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Sustainability Grant Information

Sustainability Grant -- Questions and Answers (Fall 2012)

  • What is Sustainability?

From the Brundtland Commission Report: sustainable development is that which “meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs".


a decision is sustainable when it takes an appropriately balanced view of ecological, economic and equity concerns.

Diagram of three overlapping circles representing: Economy, Environment and Society

Today, most uses of and references to sustainability emphasize the concept’s simultaneous economic, environmental, and social dimensions. For example, businesses talk about the triple bottom line: people, planet, and profits (or, alternately, human capital, natural capital, and financial capital). Likewise, sustainability educators commonly refer to the Three E’s of sustainability: economy, ecology, and equity.

AASHE in depth explanation:

pages 4-6 under C. Understanding Sustainability

What is a Sustainability Grant?

  • Sustainability Grants provide funding for projects designed to encourage, advance and improve sustainability at SUNY Orange.  Projects may take place in any aspect or department of the college.  Projects that are innovative, learning-centered, collaborative or interdisciplinary, and attentive to assessment & improvement are especially encouraged.

What kinds of projects will be funded?

  • A rubric has been developed for comparing proposals and evaluating which proposals will be awarded. There are four main categories, comprising 10 evaluation areas, that will be reviewed for each proposal. The more fully a proposal meets the criteria, the higher the chance of being awarded a Sustainability Grant. The categories of evaluations are: General Requirements, Education and Curriculum, Ability to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions, and Feasibility and Collaboration.

Who is eligible to request funds?

  • All full-time and part-time faculty and staff are eligible to apply for funding. Student projects must be supervised and sponsored by faculty.

How much funding is available and how may the funds be used?

  • An estimated total of approximately $7000 is available for distribution annually to successful applicants. The amount of available grant funds will fluctuate annually based upon other projects and initiatives undertaken by the College. Funds may be  used to develop and implement sustainability-focused projects and proposals.
What is the application process and timeline?

Step 1: Download the Application and provide required supporting documentation. Please make certain you discuss the project with division or departmental personnel who will be involved with planning or implementation.

Step 2: Submit one signed Application to Sustainability Coordinator along with an electronic copy by December 1, 2012.

  • By January 15, 2013 -- The Sustainability website ( will display funded proposals, project descriptions, and amounts awarded. Applicants who have received Sustainability Grants will also be notified personally.
  • Jan 15 to Aug 31, 2013 -- Budgeting/Purchasing phase. All grants funds must be encumbered during the same fiscal year in which the grant was awarded (fiscal year ends Aug. 31)
  • Beginning January 15, 2013 -- Implementation phase. Projects must be implemented within 12 months of funding,

Step 3: Provide results of your Sustainability Grant project to Sustainability Coordinator within six months of completion of project.

How will the outcomes of my project be shared?

Results of all Sustainability Grant-funded projects will be shared with your colleagues via the Go.Green@sunyorange website, and may be distributed via other methods external to the College if necessary.


(If you require a more accessible version of one of the documents above, please call John Wetzstein at 845-341-4762)

More Ways to Get Involved

Students:  There are lots of ways individuals can contribute to the sustainability effort here at SUNY Orange. Start small -- walk to work or school if possible; share a ride to save fuel, take reusable shopping bags when purchasing items, turn off lights when leaving a room, don't idle your car engine unnecessarily. These are just a few ideas, but individual efforts add up to a big result.

Any student clubs that wish to join the College’s sustainability efforts are encouraged to contact Student Activities or have their advisor speak with Dr. Joe Zurovchak, chair of the College’s Sustainability Committee.

Faculty: Infuse sustainability topics into your lesson plans, employ technology when possible, talk with students about responsible printing, use the AASHE web site for information and contact the Center for Teaching and Learning for additional support.

The College operates an e-waste recycling program in an effort to keep toxic electronic waste from entering landfills. To recycle e-waste (any electronic components) from your department, contact the Help Desk to arrange for pickup.

The College is also in the early stages of planning for an Earth Day event. More details will follow but this will be a great opportunity for folks from all corners of campus to support sustainability and get involved!

Links marked with the following symbol † are links to external web sites. Following these links will take you away from the SUNY Orange Web site. The college cannot be responsible for the contents of these external web sites, although the web pages linked to here have been reviewed and are recommended by members of the SUNY Orange Sustainability Committee.