Student Sustainability Fund (SSF)
The Student Sustainability Fund is a competitive grant program that is dedicated specifically to fund projects to advance sustainability on campus and allocated solely through tuition fees. This is in place as a result of a student body vote that occurred in the Spring of 2016. The fee is $2.00 per semester for the Fall and Spring and $1.00 in the Summer. LSU students, staff or faculty can submit a proposal that aligns with the SSF strageic goals and objectives identified below.
Timeline for Proposals & Awarded Grants
Proposals are accepted from August through December of each calandar year and awarded in February of the following year through a majority student-led committee that reviews proposal submittals and approves projects based on the highest ranked applicants.
The 2022 deadline for proposals to be submitted has been extended to January 17, 2023!
Please contact the Sustainability office at firstname.lastname@example.org for any questions you may have regarding project eligibility or the proposal proccess.
How to Submit a Proposal
What Has Been Funded So Far?
SSF Strategic Goals
Strategic Goal 1:
Foster the development of environmentally sustainable projects and initiatives on campus to ensure that future students will have the same or better resources, opportunities and experiences as prior generations.
Objective 1.1. Enable collaboration among all departments, organizations, and stakeholders (e.g., current students, prospective students, faculty, staff, alumni, governmental agencies, non-profits, private businesses, and the public) to achieve, educate, support, and promote environmental sustainability at LSU.
Objective 1.2. Bolster existing sustainable practices put in place by various campus entities through educating stakeholders on these programs’ existence and their successes.
Objective 1.3. Provide opportunities for students to receive real-world experience in issues and initiatives related to environmental sustainability, as well as research and project management skills, to further professional development and leadership proficiency.
Objective 1.4. Provide incentives for sustainable practices by students and student organizations on campus.
Objective 1.5. Form partnerships with peer institutions to learn and share best practices.
Strategic Goal 2:
Incorporate environmental sustainability in all facets of LSU, including campus operations, activities, and infrastructure.
Objective 2.1. Reduce waste, with a goal of becoming a zero-waste campus, while improving recycling and investing in other “zero waste” practices, such as composting.
Objective 2.2. Reduce energy use through energy efficiency upgrades to campus buildings and installation of renewable energy systems.
Objective 2.3. Reduce water use through water-smart landscaping and the installation of efficient appliances and fixtures.
Objective 2.4. Invest in sustainable transportation practices to enable students, faculty and staff to bike, walk, carpool, and use buses in order to lessen the use of private vehicles.
Objective 2.5. Promote a more sustainable, healthier food system on campus through sustainable and/or local sourcing, promoting energy-efficient food products, encouraging the use of reusable containers, and reducing food waste via donations or composting.
Strategic Goal 3:
Ensure that the natural resources on and surrounding campus are protected for future generations.
Objective 3.1. Take the necessary actions for LSU to do its part to decrease greenhouse gas emissions and reduce the carbon footprint of the university.
Objective 3.2. Install green infrastructure systems to improve water quality and reduce stormwater runoff.
Objective 3.3. Partner with local municipalities and state agencies to make the entire region more sustainable.