Sustainability Expert Coming to Mercer’s Atlanta Campus for Building Assessments, Workshop


ATLANTA — Mercer University’s Cecil B. Day Campus in Atlanta will get a visit this week from an expert to help make the campus’s operations and buildings more sustainable. The consultant’s services are paid for through a grant from Harvard Medical School’s Center for Health and the Global Environment.

The consultant, Michael Crowley, a scientist with Environmental Health and Engineering Inc. and a lecturer in the Harvard Environmental Management Program, has been working this month with members of Mercer’s physical plant to review building designs, and will spend Wednesday touring and inspecting buildings on the Atlanta campus for the purpose of making recommendations to make them more efficient. He will also be looking for areas and resources on campus for other sustainable projects, including spaces for community gardens and potential projects for students.

On Thursday, Crowley will present initial findings from the building review, and conduct a workshop on campus sustainability for Mercer students, faculty and staff from 9 a.m. to noon in Day Hall on Mercer’s Atlanta Campus.

The event and the grant are part of the Atlanta campus’s Green Team initiative to help make the campus more sustainable. Event organizer and grant writer, Dr. Tanya Sudia-Robinson, a professor of nursing in the Georgia Baptist College of Nursing, learned about the grant during the Caring for Creation Conference at the Atlanta campus in February 2009. That event was co-sponsored by Mercer and Harvard’s Center for Health and the Global Environment.
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