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In 2016, UNCG students elected to allocate a portion of their student activity fees toward environmental stewardship and established the Green Fund. Governed by a committee of students with assistance from faculty and staff experts, the fund operates as a campus-based grant program that offers education, research, and professional development opportunities for students and employees by investing in campus infrastructure and programming to help meet the goals of the UNCG Climate Action Plan. Through the Green Fund, students have invested over $345,000 in 60 projects which have saved UNCG over $36,000 a year in utility costs.

Sustainability Videos


Sustainability Literacy Survey - Dr. Etsuko Kinefuchi - $1000.00
To support incentives for students to participate in the UNCG Sustainability Literacy Survey.

LED Exterior Lighting Conversion Phase 3 - Matt Krieger and Jon Soter - $24,745.00
To convert approximately sixty-seven exterior lighting fixtures to LEDs.

UNCG Auditorium LED Lighting Upgrade - Brigette Pfister and Scott Garrison - $27,000.00
To upgrade old stage lighting to automated LED lights.

Jefferson Suites Hot Water Heater - Lindsay Burkart - $1,386.97
To purchase a hot water heater for the Coordinator of Residence Life's apartment in Jefferson Suites.

Residence Life Emergency Lighting Upgrade - Lindsay Burkart - $3,327.50
To purchase 550 LED bulbs to upgrade the emergency lighting in Reynolds, Grogan, and Cone residence halls.

iNaturalist Campus Nature Challenge - Dr. Shaleen Miller - $725.00
To purchase prizes as incentives for students to participate in a competition using the iNaturalist app to highlight biodiversity on campus.

Modeling Energy Consumption Dashboard Phase 3 - Nana Addai, Danny Turkson, and Dr. Stephen Holland - $9,720.00
To pay for student labor to continue the development and maintenance of the UNCG Energy Dashboard

CHCS Environmental Health Education Initiative - Dr. Stephen Sills - $5,781.00
To pay for student labor and to purchase supplies in support of the community outreach and environmental education efforts in Greensboro's Cottage Grove neighborhood.

UNCG Plant & Pollinator Center - Kathy Ly and Dr. Kasie Raymann - $1,000.00
To pay for gardening supplies to support student research at the UNCG Plant & Pollinator Center.

Food Recovery Network - $500
Supplies to support recovering and donating leftovers from Fountain View Dining.

UNCGreen - $948
Supplies to support marketing and membership recruitment activities.

Sustainability Shorts Film Awards - Sarah Dorsey - $1,000.00
Prizes for UNCG’s annual Sustainability Shorts Film competition in Spring 2020.

Piney Lake Garden - Michael Ackerman - $2,123.58
To support the construction and maintenance of a community garden at Piney Lake Outdoor Adventures.

Local Foodstorm - Dr. Marianne LeGreco - $17,700 (over 2 years)
To support the logistics of organizing two Local Foodstorm conferences (FY20 & FY21) in partnership with NC A&T and Guilford College.

Industries of the Blind - Adam Carlin - $11,930 (over 3 years)
To support a collaborative and community-engaged project with Industries of the Blind that will result in a public art piece on Gate City Blvd.

Modeling Energy Consumption Phase 2 - Will Queen, et al. - $11,232.60
To produce an online dashboard for modeling energy consumption in on-campus buildings at UNCG.

Living Laboratory on Child Development - Dr. Jasmine DeJesus & Dr. Shaylene Nancekivell - $3,884.48 (over 4 years)
Student labor and expenses related to research in partnership with the North Carolina Zoo's Carolina Red Wolf exhibit.

LED Exterior Lighting Conversion Phase 2 – Jon Soter – $23,260.00
Converting approximately fifty-five exterior lighting fixtures to LEDs.

Electric Vehicle Charging Stations McIver Deck – Suzanne Williams – $11,000.00
For the installation of four Level 2 electric car charging stations in McIver Deck.

Cone Residence Hall Occupancy Sensors (2018 Jefferson Suites Award Scope Revision) – Rhonda Strader – $4,483.63
For the purchase of compatible occupancy sensors and thermostat covers.

Sustainability Short Films Awards – Sarah Dorsey – $1,000.00
Prizes for UNCG Sustainability Short Films competition in Spring 2019.

Big Belly Smart Solutions – Ross Rick – $70,257.60 (over 4 years)
For the installation of six network-connected waste and recycling receptacles to improve the efficiency and management of UNCG’s waste and recycling solutions.

Celebrate The Trail to Recovery – Dr. Justin Harmon – $975.00
Logistical support for a hiking program for those with or on the recovery process from cancer.

Student Commuter Carbon Footprint – Dr. Mary Hall-Brown & Cole Sell – $500.00
Wages for a student researcher to determine the distance traveled by student automobile commuters. Conducted in collaboration with UNCG’s greenhouse gas inventory.

Smart Irrigation Controls – Andy Currin – $7,296.00
For the installation of smart controllers to monitor and maximize efficiency on the University’s baseball and softball field irrigation systems.

Slow Travel & Slow Food in Italy – Dr. Aaron Allen – $1,000.00
Logistical support for an educational excursion in the context of sustainable travel.

Crossroads: Animality, Disability, Activism and the Arts – Dr. Etsuko Kinefuci – $650.00
Ashby Dialogue with Sunaura Taylor, author of Beasts of Burden: Animal and Disability Liberation.

