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Sometimes, People In The Sustainability Community At Utah State Have Great Ideas! But They Don't Have The Time To Completely Them. All Of These Ideas Are Up For Grabs For Possible Grant Projects That Utah State Could Implement In The Future. 

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Grant Idea:


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Improving Recycling in Athletics
The stadium and Spectrum have recycle bins, but overall the collection of recyclables is low in the these venues. Better signs and educational materials could encourage attendees to use the existing bins properly.
Alexi Lamm
Big Belly trash/recycle pilot

Big Belly/Smart Belly Systems are solar compactors for waste. The also inform management when they are full, reducing fuel required to check empty/partially empty bins.
Water Bottle Pledge @ Fountains

Give students the opportunity to get a free water bottle by signing a Utah State Sustainability pledge.
Contact the SSO for more information
Water Bottle Refilling Stations
Water bottle filling stations make it easier to reuse a bottle. Do you need one in your building?
Alexi Lamm -

Covered Bus shelters with solar lights

Address safety, lighting, and weather protection with solar bus shelters! The panels power lighting and could also power an LED arrival time display and a push button loud speaker for students with visual disabilities.
Contact the SSO for more information
USU Permaculture / Edible Campus Garden
This program is always developing new project ideas that require materials, plants, structures, pathways, and benches
Dr. Roslynn Brain,
Solar Sm
Allows students to rechard their laptops, smart phones, and other portable electronic devices while on-the-go with 100% reneweable solar energy. These outdoor work and study stations could be located on the TSC patio, Library patio, etc.
Lecture & Discussion Series
Engage students and faculty in dialogue on issues related to sustainability. Bring in speakers or host a film. Provide soup mad with local veggies from the edible campus garden or student organic farm
True Blue Reuse
Annual move-out collection and sale. Keep your stuff out of the landfill and put it back in the hands of your fellow students. This project is in need of containers to transport goods, signage, marketing materials, etc. 
Paige Morgan
Bike Lockers
Bike lockers encourage cycling as a means of transportation by providing storace and protection from theft and inclement weather. 
TJ Hall
Campus Farmers Market
Link local growers with the campus community and provide access to fresh, healthy, local produce and locally made crafts. The market would be held on a weekday from late-August to mid-October
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Student Organic Farm Small Building
The USU student organic farm needs a sustainable design plan, materials and labor to construct a small building that would have a storage shed, bathroom, and outdoor classroom space
Jennifer Reeve -
Student Organic Farm Hoop House

Enable the student organic farm to grow more food in the cooler months with an additional hoop house greenhouse

Jennifer Reeve - 
Compost Mill
A grant helped USU purchase a composter for pre-consumer food waste. The next step is to grind that compost to replace synthetic fertilizers on campus. For this, landscape operations needs your help to purchase a mill. Help USU get closer to organic.
Alexi Lamm -
Compost / Collection by Bike
Pick up compost from the dorms and deliver it to the permaculture/ edible campus garden. This human powered hauler could serve a number of other campus needs as well. 
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Student Organic Farm Kids Campus
Attract local kids to  the USU student organic farm with a series of week-long summer camps. USU students can develop lesson plans and conduct outreach
Jennifer Reeve - 
Zimride Rideshare Program
Provide matching funds for Zimride annual subscription and develop marketing materials to promote the program during Welcome Week, SOAR, etc
Alexi Lamm -
Campus Electric Vehicle Chargers
Provide places for commuter students (and student parents!) to charge their vehicles on campus. 
Kate Stephens -
Instructional Videos 
On Composting & Recycling for the screens and perhaps CVTD buses. Also could include a "Green Tip of the Week" 
 Kate Stephens -
Purple Air Sensors  
To be installed at various locations around campus - enables students to engage in Citizen Science (air oring) 
 Randy Martin (CEE)