Student Sustainability Fund (SSF) - Background
In Spring 2016, the LSU student body voted to establish a Sustainability Fund to be used for projects related to sustainability, which will be proposed by students, faculty and staff. The fee is $2.00/semester for the Fall and Spring, and $1.00 in Summer. The fee will go into effect in Fall 2016, and a committee will be formed soon to manage the fund and review and approve project ideas and proposals.
How to Submit a Proposal
What Has Been Funded So Far?
The Sustainability Fund Oversight Committee has approved 4 projects that were submitted in Fall 2016 semester, including:
- Enhancing the sustainability display in the Museum of Natural Sciences
- Re-establishing a student-run farm at the Hill Farm Community Garden
- Sending 10 students to the 2017 Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group Conference
- Buying down rental costs for the upcoming Bike Share program at LSU
SSF Strategic Goals
Strategic Goal 1:
Foster the development of environmentally sustainable projects and initiatives on campus to ensure that future students will have the same or better resources, opportunities and experiences as prior generations.
Objective 1.1. Enable collaboration among all departments, organizations, and stakeholders (e.g., current students, prospective students, faculty, staff, alumni, governmental agencies, non-profits, private businesses, and the public) to achieve, educate, support, and promote environmental sustainability at LSU.
Objective 1.2. Bolster existing sustainable practices put in place by various campus entities through educating stakeholders on these programs’ existence and their successes.
Objective 1.3. Provide opportunities for students to receive real-world experience in issues and initiatives related to environmental sustainability, as well as research and project management skills, to further professional development and leadership proficiency.
Objective 1.4. Provide incentives for sustainable practices by students and student organizations on campus.
Objective 1.5. Form partnerships with peer institutions to learn and share best practices.
Strategic Goal 2:
Incorporate environmental sustainability in all facets of LSU, including campus operations, activities, and infrastructure.
Objective 2.1. Reduce waste, with a goal of becoming a zero-waste campus, while improving recycling and investing in other “zero waste” practices, such as composting.
Objective 2.2. Reduce energy use through energy efficiency upgrades to campus buildings and installation of renewable energy systems.
Objective 2.3. Reduce water use through water-smart landscaping and the installation of efficient appliances and fixtures.
Objective 2.4. Invest in sustainable transportation practices to enable students, faculty and staff to bike, walk, carpool, and use buses in order to lessen the use of private vehicles.
Objective 2.5. Promote a more sustainable, healthier food system on campus through sustainable and/or local sourcing, promoting energy-efficient food products, encouraging the use of reusable containers, and reducing food waste via donations or composting.
Strategic Goal 3:
Ensure that the natural resources on and surrounding campus are protected for future generations.
Objective 3.1. Take the necessary actions for LSU to do its part to decrease greenhouse gas emissions and reduce the carbon footprint of the university.
Objective 3.2. Install green infrastructure systems to improve water quality and reduce stormwater runoff.
Objective 3.3. Partner with local municipalities and state agencies to make the entire region more sustainable.