Kennesaw State University honored with statewide award

Gov. Sonny Perdue recently honored more than 50 individuals‚ organizations and businesses for…

Georgia (Apr 16, 2003) — Kennesaw State University honored with statewide award



Gov. Sonny Perdue recently honored more than 50 individuals‚ organizations and businesses for their part in improving Georgia's environment at Keep Georgia Beautiful's 25th anniversary awards luncheon at the Georgia World Congress Center.

Kennesaw State University's recycling program received the Waste Reduction Award in the non−profit organization category. This award recognizes the efforts of organizations that provide environmental education or other conservation messages to change attitudes and promote responsible waste handling.

"This is truly a notable honor for KSU to receive this award‚" said KSU Director of Environmental and Health Safety Gerald Donaldson. "It reflects the ongoing effort and the commitment that the campus community has adopted to prevent litter and improve community waste handling practices through recycling."

More than 500 people attended this year's luncheon and heard Gov. Perdue congratulate the efforts of award recipients to beautify their part of Georgia.

"We are recycling 11‡ −12 tons per month‚ at Kennesaw State‚" said Pete Blanar‚ custodial foreman at KSU. "Since July‚ we've recycled 5.5 tons of plastic bottles and cans − that's 115‚000 bottles and cans. I hope we will all continue to do the right thing. Think recycle‚ because we're losing land in order to bury trash."

Accepting the award on behalf of Kennesaw State University were Blanar and Donaldson. KSU's Director of Service Learning Dick Grover was also instrumental in the success of this program.

Keep Georgia Beautiful‚ a program of the Georgia Department of Community Affairs‚ recognized the award winners for their ongoing efforts to prevent litter‚ reduce waste disposal through conservation and recycling‚ and preserve Georgia's natural and man−made beauty. Awards categories include litter prevention‚ beautification‚ waste minimization and community improvement.


Kennesaw State University is a comprehensive‚ residential institution with a growing student population of 15‚600 from 118 countries. The fifth largest out of 34 institutions in the University System of Georgia‚ KSU offers 55 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.


A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its nearly 43,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the country and the world. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status. For more information, visit