Modeling Zero Waste Resiliency on US College Campuses During COVID-19

Post-Landfill Action Network (PLAN) is dedicated to fostering the student-led zero waste movement on college and university campuses. With a network of over 200 member campuses across the U.S., PLAN aims to deepen student understanding of zero waste and environmental justice as well as guiding student action on campus.

With Plastic Solutions Fund support,  PLAN will maintain momentum for building zero waste campuses and communities through remote collaboration with its established network of students and campuses across the country. 

The project also supports PLAN’s development of a zero waste certification for campuses – called the Zero Waste Atlas Project – that will establish a clear standard for what defines a zero waste campus and establish a competitive push for campuses to achieve high-level rankings.

PLAN has built the assessment and scoring tool, and piloted the effort with over a dozen campuses, and is ready for the next critical step — establishing the first round of comparable campus metrics and announcing the first round of campuses that will use this metrics to commit to long-term zero waste goals.

Through its Break Free From Plastic Campus Pledge, PLAN works in collaboration with the larger Break Free from Plastic movement. The pledge guides colleges and universities towards the long-term elimination of single-use disposable plastics on campus, with a specific focus on campus procurement.


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