VSU Awarded $1,000 for Kick Butt Campaign

Virginia State University is awarded $1,000 to conduct a campaign to encourage proper disposal of cigarette butts in receptacles.

VSU will conduct a fall environmental service project open to visitors, faculty, staff, and students that will be organized and managed by the Facilities and Capital Outlay staff. Their fall service activity will begin with a discussion on storm water management. They will open a Filterra grate, designed to filter contaminants from runoff and improve water quality, and show the students the amount of cigarette butts that have accumulated.

Grant funds will be used to purchase pole mounted ballot box cigarette butt receptacles that will be placed at residence hall complexes and the Student Union, in an effort to eliminate cigarette butts being disposed of on the ground.

Each Ballot Bin displays a question and two answers. Smokers vote by putting their cigarette butt in the slots underneath their preferred answer. The cigarette butt litter stacks up behind the clear glass front in two columns, showing which answer is more popular. The questions can be easily changed, and will offer funny, topical, or provocative voting opportunities throughout the academic year, while demonstrating the effects of cigarette butts as litter.

Go VSU, we hope you Kick Butt!