New sustainability center good fit

The OlympianDecember 13, 2013 

The Evergreen State College has launched a Center for Sustainable Infrastructure, which is designed to bring new ideas to the nation’s pressing need for investments in energy, transportation, water and waste management.

The new center has the potential to help the community and beyond grow and develop in a more sustainable way.

Resource faculty member Rhys Roth, a TESC graduate and longtime fixture in the world of clean-energy innovations, will head up the center. He’ll work with other faculty members, students and the public and private sector to support projects that are good for the environment and save taxpayers money, too.

The startup of the center is funded by a $20,000 grant from the Bullitt Foundation and will rely on other grants, donations and contract fees to prosper and grow. It will not receive state funding earmarked for higher education.

The center will provide students in the college’s Master of Public Administration a place to research, design and analyze infrastructure project proposals. Undergraduate students could become involved at a later date.

The center fits with the college’s goal to reduce its carbon footprint. With adequate financial support, the center could become a leader in building more sustainable communities.

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