Each year, PepsiCo Recycling offers up to $10,000 for innovative campus sustainability initiatives through the Zero Impact Fund. Only 27 colleges and universities will earn funding from this year's Zero Impact Fund.
When learning of this opportunity, senior physics major, Nick Palmer, began writing a grant proposal to PepsiCo for a new campus recycling initiative. The project proposes the installation of a multi-material recycling baler on campus, removing the need for any offsite facilities and potentially reducing annual recycling costs by 43%.
Nick recently learned that his proposal was selected as one of the projects that would receive the maximum funding of $10,000 towards making this idea a reality. His on-campus recycling baler idea was also recognized by PepsiCo as one of the "most unique projects in this year's winning group".
On track to graduate in May, Nick is currently an intern for the Office of Sustainability and has worked on a variety of projects during his time at Georgia College. Congratulations, Nick!