January 30, 2012

Workshops will offer tips on Green Fund proposals

by Christi Mathis

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- If you would like to contribute to Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s growing energy efficiency and sustainability efforts, you’ll want to check out workshops this Friday, Feb. 3, that could help you secure funding to put those ideas into action.

The Sustainability Council is now accepting applications for the latest cycle of Green Fund grants.  There will be workshops from noon to 1 p.m. and 4 to 5 p.m. on Friday at Pulliam Hall, Room 118, where you can discuss your proposals and how to apply for funding. 

You may submit proposals to the council by Feb. 17 for an early review.  The council will offer feedback by Feb. 27.  All complete proposal applications are due no later than March 26.

The workshops and preliminary review are optional but could be beneficial to those who participate.  However, the Sustainability Council will evaluate all final proposals solely on their merits, regardless of early review, workshop attendance or anything else.

The funding comes from a $10 per semester student Green Fee enacted by the SIU Board of Trustees for the fall 2009 semester as the result of a student-led initiative.  The council has $250,412.46 available to fund projects, according to Susannah Bunny LeBaron, chair of the Green Fund Committee, a component of the Sustainability Council. 

All students, faculty, staff and campus units are eligible to apply for funding to support campus projects that promote renewable energy and energy efficiency as well as sustainability efforts and research.  The awards announcement will be during Earth Week, April 16-22.

Find complete funding guidelines and details are online at http://sustainability.siuc.edu/greenfund.  Or, for more information about the Sustainability Council, the Green Fund or project guidelines, contact LeBaron at susannahbunnylebaron@gamil.com or email greenfund@siu.edu.