What is the green fee?
All full-time students pay a $10 Sustainable Campus Fee, commonly known as the Green Fee, each fall and spring semester. This fee was initiated by students and began in 2007. The purpose of the fee is to support projects and practices that make our campus more energy efficient, environmentally friendly and sustainable.
In the spring of each year, the Sustainable Campus (Green) Fee Committee, with representation from students, faculty and administration, invites proposals for use of the fee. The committee then makes recommendations for funding, which must be approved by the president. The committee has also invited all students, faculty and staff to submit ideas on how the fee could be used to make our campus more sustainable. In 2010 approximately 70 members of the campus community submitted ideas, many of which are represented in funded projects.
For more information on the Green Fee, contact Dr. Daniel Bureau, Director, Student Affairs Learning and Assessment and Special Assistant to the Vice President for Student Affairs, at 901.678.2826.
Projects funded by the Sustainable Campus Fee (Green Fee) for 2014-15:
Bike Rack Expansion: Working on the installation of bike racks across the Memphis and Lambuth campuses.
Campus Sustainability Initiative: Promotes living a sustainable lifestyle with ease through recycling and conservation techniques. Supports the funding of staff and resources to maintaining our campus sustainability program.
Carbon Footprint Reduction Through the Use of Propane as Alternative Fuel (Part 2): Use of propane as a clean burning alternative fuel for use in campus equipment that burns gasoline or diesel.
Ecological Enhancement of Park Avenue Campus (Part 2): Enhance the ecological function and environmental experience of the Park Avenue Campus through the development of signage explaining various habitats and plants and by expanding the presence of wildflowers and plants that will attract butterflies, birds and other wildlife.
Green Internships (Memphis and Lambuth campuses): Undergraduate internships involving campus or community partners that are intended to enhance the student's understanding of sustainability and to assist in the organization's efforts to promote sustainability.
LED Houselight Conversion (Theatre Department): A student and faculty initiative to emphasize LED lighting in the campus theatre.
Occupancy Lights for Library Stacks: Project to install lights in the library stacks that are motion sensored, which will reduce the need for leaving lights on for long periods of time when the area is not used or in parts of the area in which there is minimal use.
Paperless Stage Management (Theatre Department): A student and faculty initiative to move to paperless approaches to writing and running performance.
Police Bikes: Encouraging campus safety through increasing the presence of police on campus; allows for access within the heart of campus and places an officer on patrol at all times (either in a car or using the bikes).
Revisiting the Recycling Zone Project: Continuing to improve the recycling zone located north of Mynders on DeSoto.
Tiger Bikes Program: Bicycle share program available for use by students.
Tiger Blue Goes Green 2014: Event open to all student, faculty and staff, promoting environmental initiatives.
Tigers Initiative for Gardening in Urban Settings (TIGUrS) (Memphis and Lambuth campuses): Urban garden that demonstrates environmental and economic sustainability.
UofM Environmental Health and Justice Conference: Partnership with the Sierra Club to promote clean and affordable energy through providing education and resources to students, faculty, staff and community members.