The PepsiCo Recycling Zero Impact Fund can help you start an impactful sustainability program on campus. Any college or university that has a direct or indirect contract or a direct agreement to sell PepsiCo beverage products can submit application(s) for a chance to receive up to $10,000 in funding. Entries will only be accepted from employees of the College or University. Proposals and applications should focus on creating environmental, economic and/or social impacts that support your school’s zero-impact journey. Details and examples of proposals can be found at Please review Official Rules before entering.

Review and complete the below application by 11:59:59 pm Eastern Time, Friday, December 21, 2018.

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Contact Information

Please list the name and contact information for the individual submitting the application on behalf of the school.

Please enter the contact information for the student, faculty, or staff member that will be responsible for leading the project, if approved. This person will be contacted for follow-up communications including reporting on progress.

Project Information

List the financial details of how you would invest funding from Zero Impact Fund (and other sources of funding, if applicable) if selected to receive a Zero Impact Fund award. In the column on the right, briefly explain the rationale for each investment.

Overall Impact on Awareness and Engagement

If applicable, please fill in the table below to show your expectations for the potential impact on

Describe the desired environmental impact(s) / outcome(s) of your project.

For each applicable metric below, fill in the estimated impact of your project

  • If your project involves expansion of an existing initiative, please share only the estimated incremental impact that your project will deliver, not the entire impact of the initiative (if unavailable please clarify in the notes section).
  • For non-applicable fields you may leave them blank.
Kilowatt-hours (kWh) produced
Kilowatt-hours (kWh) reduced
British Thermal Units (BTU) produced
British Thermal Units (BTU) reduced

NOTE: only fill out both kWh and BTU’s if some aspects of your project are more easily measured in terms of one and other aspects are more easily measured in terms of the other. Otherwise you may fill out either kWh or BTU and leave the other blank – in other words please do not enter redundant data, just choose the metric (either kWh or BTU) which is most easily calculated and leave the other blank.

Gallons saved (i.e. avoided consumption)
Gallons collected / diverted for re-use
Gallons to replenish watershed(s)

# of pounds no longer consumed (i.e. source reduction)
# of pounds diverted to re-use
# of pounds diverted to recycling
# of pounds diverted to compost

NOTE: waste data is often estimated in terms of tons. For the purpose of this application please convert tons to pounds (lbs.)

# of acres improved

You may reference EPA calculator for assistance:

Metric tons of CO2 equivalent (MTCO2E) eliminated
Metric tons of CO2 equivalent (MTCO2E) offset
If your project will result in additional environmental impact that is not depicted in the tables above, please share details here (be as specific as possible):

If you believe your project will educate, drive behavior change or influence lives in your community, fill in the applicable fields within the table below:

Exposure / Awareness: # of people who may see your project (whether a tangible structure or plaque or direct email / social media / digital communication)
Access: # of people who will have the opportunity to directly benefit from your project or become involved with it (e.g. if offering composting in a residence hall then how many students will have access?)
Influenced: # of people who will be likely to become deeply involved and carry the behavior or perspective with them for the rest of their life (e.g. students who may carry on the behavior after they graduate)
Champion: # of people who will be inspired to take an active leadership role in spreading the word and involving others in your project or initiative.

Provide a timeline of key milestones and the steps to implement the program. Please include any relevant progress to date.

Please explain if your project will be present on campus for more than one year, and recommend a long-term strategy for project management and maintenance.

By selecting the checkbox where indicated on the Contest registration page, you acknowledge that you have read and agree to the Official Rules, you certify that you are 18 years of age (19 in AL or NE) or older, are employed by the school for whose behalf on which you are applying, and are authorized to enter on behalf of the participating school.

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Void Where Prohibited.

Open to legal residents of fifty (50) United States, who are 18+ (19 in AL or NE). Contest ends 12/21/2018.
*Participation in this program is not contingent on an individual’s purchase of any PepsiCo products.

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