Sustainable Action Fund
Johnathan Riopelle, SAF Grant Program Coordinator
SAF Projects Coordinator
Kate Rayner Fried, SAF Education Coordinator
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What is the SAF?
The Sustainable Action Fund (SAF) is a student-initiated, quarterly fee paid by all Western Washington University students to reduce the campus’ environmental impact and engage the campus community in environmental awareness.
The SAF Grant Program provides funding to innovative, student-driven projects focused on promoting experiential learning opportunities and sustainable practices at Western Washington University. The SAF Grant Program is managed by the Office of Sustainability and supported by the AS Environmental and Sustainability Programs. 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 the 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 sustainability 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.
Contact the SAF Education Coordinator if you want to set up a meeting to learn more!
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 Fridays from 9 am -10 am during Spring Quarter 2018. All students are welcome.
The fee first came into existence in 2005 after the Students for Renewable Energy (SRE) student group worked with the support and assistance of key members in Western’s staff, faculty and administration to include the ballot measure in the 2005 elections. The student body approved the initiation of the fee with an 85% approval rate. In 2010, the fee was renewed and changed to include a grant program. The student body once again overwhelmingly supported the continuance of the fee with an 80% approval rate.
The Sustainable Action Fund was originally created in 2005 by students, led by a student club, Students for Renewable Energy, who wanted to see Western commit to more “green” infrastructure on campus. Then named the Green Energy Fee, the $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, change the name to the Sustainable Action Fund, and to expand the program by offering grants for sustainable projects.
As of Spring 2018 the SAF has been renewed by the vote of the student body at an approval rate of just over 84%.
This means that every student will pay $0.90 per credit up to a maximum of $9.00 per quarter toward the SAF, and our name will be transitioning in the next few years to the “Sustainability, Equity, and Justice Fund.” We hope that this name change better reflects the holistic sustainability we try to embody as a program. Learn more about what sustainability means to us here.
Western continues to use part of this money to purchase RECs (Renewable Energy Credits), in addition, all students now have the opportunity to apply to the Sustainable Action Fund for sustainable projects!
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
- 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.