The UW–Madison Green Fund supports student-initiated projects that address the environmental footprint, social impact, and operating costs of campus facilities. All students are welcome to apply.
The power of the Green Fund lies in its cascading impacts. While these projects reduce greenhouse gas emissions and save operating costs, they simultaneously inspire learning, research, and career paths for students as well as new campus standards.
Students drive the project development process. They identify potential upgrades, meet with building managers and tradespeople to refine the project scope, run impact calculations, write funding proposals, and work with communicators to tell the story about the project outcomes.
Students gain invaluable experience navigating administrative processes, grounding their studies in practice, and sparking questions for future study. Meanwhile, Green Fund staff walk with students through the process, facilitating connections, offering feedback, and helping the students navigate university systems.
Students observe campus with different eyes than faculty and staff do. The campus community benefits from the perspectives of students when it can tap into and encourage this creativity.
Since launching in Spring of 2017, the Green Fund has supported an electric vehicle food truck that serves sustainably-sourced meals, art created by students for a new multicultural center at the School of Business, the addition of solar panels to the tops of campus bus shelters to power lights and display screens with bus arrival times, , and many other projects.