ATLANTA (Sept. 18, 2013) – Clark Atlanta University (CAU) recently received a $40,000 grant for one year from the Ray C. Anderson Foundation, as a part of an award to universities and environmental organizations that support environmental initiatives and sustainability.
Dr. Eric A. Mintz, CAU professor of chemistry and interim vice president for Research and Sponsored Programs, said, “With this support from the Ray C. Anderson Foundation, CAU students will have the opportunity to develop new high performance biodegradable polymer systems from environmentally friendly and renewable plant-based polymers. This research will lead to a reduction in the need for imported petroleum and provides for polymers that will not become solid waste in landfills.”
This project supports CAU’s broad agenda in sustainability, which includes the upgrading of existing buildings to LEED certification, recycling and waste minimization, and educating the next generation of scientists and decision-makers to be mindful of full life cycle costs and the need to incorporate renewable materials, products and processes.
The Ray C. Anderson Foundation is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that seeks to promote a sustainable society by supporting and funding educational and project-based initiatives that advance knowledge and innovation in sustainability.