The aim of the Green Action Fund is to reduce the ecological footprint of UCCS and promote sustainable environment, social and economic values through a variety of student-sponsored projects. Green Action Fund wants to make UCCS more sustainable through funding student, faculty, and staff proposed projects.
Who can apply?
You! Your friend! Your group working on a class project! Anyone at UCCS can apply for funding. Check our 5 pillars and if your project aligns with them, reach out to our Grant Coordinator to help make your idea into a proposal.
What kind of resources do you provide to potential project proposers?
Our Grant Coordinator is here to help you through the process. We want you to be successful, so the Grant Coordinator will review your proposals and help strengthen them. It's best to contact them early, so you have the best information at the start of your application.
How is the fund, well, funded?
UCCS students voted in 2011 to repurpose the Solar Fee for a broader range of student, faculty, and staff approved projects that improve and enhance campus sustainability. In 2013, students voted to renew and rename this fee the Green Action Fee. Each student pays $5.25 per semester into the Green Action Fee.
How are projects do projects receive funding?
UCCS Students, faculty, and staff vote on projects by serving on the committee. GAF is a student-led committee who meet once a month to review and rate project applications based on the five pillars and make decisions in alignment with the sustainability goals of the university. The committee also includes a faculty representative, a staff representative from the Office of Sustainability, and the Grant Coordinator.
Can I join the committee?
Definitely, we want students from across campus to have a representative voice on the committee. Voting members of the committee apply and are voted on by the current committee. You can also attend our general meetings even if you aren't a voting member.
Do other campuses have a green fund?
Some do, but most don't. This opportunity for students to receive funding and turn a theoretical idea into practical applications is one of the great reasons Green Action Fund has been so successful.
What types of projects has GAF funded?
We have funded over 160 projects across campus and across departments with a variety of sustainability goals. Check out the projects page and our projects map to learn more!