The PepsiCo Foundation recently awarded Randolph College a grant from the 2017-18 PepsiCo Recycling Zero Impact Fund. Randolph was one of 19 schools from across the nation selected from a pool of more than 60 proposals.
The $3,480 grant will help expand Randolph College’s Rummage Room, located in Room 366 of Main Hall. The Rummage Room is a space where students can donate usable items and furniture they no longer need when they move out at the end of the academic year. In turn, new and returning students can look through the selection and take the supplies, free of charge.
“Before heading on a Walmart run, students can stop by the Rummage Room to pick up anything from kitchen utensils and box fans to notebooks and crafting supplies,” explained Sustainability Coordinator Sara Woodward. “By donating to and taking advantage of this program, students reduce their individual carbon footprint and of course the College’s overall waste.”
In addition to Woodward, Marie Abowd ’19 worked to develop the Rummage Room and helped write the grant. The grant will allow the College to expand the collection aspect of the Rummage Room program.
“Our sustainability interns ran a ‘pilot’ collection program during move-out last spring by setting up collection boxes on their residence hall floors,” Woodward said. “With this grant, we will be able to buy larger and sturdier bins to place in each residence hall, hire a few student workers to collect and organize the donations during move-out this year, and prepare the Rummage Room for ‘customers’ during move-in next semester.”
In its second year, PepsiCo Recycling’s Zero Impact Fund aims to help schools across the country reach their sustainability goals by awarding up to $10,000 to support eco-innovations that increase sustainability on campus. For more information on the PepsiCo Recycling Zero Impact Fund and other winning proposals, visit PepsiCoRecycling.com.