Two ECSU alumni promote green economy training and awareness
December 14, 2010
Even as GREEN DMV blossoms, Hayes and O’Neal continue to explore opportunities to expand their reach. Their latest focus is to engage students at historically black colleges and universities.
"The interesting thing is, no matter where they are – Norfolk State, Elizabeth City State, Howard University – HBCUs are always situated in distressed communities," Hayes said. "That’s why this program is so important. Imagine if students could volunteer their time and make a difference in those communities. They can go in and help weatherize a home, go in and help educate students on sustainability, go in and help a church by showing them ways they can cut down on their energy bills. This is real life work they can do," he said.
Hayes and O’Neal are in discussions to launch HBCU Energy at ECSU.
"It would be ideal to work with the university," O’Neal said. "Think of the opportunities and benefits for both the students and the community."