Bowie State University Launches Energy Conservation and Awareness Campaign

  Bowie State University Launches Energy Conservation and Awareness Campaign

$25,000 Verizon Foundation Grant to Support University's Sustainability

PR Newswire

BOWIE, Md., Dec. 11, 2012

BOWIE, Md., Dec. 11, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Bowie State University will launch
an advocacy campaign to engage students, faculty and staff in a series of
initiatives to reduce campus energy consumption and increase personal
commitments to sustainability. A $25,000 grant from the Verizon Foundation
will help fund the initiatives.

"This funding from Verizon comes at just the right time and will move us
closer to achieving our energy conservation goals," said Bowie State President
Mickey L. Burnim. "When it comes to sustainability, we want to lead by
example. Our goal is to engage our students, faculty and staff, and expand
outreach to the community so we can have a real impact on the environment."

Burnim, along with Verizon and local elected officials, announced the program
on Tuesday (Dec. 11) during a ceremony in BSU's new Fine & Performing Arts
Center. BSU's sustainability initiatives will include developing a campus
"climate commitment" website with related information to engage the campus and
community, promoting alternative modes of transportation, implementing new
technologies for energy conservation, and pursuing certifications for new
campus buildings that are environmentally responsible and resource-efficient.

Anthony A. Lewis, Verizon's mid-Atlantic region vice president of state
government affairs, said: "Sustainability is an issue that Verizon is
passionate about. From continuing to find ways of reducing our impact on the
environment, minimizing the carbon footprint, buying hybrid automobiles as
part of our fleet, and more, we are constantly focused on our corporate
responsibility. Successful sustainability initiatives require real
partnerships. We are pleased to stand with Dr. Burnim and invest in the great
work that the students and faculty of BSU will complete."

BSU's sustainability efforts are aligned with Verizon's commitment to reduce
greenhouse gas emissions and conserve energy, minimize the environmental
impact of operations and find sustainable solutions that accelerate the
transition to a low-carbon economy.

As part of its sustainability efforts, the university will pursue LEED
(Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certifications for the new
student center, which is currently under construction, and the natural
sciences building, which is scheduled to break ground in 2014.

Delegate Aisha N. Braveboy, a member of the Maryland House of Delegates and
chair of the Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland, said: "There is great
importance in our historically black institutions creating partnerships with
the private sector and joining the national conversation on sustainability.
Through Verizon's generous support of this new sustainability program, it
looks like Bowie State University has successfully done both. I'm excited to
see the Verizon-Bowie partnership and applaud Verizon for investing in one of
our many great educational institutions."

About Bowie State University
Bowie State University (BSU) is an important higher education access portal
for qualified persons from diverse academic and socioeconomic backgrounds,
seeking a high quality and affordable public comprehensive university. A
member institution of the University System of Maryland, Bowie State places
special emphasis on the science, technology, teacher education, business and
nursing disciplines within the context of a liberal arts education. To learn
more about BSU, visit

About The Verizon Foundation
The Verizon Foundation is focused on accelerating social change by using the
company's innovative technology to help solve pressing problems in education,
health care and energy management. Since 2000, the Verizon Foundation has
invested more than half a billion dollars to improve the communities where
Verizon employees work and live. Verizon's employees are generous with their
donations and their time, having logged more than 62 million hours of service
to make a positive difference in their communities. For more information,

SOURCE Verizon

Contact: Cassandra Robinson, BSU, +1-301-860-3505,,
or Sandra Arnette, Verizon, +1-410-393-7109,
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