Grants awarded in 2018
Hennepin County recently awarded eight grants totaling $150,300 to schools and school districts to reduce waste and improve recycling and organics programs. Grant recipients include four public school districts, two charter schools, and two non-public schools.
Calvin Christian School (Edina)
$12,000 to start organics collection throughout the school, including in the classrooms and restrooms, where they will be collecting paper towels. They are also replacing disposable utensils with compostable ones.
Hopkins Public Schools
$23,500 to improve organics and recycling collection in all school cafeterias by getting sorting stations to help direct students when disposing of their waste.
Minneapolis Public Schools
$50,000 to start or improve recycling and organics recycling at 11 schools
- Anishinabe Academy/Anne Sullivan Communication Center and North High School will start organics recycling.
- Eight schools will improve their organics recycling program by getting waste stations to help students figure out what goes where:
- Anthony Middle Schools
- Dowling Elementary School
- Hiawatha Community School
- Jefferson Community School
- Kenwood Community School
- Lake Nokomis Community School - Keewaydin Campus
- Northeast Middle School
- Pillsbury Community School
- Dowling Elementary and Jefferson Community School will also expand recycling and organics collection throughout their schools.
- Justice Page Middle School will add outdoor recycling stations.
Minnetonka Public Schools
$2,500 to improve recycling collection in common areas at Minnetonka Middle School East.
Nativity of Mary Catholic School (Bloomington)
$9,400 to start organics collection in the cafeteria and improve recycling school-wide.
Noble and Nompeng Academies (Brooklyn Center and Brooklyn Park)
$24,000 to establish organics and recycling collection in the cafeteria and classrooms at Nompeng Academy, which is opening this fall in Brooklyn Center. Nompeng is also getting outdoor recycling stations and compost bins for the garden. Noble Academy in Brooklyn Park will focus on improving waste sorting in cafeteria.
Osseo Area Schools
$13,600 for Fair Oaks Elementary to start collecting organics and recycling in the cafeteria. Paper towels from the restrooms will also be diverted to organics recycling.
Prairie Seeds Academy (Brooklyn Park)
$15,300 to start organics collection in the cafeteria and get reusable utensils to replace disposable ones. They will also start collecting paper towels from restrooms for organics recycling.