Toyota Green Initiative Awards Green Campus Contest Grand Prize To Grambling
State University Student
Contest Winners and Semifinalists Encourage Fellow HBCU Students to Go Green
TORRANCE, Calif., April 29, 2013
TORRANCE, Calif., April 29, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Toyota Green Initiative
(TGI), an environmental stewardship platform designed to empower the African
American community to adopt a sustainable lifestyle, is pleased to announce
that student Corban Bell of Grambling State University in Grambling, La., is
the grand prize winner of TGI's third annual Green Campus Contest. With
nearly 1,300 votes on http://www.ToyotaGreen.com, Bell's plan and
establishment of a permanent, campus-wide recycling program at his school
earned him a 2012 Toyota Prius and $5,000 toward the purchase of trees for his
Grambling State University campus. He also receives membership to the TGI
Coalition, a collective of environmental experts and celebrities who speak on
sustainability within the African American community and relevant ways to go
First prize winner and runner-up Domenio Smith of Howard University in
Washington, D.C., will also receive $2,500 toward the purchase of trees for
his school. The trees for both Howard University and Grambling State
University will be planted during the fall 2013 TGI Mobile Tour.
"We received so many phenomenal Green Campus Contest submissions from students
concerned about the environment," said Jim Colon, vice president of product
communications for Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. and TGI Coalition member.
"In the end, Corban Bell's plan to establish a recycling program and lead
additional initiatives, such as hosting a sustainability awareness week and
expanding Grambling's compost program, impressed the TGI program as well as
"I'm so excited to be selected as this year's Green Campus Contest winner,"
said Bell. "TGI is a great environmental resource for the African American
community, and I'm honored to represent the program in my efforts to improve
the green culture at Grambling."
The TGI Green Campus Contest is an environmental competition where students at
select Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) can submit plans
on conserving resources within their campus and/or community. After an initial
selection round, each of the 10 semifinalists is provided with a $500 budget
to help implement his or her respective campus program. The results of their
efforts are reviewed by the TGI Coalition and the two finalists' essays are
posted on ToyotaGreen.com where visitors can vote for their favorites. Past
Green Campus Contest winners include Tamika Smith of Jackson State University
in Jackson, Miss., in 2011 and Stephen Graddick IV of Johnson C. Smith
University in Charlotte, N.C., in 2010.
To learn more about the Toyota Green Initiative and the Green Campus Contest,
please visit http://www.ToyotaGreen.com.
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markets products and services through a network of nearly 1,500 Toyota, Lexus
and Scion dealers which sold more than two million vehicles in 2012. Toyota
directly employs nearly 30,000 people in the U.S. and its investment here is
currently valued at more than $18 billion. For more information about Toyota,
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SOURCE Toyota Green Initiative
Contact: Nilaja Parker, Burrell Communications for Toyota, +1-312-523-8835,
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