Each semester, the Socially Responsible Investing Advisory Council identifies opportunities for funding academic efforts by soliciting ideas and proposals from across campus.

Thousands of UVM students have already participated in CEF-sponsored energy-related curricular and co-curricular activities, including lectures, classes, and seminars.

About one-third of CEF funds have been invested in campus-based academic and co-curricular activities. Examples include the Sustainable Transportation Education Initiative, Energy Action Seminar; the seminar series on climate change, food systems, and electric energy; onetime speakers; and sponsorship of the regional Power from the North 2015 conference.

Academic projects have been well received on campus and fill a need for additional classes and lectures on the subject of clean energy and the energy system transition. Attendance and student engagement have been high at all seminars and lecture series. Connecting speakers with students via classes has linked the academic side of the university with the CEF in a meaningful way.

The CEF has supported student involvement since its inception by funding internships and club-related activities that complement the academic curriculum and allow for more learning experiences. Many of the students closely involved with the Clean Energy Fund have gone on to pursue energy-related careers.

Lectures and Seminar Series

Project Funding Year Departments/Other Project Champion
Spring Speaker Series $1,000 2017 Renewable Energy Network (REN) Jane Stromberg, Holly St. Jean
Energy Action Seminar (2017-18) $23,700 2017 Community Development & Applied Economics Richard Watts
Headwaters Magazine $2,000 2017 Environmental Studies Dan Kopin
Student Energy Action Seminar Series $15,171 2014 Community Development & Applied Economics Richard Watts, Dr. Jane Kolodinsky
CEF Lecture Series: Campus Food & Energy Seminar Series $7,682 2014 Food Systems Program Dr. Doug Lantagne, Richard Watts, Dr. Amy Trubeck, Alison Nihart
Energy Action Seminar (2014) $14,631 2014 Environmental Studies Richard Watts, Stephanie Kaza
Smart Grid Seminar Series $4,172 2014 Integrative Graduate Education and Training Curtis Saunders
Anaerobic Digestion Guest Lecturer $1,500 2014 Plant & Soil Science Victor Izzo
Power from the North Conference $5,500 2015 Center for Research on Vermont Dr. Jennie Stephens, Richard Watts, Dr. David Massell
Climate Action Seminar $11,297 2012 Environmental Studies Dr. Amy Siedl, Rachael Beddoe
"Vermont's Energy Future" Keynote Speaker, James Howard Kunstler $4,000 2013 Center for Research on Vermont Richard Watts
Energy Action Seminar (2013) $10,685 2013 Community Development & Applied Economics Richard Watts, Joan White
Energy Auditing & Retrofitting Course $2,965 2010 Rubenstein School of Environmental & Natural Resources Gary Flomenhoft
Virtual Solar Carport Course $6,000 2010 Transportation Research Center Richard Watts
14 Projects $110,303      


Co-Curricular Activities and Projects

Project Expended as of 5/2015 Year Departments/Other Project Champion
Renewable Energy Network $6,300 2014 Student Government Association Frederick Hall '15
Clean Energy Internship Program $12,335 2014 Rubenstein School of Environmental & Natural Resources Dr. Amy Siedl
Cow Power Research $8,260 2014 Office of Sustainability, Extension Service, Green Mountain Power Gioia Thompson
GeenSpeed4 $21,792 2014 Electrical Engineering Dr. Jeff Frolik
CleanSpeed: A Student-Developed Zero-Emissions Vehicle $23,469 2012 Electrical Engineering Dr. Jeff Frolik
5 Projects $72,196