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CEF Guidelines for Course and Lecture Proposals

Guidelines for Course Proposals

Any course or seminar proposal submitted to the Clean Energy Fund must meet the following criteria to be considered for funding:

  • The goal is for students and participants to apply the knowledge of the course to a clean energy issue, preferably local and benefiting the UVM campus and community.
  • The course or seminar proposal must have a hands-on, service-learning or lab component. This component can be technical, such as making organic solar cells, or related to social and policy considerations, such as hosting Climate Action Lectures, inviting key stakeholders from the community, and assigning students to study and recommend a course of action to the University administration relating to carbon offsets.
  • Funding may be awarded for expenses above and beyond the development and delivery of the course itself, for which faculty are now paid when the course is taught. Allowable expenses may include equipment, services required to make the equipment work, employment of student teaching assistants, travel and honoraria for speakers.
  • The proposal must have approval and a letter of support from the appropriate academic department chair.


Any approved course that has been proposed for continuing or additional funding after the first semester will be subject to annual review from the CEF committee. A course may continue to receive funding if it follows its original mission, has positive student feedback, and if has a beneficial visible and/or measurable impact on the UVM campus or community.

Guidelines for Lecture Proposals

Any lecture or lecture series must have a guaranteed student audience and be open to all students. No funds will be awarded to aid in the development of a lecture series itself; all development must be done externally, or with the use of the CEF graduate fellow and/or CEF intern(s).

The preference is for the CEF to partner with other departments and lecture series to offer lectures, to be a source of supplemental funding. Lecture proposals must define anticipated positive effects on UVM efforts to meet climate change and clean energy goals.