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The Green Initiative Committee receives a 2014 Recycling Assistance Grant for $24,760

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Green is beautiful, especially when it involves dollars to help in the environmental effort of West Liberty University.

The Green Initiative Committee was awarded a 2014 Recycling Assistance Grant from the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection, for $24,760.

Other members of the green committee include WLU employees, Lihua Chen, Melissa Hudson, Aron Massey, Travis Miller, Jill Nixon, Anna Stephan-Robinson, Theunis van Aardt and Tracy Zang.  

"We are thrilled to be awarded this grant, as it will allow our voluntary recycling program to grow from its infancy into a full-fledged, mandatory program. In order to achieve this goal, much logistical planning will need to be done by the committee, in conjunction with the WLU maintenance and human resources departments, along with our WFF facility service and Republic Recycling. We hope to have the entire program up-and-running by the beginning of the fall 2014 term," Thomas said.

The grant money will be used to assist with the purchase of recycling storage buildings, recycling containers, a utility vehicle, recycling bags and an industrial scale.

WLU has been working on its green initiative for several years in an effort to encourage its students, employees and the community to get involved in recycling and environmental issues, while promoting a healthy campus environment. Sorority members, Beta Rho Epsilon, got involved too and have been collecting paper and other materials for recycling throughout the fall semester in both academic and administrative buildings.

The West Virginia Legislature made it possible to offer the REAP program through a $1 fee imposed on every ton of solid waste disposed of at state landfills and funds are available to any county, municipality, public or private entity in West Virginia interested in planning and implementing recycling programs, related public educational programs or needing assistance in recycling market efforts.