Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 77.34
Liaison Sally DeLeon
Submission Date Feb. 27, 2022

STARS v2.2

University of Maryland, College Park
IN-40: Sustainability Projects Fund

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 0.50 Sally DeLeon
Acting Manager
Environmental Safety, Sustainability and Risk
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Name of the institution’s sustainability projects fund:
The Student Sustainability 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 Student Sustainability Fund supports student, staff, and faculty proposals that improve the environmental performance of campus, create opportunities for student engagement with sustainability, and/or are research proposals that create meaningful involvement for students and have substantial implications for improving campus operations. The Fund is supported by the Student Sustainability Fee, a $6 per semester student fee for all full-time undergraduate students that collectively generates around $330,000 a year in funding. Between 2010 and 2020, the Fund has provided over $3.2 million to 225 projects, many of which were proposed by or directly benefit students. The Sustainability Fund has been a catalyst for sustainability projects that allow the University of Maryland to call itself a leader in environmental stewardship and responsibility.

A brief description of the multi-stakeholder decision-making process used to determine which projects receive funding through the sustainability projects fund:
The University Sustainability Council Undergraduate Student Representative, as appointed by the University President, chairs the Undergraduate Sustainability Fund Review Committee. This Committee reviews all proposals and writes recommendations for the University Sustainability Council. The Undergraduate Student Representative presents to the Sustainability Council on the Committee’s recommendations with the Council providing the final approval or rejection status for the proposals endorsed by the Committee. The Office of Sustainability provides administrative support to both the Fund and the Review Committee.

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