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Student Campus Greening Fund

The Student Campus Greening Fund (SCGF) is a student-run program designed to help put greening initiatives into action that increase awareness and decrease the school’s ecological impact. Every GMC student contributes to the fund through a $30 allocation from the college activities fee. Students design projects and submit proposals, and awards are based on a student vote.

The Green Mountain College Campus Greening Fund was one of three programs on North American campuses to receive a 2009 Sustainability Innovator Award from The Sustainable Endowments Institute. The institute publishes an online national report card designed to identify colleges and universities that are leading by example in their commitment to sustainability.


Application Process

Any current Green Mountain student may submit a Student Campus Greening Fund project proposal. Rolling Grants are accepted year round, and are constituted as anything under $2,500. You can download an application here.

Applications for fall grants (anything over $2,500) are accepted once a year, around late November. Voting then takes place online and on campus in December, and the chosen projects are announced shortly after voting ends. Fall grant applications are available for download here. The current deadlines are Nov. 13th for the first draft and Dec. 4th for the final draft. All fall grants must go through both drafts. Campus-wide voting is scheduled to take place the week of Dec. 8th-11th in Withey Lobby. Please email both rolling and fall grant applications to SCGF's director, Peyton Jones.

All grants are reviewed at weekly SCGF meetings.You must submit your grant at least three days before a meeting in order for the committee to have time to review the application. This semester SCGF meetings are held Thursdays at 8 p.m. After the grant has been reviewed at a meeting, it is assigned to a grant officer who keeps in communication with the grant writer relaying to them anything the Fund Loving Committee would like clarified, changed, added, or removed from the grant before it can be approved.

Once a project is chosen, it is the student's responsibility to complete it. Every student who receives a SCGF grant works closely with their assigned grant officer and the director of sustainability to complete their project within the same academic year. When a project is complete relevant receipts and documentation are required to be presented to the Fund Loving Committee to prove completion of the project and proper use of allocated funds.


Fund Loving Committee
President: Peyton Jones
Secretary: Anya Beale
Treasurer: Cheyanne Stone
Public Relations Officer: Nicole Harman


FAQ's
Where does this money come from?
It comes out of the student's activities fee (about $30 per student). This isn't much per person, but it amounts to almost $35,000 a year. The actual fund depends on a number of factors, such as how many students enroll at the college or the percentage of the activities fee that is devoted to SCGF.

What kind of projects does SCGF fund?
The Student Campus Greening Fund is reserved for projects that will help "green" the GMC campus, and create a more sustainable community. Projects the benefit the greatest number of students receive priority. Scroll down to read about projects that have been funded in the past.

Where can I get a SCGF application?
Rolling grant applications (anything under $2,500) are accepted year round and can be downloaded here.
Fall grant applications (anything over $2,500) are accepted once a year, usually around late November, and can be downloaded here.
You can also get a hard copy of either application by contacting any member of the Fund Loving Committee or stopping by the Sustainability Office in Terrace 125.

How can I get involved in SCGF?
SCGF relies heavily on student involvement- we would love to have your support and help! Talk to either the SCGF president, the director of sustainability Aaron Witham, or any member of the Fund-Loving Committee to get more information on how to become involved. SCGF holds weekly meetings where we discuss and vote on student grants that are presented to us; if you would like your opinion to be heard email any member of the Fund Loving Committee and keep your eyes peeled for our table at any club fair.

Is there a limit to the size of my project?
As long as it fits within SCGF's budget, there is no limit. Voting students take the budget of projects into consideration, but as long as the proposed amount is reasonable, there shouldn't be an issue. In the past, projects as large as $10,000 were granted full funding.

How many projects are funded each year?
As many as the budget can support and the students approve! It could be as few as one, or as many as 15.

Can I propose a project as part of a group, or do they need to be done by individuals?
SCGF accepts projects proposed by groups, or by individuals. Some of the most successful projects have been proposed by campus clubs or classes. The proposal process and the project follow-through can be rather time consuming, and working in a group can help relieve some of the stress by spreading the work out among a number of people.

