PepsiCo Recycling is expanding its second year of the Zero Impact Fund, which offers eligible colleges and universities an opportunity to bring campus eco-innovations to life.
Through the Zero Impact Fund, schools can submit ideas to accomplish their environmental goals, with winning applications receiving up to $10,000 each from PepsiCo Recycling. In its first year, the Zero Impact Fund received applications from more than 40 different campuses and awarded grants to eight schools.
"As a part of our Performance with Purpose agenda, PepsiCo is proud to empower our college and university partners to develop and implement sustainability initiatives that not only impact their campuses but inspire others," Tom Mooradian, PepsiCo sustainability manager, said in a statement. "We were thrilled to be able to help make a difference at campuses across the country last year and are excited to up the ante this year in hopes of seeing even more innovative ideas generated by students, faculty and staff in the second year of the Zero Impact Fund."
For the 2017-2018 school year, schools selected to receive funding will be notified early next year. A PepsiCo Recycling committee will evaluate each school's proposal based on the following criteria:
- Environmental Impact – How the proposed project creates a more sustainable campus.
- Economic Impact – The environmentally related cost savings.
- Social Impact – How the campus community is engaged and positive behavioral change is fostered.
- Desirability, Feasibility, Longevity – The demonstrated support of campus leadership and the extent to which the initiative is scalable.
- Ingenuity – How positive sustainability impact will be achieved in a new or innovative way.
Last year's winning project proposals included compost infrastructure development, student education and engagement campaigns, renewable energy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, zero-waste programs, a bike-share program, and landfill diversion programs.