May 25, 2019
The Post-Landfill Action Network (PLAN) has been awarded a $240,000 grant, to be provided in annual payments over a 3-year period from the Clif Bar Family Foundation (CBFF). The funding commitment marks the final stage of an $800,000 capacity-building phase that PLAN has been raising since the announcement of their 5-year strategic plan released in June, 2016.
PLAN was founded in May, 2013 by recent college graduates who themselves had founded student-led waste reduction projects on their campuses. PLAN’s mission is to cultivate, educate and inspire the student-led zero waste movement. They inform students about the waste crisis and equip them with the necessary skills and resources to implement zero waste solutions in their campus communities. PLAN empowers our generation to be change makers. PLAN currently has 10 full-time staff members and supports a network of over 250 campuses in the United States, Canada and Brazil.
Funding from CBFF will be used to significantly scale PLAN’s support services to many more campuses across North America by adding new staff members to PLAN’s Campus Advising Team while also expanding capacity for existing projects, and developing new resources to support students and staff as they work towards reducing waste. With support from CBFF, PLAN will be working to expand the following three strategic initiatives:
- Growing Capacity for the “ Atlas” Project: A Framework and Scoring System to Develop Customized Campus Roadmaps to Zero Waste: PLAN has developed a new holistic framework tool for measuring zero waste on college and university campuses. They push campuses to go beyond recycling and diversion to measure the impact of aversion, reuse, repair, redesign, innovation, and student leadership. The Atlas project is a consulting toolkit they use to help campuses develop a quantitative and qualitative understanding of their zero waste efforts, while facilitating guidance on the development of new zero waste projects and initiatives – especially ones that focus on long-term strategic infrastructure change. With nine campuses that have participated in the initiative so far, funding from CBFF will go towards expanding the project to dozens of campuses across the US while also expanding additional tools and resources, like ROI models and cross-departmental investment protocols.
- Building Intentional Relationships with students and staff at Minority Serving Institutions (MSI’S): In May 2018, PLAN released their Diversity, Equity and Inclusion(DEI) Mandate. The goal of this mandate is to address systemic injustice within the movement, and seek to implement strategies for diversity, equity and inclusion within their work. About 20% of college students in the United States attend an MSI today. Section 3B of the DEI Mandate calls for PLAN to expand their services to more MSIs in the US. Funding from CBFF will support that expansion and help PLAN customize support to students and staff at MSI’s.
- Continue to Develop Campus Advising Resources and Services: PLAN continues to explore best-practices and develop guides, toolkits and resources to assist campuses with troubleshooting solutions and establishing strategic projects to reduce waste. The Campus Member Hub (only accessible to member accounts) already has over 700 pages of resources that have been researched and compiled by PLAN, and more are being added every year. Funding from CBFF will go towards supporting efforts to add resources focused on creative reuse projects, campus-wide compost initiatives, source reduction for disposable plastics, zero waste events, and more. These resources will allow PLAN to grow their capacity to support students and staff, enabling more campuses to join PLAN’s network.
To learn more about PLAN or to get involved, visit www.postlandfill.org or find us on Social Media @PostLandfill.
To learn more about CBFF, visit: www.clifbarfamilyfoundation.org
For more information, contact Alex Freid, Founder and Co-Director, PLAN. firstname.lastname@example.org, 603.608.9859