve energy conservation and waste reduction, officials announced on Tuesday. 

The projects include:

  • Converting street lights to LEDs: This project will convert 32 streets lights on campus from traditional sodium lights to LEDs. The new lights will save energy and provide better lighting.
  • Expanding reusable to-go container program: This project will install new reusable to-go container machines in Owens Food Court and Turner Place.
  • Installing water bottle refill stations in residence halls: This project ensures every residence hall and special purpose housing facility has a bottle refill station.
  • Installing water bottle refill stations in academic buildings: Several academic buildings will receive bottle refill stations.
  • Installing solar charging table: This project will install one outdoor solar table that can be used to charge or power mobile devices and laptop computers.

University officials say the projects were selected as part of the Green RFP Program managed by the Virginia Tech Office of Energy and Sustainability

Every year, the office seeks proposals from students and student groups for sustainability projects that support Virginia Tech's Climate Action Commitment, especially projects focused on energy efficiency and energy conservation.

The five approved projects were among 10 proposals from six different student organizations that were reviewed by the Office of Energy and Sustainability, the campus Energy and Sustainability Committee, and the Office of Budget and Financial Planning.

For more information on these projects, click here