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Sustainable Nevada Initiative Fund

Posted on Thursday, January 18, 2018

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The Sustainable Nevada Initiative Fund (SNIF) is an environmental undergraduate grant program funded by ASUN which focuses on enhancing the sustainability of our campus and community. Students are encouraged to propose a project on resource conservation or other sustainability efforts, either as an individual or a team.

SNIF was created at the University of Nevada, Reno in 2015 by ASUN President Caden Fabbi. At the start of the 2017-2018 school year, the role of the Director of Sustainability was created to ensure the execution of the projects for SNIF amongst other environmental programs.

This is a great opportunity for students that have created environmental proposals in their classes to implement their ideas into campus. Administration and ASUN have focused more on environmental sustainability, however this is the time for students to present their ideas for environmental change on campus.

The initiative fund is open to all students and can relate to different majors, as long as it adheres to the criteria. These plans can be regarding any field or discipline which can improve campus sustainability, such as engineering, policy, or science. Students need to implement a plan with a schedule, costs, and effects. The grant program funds $10,000, however students can submit multiple projects or one project that totals to this amount.

If you want to apply to the program, fill out the SNIF form. Priority deadline is January 1 and the final close date is January 31. The Director of Sustainability appoints a committee that consists of a professor from the Environmental Science Department, a representative from Campus Sustainability, a representative from Facilities, a representative from the Student Services Division, and any other members that the Director of Sustainability deems necessary to review the application.

After the applications are submitted, projects chosen for funding by the sustainability committee will be notified for an interview by February 14.

If you want to make a difference in the sustainability of campus and protect the environment, apply to SNIF by January 31st.

For more information on SNIF, visit the FAQ section of the SNIF page or contact the Director of Sustainability, Brita Romans at directorsustainability@asun.unr.edu.