Year of Sustainability
The Office of the President is pleased to announce the launch of the Twenty for ’18 grant initiative. During the 2018 calendar year, the President’s Office will grant 20 different $1,000 awards to support projects designed to enhance the quality of life at Ripon College with an emphasis on sustainability. Ten grants will be awarded in the spring semester and ten will be awarded in the fall semester.
Sustainability broadly incorporates concern for environmental health; intergenerational, intragenerational, and participatory equity; and the availability of and power over resources. Projects can include, but are not limited to:
- Innovations and improvements to campus;
- Displays, exhibits, and performances;
- Campus and community-based research;
- Educational opportunities including workshops, lectures and conference travel;
- And others.
Prior proposals that have been supported include: the new Hearth of Campus fire pit; the commission of an original choral music composition and workshop with the composer; new furniture for West Hall’s hallways and common areas; the campus Wellness Fair; a guest speaker on international immigration; the display of maps and visual depictions of place in the Todd Wehr lobby; travel for students and faculty to conferences.
We will offer drop-in workshops for brainstorming and help with the application on the following dates:
- Wednesday September 5 from noon-1 pm in Mihaly Room
- Wednesday October 31 from noon-1 pm in Mihaly Room
Any current member of the faculty, staff or student body may submit a proposal. However, preference will be given to new applicants.
Successful project proposals will do several or all of the following:
- Serve the greater good of academic and campus life
- Benefit the greatest number of people at Ripon College
- Enhance the quality of life Ripon College and the local community
- Increase the visibility of Ripon College in academic or community settings
- Focuses on sustainability directly or increases awareness of sustainable practices
Funds may not be used for personal compensation and must be used within the 2018 calendar year.
Awardees are required to submit a one-page report describing the project and its outcomes within 60 days of the project’s completion (or by the end of the semester in which the grant is awarded, if the project is ongoing), as well as invoices to document expenses.