Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 60.89
Liaison Eva Rocke
Submission Date June 30, 2021

STARS v2.2

University of Montana
IN-40: Sustainability Projects Fund

Status Score Responsible Party
0.50 / 0.50 Madeleine Jones
ASUM Sustainability Coordinator
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Name of the institution’s sustainability projects fund:
Kless 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 Kless Sustainability Fund is a student-initiated, student-funded loan program that supports energy, resource conservation, and sustainability projects on the University of Montana campus. Each semester since Fall 2009, UM students have supported the Kless Sustainability Fund with the $6/student/semester sustainability fee. The purpose of the Kless Fund is to finance projects that promote resource conservation, waste reduction, and environmental projects at UM, as well as capture financial and energy savings and foster student involvement in sustainability efforts.

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

The Kless Sustainability Fund has two deadlines, one per spring and fall semester. A first draft of the proposal is due at the deadline and the proposal submitters have the chance to review and make changes based on comments from the committee. The Kless committee is made up of: five students, two of which must be ASUM Senators, one representative from Facilities Services, one faculty member from Environmental Studies, one faculty member from Missoula College, and several advisory members. Advisory members include: the ASUM Sustainability Coordinator, a Representative from the office of the Vice President of Administration and Finance or their designee, and the ASUM Business Manager.

Projects are considered based on quantifiable savings, quantifiable resource conservation, or projects that have a behavior change component based on plausible resource conservation. Projects must have a student component to be considered.

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

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