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Applications being accepted for Sustainability Project Investment Fund

Dec 12, 2017

Applications are open now through February for The Sustainability Project Investment Fund (SPIF). The $150,000 fund was established in 2012 to help pay for projects that improve sustainability at Pacific.

"SPIF is a great opportunity for faculty staff and students to help implement their own ideas for improving sustainability at Pacific," said Sustainability Director Jessica Bilecki. "Plus, for students, it is a unique opportunity to practice grant writing and project development skills while making a positive, lasting contribution to Pacific."

Goals of the fund are to:

  • Support activities that reduce resource use, energy consumption, and waste or pollution generation;
  • Invest in projects that have measurable economic, social or environmental benefits; and
  • Support sustainability-related education, engagement, and outreach activities consistent with the university mission.

Faculty or staff from any of the three campuses can apply for funding. Students can apply for funding with a faculty or staff partner. Due to the range of possible projects from small to more in depth, funding is typically allocated to multiple projects each year. Applications are reviewed and selected by the Sustainability Committee.

Previously funded or partially funded projects have included those with economic benefit as well as educational benefits. SPIF funds have been used to install hydration stations (water bottle refill stations), which help reduce waste from single use plastic water bottles, as well as LED lighting retrofits. LED lighting upgrades at the Stockton campus alone are conservatively estimated to save the university over $200,000 per year in 2018 and on.

This November more than 800 first-year students received a John Muir Observer Journal, connecting them with Muir's legacy and inviting them to fill the pages with their own observations or creations. The journal and pencil were made available through SPIF funding and partnership between the Library, the John Muir Center and California Cedar Products.

"Pacific is the home to John Muir's manuscript writings. Students have the unique opportunity to see the master observer's works for themselves in the library, but the journal and pencil allows them to take his words into nature so they may be inspired to see the landscape through Muir's eye and capture it with their own hand," said Mike Wurtz, head of University Archives and Holt-Atherton Special Collections.

SPIF applications are available on Sustaining Pacific's webpage. For questions about the application or project development contact  

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