Is there a limit to the number of projects I can propose?
No! You may propose as many projects as you would like each year. You can also re-apply a project proposal that was not initially accepted.

When are proposals due?
Proposals for fall grants (anything over $2,500) are accepted once a year, around the end of November. Voting takes place in early December, and students are notified about the chosen projects soon after voting ends. You can propose a grant for anything under $2,500 at any time throughout the academic year. Students whose projects are chosen then have the remainder of the year to implement their projects.

2013-2014 Academic Year Projects

Fall Grants
Timber Frame Bike Shelter
Project Leader:Adam Zais and Taylor Herman
Goal: In the fall of 2013, students Adam Zais ’14 and Taylor Herman ’14 proposed and received a $10,000 SCGF grant to fund the construction of a timber frame bike shelter as part of their delicate balance project. The shelter was built in order to promote carbon-neutral transportation around campus and the wider Poultney community, especially during times of inclement weather (such as rain and snow). The actual construction of the bike shelter was incorporated into an intensive class run through the REED program in order to provide students with hands-on experience in building simple post and beam structures. Furthermore, all materials for the bike shelter were locally sourced!
Cost: $10,000

Conservation Boardwalk
Project Leader: Katie Getts, Emily Hawkins and Jonathan Bissell
Goal: Over the span of just four years, a portion of GMC’s natural areas was heavily degraded due to increased traffic between the lower parking lot and the Poultney River. GMC students Katie Getts ‘14, Emily Hawkins ’14 and Jonathan Bissell ’13 developed the idea to construct a conservation boardwalk to protect one of GMC’s most prized and invaluable possessions – its natural areas. The boardwalk was proposed in connection with a delicate balance project to promote community awareness of increasing ecological degradation on the main trail that leads to the Poultney River, while also keeping human impact to a smaller and more secure area. The boardwalk is intended to prevent further soil compaction and vegetation degradation. It will also improve walking safety and repair prior damage from a heavy slate truck that was driven down the path in previous years. The students were awarded a $3,325 grant and the boardwalk was constructed with the help of GMC students during the last two weeks of the 2014 spring semester.
Cost: $3,325

Student Wellness Program
Project Leader: Connor Magnuson
Goal: This program offers wellbeing activities and information about stress reduction and emotional well-being through mediums such as food as medicine, herbal healing, gender talks, energy healing, yoga, lifestyle training, and others. Three students carry-out the activities, as well as coordinate with multiple clubs on campus that contribute to health and wellbeing. The money goes toward paying for three student positions for a semester, informational sessions, and containers, packaging, teas, salves, and oils.
Cost: $7,026.70

Rolling Grants
AASHE Conference Registration
Project Leader: Nicole Harman, Jensen Morgan and Connor Magnuson
Goal: In October of 2013, SCGF funded three GMC students to attend and present at the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) Conference in Nashville, Tennessee. Students Nicole Harman ’16, Connor Magnuson ’14, and Jensen Morgan ’13 were each awarded $100 by SCGF to share the wonderful work they are doing at Green Mountain College with the wider sustainability community. Nicole Harman displayed a poster on “Reducing Carbon Footprints From the Very First Step: Sustainability Orientation at Green Mountain College.” Connor Magnuson, along with REED professor Lucas Brown enlightened attendees with knowledge on the Olwen Solar Garage through a presentation titled, “A Design-Build Block Semester: Student Engagement Through the Creation of a Solar Garage.” Finally, Jensen Morgan and professor Matt Mayberry shed light on GMC’s Sustainability 2020 plan through a presentation titled, “A Holistic Approach to Culture Change on Campus: A New Model of Liberal Arts Education.”
Cost: $300

