Alcoa Foundation and Keep America Beautiful Help Students Recycle

March 7, 2013

Foundation Provides More Than 11,500 Recycling Bins for Campus Initiatives

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Alcoa Foundation is partnering with Keep America Beautiful and the College & University Recycling Coalition to provide more than 11,500 recycling bins to 35 colleges and universities throughout the United States. These recycling bins will help to expand on-campus recycling programs and raise awareness about the environmental impact of recycling.

The Alcoa Foundation Recycling Bin Grant Program was created to help schools boost their recycling results during the eight-week RecycleMania tournament, and strengthen their recycling efforts by reaching more than 300,000 students, staff, faculty, and campus visitors throughout the year. RecycleMania, which concludes on March 31, is a competition that aims to change behavior about recycling and raise awareness about waste reduction programs on college campuses.

“We’re proud to partner with Keep America Beautiful and the College & University Recycling Coalition to provide more than 11,500 recycling bins to college and university campuses,” said Paula Davis, President, Alcoa Foundation. “The recycling bin grant program reinforces Alcoa and Alcoa Foundation’s commitment to increasing recycling rates in the U.S. to 75 percent by 2015.”

“Alcoa Foundation has been a true leader in advancing recycling nationwide through its recycling bin grant and other programs,” said Matthew M. McKenna, President and CEO, 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.”

The grantees will each receive between 100 and 1,500 recycling bins in different on-campus settings – student housing and academic buildings, athletic facilities, administrative offices and in outdoor public spaces. This year’s variety of recycling bins has enabled selected schools to install additional recycling infrastructure where they need it most in an effort to divert recyclables from the waste stream.

The Alcoa Foundation Recycling Bin Grant Program recipients are:

  • Arizona State University (AZ)
  • Baylor College of Medicine (TX)
  • Boston College (MA)
  • Bridgewater College (VA)
  • Carnegie Mellon University (PA)
  • Clarkson University (NY)
  • College of Charleston (SC)
  • Cuyahoga Community College (OH)
  • DePauw University (IN)
  • East Tennessee State University (TN)
  • Eastern Illinois University (IL)
  • Fontbonne University (MO)
  • Franklin College (IN)
  • Glendale Community College (AZ)
  • Indiana State University (IN)
  • Ivy Tech Community College, Wabash Valley (IN)
  • Kansas State University (KS)
  • Kent State University (OH)
  • Keystone College (PA)
  • Lewis and Clark Community College (IL)
  • Michigan State University (MI)
  • Northern Illinois University (IL)
  • Northwest Missouri State University (MO)
  • Saint Louis University (MO)
  • Southern Illinois University Carbondale (IL)
  • Spelman College (GA)
  • Stark State College (OH)
  • The University of Akron (OH)
  • The University of Toledo (OH)
  • University of Georgia (GA)
  • University of Illinois – Chicago (IL)
  • University of Missouri – Kansas City (MO)
  • University of Tennessee (TN)
  • University of Texas – Austin (TX)
  • Western Carolina University (NC)

Additionally, the College & University Recycling Coalition (CURC), in partnership with Keep America Beautiful (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

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 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, we work 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 our programs and public-private partnerships, we engage individuals to take greater responsibility for improving their community’s environment. For more information, visit

Alcoa Foundation
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