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How it works

From an Idea to a Reality

When a member of the campus community has an idea about how to make our campus more sustainable, while benefiting students, we want to hear about it!  Specifically, we are looking for capital projects that have the potential to further one of the three pillars of sustainability, economic, social, and environmental, on campus, while creating a direct, measurable, and lasting impact on students and the campus community.  

Have an idea? Check out the Submit your Idea tab! Proposals will be due before Thanksgiving Break every year. 

From here, the Sustainability Fund Committee (explained below) receives these proposals and evaluates their feasability, selecting proposals to research further.  The committee, with your help, should you choose to join, will present the best proposals to an oversight committee made up of faculty and staff and work with them to determine the most feasible options. The proposals will then be presented to the SSC as a whole for final approval.  If the idea is approved by the SSC, then the necessary money is allocated from the Sustainability Fund and the metaphorical (or literal) shovel hits the dirt.

Questions? Email our Financial Director, Ellie Symes: esymes@indiana.edu

The Sustainability Fund Committee

The Sustainability Fund is overseen by the Student Sustainability Council as a whole, and administered by the Sustainability Fund Committee.  The Sustainability Fund Committee is comprised of the executive committee of the SSC and interested members of the student body. 7 people sit on the Sustainability Fund Committee, and is composed of 6 undergrad and graduate students (1 from IUSA, 1 from GPSO, and 4 open to all students) and the Financial Director.

Want to become a part of the Sustainability Fund Committee? Applications for the students to sit on the Sustainability Fund Committee can be found below and are due May 1st. Admitted committee members will be introduced to the Student Sustainability Council at the first General Assembly meeting of the year.

The Sustainability Fund Committee is tasked with taking ideas and transforming them into budgets and proposals to be presented to the council for approval.  This entails working together with many different branches of the university to vet and develop these proposals, seeking input from all relevent stakeholders, and receiving approval from the necessary bodies. The Sustainability Fund Committee will meet at the beginning of fall semester for a training and bonding retreat. Members on the committee serve year-long terms. Responsibilities of committee members include: promoting project applications, reviewing submitted applications, meeting with oversight committee and general reporting the project funding process.