Three student organizers, Dan Belhumeur, Ken Bagstad, and Nikola Janjić, conducted background research, polled students in a campus-wide survey, and developed a comprehensive proposal for a Clean Energy Fund. The students gained support from the Student Government Association, the Graduate Student Senate, and the Faculty Senate. In May 2008, the University's Board of Trustees voted to establish the fund and raise the student fee by $10 per student per semester.
Since then, the fund has invested about $1.3 million in more than 35 university energy-related projects and programs, and has supported a broad array of events and programs across the university. The campus’ continued investment in solar has been a direct result of the fund, and the educational programming the fund spurred has been both informative and effective in building student interest in clean energy.