SIFE helps Mighty J's become 'green'
By Hillary Akers
Pembroke's Students In Free Enterprise (SIFE) organization helped Mighty J's become more environmentally minded with the help of the Sam's Club Environmental Sustainability Challenge 2010-2011.
SIFE Vice President of Recruiting Jared Holmes, a senior, said the challenge is a yearly $1,000 grant that Sam's Club gives to a local business to help them become more environmentally friendly.
The focus of the challenge was conserving energy and water, Holmes said. SIFE oversaw the use of the grant and has continued to get updates from Mighty J's.
With the grant, Mighty J's was able to purchase more environmentally efficient toilets, sinks and light bulbs, Holmes said.
He said the purchases are estimated to conserve 160 kilowatts of electricity and 1,300 gallons of water per month.
Overall, Holmes estimated, Mighty J's will be able to save $500 a year. "We should be able to see the return in two years," Holmes said.
Holmes said he hopes the grant will help Mighty J's financially and, in turn, help the community.
"We (SIFE) help build the community," Holmes said. The challenge also prompted SIFE to send an email to students with tips on how they can conserve energy and water.
Holmes said doing projects, such as the challenge with SIFE, has helped him develop management, small team leadership and communication skills. His involvement
His involvement in SIFE has been "training for the real world," he said.
Also working on the challenge was senior Joshua Jones. Jones said SIFE does many projects to help better the community.
Jones and Holmes are both first year SIFE members but said SIFE is an opportunity for anyone.