City of St. James Partners with UNCW for Endowment

Wednesday 06 October 2021

A leading and visionary community, the City of St. James donated $ 25,000 to UNC Wilmington to establish the City of St. James Living Shoreline Student Support Fund.

This fund will support students engaged in faculty-supervised research, outreach and applied learning activities to develop knowledge and resources to maintain, enhance and study St. James’ Living Shoreline.

This fund will continue to support the work of existing students within the Department of Biology and Marine Biology at UNCW, such as the establishment of oyster reefs, living shoreline research and coastal science education. These areas have a direct impact on the region by helping to control erosion, create habitats for marine animals and improve water quality by filtering particles and sediment. Thanks to this fund and research, the Town of St. James will benefit from a better understanding and implementation of protection mechanisms for shorelines and coastal ecosystems.

“Since 2005, the Town of St. James (TOSJ) has been honored to partner with UNCW in our Living Coastline Conservation Program,” said Jean R. Toner, Mayor of the Town of St. James. “We have worked with many students at UNCW over the past 16 years and have been very impressed with their knowledge, abilities and passion for their chosen field. TOSJ is pleased to help UNCW students continue their education by establishing the Living Shoreline Student Support Fund Endowment. We look forward to expanding our relationship with UNCW and forming partnerships to create innovative education, conservation and research programs. ”

The town of St. James, located in Brunswick County and less than an hour from UNCW Wilmington, has supported the university for more than a decade, donating more than $ 200,000 to the Benthic Ecology Laboratory in UNCW, which studies coastal habitats.

“The donation provided by the Town of St. James is an incredible down payment on future sustainability efforts through the exploration of natural environments and the function of living shorelines in sensitive estuarine environments,” said Troy Alphin, partner of principal research at UNC Wilmington. “This endowment will support research, education and awareness in and around the town of St. James by providing students with the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in estuarine ecology, biology, restoration ecology, conservation and marine education. . The work accomplished with this donation will help inform efforts along the North Carolina coast and beyond. ”

As the state’s coastal university, coastal resilience is an essential research component of UNCW students and faculty. Philanthropic partners like TOSJ help UNC Wilmington leverage its location, facilities and expertise to better understand risks and mitigate change to protect our community and region, as well as the world at large.

Immersive applied learning opportunities, such as those made possible by the City of St. James’s Living Shoreline Student Support Fund, are a key priority of Like No Other: The Campaign for UNCW. To learn more about donating to the College of Arts and Sciences, please contact Lindsay Crighton, Director of Development, at [email protected]

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