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Georgia Southern students approve 'green' fee

ATLANTA (AP) -- Georgia Southern University students have volunteered to pay $10 per semester to enhance environmental initiatives on the Statesboro campus.

The Georgia Board of Regents will now consider the fee, along with two additional athletics support fees that students endorsed in a campus-wide referendum.

Out of the 9,400 students voting, 74 percent approved of the environmental assessment, which would about $400,000 annually. The money would finance campus projects such a retro-fitting buildings to allow more efficient use of energy and water. The university also would direct some of the money to marketing the school's environmental emphasis and new hires for the GSU Center for Sustainability.

If Regents approve the fee, it will go into effect for the fall 2013 semester.