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Red, Black & Green Initiative at John D. O’Bryant African-American Institute


The John D. O'Bryant African-American Institute (JDOAAI) is incorporating the redblack&GREEN project, an innovative new campaign designed by JDOAAI staff member and N.U. alumna, Núrí Chandler-Smith, with strong support from Dean Lula Petty-Edwards. The goal of the project is to educate JDOAAI students, staff, and the larger community on issues of environmental sustainability and to implement sustainability practices throughout the Institute.

This effort includes: taking full advantage of RE-NU’s award winning recycling program, establishing a commitment to buying recycled and environmentally sustainable products and services for the Institute whenever possible, reducing the Institute’s overall energy consumption, and hosting a series of educational workshops, lectures and forums designed to educate students, staff and community members on ways that they can further incorporate “green” choices into their lives.

As a significant facet of West Village F, The John D. O'Bryant African-American Institute is already a part of the University’s efforts towards increased sustainability through the building’s use of a groundwater recharge system and energy saving motion-activated lights, which were included in the design and construction process.