Frequently Asked Questions

  1. When and How Was the Green Fund Established?
  2. How is the Green Fund Financially Supported?
  3. Is the Fee Mandatory?
  4. What Kinds of Projects Does the Fund Support?
  5. When can Proposals be Submitted?
  6. Who Can Apply for Support?
  7. Do Other Universities Have Similar Funds?
  8. How will the Fund be Administered?
  9. How Can Students Apply to be Part of the Green Fund Committee?

1. When and How Was the Green Fund Established?

In April 2014 ASWU Senate voted on a proposed Green Fund constitution and held a campus-wide referendum where a majority of voting undergraduate students supported the establishment of the Green Fund program.


2. How is the Green Fund Financially Supported?

Willamette University's Green Fund program is supported by a $25 per student per semester fee. Currently only non-ASP undergraduate students are charged the fee.


3. Is the Fee Mandatory?

Students are automatically charged the fee but are provided with an opt-out option via web advisor each semester if they do not want to support the program. If a student opts out of the fee in the fall they will be automatically opted out in the spring as well. Deadlines for opting out are set approximately two weeks after the beginning of classes each semester and all students are notified via email about a week before the deadline.


4. What Kinds of Projects Does the Fund Support?

The fund supports a diversity of proposals developed by students, staff, and faculty that advance sustainability, equity, and social justice at Willamette University and in the community. Examples range from standardizing recycle bins and signs across campus to funding social justice speakers to supporting the mentoring of underrepresented students. Regardless, as a student-fee supported program, projects should should contribute to the engagement and education of our undergraduate students.


5. When can Proposals be Submitted?

See the Apply for Funding page for more information about submitting proposals. Typically the committee issues a mini-grant call for proposals in September, with several deadlines during the academic year. The committee also issues a call for "annual" proposals during the fall semester for grants exceeding the maximum mini-grant amount, with a deadline in late February. While the mini-grants are offered throughout the academic year, funding for the larger annual grants is typically available at the end of the spring semester for projects during the summer and through the next academic year. 


6. Who Can Apply for Support?

The Green Fund Committee will accept proposals from students, staff, and faculty. The Committee encourages students to work with staff and/or faculty on proposal ideas and to consult with the non-voting members of the Green Fund Committee who can help shape a proposal idea that fits with university policy, planning, and practice.


7. Do Other Universities Have Similar Funds?

THe Green Fund builds on the experience of over 150 universities that have established similar funds over the past ten years. Many are student-fee based and most put students in decision-making roles to fund projects that can be proposed by students, staff, and faculty.


8. How will the Fund be Administered?

The program is administered by a committee of voting students and three non-voting advisory staff. The Willamette University Sustainability Institute is the administrative home for the program. Details about committee actions and processes can be found in the Green Fund bylaws.


9. How Can Students Apply to be Part of the Green Fund Committee?

The current committee will solicit applications from students in April to fill all but two student seats. The two remaining student seats are appointed by ASWU. Students interested in being part of the Committee may send an email to wu-greenfund@willamette.edu for more information.