Energy Audit of Two Editor’s Inn
Project Leader: Mary Perotti
Goal: In the fall of 2013, Mary Perotti ’13 headed a SCGF grant to perform an energy audit on GMC’s Two Editors Inn. The Two Editors Inn is one of GMC’s valued historic buildings, yet the high heating bills and fuel usage during the winter concerned the College as it progresses toward its goal of achieving authentic sustainability by 2020. Perotti called upon Weatherization Works, along with the help of a GMC class intensive, to conduct the audit, and the results were astonishing! The audit indicated that the poorly insulated attic and exposed dirt floors were costing the College and the climate unnecessary expenses and carbon dioxide emissions. In the spring of 2013, GMC’s Campus Sustainability Council (CSC) approved funds to weatherize the building, saving the college more than $2000 on energy bills and 10,467 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions annually.
Cost: $100

Do it in the Dark Flameless Candles
Project Leader: Courtney Heverly
Goal: Do it in the Dark is an annual completion held at GMC to promote energy awareness and conservation amongst GMC students and the wider community. In the fall of 2013, student Courtney Heverly proposed a SCGF grant to fund over 100 flameless LED candles to be used in the dining hall to kick start the competition. Heverly was awarded $157.97 to purchase the candles in order to promote energy conservation for the community at whole. These candles will be reused in upcoming years as the competition continues to promote energy savings across campus on an annual basis!
Cost: $224 approved budget ($157.97 used)

Speaker on Urban Permaculture
Project Leader: Jensen Morgan and Connor Magnuson
Goal: In late October of 2013, seniors Jensen Morgan ’13 and Connor Magnuson ’14 arranged for a visit by organizer and permaculturalist Jan Spencer of Eugene, Oregon. Spencer is a community organizer and influential permaculturalist who pushes for deep changes to the culture and economy of the Pacific Northwest. Morgan and Magnuson were awarded a $1000 SCGF grant that allowed Spencer to host a workshop and lecture for the GMC community in early November. The workshop Reclaiming Suburbia Through Permaculture was hosted in the Gorge on the afternoon of November 6, 2013 and was followed by a presentation titled, “Transforming Where We Live – Our Homes, Culture and Economy” later that evening.
Cost: $1,000

Farm Parade Heads
Project Leader: Nicole Harman
Goal: In the spring of 2013, senior Annie Parham ’13 constructed 10 paper mache farm heads to host a parade during GMC’s annual Earth Week festivities. Nicole Harman ’16 soon recognized the community value of these farm heads and proposed a SCGF grant for $450 to purchase the heads for use by the school at community celebrations throughout the year. These paper mache heads were put to use again during GMC’s Earth Week celebration in 2014 when former SCGF director Kristen Friedel ’14 organized a farm parade of students, professors and faculty that extended from Ames Circle to the annual Poultney Earth Fair. President Paul Fonteyn marched proudly down Main Street wearing the carrot head and Poultney community members were thrilled to view the spectacular display of one of Vermont’s most prized values – local food systems at work! Keep your eye out for these eye-catching heads around the GMC community at a variety of collective events throughout the year!
Cost: $450

Killington Reusable Cups
Project Leader: Emily Burt
Goal:SCGF’s annual budget is always open for use by GMC’s resort and hospitality students who spend most of their time on the Killington campus. In the fall of 2013, student Emily Burt took advantage of this opportunity wholeheartedly. Burt recognized the need for reusable cups for student use on the branch campus as she witnessed many students carrying around disposable cups for beverages between the dining hall and classes. After investigating the available resources around the wider GMC community, Burt organized the transfer of excess orientation mugs from GMC’s main campus to the Killington campus. Burt was awarded a $120 SCGF grant in order to make this happen and has since made an impact of reducing the amount of waste that is sent off to landfills from GMC’s Killington students.
Cost: $120

