See your Sustainability Dreams Become Reality
Nick Spinelli '17
As of the 2015-2016 academic year, Santa Clara University is proud to announce the creation of the Campus Sustainability Investment Fund (CSIF). The CSIF was created with the intention of bringing the SCU community closer together through on-campus sustainability projects.
The CSIF originated from the efforts of Fossil Free SCU and their divestment efforts throughout the 2014-2015 academic year. With sustainability a clear issue on the minds of Santa Clara students, the University administration approved the creation of a $250,000 investment fund to be used exclusively for sustainability efforts on campus, along with increased investment in green energy and the Catholic Endowment Fund. With support coming directly from Vice President for Finance and Administration Mike Hindrey, the CSIF’s creation is a result of a joint effort between students and administration.
Sustainability and climate neutrality have been an important goal of the SCU community since the late Fr. Paul Locatelli S.J. signed the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment in 2007. While Fr. Locatelli’s original goal of climate neutrality by 2015 was not achieved, our current president, Fr. Michael Engh S.J., has reinforced SCU’s sustainability goals for climate neutrality as part of the 2020 Plan. With the goal of funding projects which either build a more sustainable culture on campus or reduce energy use, transportation emissions, landfill waste, or water consumption, the CSIF is an opportunity for members of the SCU community to actively support the 2020 goal.
SCU students, faculty, and staff will have the option to submit project proposals once every quarter, during the eighth week. Submitted proposals will then be thoroughly reviewed for feasibility by a selection committee made up of students, staff, and faculty. Approved projects will be provided the requested funding, and submitters will be able to directly communicate with University Operations to implement their projects, leaving a lasting impact on the sustainability efforts of Santa Clara University.
Project proposals for this quarter can be submitted before Wednesday, February 24, through the University’s sustainability website.