​For over 60 years, Keep America Beautiful (KAB) has had one focus: to make the country a cleaner, greener and more beautiful place to live.

So it makes sense that the nonprofit would choose to partner with another long-time environmental sustainability leader, Sacramento State University, to develop a new model for future U.S. college and university campus affiliates of KAB.

The partnership  Keep America Beautiful of Sacramento State ​ was announced in May at an event held at the university's Bioconversion and Compost Facility.

"As part of the Keep America Beautiful Affiliate Network, Sac State Sustainability is acting as a catalyst for positive community change, with the goal of improving the quality of life for the university community, including its students, faculty and administrators," said Helen Lowman, president and CEO, Keep America Beautiful, in a press release.

Through its newly formed partnership, Sac State students will have access to a number of grant, research, internship and volunteer opportunities.

Keep America Beautiful, founded in 1953, is comprised of more than 620 community-based affiliates and partner organizations.

Sac State was recently listed on The Princeton Review's 2017 Green Honor Roll as one of just 21 campuses honored for environmental awareness and preparedness among participating U.S. colleges.