Hefty® EnergyBag® 2018 Grant Recipients
Dow and Keep America Beautiful launched additional Grant programs in 2018, representing Grants #2 and #3, each totaling up to $100,000. Grant #2 application period closed in June and a short-list of communities are being evaluated. It is anticipated that Grant #2 winning communities will be selected and announced in November, 2018. Grant program #3 applications will be accepted from Oct. 15, 2018 through Jan. 31, 2019.
Hefty® EnergyBag® 2017 Grant Recipients
In January 2018, Dow and Keep America Beautiful named two $50,000 grant recipients for the first Hefty® EnergyBag® progam. Organizations in the city of Boise, Idaho, and Cobb County, Georgia (Keep Cobb Beautiful Inc.) are working to establish Hefty® EnergyBag® programs in their respective communities.
The two winning communities were chosen because they rated highest on key selection criteria, including: willingness of host city or municipality, materials recovery facility and hauler participation; number of targeted households; availability of existing recycling carts for curbside collection; Opt-out (versus Opt-in) programs, and accessibility of a suitable end-market outlet that could turn the plastics collected into a valuable resource.
Dow is providing guidance for these communities and others to implement local programs, including the initial planning, implementation and measurement phases. Grant recipients are ultimately responsible for managing the program, and identifying and engaging key community stakeholders. Both local programs are expected to be launched in 2018.
The Hefty® EnergyBag® grant program demonstrates Dow's commitment to advancing a circular economy as part of its 2025 Sustainability Goals.
City of Boise, Idaho Program Collaborators: Jon Pyper, (Dow), Rick Gillihan (Western Recycling), Rachele Klein (Republic Services), Jennifer Ronk (Dow) and Catherine Chertudi (City of Boise)
Cobb County Program Collaborators: Jon Pyper (Dow), Kimberly White (Keep Cobb Beautiful) and Jennifer Ronk (Dow)