Greg Davis, John Martini and Anne ThomasThe Arkansas Valley Electric Cooperative gifted the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith’s Sustainable Conservation House $1,000 during a check presentation April 29.  


Greg Davis, member services manager at AVECC, presented the check to John Martini, assistant professor of electronics technology at UAFS, and Anne Thomas, development officer for the College of Applied Science and Technology, during a visit to the house. The money will be used to purchase new testing equipment for the house.


Martini, who has overseen the renovation of the house, said the gift is much needed.


“Benefactors like Arkansas Valley Electric Cooperative who are willing to step up to the plate and help us with the conservation house make a big impact on UAFS,” Martini said. “Gifts like these allow us to offer more exciting educational opportunities for our students.”


UAFS purchased the house on the north side of campus in 2014 and renovated the property through gifts of time and materials. The facility serves as a classroom and a laboratory for students and will also provide energy audit training.


Davis lauded the property and stressed the positive role it plays in AVECC’s energy efficient efforts.


“From the beginning, we’ve seen our partnership with the Sustainable Conservation House as mutually beneficial,” Davis said. “With the education they receive here, they’ll be able to upgrade people’s houses and businesses to be more energy efficient, and to have another partner in that area is very beneficial.”


For more information on supporting the project, contact Thomas at 479-788-7033. For general information about the house, contact John Martini, assistant professor of electronics technology, at 479-788-7772. 


Article by John Post, Director of Public Information
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Photos by Rachel Putman, Photographer, Marketing and Communications Office
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Friday, May 1, 2015
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