Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 60.76
Liaison Brad Spanbauer
Submission Date March 4, 2022

STARS v2.2

University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh
IN-40: Sustainability Projects Fund

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 0.50 Brad Spanbauer
Campus Sustainability Officer
Campus Sustainability Office
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Name of the institution’s sustainability projects fund:
Student Green Fund/Fee

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-run committee funded through students’ segregated fees (appx $3/student/semester) for student projects for sustainable initiatives. This committee provides $60,000 to students for projects that promote sustainability on campus. Projects can be anything related to sustainability from social justice & climate change, to landscaping & food movements, or even business-related projects or public speakers/presentations focused on sustainability. The bicycle FixIt stations by Reeve and the Rec Center were part of the first project approved by the Green Fund to increase cycling on campus. The UWO Free School was also funded by this student-run committee. Other projects include: duck houses, bat houses, bee hives, an all-terrain vehicle for people with reduced mobility, special stream recycling efforts (office supplies), etc.

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

The Green Fund Committee (GFC) shall consist of the following members:
8 Student Members appointed by Oshkosh Student Association (OSA) (7 voting [1 voting assistant chair + 6 other voting members] and 1 non-voting chairperson)
The OSA Sustainability Director (non-voting)
2 Alternate Students appointed by the OSA
2 Committee Advisors appointed by Student Affairs (both non-voting):
One advisor will focus on advising for the financial aspects of the committee
One advisor will focus on the sustainability and specific project advice, as well as implementation

The GFC accepts proposals for student-generated sustainability projects twice per year (once per semester). The GFC makes efforts to divide the funding evenly between semesters to give projects submitted in fall and spring a chance at receiving funding. The student submitting the proposal must completely fill out the application form outlining various aspects of the project, and has to identify that they have started to work with campus stakeholders (Facilities, Grounds, etc.) to ensure the projects success. The student must present their proposed project and then then the GFC votes, based on the sustainability and practical merits of the project, which proposals to fund, and thus which projects to implement.

Website URL where information about the sustainability projects fund is available:
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