ABINGTON, Pa. — Penn State Abington won a three-year Pepsi Challenge Mini Grant totaling $15,000 that will fund paid internships as well as student competitions and showcases all aimed at strengthening local sustainability efforts.
The grant, which is spread over three years, will reinforce the campus' relationship with the Abington Township Environmental Advisory Council (EAC) and contribute to improving the township’s STAR Communities rating. Abington is one of two Pennsylvania communities with 3-STAR ratings for its commitment to sustainability.
The seed funding from the grant will support:
Abington currently engages with the regional community through several projects, including:
The grant was awarded through the University’s Sustainable Communities Collaborative and is renewable for $5,000 each year over three years.
It will be managed by Gary Calore, coordinator for Academic and Community Engagement and associate professor of philosophy, and Gina Kaufman, director of Student Affairs. A representative from Abington’s community partner, the EAC, will participate, too.