The Green Initiatives Fund prioritizes:
- Innovative pilot projects that have the potential to expand to create greater positive impact on campus (e.g., something piloted on a dormitory floor that is eventually adopted by the whole dorm or all dorms on campus).
- Projects that help the College achieve its goal of carbon neutrality by 2035 (though projects that directly reduce other aspects of the community's environmental footprint are also considered important).
- Projects that are tied to the curriculum and academic life at Swarthmore.
- Projects that require a one-time investment rather than a need for sustained investment.
- Projects that communicate to and educate the College community about the importance of personal responsibility and individual behavior change.
Funding Uses and Availability
Applications will be accepted four times per year (twice per semester) and/or until all funding for the calendar year (about $40,000) has been allocated. There is no minimum amount that can be requested.
The majority of funding requested should be used for materials. If necessary, professional labor can be hired for project implementation. Depending on the nature of the proposal, applicants may also be able to receive a stipend (based on the completion of project milestones) or a paid internship for their work. The amount of the stipend and the period of the internship will be determined by the Sustainability Committee.
Any Swarthmore College student, professor, staff member, or alumnus may propose a project.