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Example SEED Fund Grant Proposal

Project Title

Sustainability Recon Series

Requested Amount


Project Summary

We propose the creation of several trips that combine visits to sustainability-focused colleges and organizations with outings in nature. Trip attendees include members from the Confluence Society, the Climate Change Coalition, and other affiliated clubs. 
These trips invite members of the campus community to be engaged with the larger New England sustainability arena. 
The equipment rentals for the trips including a van and tents would come from the Outdoor Adventure Program (OAP). For trips requiring wilderness-experienced leadership we will hire trip leaders from the OAP.
These trips will accomplish the following goals:
  1. Educate about other colleges’ and cities’ steps toward sustainability,
  2. Fosters an Inclusive Campus Community - Bond a group of environmentally-interested students on campus to further develop a campus community where students will feel appreciated, respected, connected, valued and engaged with the larger life beyond campus boundaries, reinforcing the Strategic 2020 plan. Strengthens Partnerships between existing programs including the Climate Change Coalition, Confluence Society, and the Outdoors Adventure Program to improve the institutional climate.
  3. Education from nature via hikes and other outdoor adventures to advance the 2020 Strategic Plan
  4. Fostering ideas for sustainability initiatives on campus and in Lowell

Project Benefits

  1. Heightened collaboration between UML and the colleges and towns visited, in addition to learning about climate change and sustainability in an experiential fashion,
  2. Strengthening of a sustainability-focused community at UML,
  3. Mental rejuvenation and stimulation from the outdoors aspect of the trips,
  4. Implementation of tried and true sustainability initiatives on campus and in Lowell 
  5. Increase the Student Educators Program in the STARs scoring
  6. Advance the mission of the Strategic 2020 Plan by preparing students to become lifelong learners and informed citizens by inviting students to participate in experiential learning and community engagement with the larger Massachusetts community.

Project Cost & Estimated Budget

Rough price range of UML OAP trips: $10-$50
This would thus give the ability for somewhere between 50 ten dollar trips and 10 fifty dollar trips to take place during the semester. The funds could also be used to offset the ticket price for students, instead of paying for the entire trip.

Project Timeline

Trip 1: Visit to the Walden Woods Project and the Thoreau Institute in Concord, MA.
Date: April 22, 2018
Transportation: Carpooling, OAP van
Housing: N/A
Timeline: Drive to Walden pond, hike around, picnic lunch, get tour from employee at TI and WWP, independent exploration
Contact Info for Guides:
Trip 2: Visit to Mill City Grows and the Lowell-Dracut-Tyngsboro State Forest
Cost: Free
Date: April 14, 2018
Transportation: Bikes from the Freewheelers program
Housing: N/A
Timeline: Pick up bikes at UML’s CRC, Bike to State Forest, Eat packed lunches, Bike to MCG’s Big Farm, Bike back to UML’s CRC
Contact Info for Guides: 
Trip 3: Visit to Green City Growers and the Harbor Islands in Boston, MA.
Date: April 28, 2018
Transportation: Bus to Subway station, Subway to GCG and the Ferry, ferry to Harbor Islands
Housing: N/A
Contact Info for Guides: 
Trip 4: Visit to Green Mountain College and the Green Mountain National Forest in Poultney, VT.
Dates: Beginning of the Fall Semester of 2018
Transportation: OAP Van
Housing: Tents by OAP
Contact Info for Guides: 
Trip 5: Visit to the Urban Farming Institute and the Blue Hills Reservation in Boston, MA.
Dates: Mid-Semester of Fall 2018
Housing: N/A
Contact Info for Guides:
Trip 6: Visit to College of the Atlantic and Acadia National Park in Bar Harbor, Maine.
Dates: Columbus Day Weekend of 2018
Transportation: Van by OAP
Housing: Tents from OAP
Timeline: Morning/Afternoon visit to COA during the other activities
Contact Info for Guides:
Trip 7: Visit to Sterling College and Craftsbury Outdoor Center in Craftsbury Common, VT.
Dates: Winter of 2018-’19
Transportation: Van from OAP
Contact Info for Guides:
Other Future Trips: SUNY ESF in Syracuse, NY; Lewis & Clark College in Portland, OR; Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, CA; Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ; Colby College in Waterville, ME, Highline in NYC, NY

Primary Contact

Sean Cloran

Primary Advisor

Thomas Hersey