All student groups are working in conjunction with the Coalition of Alabama Students for the Environment and CASE’s Statewide Sustainable Investment Project, which hopes to create additional Green Funds at UAB and Auburn University by January.
Caitlin McClusky, who led the successful initiative to create UA’s $1 million fund, had this to say about the new JSU proposal:
“I am thrilled that students at JSU are taking the initiative to establish a green fund on their campus. I think rapid efforts to expand upon UA’s success indicate just how much the green fund concept resonates with students in Alabama.
“It is very clear that young people across the state want their schools and communities to embrace sustainable projects and practices.”
“Green Fund,” a concept common at leading higher-education institutions nationwide, was implemented for the first time at any Alabama public university by the University of Montevallo in 2011.
Since that time, the school has allocated about $30,000 annually into on-campus, student-implemented renewable energy, water efficiency, and public transportation projects.
All funds are available for request for student projects, and students possess the majority vote on all major and minor funding decisions.
This same model has been used for the University of Alabama’s $1 million fund.
The Coalition of Alabama Students for the Environment (CASE) is a statewide network of student environmental leaders from grassroots environmental organizations at eight colleges across Alabama. Coalition members work individually and collectively with public, private, and non-profit organizations to achieve beneficial collaboration on environmental issues in Alabama communities.