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National Gypsum Company Sponsors ‘Cool Globes’ Exhibit in Charlotte

Jul 17, 2020

National Gypsum Company sponsors "Conserve Water" globe


CHARLOTTE, NC (July 17, 2020) - National Gypsum is a globe sponsor in a free, outdoor public art exhibit in Charlotte, NC that highlights ways we all can reduce climate change.

Cool Globes: Hot Ideas for a Cooler Planet features 35 globes, each sharing a simple way individuals or businesses can make a positive impact on climate change. These actions range from increasing energy efficiency in homes and purchasing products made with 100 percent post-consumer material to increasing recycling and greening urban landscapes.

The goal of the nationally recognized exhibition is to inspire participants to learn about small actions that can add up to large impact.

Several Charlotte-area artists, including a group of students from a local school, are among those whose creativity is being spotlighted on giant globe sculptures installed throughout Uptown Charlotte and beyond.

Cool Globes was founded in Chicago in 2007 by Wendy Abrams. The exhibit has travelled the world, exhibiting in four continents, with plaques translated into 9 languages. Charlotte will be Cool Globes 23rd exhibition city.

“We are excited to bring the exhibit to Charlotte, as the city has been a shining example of utilizing creativity and innovation to pivot toward a more sustainable way of life.” said Wendy Abrams, founder of Cool Globes, Inc.

Trane Technologies and Discovery Place, in partnership with the City of Charlotte, officially opened the exhibit on June 25, 2020. The primary exhibit space is located along North Tryon Street between Trade and East 11th, with 31 globes spanning eight city blocks. The remaining four globes are located at Charlotte Douglas International Airport, the U.S. National Whitewater Rafting Center, Truist Field and Camp North End.

National Gypsum’s globe, “Conserve Water,” is placed in the park outside the main library – on the corner of N. Tryon and 6th St. The artist, Mirjana Ugrinov, is based out of Chicago. The faucets used on the globe are water saver faucets that reduce flow and improve efficiency.

In 2018, Charlotte was named a winner in the Bloomberg Philanthropies American Cities Climate Challenge. As a winning city, Charlotte received technical assistance and support valued at $2.5 million to implement the City’s strategic energy action plan and achieve their carbon reduction goals. So far, Charlotte has been able to advance a large-scale solar initiative, green workforce program and institute sustainable policies that will support the City’s transition to electric vehicles.

Other supporters of bringing Cool Globes to Charlotte include Local Artist Globe Sponsors: Charlotte Center City Partners, Bank of America, The Grubb Family, JP Morgan Chase, Lending Tree, Spectrum, the Springsteen Family Foundation, Samet, and an anonymous donor. Additional globe sponsors: Wastequip, Rodgers, Morgan Stanley, 525 North Tryon, Signature FD, Moore & Van Allen, Albemarle, Betsy Rosen and Liam Stokes, Foundation for the Carolinas, CATS, Charlotte Knights, and National Gypsum.

National Gypsum committed to this project as a sponsor before COVID-19. Cool Globes will be on display in Charlotte through the end of 2020.


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