Luther Sustainability Grant Fund
||Conference Concurrent Sessions: Engaging Students
||Music City Center
|Floor / Room
||Oct. 7, 2013, 4 p.m. Oct. 7, 2013, 6 p.m.
This poster will provide an overview of all aspects of the Luther College Sustainability Grant Fund (LSGF) including: how it was created, how it is funded, the application process, the types of projects that have been funded, and the role of students in administering the fund. The LSGF came into being after gathering input from individuals across campus, consulting with other schools and finding a framework to match the program’s goals. At the heart of this grant program is the goal of empowering individuals and groups across campus to work to make sustainability an integral part of campus life. Unlike a revolving loan fund where applications must prove a financial return, projects funded by LSGF need not show a financial return, but must demonstrate the ways in which they will enhance the culture of sustainability on campus. Applications must include a marketing plan, project timeline, budget, rationale, project description and project adviser. Recently approved projects include composting for an upper class housing complex, a DERO bicycle fixit station, Energy Star refrigerators for the entrepreneurship club, which rents fridges to students living on campus, an herb project in the cafeteria and an education curriculum on gardening and seed saving. The Environmental Studies Department provides the financial support and strategic direction for this project, but the LSGF is overseen by the Campus Sustainability Council, with project recommendations being made by a four member student grant review committee. This student review committee is responsible for reviewing all applications that are received, providing feedback to the applicant and, ultimately, making the case to the Sustainability Council for why recommended proposals should receive funding. This grant fund is an interesting model for other colleges interesting in student based initiatives that promote sustainable practices. Grant Funds can operate in different ways with various levels of funding. This poster will provide practical advice on how to start a similar fund at other institutions.