Bridgewater College to use grant for solar charging station

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BRIDGEWATER, Va. (WHSV) — College students in Bridgewater will soon be able to charge up their phones and laptops in a more environmentally-friendly way.

A grant from the Enterprise Holding Foundation will pay for a new solar-powered charging station on campus. Additional money from the foundation will be used to raise awareness to the negative health impacts of smoking.

The solar charging station will be placed in an area frequented by students.

"It will provide an ideal place for a learning experience for students who really want to go into renewable energies," said Teshome Molalenge, the Director of the Office for Sustainability.

The addition to campus is part of a years-long initiative to promote environmental awareness on campus, including minimizing waste, sharing bikes and installing a charging station for electric cars.

"It's really embedded now in education, operation and research because of all these years of hard work," said Molalenge.

An additional grant was awarded to the Office of Career Services to support special projects on campus.