Greenovation 2017 2017-10-08T21:40:21+00:00


The 2017/2018 Greenovation Fund Application opens Monday, August 21, 2017 and is due Monday, November 27 at 11:59 P.M.

The Greenovation Fund is a micro grant program funded by the Cal State Student Association as a resource to support student-led sustainability projects at California State University campuses. It is the goal of CSSA to enhance the sustainability profile of each CSU campus by empowering students to lead sustainability related programs, projects, and initiatives. Since its establishment in 2011, the Greenovation Fund has supported 60 projects amounting to $70,000.


The complete 2017/2018 Greenovation Fund Application includes:

Review the CSSA Greenovation Policy and ensure your idea has met the grant criteria.

Submit the 2017/2018 Greenovation Fund Proposal (Part 2) and attach your 2017/2018 Greenovation Budget (Part 1) by Monday, November 27, 2017. You will receive an email copy of your proposal.

Schedule a time to meet with your campus’ Associated Students President AND Associated Students Executive Director for approval and signature on the 2017/2018 Greenovation Authorization Form (Part 3). Please bring and/or email a copy of your 2017/2018 Greenovation Budget (Part 1) and 2017/2018 Greenovation Fund Proposal (Part 2) for your meeting.

Scan and email your completed 2017/2018 Greenovation Authorization Form (Part 3) to by Monday, November 27, 2017.


Each year a group of student leaders selects a number of projects to be funded  based on the approved CSSA budget. The committee typically includes the CSSA Sustainability Officer, CSSA Vice President of University Affairs, a CSSA staff member, and up to five CSSA Board Members.

2017/2018 Greenovation Fund applications will reviewed based on the following criteria:

  • Budget

  • Campus Equity

  • Campus Reach/Impact

  • Innovation/Creativity

  • Project Permanence

  • Relevance to the Mission of Greenovation

  • Student Involvement

  • Thoroughness of Application

  • Time Feasibility


Past Greenovation projects have addressed a wide variety of areas including:

  • Renewable energy efficiency projects (solar PV, solar thermal, lighting upgrades, etc.)

  • Waste management and waste diversion programs (recycling, composting, and the reusing of existing material)

  • Water efficiency projects (low flow faucets, low flow toilets, etc.)

  • Water education programs (tap vs. bottled water, water as a finite resource, importance of water)

  • Eco-system preservation and conservation (gardens and open space)

  • Local and organic food programs and education (farmers market, industrial food vs. organic food)

  • Alternative transportation (Zimride, Zipcar, bike sharing)