UNCG has received a $46,112 grant from the Duke Energy Water Resources Fund to construct two wetlands on campus. The wetlands will improve water quality and biotic diversity, provide educational and research opportunities, spur community outreach and enhance the natural beauty of campus.
UNCG is one of 12 organizations in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia selected by Duke Energy to share nearly $780,000 in new grants to support environmental and wildlife programs. UNCG’s Dr. Malcolm Schug, Dr. Lynn Sametz and Dr. Parke A. Rublee are principal investigators on the grant. Rublee, who serves as chair of the UNCG Wetlands Committee, accepted the award on Dec. 13 at a grant recipient event in Belmont, North Carolina.
“We’re excited about this transformative investment from Duke Energy and the opportunity to build wetlands on UNCG’s campus,” Rublee said. “In addition to providing critical environmental services, such as improving water quality, the wetlands will offer a variety of opportunities for student learning, research and community outreach.”
The wetlands will be constructed on campus near North Buffalo Creek in March of 2017. Their maintenance will be integrated into UNCG’s STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) curriculum.