September 26th, 2016
With the growth of higher education sustainability movements, colleges and universities are increasingly adopting programs and initiatives aimed at resolving social and ecological issues. As institutions deal with revenue shortfalls and budget cuts, securing funding for sustainability projects and initiatives is especially challenging. A campus green fund would help to create the financial means for implementing sustainable education, research, operations, planning, administration, and engagement. They represent one of the many financial mechanisms utilized for campus sustainability projects.
Student Association is currently researching different strategies to get a green fund at UW-Milwaukee. Currently UW-Green Bay, UW-Oshkosh, UW-Eau Claire, and UW-La Crosse implement green funds on their campuses. A green fund is money available for students and faculty to financially support their sustainable priorities, projects, and development. It is funded by students for students. Once established, Student Association hopes to resurrect the Environmental Sustainability Committee to provide a mentorship program to help fund student sustainability projects and provide support for their implementation. The projects could range anywhere from campus-wide initiatives, like a more informative recycling and composting campaign or the building of a biodigester on campus, to scholarships for student projects or research. The goal for the green fund is to ultimately create a dialogue and implement projects on campus that address environmental and social justice issues.