Any individual (whether faculty, staff, or student) or group (for example, student organization, school, academic program, or administrative or auxiliary unit) within the W&M community may submit a proposal for Green Fee project funding. All student-led projects are required to maintain an advisor for the duration of the project.
The Committee on Sustainability (COS) accepts Green Fee proposals every semester. Projects awarded grants by the COS range greatly in size and subject, featuring research, community events and outreach, resource saving initiatives, wellness programs and much more.
To learn more about how to apply, watch the info session and attend one of our Office Hours on February 1 at 11AM or February 2 at 3PM. The Zoom Meeting ID is 928 9722 0714.
Spring Green Fee Proposals | Due March 3, 2022
Each grant will be for a max of $5,000.
Sustainability is not accepting proposals for the below, this semester:
- Bottle-filling stations
- Signage to be fixed to campus vegetation
- Signage on College Woods trails
Considerations When Writing a Proposal
Projects and initiatives often impact many stakeholders across the campus. Please refer to the following list to help determine who you may need to reach out to for consultation. If you have contacted stakeholders prior to the submission of a proposal, include their input or note their response in the proposal. Submitted proposals that lack appropriate approval and/or consultation risk being deferred.
For general advice, history of sustainability initiatives on campus or outreach to see if others are working on similar projects, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Green Fee projects sometimes require the short-term use of tools. In place of purchasing tools for a project, please explore alternatives such as collaboration with Facilities Management or borrowing of tools from the Campus Garden, managed by Sustainability. Students using tools that their advisor may not be comfortable supervising should reach out to Tim Russell (contact information under Stakeholders above) for input and potential additional supervision.
Example Green Fee Proposal Outline
This proposal outline is encouraged, but not required. Green Fee projects vary so greatly that some may require additional components while others will need to exclude sections. Please adapt this to your needs to create the most comprehensive proposal possible.
Recognition of Funding Source
All projects receiving funding should clearly identify the Green Fee as a source of support. Due to the variety of projects covered through the Green Fee, this identification may take different forms. If unsure of the best way to recognize the funding source on a project please consult the Director of Sustainability. Recognition of funding should be taken into consideration in the budget.
All questions regarding Green Fee should be sent to [[sustain]].