Johnathan Riopelle, Sustainability, Equity, & Justice Fund Grant Program Manager
Kamea Black, Sustainability, Equity, & Justice Fund Program Coordinator
Shannon Sandberg, Sustainability, Equity, & Justice Fund Projects Coordinator
The SEJF is not accepting new applications at this time.
Fall quarter Idea Labs will be announced in September of 2020.
SEJF’s Mission Statement:
The Sustainability, Equity, & Justice Fund Grant Program promotes sustainability by providing students with the opportunity to create and implement projects that positively impact environmental, social, health, and economic practices on our campus and in our community.
The SEJF grant program can fund your project idea. It provides grants for innovative student-driven project proposals that fit within the mission and priorities of the SEJF program. The program awards grants in a three-tier structure:
- Small Grants: Up to $5,000
- Medium Grants: Up to $35,000
- Large Grants: Up to $120,000
Attending an Idea Lab is your first step to get to know the SEJF program and determine what grant tier is appropriate for your idea. At an Idea Lab, you’ll meet members of the SEJF team, learn how to navigate the grant submission process, and receive your application and toolkit.
The Sustainable Action Fund was originally created in 2005 by a student club, Students for Renewable Energy, who wanted to see Western commit to green infrastructure on campus. Then named the Green Energy Fee, the $4 fee aimed solely at purchasing Renewable Energy Credits 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.
In the spring of 2018 the SAF was renewed and renamed the Sustainability, Equity, & Justice Fund, to further highlight the social equity and justice dimensions of sustainability. Every Western student pays $0.90 per credit, up to a maximum of $9.00 per quarter toward the fund. All are welcome to apply for a grant to help make our community more sustainable.