George Mason Elementary wins a 30 in Thirty Grant!

George Mason Elementary School has been awarded a 30 in Thirty grant of $750 in the recycling category.  Government, non-profit, civic and service organizations in Virginia were invited to apply for grants for $500 to $1,000 describing how they plan to tackle an environmental concern in their community regarding Litter Prevention, Recycling, Cigarette Litter Prevention, or Community Beautification.

Since 2011, we have provided over $178,000 to fund 230 environmental projects and programs all across the Commonwealth, due to the generosity this year of our partners at Altria and Keep America Beautiful.

George Mason Elementary School is located in the heart of the Churchill area in the City of Richmond. Due to the lead levels in the pipes of the school, they have been receiving water bottles on a regular basis since Winter 2017.  Each of the 400 student are allowed as much water as they like.  All of those water bottles currently get thrown away with the each day.  Funding for their project, “No Bottle Left Behind,” will be used to purchase recycling bins for each classroom, and large bins to transport the bottles to the curb for pickup.  This will keep thousands of recyclable plastic bottles out of the area landfill.

The mission at Keep Virginia Beautiful is to engage and unite Virginians to improve our natural and scenic environment through five impact areas:  Litter Prevention, Waste Reduction, Recycling, Beautification, and Environmental Education.