Overview of the Sustainability Engagement & Enrichment Development (S.E.E.D.) Fund
The University S.E.E.D Fund provides funding for projects that promote environmental sustainability, and positively impact and enhance the student experience at UMass Lowell. The Fund will allocate funds to projects that support the sustainability goals outlined in UMass Lowell’s 2020 Strategic Plan. The Fund is supported by student fees and administered through a student-majority committee.
Sample project examples include the increase the use of renewable energy on campus; increase the energy efficiency of our facilities; reduce the amount of waste created and material resources used on campus; encourage sustainable behaviors; and integrate sustainability into teaching, research and service at UMass Lowell.
Who Can Apply for Funds?
Students, faculty and staff of the University of Massachusetts Lowell community can apply for funds to support projects that will advance the sustainability of the campus. Students who apply for funds can do so on behalf of a student organization or to fund their own projects, however, a student applicant must have a faculty or staff advisor for his/her project. Follow the guidelines on this website to submit your application.
Project applications are reviewed by the S.E.E.D Fund Committee and applicants are notified if their projects are awarded following committee selection.
The SEED Fund Selection Committee reviews project proposals based on the criteria and guiding questions outlined below. All criteria and guiding questions serve to support and committee discussion of projects. High scoring projects are not guaranteed to be selected.
- Impact on Campus Sustainability Goals (2020 Plan, STARS Score and Greenhouse Gas Emissions)
- Does this support the sustainabiity goals outlined in the 2020 Strategic Plan?
- Does this project lower our greenhouse gas emissions?
- Will the project increase the university's STARS score?
- Will it help the university maintain existing points?
- Given the application and the project team is this project feasible?
- Have all of the required departments been contacted and the necessary steps been taken to ensure the successful completion of the project?
- Has a clear timeline with SMART goals been identified in the proposal?
- What are the long and short term impacts on facilities and maintenance staff?
- How much additional work is required for other university departments?
- Interdisciplinary or Cross-Departmental Interaction
- Does the project focus on one narrow area or does it bring in a wide audience fostering cross-university collaboration?
- Project Visibility
- Will this project be visible by the campus community?
- Will the greater community be impacted by the project?
- If it is not visible, does the project have attractive paybacks or rebates attached to it?
- Longevity and Potential for Future Funding
- Is this a project that will have a long term impact on the campus and/or community?
- Is the project going to sustain itself after funding ends?
- Is the project something that could be likely funded in the future in another reiteration?
- Are there other partner organizations that will assist in the implementation of the project during and/or after funding?
- Are there plans to secure additional grant funding from other sources and in the future?