Keep America Beautiful and the Coca-Cola Foundation Make Recycling More Convenient for Colleges and Universities Nationwide
East Georgia State College will receive 25 recycling bins this summer as part of a national recycling grant made possible by Keep America Beautiful (KAB) and The Coca-Cola Foundation.
The grant award supports the work of East Georgia State College’s Recycling Task Force, an institutional initiative created in 2013 by President Bob Boehmer, for exploration of avenues to enhance the college’s recycling efforts.
The Green Team effort, already underway, focuses on encouraging students, faculty, staff, and visitors on East Georgia State College’s three campuses to recycle, conserve, and sustain. Having additional bins conveniently located in all campus buildings, including Bobcat Villas student housing, provides greater visibility to promote the recycling program.
“We extend our deepest appreciation to Keep America Beautiful and Coca-Cola for providing the grant and recognizing our desire to engage the campus community in recycling efforts that will benefit the long-term sustainability of our College and our communities,” said East Georgia State College President Bob Boehmer.
In its 9th year, the Coca-Cola/KAB Recycling Bin Grant Program is providing nearly 4,500 recycling bins to colleges and universities, nonprofits and local governments, with 35 percent of the total to be used by students in collegiate residence halls.
Coca-Cola has expanded its investment in the bin grant program to include a specific focus on two-year community colleges, with 15 recycling bin grants going to two-year colleges and 28 grants going to traditional four-year colleges and universities.
“Through this program and our more than 50-year partnership with Keep America Beautiful, we are helping to ensure that communities understand the importance of recycling,” said Lori George Billingsley, vice president, community relations, Coca-Cola North America. “Community recycling not only impacts the environment today, but it helps build sustainable communities for the future.”
“By providing recycling bins to communities, organizations and universities, we can make a difference in increasing recycling in the U.S. and help overcome a main barrier of recycling – convenience,” said Brenda Pulley, senior vice president, recycling, Keep America Beautiful. “We are truly grateful for Coca-Cola’s continued support and commitment to recycling, and the Recycling Bin Grant Program.”
Recipients were chosen by Keep America Beautiful based on criteria including the extent of their need, recycling experience and their ability to sustain the program in the future. Special outreach was made to colleges and universities through a partnership with the College and University Recycling Coalition (CURC), a membership organization serving campus recycling managers.
The Coca-Cola/KAB Recycling Bin Grant Program awards recycling bins directly to recipients and leverages volume buying discounts. Since 2007, the program has placed more than 35,000 recycling bins in over 500 communities across the U.S. A full list of the spring 2014 Recycling Bin Grant recipients and further information about the grant program is available at http://bingrant.org.
East Georgia State College provides access to higher education through Associate of Art degrees and a new Bachelor of Science in Biology degree that support the University System of Georgia’s focus on increasing college graduates for future workforce needs. East Georgia State College students are prepared for 21st century success and benefit from fully accredited face-to-face and on-line programs of study with global transferability, low tuition rates, financial aid assistance, small classes, on-campus apartments and Bobcat athletics. The College also continuously engages the communities it serves through public service and cultural enrichment.
Keep America Beautiful is the nation’s leading nonprofit that brings people together to build and sustain vibrant communities. With a national network of community-based affiliates, we work with millions of volunteers who take action in their communities to transform public spaces into beautiful places. Through our programs and public-private partnerships, we engage individuals to take greater responsibility for improving their community’s environment. For more information, visit kab.org, follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook, or view us on YouTube.
Since its inception, The Coca-Cola Foundation has awarded more than $660 million to support global sustainable community initiatives, including water stewardship women’s empowerment and well-being. For more information about The Coca-Cola Foundation, please go to www.thecoca-colacompany.com/citizenship/foundation_coke.html.
The College & University Recycling Coalition (CURC) is a membership-based nonprofit organization made up of campus-based recycling and sustainability professionals seeking to exchange technical knowledge and best practices on recycling and waste reduction programs between institutions of higher learning. Originally formed in 1992, CURC became a technical council of the National Recycling Coalition in 1995 before branching off as an independent organization in 2009. Today, CURC counts nearly 900 members and is led by a board of directors made up of recycling and sustainability program managers from universities across the United States. Among other initiatives, CURC supports collegiate recycling programs through a free webinar series, annual workshops, a quarterly e-newsletter, the development of best-practices manuals and toolkits. For more information, go to www.curc3r.org.