Sustainability Fund

Student-Sustainability-FundNC State students began contributing a sustainability fee of $1.50 per semester in fall 2013 following a student-led campaign that included pledges of support from more than 2,000 students and letters of support from faculty, staff and other campuses with sustainability fees. The fee is expected to generate $85,000 per year (minus reserve) for the Sustainability Fund. A student-led board manages the fund, which offers competitive grants for sustainability-related projects, education and resources that enhance campus and student learning.

2014-2015 Grant Cycle

Grant Recipients (learn more)

  • Purchase of 12 bikes, bike maintenance items and 24 smart locks to support three existing campus bike sharing programs.
  • Start-up funds for an NC State chapter of the Food Recovery Network, a national non-profit that combats community hunger by delivering uneaten dining hall food to local nonprofits.
  • Development of a community garden, passive solar greenhouse and apiary near the College of Veterinary Medicine.
  • Installation of a sculptural solar energy system near on Centennial Campus.
  • Installation of a solar trash compactor, which has five times the capacity of a conventional waste bin.

Implementation Timeline
Feb. 3, 2014: Request for proposal opens
March 17, 2014: Proposals due
May 1, 2014: Funding decisions made and communicated
July 1, 2014: Funded projects begin
Dec. 15, 2014: Mid-year reports due from grant recipients
June 15, 2015: Final reports due from grant recipients

Future rounds of funding will be announced at a later date. Contact  Nathan Pedder, Sustainability Fund Chair, with additional questions.

Fund Governance

The Sustainability Fund Board manages the fund with oversight of the Division of Academic and Student Affairs, which appoints board members who have knowledge of sustainability and/or student life at NC State. Operating under a constitution and bylaws, the student-led board consists of 7 voting members, which includes at least one faculty member as well as staff liaisons. Ex officio members are added as subject matter expertise is needed. The Board’s responsibilities include:

  • Regularly review grant priorities for campus that align with NC State’s Sustainability Strategic Plan
  • Know the sustainability priorities of the university.
  • Offer an annual or semi-annual request for proposals (RFP) for sustainability project ideas from the NC State community
  • Produce written grant parameters, submission form, and a timeline for the grant cycle that align with the academic calendar
  • Vote, by simple majority, on projects to fund that represent both campus priority projects and campus community project ideas and determine the fund apportionment
  • Establish project monitoring to ensure accountability of funds allocated
  • Document project environmental, social, economic, or other impacts
  • Submit an annual summary of the projects funded, account financial status, and project impacts to DASA, CEST, and the University Sustainability Office. This summary will be included on the Sustainability Fund website and in NC State’s Annual Sustainability Report for public reporting.
  • Participate in marketing and outreach activities for the Sustainability Fund
  • Review annually the student fee used to support the Fund and submit all necessary materials to the University Budget Office to be used in the Student Fee Review process
2014-2015 Sustainability Fund Board
 At-large student representative  Nathan Pedder, Mechanical Engineering and Political Science, Board Chair
 University Graduate Student Association representative  Matt Melillo, Chemical Engineering
 Student Government representative  Alex Grindstaff, Biological Sciences
 At-large student representative  Jessica Westervelt, Environmental Sciences
 At-large student representative  Brian Iezzi, Textile Engineering and Materials Science Engineering
 Division of Academic and Student Affairs representative  Derek Aday, Associate Professor of Applied Ecology
 Campus Environmental Sustainability Team representative  Thomas Skolnicki, University Landscape Architect
 University Sustainability Office representative  Tracy Dixon, Director of University Sustainability Office