Sustainability Funds

Sustainability Funds draw from two primary sources:


S.A.F.E. (Green Fund) - Beginning in the fall of 2015, all students pay an annual $30 fee that provides a fund to support campus projects that promote the environmental, social, and financial sustainability of the Southwestern community.


The Snead Institute Sustainability Fund originated in the Spring of 2024 for student research projects.

Sustainable Advancements Funding Endeavor (S.A.F.E.) projects can be proposed by students, faculty, and staff, with priority given to student proposals and to projects having no other funding sources from Southwestern University. The S.A.F.E. will support projects that:

  1. Promote various dimensions of ecological sustainability, energy efficiency, and environmental knowledge/awareness;
  2. Promote social sustainability including environmental and social justice, diversity, and/or the public health and well-being of the campus community;
  3. Promote economic sustainability, fiscal responsibility, and/or the long-term financial health of Southwestern University.

The Snead Institute Sustainability Fund is administered within the Environmental Studies and Sustainability Committee and the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs. The funds are designated for student research projects, on or off campus, that relate to environmental science or environmental policy.