September 10, 2014

Sustainability fund applications due Sept. 22

by Christi Mathis

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Students, faculty and staff interested in enhancing campus sustainability can apply for the latest round of Green Fund grant awards at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.
The sustainability-enhancing project funding is among the initiatives helping the university secure a place as one of Princeton Review’s “Green Colleges” in three of the last five years.
The Green Fund committee seeks proposals each fall and spring semester from throughout the campus community.  The money is from a $10 per-semester student fee enacted in 2009 as the result of a student-led initiative.  Since that time, covering 10 funding cycles, 110 projects have received nearly $1.6 million. The variety of projects range from more efficient lighting to a green wall, recycling and hydration stations, electric vehicles, sustainable vegetable farms and much more. 
The deadline to submit proposals for the fall 2014 funding cycle is Sept. 22.
Additional information for those interested in submitting an application will be available during a Q-and-A session from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday, Sept. 15. The discussion will be near the Sustainability Office, located on the south end of the first floor of the Student Center.
Applications for Sustainability Travel Awards are also available. These awards provide financial assistance to enable students to attend conferences that focus primarily on sustainability issues. Up to $6,000 is available in both the fall 2014 and spring 2015 semesters. Funding is available on an ongoing basis only for SIU students who have never received an award. Last year, 20 different students received travel awards totaling $11,400 to attend a variety of academic and professional development conferences.
Additional information and applications for Green Fund and Sustainability Travel Awards are available at, calling 618/453-2846, or by email at