The Mercyhurst Sustainability Fund began as an initiative from the 2006-07 student Green Team. Members of the Green Team successfully campaigned for the fee through petitions (with over 1,000 students signing) and a 2-1 student referendum vote. Initially, the fee was called the "Student Green Energy Fee."
The fund was eventually renamed the "Mercyhurst Sustainability Fund" so that it could have boarder impacts on Mercyhurst's efforts toward sustainability. Each student on the Erie Campus currently pays $5.00 per semester. The fund is administered by a review board consisting of students, staff, administrators, and faculty. The review board meets periodically to review proposals, which may be submitted by any Erie Campus community member.
Yearly Project Funding – 40% of the Carbon REC and Carbon Offset Purchases; other 60% from university
Mercyhurst University Sustainability Coordinator: Sarah Bennett
We asked our students to tell us why they love studying Sustainability?
"The environment is a reflection of our attitudes."
"Improving lives and ecosystems"
"Efficiency, innovation, performance, progress."