FY 2016 Student Fund Summary ($170,000 Budgeted, $163,107 Expended)
Global Water Security Conference ($17,000) - Scholarships were awarded to provide support for students attending this international conference on water security.
Solar Picnic Table ($10,975) - A solar picnic table that uses solar panels to provide energy for wireless and connected charging was installed on the DeGarmo Plaza Deck.
Water Bottle Filling Stations ($5,462) - Additional water bottle filling stations were installed in each of the floors of Fell Hall to continue efforts to reduce the use of plastic water bottles. This project was requested by the International Studies program and the School of Communication.
Solar Car Team ($49,500) - The solar car team received two awards for upgrade parts and components to continue to keep the car up to competition standards and to provide support for the international and national competitions.
Planetarium Projection System ($29,950) - The new projection system allows for more advanced and contemporary programming including climate science and environmental/human systems interactions (e.g. the dark skies initiative).
3D Printer Recycling ($2,310 awarded, $0 expended) - These systems allow for the recycling of the plastic feed-stock utilized in 3D printers. (Items were on backorder and not deliverable by fiscal year end.)
Bicycle Racks ($3,732) - Several racks were purchased for the College of Fine Arts and Risk Management/Sustainability complexes.
Long-Board/Skateboard Racks ($3,099) - Three racks were purchased to enable students to lock their boards instead of bringing them into facilities. Note: These racks were removed from campus due to an existing policy that prohibits skateboard use on campus.
International Service Scholarships ($3,500) - Ten students were awarded scholarships to assist with their service project of installing solar panels in a remote village in Peru as part of their study abroad program in Politics and Government.
3D Scanner Rental ($3,780) - The Department of Technology received an award to rent a 3D scanner in collaboration with the Town of Normal for a historic preservation project. This provided students access to top end technology in building modeling for restoration and energy efficiency programming.
Renewable Energy Society Demonstration Cart ($4,600) - The RES student organization received funds to rebuild the cart they utilize for public demonstrations of solar energy.
Outdoor Classroom at the Horticulture Center ($13,200) - In an effort to incorporate curricular learning in exterior spaces the committee awarded funds for plants, sound-mitigating vegetation and seating for the outdoor classroom.
Department of Energy Home Student Design Competition ($13,200) - Three interdisciplinary teams of students were awarded funding to plan for three net-zero homes and multi-family units to compete at the Department of Energy competition in Colorado.
Student Committee Promotions and Marketing ($5,109) – Sustainable promotional items for events (Festival ISU, Earth Day, Healthy You Healthy Earth, Sustainability Forum).
FY 2015 Student Fund Summary ($180,000 Budgeted, $152,256 Expended)
Solar Picnic Table ($16,293) - Two solar picnic tables that use solar panels to provide energy for charging use were installed at the Student Fitness Center.
Smart Tables ($12,000) - Two smart tables were installed for students that allows for synchronous communication on construction documents, CADD drawings and projects. The first table was successfully integrated into the curriculum and the Department of Technology requested two more to meet student needs.
Department of Energy Home Student Design Competition ($8,000) - Two interdisciplinary teams of students were awarded funding to plan for a net-zero home and zero-lot line home to compete at the Department of Energy competition in Colorado.
Solar Trash and Recycling Containers ($35,773) - ISU Grounds' was awarded funds to purchase solar powered compactors that provide electronic monitoring to reduce labor time.
Audubon Certified Golf Course Sanctuary ($7,756) - The D.A. Weibring Golf Course received two awards to assist with their work on certification in Environmental Planning and Wildlife Habitat Management.
Exterior Hydration Stations ($18,000) - Two external water bottle filling stations were installed on the quad.
Planetarium Lighting Upgrade ($30,000) - The planetarium received an award to replace the lighting system with LED programmable lights.
Water Bottle Filling Stations ($4,479) - The committee teamed with Milner Library to provide water bottle filling stations on each floor of the library.
Solar Car Team ($19,955) - The team was awarded funds to procure new solar array components and more efficient (and safer) battery packs.
FY 2014 Student Fund Summary ($180,000 Budgeted, $172,176 Expended)
Smart Table ($16,690) - A smart table was installed for students that allows for synchronous communication on construction documents, CADD drawings and projects alike.
Solar Picnic Table ($11,445) - A table that uses solar panels to provide energy for charging use was installed in the inner courtyard of the Bone Student Center.
Outdoor Classroom ($30,000) - An interdisciplinary learning project was funded and built outside of the Horticulture center to conduct classes and host educational events.
Solar Trash & Recycle Bins ($9,170) - Two bins were purchased to be placed at Watterson Plaza and Hewett/Manchester complexes. They are the same make and model as the bins utilized in Uptown Normal.
