Frequently Asked Questions

What can the Green Fee fund?

The Green Fee can fund a very broad variety of projects and initiatives as long as they further sustainability efforts at W&M. 

Examples of what the Green Fee CAN fund: 
  • research, including feasibility studies
  • resource-reducing initiatives and infrastructure improvements
  • quotes from vendors
  • events and outreach conduits
  • registration, travel and lodging expenses related to attendance at approved conferences
  • stipends and hourly pay if employment or services are needed
  • much more, check out the past projects
Examples of what the Green Fee CANNOT fund:
  • recurring projects (unless falling within a COS exception)
  • routine maintenance
  • ongoing expenses after project completion
  • gift cards*
  • flowers for individuals*
  • alcohol*
  • salary or pay for normal duties
  • tax on most purchases*
  • air travel for seats above economy, travel insurance*
  • furniture, unless purchased through Virginia Correctional Enterprises*

* Green Fee funds must be spent in accordance with state guidelines and W&M procurement policies

How do I write a Green Fee proposal?

There are no strict guidelines to writing a Green Fee proposal because the projects can vary so greatly. However, this example of a Green Fee proposal outline is a helpful place to start.

Do I need an advisor and what do they do?

If you are a student, then yes, all student led initiatives need a faculty or staff advisor. Advisors provide guidance on projects and act as a responsible university representative, providing consistency, since even the most passionate students graduate! Projects must be affiliated with a faculty or staff advisor for the entire lifecycle of the project or risk possible termination. 

How much does the Green Fee provide in funding?

The Green Fee has funded projects from as little as $50 to over $24,000, check out past projects to see examples. There is no real cap on the amount a proposal can request, but serious consideration is given to where funds would best be spent and the competitive nature of the proposals that semester. Cost sharing with other organizations, although not required, is encouraged. 

Please contact Director of Sustainability, Calandra Waters Lake [[waterslake]] with any further questions.