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 participated in SCF-sponsored curricular and co-curricular activities, including lectures, classes, and seminars.

About one-third of SCF 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 SCF in a meaningful way.

The SCF 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. 

Funded Academics & Co-Curricular Education Projects
ProposalDescriptionProposed byAwardYear
Closing the Loop on Lab Water Consumption Scalable Wastewater FiltrationWater filtration system that would allow the UVM Biofiber lab to reuse their wastewater. Engineering students will design and install the filtration system as a capstone project in coordination with students in the lab.Steve Kostell$16,5002022
Walk to Shop Cart Share PilotPilot addition of rolling carts to the Davis Center and Residence Hall front desk loaning programs to help students carry items around and beyond campus without a car (ex: grocery shopping). David Brantly$3,2402022
Campus Salt Reduction Environmental Impact Monitoring and Mitigation PrototypingContinuing the research and monitoring of water salinity being done by students involved and creating a prototype for a heated walkway as an alternative to salt usage.UVM Salt Reduction Task Force$35,5702022
Time for Net Zero Energy Buildings on UVM’s CampusInternship to gather information on what RSENR has done to make Aiken and Bittersweet as energy efficient as possible, how past funding has contributed to this work, student opinions on the creation of Net Zero buildings, and the institutional/environmental necessity of creating NZE buildings on campus.Student group led by Gary Hawley$3,6152022
Switching Campus to Sustainable T-Shirt PurchasingInternship designed to evaluate the current details of UVM's T-Shirt purchasing budget, plan, and related information and design a path forward to make more sustainable purchases for giveaways for students.Marie Bouffard$1,8702021
Adaptability Internship: On Campus garment Waste MitigationInternship focused on educating the student body about the environmental harm associated with fast fashion and on conducting research as to possible tracks to mitigate UVM's campus waste of garments.Emma Wardell$1,6642021
Zero Waste Video "Shorts"Internship to generate short form content to spread information about and excitement for zero waste habits.Corey Berman$4,0002021
Campus Salt Reduction Pilot StudiesInvolve student interns in monitoring water salinity throughout the year and investigate alternate methods of keeping walkways safe in winter without damaging ecosystems or infrastructure.UVM Salt Reduction Task Force$40,0502021
Carbon Offset Resource Internship: Phase IIInternship to promote the use of carbon offset options by UVM studentsIsabel Coppola, Amy Seidl $9002020
UVM Sustainability Information Accumulation InternshipInternship focused on centralizing sustainability data on the Office of Sustainability websiteCyrus Oswald, Isabel Coppola, Olivia Lopez $3,9602020
Curating the Conversation on Clean Energy and Climate at UVM: A Digital Media InternshipStudent produced podcast on clean energy and climate at UVMJosie Friedman $3,9502019
Carbon Offset Resource Internship Will Corcoran$1,6502019
Clean Energy Storytelling & Data CollectionA project that worked to catalog the history of the Sustainable Campus Fund, then called the Clean Energy Fund. It resulted in the story map which you can see here.Richard Watts, Sophie Smith$11,1602019
Energy Action Seminar Mark Usher$30,0002018
Waste to Clean Energy Lecture Series Anju Krivov$17,5002018
Sustainable Transportation Education Initiative Thomas Maron, Morgan Dreibelbis, Devin Spindel, Deirdre Gill$3,0002018
Spring Speaker Series Jane Stromberg, Holly St. Jean$1,00022017
Energy Action Seminar (2017-18) Richard Watts$23,7002017
Headwaters Magazine Dan Kopin$2,0002017
Power from the North Conference Jennie Stephens, Richard Watts, David Massell$5,5002015
Student Energy Action Seminar Series Richard Watts, Jane Kolodinsky$15,1712014
CEF Lecture Series: Campus Food & Energy Seminar Series Doug Lantagne, Richard Watts, Amy Trubeck, Alison Nihart$7,6822014
Energy Action Seminar Richard Watts, Stephanie Kaza$14,6312014
Smart Grid Seminar Series Curtis Saunders$4,1722014
Anaerobic Digestion Guest Lecturer Victor Izzo$1,5002014
Renewable Energy Network Frederick Hall$6,3002014
Clean Energy Internship Program Amy Siedl$12,3352014
Cow Power Research Gioia Thompson$8,2602014
GreenSpeed4 Jeff Frolik$21,7922014
"Vermont's Energy Future" Keynote Speaker, James Howard Kunstler Richard Watts$4,0002013
Energy Action Seminar Richard Watts, Joan White$10,6852013
CleanSpeed: A Student-Developed Zero-Emissions Vehicle Jeff Frolik$23,4692012
Climate Action Seminar Amy Siedl, Rachael Beddoe$11,2972012
Energy Auditing & Retrofitting Course Gary Flomenhoft$2,9652010
Virtual Solar Carport Course Richard Watts$6,0002010


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

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.