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03-26-2013

Alcoa Foundation Partners with Clarkson University for Campus Recycling Initiatives

Clarkson University Receives 40 Recycling Bins in Support of RecycleMania

Alcoa Foundation is partnering with national nonprofit Keep America Beautiful and the College & University Recycling Coalition to provide 40 recycling bins to Clarkson University in 2013 as part of the Alcoa Foundation Recycling Bin Grant Program. Clarkson is one of 35 colleges and universities that are receiving a portion of more than 11,500 recycling bins.

Alcoa Foundation is partnering with Keep America Beautiful and the College & University Recycling Coalition to provide 40 recycling bins to Clarkson University as part of the Alcoa Foundation Recycling Bin Grant Program. Above, Emily Ball, a graduate student in the Environmental Science and Engineering Master of Science Degree program and sustainability intern, who wrote the grant proposal, checks out the new bins.The Alcoa Foundation Recycling Bin Grant Program is an effort to help schools boost their recycling results during the eight-week RecycleMania Tournament, and expand their recycling efforts throughout the year. RecycleMania  is a friendly competition that aims to change behavior about recycling and raise awareness about waste reduction programs on college campuses.

Alcoa Foundation and Keep America Beautiful have awarded 35 grants to colleges and universities in the U.S. Clarkson University has received 40 bins to be used in the Cheel Campus Center. The program has enabled Clarkson to get additional recycling infrastructure where it needs it most in an effort to divert recyclables from the waste stream.

The Keep America Beautiful partnership further reinforces Alcoa and Alcoa Foundation’s commitment to increasing recycling across America.

“Reducing the mass of solid waste we send to a landfill by 30 percent is among the critical goals for Clarkson’s sustainability initiatives," said Susan E. Powers, the Jean '79 and Robert '79 Spence Professor in Sustainable Environmental Systems and associate director for sustainability in the Institute for a Sustainable Environment. "Providing adequate recycling bins and awareness programs is essential for meeting this goal. Alcoa and Clarkson have a long history of working together on programs that improve the environment and we’re happy to have the foundation’s support for this important initiative.”

During RecycleMania, which concludes on March 31, colleges and universities vie for top awards in nine categories to see which schools recycle the most on a per capita basis, produce the least amount of waste and recycle the largest percentage of their overall waste. In 2012, 605 colleges and universities participated in the challenge, collecting more than 92 million pounds of recyclables and compostable organics.

Clarkson is participated in the benchmark division of RecycleMania for the tracking of food waste and the recycle rates of cans, bottles, and paper in the Cheel Campus Center. This pilot study gave valuable information about what recyclable are mistakenly thrown away that can be used to help direct future recycling awareness programs at Clarkson University.

“Alcoa Foundation has been a true leader in advancing recycling nationwide through its support of its bin grant and other programs,” said Matthew M. McKenna, president and CEO of Keep America Beautiful. “Its involvement with RecycleMania and the College and University Recycling Coalition’s webinar series has helped to increase recycling on campuses and instill a recycling ethic that college students will carry with them the rest of their lives.”

Additionally, the College & University Recycling Coalition (CURC), in partnership with KAB, and the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), has announced the schedule for its 2013 series of educational webinars, sponsored by Alcoa Foundation.

CURC webinars feature recognized collegiate and industry recycling experts covering a range of topics related to sustainable materials management. All webinars are free to registered participants. For a complete schedule of webinars, go to http://curc3r.org.

About Alcoa Foundation
Alcoa Foundation is one of the largest corporate foundations in the U.S., with assets of approximately US$460 million. Founded 60 years ago, Alcoa Foundation has invested more than US$570 million since 1952. In 2012, Alcoa Foundation contributed more than US$21 million to nonprofit organizations throughout the world, building innovative partnerships to improve the environment and educate tomorrow’s leaders for careers in manufacturing and engineering. The work of Alcoa Foundation is further enhanced by Alcoa’s thousands of employee volunteers who share their talents and time to make a difference in the communities where Alcoa operates. Through the Company’s signature Month of Service program, in 2012, a record 60 percent of Alcoa employees took part in more than 1,050 events across 24 countries, benefiting more than 450,000 people and 2,050 nonprofit organizations. For more information, visit http://www.alcoafoundation.com and follow @AlcoaFoundation on Twitter.

About Keep America Beautiful
Keep America Beautiful is the nation’s leading nonprofit that brings people together to build and sustain vibrant communities. With a network of more than 1,200 affiliate and participating organizations including state recycling organizations, it works with millions of volunteers to take action in their communities. Keep America Beautiful offers solutions that create clean, beautiful public places, reduce waste and increase recycling, generate positive impact on local economies and inspire generations of environmental stewards. Through its programs and public-private partnerships, it engages individuals to take greater responsibility for improving their community’s environment. For more information, visit http://kab.org.

About Clarkson University
Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world’s pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and health sciences, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

Photo caption: Alcoa Foundation is partnering with Keep America Beautiful and the College & University Recycling Coalition to provide 40 recycling bins to Clarkson University as part of the Alcoa Foundation Recycling Bin Grant Program. Above, Emily Ball, a graduate student in the Environmental Science and Engineering Master of Science Degree program and sustainability intern, who wrote the grant proposal, checks out the new bins.

[A photograph for media use is available at http://www.clarkson.edu/news/photos/alcoa-bins.jpg.]

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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