Blacksburg’s ’16 Frogs Citizen Panel’ awarded $1,000 grant for recycling program

New River Valley News

BLACKSBURG, Va. (WFXR) – Keep Virginia Beautiful has awarded its annual 30 in 30 Green Grants each day during the month of June.

One of the recipients of the grant award is Blacksburg’s 16 Frogs Citizen Panel which will use the grant funds for its recycling program.

The 16 Frogs is a public arts project with an environmental conscience.

Sixteen bronze frog statues are placed strategically throughout the Town of Blacksburg to call attention to the freshwater under and around streets and buildings.

Most are resting above “ghost streams,” and each has a story to tell.

Reusing, reducing, and recycling are each at the heart of the 16 Frogs message because every single person, group, or business can take part in protecting shared water resources.

The Panel will use grant funds for design work, screen printing, and packaging of branded, reusable flatware packs, and reusable produce bags to promote environmentally healthy habits by reducing the use of disposable products.

Each year, government, non-profit, civic and service organizations throughout Virginia are invited to apply for 30 in 30 Green Grants which range from $500 to $1,000 and are awarded to organizations working to tackle an environmental concern in their community regarding litter prevention, recycling, cigarette litter prevention, or community beautification.

Since 2011, Keep Virginia Beautiful has provided $254,500 for 320 different environmental programs and projects across the Commonwealth.

To learn more about Blacksburg’s 16 Frogs program, click here.

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