Thanks and Giving Community Meals
Project Leader: Shannon Bailee
Goal: Every year around Thanksgiving, GMC community members get together and put their energy to good use through various acts of community service throughout Poultney. Student Shannon Bailee, along with many others who helped to plan the 2013 Thanks and Giving event, sparked the idea to also host meals for community members out of the GMC dining hall. After much collaboration with the Thanks and Giving committee, Chartwells and SCGF, Bailee was awarded a $276.38 grant to fund 75 free meals for community members throughout Poultney. What better way of saying “thanks” than sharing a delicious and local meal with the friendly faces of those we appreciate most in Poultney?
Cost: $303.75 approved budget (276.38 used)

White Tailed Deer Study
Project Leader: Libby Davis
Goal:Conducting research is a vital part of promoting the three pillars of sustainability. At the end of the 2013 fall semester, student Libby Davis ’14 submitted a SCGF proposal to fund primary student research that would evaluate the phylogenetic relationships across White-tailed deer populations in Vermont. With a $2000 SCGF grant, Davis collected 44 tongue-tissue samples across the state of Vermont and performed DNA electrophoresis and sequencing in an effort to gage the genetic diversity of the deer population throughout the state. Davis found that VT’s deer herd is much healthier now, with a higher overall level of gene variation and less susceptibility to winterkill and over-grazed habitats. Results of the study were presented at the North East Fish and Wildlife Conference in mid-April and to the GMC community in early May.
Cost: $200approved budget (276.38 used)

Biomass Education Headphones
Project Leader: Oluwadamilola Onakomaiya aka Dami
Goal:GMC’s biomass is one of the most attention-grabbing facets of the campus. Yet for many years, the information presented in guided tours was flushed out by the loud sounds that accompany this energy-wise technology. Student Oluwadamilola Onakomaiya (aka Dami) ’17 proposed that the biomass be accompanied by wireless headphones to help visitors better understand the value of GMC’s biomass at work. Dami was awarded a $1518.15 SCGF grant to purchase 10 receivers and headsets and 2 microphones to promote the educational value of the student-implemented biomass on campus. As it turns out, there’s much more to learn about the biomass other than the riveting sounds of circulating woodchips and running steam pumps!
Cost: $1518.15

Model UN Conference
Project Leader:Allan Michel Jales Coutino, Lian Karuki and Denise Castro
Goal: The Green Mountain College delegation attended National Model United Nations from 13 to 18 of April. Thanks to many GMC departments, the administration, and SCGF, the students had enough funds to participate in this international conference and represent the best of our community. In the spring of 2014, GMC students represented the country of Togo in West Africa. Students participated in different committees within the UN, addressing the most pressing issues of today, including climate change, the conflict in Syria, and women's rights. For the first time in the history of NMUN club at GMC, our delegation was awarded the "Distinguished Delegation" award, which is second highest nomination in the conference. In addition, student Salima Mahamoudou received the "Outstanding Position Paper Award" in UNEP (United Nations Environment Program), and student Bianca Zanella was selected to participate in the conference as a rapporteur.
Cost: $877.50

Natural Areas Crew Position
Project Leader:Josh Jones
Goal: Invasive plants such as garlic mustard and glossy buckthorn tend to overtake GMC’s natural areas during the warm summer months, bringing much detriment to the surrounding native flora in the area. After hearing word that one of the Natural Areas Crew positions would be eliminated in the summer of 2014 due to department budget cuts, student Josh Jones ’14 welcomed the responsibility of ensuring that the crew continue it’s integral work. GMC’s Natural Areas Crew maintains the native plant communities in the campus natural areas as well as those at the Lewis Deane Nature Preserve by continually pulling out invasive herbaceous plants and shrubs that can quickly change the nature of a plant community’s ecosystem. Jones proposed a SCGF grant to fund one natural areas crew position to continue pushing forth with the invasive plant management initiatives on campus and effectively secured $1,201.38 for GMC’s biology department to continue enforcing its invasive plant management protocol.
Cost: $1,201.38

