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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.   http://www.retoolyourschool.com/2014-winners/

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