Green Fund Provides Students with Opportunity, Sustainability Ideas

The Green Fund is a monetary resource that supports environmental and sustainable projects on campus for students, organizations, faculty, staff and anyone affiliated with the university.

“There are a few other campuses in the UW system that have programs similar to this, but ours is one of the largest,” said Alex Thomas, Student Government Association’s environmental and sustainability affairs director.

The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point put the fund into effect last year after SGA wrote legislation for it. During its first year alone, nearly $100,000 was spent to finance sustainability efforts and renovations on campus.

One of the major projects funded during the Green Fund’s inaugural year was The Central Wisconsin Environmental Station’s installation of a more efficient water heater. The Encore in the Dreyfus University Center also updated its lighting system, making it 70 percent more efficient, according to Thomas.

In addition, there was a trio of student projects approved to renovate campus gardens maintained by student organizations.

All three student projects are currently in progress by the Sustainable Agriculture in Communities Society, Ethnobotany Society and Students for Sustainable Communities.

The Green Fund Steering Committee has already received proposals for this academic year. Thomas said the approval process will begin in October.

“It is important for students to know about the fund and feel free to use it,” Thomas said. “We are always accepting applications.”

If students are interested in learning more about the Green Fund or having a say in how it operates, they are encouraged to attend an informational meeting next Wednesday, Sept. 24 at 6 p.m. in the DUC, room 235.

MyKayla Hilgart

News Editor

mhilg143@uwsp.edu

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