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Florida AandM University and EPA to Collaborate on Green Initiatives

Release Date: 02/17/2011
Contact Information: Davina Marraccini, (404) 562-8293,

(Atlanta, Ga. – Feb. 17, 2011) – On Friday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will enter into an agreement with Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University (FAMU) to support campus greening and sustainability. As part of the agreement, EPA will commit to enhance the university’s environmental policy and science curricula and offer opportunities for students interested in environmental careers. EPA and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection will also designate FAMU as a Center of Excellence for Watershed Management—the first of such centers in Florida, the second historically black college or university, and the eighth in the Southeast.

Two Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) will be signed during a ceremony at FAMU.

WHO: Gwen Keyes Fleming, Regional Administrator, EPA Region 4;

          Andrew Bartlett, Deputy Director for the Division of Environmental Assessment and Restoration, Florida Department of Environmental Protection;
          Makola Abdullah, Dean, FAMU College of Engineering Sciences, Technology and Agriculture;
          Michael Abazinge, Interim Director, FAMU Environmental Sciences Institute;
          Richard Gragg, Chair, FAMU Environment and Sustainability Council;
          Cynthia Hughes Harris, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, FAMU; and
          James H. Ammons, President, FAMU
WHAT: EPA and FAMU Sign MOUs on Campus Greening, Environmental Careers and Watershed Management

WHEN: Friday, Feb. 18, 2011, 3:30 p.m.

WHERE: Lee Hall Auditorium
      1601 S Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
      Tallahassee, Fl.