Bridgewater College receives enterprise grant to support recycling program


A $2,500 grant to Bridgewater College from the Enterprise Holdings Foundation will fund the purchase of an electric-powered utility vehicle for use in the college’s recycling program.

bridgewaterThe Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the company that operates the Enterprise Rent-A-Car, National Car Rental and Alamo Rent A Car brands. Enterprise Rent-A-Car’s Harrisonburg location is the college’s primary provider of rental vehicles.

According to Teshome Molalenge, director of the Bridgewater College Center for Sustainability, the purchase of a used, extended-cab electric utility vehicle will double the recycling transportation options available to the college’s student-run  recycling program.

Molalenge said Bridgewater has made its recycling program a focal point of attention on campus, placing many recycling bins in high-traffic areas and implementing a student-run collection program. Eight students currently work in the program and share one small electric utility cart and a student-assembled Bike Cargo to transport recycling items throughout the 240-acre campus.

“As the recycling program has expanded and collections increased, it has become increasingly difficult for the students to keep up with demand, given the resources currently available to them,” said Molalenge. “The Enterprise grant will give our students the tools they need to make the BC recycling program a sustainability success story.”

Bridgewater College is a private, four-year liberal arts college located in the Central Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Founded in 1880, it was the state’s first private, coeducational college. Today, Bridgewater College is home to approximately 1,850 undergraduate students.



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