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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Nov. 15, 2011

Heathwood Hall chosen as Champion of the Environment

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Heathwood Hall Episcopal School in Columbia has been recognized as a Champion of the Environment for its “Highlander School Environmental Education Program Projects,” the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control announced today.

“Students will learn how to use water more efficiently, reduce waste, and increase energy savings,” said Amanda Ley, DHEC’s coordinator for the Champions of the Environment program.

According to Ley, students will construct a wooden platform to elevate 12 rain barrels to supply rainwater to the school’s vegetable garden through a drip irrigation system. Students will also collect and clean plastic concession cups and reuse them as small pots for the school’s greenhouse. Finally, students will construct and manage a Green Roof Demonstration Table to study the benefits of plants as alternative roofing materials.

As a Champion of the Environment, Heathwood Hall Episcopal School will receive a grant award. The school will also be featured on the Champions’ website and a commercial to be aired on WIS-TV in Columbia and WCSC-TV in Charleston.

Champions of the Environment supports environmental action in South Carolina’s kindergarten through 12th grade students through its grant award program. The program is sponsored by DHEC, International Paper, Sonoco Recycling Inc., WCSC-TV and WIS-TV with assistance from the Environmental Education Association of South Carolina. For more information about the grant award program visit the program’s website at http://www.scdhec.gov/champions.

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For more information:
Amanda Ley – (803) 898-4183
Email – champs@dhec.sc.gov