West Gate City Boulevard Connection - Travis Hicks – $5,990.00
To develop low-carbon transportation streetscape designs for West Gate City Blvd. between Union Square and the Coliseum.

Food Recovery Network – $500.00
Supplies to support recovering and donating leftovers from Fountain View Dining.

Sustainability Shorts Awards – Sarah Dorsey – $1,000.00
Prizes for UNCG Sustainability Short Films competition in Spring 2018.

Empowering Climate and Environmental Justice – Dr. Etsuko Kinefuchi – $1,000.00
Part of Ashby Dialogue: The Universe Story and the University: Education for Justice and Sacred Earth.

Green Space New Music Festival – Christopher Miller – $1,000.00
Through the curation of five outdoor concerts addressing sustainability and the community, GSNMF creates an avenue to raise awareness for Greensboro’s public green spaces.

Indoor LED Retrofitting Analysis – Will Queen – $4,158.00
This project will conduct a benefit-cost report on retrofitting eight buildings with LED bulbs. The targeted buildings (Stone, Coleman, Studio Arts, Visitors Center, Ferguson, Curry, School of Education, and 1510 Walker Avenue) represent approximately one million square feet.

Jefferson Suites Residence Hall Energy Efficiency Upgrade – Rhonda Strader – $11,473.43
For the purchase of compatible occupancy sensors and thermostat covers.

Modeling Energy Consumption – Will Queen – $3,780.00
This project will employ multiple linear regression techniques to model energy consumption in buildings on the campus of UNCG. The models will use building characteristics, occupancy controls, and weather data to explain hourly meter readings of electricity, steam, and chilled water.

Plastic Bag Campus Collection Containers – Bryant Burk – $1,000.00
For the purchase bins for plastic bag collection at three locations (Moran Commons, Elliott University Center, and Kaplan Center).

Strong College Composting – Tim Johnson – $6,700
Implement a pilot program for in-room composting bin to be placed in UNCG’s Guilford residence hall.

Exterior Lighting LED Retrofit Planning Internship – Jon Soter – $900.00
Student internship in Facilities Operations to create a multi-year campus exterior lighting LED retrofit plan.

LED Exterior Lighting Conversion 1A Proposal – Matthew Krieger – $300.00
UNCG Facilities Design & Review project review costs for proposed exterior light conversions to LED.

UNCG Pollinator Garden Enhancements – Allison Sermarini – $872.00
Additional plants for two existing UNCG pollinator gardens.

Sustainability Shorts Awards – Sarah Dorsey – $1,000.00
Prizes for UNCG Sustainability Shorts Film competition in Spring 2017.

Science Everywhere Endangered Species Bags – Rae Ackerman – $394.34
Materials for UNCGreen’s booth at Science Everywhere making bags with images of and teaching about endangered species.

Make a Show of It – Maura Conley – $4,400.00
Digital equipment and wages for an intern to curate art shows in the new Sustainability Office.

Mobile Oasis Farmers Market – Marianne LeGreco – $2,153.00
Wages for a UNCG Student intern at the Mobile Oasis market.

Sustainability Council Conversation Socially Responsible Investing – Jorge Quintal – $7,500.00
Funds for a graduate student assistant, outside speakers, and additional costs associated with a 4 part conversation series on sustainable investing.

Curry Hot Water Pump Constant Volume to Variable Frequency Drive – $16,800.00
Dramatically improving energy efficiency of Hot Water Pump.

Elementary Adopt-A-Stream – Julia Loreth – $840.78
Stream clean up and biological testing at Archer Elementary School.

Sustainability Shorts Awards – Sarah Dorsey – $1,000.00
Prizes for UNCG Sustainability Shorts Film competition in Spring 2016.

Mossman Water Refill Station – Adam Horton – $1,250.00
Retrofit of drinking fountain in Mossman lobby with water bottle refill fixture.

Sustainable Local Foodscape – Marianne LeGreco – $5,910.00
Materials and labor for enhancements to Wernersville Urban Garden.

2 Cisterns are Better than 1 – Erin Yow – $6,000.00
Installation of a 2,500 gallon above ground water storage tank collecting roof run-off and air conditioner condensate.

McIver Mall Exterior LED Conversion – Matt Krieger – $9,135.00
Retrofit of existing exterior lights along UNCG McIver Mall with LEDs.

Slow Travel in Italy – Aaron Allen – $1,000.00
Travel by boat rather than automobile for students on study abroad trip in summer 2016.

Farm-to-Table Project – Sydney Brianna Copeland – $2,200.00
Festive farm-to-table education and celebration dinner in UNCG Fountainview Dining Hall in Spring 2016.

UNCGreen Earth Day Celebration – Rae Ackerman – $5,000.00
Campus celebration of Earth Day in Spring 2016.

Foust Park LED Conversion – Matthew Krieger – $3,938.00
Retrofit of all twelve existing exterior lights in UNCG Foust Park with LEDs.

Electric Vehicle Charging Stations (Oakland Deck) – Suzanne Williams – $9,000.00
Installation of nine electric vehicle charging stations in the Oakland Avenue parking deck.

UNCG Wetlands Development Project – Malcolm Schug – $8,000.00
Partial costs of construction for two wetland features on the UNCG campus in Peabody Park.