St. Thomas students, staff and faculty are invited to submit a proposal for funds from the university’s Campus Sustainability Fund (CSF). This fund is part of the university’s commitment to become climate neutral by 2035 as outlined by the UST Climate Action Plan.

The plan includes a pool of funds to pay for carbon abatement projects proposed by members of the university community – students, faculty, staff and departments. CSF has a budget of $50,000 available for funding deserving projects. The funds will be available July 1, 2013, and must be spent within the FY14 budget year ending June 30, 2014.

Higher education is solicited actively by a variety of stakeholders, government, industry, aid organizations and other groups, to create sustainable solutions in response to environmental challenges. Since 2006 many American colleges and universities answered the solicitation by pledging to “green” their operations and campus life. UST’s Climate Action Plan is St. Thomas’ response to this solicitation.

Proposals for funds from the CSF should include projects that will directly address and benefit sustainability at the University of St. Thomas including, but not limited to, effectiveness in offsetting greenhouse gases while involving students.

The deadline for electronic submission is 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 19. Awards will be announced by the end of spring semester and will be available for use on July 1, as mentioned above.

For more information on the UST Climate Action Plan and to complete the CSF Request for Proposal, visit the Sustainability website.