BGG Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Blue Goes Green grant?
The Blue Goes Green Grant helps fund student projects to help make the USU student body more environmentally, economically, and socially sustainable.It’s a student-led campaign that gives every student on the Logan campus the opportunity to implement a sustainability project. Funding is available each semester for projects which impact energy use, waste, water use, green building, environmental education or other environmental considerations.
All USU undergraduate and graduate students on the Logan campus can apply for a grant. Proposals can be made by individuals or student teams; cross-disciplinary teams and projects are strongly encouraged.
What kind of projects get funded?
All sorts! Projects implemented by students in the past include the TSC bike racks, the Little Blue Goes Greenhouse at Edith Bowen, water bottle filling stations across campus, a solar algal drier research project to produce biofuels, and psychological studies examining green behavior. priority is given to those projects that have the biggest impact on student life at USU. We love to see a wide variety of proposals, so get creative.
Why Apply for a Grant?
If you have an idea for promoting sustainability, the BGG grant is a great way to get the support and structure needed to make it a reality. In addition to helping the environment, writing a grant proposal and going through an approval process is a great way to get experience and looks good on a resume.
I don’t have an idea for a project, can I still get involved?
If you want to be involved in the BGG grant process but don’t want to submit your own proposal, there are a lot of ways to help. Many proposals are submitted by groups, so you can see if any friends or other students want to team up to come up with an idea. You can also ask your academic senator to choose you for the Grant Committee, and help decide which projects to fund.
How did the grant program get started?
The BGG grant program is supported by the BGG Fee, a $0.25/credit hour fee paid by all USU students. This fee was approved during the 2011 ASUSU elections after a campus-wide campaign, to help address sustainability issues at USU.
What are the program’s timing and funding guidelines?
BGG Grant proposals are accepted twice a year, around March 1st and November 1st. A few weeks after the deadline, funding is decided on a case-by-case basis.
How are funding decisions made?
The overall BGG process is run by the Student Sustainability Office on campus. All funding decisions for student projects are made by the BGG Student Grant Committee. This committee is made up of
- Program coordinator/director of Student Sustainability Office
- ENVS Sustainable Communities Extension Specialist
- Sustainability Council Chair
- Two faculty/staff members appointed by the Sustainability Council Chair
- Eight student members-one from each of the eight colleges selected by that college’s academic senator
- Three Student Sustainability Office interns
The group meets once a semester to review student presentations and vote on which proposals to fund. Preference is given to projects that demonstrate the greatest reduction in USU’s environmental impact for the least cost.
How do I apply for a grant?
To apply for a grant, first come up with a solid idea to promote sustainability on campus. Students must collaborate with faculty and/or staff and choose a project advisor prior to submitting an application. Completed applications need to be submitted before the due date to the Student Sustainability Office email@example.com. Proposals need the following components:
- Cover Page
- Proposal Description
- Optional Components: Letters of Support, Other Supporting Materials
After submitting a proposal, you will present your idea to the BGG Student Grant Committee, which votes on which proposals to fund.
Where do I get more information?
For more information on the BGG Grant process or help putting together a proposal, contact the Student Sustainability Office at firstname.lastname@example.org., or email, call, or text Liz Kirkham email@example.com, 801.376.3563.