Atlanta University Center Consortium

AUCC INC. RECEIVES HALF-MILLION DOLLAR GRANT TO IMPROVE ENVIRONMENTAL FOOTPRINT ON ITS MEMBER CAMPUSES

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:
Tamala Fortson
Associate Director/Business Manager
404-978-2177
tfortson@aucenter.edu

Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta award will help campuses become more

eco-friendly and improve their bottom lines.

ATLANTA (Aug. 6, 2018) – To adopt eco-friendly practices, reduce the environmental footprint, and at the same time improve the bottom line of its member institutions, the Atlanta University Center Consortium Inc. has received a $500,000 Grants to Green Campus Implementation grant from the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta.

“This is a wonderful follow up to the Assessment services award we received in 2016 from Southface, and it is a testament to the great collaborative work we are undertaking in the Atlanta University Center,” said Todd Greene, executive director for AUCC Inc. “With a projected overall cost savings of nearly half-a-million dollars, this project allows our member institutions to improve the double bottom-line in both costs savings and environmental sustainability.”

Launched in 2008, Grants to Green gives nonprofits the opportunity to renovate or build healthier work places that are environmentally efficient and provides environmentally focused knowledge and funding to strengthen nonprofits in the Atlanta region. Grants to Green is a partnership initiative between the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, a respected grant maker and community leader in metro Atlanta and the Southeastern region, and Southface, an expert in “green” building science, design and construction. The Kendeda Fund, a longtime funder of the Community Foundation, funds the Grants to Green initiative.

“This initiative is in line with one the Atlanta University Center’s key areas of transformation – environment and sustainability,” said Morehouse School of Medicine President Valerie Montgomery Rice, board chair of the Atlanta University Center Consortium.  “We appreciate the partnership of The Coca-Cola Foundation on this great opportunity to further our sustainability efforts and to positively affect growth for the entire consortium.”

After receiving assessments of AUC facilities and recommendations for how to improve efficiency, AUCC its member institutions applied for and were awarded the $500,000 Implementation grant for eco-friendly improvements that include upgrading to LED lighting and controls, replacing and retrofitting inefficient plumbing fixtures, receiving sewage abatement credits from evaporation of water returned to the system.

With the assistance of Grants to Green, AUCC member institutions will reduce their energy consumption by more than 23 percent collectively. This equates to greenhouse gas emissions from 505 passenger vehicles driven for one year, saving roughly 2,358 metric tons of carbon dioxide, known for its danger to environmental and human health.

For more information about the green efforts implemented at AUCC member institutions, please contact Bonita Dukes at Clark Atlanta University; André E. Bertrand at Morehouse; Lawrence Jones at Morehouse School of Medicine; and Don Blackston and Art Frazier at Spelman. For more information about the Grants to Green Initiative, visit www.cfgreateratlanta.org, or email GrantstoGreen@cfgreateratlanta.org.

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About the Atlanta University Center Consortium Inc.

Founded in 1929, the Atlanta University Center Consortium is the world’s oldest association of historically Black colleges and universities. Comprised of four member institutions – Clark Atlanta UniversityMorehouse CollegeMorehouse School of Medicine, and Spelman College – the Consortium is a vibrant intellectual community with a long tradition of scholarship, service and community engagement. AUC Consortium Inc. is a nonprofit organization that operates on behalf of its members to advance each institution’s mission and strategic goals by fostering collaboration, managing center wide initiatives, offering services that benefit our students and community, and leveraging our shared resources. Visit us at aucenter.edu/, or on Facebook or Twitter.

About the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta

Since 1951, the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta has been connecting the passions of philanthropists with the purposes of nonprofits doing that work. With 65 years serving the 23-county Atlanta region and a robust team of experts, the Community Foundation manages the behind-the-scenes details, empowering our donors to focus on the joy of giving. The Community Foundation is a top-20 community foundation nationally with approximately $900 million in current assets and is Georgia’s second largest foundation. Through its quality services and innovative leadership on community issues, the Foundation received more than $113 million from donors in 2015 (unaudited) and distributed more than $139 million that same year to support nonprofits throughout the region and beyond. In 2016 Charity Navigator named the Community Foundation a four-star rated nonprofit, its top distinction. For more information, visit: cfgreateratlanta.org or connect with the Foundation via Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.

