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Clemson University Habitat for Humanity named Campus Chapter of the Year

Chapter commended for environmentally-friendly building practices

ATLANTA (June 23, 2008) – Clemson University Habitat for Humanity has been named Campus Chapter of the Year by Habitat for Humanity International. The award recognizes the nation’s most outstanding Habitat campus chapter.

Since the chapter was founded in 1993, students at Clemson have built twenty-six houses. The group credits its impressive building record in large part to a strong relationship with Pickens County Habitat for Humanity, an affiliate working in partnership with the Clemson chapter.

Clemson’s chapter was selected as Campus Chapter of the Year, in part for being a leader in environmentally-friendly building practices. In 2007, the chapter sponsored a design competition with Clemson’s Emerging Green Builders offered by the architecture department as a service-learning course for students. Participants designed environmentally-friendly homes and the winning design, aptly named the “Green House,” was constructed in Easley, S.C., near the Clemson campus.

Currently, the Clemson chapter is working on a house that will apply for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification. If approved, it will be the first LEED certified Habitat for Humanity house in South Carolina.

“This award is certainly a testament to the dedication of Clemson students to provide affordable housing to the local community,” said Chelsea Reighard, 2007-2008 president of Clemson University Habitat for Humanity. “I am honored to be a part of this enthusiastic group of student leaders who do not settle for mediocrity.”

The Campus Chapter of the Year award comes with a $20,000 grant provided by State Farm®, the 2008 underwriter for Habitat’s Youth Programs department, for the chapter to use to participate in a Habitat Global Village trip. The chapter will be honored during Habitat’s Youth Leadership Conference in St. Louis, Mo., November 7-9.

About Habitat for Humanity International
Habitat for Humanity International is an ecumenical Christian ministry that welcomes to its work all people dedicated to the cause of eliminating poverty housing. Since its founding in 1976, Habitat has built more than 250,000 houses worldwide, providing simple, decent and affordable shelter for more than 1 million people. For more information, visit www.habitat.org.

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