LIST OF FUNDED PROPOSALS
LED Lighting $121,160.88
Annual fee paid to ZimRide to continue the program, Senate contributed $4,000 and Transportation contributed $4,000.
Waterbottle Filling Stations $6,900
Three additional waterbottle filling stations were installed, Grounds and Faculties covered the cost of installation, SOS covered the cost of the stations.
Campus Garden $5,000
Funding was allocated to continuing to pay a student gardener, in addition, shed for supplies, tools and seeds.
Earth Week $9,723
Funding was allocated to Events, Food, Swag (reusable water bottles, reusable bags) and supplies for various workshops associated with Earth Week making for an outstanding first year of hosting an Earth Week sponsored by the SOS.
Two additional hives were purchased, as well as additional packages of bees; safety gear was needed as well for educational tours. Overwintering supplies were needed to help the bees through the winter.
Funding was allocated to funding various events hosted by the SOS throughout the year. Events include Tour de Chancellors, film rights for Forks over Knives, Food for Tough Needs and Terra Madra for the film festival.
Students attended the Growing Power Workshop over winter break; learning outcomes included being informed of the current food supply in the United States as well as hands-on learning on alternative forms of farming; i.e. aquaponics, vermicomposting, building hoop houses etc.
Allocations went to building a compost bike, student wages to gather compost from off-campus student homes to compost at UWEC and supplies to compost. This is a continues program that will create nutrient-rich compost that will be used in food production used by interested parties to include Foodlums, Facilities and the Community Gardens.
Bike Rental program with EAC, the SOS brought 20 bikes, the EAC brought 20 bikes, available to students to rent for the semester or year, this is an on-going program that needed an initial start-up cost.
BUDGETS AND NARRATIVES:Below are funded proposals submitted by various student organizations and/or in collaboration with the SOS staff. The SOS evolved out of the Environmental Endeavors Commission (EEC). The EEC operated for a year as a granting body by which it would receive proposals and fund various environmental projects after a series of hearing and deliberations.
This model proved ineffective at project oversight and lacked the proper procedure to implement best case sustainable practices. These issues were addressed through the creation of the SOS. Important campus partnerships are inherent within the structure of the SOS so that decisions are made as efficiently as possible. Additionally, project oversight is accomplished through four paid student staff – one director and three interns.
The Staff and Board operate within a symbiotic relationship. During weekly meetings, the staff discusses upcoming proposals and input is sought from advisors and board members. Board members provide new project ideas and insight about community events. The SOS actively works to uphold the SOS bylaws and mission statement.