Sustainability

A Division of Business Affairs

ABOUT THE GREEN FUND

Guidelines



The UNCG Green Fund Committee is pleased to invite proposals from UNCG students and employees for efforts that support sustainability initiatives at UNCG.


Projects may be for campus infrastructure, sustainability education, research, or professional development that benefits students. The tangible benefits of all funded projects must be distributed in a manner that they are reasonably expected to accrue to UNCG students.


This academic year, to quickly support and empower our campus community's response to the pandemic, the Committee is particularly soliciting and will give special consideration to proposals that address and combat the spread of the current pandemic. Examples of such projects include, but are not limited to: bottle refill stations and automatic sensors for sinks, urinals, light switches, etc. that reduce points of contact, and research on the relationship between environmental degradation and its impact on the health of communities. This is just a prioritization, not a limitation. The Committee will still consider projects that address other issues. All projects must still have an element related to sustainability.


Additionally, this academic year, the Committee will allow for proposals of any amount to be submitted during any month to fast track projects and move as quickly as possible in our efforts to reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus. However, due to this period of economic uncertainty, the Committee will only consider projects that can be completed within one year of being awarded funding. Applicants are still encouraged to think long term but should be aware they will have to apply for project renewal in FY22.


The application deadline is at 5 p.m. on the 1st day of the month during months within the academic year. The Committee does not review proposals during the winter and summer breaks. Applicants can expect a decision on the funding outcome of their proposal within four weeks after submission given the applications are received by the deadline. Funds may not be used as reimbursement for projects already completed, and therefore a realistic amount of lead time should be given in order for proposals to be eligible for review.


Applicants must either be able to carry out their proposed activities on their own or have secured commitment from an appropriate campus unit sufficient as a partner in implementing the project, including all financial aspects. All proposals submitted by students must have a commitment from a UNCG department to supervise the proposed project. Commitments from partnering units must be evidenced by a signature on proposals. Carrying out a project includes ensuring that the project follows all applicable campus policies and procedures for student fee monies as well as any State and Federal laws, including but not limited to ensuring the Green Fund student fee monies are not commingled with university general operating funds and that full documentation of expenditures are assembled for financial auditing purposes.


Any proposal for modifications to campus grounds or facilities must go through the Facilities Design & Construction (FDC) review process prior to making an application to the Green Fund. In that process, FDC staff will bring into the project review process appropriate staff from Facilities Operations, Environmental Health & Safety, Parking Operations, etc. who can help identify issues, solutions, opportunities, and costs. This process can potentially take several months from start to finish for even the smallest scale projects. Fund applicants should plan accordingly. FDC project review and construction services fees may be included in project budgets.




Green Fund Committee



Catherine Bowlin

Ph.D. Candidate, English
I’m thrilled to serve on the Green Fund committee to learn more about sustainability and to support more sustainable practices here at UNCG. Serving on the Green Fund committee connects my research interests with my personal passion: environmental justice. I’m honored to advocate for more equitable environmental sustainability at UNCG.


Faith Constantine

Consumer Apparel & Retail Studies
As the Vice President of Community Outreach and Advocacy for the Residence Hall Association, I am involved with the Green Fund because I understand the urgent need to ensure we have practices in place that will facilitate the sustainability of our environment. The care we provide for campus impacts both UNCG and our surrounding community. As an apparel major, I also study sustainability in the fashion industry.


Isaac Dannenberg

Social Work
As someone who has grown up being taught of the importance of sustainability, being a part of the Green Fund allows me to put what I have been taught into action.


Hannah Ely

Environmental and Sustainability Studies
Environmental sustainability is one of my greatest passions. The time for change in regards to the way we treat our planet is now, and education plays a large role in facilitating that change. I was drawn to the Green Fund because it serves as a great way for UNCG students to gain experience with navigating some of the issues our environment faces on a small scale and gives us the opportunity to make a positive impact on our campus!


Canaan Grant

Environmental and Sustainability Studies
I'm working with the Green Fund because I'm passionate about environmental sustainability and I want to foster more sustainable projects and initiatives on campus. I'm excited to gain new insight into what issues are most important to UNCG's student body and how we can work together to improve our campus, our city, and beyond!


Corinne Lyons

Political Science and Spanish
I am involved with the Green Fund because as the Secretary of Environmental Affairs in SGA, I believe that students have a responsibility to support sustainability projects and initiatives at UNCG. Sustainability is a key aspect of a modern college campus because it speaks volumes about our collective values as a community and demonstrates that we care for the future well-being of our environment.


Will Queen

Ph.D. Candidate, Economics
There are many ways in which UNCG can become more sustainable, bringing benefits to its students, the university, the community, and the environment. I'm involved with the Green Fund because strategic funding of sustainability-related projects is a necessary first step towards realizing these benefits.


T’Shari White (Co-Chair)

Ph.D. Candidate, Geography
I am involved with Green Fund because I believe in this organization’s goals in making UNCG a sustainable campus. Sustainable living and usage is important for all members of this university and for the necessary improvement of our natural and built environment.