PRINCETON, W. Va. – The West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WVIAC) today announced the results of the “Going Green” initiative, a collaborative effort designed to encourage environmentally-friendly practices on each of the 15 campuses. “Going Green” co-champions for the 2010-2011 school year are Glenville State College and WV Wesleyan College.
Glenville State College was recognized for its partnership between the GSC Land Resources Program and Yeager Airport in the reclamation of the hillside after 3 million cubic yards of fill were moved to accommodate the 1,000 foot runway extension. Over 10,000 trees have been planted on the hillside, which is visible from I-77 and I-79 north of Charleston. The project will eventually involve the planting of over 30,000 trees. The project also entails landscaping a handicap-accessible trail that will link Coonskin Park to downtown Charleston.
WV Wesleyan was recognized for the initiatives and impact of their Student-Athlete Advisory Committee in a campus-wide crusade to recycle, reuse and reduce. Over 140 recycling bins were positioned in 21 buildings, collecting cardboard, newspaper, steel, aluminum and plastic. During a four month period of November through February, over 17,000 lbs. of recycled materials were collected. In the “reuse” category, they made stationery out of old paper, jewelry beads out of old magazines, and partnered with the athletic department in the NIKE Reuse-A-Shoe program. WV Wesleyan was also one of several WVIAC schools that reduced food waste and water consumption by eliminating the use of trays in the dining hall. This action results in a savings of over 170,000 gallons of water per year.
Barry Blizzard, WVIAC Commissioner, said, “We are extremely proud of the contribution our schools are making to the environment. The Going Green program was designed to increase the awareness of what the schools are doing individually, and quantify the impact the WVIAC has as a conference. The Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) on each campus led the program, but the involvement of the administration, the athletic department and other students was very evident.”
Blizzard continued, “While Glenville State College and WV Wesleyan College are the co-champions, I want to also recognize some of the other schools that would certainly make an all-tournament team. Seton Hill, University of Pitt-Johnstown, Fairmont State, Concord and West Liberty had outstanding participation by their SAAC groups and students as a whole.”
The WVIAC Going Green” program was sponsored by WV American Water and Energize WV.