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GreenFund Frequently Asked Questions

GreenFund Frequently Asked Questions

 

How are applications/submissions evaluated?

The submitted proposals must meet the following criteria:

 

  • Advance sustainability in operation of the Lehigh campus. Projects can directly address environmental sustainability on Lehigh's campus or in the capacity that off-campus or community activities influence on-campus sustainability. This includes a broad range of environmental considerations, including but not limited to energy efficiency, water efficiency, waste reduction, transportation management, green procurement, green buildings, and education.

  • Have a clearly-defined, measurable outcome within the proposed timeframe. All projects will have a mechanism for evaluation and follow-up after funding has been disbursed.  Projects should include a report made to LEAG after successful or unsuccessful 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 Lehigh publication, or the fact that the project is conducted in public view.

  • Contain a component of direct student and faculty/staff collaboration. Such projects include, but are not limited to internships, initiatives with students in oversight bodies, student research, and projects proposed by students.  

  • Demonstrate innovation and creativity in approaching sustainability issues.

  • Show potential to continue beyond the duration of the project.

What could be considered a GreenFund project?

Anything that meets the mission as stated in the bylaws.

 

What if my application is late?

If your application is submitted after the first day of the month, it will be reviewed the following month.

 

What types of project are funded?

The projects must advance knowledge of sustainability or advance sustainability on campus and/or in the surrounding community. Beyond that, the projects can address almost any aspect of sustainability -- education, marketing, research, resource management, to name a few. If you need ideas or a starting point, check out the sustainability plan.

 

Can a project budget include student compensation or payment of the student investigators/leaders?

At this time, budget items that compensate the student project participants will not receive funding.

 

Will a student-only team (no faculty/staff) be funded?

One of the primary goals of the GreenFund is to foster student/staff and student/faculty collaboration. Applicants are strongly urged to develop their project and prepare their application with this in mind.

 

Will a faculty-only submission be funded?

One of the primary goals of the GreenFund is to foster student/staff and student/faculty collaboration. Applicants are strongly urged to develop their project and prepare their application with this in mind.

 

What are acceptable budget items?

Acceptable budget items include consumables, equipment, services, supplies, travel, food, labor, and incidentals. Generally speaking, student and staff PIs (principal investigators) should not request personal compensation.

 

How should I prepare the budget?

A sample budget is available for review. Budgets should include as much detail as possible and be as specific as possible.

 

How long can projects last/what is a typical duration?

Projects are typically started and finished in one academic year, but multi-year projects are possible. Also, longer, more ambitious projects can be funded in phases to stay under the budget.

 

Can a person or group submit more than one application?

Yes.

 

What if my project is more than $2,000?

There are several options.

  • You can consider other campus funding sources.

  • Consider scaling the project down to be run as a pilot.

  • Long term projects can sometimes be divided into phases. If you can structure the proposals so that each phase brings a benefit to Lehigh sustainability, or if there is significant long term benefit, this is a good option.