UAB Becomes a Creative Proving Ground for Sustainability
By Charles Buchanan • Photos by Steve Wood and Julie Price • Infographic by Ron Gamble
Julie Price, Ph.D., will admit that her mind has been in the gutter lately. She’s figuring out how to funnel the abundant rain that falls upon UAB and repurpose it for watering campus green spaces. “It doesn’t make sense to spend time and money to clean water for drinking and then throw it out on the lawn,” says Price (pictured above), appointed UAB’s inaugural sustainability coordinator in 2013. “We’re taking a different stance and treating stormwater like a resource.” She also intends to maximize UAB’s other natural resources—namely, the bright ideas of its students and employees and the power of its research—to make UAB a greener, more efficient university. The results could ripple out into Birmingham as well, inspiring changes that lead to a more livable community for everyone to enjoy.
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The Abroms-Engel Institute for Visual Arts (AEIVA) is the new home for the UAB Department of Art and Art History, and University Galleries. The new building houses administrative offices, faculty offices, and classrooms for Art History, Time-based Media and Graphic Design. The facility is named for donors Hal and Judy Abroms, and Ruth and the late Marvin Engel.
On March 21, 2014, UAB Facilities hosted a Key Party for the newly opened AEIVA for more than 30 attendees.