Schools may request project funding to create new projects, as well as to expand or improve upon existing projects. Schools request funding to sustain at-risk existing projects will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Funding will be awarded on an as-needed basis, based upon the school’s provided budget, ranging up to $5,000. Selected schools requesting project funding will receive funds and certification materials on January 1st, 2020.
Schools seeking certification with project funding must have a dedicated school champion(s). This individual (or individuals) will be the driving force behind the project application and implementation process.
Recognition and a total stipend of up to $1,000 will be awarded to school champion(s) selected for project funding. The stipend amount will be depend on complexity and duration of selected project(s). Champion stipends will be disbursed in two parts, on January 1st and July 1st, 2019.
All schools receiving project funding must start a Green Team made up of students along with administrators, teachers, staff, and/or parents. However, if your school already has a sustainability-focused team or club, that would count too.
The idea behind the Green Team is that we believe students should be leading the process of planning and implementing new projects. A Green Team may be a classroom or a multi-age student/teacher/parent group, and they can meet either during or after school.
Selected schools will be provided with an experienced mentor, project kits, curriculum, and resources. Mentors will provide guidance and support throughout the process of planning and implementation of new projects.
Schools that receive project funding are encouraged, but not required, to maintain contact with the Office of Sustainability, particularly during project milestones. Upon project completion, schools that received project funding must produce a brief report outlining their experience and outcomes. Schools that received project funding may be asked to participate in a brief video highlighting the success of their projects.