During the spring semester of 2010, the Brandeis Sustainability Fund was proposed and successfully established by students. The funding for BSF comes from a $15 per year increase in the Student Activities fee. Seven teams of students submitted proposals to BSF, asking for a total of $93,432 in funding; however $47,000 was available for these groups. Therefore each team had to perform thorough research in order to prove that their ideas would meet the goals of the Brandeis Sustainability Fund. Environmental and community impact, relevancy and financial viability were all taken into account when the BSF board, which consisted of four students and three staff, decided on which groups would receive funding. The board members also had to meet with students within these groups to help shape the proposals so that they could be made possible with the available funding and also be campus approved. The voting students on the board included, Susan Paykin ’11, Nicholas Polanco ’13, Akash Vadalia ’12, and Abdul Aziz Sohail ’13. Voting representatives for the faculty were Mark Collins, Senior Vice President for Administration, Adam Jaffee, Dean of Arts and Science, and Laura Goldin, Associate Director of the Environmental Studies Program. Maria Turesky ’13 and Janna Cohen-Rosenthal ’03, Sustainability Coordinator, were two non-voting staff members. Finally after a long process of hard work by both the teams and the board members, five projects were chosen to receive funding.
And the five chosen projects for the 2010-2011 academic year are…
Smart Meters, proposed by Sam Porter, receiving $26,000
Oh The Things We’ll Grow! proposed by Linda Li ’13, receiving $550
Brandeis Micro-Turbine, proposed by Dorian Socnick Williams ’13, receiving $8,000
DeisBikes 2.0: Semester-Long Bike Rentals for Brandeis Students, proposed by Jessie Stettin ’13 for $12,175
A Greener Residence Hall- Pilot Project, proposed by Cecilia Watkins ’11 receiving $271
RSVP for the Green Unity Gala this Wednesday in order to help celebrate these grants!
To learn more about each proposal click here
Once again congratulations to everyone who put in hours of hard work in order to make this possible!
(Speaking of sustainability, do you have a Certified Green Room?)