The University of Delaware’s Office of Sustainability is accepting application for the 2023 Green Grants program to support student sustainability projects. The Green Grants program was created in 2010 to support student initiatives and partnerships to advance the University’s goals to become a sustainable institution. The University of Delaware’s Green Grants program facilitates an increased level of student, staff, and faculty engagement to advance UD’s strategic plan to practice and enhance the principles of sustainability across operations, academics, student life, research and community engagement. Since the program’s launch, Green Grants has funded 23 sustainability projects on campus totaling more that $70,000. Previous successful projects include the planting of a native plant meadow on North Campus, the creation of a Green Roof on Colburn Hall, and the development of recycled cement pavers.
Graduate students and supervised undergraduate students are encouraged to apply. Projects should not exceed $5,000 but the Office is willing to consider projects that request more if they are exceptionally creative or innovative. The Green Grant application can be downloaded at https://sites.udel.edu/sustainability/greengrants/ and will be accepted through April 30, 2023.
DOWNLOAD APPLICATION FORM HERE and resubmit completed application to Dr. Chris Williams, Associate Provost for Sustainability, at firstname.lastname@example.org Green Grants Application Form
Green Grants Spotlight: 2022 Award
Undergraduate researcher K.J. Olsen and Dr. Monique Head from the Department of Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering were awarded 2022 Green Grant funds for their project “Net-zero concrete using recycled materials.” Their project aims to address the sustainability of non-structural concrete used as pavers in a sidewalk or walkway construction project on campus. With the rise of human power modes of transportation like skateboards, scooters, bikes, etc., it is important that these paths are maintained for safe travel of the student body yet in a sustainable way. Through the Green Grants funding, the Office of Sustainability helped purchase equipment that could mix the sustainable concrete from fully recycled materials, including recycled concrete, ground recycled plastic, and recycled steel slag as coarse aggregate material. This unique concrete mix design is a potential way to collect and dispose of the waste in a useful and sustainable way. The broader impact of this project will reduce the carbon footprint that concrete creates and recycle waste plastic. The finished pavers will be installed in front of DuPont Hall to showcase our shared committment to a sustainable UD!