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2016-2017 Materials

2016-2017 Project Interest Form

2016-2017 Application

2016 Project Scoring Matrix (used by the BSF board to score projects after applications submitted)

2014 BSF Constitution

2015-2016 BSF Recipients:

Save-A-Latte, Sponsored by Students for Environmental Action (SEA)

  • This project curbs paper cup waste at Brandeis by providing free, custom-made, reusable mugs to students in 2016. In addition to reducing the volume of waste in our landfills, using reusable mugs lowers the cost of beverages and can save students an average of $161 a semester, which is an added incentive for bringing reusable mugs to class. Mugs will be distributed throughout 2016.

Project Pollinator

  • Notice the new garden on the hill by Science lot? The new meadow, planted in spring 2016, supports pollinators like honeybees and other pollinators. Native, perennial plants with overlapping bloom periods provide pollinators with continuous and diverse nutrition, the ideal habitat to sustain their populations on campus. Have a seat at the new bench for a view of the growing wildflowers.

Contact for more historical fund recipients and examples of successful proposals.

Brandeis Sustainability Fund

BSF logoThe Brandeis Sustainability Fund provides financial support for Brandeis undergraduate students willing to undertake projects and/or activities to improve Brandeis’s environmental sustainability. Recognizing the importance of environmental stewardship for the future of Brandeis University and the larger global community, this fund provides a student driven funding mechanism that allows undergraduate engagement in the efforts to improve Brandeis’s overall environmental legacy. In time, the Brandeis Sustainability Fund (BSF) will allow Brandeis University to actively pursue a more sustainable future for our campus and the community we live in, positioning the University as a leader in environmental sustainability.

Interest forms for 2016-2017 will be due November 2, 2016. Applications are due November 30, 2016.

First Steps:

1. Come up with a great green idea!

You can work alone- but often the best projects will have many minds helping work out the details. 


All projects should relate to the improvement of the University’s environmental sustainability in at least one of the following areas:

  1. Energy conservation
  2. Water conservation
  3. Greenhouse gas reduction/renewable energy
  4. Waste minimization
  5.  Pollution prevention/reduction
  6.  Building design/construction
  7.  Landscape and Grounds
  8. Transportation
  9. Educational awareness/community engagement
  10. Environmental student leadership development

2. Research your idea   

All projects should be evaluated with regards to their short and long term impacts upon the following areas:

  1. Environmental Impact – in reference to the relevant areas indicated above.
  2. Community Impact – impact upon the larger Brandeis community, including students, faculty, staff and any potential impacts on the larger Waltham area.
  3. Operational Impact – effect upon day-to-day operations of the University, including emphasis on scalability and innovation.  

All projects should be evaluated both short and long-term on their financial viability including:

  1.  Cost-benefit analysis – effective use of funds
  2.  Potential financial risk
  3. Cost assumptions

All projects should be evaluated both long and short-term on their technical viability including:

  1. Feasibility of implementation on campus
  2. Any increased demand for resources
  3. Any increased demand for manpower/paid workers

3. Understand the Process: 


  1. All students must be full or part-time Brandeis University undergraduate students in order to receive eligibility to submit a BSF Project Application.
  2. Students may submit a BSF Project Application as individuals or in groups. Each group must select a Project Leader to act as the primary point of contact with the BSF Board. The exact duties of the Project Leader and Group Members after funding are contingent according to each project’s needs.  
  3. No chartered or secured club or organization, or Student Union special projects receiving funding from the Student Union may apply for funding of an existing club/organization initiative or project. Chartered and secured clubs receive their funding from the Finance Board Allocations Fund, as outlined in the Brandeis Student Union Constitution, Article VI, Section 2, and are therefore not eligible to receive funding for their organization’s projects from the BSF. Clubs can give support to BSF Projects.

Timeline for Fall 2016 

  • Interest forms due November 2
  • Review with Senate Sustainability Committee in mid-November
  • Final applications due November 30
  • BSF Board meeting to review projects in early-December
  • Applicants notified in early/mid-December