Six sustainability projects receive funding

Six sustainability projects receive funding

April 30, 2013

By Christi Mathis

 

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Solar trash compactors, rechargeable batteries and paperless medical records systems are among the projects that will receive funding at Southern Illinois University Carbondale in the coming months.

The Sustainability Council recently announced approximately $150,000 in awards for six projects to enhance campus sustainability.  The funds come from a $10-per-semester student Green Fee enacted by the SIU Board of Trustees in fall 2009 as the result of a student-led initiative.

“I am pleased at the variety of proposals awarded funding this round and vey excited to see the positive changes they will bring to our campus.  From reduced waste and increased bicycle safety to improved student training and increased emphasis on the importance of creativity in sustainable living, I think there’s something everyone can relate to and support,” Kris Schachel, sustainability coordinator, said. 

There were 14 applications for funding this round.  A total of 74 projects have received more than $1.1 million in funding since the program’s inception.  Some projects are multi-year initiatives with allocated funds shown in the total.  The Sustainability Council Green Fund cycle is biannual, and will consider another round of applications this fall.  Organizers will welcome new and resubmitted applications at that time.

The projects funded this spring, along with the amount of each grant award, a brief project description, and the lead grant applicant, are:

“The students really got creative with this proposal and utilized campus resources nicely,” said Makayla J. Bonney, chair of the Sustainability Council and a master’s student in geography and environmental resource management.

Involving the Craft Shop and using recycled materials is “a nice detail that really made their proposal stand out.  We love it when students make an effort to connect to existing campus resource and groups,” Bonney said.

She said the dental hygiene project is likewise noteworthy for several reasons, including its scope and big impact it will have.

For more information about the Sustainability Council, the Green Fund or any of the projects, contact Kris Schachel, sustainability coordinator, at sustainability@siu.edu, calling 618/453-2846, or visiting the website at www.sustainability.siu.edu