The UW–Madison Green Fund supports student-initiated projects that reduce the environmental footprint and operating costs of on-campus facilities in the areas of 1) solid waste, 2) energy, and 3) water conservation. The Green Fund is not a revolving fund. However, cost savings and return on investment are important considerations in the proposal evaluation process. Equally important to the mission of the Green Fund is that students gain practical experience translating their ideas into operational realities.
Since launching in Spring of 2017, the Green Fund has supported an energy-efficient greenhouse cooling system, a water-efficient toilet retrofit, a compost collection pilot program, and mobile water bottle refilling stations.
The Green Fund Process
Start with a Pre-Proposal, short and simple! These can be submitted anytime. Next, submit a full application ahead of either the fall or spring deadline. For more information about the application process, see here.
Developing a high-quality proposal takes time. If you have an idea to reduce resource consumption at UW–Madison, now is a great time to get to work. After reviewing the FAQs on our website, feel free to contact Ian Aley, the Green Fund Program Manager. He can help you find a path forward, moving your ideas to action.