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Save the Date: Sustainable Action Fund Project Showcase! April 30th 4-6pm in Miller Hall Collaborative Space
The Sustainable Action Fund Showcase is an annual event dedicated to celebrating the success and impact of Sustainable Action Fund (SAF) project teams. SAF project teams do amazing work every year to improve the University's overall sustainability through tangible projects related to social, economic, environmental, and human health related sustainable initiatives. This event will showcase student accomplishments and celebrate with free food (vegan and GF options) and good company.
Past Teams, Staff, Faculty, Administration, and all Students are encouraged to come learn about what student have accomplished this year through the Sustainable Action Fund. Let's celebrate these project team's creativity, thoughtfulness, and dedication to enhancing sustainability in the Western Community.
Current Teams are expected to attend to showcase their work with a one-minute presentation. We want to celebrate you!
Facebook event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/139457346868712/
The Sustainable Action Fund (SAF) is a student-initiated, quarterly fee paid by all Western Washington University students to engage the campus community in sustainable actions. It allows for the University to purchase carbon offsets, and facilitates the SAF Grant Program which allows students to act to make our campus community healthier, more socially equitable, economically fairer, and more environmentally conscious.
The SAF Grant Program provides funding to innovative, student-driven projects focused on promoting experiential learning opportunities and sustainable practices at Western Washington University. This program is managed by the Office of Sustainability and supported by the AS Environmental and Sustainability Programs. Western students, staff, and faculty are all eligible to apply for grant funding.
Projects funded through the SAF Grant Program aim to:
- Increase Student Involvement and Education
- Reduce Western Washington University's Environmental Impact
- Create an Aware & Engaged Campus Community
The SAF grant program wants to fund your project!
This student-funded program empowers students to make change happen by creating self-directed sustainable projects on campus.Attending an Idea Lab is your first step to get to know the SAF program and apply for a grant. At an Idea Lab, you'll meet members of the SAF team, and learn how to navigate the grant application submission process. Winter Quarter Idea Labs will be held in Miller Hall 112 at 4 pm on:
- Wednesday, January 17
- Wednesday, January 31
- Monday, February 12
- Wednesday, February 28
Want to learn more about what the SAF is up to?
Check out the SAF Committee Webpage with meeting agendas, minutes, and project proposals!
The SAF Committee Meets Wednesdays at 5pm in VU 565. All students are welcome.
The student fee was initiated in 2005 after the Students for Renewable Energy (SRE) student group worked with the support of members in Western's staff, faculty, and administration to include the ballot measure in the 2005 elections. The student body approved the implementation of the fee with an 85% approval rate. In 2010, the fee was renewed and its mission was expanded to include the grant program. The student body once again overwhelmingly supported the continuance of the fee with an 80% approval rate. In 2015, the fee was again overwhelmingly approved by student vote.
The SAF was originally created in 2005 as a $4 fee aimed solely at purchasing Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) to offset 100% of campus electricity usage with green energy. In 2010, students voted to renew the fee, and to expand the program by offering grants for sustainability projects.
Currently, every student pays $0.70 per credit up to a maximum of $7.00 per quarter toward the SAF. Western continues to use part of this money to purchase RECs. In addition, the SAF Program sets aside a significant portion of this fee annually for the SAF Grant Program.[tabby title="Who's Involved"]
Collaboration is a key aspect of this grant program. Many partners have worked together to make this opportunity available, including the SAF Committee, the Office of Sustainability, the Associated Students, Facilities Management and Facilities Development & Capital Budget.
But the most important collaborator is YOU! Your creativity and drive to reduce Western's footprint and engage the campus community is what will make this program succeed.
There are many educational benefits for project teams and students: SAF Educational Benefits (pdf) -last updated 2015[tabby title="Guiding Documents"]
- SAF Committee Charge and Charter 2015 (pdf) - last updated 2015
- Rules of Operation(pdf) - last updated 11/6/17
- Memorandum of Understanding (pdf) - last updated 1/20/11
For more information on the Sustainable Action Fund's guiding documents, and committee meeting minutes, visit the Associated Students SAF Committee website.[tabbyending]
Johnathan Riopelle, SAF Grant Program Coordinator
Spiro Pappas, SAF Projects Coordinator
Email: SAFProjects@wwu.eduKate Rayner Fried, SAF Education Coordinator Email: AS.Sustainablefund@wwu.edu
Do you have a great idea for the Sustainable Action Fund but can't make it to an Idea Lab? Send us (one of the above contacts) your idea, and we'll share it with others!