Google+

UWA joins TIOS as first higher education partner for Green Certification

UWA joins TIOS as first higher education partner for Green Certification LIVINGSTON, Ala.— 

The University of West Alabama has announced a partnership with The Institute of

Sustainability, a green certification agreement to further the University’s ongoing efforts to promote environmental awareness and preservation.

TIOS holds as its mission the ability to help businesses adopt environmental practices that are sustainable as well asprofitable, and to educate their employees on personal sustainability measures. The organization achieves its mission byhelping businesses enrolled in the program implement sustainable business practices developed by government agencies,trade associations and adopted by leading green cities.

“We are excited to lead the charge in improving university and business sustainability practices in the state of Alabama,”

said UWA President Richard D. Holland. TIOS Chairman Douglas Moore says UWA’s green certification agreement isthe organization’s first higher education partnership in the state.

“The University of West Alabama is taking a critical leadership role in improving sustainable business practices for thestate of Alabama,” said Moore. “President Holland and his team are working with TIOS consultants to improve sustainable measures on campus in critical areas such as waste reduction, energy efficiency, water efficiency, pollution prevention, sustainable procurement, and transportation,” Moore explained.

Perhaps the most critical element in the sponsorship lies in the sustainable vendor program. UWA is working with TIOSto help all 1,300 the institution’s vendors become green certified.

The TIOS certification process helps identify opportunities for more sustainable operation at the University campus.

Equally important, the program allows participating universities to educate vendors on improved operational measures that will reduce each company’s carbon footprint.

Dr. Lee Stanton leads UWA’s sustainable certification effort along with Robert Stansfield of TIOS. Stanton is an assistant professor of biological and environmental services and also serves as director of the Black Belt Conservation and Research Institute.

“In addition to identifying ways we can improve campus operations to become more sustainable, UWA has also made it apriority to lend support in establishing a recycling center for the City of Livingston,” Stanton said. Through a recentcollaboration with the City, UWA was able to help secure substantial funding for a citywide sustainability effort.

“Working closely with Mayor Tom Tartt, UWA helped write and submit a grant to the Alabama Department ofEnvironmental Management for $259,850 to establish a recycling center that will accept paper, cardboard, plastic andaluminum for the residents of Livingston and UWA, thereby reducing costs associated with solid waste disposal,” Stanton explained.

To learn more about sustainability initiatives at UWA, contact Dr. Lee Stanton at 205-652-3415 or lstanton@uwa.edu . For more information on The Institute of Sustainability and their certification program please contact Doug Moore at

dmoore@tios.org


Entertainment

For movies opening February 10, 2017

  OPENING THIS WEEK Kam's Kapsules Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun by Kam Williams For movies opening February 10, 2017 BIG BUDGET FILMS Fifty Shades Darker (R for profanity, graphic sexuality and frontal nudity) Steamy sequel to Fifty Shades of Grey finds Ana (Dakota Johnson) and Christian (Jamie Dornan) resuming their erotic relationship, but on her terms. supporting cast includes Kim Basinger, Marcia Gay Harden and … [Read More its Good for You.....]

Books

The Meaning of Michelle

  The Meaning of Michelle 16 Writers on the Iconic First Lady and How Her Journey Inspires Our Own Edited by Veronica Chambers St. Martin's Press Hardcover, $24.99 236 pages ISBN: 978-1-250-11496-9 Book Review by Kam Williams “Michelle Obama is unlike any other First Lady in American History. From her first moment on the public stage, she has challenged traditional American notions about what it means to be beautiful, to be strong, … [Read More its Good for You...]

Art

The Day After the Day Of

  The Day After the Day Of by Paul Ilechko   The sky sheds its tears. This morning is the morning of the day after. The day of mourning, the day after the day of.  I beseech the sky to shed tears in order to wash away the tears on my face.   This is the first day of the time after. This is the beginning of a new time, the days of pain, the days of sorrow. We are in mourning. The sky looks down and sheds its tears for … [Read More its Good For You...]

Real Estate

History Being Sold to the Highest Bidder

  History Being Sold to the Highest Bidder by Amy Lignor   For the longest time, scientists and archaeologists have been confused and bemused by various discoveries they’ve unearthed that offer little or no explanation as to the who, what, and why of the people who created these things or left them behind. Even now, in 2017, there are discoveries being studied; stories that were once legends now have actual bits of proof being found that … [Read More its Good for You.....]

Lifestyle

Leave the Jokes to the Comedians

  Leave the Jokes to the Comedians by Amy Lignor   People fall into specific “categories.” Of course, these categories were set by someone else who basically just had a louder mouth or deeper pocket than the rest of the people speaking at the time. In this article, however, there is no such thing as Democrat or Republican. Why is that? Because if you really believe that only one of these two particular categories consistently gave … [Read More its Good for You...]

Outdoors

Ned Rig System

  Ned Rig System In an age of copycat baits and fad techniques, it’s increasingly rare for a new fishing lure that truly helps anglers catch more fish to burst onto the scene.  But over the last two years, that is exactly what has happened as fishermen nationwide have started adopting the ‘Ned Rig’ system and watched their catch rates soar.  And best of all, the Ned Rig is not only extremely effective, but also very simple, inexpensive, … [Read More its Good for You...]

Sports

Super Bowl LI’s Message: Patriotism

  Super Bowl LI’s Message: Patriotism by Amy Lignor   There are some people waking up this morning completely stunned. Why? Because they shut the Super Bowl off after the third quarter. They knew what was “going to happen” and had to go to work today, so why bother staying up and watching the rest of what was going to be an obvious blow-out? Besides, they had been given some memorable commercials, a great country western singer ushering … [Read More its Good for You...]

Business

Mobile Phone Forecast: Is Saturation of the Market in Sight?

  Mobile Phone Forecast: Is Saturation of the Market in Sight? by Amy Lignor   It is a fact that when people say no matter where they look – whether it be while walking down a neighborhood sidewalk, driving in their cars, shopping at the grocery store – it seems that everyone on the planet is holding a phone to their ear, or staring down at the screen in order to text, get information, search online, or watch Facebook and Twitter … [Read More its Good for You...]

Travel

It’s Time to Save for Summer Vacation!

  It’s Time to Save for Summer Vacation! by Amy Lignor   Putting the “pennies in the piggy bank” is something everyone in this world does (or wants to do) on a daily basis. But NOW is the time to take those “extra” pennies and purchase that great piggy bank that’s perhaps wearing some sunglasses, a colorful hat, some swim trunks…anything that makes that new piggy remind you of the one thing you want to do all year long – go on the … [Read More its Good for You...]

Green Living

Creating the Perfect Vegetable Garden

  Creating the Perfect Vegetable Garden by Amy Lignor   Many are still dealing with that wintery mix Mother Nature just loves to toss down from the sky this time of year. Yet, that gardener living inside the soul – the one just dreaming of the sunny skies and lazy rainy days that are must-haves in order to grow the best vegetables possible – is already jotting down the facts, tricks and tips they need to know in order to make that … [Read More its Good for You...]