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Spring 2010 Elections Results – GIFT Referendum Status: Approved!!!

Congratulations USF on passing (GIFT) the Green Initiative Fund for Tomorrow.  Now let’s make the change.

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.

April 29, 2010 at 11:04 AM Leave a comment

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

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

USF Climate Change Policy Survey

The students of Introduction to Environmental Policy are working on a study of climate change policies at the University. They are hoping to gain a better understanding of the students awareness, background, and action.

Click to TAKE SURVEY

Please take a few minutes of out of your day to fill out our survey.

Also please invite your friends as they are planning to propose a series of actions and will be in a better position to do so with additional responses.

March 25, 2010 at 9:29 AM Leave a comment

Recyclemania: Push towards the end!

As the end of the Recyclemaina competition nears, USF is currently ranked 54th out of 260 competing Universities in the overall Grand Champion category.. With a cumulative recycling rate of 35.79%, we hope to have a bigger push these final two weeks. In the Organic foods services category we are currently ranked 4th overall. Great job Dons and remember. Reduce. Reuse. Recycle.

For all 2010 results see http://www.recyclemaniacs.org/Results.aspx

March 12, 2010 at 10:36 AM Leave a comment

USF Net Impact makes green improvments to Malloy Hall

Yesterday, the “Campus Greening Initiative” spearheaded by the USF Net Impact graduate program came to fruition. The goal of the initiative, launched back in the fall semester, was to install new water fountain applications which would enable students to fill reusable water-bottles, cutting down on the some 3,000 bottles thrown away on the USF campus everyday.  Approved by Dean Mike Duffy in the fall, Malloy Hall has officially become the pilot site for this environmentally friendly project. Co-chaired by MBA students Arash Bayatmakou and Sabeen Ahmad, Net Impact is planning to hand out USF custom reusable water-bottles to incoming students in the fall to encourage the success of the program and promote and expand organization’s ideas.

The movement is one of several initiatives that USF Net Impact, an organization dedicated to the merging of social and environmental responsibility with business, is tackling. The group is also currently working on implementing a composting program and a recycling education/awareness campaign in Malloy as well.

Net Impact

Mission
Net Impact’s mission is to improve the world by growing and strengthening a network of new leaders who are using the power of business to make a positive net social, environmental, and economic impact. With more than 125 student and professional chapters on 4 continents in 75 cities and 80 graduate schools, a central office in San Francisco, and partnerships with leading for and nonprofit organizations, Net Impact enables members to use business for social good in their graduate education, careers, and communities.

USF Chapter Mission:

Net Impact at USF is organized for and by USF graduate students to inspire social and environmental stewardship amongst the University’s future business leaders. This is accomplished by:

  1. Exposing students to corporate, social, and environmental responsibility issues.
  2. Introducing concepts of sustainability that are applicable in all sectors of industry.
  3. Creating a network of businesses, organizations, and professionals for students to broaden their business education, refine their leadership skills, and pursue their professional goals.

Click here for more on USF Net Impact

Click here for more on USF Net Impact Undergrad

February 18, 2010 at 11:50 AM Leave a comment

RECYCLEMANIA updated results

Current Results—RecycleMania 2010

Below are the top five schools in each competition.

To view the full standings of each RecycleMania competition, please click on the competition name

Competition Division

Grand Champion

USF: Currently in 33rd of 234
Per Capita Classic

USF: Currently 62nd of 305
Waste Minimization

USF: Currently in 85th of 182
Gorilla Prize

USF: Currently in 88th of 305
Targeted Material – Paper

USF: Currently not ranked
Targeted Material – Corrugated Cardboard

USF: Currently not ranked
Targeted Material – Bottles and Cans

USF:Currently not ranked
Targeted Material – Food Service Organics

USF: Currently in 7th of 98

February 16, 2010 at 1:27 PM Leave a comment

Keep it up USF!

RecycleMania is underway at USF, with the university hoping to top its 4th place finish in the Food Service and Organics recycling category and 60th place finish overall nationally in 2009. RecycleMania runs through March 27.

Let’s keep USF’s new zero-emission electric Zap recycling truck and Facilities Management’s Mirrain Polanco busy loading and unloading recycle carts for transport to USF’s recycling compactor for the competition.

Photo by Joe Murphy

February 16, 2010 at 10:14 AM Leave a comment

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