IU Sustainability Fund
The Sustainability Fund is a student-driven and student-run fund created to facilitate positive, sustainable change on IU Bloomington’s campus. Our projects aim to further the three pillars of sustainability: economic, social, and environmental, while creating a direct, measurable, and lasting impact on the students and the campus community.
Each semester when you register for classes, you can make these projects reality by checking the box for the Sustainability Fund and donating $5. Don’t worry, even if you didn’t check it when registering, it’s not too late! Go to Onestart > Student Self-Service > Financial > View/edit Optional Services.
The Student Sustainability Council recently held a Fund Revitalization Summit with the purpose of determining the Fund's future, both the project goals and the means in which funding will be raised. The SSC will soon share these plans with the IUB community.
How the Fund came to be:
In the Fall semester of 2010, the dedicated members of the Student Sustainability Council realized a tremendous success – they collected more than 11,000 student signatures in support of a proposed optional student fee to advance sustainability initiatives on the IUB campus.
This achievement took the work of hundreds of student volunteers over the course of the semester, and we thank them for and congratulate them on their hard work and its effects!
The IU Sustainability Fund is student-run and -administered, with the Council voting on how to spend all donations. The SSC will reach out to various university departments, including the Office of Sustainability, the University Architect's Office, the Physical Plant, and others, to develop the best ways to advance IU on its path toward sustainability.
Read the press release from the signature collection phase.
In April 2013, the IU Sustainability Fund saw its first project come to life: the revamping of Ballantine Hall's lighting infrastructure. New motion-sensing, energy-efficient lighting was installed with the goal of reducing energy consumption for both immediate and long-term savings. Read more about the project.