ASU receives recycling bin grant from Coca-Cola, Keep America Beautiful

May 4, 2015

Arizona State University is the recipient of a 2015 recycling bin grant from the national nonprofit Keep America Beautiful and the Coca-Cola Foundation.

More than 3,600 recycling bins are being distributed to 37 colleges and universities as part of the Coca-Cola/Keep America Beautiful Recycling Bin Grant Program. ASU will receive 75 bins. Download Full Image

“We will distribute the 23-gallon bins to the Thunderbird School of Global Management to further our recycling program collections at the university’s newest location,” said Alana Levine, ASU Recycling Program Manager.

Located a few miles west of the ASU West campus in Glendale, Arizona, the Thunderbird School became a unit of the Arizona State University Knowledge Enterprise at the end of 2014.

“Our recycling team is enthusiastic about placing the bins at the Thunderbird School this summer and expanding our collections to more areas in an effort to divert recyclables from the waste stream,” Levine added.

As part of the grant terms, ASU Recycling team members will track the amount of recycled items captured by the bins during the first year of use. The collections information will be distributed in reports KAB sends to the Coca-Cola Foundation.

According to Keep America Beautiful information, nearly 45,000 recycling bins – including the 2015 grants – have been placed in the program nationwide since its inception in 2007.

“We are grateful for the Keep America Beautiful, Coca-Cola recycling bins grant that moves us closer to achieving the university’s zero solid waste and climate neutrality goals,” Levine said.

ASU defines zero solid waste as a 90 percent reduction in landfill waste from current business-as-usual status. Diversion and aversion are the methods ASU takes to achieve zero waste. Waste is averted through reduced consumption and diverted from the landfill through recycling, composting, and reusing or repurposing.

To learn more about steps ASU is taking to reduce solid waste and achieve climate neutrality, read the university’s 2014 Sustainability Operations Annual Review. For more information about the Coca-Cola/Keep America Beautiful recycling bins grant program, read their recent press release.

Wendy Craft

Marketing and communications manager, Business and Finance Communications Group


Former foster youth get head start on college preparedness with new ASU program

May 4, 2015

In 2013, former foster youth got a big boost with Senate Bill 1208, which provides a college-tuition waiver for those who age out of the foster-care system.

But financial assistance is only one hurdle to getting a degree. A new program at ASU is addressing other challenges. Desaray Klimenko Download Full Image

“Many former foster youth simply do not have the same support systems as their peers – from stable housing to role models,” said Cynthia Lietz, associate dean in the College of Public Service and Community Solutions.

“Without the preparation and resources, these challenges can easily derail students from pursuing, and achieving, a college degree.”

Bridging Success Early-Start has received funding from Arizona State University’s Women & Philanthropy to support 50 incoming freshmen who are former foster youth, giving them access to specialized programming before coming to ASU’s campus.

“We are adapting existing resources to meet the unique needs of these young adults,” said Jeanne Hanrahan, liaison for University Academic Success Programs administration. “We can provide a landing place for youth to enter ASU, get prepared for college life and get connected to a safety net that will support them to graduation.”

The first cohort of students will participate in a one-week program before the start of the fall semester. In addition to getting oriented to the campus and the resources available, the programming helps students build life skills and a circle of friends.

“As a former foster-care child and a college graduate, I see Bridging Success Early-Start as a way to provide students with the necessary foundation for success in their first year,” said Desaray Klimenko, who earned a bachelor’s degree in social work and is now pursuing her master’s degree at ASU. “Programs like this are pivotal in realizing the dream of obtaining an education.”

“This is more than an ASU effort,” Lietz said. “Our community partners, including the Department of Child Safety, Arizona Children’s Association, Arizona Friends of Foster Children Foundation and Children’s Action Alliance, are working together to optimize the promise of Senate Bill 1208.”

Bridging Success Early-Start also adds another layer of support to Bridging Success, launched recently with funding from the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust. The program connects current and prospective students with resources to help them persist in achieving a college degree.

Both Bridging Success and Bridging Success Early-Start are a partnership between ASU’s College of Public Service and Community Solutions, and the University Academic Success Programs. They are open to students in across all majors.

Learn more about resources at ASU for former foster youth at the Bridging Success website. To register for Bridging Success Early-Start, click here.

Heather Beshears

director marketing and communications, College of Public Service and Community Solutions