Green Action Fund aims to improve sustainability through student-led innovation

A previous Green Action Fund project added shade structures to help with the heat to the front of the Center For Child Development. (Archive Photo by Evert Nelson | Collegian Media Group)

The Green Action Fund provides an opportunity for Kansas State to support projects that improve the university’s sustainability performance and engage students in the process.

“The Green Action Fund is funding set up through the Student Governing Association to fund projects aimed at improving sustainability of any sort of process that would target a large number of students in an effort to improve sustainability in any area of campus,” Brian Niehoff, associate provost for institutional effectiveness, said.

In order to receive money, projects must have a component of direct student involvement, improve K-State’s sustainability in meaningful and cost-effective ways and have a campus department or unit partner to manage project funding.

The opportunity is not limited to students from any department or major.

“Anybody is welcome, anyone that has an idea,” Niehoff said. “We try hard to do something for everyone, if it has a broad impact in a way we try to find a way to fund it.”

Proposals are evaluated by the Green Action Fund committee, which includes students, faculty and staff. The committee reports to the Center for Student Involvement on the use and impact of funds.

As the sustainability director for the SGA, Grace Reiman, junior in apparel and textiles, said one of her responsibilities is to be involved with the Green Action Fund.

“I gather the individuals that make up the committee to discuss and vote on the allocation of funds,” Reiman said.

Charlie Elbert, sophomore in business administration, said it is cool to see what is available with the fund.

“It allows anyone who has an idea to be given a chance to make it happen, and that is really cool for students to see the opportunity they can be given, and just having the ability to do so may prompt students to try and make their ideas happen,” Elbert said

The deadline for this years proposal submissions was Dec. 4, with the intention to notify the selected proposals by the end of the year so they can begin their projects next semester.