CSU Sustainability Fund

Sponsored by:

President’s Sustainability Commission

Congratulations to the Sustainability Projects Funded for the 2020-2021 Academic Year!

Forest Regeneration Experiment in the Wake of the Cameron Peak Fire
The Cameron Peak Wildfire devastated Colorado and the CSU Mountain Campus, opening an area of opportunity to begin critical research on burned areas of the forest at CSU. Travis Croft and Seth Webb aim to better understand forest restoration practices following wildfires. The goal of the project is to create an on-going study that compares different treatments in forest regeneration. The project embraces environmental stewardship and hopes to contribute to future conservation efforts of forests and natural areas.

Development of Green Labs Training Modules
In response to student and faculty need for pathways to improve sustainability practices in the lab, this project aims to develop a series of training modules to be used in various laboratories toward more sustainable practices. Crafted by Colleen Duncan, Tracy Webb, Kimberly Cox-Yok, and Stacey Baumgarn (CVMBS, Facilities Management, RICRO), the project will incorporate modules in energy, water, waste, purchasing, and behavior. The project will also aim to integrate and adopt these modules in existing training classes and education, as well as develop a framework for the launch of Green lab Ambassadors.

Interpretive Signage for Notable Trees on the Tree Walk
CSU is a designated Campus Arboretum to formally recognize the existing benefits of trees and to foster a legacy of urban forest preservation for future generations. To continue the commitment to education, Fred Haberecht’s project aims to develop a self-guided tree walk featuring 15 notable trees to view. A map is drafted with a route and locations of these trees, and interpretive signage will be added for viewers to learn more about these notable trees. The project targets sustainability in providing formal infrastructure and helps educate the CSU community about the CSU Campus Arboretum.

Ram Food Recovery
The Ram Food Recovery program was first launched in Spring 2019 to address food insecurity in the CSU community by making excess food from catered events available to those in the campus community experiencing food insecurity. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has provided a unique challenge to assisting students, faculty, and staff because there have been no catered events since March 2020. Mary Liang, the author of the project, aims to relaunch the Ram Food Recovery program and target social sustainability by producing, packaging and distributing 25 extra quarantine meals four days a week for 12 weeks during the Spring 2021 semester. Marginalized populations are most often impacted by food insecurity, and the pandemic has heightened these inequalities. This program is a collaboration between Housing & Dining Services and Rams Against Hunger.

What’s your sustainability idea? Apply for funding here!

The CSU Sustainability Fund, sponsored by the President’s Sustainability Commission, was created to support sustainability efforts across Colorado State University.  Creativity is encouraged, but some suggestions include energy, water and other resource conservation efforts, academic initiatives, research projects and equipment/processes, education and outreach efforts, or other pilot and new grassroots sustainability initiatives.

  • Funding can be requested at any level up to $10,000 on single project proposals
  • Funding can be used for creative ways to enhance, support, or promote sustainability on campus
  • Projects must be related to sustainability efforts within CSU, but can be a collaboration with entities outside the University; however, the project must benefit the University
  • Funding is one-time (no ongoing and/or annual expenses)
  • Proposals may be submitted by CSU students or employees; students are required to have a CSU employee advisor/sponsor
  • Priority will be given to pilots/new initiatives and initiatives that are innovative and could lead to broader sustainability projects and impacts (scalability)
  • Priority will also be given to proposals that integrate social, economic, and environmental aspects of sustainability
  • Funding must be spent by the end of the fiscal year.

Pending funding, the CSU Sustainability Fund will be available again in late summer 2021. Please watch this page for updates.

Example Proposal Questions:

  1. Please describe and explain your sustainability idea.
  2. How does your project support sustainability for CSU students, or employees?
  3. What is the intended impact of your project?
  4. How will your project be implemented?
  5. What is the timeline? When can it start? When will it be completed? 
  6. Will this project require maintenance after implementation?
  7. Please identify any additional university resources needed to implement project (i.e. grounds, construction, department support, etc.).
  8. Please identify any external resources needed to implement project (i.e. installation, purchases from a vendor, hiring a speaker, etc.).