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USF Green Initiative Fund for Tomorrow: Enabling USF students to make an Impact

The Green Initiative Fund for Tomorrow (GIFT) provides funding for projects that reduce USF’s negative impact on the environment. GIFT will allocate funds to projects that increase the amount of renewable energy used on campus, increase energy efficiency, and reduce the amount of waste created by USF. Portions of the fund will support education initiatives, student aid, and internships. GIFT is supported by student fees and administered through a student-majority governance board.

GIFT is a dual-purpose fund:

1. Provide resources for immediate response and action
2. Create a growing capital base over the long-term to ensure maximum net benefits

GIFT will receive re-occurring funding through student fees and will grow over time. Through a revolving mechanism drawing cost-savings from projects, GIFT will replenish the fund while providing cost-savings to USF. GIFT will make it easy and efficient for students and other USF community members to design projects. This will provide an unrivaled hands-on opportunity for individually structured environmental education while raising the awareness of the entire community. Furthermore, it will demonstrate that a synthesis between student fees and self-funding sustainability projects are optimal to ensure impact and fiscal stability

Roughly $18,000 will be generated annually from this fee increase to support these initiatives. The increase in student fees will not take affect until Fall 2011, pending approval by the Board of Trustees.

Important aspects of sustainability include minimization of the negative effects of producing and consuming energy, preservation of environmental and economic resources, equity to insure social justice, and reverence for the future.

Vote for GIFT

Step 1. Click https://eballot.votenet.com/usfca/login.cfm

Step 2. Login

Step 3. Click on ASUSF Senate General Elections- Spring 2010

Step 4. Vote YES on GIFT

Go to www.votegift.org to learn more

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April 20, 2010 at 11:07 AM Leave a comment

USF Energy Club event tonight!


April 8, 2010 at 9:15 AM Leave a comment

Supporting Campus-wide Sustainability Efforts at USF


USF Sustainable campus

This evening (Tues the 30th) in UC 222 at 6pm, USF Senate will be voting on a new Sustainability Resolution.  The Resolution will seek to address sustainable practices, and climate change policies on campus. The Resolution reflects the opinions and sentiments of more than 5,000 undergraduate students, making up The Associated Students of USF.  Fr. Privett, President of the University of San Francisco, has signed and therefore committed the University to implementing the goals described in both the “American College and University President’s Climate Commitment” and “Talloires Declaration.

Fr. Privett also stated, in the USF 2028 Planning Document promises that USF will “act in an environmentally responsible way…educate students to issues affecting environmental justice…[and] offer on-site courses, programs, and experiences that  help students understand and appreciate the complexities of our global reality.” The USF Conservation Task Force, appointed by Fr. Privett, recommended the University “Adopt an institutional commitment to sustainability” and that “accomplishing these goals will contribute to a more sustainable campus, attract the best and brightest students and faculty, provide a foundation  for future leadership and contribute to a decrease in the University of San Francisco’s overall carbon footprint.” With the support from the Associated Students that the University of San Francisco is to meet the following sustainability goals within the next one (1) to three (3) years in order to reduce waste and therefore reduce the burden of cost:

(1) Support the movement by hiring a full-time Sustainability Manager/Coordinator or adding additional responsibilities to an existing position in order to lead and maintain improvements to campus sustainability policy and coordinate efforts of all stakeholders.

(2) Centralize and further incentivize procurement of sustainable office and teaching related products

(3) Eliminate the retail and administrative consumption of polystyrene, plastic bags, water bottles and virgin paper on campus

(4) Foster interdisciplinary environmental literacy for all undergraduates

(5) Develop a comprehensive web presence that highlights and organizes ongoing University initiatives

(6) Emphasize communications between students, alumni, staff, faculty, administration and surrounding community

The efforts of this project where spearheaded by Saira Fregoso, Christina Giordani, Jon Coon and Joe Fanning. Research and surveys were conducted by the Introduction to Environmental Policy (ENVA-366) class.

Get ready to get Unplugged Dons!

March 30, 2010 at 10:26 AM Leave a comment


University of San Francisco: unplugged

USFUNPLUGGED is brought to you by the Environmental Safety Community Outreach Liaison’s of USF. Here to educate, assist and encourage, we want you to get involved with the GREEN movement taking place on campus!

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