Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 50.92
Liaison Gretchen Vanicor
Submission Date June 22, 2021

STARS v2.2

University of Louisiana at Lafayette
IN-40: Sustainability Projects Fund

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 0.50 Gretchen Vanicor
Director
Sustainability
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Name of the institution’s sustainability projects fund:
University Annual Fund - Campus as a Living Lab Designation

Which of the following best describes the primary source of funding for the sustainability projects fund?:
Donation driven

Year the institution’s sustainability projects fund was established:
2,017

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

The University Annual Fund is comprised of private philanthropic support/donations from individuals and organizations. Each year, 25% of this fund is designated for Campus as a Living Lab projects. Campus as a Living Lab projects utilize campus grounds, facilities, and operational systems for trans-disciplinary project-based learning, applied research, and hands-on partnerships to prepare tomorrow's leaders and develop innovative solutions to sustainability champions. In order for projects to qualify for consideration of funding they must 1. Align with the University's Sustainability Strategic Plan and the UN Sustainable Development Goals, 2. Have visibility to the campus community, 3. Produce measurable outcomes, and 4. Contribute to positive impacts on campus and in society.


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

Decision-making for Campus as a Living Lab projects happens in two ways. Originally, the Office of Sustainability identifies eligible projects working across functions and departments at the University and within the community. Potential projects are then presented to the CEO of the Foundation and the President of the University. In 2020, the Foundation launched a crowdfunding platform (Geaux Forward) that allows any campus community member to submit projects for consideration. Projects identified by the foundation as potential Living Lab projects are given additional guidance and made eligible for "seed funding" through the Campus as a Living Lab fund.


Website URL where information about the sustainability projects fund is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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An additional funding source is the Master Plan Fee (MAP) which is student assessed and dedicated to pedestrian and bike friendly projects, green spaces, and health and wellness projects, among other things. This fee was established in 2014.

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