Solar Irradiance & GIS Project ($5,841) - Students and faculty within the Renewable Energy program were awarded funds to develop web-accessible software. The software is used for calculating solar capacity of residence halls and businesses using GIS and Google earth. The findings will be presented at a solar conference.
Water Bottle Filling Stations ($1,068) - Additional water bottle filling stations were installed in the admissions office to continue efforts to reduce the use of plastic water bottles.
Pamphlets ($1,159) - A 2014 version of informational pamphlets on the Student Sustainability Committee and they fund they administer were printed. The pamphlets are used to gain awareness of the fund to students, staff and faculty around campus
Solar Car Team ($42,500) - The solar car team was awarded two funds. One fund was for parts to continue to keep the car up to competition standards and the other for support of competitions. The solar car team is one of four US teams traveling to Abu Dhabi to compete in January of 2015.
Food Justice and Sustainability Conference ($917) - Dr. Noha Shawki (Politics & Governance), took a cohort of Stevenson Center graduate students to a food justice conference in Chicago.
Department of Energy Home Student Design Competition ($4,169) - An interdisciplinary team of students were awarded funding for the plan for a net-zero home to compete at the Department of Energy competition in Colorado. The team won the design award for the "Best Production Home Integration." They are now working with Habitat for Humanity to incorporate the design into planning.
Earth Month Promotions ($928) - Various social media activities, signage and incentives for participating were funded to raise awareness of earth month on campus.
Intellectual Feast Society ($1,000) - A speaker series was organized by the Stevenson Center cohort to present to students on campus.
e-Recycling ($41,289) - Funds were allocated for the purchase of equipment to facilitate the e-recycling, and refurbishment of electronic devices for re-use.
Community Development Class ($6,000) - Funds were distributed to support the education objectives of a Political Science class on international community development of self-sustaining communities.
FY 2013 Student Fund Summary ($135,000 Budgeted, $121,294 Expended)
Honey House ($20,000) - ISU Beekeeping Club received funding to construct a honey house to be built and operated at Sugar Grove Nature Center.
Solar Car Team ($14,500) - The team purchased new hub motors for the solar car to meet the necessary standards for competition.
Food Justice Speaker ($2,500) – Partnering with Campus Dining Services to bring in Terry Bryant.
Sustainable Economics Speaker ($20,557) – Committee brought in economist Jeremy Rifkin as part of the Presidential Speaker Series.
Bike Sharing ($8,449) - A fleet of Schwinn S-1 Cruisers, locks and lights were purchased to create the Reggie Ride bike share program. Students can check out the bikes through the campus rec.
Bike Racks ($6,768) - Additional bike racks were purchased and installed for additional bike space around campus.
Vegetative Roof ($10,000 allocated, $0 expended) - Funding was provided to place a small vegetative roof of the southwest corner of McCormick hall. Students in the horticulture program participated in selecting appropriate plant material, installing the vegetative trays and maintaining the plants. Project did not move forward due to concerns about potential roof perforation.
Water Bottle Filling Stations ($6,004) - Four additional interior water bottle filling stations and one exterior station have been installed throughout campus.
Blower Door Tester ($5,947) - A unit was purchased by ISU faculty to test the interior pressure of houses and offices for weatherization and energy projects.
Pamphlets ($683) - The committee funded the development and printing of informational pamphlets on the Student Sustainability Committee and they fund they administer. The pamphlets are used to gain awareness of the fund to students, staff and faculty around campus.
Signage for Move-Out ($576) - "Move-Out Donation" signs were printed to assist with the combined efforts of campus, the community and the Town or Normal to collect reusable items from students moving out to donate their unwanted items to local charities.
Behavior Research ($26) - Psychology faculty members were provided funding to conduct behavioral research related to people's connection to place and how they treat their surrounding environment.
Ecological Restoration ($11,276) - Funds were awarded to proceed with the planning stages of the restoration program for Pheasant Creek. The funds were used to reinstate an environmental laboratory.
Audubon Certified Golf Course ($5,925) - An allocation was designated for equipment and research to advance the Golf Course's application for an Audubon Sanctuary Certification.
Anaerobic Digester Feasibility Study ($16,500) - A consultant was hired to conduct a feasibility study for an anaerobic digester. The consultant provided two students opportunities to participate in the research.
Energy Monitors ($525 awarded, $0 expended) - Students received funding for components for energy monitoring units. (Students did not provide a list of materials needed prior to the fiscal year deadlines.)
Redbird Repair ($1,583) – Materials for students to fabricate two bicycle repair stations.