The Power of Fair Lending: Where Your Civil Rights and Your Money Meet

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Tim Wise is a prominent anti-racist writer and educator.

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Federal Fair Housing Act, Metro Fair Housing Services Inc., the Atlanta University Center Consortium, and the U.S. HUD Region IV Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity is presenting “The Power of Fair Lending: Where Your Civil Rights and Your Money Meet!”

Schedule to speak at this event is prominent anti-racist writer and educator Tim Wise, author of “Under the Affluence: Shaming the Poor, Praising the Rich and Sacrificing the Future of America.”

Passed April 11, 1968, seven days after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the Federal Housing Act, Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968, expanded on acts and prohibited discrimination concerning the sale, rental, and financing of housing based on race, religion, national origin, and since 1974, gender; since 1988, the act protects people with disabilities and families with children.

Open to the all AUC students, faculty and general public. Registration for this event is required. Register here.

 

DATE AND TIME

Saturday, April 28, 2018
9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
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LOCATION

Bishop Cornelius Henderson Student Center Multipurpose Room
Clark Atlanta University
755 Atlanta Student Movement Blvd
Atlanta, GA 30314
$3 parking in deck across the street

Communiversity: Home Buying 101 Workshop

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The Atlanta University Center Consortium’s CommUniversity program presents a “FREE” first-time home-buyer workshop for area residents interested in HUD-approved down payment assistance programs. All registered participants who complete the eight-hour course facilitated by Metro Fair Housing Services Inc. will receive a certificate of eligibility that can be used toward down-payment assistance in the process of purchasing a home. Come and learn how to budget for home ownership, correct credit issues, understand the home-buying process, negotiate sales contracts, and prevent housing discrimination. Register early to assure a space at the workshop. Breakfast is provided and light refreshments. Parking is free on in the parking lots. No children allowed. Door prizes will be awarded throughout the day, so register now and bring a friend!

Date and Time

Saturday, April 21, 2018

9 a.m. to noon (an overview of topics in preparation for eight-hour workshop at a date to be determined)

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Location

Coretta Scott King Young Women’s Leadership Academy

1190 Northwest Drive, NW

Atlanta, GA 30318

Know Your Rights: Free Legal Info Forum at CAU Money Smart Week

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WHAT:            COMMUniversity, in collaboration with the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation, will host a “Know Your Rights! Free Legal Information Station at The Power of Fair Lending Conference.” Attorneys will be on hand to provide free legal tips on expunging a criminal record; defending against pushy debt collectors; understanding probates and wills; resolving disputes with difficult landlords or lenders.

WHEN:            Saturday, April 28, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

WHERE:          Clark Atlanta University Bishop Cornelius P. Henderson Student Center in the Baranco Mutipurpose Room, 755 Atlanta Student Movement Blvd., Atlanta, GA 30314.

WHY:              COMMUniversity, a program of the Atlanta University Center Consortium, represents a commitment by Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College, Morehouse School of Medicine, and Spelman College to reach the community, and has formed a partnership with the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation.

The conference sponsors, Metro Fair Housing Services, U.S. HUD Region IV Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity, and AUCC are celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Fair Housing Act and National Fair Housing Month with this signature event. The conference will feature: a continental breakfast; a morning Plenary Session with a historical overview of the intersection of the Civil Rights Movement and the FHA; a working box lunch session will feature winners of the Westside School Art Contest and a keynote speaker address by Tim Wise regarding intergenerational movement building-prospects for social change under the Fair Housing Act; afternoon interactive Concurrent Roundtable Workshops on Solutions in 2 sessions- Inclusion and Opportunity in Westside Atlanta Redevelopment, and  Lack of Affordability, Environmental Gentrification and Lending Discrimination; a closing Plenary Session focused on Sharing Solutions that Start With You; and information stations.

The conference and information stations are free and open to the public by pre-registration only!

Contact Metro Fair Services, Inc. at: 404-524-0000

This event and forum is one of many programs by COMMUniversity to connect the neighboring community with Atlanta University Center institutions. For more information on COMMUniversity events call 404-523-5148.

Spelman College is a Top Volunteer School for Peace Corps

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Annually, the Peace Corps shares its list of top volunteering-producing schools, and each year Spelman College is on the list. Tied at No. 4 on the 2018 list with five other small colleges and universities with fewer than 5,000 undergraduates, Spelman sent 14 volunteers to serve in the Peace Corps.

