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Student Senate commission seeks proposals for 'green' projects

RELEASED: Sept. 30, 2010

Student Senate logoEAU CLAIRE — The Environmental Endeavors Commission, a new Student Senate commission at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, is seeking ideas for improving environmental sustainability on campus.

The EEC is responsible for allocating the "green fund," the student segregated fee of $10 per semester collected for the specific purpose of reducing the university's environmental impact. Improvements will come in the form of projects conceived of and proposed by the students, faculty and staff of the campus community.

Because the EEC is supported by segregated fees, it can fund projects that increase awareness of the environment and sustainability on campus or provide infrastructural or operational improvements to the institution, but it cannot fund a course or academic program.

According to EEC student director Ben Ponkratz, an example of this would be a project that proposes the installation of water meters to measure day-to-day use of water fountains on campus. A course could use the data collected from the meters, but the primary outcome of the project would be to increase awareness of rates of water consumption, with a goal of creating a more sustainable use of a limited resource.

"In other words, this money cannot be used solely to fund instructional tools, but rather must provide benefits outside of the classroom," he said.

Each proposal submitted must include both student and faculty/staff representatives. Students and student organizations may submit proposals, but they must have a faculty or staff representative involved in the project. Similarly, members of the faculty or staff can also submit proposals, but a student/students or a student organization that will be involved in the project must be identified. One representative must be available in November to make a five-minute presentation of the proposal to the EEC.

Proposals will be accepted until midnight Oct. 22. They will be reviewed by the EEC throughout November and awarded during the first week of December, following a vote by the full Student Senate.

All proposals must be submitted via the online application and must include the completed online form plus two separate documents: a two-page supporting narrative and a budget justification, uploaded as either MS Word documents or PDF files. Complete requirements are found in a PDF download accessible from the same page as the application. This information is also available on the EEC website.

Questions regarding the proposal process may be directed to any member of the EEC, including Ponkratz at ponkrabt@uwec.edu, or faculty adviser Dr. Jim Boulter at boulteje@uwec.edu.

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