NASHVILLE, Tennessee (AP) – Environmental services company Waste Management has announced a three-year, $ 300,000 commitment to environmental sustainability research at Tennessee State University and scholarships and internships for students at the school .
Construction and demolition waste has nearly doubled in the past decade at Waste Management’s Southern Services landfill and recycling facility in Nashville, the company and the school said in a press release. Meanwhile, the recycling rate has decreased.
Half of the company’s donation will be used for research by students and faculty as well as company staff focused on the diversion and recovery of construction and demolition materials to reduce landfill waste, according to the press release. The remainder will be used for primarily need-based scholarships for up to 10 Nashville-area students each year. The company will also offer up to four paid summer internship opportunities to students of the school.
Tennessee State President Glenda Glover and Don Gentilcore, regional director of waste disposal operations for waste management, announced the program during the Tennessee state football game on Saturday.
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