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ACC Grant to Fund Recycling Stations
News Release
Tuesday, July 03, 2018

When trying to raise awareness about the environment, Alvin Community College Marketing assistant Neisha Pander wants to take a small step and lead by example.

“The ACC vision is to improve the student’s quality of life and promote their success,” Pander said. “Implementing a recycling program will better ensure that the student’s will have clean environment to enjoy their better quality of life.”

Pander received a $1,000 grant from the ACC Foundation to start the Keep ACC Beautiful program which will include installation of recycling centers around campus.

The Innovative Initiative Grants were awarded to eleven projects this spring. They are designed to encourage, facilitate, recognize and reward innovative and creative approaches to fulfill the mission of the college. The grants will be used for the 2018-19 academic year.

“I‘m excited to have been selected by the ACC Foundation to receive funds to start a sustainability program here at ACC,” Pander said. “There is a lot work ahead in preparation of the recycling program and I am anxious to get started.”

Keep ACC Beautiful will use the funds to place three recycling centers at the busiest areas on campus including the Student Center, the Learning Commons and the Science/Health Science Building.

The group will work with other campus organizations including the Student Ambassadors and the Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society.

“We as a community can work together as a part of solution, instead of a part of the problem,” Pander said. “I think we should get out of the disposable age and catch up with the rest of the first world to learn and practice how to reduce, reuse, and recycle.”

One of the collected items will include aluminum cans, which can be sold to further support and possibly grow the program.

“I have great people with great ideas to help the program be successful like the Keep Alvin Beautiful organization,” Pander said. “I hope in the future to find that this was a good decision and we will be able to expand the program. And since I have never done anything like this before, it will be an awesome learning experience.”

The Foundation issued $12,290 in Innovative Initiative grants this year.

To learn more about the Foundation, visit or call 281-756-3600.

Photo cutline: ACC Foundation President David Jircik, left, presents a grant check to Marketing assistant Neisha Pander to start the Keep ACC Beautiful program.

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