Funded projects have typically adhered to the guiding principles seen below, though exceptions can be made for worthwhile projects. Please see the annual reports from previous years for a list of funded projects.
Northwestern Sustainability Fund Guiding Principles
Increase the sustainability of the Northwestern University campus.
Projects should address environmental sustainability on the Northwestern University campus. Priority will be given to project that to contribute to a goal identified in the University’s Strategic Sustainability Plan. Areas of focus in the plan include energy efficiency, water efficiency, waste reduction, transportation, procurement and resource use, green buildings, and education and engagement.
Have clearly defined, measurable outcome(s) within a proposed time frame.
All projects should have a mechanism for evaluation and follow-up after funding has been disbursed. Projects that are not completed within a single academic year must present a plan for continuation during the following year. Groups that receive funding must submit both progress reports and final reports to the Grant-Making Committee during and after implementation.
Incorporate publicity, education and outreach.
The project should include some component that raises greater awareness of sustainability issues on campus. This might include an outreach component, an article in a Northwestern University publication, or general visibility of the project itself.
Contain a component of direct student involvement.
All projects should be led and implemented by students. Faculty and staff members may serve in advisory roles.