FY 2012 Student Fund Summary ($90,000 Budget, $87,475 Expended)
Ecological Assessment ($6,775) - A restoration site assessment was completed for the 5-acre oak-savanna ecosystem adjacent to the new Cardinal Court Development. The oak-savanna ecosystem will restore native grasses and manage storm water. In addition, the project will enhance environmental learning throughout the community.
Bio-Diesel Shed ($18,280) - The shed was built to store waste vegetable oil before converting it into bio-diesel. The heating and weatherization improvements to the shed allow the Student Biodiesel Project to make biodiesel year-round for the campus maintenance vehicles.
Beekeeping ($7,998) - Six beehives were constructed at the ISU Horticulture Center. They established a honeybee education center that is used train new generations of beekeepers, and demonstrate the critical role of bees.
GPS on Busses ($4,000) - The DoubleMap GPS system was installed in ISU shuttles to allow students to track where the busses are at any time using a smartphone or computer. The application encourages the greater use of public transportation throughout the community.
Sun Jars ($343) - The sun jars were used to demonstrate small-scale solar power. The jars were equipped with a solar light that are charged through sunlight to provide free lighting.
Earth Week Documentary & Publicity ($828) - The Office of Sustainability hosted a screening of the documentary "No Impact Man" at the Normal Theater. The screening was an education tool to promote a better understanding of the systems that comprise sustainability.
Earth Week Signage & Flyers ($680) - The Student Sustainability Committee funded the purchase of double-sided yard signs that were placed on the quad during earth week. The signs were used to promote the sustainability efforts on campus and encourage students practice sustainability.
Water Conservation ($1,788) - The water conservation initiative was implemented in Hewett & Manchester residence halls. Informational posters, interactive messages, and an incentive based challenge were used to communicate the importance of water conservation to residents.
Bike racks (10,049) - Fourteen additional bike racks were purchased and installed around campus. Two 'fix-it' stations were placed at high use areas. The bike racks encourage students to use biking as a "green" alternative to driving to class.
Water Fountain Retro-Fit ($21,095) - 18 water bottle filling station were purchased and installed in Schroeder and the State Farm Hall of Business. They encourage greater use of re-useable water bottles by making it easier to re-fill them.
Heat Sensors ($8,001) - Two industrial infrared cameras were purchased to be used in classrooms for educational purposes, as well as outside the classroom to conduct energy audits to understand how energy is wasted, and what can be done to mitigate that waste.
Garden Shed ($443) - University Grounds and the student herb garden worked together to build a shed for storing gardening tools, fertilizer, and equipment. The shed will make it easier to maintain the gardens that provide fresh herbs to the Tri-Towers dining center.
Labels for Indoor & Outdoor Equipment ($595) - Labels were printed to mark completed projects as being funded by the Student Sustainability Committee. These will help raise awareness about the fund among the students, faculty, and staff of ISU.
* FY 11 Project for $6,600 carried forward to FY 12.
FY 2011 Student Fund Summary ($45,000 Budgeted, $35,697 Expended)
Biodiesel Reactor ($10,120) - The reactor converts oil waste from the dining centers into biodiesel fuel which is then used in campus maintenance vehicles.
Bike Racks ($7,011) - 16 additional bike racks were purchased and installed around campus. The bike racks encourage students to use biking as a "green" alternative to driving to class.
Engine Idle Limiters ($1,690) -These are designed to turn off the engine of a campus maintenance vehicle after it has been idle for ten minutes.
Recycling Bins ($844) - 100 recycling bins for off campus residents
Water Bottle Filling Stations ($6,234) - 10 water bottle filling stations were purchased and installed to fit above the drinking fountains in the rec center. They encourage greater use of re-fillable water bottle by making it easier to re-fill them.
Rain Barrel Collection ($210) - Three rain barrel collection units were purchased and installed at the Office of Sustainability, Metcalf and the University Residence. The barrels hold rain water collected from the roof system and is utilized to water flowers, landscaping vegetation, and the Metcalf vegetable garden.
Move-Out PODS ($1,620) - Six PODS are placed outside of residence halls during move-out week. The collected items are then distributed to local not-for-profits.
Energy Monitor Components ($1,591) - These electronic components can be used to monitor and assess electric energy usage.
Collection Containers for Events ($4,834) - These containers are set up at events around campus to collect compost and recyclables.
*Solar Thermal Feasibility Study ($6,600 carried forward to FY 12) - A study was commissioned to determine the feasibility of installing a solar collection system for the heating of domestic water in Turner Hall to accommodate the need for hot water at lavatories, sinks, dishwashers, clothes washers and emergency showers within the facility.
Aerosolve Recycling System ($1,543) – A puncture system to allow aerosol cans to enter the diversion (recycling) stream.