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Lowe's Funds Horticulture Green Project

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Lowe’s Charitable and Education Foundation awarded a $9,975 grant to Fox Valley Technical College for the implementation of a sustainable boiler-designed heating system in one of the college’s greenhouses.

The funds will allow students in FVTC’s Horticulture Technician program to complement their landscaping and gardening skills with knowledge of managing a renewable energy greenhouse. Scrap material and sawdust from FVTC’s  Wood Manufacturing Technology program will provide a consistent source of heat for the project. The new initiative is part of the college’s overall sustainability efforts.

The grant was issued in partnership with SkillsUSA, a national non-profit organization that helps high school and college students enroll in career and technical education programs.

Commemorating the grant award at FVTC’s Agriculture Center were (left to right, below) Jim Beard, FVTC horticulture instructor and landscape architect, Jim Kieffer, store manager, Lowe's, Stacy Habert, commercial sales specialist, Lowe’s, Chris Lang, assistant store manager, Lowe’s, and Dr. Susan May, president, Fox Valley Technical College.

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