Funding for Sustainability On Campus
If you have an idea for a project but need money to develop or maintain your efforts, here are possible opportunities for funding:
Sustainability Integration Office
The Sustainability Integration Office has funding for campus projects, special events, and student travel to events and conferences. Contact the office at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about possible topics for projects and papers.
President's Sustainability Fund
Thanks to the generosity of President Oxtoby, the President's Advisory Committee on Sustainability administers a fund for student campus sustainability projects. Since 2007 this fund has granted over $40,000 for student initiated projects. To be eligible for funding, these projects must focus on infrastructural or operational changes as opposed to solely outreach or educational efforts (for instance, bringing a speaker to campus is not an intended use of the funds, unless perhaps in conjunction with some related campus operational project).
Projects that have received funding in the past include:
- A self-repair bike station at the Smith Campus Center
- Water bottle refill station in the Smith Campus Center Courtyard
- Beverage dispensers to reduce plastic water bottle use at Class Day
- Reusable bags for the Coop Store
- Compost receptacles for the Coop Fountain
- Pilot program for reusable dishes in Catering
- Drying racks installed in residence halls laundry rooms
- A cash register and other equipment for the ReCoop thrift store
- The construction of a "solar rover," a mobile solar array that can be used to power events
- Increased signage for the Recycling Center in the Smith Campus Room
- Post-consumer composting in the dining halls
- Greenware sustainable event kits of reusable, recycled dishware
- Native landscaping at Sontag Hall and Frary/Brackett
- Shower timers installed in residence halls
If you have a project idea and want to apply for financing, you can download this Request for Proposals [pdf] to guide you in writing a proposal. This document will help you determine: if you are eligible to apply, if your project meets the qualifying criteria and scope, ideas for project focus, those projects that will be given priority in funding, a sample proposal, and an application checklist.
This fund is administered through the President's Advisory Committee on Sustainability. Contact the Sustainability Integration Office at email@example.com or the chair of PACS for more information. The Sustainability Integration Office can help you develop project ideas and prepare proposals.
Fall 2014 project proposals are due to the Sustainability email by October 10, 2014. A PACS submcommittee will review proposals and work with student groups to polish their proposals. Final revisions will be due by January 28, 2015.
Environmental Quality Committee
EQC receives an annual budget from the Associated Students of Pomona College. This budget can be used for events and projects. Contact the Environmental Affairs Commissioner through the Pomona College Senate for more information.
The Environmental Analysis Program
The EA Program often contributes to events or projects that have an educational component, such as bringing a speaker to campus or sending a student to a conference or other event. Contact the EA Program for more information.
The Dean of Students Office maintains an extensive listing of funding sources for student endeavors, including travel to conferences and events. See their website for more information.
Past PSF Projects
This project installed one bicycle self-repair station and one high security bike pump made by Bike Fixtation at the southwest corner of Smith Campus Center. The station allows a bike to be hung at ideal working level and includes all basic repair and maintenance tools. The Green Bike Shop and nearby bike shops in Claremont have limited hours for service help making it difficult to repair a bike in a timely manner. A self-repair station at the SCC provides a method for students and faculty to address their bicycle issues at their own convenience while encouraging clean transportation and supporting the Sustainability Action Plan goal of reducing single occupancy vehicle commuting by making bicycle commuting more feasible for staff and faculty.
This project aims to promote the use of reusable water bottles and reduce disposable plastic water bottle use on campus through the installation of a water bottle refill station in the Smith Campus Center courtyard. This chilled, filtered water bottle refill station is conveniently located near the site of many of the current sales of disposables and simultaneously addresses concerns of convenience, safety, and taste. By addressing these concerns, this project hopes to make using a reusable bottle much more appealing to students, staff, and faculty.
Nine water refill stations were purchased for the Class Day dinner with funding from the PSF and successfully reduced the need for 1,500 water bottles in May 2014. These refill jugs will be used by catering throughout the year and in future events to eliminate the need for bottled water at large dinners and events. This proposal also led to the use of water refill stations at the Class Day Awards Ceremony, eliminating the need for another 1,500 bottled waters and inspired the Zero Waste efforts of the Class Day dinner.
This project replaced plastic bags with paper bags at the Coop Store, imposed a $0.05 fee for the paper bags, and provided reusable tote checkouts as an alternative. Students may check out a biodegradable, locally made tote bag and their student account will be charged if they fail to return it at graduation. Revenues from the fee will go to the Coop Store for program maintenance and purchasing new bags as needed.
This project implemented a composting program and a reusable takeout container checkout program for the Coop Fountain identical to the dining hall program. The project also proposed a fee for disposable takeout containers at the Coop Fountain. The funds for this project were used to purchase BioBag liners for a new compost bin, green takeout containers, reusable cups, and educational signage for both post-consumer and kitchen composting. Receptacles for trash, recycling, and compost were purchased in order to make waste separation convenient for Coop Fountain customers, and are in place.
This project funded a pilot program for reusable dining-ware for catered events, in an effort to reduce waste from disposable dishes and plastic water bottles. Catering will use this initial purchase of 40 sets of lightweight reusable dining-ware for groups of less than 40 people for a trial period of one semester. Thanks to a successful pilot project, this program will be expanded as of spring 2014, and the reusable dishes can be requested through the CaterTrax website when placing an order.