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.