Green Fund

ASUN GREEN FUND

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The Green Fund

The ASUN Green Fund provides grant funds for student-led projects directed toward improving overall environmental sustainability on the university campus. The fund and its grant reviewing committee empowers students and enables student-driven projects in sustainability by providing a source of funding, guidance, hands-on experience, and networking. 

History of the Green fund

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Spring 2015

University of Nebraska-Lincoln students wanted to increase their capacity to make UNL more environmentally friendly, and creating a student green fund was a great way to do this. As part of a campaign to gain student support, during the ASUN elections, a survey question was placed on the ballot asking students if they would support a fee increase of up to $2 per semester to create a green fund in order to support student projects related to sustainability.


Spring 2016

ASUN Senate unanimously approved an amendment to the ASUN bylaws outlining the green fund’s operations and fee structure. Senate recommended that a $1 per semester student fee should be collected to support the green fund.

Fall 2016

The UNL Student Green Fund officially started collecting fees and began funding student-led projects to improve overall campus sustainability.

Green Fund Selections Committee

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The Green Fund Selections Committee consists of 7 voting, student members and is advised by Prabhakar Shrestaha, UNL’s Sustainability Coordinator. With help from an external board of subject matter experts, these 7 students review grant proposals and make recommendations to senate about which projects should be funded. Every year, 4 students will be elected to the committee by the student body during ASUN elections, and then 3 students will be appointed by the ASUN appointments board. Below are the current members of the GFSC:


Spencer Hartman

Cale Brodersen
Committee Chair

Cale, a senior business management major with minors in finance and accounting, is from Lincoln, NE. Cale is excited to be a member of the GFSC because he wants to see the green fund make a positive impact year after year, and it will expose many more students to ideas of sustainability than were exposed to it before.

Laurel Oetken

Jackson Cutsor

Jackson, a junior electrical engineering student with a minor in energy science, is from Omaha, Nebraska. He is excited to be a member of the GFSC because he will get to meet passionate individuals and assist them with being on the forefront of sustainability efforts on campus.

Morgan Rezac

Ashley Neujahr

Ashley Neujahr, a sophomore majoring in Agricultural Education-Leadership, is from Waverly, Nebraska. She is most excited to represent the agricultural community through the Green Fund Selections committee.

Morgan Rezac

Vivian Nguyen

Vivian, a Lincoln native, graduated from UNL with a Bachelor’s of Science in Environmental Studies and is now pursuing her Master’s degree in Political Science. Vivian believes student involvement has always been the heart of the sustainability movement here at UNL, which is why she’s excited to be a part of the Green Fund Selections Committee this year. 

Morgan Rezac

David Schuler

David Schuler is an Animal Science major from Bridgeport, Nebraska in the Western Panhandle. He is excited to be a member of the Green Fund Selections Committee to be active as a leader of sustainability on campus that is based on facts and shared values.

Funding INFORMATION

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Funding Criteria

In order to apply for a project grant from the Green Fund, you must be a student or a recognized student organization. In addition, your project must also meet the following requirements:

• Must have a clearly defined, measurable outcome

• Must incorporate publicity, education, or outreach

• Must have a faculty/staff sponsor

• Must be willing to showcase your project during the Green Fund showcase in the spring

• Must be willing to display the ASUN logo on all marketing materials if the project is awarded funding

If you have any questions regarding your project or application, or if you would like assistance, please e-mail us at greenfund.unl@gmail.com.


Apply For Funding

In order to apply for a grant from the UNL Student Green Fund, please complete the application below and e-mail it to greenfund.unl@gmail.com, or turn in a physical copy to the ASUN office located in the Union before the application deadline. The application includes a short abstract, several short-answer questions, a detailed budget, and an advisor approval form. The application deadlines for the current school year are as follows:


2016-2017 Academic Year

Application deadlines under $7,500:

For the remaining weeks in the fall semester, we will be accepting applications on a rolling basis. So we will evaluate your application immediately upon submission. During the spring semester, the deadlines are as follows:

1/27/17

2/24/17

3/31/17

4/28/17

Application deadlines over $7,500

3/31/17

The Green Fund Selections Committee will be in contact with you shortly after the application deadlines in order to schedule an in-person interview. Final decisions on grant awards will be made no later than one month after the initial application deadline. 

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FAQ

1. Who pays for the green fund? The Green Fund is paid for with student fees. Beginning in the fall semester of 2016, every student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln will pay $1 per semester, which will be collected through ASUN’s UPFF student fee request.

2. What kinds of projects can I do? You can do almost anything! There are no restrictions on the types of projects or amount of grant money that a project can apply for, however, here are some of the factors that your project application will be evaluated on: environmental benefit, general benefit to students and the university, project management and preparedness, cost effectiveness, time sensitivity, and financial need.

3. Who is eligible to apply? Only students and Recognized Student Organizations that are in total compliance are eligible to apply for grant money awarded by the Green Fund.

4. Who decides which projects receive funding? The Green Fund Selections Committee (consisting of 7 students), with the advising help of the Sustainability Coordinator and an advisory committee of subject matter experts, will make recommendations to senate for approval regarding which applications should receive funding.

Are you interested in leading a project but don’t know where to start?

Here are some ideas that might spark some interest:

  • Reusable to-go containers for dining halls
  • Sustainability competitions
  • Campus community garden
  • Native plant garden
  • Gardening/healthy eating workshops
  • Rooftop bee hive/pollination project
  • Campus waste audit
  • Model sustainable dorm room
  • Local food stand/store
  • Bicycle pump/fixing stations
  • Documentary screening
  • Electric vehicle plug-in station
  • Water bottle refill station
  • Bike racks
  • Wind turbines / solar farms
  • Rainwayer recapture
  • Green Roofs
  • Composting Initatives
  • Solar phone/laptop charging station
  • Outdoor recycling bins
  • Recycling for ink cartridges and batteries
  • Green conference, program, or speaker
  • Electric vehicle plug-in station
  • Water bottle refill station
  • Bike racks
  • Wind turbines/solar farms
  • Rainwater recapture
  • Green roofs
  • Composting initiatives Solar phone/laptop charging station
  • Outdoor recycling bins
  • Recycling for ink cartridges and batteries
  • Green conference, program, or speaker

If you have an idea but do not know where to start or you just need help developing it, reach out to us at greenfund@unl.edu and we will do all we can to help make your project a success! 

CONTACT US

If you have any questions about the Green Fund or if you would like some guidance on a project or grant application, email the Green Fund Selections Committee at:

greenfund@unl.edu