Sustainable Action Fund
Johnathan Riopelle, SAF Grant Program Coordinator
SAF Projects Coordinator
Kate Rayner Fried, SAF Education Coordinator
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!
What is 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. Winter Quarter Idea Labs will be held in Miller Hall 113 at 4pm on:
- Wednesday, January 17
- Wednesday, January 31
- Wednesday, February 28
Come to an Idea Lab to discuss your idea, or join another team that shares your interest and passion in sustainability!
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 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 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 approximately $300,000 annually for the SAF Grant Program.
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.