Because It Doesn't Grow On Trees

Sustainability Green Grants


Previously the “Sustainability Fund”, this grant program is solely dedicated to harnessing student innovation and research into real world project management experience. See projects completed by UD students below.


Sustainability Fund


This fund supports sustainability education, outreach and events on campus. These activities are not typically supported by Facilities budgets, but are essential to the sustainability mission at UD.

Rethinking Laird's Landscape



Sustainable landscapes can restore ecological benefits within our urbanized world. This project cultivates public awareness and appreciation of sustainable landscaping on Laird Campus through an attractive, ecologically productive site and interpretive signage. $4,780 funded in 2010.


Colburn Green Roof



Constructed a green roof above the classroom in Room 102 in Colburn Laboratory in the College of Engineering in order to regulate indoor temperature, reduced storm water runoff, and reduced CO2  emissions. Green Grants ($7.5k), the UD Energy Institute ($10k) and DENIN ($40k) all contributed funds in 2010-2011.

Growing a Greener UD


Cultivated an organic garden on the grounds of the English Language Institute (ELI) building at 189 W. Main St. to provide the community with the joys of gardening and interacting. They offer free gardening and food workshops to UD and the public. Managed by the UD Food and Gardening Policy Committee, with graduate and undergraduate students; Chad Nelson (Professor of Landscape Design) is the Faculty Advisor. $3,000 funded in 2011.


Creating a Floodplain Wetland


Cool Run is listed by the US EPA as an impaired water body for nutrients, dissolved oxygen, bacteria, and sediments. The UD WATER internship team has recommended increasing the number and acreage of wetlands throughout the watershed. This project replaces low-producing pasture with a healthy, functioning floodplain wetland that reduces the University's pollutant load to the White Clay Creek by filtering stormwater runoff. $5,000 funded in 2010.

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