February 2, 2015 – Starting this semester, the Student Sustainability Fund (SSF) will join Student Union as its newest branch. SSF allocates money towards funding graduate and undergraduate students’ sustainability projects. The mission of SSF is to “support projects that benefit the student body and promote an ethos of sustainability and stewardship of the environment through education, events, or research.” Previous projects include Eco-To-Go, Material Monster, and the Trading Post.
The SSF was founded in Spring 2010 and most recently managed by the Office of Sustainability. The idea to fully integrate the organization into Student Union came about from Danica Yu, the Executive Advisor for Sustainability, in an effort to better support the SSF financially and with SU resources. Throughout last semester Student Union and the Office of Sustainability worked together to outline a transition.
SU previously contributed $4,000 to the Office of Sustainability for support of the fund and will now fully support the $10,000 fund each year. The Office of Sustainability will continue to fund and manage graduate student projects under the umbrella of the SSF.
Heather Jin, the President of SSF, stated:
” As such a large advocate for undergraduate needs and programming, Student Union will be integral in helping the SSF reach out to as many students as possible and provide the chance for students to make their sustainable ideas come true.”
There is an info session for those interested in applying to the fund on February 13th from 4-5pm in DUC 248 and the applications are due February 28th and April 4th and can be found at ssf.wustl.edu.
For more information:
Heather Jin – firstname.lastname@example.org
Danica Yu – email@example.com
Emma Tyler – firstname.lastname@example.org