Ecofeminism Speaker
Project Leader: Rosemary Shobbrook and Johnny Cabrera
Goal: As part of a delicate balance project, students Rosemary Shobbrook and Johnny Cabrera organized for Tatiana Abatemarco, a professor at Paul Smith's College, GMC alumna and former philosophy student, to give a lecture on ecofeminism titled "Women's Sense of Farming: An Ecofeminist Ethnography." Abatemarco hosted an interested and lively audience and provoked rich discussions. The presentation was considered to be a success in increasing GMC’s social capital while also promoting diversity and inclusion to all people within the community. SCGF generously awarded Shobbrook and Cabrera $200 to host Abatemarco, through which an enriching discussion of ecofeminism prevailed.
Cost: $200

Three Bin Waste System
Project Leader:Eric Wade and Tygre Wright DeMaria
Goal: In late spring 2014, students Eric Wade and Tygre Wright DeMaria headed a grant to create a pilot three bin waste system on campus. This system offers an all-in-one trash, recycling and composting kiosk for students with the intention of increasing the waste diversion rate in resident halls. The system was created with almost all recycled materials, costing $150 to build completely. The pilot system is currently being tested, and if waste diversion rates do increase at the test site there is great potential for these three-bin waste systems to be made for all residence hall floors on campus.
Cost: $150


2012-2013 Academic Year Projects

Fall Grants
Cree Weatherization Completion
Project Leader: Katie Emerson
Goal: Previous weatherization of the Cree attic was not completed, and it still needs to be properly sealed. This project requires Bill Morrisey of Weatherization Works to comeback and finish the weatherization of Cree Hall.
Cost: $5,900

Local Food Sourcing Position
Project Leaders: Harrison Rhodes, Mary Perotti, and Michael Sharry
Goal: The creation of a local food sourcing position in the dining hall greatly reflects the sustainability mission of the college. Position duties will include sourcing local food that can be purchased, helping draft and implement the new meat purchasing policy that is being written, working with students in the certified kitchen to process more local food, and implementing a diet dashboard to track sourcing and consumption in the dining hall.
Cost: $10,000

Mind Mixer Online Town Hall Meeting Forum
Project Leaders: Nathaniel Steinrueck, Abe Broccolo, Connor Magnuson, Jensen Morgan, Zak Killian
Goal: A MindMixer account for Green Mountain College and the greater Poultney community will significantly improve community engagement collaboration. Community members are directly involved in discourse regarding issues on education, enterprise, politics, etc. Issues gaining the most attention will be featured at the top of the site and community members propose and vote on solutions. This form of social media will be used to generate rich dialogue and encourage positive change in the greater Poultney community.
Cost: $3,000

Campus Bike Trailers
Project Leaders: Nick McEachern, Nick Rushford, and Jon Klos
Goal: Two trailers will be outfitted to accommodate the transportation of groceries, building materials, canoes, kayaks, or anything else members of the GMC community need transported around the area. Another trailer will be converted into a food and beverage vending cart. These bicycles and trailers will be available to all students, faculty, and staff to rent for free from the GMC Bike and Ski Shop.
Cost: $3,500


2011-2012 Academic Year Projects
A total of 14 projects were funded during the 2011-2012 academic year. Rolling grant funding totaled $7,474.13 and fall grant funding totaled $22,074 for a grand total of almost $30,000. As of August 2012, 12 of 14 projects have been implemented.

Fall Grants
Eco-Reps Renewal
Project Leader: Nate Steinrueck
Goal: The student body voted for SCGF to fund the salaries of the eco-representatives for another year, and we were thrilled to do so. The eco-reps work on campus to promote sustainability, and more can be learned about their activities by visiting the sustainability office.
Cost: $8,024

Electric Truck
Project Leaders: Garth Lindquist and Colin Tress
Goal: An electric truck will be purchased to provide an alternative clean energy mode of transportation and contribute to the college’s mission of carbon neutrality. The truck may be used for hauling and transportation needs by the farm, REED program and individual students within a range of 35 miles.
Cost: $6,550

