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About the Green to Gold Sustainability Fund

What is a Green Revolving Fund?

A green revolving fund loans money to parties for projects that:  

  1. Lead to the reduction of W&M resource use and/or greenhouse gas emissions and
  2. Generate cost-savings

These cost-savings are returned to the fund so they can be loaned to the next green project, thus creating a sustainable resource that reduces W&M's impact on the environment as well as operating costs. For more information on green revolving funds visit the Sustainable Endowments Institute (Billion Dollar Green Challenge).

W&M Green to Gold Sustainability Fund Charter

Goals of the Green to Gold Fund
  • Provide a funding source for projects that lead to the reduction of the University’s resource use and/or greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Empower students, faculty, and staff to create change by soliciting proposals from the entire W&M community.
  • Enable investments in sustainability efforts
  • Create a platform for large-scale change beyond what the current Green Fee program can provide.
  • Demonstrate William & Mary's commitment to sustainability and to being a leader in the field. 
Green to Gold Fund Procedure

The G2G Committee, a representative group of stakeholders, oversees the fund, assists applicants through the proposal process, and chooses the strongest projects for funding. The G2G Committee will accept proposals once a semester if the Fund has the financial capacity to accept them.

Preliminary ideas may be presented for Committee discussion, suggestions, and help with proposal development. Complete proposals with clear targets, financial plans, implementation plans and timelines will be evaluated and selected by the committee.

Any W&M (including VIMS) faculty, student, or staff may submit a proposal, though student-initiated proposals must include a faculty or staff advisor. All proposals must designate a person or persons who will be responsible for carrying out implementation and monitoring over the course of the project's repayment period. Applicants are encouraged to consult with faculty and Facilities Management staff, if appropriate, for suggestions regarding the design and implementation of their project.

G2G approval process
  1. All proposals will be submitted to the Director of Sustainability.
  2. Proposals will be posted online for the GGF Committee to preview.
  3. The GGF Committee will meet to discuss the proposals and to ask questions of the applicants, who will be invited to make a brief presentation to the committee.  
  4. Notification of approved projects will be sent to the applicants and to the Office of Finance along with a request for an index creation.

Proposals will be evaluated in order of the following priorities:

  1. Environmental benefits
  2. Payback period and return on investment
  3. Cost effective use of funds
  4. Measurable outcomes
  5. Risk
  6. Educational benefits

The applicant should use the best available methods to measure annual savings. If exact measurements are not possible, a calculated estimate of savings may be used instead.

Applicants have the option of proposing cost sharing or partial funding of a project.

G2G funds cannot be used for projects that are considered normal maintenance and repair.

In certain circumstances, the G2G Committee may approve a project that does not produce a financial return, but provides highly compelling sustainability advantages. Such proposals will be considered but must not threaten the long-term viability and success of the G2G.

Projects will be expected to begin repayment in the fiscal year following their completion and all awarded funds will be forfeited if the project is not completed within one year of its approval date. Annual repayment will be initiated via an invoice every September.

A brief status report will be required from the leader of active projects every September during the life of the payback period and should detail the current state of the project, the responsible parties, and how it is fulfilling its goals and obligations.  These reports may be submitted via email to the G2G chair and the Director of Sustainability.

The G2G Committee will consult with the project leader and recommend to the university's Administrative Budget Group (ABG) how much of the post-payback savings should remain at the level of the unit or organization once the terms of the loan have been met as described above. The ABG will make final decisions about where to allocate post-payback savings.

For additional details and information about financial terms please download the Green to Gold Fund Charter (pdf).