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Student Sustainability Fund

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.


Select Funded Projects

  • Solar-powered safety emergency lighting system
  • Purchase of carbon offsets, purchased annually
  • Partial funding of the Green Roof located on Zurn Hall
  • An educational Kiosk for the Green Roof
  • Plastic reusable To-Go meal containers for Egan Dining Hall
  • Earth Tub composters used to compost scraps from the Grotto Commons
  • Recycling bin upgrades for classrooms, common areas, and outdoors


To apply for a Sustainability Fund Grant, contact the sustainability coordinator, Sarah Bennett at