Meredith Student Earns Green Design Scholarship

Meredith College senior Regina Heubel has been selected to receive a 2009 Green/Sustainable Design Scholarship from the International Furnishings and Design Association (IFDA) Educational Foundation.

Heubel, who is earning an interior design major, was selected for the award based on a written essay and presentation of a Sustainable Restaurant Design, which she completed in Interior Design IV in Fall 2008.

Sustainable design is the development of innovative ways to create living spaces that are energy efficient and feature green/sustainable materials, fabrications and products. According to the IFDA web site, students who apply for the scholarship should be “planning to become an educated participant in the green movement. Paying equal attention to both sustainability factors and design aesthetics, the student should be demonstrating creative use of green products and eco-friendly furnishings in class projects.”

The Educational Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the International Furnishings and Design Association. Its mission is to foster educational activities benefiting individuals and institutions engaged in the education of and for the furnishings and design industry, as well as, those engaged in activities promoting, developing, or enhancing the furnishing and design industries and the practice of these professions.

In addition to this scholarship, Heubel was notified on July 1 that she passed the LEED exam and is now a LEED Accredited Professional. Managed by the Green Building Certification Institute, LEED Accredited Professionals have demonstrated a thorough understanding of green building practices and principles and the LEED Rating System..

Date Submitted: 2009-07-06

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