The Student Green Initiatives Fund is a pool of money that is available to fund projects that further environmental sustainability on campus.
It is funded by an opt-out $5.00 per semester fee and is only accessible to current undergraduate and graduate students.
Green Fund FAQ
Any current BGSU undergraduate student, graduate student, or groups thereof from main campus may apply for funding from the Student Green Initiative Fund.
In order to receive funding from the Green Fund, a project proposal needs to convey how it will make BGSU a more environmentally sustainable institution. All projects must fall into at least one of the three following categories from our University Sustainability Strategy: Emissions Reduction, Waste Reduction & Resource Conservation, and Education, Outreach, & Awareness. See the featured Green Fund projects below.
There is no real limit to the amount you can request, but you should consider that multiple applications for funds will likely be received, and the selection committee will endeavor to fund as many reasonable requests as possible. The amount of funds requested will not result in its outright rejection, as some partial funding decisions may be made by the selection committee.
All project applications must be submitted at least three weeks before the date of required funding. The Green Fund Committee meets regularly and a committee member will be in contact with the projects' authors within one week of submission.
The Student Green Initiatives Fund Committee is charged with the responsibility of distributing funds. This group is made up of faculty, staff, and students from across the University.
The membership of the group includes the following:
- Three undergraduate students
- One student from the Undergraduate Student Government
- Three students approved by the Department of the Environment and Sustainability
- One graduate student
- Member of the Graduate Student Senate
- One staff member
- Appointed by the President of Bowling Green State University
- One faculty member
- Member of the Faculty Senate appointed by the Chair of Faculty Senate
The Student Green Fee Group will have the following responsibilities:
- Review proposals and make selections for funding on the basis of a project’s feasibility, its potential for positive impact on the environment, and its ability to be funded.
- Assure that all accepted proposals will directly and positive affect the campus.
- Follow up after funds are allocated to be sure such funds are being used appropriately.
Featured Green Fund Projects
Below are examples of successfull projects catorgized according to their alignment with the Sustainability Strategy.
Perry Field House LED Lighting Upgrade
The Perry Field House just completed a major lighting renovation. The Turf room’s lighting has been upgraded to LED lights. LED lights use substantially less electricity than traditional overhead lighting because they are much more efficient. So what does this mean? Major energy and financial savings! These lights are estimated to save more than $11,000 from energy savings and an additional $2,000 in maintenance each year - all while reducing BGSU's carbon footprint.
LED Coral Tanks
In the Marine Biology lab, ensuring that the organisms receive proper lighting is crucial. The cost to keep these tanks lit adds up quickly in our pocketbooks and in the environment. The Student Green Initiatives Fund provided funding to replace inefficient metal halide light bulbs with 14 highly efficient LED light strips for 7 coral tanks in the lab. The LED lights cost $9,000 less each year to operate than the metal halide lights and have a payback period of less than 4 months. Additionally, each LED strip lasts 16 years longer than one halide bulb. The lack of heat output from the strips allows for easier temperature control of the water resulting in more frequent and abundant coral growth as well as significant environmental benefits!
McDonald Hall Green Roof
McDonald hall is scheduled to have 2 sections of their roof overhang covered with Green Roof Panels. Similar to the Oaks Green Roof, these panels (which will cover about 200 sq. ft.) will provide a number of environmental benefits such as absorbing the sun’s UV rays (thus keeping the building cooler), reducing storm water run-off, and absorbing harmful carbon dioxide while releasing oxygen. It is becoming increasingly important for BGSU to adopt this technology on a greater scale in order to mitigate the negative effects of climate change. Pictures will be posted when the project is completed!
Composting Pilot Program
BGSU Dining participated in a partnership with Hirzel Farms from Pemberville, OH, for an 8 week composting pilot program in the Oaks Dining Hall. During those 8 weeks we composted over 7,400 lbs of pre-consumer food waste (mostly produce trimmings). The pilot program was considered an overall success and plans for a permanent composting program are being discussed. Funding for the pilot program was provided 100% by the Student Green Initiatives Fund, so funding for the permanent program is up for discussion. Read more about the pilot program
Water Bottle Re-Fill Stations
The first two stations were funded by the Student Green Initiatives Fund in Spring 2012 with the goal of reducing the amount of bottled water consumed on campus. By providing opportunties for quick and easy fill ups with filtered water people are encouraged to utilize their own re-usable water bottle.
Bottling and shipping water is the least energy efficient method ever used to supply water. The sourcing of water destroys natural ecosystems and the petroleum based bottles are a waste of our limited oil supplies, while also speeding the onset of global climate change. Despite all the support for recycling, only about 30% of plastic bottles are recycled resulting in a major waste of our limited resources.
These touch-screen monitors were purchased to allow students to visualize real-time energy usage of buildings on campus. You can compare buildings’ electricity consumption over periods of time, see how much greenhouse gases are being emitted, find out what the Office of Campus Sustainability is working on, and much more! Currently, there are dashboards in Offenhauer, the Bowen-Thompson Student Union, and Olscamp. View the online dashboard
Human Powered Gym
The newly remodeled Student Recreation Center will feature two brand new self-powered treadmills! They require no electricity to operate and as a result, have much less impact on the environment. You’ll even be able to charge your cell phone with them during your workout! Be sure to try them out during your next visit!
If you have any additional questions about the Green Fund, please contact us.