To see the complete list and press release, visit the Peace Corps.

AUC Alumna Creates First Lady Portrait for Smithsonian

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Michelle Obama by Amy Sherald

In a Monday, Feb. 12, 2018, ceremony, the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery museum unveiled its portraits of former President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama.

It is the first time in history the museum commissioned African-American artists to paint a president and his wife. The Washington, D.C.-based museum unveiled the paintings in the ceremony attended by both the president and first lady as well as the two artists, one of which is a Clark Atlanta University graduate and a Spelman College International Artist-in-Residence.

Amy Sherald, who lives in Baltimore, received her bachelor’s in painting from CAU in 1997 and became an artist-in-residence at Spelman’s Portobelo, Panama, Summer Art Colony the same year.

For more on the Obamas portraits at the National Portrait Gallery, see: Obama portraits.

For more on Sherald and her work, visit: about Amy Sherald.

 

 

Five AUC Freshmen Place Second in ILI T.I.M.E. Challenge

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Pictured left to right: Zelalem Tenaw, Carter Bowdoin, Leoul Tilahun, Stephen Seymour and Nicolette Barriffe.

Five, first-year dual degree engineering students placed second in  a high-level science, technology, engineering, math, and entrepreneurial activity to “imagineer” innovative practical uses and business models for NASA technology in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Nicolette Barriffee, electrical engineering, Clark Atlanta University; and Morehouse College students Carter Bowdoin, mechanical engineering; Stephen Seymour, mechanical engineering; Zelalem Tenaw, computer science; and Leoul Tilahun, computer engineering, along with 20 students from historically Black colleges and universities, minority serving institutions, and institutions of higher learning, took on the task to take existing NASA-patented technologies to the marketplace in the Institute for Local Innovations T.I.M.E. Challenge.

The students second-place winning for their Riverside Water Purification landed them  $750 plus a $250 book stipend for each student.

NASA is challenged with hundreds of patented technologies ready to be taken to the marketplace, and too few entrepreneurs ready to move them.

New Orleans-based ILI Inc., in collaboration with Atlanta-based Liquid Studios design firm, is brings a High Impact Practice to HBCUs across the country by way of the ILI Technology Implementation Market Engine Challenge. This innovative student engagement program invites individual students, teams of HBCU students, as well as students from other colleges and university led by HBCU students to participate in the program.

In addition to the winnings, participating students receive mentoring from industry experts, via the Liquid Studios network (www.liquidstudios360.com) and others, to increase student knowledge, skills, and career interests in economic sectors aligned with NASA-patented technology identified by ILI.

Check out the competition in pictures.

AUC Receives ARC’s Developments of Excellence Award

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The Atlanta Regional Commission recently announced the winners of this year’s Developments of Excellence awards during the agency’s State of the Region Breakfast. The awards recognize the developments and places that are improving quality of life in the 10-county Atlanta region.

The top award, the 2017 Development of Excellence, went to Parsons Alley, a retail development and gathering space in Duluth that brought a carefully planned community vision to life.

ARC also presented its Great Places Award to the Atlanta University Center, whose Civil Rights legacy and steadfast commitment to community enhance the region’s character every day.

Great Place Award: Atlanta University Center

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Every year, ARC presents a Great Place award to a place in the region that enhances metro Atlanta’s character. The winner of this year’s Great Place award is the Atlanta University Center, the world’s oldest and largest cluster of African-American private colleges. The AUC Consortium includes Morehouse College, Spelman College, Clark Atlanta University, and Morehouse School of Medicine.

Morris Brown College and the Interdenominational Theological Center also share the campus and are significant in its rich legacy. That legacy dates back to the late 1800s when Morehouse, Spelman, Clark Atlanta, and Morris Brown were founded to educate newly freed enslaved individuals.

Many of the original buildings are still in use, and the campus is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The AUC was a wellspring for the Civil Rights movement, producing leaders like the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., Ralph David Abernathy, Lonnie King, Julian Bond, and Ruby Doris Smith. Other prominent alumni and faculty include W.E.B. DuBois, Pearl Cleage, Marian Wright-Edelman, and Spike Lee.

The schools of the Atlanta University Center are committed to helping the surrounding neighborhoods, engaging in more than 100,000 hours of community service each year.

For more on the awards breakfast, visit: ARC.

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