In 2018, PLAN created the #BreakFreeFromPlastic Campus pledge, which guides colleges and universities towards single-use plastic elimination, and eventually, waste elimination. Want to get involved? Set up a call with Young, PLAN’s Campaign Director.
Who is working on eliminating plastic from their campus?
Stars: Campuses that have signed the pledge ~ Diamonds: Campuses with active campaigns ~ Circles: Campuses that had campaigns (now inactive)
Who has offically signed the pledge?
The College of the Atlantic
The College of the Atlantic is the first college campus in the country to sign onto the “Break Free From Plastic Campus Pledge” – a campus-wide commitment to eliminate all single-use disposable plastics. With COA’s President signing the pledge last week, COA has committed to “Break Free From Plastic” by 2025. This initiative was led by the student group [Earth] and supported by the non-profit the Post-Landfill Action Network (PLAN). The “Break Free From Plastic” campus pledge and toolkit specifically addresses accessibility and inclusivity concerns, and generates a framework for college campuses (and other institutions) to develop long-term systemic solutions to issues around waste and disposable consumption.
The Break Free from Plastic–Eckerd College Pledge will be the first and most stringent campus wide purchasing guideline to be enacted in the nation. Beginning on January 1, 2020, faculty, staff and students will be prohibited from using any of the College budget to buy nonessential, single-use plastics such as single-serve beverage bottles, plates, utensils, cups, shopping bags, hot-beverage packets in plastic, plastic shipping and packing materials, plasticated name tags, balloons, glow sticks, glitter and more.
The SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) is the first college in New York state and the third in the nation to sign the #breakfreefromplastic campus pledge, committing to develop a roadmap to a plastic-free campus by 2025. This pledge was developed by PLAN and is part of the Break Free From Plastic movement, which was started in 2016 to eliminate single-use plastic internationally.
Sterling College, a working college in Vermont, signed the pledge in March 2020, becoming the first working college to sign.
Durham Technical Community College
Durham Tech is the first community college to sign the pledge, in May 2020.
The University of California System
Under a new policy announced Aug. 24, all 10 campuses will phase out single-use plastic bags in retail and dining locations and then eliminate single-use plastic food service items and plastic bottles.
In September 2020 PLAN founded the student organizing coalition: Students Taking on Oil & Petrochemicals (S.T.O.P.). This was funded in partnership with the Center for Coalfield Justice, and The People over Petro Coalition (of which PLAN is a founding member). This funding allowed us to provide free membership to PLAN to six schools, along with stipends for six students to organize against plastic on their campus in the Ohio River Valley. Those schools are: Bethany College (WV), West Virginia University (WVU), Washington and Jefferson College (PA), College of Wooster (OH), and Marshall University (WV).
“I am fortunate enough to be able to choose zero waste items and avoid plastic packaging as much as I can,” Sustainability Club president, Baleigh Epperly said. But I am dedicating my life and my career to sustainability so that I can help ensure that West Virginians and people around the world have the same access to these choices.”
Ready to kick plastic off your campus? Get started with these essential resources or set up a meeting with Young.
Meet PLAN’s Campaign Director:
Young is a 23 year old campaign organizer at the Post-Landfill Action Network. They graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in April of 2019 after leading the Fossil Fuel Divestment campaign there, and have since worked with over 60 colleges nation-wide on their plastics campaigns.
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