AZUSA, Calif. The Brita Corporation awarded Azusa Pacific University junior biochemistry major and Wilkesboro, NC resident Daralynn Glanzer a $10,000 grant to implement a sustainability idea at APU that she formulated with the help of Toney Snyder, assistant director of Environmental Stewardship. The grant was given on behalf of Brita's College FilterForGood Eco-Challenge program, and will financially support Glanzer's work over the next several months.

The grant assists Glanzer, who is also working with APU’s Office of Residence Life, to develop a Living and Learning Environment to encourage sustainability among on-campus residents.

Named the “Green Prints Living Area,” this living and learning environment will be housed in a section of the sophomore on-campus housing. Known as the Shire, these living areas are some of the least energy efficient on campus and most in need of increased environmental efforts. The goal is to have all plans in place and kick off the initiative with a group of fall 2010 residents.

“This living community works to improve conservation and learn the best strategies for college students to have the least impact on the environment as possible. I am excited about these new living areas because I believe it will give students the opportunity to learn lifestyle habits that decrease our impact on the environment,” said Glanzer. “It's not only about directly impacting actions of recycling, conserving water, and electricity, but also about showing others that it's possible for college students to live in a more environmentally friendly manner.”

This year’s theme for the College FilterForGood Eco-Challenge, “make your campus more sustainable,” encourages members to get involved with their school’s environmental efforts and find ways to help out. Participants prepared a proposal and budget plan to create tangible results toward helping to protect the environment to be completed by April 2010.

For more information, contact Toney Snyder at tsnyder@apu.edu.