Fort Lewis College Sustainability

Sustainability Initiative Grant

Real Food Challenge Table
The Sustainability Initiative Grant has helped
many projects on campus, including student-
led efforts to implement labeling of all 'real'
foods in campus dining as part of ongoing
Real Food Challenge.

The Sustainability Initiative Grant accepts applications every February for projects that advance a more sustainable campus. At Fort Lewis College, sustainability is a part of our core values and our culture. We define sustainability as the collaborative action of meeting the needs of current and future generations of humans and ecosystems through conservation, regenerative use of resources, action for social justice, and attention to a vibrant economy. The Sustainability Initiatives Grant supports projects that enhance sustainability within academics and research, the physical campus and its structures, student leadership and campus culture, and planning and administration. Examples of campus sustainability efforts include introducing sustainability principles or coursework into academic requirements, creating education and outreach campaigns within housing to instruct students on how to ‘green’ their residence halls, adopting green purchasing programs, or improving the recycling program.

Who can apply: Anyone with a project to improve Fort Lewis College campus sustainability. Students, faculty, and staff are all eligible.

Deadline: February 25 at 5p.m.

Award amount: Applicants may apply for funds up to $5,000.

Criteria:

  • Projects must substantially contribute to campus environmental sustainability, within the realms of academics and research, the physical campus and its structures, student leadership and campus culture, and/or planning and administration.
  • The budget must be realistic and detailed, accounting for materials, labor, and expertise; it cannot exceed the award amount.
  • Funds may not be used to create permanent staff positions. However, short term stipends to cover work directly associated with the proposed project are allowed.
  • Applications must be typed. Hand-written applications will not be considered.

Application process: Please complete this application. Send completed applications with the subject line: “SIG Application” to kehilimire@fortlewis.edu by February 25th at 5p.m.

Once your application is submitted, it will be directed to a blind review panel. The panel will review applications and designate them as ‘Approved,’ ‘Presentation required,’ or ‘Not approved.’ If a presentation is required, applicants will be invited to present their project and answer questions for the review panel. A brief question and answer period will follow your proposal overview. Grants will be awarded by April 1.

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