The Green EDGE Fund is currently accepting proposals until April 16th. Email edgefund@oberlin.edu with your idea and we'll let you know what to do next.  

The Green EDGE Fund finances environmental projects on the Oberlin College campus and (occasionally) in the Oberlin community. The EDGE Fund is administered by a Student Board, which includes a Student Senate Liaison, is supported by a faculty advisor, and is overseen by the Office of Finance and Facilities Operations.

The Fund can support two different types of projects: efficiency loans and sustainability grants.

Efficiency loans are given for projects that have clear and timely financial paybacks into the fund. The efficiency loans are not like a standard bank loan, where the borrower pays back with interest; instead, our “loans” are paid back with monetary savings achieved through efficiency improvements.

Sustainability grants do not have any payback requirements. We expect them to be used without recovering any of our investment. Hence, these funds support projects that increase Oberlin's sustainability but don't produce easily quantifiable savings: example sustainability projects include covered bike racks, a student operated garden, and a community renovation program.

We have these two types of projects because we have have two funding sources. Part of our funding comes from the college administration, which has asked us to only invest in projects with clear financial paybacks (the efficiency loans). The other part of our funding comes from activity fees paid by the student body, which supported using the funding for either efficiency projects or general sustainability projects (the sustainability grants).

If a proposal could receive either source of funding, we will give it much higher priority as an efficiency loan than as a sustainability grant. We prefer projects with a revenue stream that can fund more proposals in the future.

Applying for funding is easy! Click here to download our super simple proposal templates.

Of course, you can always just email us to get the conversation started. We're excited to hear from you and help you transform our campus!

The Green Edge Fund,
Nov 26, 2011, 4:42 PM