Members of the campus community – students, staff and faculty – are invited to submit proposals to use 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.

In June 2010, President Dennis Dease and the President’s Staff approved the UST Climate Action Plan, including a Campus Sustainability Fund 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 to fund deserving projects.

St. Thomas community members are invited to use this opportunity to promote sustainability. Higher education is actively solicited 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 have answered the solicitation by pledging to “green” their operations and campus life. The Climate Action Plan is the university’s response to this solicitation.

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

The deadline for electronic submission is 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14. A committee will review the proposals and make its recommendations to the Sustainability Steering Committee for final approval wtihin 45 days.

For directions on how to submit proposals electronically, and for more information about the fund, visit the Sustainability at UST website