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Current Grants

This year, we have awarded grants totaling $8,096 to five student-led sustainability projects. Since its inception in 2006, the program has awarded more than $148,000 to increasing sustainability on campus and the community.

If you are interested in submitting a proposal, visit our student grants page!

This Year's Grants

Amount: $1,354
Granted To: Kimia Kajbaf
Project Description: Kimia Kajbaf Shiraz, a doctoral student in animal and veterinary science, was awarded $1,354 to design an efficient organic waste management system that uses fly larvae to bio-convert compost, collected from Vandals Dining, into high-quality larvae. These locally grown larvae will save the university $5,000 annually and provide U of I’s Aquaculture Research Institute with a sustainable and eco-friendly fish food source.

Current Status: In Progress.

Amount: $1,962.65
Granted To: Melissa Marsing and the Vandal Clean Energy Club
Project Description: Melissa Marsing, a junior in chemical engineering, and her team, the Vandal Clean Energy Club, were awarded $1,962.65 to install a B100 biodiesel fueling station behind the James Martin Laboratory to serve the Biodiesel Education Program and university steam plant vehicles. The Vandal Clean Energy Club is a new club on campus and is eager to educate and further the usage of biodiesel in the University of Idaho and Moscow community in the coming years.

Current Status: In Progress.

Amount: $550
Granted To: Michelle Benedum
Project Description: Michelle Benedum, a graduate student in the College of Natural Resources, was awarded $550 to create a program between campus vendors and students by re-establishing and promoting discounts for patrons who bring their own reusable beverage containers. Benedum will also offer students reusable beverage containers in exchange for a small donation to one of three environmental nonprofit organizations. This project is a step in the right direction toward reducing single-use containers and promoting more sustainable food systems on campus.

Current Status: In Progress.

Amount: $1,600
Granted To: Andrea Boyd
Project Description: Andrea Boyd, a junior in civil and environmental engineering, was awarded $1,600 to install an Elkay EZH20 Bottle Refill Station on the main floor of the Janssen Engineering Building on campus in order to promote water conservation and a reduction in single-use water bottles.

Current Status: In Progress.

Amount: $2,630
Granted To: Danielle Colter and the Environmental Science Club
Project Description: Danielle Colter, a graduate student in the College of Natural Resources, and her team, the Environmental Science Club, were awarded $2,630 for their project to install 20 motion sensors on lights in hallways and common areas of the Wallace Residence Center on campus. This project will serve as a pilot to test the efficiency of the light sensors and their reduction of energy waste. Danielle hopes that “this project will show how small changes to our daily habits can help reduce our impact on the planet.”

Current Status: In Progress.

UI Sustainability Center

Physical Address:
Student Office Shoup 105
Staff Office 328, 330
Moscow Campus

Phone: 208-885-0125


Web: Sustainability Center