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HT’s Green is the New Black Wins Again

HT’s Green is the New Black (GITNB) and The Dumpster Project were awarded a $10,000 Tier II prize for their grant application and votes received in the Home Depot Retool Your School HBCU Challenge.

Students Angelica Erazo, Maurice Fleming, Evette Jackson, Sarah Lindell, and Olivia Sanchez, representing the Green is the New Black student organization, captured first place and $75,000 in the nationwide Ford Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Community Challenge held in December in Detroit, MI.  The students compiled a presentation around the theme titled, “Building Sustainable Communities” that captured an educational program to address issues of sustainability in Black and Hispanic communities.  HT’s students introduced the challenge of transforming a 33-square foot dumpster into a fully functioning home complete with running water, toilet, shower, bed, and solar-generated electricity.

The team also won an Environmental Defense Fund Fellow ($15,000), and first place at Austin’s Earth Fest.

Pictured are:  Antwon Burkhaulter, Olivia Sanchez, Angelica Erazo, Evette Jackson, Michael Meek Esuruoso, and Charles Tuyishime