To engage and unite Virginians to improve our natural and scenic environment.

Galax High School WINS $1,000 Grant from KVB

* One of 30 Grants in 30 Days Being Distributed *

Galax High National Honor Society has been awarded a $1,000 grant in the Plastic Bag Recycling Category.  The KVB grant program focuses greater resources and attention on individual localities throughout the Commonwealth and how they are addressing the issues of litter prevention, recycling, waste reduction, beautification and education.  In honor of Earth Month, Keep Virginia Beautiful (KVB) is awarding “30 Grants In 30 Days” in April, 2011.

Galax High School National Honor Society will install plastic bag recycling containers at each grocery store in Galax city proper and one at Galax HS for community members to recycle their plastic bags.  In addition to providing recycling receptacles, Galax citizens will be given the opportunity to exchange 20 of their one-time use plastic shopping bags for one new reuseable bag, also purchased with grant funds.  The bags will be counted by National Honor Society members to measure progress as well as matching the $1,000 grant amount to provide additional opportunities.  For information on Galax High School and their project, contact Babette Nuckolls, or (276) 236-2991.

KVB provided the opportunity for government, non-profit and/or service organizations in Virginia to apply for one of (30) $1,000 grants in three different categories: 10 grants for plastic bag reduction and recycling, 10 grants for cigarette litter prevention, and 10 grants for community greening and beautification.  These grants are made possible by KVB’s partners, Walmart and Waste Management.

The mission at Keep Virginia Beautiful is to engage and unite Virginians to improve our natural and scenic environment.  Our goals include becoming the leading statewide voice, providing a framework for improved communication and collaboration, cultivating and supporting sustainable programs, and engaging citizens by linking them to volunteer opportunities and information through these 5 impact areas:  Litter Prevention, Waste Reduction, Recycling, Beautification, and Environmental Education.