Office of Sustainability Practices

Sustainability Reinvestment Fund

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for the students, faculty, and staff of Grand Valley State University

The Reinvestment Fund has been established through the contributions of various departments and auxiliaries including: Finance and Administration, Campus Dining, UBS, Student Senate, and the Sustainable Community Development Initiative.

 

Faculty and students will have access to grants for sustainable development projects both on campus and in the community. The goal of the fund is to support projects that can be replicated across the university, working in support of GVSU’s goal of becoming a national leader in sustainable practice.

 

  • Projects will be screened through an application process. 
     
  • Progress reports will be required.
     
  • Efficiencies, cost savings, and created value will be generated for each project. A portion of the value created will be reinvested in the fund for future projects.
     

A standing Sustainable Reinvestment Fund sub-committee (comprised of students, faculty, staff, and administration members) has been established to approve project requests and monitor overall project progress and results.

Committee Members: Norman Christopher, Justin Ebert, Kay Klosowski, Julia Mason, Terry Pahl, Ellen Schendel, and Jennifer Schick. 

 

Grants:

  • Grants will be provided for projects that generate on-going savings or other advantages to the university as a whole (e.g. energy, printing costs, increased recycling, etc.). Recipients of funding will not be expected to repay the grant to the fund. They will, however, be expected to provide a report to the committee and information to other units that wish to replicate the project.

 

 

The SCDI will disseminate the results and successes of funded projects to the university community through various platforms, encouraging replication and other related projects. 

 

The SCDI will prepare an annual report to the University leadership on activities of the fund, results of projects, estimated savings and impact on university sustainability efforts.  The SCDI will make requests to the Budget Committee for additional funding if appropriate.

 

Please contact Norman Christopher at chrisfn@gvsu.edu with questions.

 

Sustainability Reinvestment Grant Application Form

Applications are reviewed on a quarterly basis. 
            

Reinvestment Fund Success Stories


Sustainable Reinvestment Fund Grants were given to support sustainability, health and wellness at the GVSU Farmers Market.

 

Telepresence Room

Telepresence Conference Room provides unexpected benefits

 

Through the implementation of telepresence software, GVSU continues to embody economic and environmental sustainability practices. 


Bard to Go

'Bard to Go' program develops reusable stage

GVSU's 'Bard to Go' program has created a reusable stage that will last them for years to come! 

Read more about the Bard to Go program here.



 

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