The Clean Energy Fund is funded by a self-imposed student fee of $10 per student per semester that replenishes the fund with about $250,000 annually.
Monies from the CEF support projects in three categories: infrastructure, academics and co-curricular education, and innovative research. Moving forward, no more than 50% of the total CEF budget will be allocated in any one category; any amount over this percentage for a specific proposal requires approval by the Vice President for Finance. The goal is to expend all available CEF funds every year.
The CEF will not fund course work at other institutions, professional development for individuals, or food or drink for meetings. The CEF will also not fund faculty research. Specific, highly relevant research proposals may be considered if the connection to the campus is explicit.
The Socially Responsible Investing Advisory Council (SRIAC) solicits Clean Energy Fund proposals in the fall and spring in various ways depending on the project category (see below).
After narrowing down the proposals, the SRIAC holds a Clean Energy Forum in the fall and spring semesters to get the campus community's input on the proposed projects. Based on the feedback they receive, the SRIAC makes recommendations for funding to the Vice President for Finance for approval and implementation.
The Coordinator of Sustainable Funds facilitates communication between the various entities associated with the CEF including the student body, the Honors and Graduate Colleges, and the CEIC.