The Cameron University chapter of Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) has been awarded a $1,000 grant from the Sam’s Club Environmental Sustainability Challenge. The grant, one of 200 awarded nationwide, has been used to address sustainability issues at the Lawton/Fort Sill Salvation Army. The SIFE team, consisting of Alexandra Aurelein, Union, Castries, Saint Lucia; Lynette Baker, St. George’s, Grenada; Andrew Baughman, Artesia, New Mexico; Tom Buchanan, Sandy Point, St. Kitts and Nevis; Jasmin Estrada, Las Vegas, Nevada; Lioret Kuhre, Lawton; Raymond Sablan, Lawton; and Kerry Severin, Roseau, Dominica, worked closely with Sam’s Club General Manager Brad Yokley and Captain Ernest Hull, director of the Salvation Army, to identify areas where the Salvation Army could reduce waste and become more environmentally sustainable.
Energy conservation was addressed by replacing old fluorescent lights with newer, more energy efficient tubes which are expected to save the Salvation Army $250 dollars annually. The SIFE team also installed weather strips to most of the Salvation Army’s exterior doors, a measure that should translate into savings in the Salvation Army’s heating and air conditioning bills. Water consumption has been reduced thanks to the installation of aerators, which decrease water pressure to only one gallon per minute, and eco-friendly showerheads.
SIFE is a non-profit organization that unites university students with business leaders to make a difference in their communities, while honing their business skills to become more socially responsible business leaders. Cameron is home to one of 1,400 university chapters in 44 countries.
The Sam’s Club Environmental Sustainability Challenge was designed to allow for SIFE teams and Sam’s Club Associates to work together to effectively empower Sam’s Business Members to raise their quality of life and standard of living through environmentally sustainable practices in their facilities, operations and community.
March 29, 2011