New app credits Wake Tech students for earth-friendliness

April 22, 2013 

Wake Tech students can get credit for something besides academics with new features for an online app introduced Monday.

To celebrate Earth Day, the school announced it had piggybacked with the year-old JouleBug, a free app that encourages users toward earth-friendly behaviors, by adding a handful of Wake Tech-specific activities. Users of the app earn “pins” for actions such as recycling and energy-use reduction.

Wake Tech students can earn pins by turning off computers when they leave a lab, or by staying on campus instead of driving to a fast-food restaurant in Fuquay-Varina, said Butch Grove, an associate vice president of the school whose duties include overseeing sustainability.

“It’s a fun and engaging way to instill sustainable behaviors,” he said. Eventually, the school may launch a competition between students at its different campuses to see which ones are the most earth-conscious.

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