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What has the Sustainability Fund funded?

2015: Rain garden at The SRSC

What's a rain garden? Rain gardens catch rain and water runoff, slow it down, and disperse it into the soil slowly. Rain gardens prevent both erosion (from water running too quickly) and stagnation (from water pooling for days). Previously, the area to the northwest side of the SRSC experienced heavy erosion, creating gulleys in the soil that made it unsafe for IU Landscape Services to mow. Students in a SPEA course wrote a proposal to the SSC and successfully received funding. The rain garden was installed spring 2016 by student volunteers. 

Read the original Rain Garden Proposal here.

2014: SSC voted to allocate its funds for three projects:

  1. $20,000 to the Physical Plant for a solar heating pilot project for one of the dorms.
  2. $5,363 to the Art Museum for the Greening of the Light Totem, which will now be powered by solar power.
  3. $3,965 to the RAIN Initative for the construction of a rain garden on campus. 

Read more about the projects here

Read about the rain garden in Inside IU: Rain Garden Completed At IU For Earth Day 

2013, the Sustainability Fund supported its first project:

$10,000 for the revamping of Ballantine Hall's lighting infrastructure. New motion-sensing, energy-efficient lighting in Ballantine Hall was installed in the stairwells with the purpose of immediately reducing energy consumption and increasing long-term energy savings. Read more about the project here

Applications for the use of the fund are now available under the "Submit your Idea" tab and are due the Sunday before Thanksgiving Break! 

Questions? Contact Financial Director, Jack Billimack: jbillima@umail.iu.edu