The idea for the Campus Sustainability Fund originally began in the fall of 2009 as a student led and student funded Green Fund. The founding group of students led a grassroots campaign across campus, gaining support from various stakeholders. They collected over 5,000 petition signatures, 100 registered student organizations (RSO) endorsements, alongside support from faculty, the student senate, and the institution. Due to this unprecedented level of student support, in the 2010-2011 school year, a $339,805 fund was established through the Student Activities Fee (SAF).

The CSF was established in 2009 with the original purpose of operating as a green fund to support students’ innovative climate change solutions. From its start as a student-led grassroots campaign, the CSF has evolved from a grant-driven body into a hub for intersectional sustainability. 

Read more about the key stages of our Intersectional Sustainability Initiative, which aims to push the definition of "sustainability" and center justice in our organization's operations, below: 

Intersectional sustainability initiative infographic