Grambling State Awarded Keep Louisiana Beautiful University Affiliate Grant for Continued Support of Campus Wide Recycling Project


Grambling, La. – November 30, 2023 – Keep GSU Beautiful has been selected once again as a recipient of the University Affiliate Grant by Keep Louisiana Beautiful, the state’s premier anti-litter and community improvement organization.

This year’s grant, in the amount of $4,510 will support the continuation of the previous start-up of the GSU’s Recycling Project.

The purpose of the GSU Recycling Project is designed to be a two-fold educational project.
To reduce the amount of paper and plastics that GSU sends to the local landfills and to also provide a base to support student environmental learning as well.

It is anticipated that the GSU project will provide an immediate reduction in the amount of paper and plastics that will enter the environment because of the recycling project. The project will increase campus wide awareness as more faculty and students learn of the benefits.

The educational component of the project will be established by the involvement of both faculty and students. The proposed project will also provide an avenue in which students can achieve the required Service Learning hours as well. Biology majors enrolled in BIOL 418 Environmental Issues and Policies will participate as a course learning requirement as they focus on the solutions of reducing and reusing to eliminate excess amounts of materials that enter the landfills. Students will be able to not only learn specifics regarding the importance of recycling, but will also assist in the planning, set up and execution of a spring recycling project that is in conjunction of the campus wide clean-up projects. Future plans to add a graduate level STEM program will provide an avenue in which graduate students can take charge of the recycling project while also learning about ways to reduce, reuse and recycle.

The grant was written by Dr. Dagne Hill. Dr. Rory Bedford and Dr. Ellen Smiley will provide leadership and guidance in this important GSU endeavor.

About Grambling State University
Combining the academic strengths of a major university with the benefits of a small college, Grambling State University fosters an environment where students develop into trailblazers, thought leaders, and innovators of the next generation. As one of the country’s top producers of African American graduates in Computer Information Science, the university takes pride in preparing graduates who are unafraid to forge new paths and exceed boundaries. Founded in 1901 in Grambling, Louisiana, the historically black university offers 46 undergraduate and graduate academic programs on its historic 590-acre campus and is home to world-class athletics, an internationally renowned marching band, and vibrant student life. Grambling’s student-focused philosophy is central to what they do and is exemplified by their motto: Where Everybody is Somebody. For more information, visit

About Keep Louisiana Beautiful
Keep Louisiana Beautiful is a non-profit organization dedicated to achieving a cleaner, greener Louisiana through litter reduction and beautification initiatives. To learn about our network of Community and University Affiliates, grant opportunities, educational programs, and ways to get involved, please visit Keep Louisiana Beautiful is an Affiliate of Keep America Beautiful.