ZERO IMPACT FUND
The PepsiCo Recycling Zero Impact Fund is designed to engage your entire campus community by offering a chance to win up to $10,000 to create or strengthen green initiatives on campus. Up to 30 campuses may benefit, depending on the amount of funding requested by each winner and quality of applications as determined by our judging panel.
How It Works:
Funding will be awarded for projects aimed at making environmental, economic and social sustainability impacts on your campus. Winning proposals will explain how the PepsiCo Recycling Zero Impact Fund would help each school reach its sustainability goals and will be judged based on the following criteria: 1) Environmental Impact, 2) Social Impact, 3) Desirability/Feasibility/Longevity, 4) Ingenuity, and 5) Cost Effectiveness. See Official Rules for details.
WINNING SCHOOLS FROM 2017-2018 SCHOOL YEAR:
Congratulations to the following schools for being recipients of the Zero Impact Fund! We are glad to see your green initiatives coming to life on campus.
University of Michigan
Project Title: Pollinator-Friendly Landscaping at the University of Michigan
Project Description: Outdoor signage, as well as pollinator friendly fixtures such as bee hotels and hummingbird feeders, will inform visitors about the importance of pollinators.
Project Title: Reducing Waste, Fighting Hunger: Increasing Community Food Waste Diversion
Project Description: Planning to reduce the waste stream by diverting food waste into food rescue programs.
Utah State University
Project Title: Toward an Organic Landscape at Utah State
Project Description: Will add a wood chipper to turn its coarse but fertile compost into an even more valuable soil amendment, replacing 16,000-20,000 lbs. of chemical fertilizer with organic compost fertilizer.
Lake Erie College
Project Title: LEC Environmental Jump Start
Project Description: Help create the first recycling program on campus and jump start the environmental plan to divert waste and reduce energy consumption.
Project Title: Increasing Diversion in High Use Campus Spaces through Educational Signage and Peer Outreach
Project Description: Create and install informative and easy to read signage above 200 waste hubs that feature recycling, compost and landfill waste bins in five residence halls and five academic buildings.
Project Title: Completion of Centre College's First Solar Photovoltaic Project
Project Description: The support will stimulate matching funds and complete a 30kW on-campus solar photovoltaic system.
Project Title: Conquering Food Waste through Vermicomposting and Organic Grounds Keeping
Project Description: Employ worms to digest food scraps transforming an expensive waste stream into valuable vermicompost.
St. Andrews University
(A Branch of Webber International University)
Project Title: Green Knights
Project Description: Introducing waste stations that include recycling in and around our 8 residence halls, academic buildings, and outdoor gathering areas.
University of Illinois Springfield
Project Title: UIS “Warm-Glo” Recycling Bin Research & Engagement Project
Project Description: Purchase more recycling bins and conduct research that will help us better understand the factors that motivate students to recycle more actively.
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Project Title: Establishing a Peer-to-Peer Sustainable Education Program
Project Description: Establish a smart and sustainable peer-to-peer engagement program to inform and engage our community about sustainable practices like recycling.
Project Title: Developing a Campus-Wide Single-Stream Recycling Program
Project Description: Implementing a single-stream system will make recycling simple, providing the campus with only two options for waste: recycle or landfill.
West Chester University
Project Title: Solar-Powered Mini Split HVAC System for Campus Sustainability
Project Description: Install and test a novel solar-powered mini-split HVAC system to partly offset grid electricity consumption used for heating and air conditioning of WCU’s Office of Sustainability.
Virginia Wesleyan University
Project Title: VWU Sustainable Cell Phone Chargers
Project Description: Add sustainable cell phone charging stations for students, which rely on solar and human power.
Northeast State Comm. College
Project Title: Northeast State Community College (NeSCC) Water Conservation Project
Project Description: Replace 33 of the 35 conventional water faucets in restrooms located in two of the largest campus buildings with touchless technology faucets.
Project Title: Randolph College Rummage Room Program Expansion
Project Description: This will pay for 4 student workers in housing and labor costs for one move-out and one move-in period, as well as purchase necessary equipment to manage this program.
University of Texas at Arlington
Project Title: Compost Container Cleaning Station
Project Description: The Container Cleaning Station will provide the master composter's with a work station to clean the buckets and collect run-off water for reuse onto the compost windrows.
Project Title: Shenandoah University Composting Council
Project Description: The Composting Council will create and oversee a composting and food waste program.
Oregon State University
Project Title: A) Student Engagement with the OSU Solar Trailer and B) Solar Thermal System Upgrade
Project Description: A) Design and install a new, safer method of raising and lowering the 600 pound, 1,800 watt solar array for the OSU Solar Trailer. B) Upgrade and repair an uncommon solar thermal system used as a teaching tool on Kelley Engineering Center, our first certified green building.