PULLMAN, Wash. — Summer efforts by 19 Japanese students from Japan’s Nihon Fine Arts University will be unveiled at 3:15 p.m. Tuesday (Sept. 17) during a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the project site at Washington State University’s public recycling station on Daily Road.

The group’s project was to design signage for the recycling station. The students were on campus during the summer as part of the WSU Intensive American Language Center’s English as a Second Language offerings on campus.

IALC, under the direction of Pamela Duran, hosts short programs for visiting international students from various countries. Nihon Fine Arts University, under the leadership of Professor Masashi Kimura, a graduate of WSU’s Fine Arts program, established the connection of the two universities. The Japanese students are challenged to cooperatively assess, design, convey and implement a project in their second language, English.

“We hope this project will provide visual appeal and clear information to Pullman’s public recycling patrons and improve the accuracy of collection,” said Judi Dunn, WSU recycling education coordinator. “We also know it will serve as Nihon fine arts students’ aesthetic message that we are truly global citizens in the efforts to preserve Earth’s resources and industry.”

Japan currently has one of the most precisely controlled and mandatory national recycling systems in the world.