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Greening IUPUI grants available to fund ideas to reduce campus's impact on environment


December 17, 2012

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A total of $50,000 in grants will be awarded to IUPUI students, staff and faculty whose proposals to reduce the campus’s environmental impact are selected for 2013 Greening IUPUI grants. The deadline for submitting a pre-application is Jan. 28.

One-time Greening IUPUI grants are awarded annually in the spring semester to projects that advance campus sustainability principals. Selected preliminary applicants will be asked to submit a full application by March 1.

“Our students, faculty and staff are the real campus sustainability experts,” said Colleen McCormick, director of the IUPUI Office of Sustainability. “Tell us about your idea, and you could garner a Greening IUPUI grant to make it happen.”

According to grant application guidelines, preference will be given to initiatives that have wide-spread campus impact. Previous proposals that received grants include:

• Promoting Green Purchasing at IUPUI. The Environmental and Natural Resources Law Program developed a "green purchasing guide" and educational workshop for purchasing officers. The goal was to raise the profile of green purchasing and contracting options to make more sustainable choices. Grant amount: $6,000.
• IUPUI Events Going Green. The Department of Tourism, Conventions and Event Management developed a comprehensive program for environmentally responsible events, including best practices, educational workshops, "green" event certification and online resources for campus event managers. Grant amount: $14,000.
•The IUPUI Urban Garden Initiative. This project engaged local urban farmers to provide hands-on instruction to students about sustainable agricultural practices and increase the productivity of IUPUI's urban gardens. Grant amount: $2,500.
•IUPUI Sustainability House. Developed events and initiatives to showcase the newest SPEA Residential Based Learning Community, designed to engage residents in sustainability as a way of life and expand student action across campus. Grant amount: $2,500