University of Arizona Green Fund Seeks Proposals
The University of Arizona’s campus sustainability initiatives include one component, the Green Fund, which provides support for projects that contribute “to making the university an environmentally sustainable institution”. The two year old fund was created by a fee included among the tuition and fees paid by students each year. The Green Fund Committee, consisting of ten students, holds a series of meeting each year to review UA student and employee proposals. Their task is to allocate the approximately $400,000 in the fund to campus sustainability projects.
The UA Green Fund Committee is seeking proposals for projects of all sizes from University of Arizona students and employees. For this annual cycle, a brief but succinct pre-proposal should be submitted by November 26, 2012, and final proposals are due January 28, 2013. Mini-grant proposals of up to $1,500 can be submitted at any time. The Committee considers mini-grant proposals through April 2013.
Joe Abraham, Director of the UA Office of Sustainability, commented “In just a couple of years the UA Green Fund has been surprisingly successful at engaging students and employees across the university in making the UA a more environmentally sustainable place to study, work, and play.”
Funded projects include sustainability initiatives of many kinds and sizes, from individual buildings to campus wide efforts, and include research efforts at the University’s facilities such as Biosphere 2 in Oracle. Aware that the University is located in an arid environment, the Green Fund Committee has allocated funds to several water-related projects, such as initiatives in water harvesting, green infrastructure, and reduction in campus water consumption.