Dear Selection Committee,
I would like to thank you for funding all of the grounds management sustainability projects. The money you have supplied is helping the University become a more sustainable, environmentally friendly space.
One of our most successful projects, the salvage wood program, is in need of money for advertising. This project turns wood from fallen trees into usable products such as benches, tables and nametags. Keeping our trees on campus substantially reduces our carbon footprint. Grinding up and transporting these trees to cedar grove requires the use of fossil fuels and produces carbon emissions. Currently, there is more salvage wood than there is demand for its usable products. At the current rate we will not have adequate room to store all of the downed wood for future projects.
In order for this project to stay operational and efficiently use all of the wood from around campus, product orders need to be placed by the campus community. The money acquired from this grant will be used to increase our outreach by creating a workable website where campus organizations, faculty, staff and alumni can order different products created from salvaged wood. We will work with students from the marketing and business school to help us set up a website and advertising campaign throughout campus. Other forms of outreach will be established with the College of Built Environments who may have an interest in using the wood for their classes.
We will also create wooden tags and plaques using salvage wood to be placed in high visited areas throughout campus (The HUB, Suzzallo, Odeggard, Washington Commons, etc.). These tags/plaques will contain the following ‘To order salvage wood products (name tags, benches, tables etc.) please visit WWW.XXXXXX.com, This project is funded by the Campus Sustainability Fund.’ The majority of the funds will be used to pay for these tags which cost $65 each. Examples of these tags created by the salvage wood program can be seen below.
Thank you for your considerations for this grant. If awarded it will greatly help the salvage wood program.