The Student Sustainability Fund provides money to students to fund projects that help make UW-Whitewater a more sustainable campus. This money is offered to promote sustainability on campus and involve the student body in these initiatives. The goal is that the level of awareness of these is issues are heightened and our campus continually adopts sustainability initiatives to continue to reduce our campus' global footprint.
Tier I Grants are small grants (up to $500) that fund projects that will be completed in one semester. Grant applications are due throughout the whole semester, but must be completed by the semester of which it was submitted by. Grants will be approved by grant sub-committee and will seek help from the WSG Sustainability Director.
Tier II Grants are larger grants ($200-$5000) that are completed by the end of the academic year. These grants must be assisted with the help of a faculty or staff mentor, and must have achievable goals that will be completed within one academic year. Projects will be accepted by grant sub-committee.
Tier III Grants are substantial grants (more than $5000 or 50% of the Sustainability Fund) that fund multi-year project(s). Before acceptance, a full feasibility report must be completed. It must be assisted by faculty or staff mentor, and must have a concise timeline that will list all parties completing throughout the entire project. Projects will be presented and approved by the entire Sustainability Council.
Feasibility Study Grants The Sustainability Fund will provide grants of $250 to students who will examine a project that would be suitable for a Tier III Grant. This study will provide a detailed report of the timelines, parties involved, and budget (with additional funding sources). Reports will be compiled into a dynamic document for other interested parties to use if the plan doesn't get completed by author of report. Reports will be presented and accepted by Sustainability Council.
To apply for the Student Sustainability Fund money, complete the application and submit it electronically via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org by desired due date. Applications will be reviewed at least once a month, and be approved on a monthly basis. Project awards will be awarded on the resources of the remaining fund and must be based on the following requirements and criteria:
There are certain priorities that are important to consider when implementing a sustainability project. Submitted proposals will be judged by, but not limited to, the following preferred criteria:
The Sustainability Fund Subcommittee reserves the right to refer proposals to the appropriate representative(s) of departments that may be affected by the proposed project prior to reviewing the overall budget (Campus Landscaping Committee, Director of FP&M, Risk Management, Faculty Senate)
If you have any questions concerning the program or need help filling out the application, please contact Wesley Enterline, Sustainability Coordinator, Dr. Josh Mabie, Sustainability Fellow, or Sarah Bregant, WSG Sustainability Director.