SIU goes "Green" Fund grants

SIU goes "Green" Fund grants

CARBONDALE, IL (KFVS) - Proposals for the next round of Green Fund grants are now being accepted at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

Proposals are welcome from SIU students, faculty or staff, either working alone or in groups.

The focus must be on advancing sustainability on campus.

Preference is given to projects that incorporate educational, outreach and research components, and also to those that consider the three pillars of sustainability (environmental, societal, and economic concerns) in one or more of these areas: energy, water, waste, buildings, transportation, purchasing, grounds, food and dining, outreach, research, and social equity.

The grant money comes from a $10 per-semester student Green Fee adopted after a student-led initiative.

Since the inception of the Green Fund in 2009, a total of 133 "green" projects have been funded worth about $1.8 million.

Previous grants have gone to the Sustainable Farm which provides some of the produce used in campus dining halls; to purchase electric vehicles for campus units; the installation of bicycle fix-it stations; and new LED hallway signs at the Student Center.

Find the Green Fund grant application and additional information at

Applications are due by March 1, 2016.

Recipients will be announced on Earth Day 2016, which is April 22.

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