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AkzoNobel Reveals Plans for Industry’s First Sustainability Education Challenge Grant

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July 10, 2013—AkzoNobel Automotive & Aerospace Coatings has announced plans to establish a $50,000 Sustainability Education Challenge Grant for the collision repair industry.

The Sustainability Education Challenge Grant, administered in collaboration with the Collision Repair Education Foundation, is intended to stimulate awareness and thinking in students with an aspiration to enter the industry.

“Collision repair centers that are currently heavily involved in the issue of sustainability have told us that the education of those entering the field is critical to a successful future,” said Laura Costello, director of marketing for AkzoNobel.  “We are taking that guidance to heart and feel that this program will yield significant results, both now and well into the future.”

The grant will be made available to secondary and post-secondary educational institutions and students choosing to engage in activities that provide new and practical ways of thinking about sustainability, as well as tools that help advance the collective reduction of the carbon footprint in collision repair environments. 

Submission deadlines are in the fall of 2013 and the acknowledgements for the grants, to be awarded in 2014, will be announced during SEMA 2013.

For more information, contact Melissa Marscin, director of grant programs for the Collision Repair Education Foundation, at 847.463.5282 or

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