Livingstone student wins Toyota green award
SALISBURY — Executives from Toyota and other companies are at Livingstone College today to honor freshman Stephen Graddick IV, of Charlotte, who won the Toyota Green Initiative Contest sponsored by the automaker.
The company executives, college officials and other dignitaries are also beginning the building of a “tree park” at the college campus on West Monroe Street.
During the CIAA Tournament held in Charlotte in March, Toyota sponsored a contest to see which student from a CIAA school could devise the most innovative plan to make his or her college or university more environmentally friendly.
Toyota awarded Graddick its grand prize for his plan of hosting a Green Awareness Week to improve sustainability at Livingstone College.
Graddick’s entry was chosen over those of more than 200 students He now gets to drive a 2011 Toyota Prius hybrid for a year. And Livingstone College gets a tree park, complete with benches.
Among those attending the event today were Livingstone College President Dr. Jimmy R. Jenkins Sr., Salisbury Mayor Susan Kluttz and Lance Gross, an actor in Tyler Perry’s “House of Payne” TV series.
Read more in Saturday’s Salisbury Post.