Yum! Sustainability

Challenge Update
Congratulations to the following six semi-finalists. A snapshot of the proposals follows:

American University: Convenient, small-scale organic recycling facilities
Arizona State University: Mobile application dedicated to connecting hungry Americans

University of California, Berkeley: Energy management system for the food industry
University of Louisville: Insulation that responds to temperature conditions

University of South Florida: Step-by-step education program to aid organizations in going green
University of Southern California:  Decentralized soilless agriculture for urban environments

The next round of the competition will include submission of a full business plan and a public presentation at the Louisville RSC on November 7th-9th.  The two finalists will then compete, head-to head, to win the prize.


Who are we?
Yum! Brands, Inc. is the world's largest restaurant company in terms of system restaurants with more than 36,000 restaurants in over 117 countries and territories and more than 1 million associates. Our brands - KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell – are the global leaders of the chicken, pizza and Mexican-style food categories.
About the Competition
The Yum! Brands Global Sustainability Challenge is designed to recognize and award grants for outstanding student innovation in sustainability related to the focus areas listed below. Teams from around the nation will compete for $20,000 in cash prizes that will be awarded to winning submissions.
Our Focus Areas
As Yum! strives to become The Defining Global Company that Feeds the World, we believe we have a corporate social, economic, and environmental responsibility to our customers, employees and shareholders to be forward thinking, and intentional in our environmental sustainability vision. Yum! Brands sustainability focus areas for innovations are:
  • Green Building Design & Construction
  • Reduced Energy Consumption
  • Reduced Water Consumption
  • Sustainable Packaging
  • Waste & Recycling
To learn more about Yum! sustainability focus areas, click here.
We’re inviting Undergraduate and Graduate students to submit plans of outstanding sustainability innovation related to Yum! sustainability focus areas. Contestants must be students of an Undergraduate or Graduate degree program at an accredited college or university in the United States and faculty advisors must be employed by the same university as the contestants. Teams should not have more than six (6) students.  Employees of Yum! Brands or any affiliates are not eligible to participate.
Why compete?
Yum! Brands restaurants are located on university and college campuses all over the country.  Participating in this challenge provides an opportunity for students to connect with Yum! Brands in efforts to expose innovation in sustainability.
For official rules and challenge details, click here
If you have additional questions please contact us at globalsustainability@yum.com.