Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 60.05
Liaison Jessica Thompson
Submission Date Feb. 15, 2023

STARS v2.2

Northern Michigan University
IN-40: Sustainability Projects Fund

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 0.50 Jessica Thompson
Professor/SAC Co-Chair
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Name of the institution’s sustainability projects fund:
Green Fund

Which of the following best describes the primary source of funding for the sustainability projects fund?:
Student fees

Year the institution’s sustainability projects fund was established:

A brief description of the institution’s sustainability projects fund:

The Green Fund is a student-paid fee that allows EcoReps to promote sustainable initiatives on campus. The fund has paid for a demonstration solar array, clover lawn, pollinator and rain gardens across campus.

A brief description of the multi-stakeholder decision-making process used to determine which projects receive funding through the sustainability projects fund:

The EcoReps’ Green Fund Fee proposals would go to the NMU Sustainability Advisory Council, which has student, faculty, staff, administration and community representation. The Council would review the proposals, add additional commentary (more information on timeline, costs, benefits, etc.) and prioritize the projects, initiatives, and operations in a funding recommendation that would go to the President’s Executive Council.

Website URL where information about the sustainability projects fund is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

Year 1 - $45,075 was collected; $27,415 in Fall 2020 and $17,660 in Winter 2021

Year 2 - $50,000 was collected in Fall 2021 & Winter 2022

Year 3 - $25,000 in Fall 2022 & $23,000 is predicted for Winter 2023

2022 Green Fund Funded and Implemented Projects:

Solar installation at 1400 Presque Isle Avenue $50,000 (bid was $49,901.60)
Rain Garden (complete) $4,000 (spent $3,993.41)
Clover Lawn (complete) $2,500 (spent $1,753.05)
Beekeeping Equipment $4,500 (spent $759.66)
Composting $2,000 (nothing spent to date)

Total Designated for 2022 Projects $63,000

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