"We recognize that we are stewards of a great company with the opportunity not only to make a profit, but to do so in a way that makes a difference in the world." - Indra K. Nooyi, Pepsi Chairman and CEO
For more than two decades, Pepsi has been the exclusive beverage provider — as well as a loyal corporate supporter — of the National Aquarium. Our partnership with Pepsi is based upon the shared values of innovation and environmental conservation. Pepsi's commitment to the environment is evident in their sustainable business practices, which are leading the way within the beverage industry. They are continually improving packaging designs and supporting increased recovery of packaging material — including striving to design 100 percent of their packaging to be recyclable, compostable or biodegradable by 2025.
For years, Pepsi has been focused on finding ways to reduce their environmental footprint in the water, packaging, waste, energy and agriculture areas. As one of the first global companies to recognize water as a basic human right, Pepsi was awarded the Stockholm International Water Institute's Industry Water Award for their commitment to clean water.
This commitment is now at work within the National Aquarium. While guests will find a variety of Pepsi products in our cafes, they won't find plastic. Pepsi has played an integral role in shifting our food and beverage services to 99 percent free of single-use plastics. With Pepsi's support, our food and beverages are now served in reusable, compostable or recyclable containers, reducing waste and better leveraging our precious natural resources in agreement with our global conservation mission.
Pepsi's support of the National Aquarium also includes sponsorship of the Aquarium's annual Grade A Student Night events, which reward area students who achieve three or more A's (or equivalent) in any one marking period with a free evening of entertainment and exploration, along with opportunities for the whole family to join in the celebration.
A total of 1,960 guests attended the 26th annual Grade A Student Night celebration in 2018. The extended celebration welcomed 474 families and recognized 854 Pre-K through grade 12 students from schools in Baltimore City, Baltimore County and Howard County.