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U of I Sustainability Center Inspires Student-Led Grant Opportunities

October 31, 2017

The University of Idaho Sustainability Center has awarded more than $5,000 to three student-led projects focused on improving sustainability at the university and across the Palouse.


Now in its 11th year, the Sustainability Center’s student-led grant program facilitates student engagement in building campus sustainability.  Students develop grant writing, project management, budgeting, program evaluation, leadership and teamwork skills. Grants support work in the areas of climate change, campus culture shift and carbon neutrality.

Sustainability Center grant recipients for 2017-18 are:

Brian Feldhaus, Lynwood, Washington, graduate student, landscape architecture, College of Art and Architecture. Feldhaus was awarded $3,000 to transform a portion of the University of Idaho’s golf course into a native xeriscape. His project will take a section of the course that is currently filled with gopher holes and weeds and redesign it into a beautiful hillside.

"This project will allow campus to have a continued aesthetically pleasing landscape along the golf course,” Feldhaus said. “Also, academic programs such as landscape architecture can utilize the xeriscape for educational purposes in the future.”

Through this grant, Feldhaus will gain experience in landscape architecture while helping the university replant the Palouse prairie with native trees and shrubs that will thrive for years to come.

Cassandra Goodmansen, Spokane, Washington, senior, ecology and conservation biology, College of Natural Resources. Goodmansen’s project, Pollinate the Palouse, was awarded $900 to create a flower garden along a section of the Kristin Armstrong Bikeway. Pollinators are vitally important to a sustainable ecosystem.

"This project will increase habitat to help native pollinator species and help the University of Idaho campus become more ecologically friendly,” she said.  

Goodmansen's garden will showcase native species and begin blooming by the end of the academic year. The flowers will beautify campus and welcome native pollinators in the area.

Kenneth Sheffler, Potlatch, Idaho, junior, electrical engineering, College of Engineering. Sheffler was awarded $1,425 to complete a biogas energy feasibility assessment by identifying if biogas is a feasible source of power for the university.

"This project has great pertinence to campus sustainability. It will address carbon-neutral fuel, campus food systems and campus waste reduction,” he said.

Sheffler will use the U of I Library as well as faculty and facilities expertise throughout his project to identify renewable energy options.

Media Contact:
Maraya Hanson
Projects Coordinator, U of I Sustainability Center

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