Atlas Zero Waste Certification®, conducted through our Fellowship model, is an additional recognition given to campuses who have undergone the Atlas Stage 1 assessment and scored above a certain threshold. Applications for the Spring and Fall semesters are reviewed on a rolling basis.Apply for Atlas Stage 1: Zero Waste Certification
Atlas Zero Waste Certification® creates a high-level standard for a zero waste campus. This standard will not allow for greenwashing of the Zero Waste Movement or waste reduction efforts, and pushes for continuous progress and innovation. This certification framework creates a standard benchmarking tool for campuses to set meaningful goals using a universal metric to measure and track progress towards zero waste. The ability to compare zero waste initiatives at all types of campuses will allow us to celebrate campuses that demonstrate leadership and successful models for zero waste programming!
The Atlas Zero Waste Achievement Levels are based off your Campus Zero Waste Score. The score breakdown is as follows (59.4% or below does not qualify for certification):
These costs reflect the pricing for current PLAN Members. If you are not currently a PLAN member, please see the Membership Pricing Scale first to access this membership add-on. This cost does not include financial or credit based compensation for the Fellow(s) on your campus.
If you are interested in Certification but find the cost to be a prohibitive factor, we want to hear from you! Please submit a request to our Movement Building Fund, also linked in the Certification Application Form.
Atlas is a qualitative, holistic assessment of the entire campus materials management system. After a Fellow from your campus is identified, they will learn how to use the Atlas Campus Programs Checklist to perform the interviews needed to gather data for the campus assessment. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.