Do you know the Green Levy Fund?

Bishop’s University is constantly looking for ways to build a cleaner, greener university. The Green Levy is money ($2.50) taken out of student fees each semester, to go towards a fund to complete Sustainability projects on campus. Students from all fields of study can then apply to receive funds from the Green Levy. We have collaborated with the Sustainable Development Action Group (SDAG) and the Bishop’s University Environmental Club (BUEC), two on-campus groups that work towards the promotion and development and implementation of new projects, to give our readers a chance to learn more about on how they can make Bishop’s University a more environmentally, socially and economically sustainable place!

 

Here are some cool projects that have received funding for the implementation of sustainable development projects at Bishop’s University:

Elliott Verreault was granted travel and accommodation money from the Green Levy Fund for his organization Its One Humanity back in 2010. The IOH Global Visual Petition Project for Climate Justice was born out of the desire to raise awareness on the issue of climate change and sustainability. The project took on a particular focus on the international negotiation process that takes place at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Elliot was also chosen to speak at COP16 in Cancun, Mexico to represent his non-profit organization.

 

Elliot Verreault at COP16 (right), Cancun, Mexico. December 2010

In 2010, Katrina Kroeze, a former sustainable development intern, helped lead the “Think Global, Drink Local” campaign and Rock-4-Water concert which was funded by the Green Levy. Successfully convincing her fellow students and the University’s administration of the environmental benefits of eliminating bottled water, the “Think Global, Drink Local” campaign to raise awareness of the negative impacts of bottled water on the environment culminated in a student referendum where three-quarters of students voted to ban the sale of bottled water at Bishop’s. As a result of this initiative, The Bottled Water free campaign, spearheaded by the Environmental Club and supported by the SDAG, Bishop’s University is recognized as the first amongst all Quebec universities to ban the sale of single use water bottles.

http://www3.ubishops.ca/sustainability-and-environmental-actions-at-bishops
http://www3.ubishops.ca/sustainable-development-at-bishops/students-and-university-projects.html

The Water Bottle Free commemorative art mural in the Student Union Bottle

Gaiter Gears, Bishop’s University’s bike share program was proposed by alumni Nicola Zoghbi in 2010 and procurement of the 6 bikes was financed through the Green Levy Fund as well as necessary maintenance fees. Thanks to the SDAG and the Bishop’s Environmental Club, there are still bikes available for rent at Patterson Hall during the summer, fall and spring semesters. Likewise, during the winter semester, there are snowshoes that are available for rent at the John H. Price Sports and Recreation Centre.

http://www3.ubishops.ca/sustainable-development-at-bishops/students-and-university-projects.html
http://www3.ubishops.ca/sustainable-development-at-bishops/get-involved/bicycle-rentals.html

Gaiter Gears

 

The procedure for applying for and ceding funding for a Green Levy project now follows a step by step process:

  1. First approval of the project including SDAG comments and suggestions on the project and requirements SDAG deems necessary such as dialogue with Buildings and Grounds.
  2. Second approval is submission of the project with all the changes suggested.
  3. Final approval with all changes and necessary measures. SDAG members that will review applications for the fund consist of: One member representing the university, one member representing B&G invited where needed, SRC member, SRC General manager, SDSI, and Environmental Club President.

Have cool ideas for a greener campus? Don’t be intimidated by filling out application forms, simply come to an SDAG meeting or meet with the SDSI to propose your idea, and get support with the next steps. Take control of your money and brainstorm some ideas!  All applications can be submitted online here :
http://www3.ubishops.ca/sustainability-and-environmental-actions-at-bishops/green-levy-application-form.html

 

 

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