PSE mini-grants available

Puget Sound Energy has graciously awarded PLU grant money for student-led sustainability research projects on campus.  The research should result in an actionable item that would lower PLU’s carbon footprint.  PLEASE, if you are interested contact Chrissy Cooley at


PLU is working to be a local and national leader in environmental sustainability, not only for its urban campus, but also for the planet.  Recognizing that students with an interest in the environment often need a small amount of funding to carry out their ideas for sustainability initiatives, the University applied for and received funding from the Puget Sound Energy Foundation for a Sustainability Mini-Grant Program.  The aim of the grant is to encourage student creativity, initiative and ownership of campus environmental efforts.

A subcommittee of the PLU Sustainability Committee will award two or more grants for student projects.  Grants are likely range from about $500 to $1000 and are intended to cover expenses associated with conducting and creating the project(s). Students may request a stipend of up to $400 (which, unlike expenses, would be subject to income tax).  Faculty advisors will be eligible to receive a stipend of $200 (in addition to the budget of the selected projects).  The funds will be awarded based on

–        creativity

–        potential environmental benefit

–        educational opportunities

–        impact of the project (to the campus or beyond)

The grant is designed to focus on environmental education and conservation.  Possible projects might be an educational green office, novel energy conservation campaigns, computerized energy management, or research projects.

Time Frame

Applications accepted through Friday, December 4, 2009

Decision: within two weeks

Reports due January 1 – July 31, 2010 Each awarded project will submit a final report to PLU’s Office of Development, commenting on the successes and/or challenges of the project. These reports will be forwarded to the Puget Sound Energy Foundation

Payments: As billed, last payment on receipt of final report.


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