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February 10, 2011 - The Toyota Green Initiative is an environmental stewardship platform designed to empower Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) students and alumni on the benefits of adopting a sustainable lifestyle. The Toyota Green Initiative will provide multiple touch points to mobilize the collegiate audience to go green including a content-rich website ( and an HBCU campus tour. 

At the hub of the Toyota Green Initiative is the interactive website, which will provide easy cost-saving tips on going green, eco-conscious articles, videos, campus events and volunteer programs. features a Promise Drive to secure personal commitments from site visitors on the reduction of their ecological footprint and adoption of a green living philosophy.

Our very own Rachel Weathers needs your votes!! On January 17th she entered the Toyota Green Essay Contest which states how she would make Shaw’s campus greener. Recently, Rachel became a finalist and the official representative for Shaw University and she is now up against one finalist from each CIAA school including: Johnson C Smith, Livingstone College, Virginia Union University, Winston-Salem State University, Chowan University, Bowie State University, Elizabeth City State University, Fayetteville State University, Saint Paul University, Virginia State University, and Lincoln University. The grand prize is a Toyota Prius and Rachel needs your help. Part of her score is determined by how many people vote for her project to win so please vote for her at: You will need to create an account to vote but all you have to do is answer 5 questions and click on Rachel Weathers to win!!



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to read Rachel's Essay 



Rachel arranged for smoothies to be delivered to Shaw's campus. 
She, along with several volunteers, passed out samples along with information on organic foods, explaining why a campus garden is beneficial.




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