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Release Date: Friday, May 24, 2013 4:00 PM
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Howard University Students Team Up with Ford Motor Company Fund to Bring Sustainability Education to Local High Schools

WASHINGTON (October 10, 2012) – The Howard University School of Business was recently selected by the Ford Motor Company Fund to receive a $50,000 Ford College Community Challenge (Ford C3) grant award. The winning proposal, “The DC School Sustainability Project, A College Mentoring Partnership,” was chosen out of 26 proposals submitted for the grant and focused on promoting sustainability on high school campuses. The grant award from the Ford Motor Company Fund and the launch of the winning proposal by Howard University will be presented on Oct. 12, at 9:30 a.m. in the School of Business auditorium.

The Howard proposal includes a sustainability case competition between 15 high schools within the Washington metropolitan area. High school teams will be paired with honors students of Howard’s School of Business to create strategies that will help high school campuses become more sustainable places to work and learn.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and W.W. Grainger, a leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating products in North America, have partnered with Howard to provide initial sustainability training to the high school teams. This training will be supplemented by mentoring, face-to-face and hands-on guidance from Howard students. The teams will do research, design projects and submit written reports on their respective high school campuses. A team of experts in the sustainability field will judge their findings and recommendations.

Participating high schools include:

Crossland High School - Temple Hills, MD
Westlake High School - Waldorf, MD
Laurel High School - Laurel, MD
Suitland High School - Forestville, MD
Dr. Henry A. Wise, Jr. High School - Upper Marlboro, MD
Springbrook High School - Silver Spring, MD
Clinton Christian School - Upper Marlboro, MD
Applications & Research Laboratory - Ellicott City, MD
Gwynn Park High School - Brandywine, MD
Maryland Academy of Technology & Health Sciences - Baltimore, MD
Eleanor Roosevelt High School - Greenbelt, MD
Washington Latin Public Charter School - Washington, DC
Forest Park High School - Baltimore, MD
Parkdale High School - Riverdale, MD
Charles H. Flowers High School - Springdale, MD

The top three teams will receive monetary awards ranging from $1,000 to $6,000. Additionally, if any student should later enroll as a freshman business student at Howard University, the award will be matched with a scholarship by the business school.

Winners will be selected on March 23, 2013, after the final presentations at Howard University.


Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private, research university that is comprised of 13 schools and colleges. Students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Since 1998, the University has produced two Rhodes Scholars, two Truman Scholars, a Marshall Scholar, 30 Fulbright Scholars and 11 Pickering Fellows. Howard also produces more on campus African-American Ph.D. recipients than any other university in the United States. For more information on Howard University, call 202-238-2330, or visit the University's Web site at

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