Grant Ideas

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We've got you covered. In the past, folks in the sustainability community have had great ideas but couldn't afford the time to see them to their final stages. The following are grant project ideas that have not yet had the chance to come to life, but you could be the one to implement them at last!

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Grant Idea Description Additional Info
Improving Recycling In Athletics The stadium and Spectrum have recycle bins, but overall the collection of recyclables is low in the these venues. Better signs and educational materials could encourage attendees to use the existing bins properly. Alexi Lamm,
Water Bottle Incentives Give students the opportunity to get a free water bottle by signing a Utah State Sustainability pledge. Another incentive option is through companies that provide points and prizes for people who reuse a bottle. For example, Cupanion has an app that tries to help people understand their environmental footprint. It also let people scan their bottles to earn points, prizes, and discounts. Contact the SSO for more information.
Water Bottle Refilling Stations Water bottle filling stations make it easier to reuse a bottle. Do you need one in your building? Dave Petersen
Covered Bus Shelters With Solar Lights Address safety, lighting, and weather protection with solar bus shelters! The panels power lighting and could also power an LED arrival time display and a push button loud speaker for students with visual disabilities. Contact the SSO for more information.
USU Permaculture / Edible Campus Garden This program is always developing new project ideas that require materials, plants, structures, pathways, and benches. Dr. Roslynn Brain,
Solar Sm Allows students to rechard their laptops, smart phones, and other portable electronic devices while on-the-go with 100% reneweable solar energy. These outdoor work and study stations could be located on the TSC patio, Library patio, etc.  Find current contact information at
Lecture & Discussion Series Engage students and faculty in dialogue on issues related to sustainability. Bring in speakers or host a film. Provide soup mad with local veggies from the edible campus garden or student organic farm. Elizabeth Winters,
Bike Lockers Bike lockers encourage cycling as a means of transportation by providing storace and protection from theft and inclement weather.  Aggie Blue Bikes,
Student Organic Farm Small Building The USU student organic farm needs a sustainable design plan, materials and labor to construct a small building that would have a storage shed, bathroom, and outdoor classroom space. Jennifer Reeve,
Student Organic Farm Hoop House Student Organic Farm Hoop House Jennifer Reeve,
Compost / Collection by Bike Pick up compost from the dorms and deliver it to the permaculture/edible campus garden. This human powered hauler could serve a number of other campus needs as well.  Additional information on garbage and recycling collection by bike
Student Organic Farm Kids Campus Attract local kids to  the USU student organic farm with a series of week-long summer camps. USU students can develop lesson plans and conduct outreach. Jennifer Reeve,
Zimride Rideshare Program Provide matching funds for Zimride annual subscription and develop marketing materials to promote the program during Welcome Week, SOAR, etc Alexi Lamm,
Campus Electric Vehicle Chargers Provide places for commuter students (and student parents!) to charge their vehicles on campus.  Kate Stephens,
Instructional Videos On Composting & Recycling for the screens and perhaps CVTD buses. Also could include a "Green Tip of the Week".  Kate Stephens,
Purple Air Sensor To be installed at various locations around campus - enables students to engage in Citizen Science (air oring).  Randy Martin (CEE) 
Green Walls  A green wall is comprised of plants grown in supported vertical systems that are generally attached to an internal or external wall, although in some cases can be freestanding.  Shane Richards