KSU receives $125,000 Wal-Mart grant for environmental sustainability project

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KSU receives $125,000 Wal-Mart grant for environmental sustainability project Gift will help…

Georgia (Aug 7, 2009)KSU receives $125,000 Wal-Mart grant for environmental sustainability project

Gift will help educate Georgia students on efficacy of green building

KENNESAW, Ga. (August 7, 2009) — The College of Science and Mathematics at Kennesaw State University received a $125,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation in support of the university’s sustainability efforts and its commitment to environmental education. 

The Wal-Mart Sustainability/Environmental Fund will establish KSU’s “Sustainable Homes: Building ‘Smarter’ Houses Today for a Better Tomorrow” project, to address the legitimacy of green initiatives by developing curricular materials — class activities, multimedia content, lesson plans, laboratory kits — that profile sustainable technologies available for use today.

“We want to correct that glaring misconception that the science behind building sustainable housing is science-fiction,” said Matt Laposata, associate professor of environmental science and co-principal investigator for the project along with David Rosengrant, assistant professor of physics education . “We’ll illustrate through objective data that we can do this. We can do it now and it won’t break the bank. There’s currently a huge misconception there.”

In partnership with Cadmus Construction LLC, of Roswell, Ga., KSU will obtain streaming data from sensors placed in sustainable homes in Cadmus’ Weatherford Place, a community of eight solar homes that are rated more than 100 percent energy efficient than a typical home and more than 50 percent more efficient than homes built to the 2006 Energy Code.

Educational materials developed from the data will be used in introductory environmental science courses — which enroll more than 5,000 students a year — and in preparatory courses for future middle school and high school teachers. The materials will also be incorporated into professional development workshops, the College of Science and Mathematics’ Masters of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program and its Math-Science Partnership (MSP) program.

"These efforts fit perfectly with KSU’s mission statement,” said Robert Paul, KSU’s director of Sustainability. “They are consistent with the educational goals that we have as a member institution in the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment program.”

The project will begin this fall and continue into summer of 2010.



Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering more than 70 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including new doctorates in education, business and nursing. A member of the 35-unit University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive, residential institution with a growing student population of more than 21,500 from 142 countries.



A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its nearly 43,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the country and the world. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu