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 a solar array on Gordon Dining & Event Center, an energy-efficient greenhouse cooling system, a water-efficient toilet retrofit, a compost collection pilot program, mobile water bottle refilling stations, and many other projects.
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. Read more about the application process.
Developing a high-quality proposal takes time. If you have an idea to improve campus sustainability, now is a great time to get to work. After reviewing the FAQs, contact Ian Aley, the Green Fund Program Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org. He can help you find a path forward, moving your ideas to action.