NY Recycling Association Announces College Grant Recipients

(ALBANY, NY)—Four New York colleges and universities will be receiving grants to fund innovative environmental projects as part of the recently completed spring round of the College Council Grant Program conducted by the New York State Association for Reduction, Reuse and Recycling (NYSAR3).

Schools receiving grants and the type of projects to be funded include:  SUNY Jefferson Community College sustainable textbook project; University of Rochester plan to reduce, reuse and recycle plastic bags; Wells College residence hall in-room bathroom recycling system support; and Union College composting in a new college apartment complex.  

The grant program, open to College Council members, was competitive, with applications reviewed by a committee comprised of NYSAR3 members.  Projects funded had to involve initiating, improving or expanding source reduction, reuse, recycling, composting, or food waste management projects on campus.  Projects also had to create awareness and interest among students, faculty, and staff, and involve an education component.  Grant recipients will be providing follow-up reports that show how the grant impacted the targeted project.  Grant amounts ranged from $180 to $2,700.

NYSAR3 provides statewide leadership on waste reduction, reuse, and recycling issues and practices to improve New York’s environment, and serves as the primary education and training resource in the state on these issues.

The College Council provides a forum for New York’s colleges and universities to exchange information on common challenges and best practices.  In addition to the grant program, members receive a bimonthly newsletter, access to a series of college-oriented environmental webinars, the opportunity to participate in regional and statewide meetings both in person and via conference call, and reduced conference registration fees, among other benefits.

Next round of applications available soon: stay tuned!