Energy Retrofit of Cree Hall
Project Leader: Jake Robinson
Goal: The attic of Cree Hall was retrofitted and weatherized to make the building more energy efficient and thermally stable. The weatherization of Cree Hall will provide an example for the future retrofitting of additional campus buildings.
Cost: $7,500


Rolling Grants
Bio-Char Oven
Project Leader: Bich Nguyen
Goal: A two-layer bio-char oven was designed and built to research whether or not carbon in bio-char makes soil more fertile. The project is an excellent cooperative between the chemistry department, Cerridwen Farm, and the biomass facility.
Cost: $641

Farm Fencing
Project Leader: Benjamin Dube
Goal: The fencing on Cerridwen Farm was modified with gates and a hay culvert to increase the efficiency of the college's growing animal husbandry program and extend the grazing season.
Cost: $1,200

Mycology Symposium
Project Leader: SJ Kwiatkowska
Goal: SCGF partly funded a four-day symposium on the understudied topic of mycology, or the study of mushrooms and fungi. Several professors and mycologists were guest speakers, and students and faculty alike learned more about the fascinating and ecologically crucial field of mycology.
Cost: $250

Recycling Bicycle and Trailer
Project Leader: Meiko Lunetta
Goal: A three wheeled bicycle with a trailer was created by local bike shop owner Tim Johnson. This bicycle and trailer increased the efficiency of the recycling crew by enabling the transport of more recycling in fewer trips.
Cost: $300

REED 3D Printer
Project Leader: Daniel Riley
Goal: A 3D printer will allow Renewable Energy and Ecological Design students to see miniature built replicas of their designs, thus enabling students to see whether or not their designs would actually be feasible in a real-life environment. The addition of this printer will aid the program as it transitions from a certificate to a full major.
Cost: $1,999


2010-2011 Academic Year Projects
In 2010 nearly $50,000 of funding was approved for campus sustainability projects which have now been implemented.

Fall Grants
Thermal Efficiency Audit
Project Leader: Garnet Morgan
Goal: A report on thermal energy efficiency was conducted to prioritize specific weatherization efforts in the dormitories.
Cost: $10,000

Building Dashboard
Project Leader: Amanda Elder
Goal: This project was jointly funded by the school and SCGF to provide an interactive metering system of electricity and heat on campus. This enables the school to prioritize future energy efficiency projects on campus.
Cost: $10,000

Chartwells Freezer
Project Leader: Rebecca Teller & Lisa Wilson
Goal: Increase the amount of local food served in the dining hall through increased storage capacity.
Cost: $20,000

Eco-Reps
Project Leader: Kyla Jaquish
Goal: Create a new Eco-Rep program to pay students for work in each residence hall to raise awareness about sustainability initiatives. The grant will fund the program for two semesters.
Cost:$7,780

Bridge for the Deane Nature Preserve
Project Leader: Emily Provonsha
Goal: Work with the Yestermorrow Design Build School to design and build a bridge to increase accessibility to the Deane Nature Preserve.
Cost: $15,000


Rolling Grants
Outdoor Classroom Landscaping
Project Leader: Ashley Staron
Goal: Planting native species around the outdoor classroom.
Cost:$3,000

Tiny Theater Memberships
Project Leader: Jose Galvez
Goal: Provide 100 free student memberships to the Tiny Theater. This initiative supports local business and reduces students carbon footprint associated with travelling for entertainment.
Cost: $1,000

Community Compost Buckets
Project Leader: Deborah Deluca
Goal: Provide compost buckets to local businesses. This compost will be used by the Poultney High School Community Garden.
Cost: $93

Light Bulb Swap
Project Leader: Diane Mulvihill
Goal: Purchase 500 CFL bulbs to give away to students, faculty and staff to replace regular incandescent bulbs.
Cost: $735

Hub Cookbooks
Project Leader: Cassidy Callahan
Goal: Compile recipes that are easy to cook in a dorm hub and feature local ingredients. Print, bind and make available in all residence hall hubs.
Cost: $400

