Thanks to funding from the PepsiCo Recycling Zero Impact Fund, Millersville University will establish a group of Student Sustainability Ambassadors. A grant worth $5,750 will pay for materials and resources to support the student workers as they run campus events that focus on conserving energy, reducing waste and cutting greenhouse gas emissions.
Millersville is one of eight schools selected to receive funding through the PepsiCo Recycling Zero Impact Fund, an expansion of PepsiCo Recycling’s college and university programs to help bring campus eco-innovations to life. The Zero Impact Fund encouraged colleges and universities across the country to submit ideas to accomplish their environmental goals; winning applications received up to $10,000 from PepsiCo.
“Millersville University is fortunate to have PepsiCo as a partner as we establish our Student Sustainability Ambassadors,” says MU’s Sustainability Manager Chris Steuer. “They will be able to help continue and expand the University’s sustainability initiatives, particularly in and around the residence halls.”
Following the release of its Climate Action Plan in January of 2016, Millersville University has launched various initiatives aimed at cutting its climate impact, including launching a campus energy conservation campaign and breaking ground on a net zero energy building—the Lombardo Welcome Center. The PepsiCo Recycling Zero Impact Funds will strengthen the efforts to contribute to the University’s carbon neutral goal.
In its first year, 40 colleges and universities submitted project proposals for the PepsiCo Recycling Zero Impact Fund for the 2016-2017 school year, which were evaluated by a PepsiCo committee. Project proposals were evaluated based on the following criteria: environmental and social impact, feasibility, longevity and ingenuity.
“The Zero Impact Fund is a great example of how innovative and sustainable ideas can come from anyone,” says Tim Carey, Senior Director of Sustainability at PepsiCo. “We’re excited to see how our Zero Impact Fund recipients will bring their campus eco-innovations to life and are proud to play a role in helping to implement impactful sustainability initiatives that we hope will inspire other schools to do the same.”
Since 2010, PepsiCo Recycling has partnered with more than 100 colleges and universities on campus recycling programs and has awarded more than $70,000 to support campus recycling efforts and increase student engagement. In addition to the Zero Impact Fund, PepsiCo Recycling offers resources for colleges and universities to reduce waste and recycle at collegiate athletic events and engage the campus community around sustainability.
For more information on the PepsiCo Recycling Zero Impact Fund and winning proposals, visit PepsiCoRecycling.com.
About PepsiCo Recycling
The PepsiCo Recycling program, introduced on Earth Day 2010, brings innovative recycling solutions to colleges and universities, K-12 schools, gas stations and popular retail locations across North America with the goal of increasing the U.S. beverage container recycling rate. With programs including college and university container collections and Recycle Rallies, and the help of many strategic partners, students and public citizens alike, PepsiCo is on its way to capturing more recyclables and creating a culture of recycling. To learn more, please visit www.PepsiCoRecycling.com.