Green Energy Fund
During the 2006-07 academic year, student Green Team members successfully campaigned for the passage of a Student Green Energy Fee. Through petitions (with over 1,000 students signing) and a 2-1 student referendum vote, *students overwhelmingly approved a $5 per student, per term fee that allows Mercyhurst University to strengthen an already impressive commitment to renewable green energy.* With four geothermal buildings, 1kw solar panels, and a 30 percent commitment to wind energy, this has become a hallmark of sustainability at Mercyhurst.
In the spring of 2008, the Green Energy Fund approved the first two projects: purchase of a solar safety-emergency lighting system, and increasing the percentage of campus electricity coming from wind farms from 10 percent to 30 percent.
In Fall 2011, new bylaws were passed including the changing the name to the Student Sustainability Fund. The fund is administered by a Review Board consisting of four students (two of which must be present in order to vote on a proposal), two faculty members, a director of the physical plant, the Sustainability Officer, and the Executive Assistant to the President. The review board meets periodically to review proposals, which may be submitted by any Erie Campus member.
Since then, additional projects that have been funded include partial funding of the Green Roof located on Zurn Hall, an educational Kiosk for the Green Roof, the increase in our wind offset purchase to 100% of the Erie Campus electricity consumption and continued annual purchase, plastic reusable To-Go meal containers for Egan Dining Hall replacing the disposable containers two years in a row, purchase of two Earth Tub composters, the move of the Erie Campus solar panels to the West County farm property, and the purchase of a carbon accounting software that will assist with maintenance of the campus Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory.