Student Vision

"We believe students can and must be the first movers on the critical issue of global climate change, and can make meaningful differences with the support of the entire UVM, Burlington, and Vermont communities." Clean Energy Fund approved by the Board of Trustees, May 2008

In 2020, the Clean Energy Fund transitioned to the Sustainable Campus Fund (SCF) after students proposed broadening the goals of the fund. The Sustainable Campus Fund supports students’ vision of enhancing a culture of sustainability, innovation, and research on campus.

Socially Responsible Investing Advisory Council

The Socially Responsible Investing Advisory Council (SRIAC) is a group of students, faculty, staff, and administrators that makes recommendations to the Vice President for Finance and Administration on sustainability investment at the University of Vermont, including positive investments of operating cash reserves and the Sustainable Campus Fund.

SRIAC IS SEEKING NEW MEMBERS TO START IN FALL 2022. APPLY AT GO.UVM.EDU/SRIAC!

Spring 2022 Funded Proposals

A Zero-Waste Hygiene-Equity Program
Campus Salt Reduction Environmental Impact Monitoring and Mitigation Prototyping
UVM Grounds Electric Lawn Equipment Purchase
Time for Net Zero Energy Buildings on UVM's Campus - Plan B
Transition to a Greener UVM Fleet                                                             

The priority of this student-generated fund is to support campus sustainability projects that reduce the University's impact on climate and the environment by preparing for and making the necessary changes at UVM to address the climate crisis. Solutions should aim to engage key aspects of sustainability wherever possible; social equity, ecological health, economic viability, human values and behavior.

Funds can be used for projects and research related to renewable energy, energy and water efficiency, transportation, recycling and waste reduction, purchasing practices, or food and agriculture.  

 Learn more about the SCF

Key Dates for Spring Semester 2022

Event

Date

Support Workshop Hours

Drop in for support developing your proposals!

February 9th, 12pm-2pm | Teams link

February 23rd, 4pm-5:30pm | Teams link

Proposals Due March 4th **Extended to March 10th**
Applicants notified about participation in ForumBy March 18th
Sustainable Campus Fund ForumHybrid Event | Chittenden Bank Room, Davis Center | Teams link | March 29th, 1:30pm-3:00pm
Funding Awards AnnouncedBy May 13th

Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit your proposals early and to solicit feedback from Elizabeth Palchak, Director of Sustainability and Caylin McCamp, Sustainable Projects Manager (sri@uvm.edu) well before the submission deadline. This will help ensure that your proposal is as strong as it can be! Please drop it to one of the support workshops or reach out for feedback.

History

Group standing near solar panels

See the results of the Clean Energy Storytelling & Data Collection project which documents notable projects in the SCF's history. This website chronicles projects from 2010-2018, a time when the SCF was still called the Clean Energy Fund and some projects which continue today were just getting started.

Application for Sustainable Campus Fund

Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit your proposals early and to solicit feedback (email sri@uvm.edu) well before the submission deadline. This will help ensure that your proposal is as strong as it can be! Please drop it to one of the support workshops or reach out for feedback.

 

Contact Us

Elizabeth Palchak, Director of Sustainability

elizabeth.palchak@uvm.edu

See episodes of the Ripple Effect, a student podcast that curates conversations on sustainability and climate at UVM.