Red Bird Mission Trip
Project Leader: Katie Emerson
Goal: Enable eleven students and many community members to spend spring break repairing houses in an impoverished area of Kentucky which is heavily affected by the coal mining industry and mountain top removal.
Cost: $1,000

Bike Shop
Project Leader: John Debay
Goal: Open a student-run bike shop for repairs and maintenance of student bikes and to encourage more ridership on campus.
Cost: $965


Spring 2009 Projects
Native Flora on Campus
Project Leaders:
Emily Provonsha, Mara Smith
Goal:
A variety of native grasses, wildflowers, and shrubs will be planted in four locations across campus. Possible plant varieties include Hyssop, Blue Cohosh, American Ginseng, New England Aster, Mountain Cranberry, Marigold and more.
From the Proposal:
"As an educational tool, the gardens will show the importance of preserving our region’s flora. They will raise awareness of biodiversity, the interconnectedness of flora and fauna and the intrinsic value of our land. The project will also increase biodiversity and reduce the College's carbon footprint.

Tree Canopy Restoration
Project Leaders:
Evan Miller, Kadie DellaCamera
Goal:
Plant 30 more native trees on campus to restore tree biodiversity and a healthy canopy.
From the Proposal:
"These trees will be excellent educational tools for biology and garden design classes, as well as the general public, as they will show that native plants can be both beautiful and functional."

Earth Tub Restoration
Project Leaders:
Ben Jankowski, Ronnie Black
Goal:
Repair/ restore the two composting Earth Tubs and improve the functionality of Green Mountain College’s compost program for the future.
From the Proposal:
"The Tubs themselves are in a location highly visible to GMC students, and returning them into a state of full repair would be a verification of an initiative already invested in by the college."

Ecolabeling Initiative
Project Leaders:
Megan Dupille, Gregor Burriss, Nikki Pfeiffer, Jennilee Smarro
Goal:
Initiate an ecolabeling campaign by installing black aluminum poster frames at locations across campus. Labels may include information regarding gallons of water used per student per day, gallons of water used by school on average per day, water saving tips and more. Past SCGF projects may also be labeled.
From the Proposal:
"We believe it's important to spread awareness of the products we use most often and on a daily basis so that we can become more conscious of how we influence the world around us."

Energy Efficiency in the Library
Project Leader:
Mara Smith
Goal:
Replace all of the 32 watt T8 bulbs in the Griswold Library with a more efficient 28 watt lamp
From the Proposal:
"This project coincides with the environmental mission of Green Mountain College. By reducing our energy consumption, we are asserting ourselves as a more sustainable institution taking the necessary strides toward a carbon neutral campus."

Green Bike Program
Project Leaders:
Ian Sutherland, Amanda Matznick, Rebecca Slutzky
Goal:
Install a "Green Bikes" bike rack with one dozen recycled bikes available for check-out by students, faculty, and staff members with a valid Green Mountain ID. Each bike will have an individual key lock. On checkout, the student or staff member will provide identification and sign a liability waiver form.
From the Proposal:
"According to a small campus poll, the vast majority of students use their cars to drive within a twenty minute radius of campus: a distance easily accessible by bicycle. By creating a green bike program, GMC is creating a way for students to replace automobile use with human powered bicycle transportation."

Low Flow Showerhead Project
Project Leaders:
Ben Jankowski, Ronnie Black
Goal:
Replace the current 2.5 gallon per minute showerheads in residence hall showers with high efficiency 1.5 gallon per minute maximum showerheads
From the Proposal:
"These new showerheads will use 40% less water per minute than the current system. This will reduce the overall consumption water and oil used to heat water in residence hall showers. High efficiency showers will promote further investigation into other sustainable practices, such as low flush toilets and low flow sinks.

