The Student Government Association (SGA) established the Student Sustainability Committee (SSC) in the fall of 2009. SSC is an external committee of SGA which supports projects that are specifically aligned with the sustainability goals, standards, and commitments at ISU.
*Please Note: Applications are currently closed for the 2020-2021 academic year. Applications for the Student Sustainability Fund will be accepted beginning Fall 2021.
The Student Sustainability Committee offers Micro Grants for certain projects on campus:
Green Your Event Micro-Grant The Green Your Event Micro-Grant is intended to support Zero Waste Events on campus. Hosting a Zero Waste Event means at least 90% of waste generated by your event is either recycled or composted (10% or less goes to the landfill). Several key ways to transition your event to zero waste include using reusable and/or c ompostable cups, silverware, and plates and eliminating single-use plastics. Compost bins are also essential for food waste and single-use compostable products. You can make your event good for the environment and educational for your guests by including signage explaining why zero waste events are important and signage with instructions for how guests should dispose of waste (including food scraps). The Office of Sustainability is happy to help you with signage if needed. Implementing these changes can raise the cost of your event, but the environmental benefits are well worth the price. The “Green Your Event” Micro-Grant is designed to offset the costs of making your event Zero Waste. If you require funding from the Student Sustainability Committee to minimize or eliminate waste at your event, fill out the Green Your Event Micro-Grant application.
Water Bottle Refill Stations Micro-Grant: The Water Bottle Refill Station Micro-Grant is designed to help eliminate plastic waste on Illinois State University's campus. Single-use plastics (such as water bottles) require oil and water resources to create and take centuries to break down. The Student Sustainability Committee provides funding for several refill stations to be installed on campus every year to keep these unnecessary plastics out of landfills and the environment. If you are interested in the Student Sustainability Committee funding a water bottle refill station on campus, please submit an application for review.
Micro-Grant applications are reviewed by the Student Sustainability Committee throughout the academic year and on a rolling basis. Applications not reviewed by April 1 of the current academic year will be held for review by the impending Committee when they reconvene in September of the following academic year.