Grant Recipient

Coles Elementary School Supports the Environment with New Recycling Program

Express Lanes representative, Christine Manley, presents Coles Elementary School with a Community Grant Program check for their Express Lanes Recycling Project. 

Coles Elementary School was awarded an Express Lanes Community Grant for their school recycling program in the summer of 2015.

Coles Elementary, located in Manassas, Virginia, serves 500 students from 32 countries, speaking 19 languages.  The school was recently recognized as a U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School, which acknowledges the school's commitment to sustainable practices, highlighting their commitment to reducing environmental impact and costs, improving health and wellness and providing effective environmental education.

With the help of the Express Lanes Community Grant Program, Coles Elementary implemented a recycling program to help achieve their goal of becoming a trash-free school.  Grant funding allowed Coles Elementary to put a recycling container in each classroom and hallway throughout the school.

The recycling program also works to educate and empower students and staff to reduce their school’s waste footprint by providing education to aid in rethinking, reducing, reusing and recycling. 

Coles Elementary is committed to inspiring leadership in environmental stewardship, health and sustainability and to involve and impact the entire school community.  Learn more about Coles Elementary School and their environmental initiatives.

The Express Lanes Community Grant Program supports organizations that sustain, enhance or protect the local environment and communities surrounding the Express Lanes corridor.  For more information about the Grant Program, please visit: