SJU Green Fund

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Green Fund?

The Green Fund brings together faculty, students, and facilities in creating new sustainability-minded changes on campus.  With each new academic year, there is about $42,500 in the Green Fund budget, which is generated from $5 from each student per semester from the activity fee.  With this sizable budget, big environmentally-conscious changes can be made to our campus. The Green Fund also hosts educational events and programs throughout the year.

Why should everyone pay $5?

The answer is simple: the environment affects everyone. We can't escape it-it is the air we breathe, the water we drink, the ground we walk on, it is all around us. It is our duty to protect these things, if not globally, at least locally here at Saint Joseph's University.

Who decides how the money is spent?

The money is regulated by the Green Fund Advisory Board, which is composed of 14 student representatives and a member of the University’s Residence Life staff. To learn more about the Advisory Board members, click here.

What kind of projects does the Green Fund support?

The scope of what the Green Fund will pay for depends on the creativity of its applicants. All projects will have a positive impact on the natural environment. Some possibilities include: investment in clean energy, energy efficiency, water conservation, green buildings, sustainable transportation, expanded recycling and composting, student internships, and more!

The Green Fund does NOT pay for anything the university is already required to do by law or policy.

Who can receive funding from The Green Fund?

The Green Fund will be available to those who can show that their initiatives will have a direct benefit to the Saint Joseph's University community. Students, groups, organizations, faculty, staff, administration and community members are all eligible to apply for funding. All applicants will have to go through the same processes in order to receive The Green Fund's support. The groups will have to show how their project will have a positive impact on the natural environment as well as have a budget for the Advisory Board to review. All applications will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis, and projects that benefit Saint Joseph's Students will be considered first.

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