BLOOMINGTON, IN — The Indiana University Student Sustainability Council
(SSC) and its 22 member organizations are campaigning to establish a Sustainability Fund for the promotion of "green" initiatives and projects on the Indiana University Bloomington campus, according to a press release
The Sustainability Fund would be supplied by a voluntary five-dollar fee offered during course registration, the release noted.
According to the release, to make this optional fund available, the SSC must collect signatures in support of the Sustainability Fund from one quarter of the enrolled student body — nearly 10,000 students — by the end of this semester.
If the Sustainability Fund is established, students and student organizations will have the opportunity to apply for funding for sustainability-related initiatives and projects on campus, the release stated.
"The voluntary nature of the fee and the fact that it is student-administered sends a clear message to IU officials and officials from peer universities that Indiana students are interested in and capable of identifying and addressing large-scale problems," said Jacob Bower-Bir, Graduate and Professional Student Organization
sustainability officer and SSC logistics chair.