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The fund is managed by a committee made up of students, faculty, and staff from all of Tufts' four campuses. The committee's charter can be found here, which further lists the expectations of the members and the workings of the committee.
Explore these FAQ's to learn more about the Green Fund.
Potential projects that could be approved by the Green Fund Committee include any type of educational project or event (e.g. art exhibit, speaker, workshop, performance art) related to sustainability, sustainability enhancements (e.g. student-designed green roof or rain garden, solar charging stations, drinking water solution for events), pilot programs, student projects to study potential resource saving strategies, etc. Projects are not required to have a financial payback. Projects should take place on one of the campus locations and be focused on serving the Tufts community.
The Green Funded application includes four main steps. Applicants will:
1. Submit an initial idea to the Green Fund committee
2. Answer any additional questions that the committee may have
3. Complete a more robust application that includes letter of support, a budget, and a Gantt chart
4. Create a poster and give an in person final presentation
Funded proposals approved for implementation may be provided with assistance in the form of staff time in order to begin the implementation process of the project(s) within the next calendar year.
Project teams must submit a report at the conclusion of the project that outlines the impact it has had on the Tufts community, including metrics such as energy or emissions saved, people, reached, etc.
These are a list of criteria that will be considered, but applicants do not need to satisfy all requirements:
Linked here is a list of past rejected Green Fund projects and their reasons for rejection. This document is an example of projects that have been rejected for specific reasons related to the above criteria.
The process starts by filling out a simple PDF form with a short description of your project idea, who would be involved, estimated costs, and how your project would benefit the Tufts community.
The questions for the initial proposal are:
This is a list of questions that will be asked in the second round of applications:
Each year, the program can fund any number of projects with budgets adding up to $40,000.
Projects can include the funds needed for student workers as part of their proposal.
Please use this form to describe a sustainability project that you are interested in having implemented at Tufts.
Have questions? Email our Green Fund Intern at GreenFund@tufts.edu.