Guidelines and Information
Definition: Sustainability Projects are defined as those activities and projects that are integrally
related with helping the campus meet its sustainability goals.
The Sustainability Projects Funding (SPF) allocates funds to provide support for essential
educational experiences and activities that aid and supplement the fundamental educational
mission of CSUSM. These guidelines should be kept in mind when preparing the Request
The SPF provides funding for projects that positively affect CSUSM’s sustainability
efforts, reduce the University’s environmental impact, and help to “green” our campus.
ASI administers the SPF through a student-majority committee.
- Projects must directly address sustainable solutions on CSUSM’s campus.
- All proposed projects must have a clearly defined, measurable outcome;
- CSUSM students or CSUSM recognized student groups may submit proposals. Individuals
and organizations outside CSUSM may not submit proposals.
- SPF will not support projects already mandated by law or CSUSM policy directive (e.g.,
standards for green building in new construction or social inclusion standards, etc.),
since CSUSM is already obliged to allocate funds for such projects.
- SPF will not provide personal grants or funds to an individual in support of individual
- All projects shall have a mechanism for evaluation and follow up after funding has
- Projects should be fiscally sustainable. The grant is meant to be a one-time award.
If a project is to be on going or reoccurring, the project plan must include a mechanism
for funding after the conclusion of the academic year.
- If a project has on going benefits (e.g. annual cost savings), the project plan must
include a mechanism for reporting these benefits back to the committee on an annual
- Projects proposals must have publicity, education, & outreach components. Student
participation and involvement is highly encouraged.
- Projects shall have received all necessary written approval by appropriate campus
officials prior to consideration.
- Funds cannot be used for financing new infrastructure projects (i.e. new buildings
- Preference will be given to projects that positively impact both social and environmental
sustainability and take into account all impacts.
- Projects shall take place on the CSUSM campus and should be accessible to all CSUSM
students, staff and faculty.
Final Report: All recipients ASI Sustainability Projects funds must submit a final report at the
end of the fiscal year in which the activity took place. The report must include all
spent monies and receipts, as well as a synopsis of the project’s outcomes, challenges,
Accountability: Upon review of a report, the committee shall determine whether the spent funds were
within the scope of the project. If the committee feels the funds were spent outside
of the project scope, the committee shall pursue the return of the funds to the Sustainability
The committee shall periodically approve a schedule of specific types of projects
that require additional approvals prior to consideration for Sustainability Projects funding. These additional approvals ensure that the University is aware of the project
and that the project complies with University regulations.
Fiscal responsibility: Because of ASI’s requirements for fiscal responsibility and oversight, all approved
projects submitted by student groups must have an advisor from the faculty or the
CSUSM staff. This advisor will be responsible to ASI & the university for administration
of grant monies. However, ownership of the project and submit of proposal must be
completed by student group members. All approved projects must receive final signature
approval from the ASI Executive Director, or designee, after the committee has approved
the awarded projects.
Criteria for Evaluation
- Positive Impact on CSUSM Sustainability Goals: Submissions should demonstrate how the project will positively help CSUSM reach our
sustainability goals. Suggested ideas include: promote sustainable behavior among
CSUSM campus community, raise awareness about sustainability, reduce our ecological
- Increased Student Involvement:Projects demonstrate a clear initiative to engage students. Student involvement opportunities
include, but are not limited to: volunteerism, planning and project management, skills
training, research, and leadership roles.
- Education and Outreach:Projects demonstrate a clear contribution to educating others about sustainability.
Education and outreach opportunities include, but are not limited to: connecting diversity
and environmental justice to sustainability, course integration, knowledge sharing,
outreach events and programs, campaigning, project demonstrations, project/research
presentations and posters and independent studies.
- Long Term Feasibility:Projects will demonstrate a clear plan for the project term from start to finish and
identify opportunities for sustained operation by working closely with members of
facilities, administration and/or faculty. Proposals demonstrate an awareness of long
term needs to ensure a sustained impact of this project on campus physical operations
or individual behavior.
- Scope of Impact at CSUSM:Projects demonstrate a broad impact by integrating sustainable practices with increased
student involvement and education. Proposals will assess the number of students impacted
by the project as well as summarize quantifiable economic and environmental benefits. Means
of measuring impact of the project must be identified and included in the application.
Applications for the Spring 2018 Semester are now closed.
Spring 2018 Timeline
April 2, 2018: Call for Proposals
April 2, 2018: Packets Available on the ASI website at csusm.edu/asi
April 20, 2018: Proposals are due by 5pm (Applications on ASI website—submit via Docusign)
April 27, 2018: Presentations & Deliberations
If you have questions please contact our 2017-2018 Sustainability Chair, Kim Anderson,