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Saturday, September 25, 2021

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Editor’s note: The Environmental Policy and Planning Commission (EPPC) is an ASUCD commission responsible for researching environmental issues affecting the campus and its surrounding area, and providing recommendations for improvement.

Ever have an idea about something that could make Davis an even greener and more sustainable place? Do you need some extra cash to make it happen?

As UC Davis looks toward the future, there are now more ways than ever to get funding to turn your green ideas into a reality. If you have some sort of environmental idea, project, event, business plan, etc. that could make Davis a greener place, there is money available across campus targeted at empowering students to take up green initiatives.

One of the newest green funding opportunities on campus is the ASUCD Entrepreneurship Fund. The fund gives $1,500 in grants to aid students with business proposals that address a consumer problem and demonstrate potential for social entrepreneurship. The next round of applications is due Feb. 11 and ASUCD encourages everyone with ideas to apply! To do so, check out their website: asucd.ucdavis.edu/efund.

Another great way to get green funds on campus is through UC Davis Dining Services’ Go Green Grant Program. These grants provide funding for individuals or groups of UC Davis students, staff and faculty to research, develop, implement and design solutions to campus sustainability challenges.

This year’s recipients include the Education for Sustainable Living Program, the ASUCD Bike Barn Tire Recycling Project, the Red Cup Cleanup and Wild Campus. Dining Services looks forward to continuing to support sustainability initiatives across campus and holds two application cycles per year, each offering up to $3,000 in grants.

Visit dining.ucdavis.edu/sus-green.html for more information.

ASUCD’s Environmental Policy and Planning Commission (EPPC) also wants to support your green ideas on campus. EPPC can allocate $300 per quarter from its budget for funding environmental projects and events on campus. Additionally, this commission can serve as a base for volunteers and can help get the word out about your event, group or project. If you would like to acquire a grant from EPPC, please contact the chairperson, Tanzi Jackson, at tpjackson@ucdavis.edu, to submit your proposal.

In addition to these, there are many other funding sources to help you do it green — such as scholarships and other grant opportunities. So the next time you have an idea about how UC Davis can do it green, keep these opportunities in mind!

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