The Green Fund is a student generated fund using student money for student projects, voted for by students. Empowerment of the student body to engage in sustainability is the number one priority.
Green Funds are not unique to UWO. There are well over a hundred other universities around the United States that have their own version of green funds whereby they are acting as champions of sustainability by providing the opportunities for students to put their education into action.
Thanks to the dedication and hard work of many students, staff, and faculty from 2012-2014, we are proud to give students here at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh the opportunity to become champions of sustainability as well.
Sustainability is about becoming a healing force for the world through a multitude of techniques – innovation and traditional knowledge, while looking to nature as a source of how to exist coexist with other species in perpetuity. This is no small task, and requires of us bold thinking and the ability to show others different ways of viewing old problems.
The Green Fund at UWO is starting out as part of segregated fees built by the Oshkosh Student Association (OSA) student governing bodies. This was precipitated by a campus-wide open forum on the concept of a green fund and garnered a healthy majority vote during at the start of 2013.
Three dollars per student per semester (six dollars total each year) will be pooled in order to provide opportunities for students to create a legacy of sustainability on campus. This can be accomplished through building infrastructure, upgrading and efficiency, educational campaigns, innovation and technology pursuits, speaker series, and much much more. The Green Fund is meant to empower students with the financial means to use their education and knowledge to be bold and strive to be champions in sustainability. Our future depends on it.
The links below provide you with everything you need to get started. You can submit individual or group projects. Just follow the directions below or contact the sustainability office via email, phone, or walk-in at our location in the Oviatt House (2nd floor) during normal business hours.
Application Document (required)
Frequently Asked Questions (waiting for more questions!)
(Green Action Fund in UCCS Sustainability out of Colorado Springs – An example of Green Funds in action)