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Greening IUPUI Grant program seeking good ideas

December 15, 2015

A Greening IUPUI Grant paved the way for outdoor recreation.

A Greening IUPUI Grant helped pave the way for the Campus Recreation Outdoor Facility, one of many success stories emerging from the campus grant program. | LIZ KAYE / IU COMMUNICATIONS

Do you have an idea you think might help IUPUI achieve its goals regarding sustainability? If so, the Office of Sustainability is overseeing a new round of Greening IUPUI Grant funding to help turn those ideas into reality.

"IUPUI community members have creative solutions to sustainability problems because they experience these issues every day in their office, classroom or dormitory," said Office of Sustainability director Jessica Davis. "Our office cannot be everywhere on campus at all times, so we rely on our campus colleagues to help us identify and work together to resolve these issues."

Greening grant

Funding can be a hurdle to implementing some of the many good ideas that campus community members have to offer, Davis noted.

"The Greening IUPUI Grant is designed to provide that financial support so we can all advance campus sustainability together," she said. This year's Greening IUPUI grant cycle has $50,000 available for any student, faculty or staff member whose idea is selected.

Davis said the IUPUI has benefited from several "fantastic ideas" from past grant programs. Among those:

  • Outdoor bicycle-maintenance stations
  • Native plantings around University Library
  • A "green purchasing" guide for purchasing officers
  • The Campus Recreation Outdoor Facility in Lockefield Green

The grant proposal period began earlier this month, and proposals may be submitted until 11:59 p.m. on March 1. Grant recipients for this cycle will be notified by May 1, 2016.

Details on the Greening IUPUI Grant guidelines, as well as the application, can be found on the Sustainability website.

Note: This story is part of an ongoing series highlighting IUPUI's Strategic Plan initiatives.

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