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Georgia Piedmont Technical College Flips the Switch on its New Electric Vehicle Charging Stations
College also introduces its new Shuttle Service

DeKalb County - March 17, 2016


As part of its efforts to improve campus sustainability, Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GPTC) today hosted a ribbon-cutting event to introduce two new electric vehicle charging stations, as well as the college’s shuttle service.    

“One of my goals as president at Georgia Piedmont is to have our college be a leader in campus sustainability,” said Dr. Jabari Simama.  “We are cutting the ribbon at this event to introduce the community to our electric vehicle charging stations and campus shuttle service.  These services will not only help reduce our carbon footprint, but they also move us closer towards achieving our sustainability goals.  It makes sense to celebrate these achievements on St. Patrick’s Day, because both are about being green,” he said with a smile.      

The new stations, provided and installed by EnviroSpark Energy Solutions, will be located in the conference center parking lot.  The charging stations are designed to transmit a full (or near-full) charge on electric vehicles in two to four hours.

“Atlanta is the second largest market for electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles,” said Sadie Dennard, metro east region external manager at Georgia Power and chair of the board of directors at Georgia Piedmont Technical College.  “In response to demand, Georgia Power has expanded the infrastructure needed for electric vehicle charging stations.  Georgia Power is pleased to collaborate with the leadership team at Georgia Piedmont in coordinating this occasion,” Dennard said.  “We’re also delighted to recognize Atlanta-based EnviroSpark Energy solutions, who provided and installed the charging stations, as well as Nissan and BMW, for their contributions to this event,” she concluded. 

Georgia Piedmont Technical College’s electric vehicle charging stations are featured on www.plugshare.com, a website that provides maps that display charging station locations.    

The DASH shuttle, which was also introduced during the celebration, will help students, faculty and staff get to the main campus from the Kensington MARTA station.  The shuttle service aids in sustainability efforts by reducing the number of cars on campus.  

About EnviroSpark Energy Solutions

EnviroSpark specializes in the design and installation of electric vehicle charging station solutions, and is proud to serve residential, small business, retail, corporate and government clients.  EnviroSpark is based in Atlanta, Georgia. 

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About Georgia Piedmont Technical College
Established in 1961, Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GPTC) is one of the top technical colleges in Georgia. As a student-centered institution, GPTC prepares individuals with the skills necessary to succeed in a rapidly changing, global economy. In August 2016, Georgia Piedmont was ranked among the top ten technical colleges in terms of enrollment by the Atlanta Business Chronicle. GPTC’s graduation rate is more than 74.3 percent, and its graduates secure employment at a level resulting in a 98.7 percent placement rate. With nearly 4,000 students, Georgia Piedmont’s adult education program is among the largest in the state. The college has 12 learning centers in DeKalb, Newton, Rockdale and Morgan counties. As set forth in its student catalog, Georgia Piedmont Technical College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, national or ethnic origin, sex, religion, disability, age, political affiliation or belief, genetic information, veteran status, or citizenship status (except in those special circumstances permitted or mandated by law). Contact Lisa Peters, the ADA Coordinator, at 404/297-9522, ext. 1154, ADA504Coordinator@gptc.edu or at the main DeKalb campus, 495 N. Indian Creek Drive, Clarkston, GA 30021 Room A-170; or Dr. Debra Gordon, the Title IX Coordinator, at 404/297-9522, ext. 1176, TitleIXCoordinator@gptc.edu or at the main DeKalb campus, 495 N. Indian Creek Drive, Clarkston, GA 30021 Room A-103 for assistance. For more information about our graduation rates and other important program information, please visit our website at https://www.gptc.edu/gainfulemployment.

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