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Frequently Asked Questions

Who can apply for a sustainability fund project?
When are proposals due?  When will I find out if my project is funded?
I want to participate, but need some specific ideas
How can I find out about Clarkson’s current problems and initiatives?
Can I get credit for my work on this project?
What can I do for the required education or campus outreach component of the project?
Who should I consult to learn more as I prepare my proposal?
I’ve never written a proposal before, what do I need to do.?
How is the Clarkson Sustainability Fund initiative related to the New York State Pollution Prevention Institute’s Go Green on Campus Student Competition ?

  • Who can apply for a sustainability fund project?

Any member of the Clarkson community can submit a proposal.  Interdisciplinary teams are encouraged.  Student teams must include a faculty or staff member as an advisor.

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  • When are proposals due?  When will I find out if my project is funded?

Proposals are due on October 16, 2013.  Email the proposal (single pdf file) to sustain@clarkson.edu. The proposals will be reviewed in a two-step process.  Our goal is to have a short list of potential projects by  October 30, 2014.  The final selection will be made by November 26 based on meetings between the project team and key stakeholders.

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  • I want to participate, but need some specific ideas

Examples of projects completed last year and several ideas for projects that could be completed this year are available to help you identify a suitable project.  Still need help?  Contact Prof. Powers to schedule a brainstorming session.

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  • How can I find out about Clarkson’s current problems and initiatives?

Clarkson’s green web pages have a lot of information about our current initiatives and efforts to use the STARS rating system to identify our strengths and areas to improve.   The Data and Reports web page includes data summarizing our greenhouse gas inventory and spreadsheets of recent utility usage.

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  • Can I get credit for my work on this project?

Yes, credit during the spring semester is available as a directed study or research credits.  It can be arranged through the advisor to your project or Prof. Powers.  Consultation and approval for such credits must also come from your academic advisor and department.

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  • What can I do for the required education or campus outreach component of the project?

Sharing your projects with campus is a critically important aspect of the project.  Some ideas include writing an article for the Integrator, presenting information about your work at an appropriate departmental meeting, or to a class, club or at the SURE conference (Symposium on Undergraduate Research Experiences).

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  • Who should I consult to learn more as I prepare my proposal?

Your first stop should be in the office of the Institute for a Sustainable Environment. Prof. Powers can help with most questions or steer you to the appropriate person or information source.  Staff in the facilities unit or OIT will become involved in the second stage of the proposal review process.  They should not be consulted in the early stages of proposal preparation.

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  • I’ve never written a proposal before, what do I need to do

Most importantly, follow the instructions for the format and content of the proposal.  But before you begin writing, you need to define a specific sustainability issue on campus and develop a plan to study or solve the problem.  Reviewing the example proposals from last year’s Sustainability Fund program should help provide a model that you can follow.

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  • How is the Clarkson Sustainability Fund initiative related to the New York State Pollution Prevention Institute’s Go Green on Campus Student Competition ?

Yes – there are TWO opportunities to receive funds for sustainability projects.  Last year, several of the projects received funds from the NYSP2I competition and were able to participate in the Greening your Campus Sustainability competition in Albany.  This year’s competition will be held April 24, 2014.  All proposal for both funding sources should be submitted by October 16.  Suitable ones will then be sent on to the NYSP2I competition.

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