The goal of the MHC Campus Environmental Sustainability Fund is to enable members of the community to undertake campus projects to advance the College’s desire to reduce the environmental footprint of campus life and work. Grants of up to $1,000 are considered for award to students or student groups, faculty, and/or staff to facilitate these projects.
The fund is administered by the Office of Environmental Health, Safety & Sustainability. The Campus Environmental Sustainability Fund has funded a variety of projects including:
- "War of the Watts" energy competition
- Reusable water bottles for commencement
- Food waste reduction education campaign
- Exterior recycling containers
- Updated labeling of recycling bins across campus
Fund Eligibility Requirements, Selection Criteria, and Fund Restrictions for Projects
A department, recognized campus organization, class, or group composed of any combination of students, staff, and faculty may apply.
Proposals will be evaluated based on the following attributes:
- Potential to achieve substantive “green” results and measurable benefits
- Involvement and/or education of the community
- Cost effective use of funds
An individual must be designated as the project leader.
Awarded funds can be used for materials, and supplies to achieve the project goals. The fund cannot be used to pay employee or student worker salaries.
All college policies and procedures must be adhered to during implementation (e.g., procurement, health and safety, accounting).
The Committee reserves the right to approve a portion of a proposal or to request additional information or a rewritten or amended proposal.
Applicants are encouraged to discuss their proposal with other campus stakeholders prior to submission. If projects require a scheduling or time commitment from one or more college departments or offices, there must be an agreement in writing before the project is approved.
Grantees are required to provide a formal report on project progress at the end of each semester until completion of the project.
Upon request, grantees will share the results of their project with the Community.
Projects must be initiated in a timely manner and completed by the agreed upon completions date. Any funds not spent by the completion date will be returned to the Fund.
Questions regarding the Campus Sustainability Fund may be directed to Environmental Sustainability.
Application Requirements and Deadlines
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis from July 1 to January 18 of the current fiscal year. Applicants are encouraged to get their applications in early. All materials must be submitted via e-mail to Environmental Sustainability. As detailed below, you must include schedule/projected timeline, evaluation criteria, necessary campus approvals, references, and any applicable leader and participant qualifications.
You will receive an e-mail confirmation of receipt of your application.
- Personal Information
1. Full name of project leader and all participants
2. Campus status (students, faculty, staff) of all participants
3. Class year/major or title/department (depending on your campus status) of all participants
4. Box number/campus address of project leader
5. Phone number and e-mail address of project leader
- Project Description: One-page description of the project which includes goals, rationale, and expected outcomes. Keep in mind how your project will contribute to enhancing or furthering MHC’s sustainability efforts.
- Detailed budget: One-page itemized budget. Also please include other funding (including any in-kind contributions) that you will leverage with the grant.
All funds granted must be spent by the end of the fiscal year in which they are granted.