Cerridwen Farm Tree Project
Project Leader:
Irene Holak
Goal:
Purchase specific fruit bearing plants and trees that are well-suited for the Vermont’s environment. Plant in locations approved by the land use committee. Possible varieties include apple and pear trees, blueberry bushes, and strawberry and raspberry plants.
From the Proposal:
"Trees and plants sequester carbon, provide shade, absorb water, and contribute to aesthetics and food. By providing more edible and fruit bearing trees, these ecoservices will be enhanced. Habitat is provided as well as food for a greater number of animal species around campus."




Fall 2009 Projects
Voting for the fall of 2009 Student Campus Greening Fund grants ended December 11. Fifteen projects were funded totaling close to $50,000.

Indoor Compost Buckets
Project Leader: Michael Middleman
Goal: Install compost buckets in the hub of each dormitory building on the Green Mountain College campus. The project includes a trial phase and an implementation phase.
SCGF Proposal

Earth Tub Repair & Upgrade
Project Leader: Michelle Erhard
Goal: Repair and restore two Earth Tub composters already owned by the College, and improve the functionality of GMC’s composting program for the future.
SCGF Proposal

Green Bikes Shelter
Project Leader: Kevin Rockey & Tim Johnson
Goal: Construct a shelter over the green bikes rack near the library. Green bikes are available for use by GMC community members.
SCGF Proposal

Native Gardens Planting
Project Leader: Emily Provonsha
Goal: Plant a variety of native grasses, shrubs and wildflowers in existing native garden beds. Sites include the medicinal garden near Ackley Hall, the garden outside Waldron Athletic Center and a garden on the western side of Pollock Hall.
SCGF Proposal

Indoor Recycling Bins
Project Leader: Jaid Cherkis
Goal: Purchase 20 more recycling bins to be placed at locations across campus. These will supplement bins purchased last year through the SCGF.
SCGF Proposal

Building Dashboard
Project Leader: Amanda Elder
Goal: Install live energy streaming modules on the new biomass facility and two residence halls. The proposal also includes installation of an interactive display kiosk. Building dashboard technology allows GMC community members to access data regarding energy consumption on campus, providing a “strong incentive to reduce usage.”
SCGF Proposal

Mycelium Buffer Mats
Project Leader: Clifford Dornbush
Goal: Create mycelium mats near the pig pasture on Cerridwen Farm. Mushrooms filter the possible high levels of E. coli, mercury and other pathogens that pollute water and soil.
SCGF Proposal

Outdoor Classroom
Project Leader: Ashley Staron
Goal: Create an amphitheater-style outdoor classroom on the GMC campus. The classroom will be constructed out of local slate, marble and natural vegetation during Earth Week 2010 with help from student and community volunteers.
SCGF Proposal

Mobile Solar Electrical Generation System
Project Leader: Cody Currier
Goal: Construction of a mobile solar trailer that includes four 120 watt solar panels. The trailer would serve as a educational resource and allow for the completion of campus projects without the use of grid-tied energy systems.
SCGF Proposal

Thermal Efficiency Audit
Project Leader: Garnet Morgan
Goal: Hire an energy services firm to conduct a thermal efficiency audit of the campus. This would “result in a prioritized list of future weatherization projects to increase our buildings’ thermal efficiency.”
SCGF Proposal

Dorm Watt Meters
Project Leader: Carley Williams
Goal: Order at least ten watt meters for use by members of the GMC community. These devices would allow students to study individual energy use on campus.
SCGF Proposal

Wind Turbine Repair
Project Leader: Kyla Jacquish
Goal: Hire a contractor to install a grounding system, rectifier, and perform an annual inspection on GMC’s wind turbine.
SCGF Proposal

Green Bikes Manager
Project Leader: Tom Wheeler
Goal: Fund one work study position for the next two years to make sure GMC’s green bicycles are properly maintained.
SCGF Proposal

Thermal Imaging Camera
Project Leader: Jake Robinson
Goal: Purchase a thermal imaging camera to “identify minor variations in temperature, which signal electrical, moisture, and heat-loss problems in a structure.” This camera would be a diagnostic tool for weatherization projects on campus and in the community.
SCGF Proposal



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