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Dumpster Project One-Year Anniversary

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HT will highlight its sustainability outreach with the one-year anniversary of the “Dumpster Project,” that among other attributes, places the spotlight on environmental issues that negatively impact minority communities.  On Wednesday, Feb. 4 from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. HT’s Associate Professor Biological Sciences and Dean of the University College also known as “Professor Dumpster” and the award-winning HT student organization Green is the New Black™ (GITNB) will discuss the year-long research gathered by living in a 36-sq. foot dumpster. Members of GITNB will also provide tours of a study patio secured through the Home Depot “Retool Your School” campaign.

“The experiment is a testament to HT’s commitment to stewarding the environment and becoming a leader in green innovation,” said HT President and Chief Executive Officer Larry L. Earvin, Ph.D.

The dumpster is connected to the electrical grid and climate-controlled with small heating and air conditioning units. During the past year, the structure of the dumpster was modified to include a false-floor basement that stores cooking equipment, bedding and clothing, an improved roof, safety features, easier access, and an online weather data station for the dumpster.  The year-long stay included a range of harsh weather conditions – from record setting below freezing winter to triple-digit summer temperatures.