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Alcoa Foundation Partners with Spelman College for Campus Recycling Initiatives


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Spelman to receive 75 recycling bins in support of RecycleMania 

ATLANTA (March 7, 2013) – Alcoa Foundation is partnering with national nonprofit Keep America Beautiful and  the College & University Recycling Coalition to provide 75 recycling bins to Spelman College in 2013 as part of the Alcoa Foundation Recycling Bin Grant Program. Spelman is one of 35 colleges and universities in the U.S. receiving a portion of more than 11,500 recycling 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.

The recycling bins will be placed around campus in various locations, including residence halls, academic and administrative buildings, the wellness center and in outdoor public spaces. This year’s variety of recycling bins will strengthen Spelman’s recycling infrastructure, further diverting recyclables from the waste stream. The Keep America Beautiful partnership further reinforces Alcoa and Alcoa Foundation’s commitment to increasing recycling across America.

“It is through partnerships with organizations such as Keep America Beautiful and the Alcoa Foundation that allows us to expand our recycling efforts on campus,” said Art Frazier, director, Facilities Management & Services at Spelman. “Recycling not only saves our environment, but also saves money.”

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.

In 2012, Spelman participated in the per capita challenge, recycling up to 2.6 pounds of commodities per student, per day. The college placed 121, up from 242 in the previous year and diverted more than 50 tons of recyclables from the waste stream.

“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 curc3r.org.

About Spelman College
Founded in 1881, Spelman College is a highly selective, liberal arts college widely recognized as the global leader in the education of women of African descent. Located in Atlanta, Ga., the college’s picturesque campus is home to 2,100 students. Outstanding alumnae include Children’s Defense Fund founder Marian Wright Edelman; Sam’s Club CEO Rosalind Brewer; JPMorgan Chase Foundation President Kimberly Davis; former acting Surgeon General and Spelman’s first alumna President Audrey Forbes Manley; Harvard College Dean Evelyn Hammonds; author Pearl Cleage; and actress LaTanya Richardson Jackson. For more information, visit www.spelman.edu.

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 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, 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 kab.org.

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