You may have noticed more hydration stations on campus, used an H2Otty Toddy water bottle instead of a plastic one or read about the pilot composting program taking place at the residential colleges. Those are all Green Fund projects, and the more donations we receive, the more projects we can implement.
The Green Fund is funded by donations from students, faculty, staff and alumni and by a baseline contribution of $15,000 per year from the university. For every dollar that is donated to the Green Fund from students, the university matches half of that donation. Therefore, your $10 donation automatically becomes $15.
In 2013, the Green Fund donations totaled $4,350. If just one in six of the 18,000 students on the Oxford campus donated $10, then the Green Fund would increase by $30,000, and with the university’s matching contribution, these donations would total $45,000. If one in three students donated $10, this number would dramatically double to $90,000, and if every student donated just $10, the Green Fund would jump to $270,000.
Your donation will help the Ole Miss community implement sustainable projects, which will lessen the university’s environmental impact. Students, faculty and staff are all eligible to submit project proposals to the UM Green Fund Committee. The committee, composed of students, faculty and staff, accepts project proposals once a semester. The more donations the Green Fund receives, the broader the spectrum of projects can be.
Students interested in contributing can do so by logging into myOleMiss and selecting “Donate to the UM Green Fund” in the left sidebar. UM employees can make donations here. You can make a contribution using a debit/credit card in whatever amount fits your budget — every amount helps.