Need help with an environmental project? Want to connect with other eco-minded people on campus and in the community? Want to make campus greener? The Environmental Center is here to help.

Ty Harrison Fund

Named for Westminster Biology Professor Emeritus Ty Harrison, this fund is designed to support environmental learning and action among Westminster students. Current Westminster students may apply for up to $500/year to support their environmental projects on campus and in the community. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis. To apply, complete the application questions below and email them to kcase@westminstercollege.edu.

Funds will be released for reimbursements once the event or project is complete and the project summary is submitted to the Environmental Center Sustainability Project Database.

Please note, funding will not be awarded for event food unless the food itself has a direct roll in student learning or action. Funding recipients must submit a final report to the Environmental Center within one month of project completion.

Application for Funding

Please answer the following questions and submit your information via email to Kerry Case, Environmental Center Director at kcase@westminstercollege.edu.

  • What are you proposing to do?
  • Where will you do it?
  • Who will be involved?
  • What impact(s) will it have on student learning about the environment?
  • What is the timeline for the project?
  • How will you know if the project is successful?
  • Please provide a detailed budget for your project.
  • Contact name, email, and phone number.

Green Event Kit

Looking for free reusable plates, cups, and utensils to use at your event?

Green Event KitAll rental periods are 24 hours unless other arrangements have been made.

All rentals requests must be placed 24 hours prior to pick up.

All dishes must be cleaned before returning. The Environmental Center diswasher may be used if you make arrangements with the center.

What we have:

  • Large Plates
  • Cups
  • Spoons
  • Forks
  • Knives
What type of event are you hosting? (required)
Please specify the quantity of each item you will need.
All event kits need to be returned 24 hours after using and can be cleaned in the Environmental Center Kitchen

Green Events Kit Return Checklist

Sustainability in Action Program

Funded by the GeoFamily Foundation, this program helps students design and implement projects that promote increased sustainability awareness and action in our community. These paid positions provide students the structure, mentorship, and funding needed to turn their ideas and passion into real, targeted sustainability solutions.

Program Basics

  • Students are paid as student employees for 180 hours ($1500 total).
  • Each student may request up to $1200 in funding to implement the project.
  • Each project must have a faculty/staff mentor who will receive a $500 stipend upon successful completion of the project.
  • Projects are completed during the 2014-2015 academic year.
  • Recipients are selected by the Westminster College Sustainability Council.
  • Students must meet with faculty/staff mentor at least once per month.
  • Students must attend a monthly meeting of all project participants.
  • Students must present their project results at an end-of-year gathering.

Project Criteria

  • Project includes at least one Westminster College student, a staff/faculty mentor, and a community partner.
  • Project addresses a specific community need, and the proposal clearly demonstrates the significance of this need with supporting information.
  • Project focuses on sustainability solutions that clearly consider environmental, social, and economic factors.
  • Proposal identifies attainable, measurable outcomes and includes a process for assessing outcomes.
  • Proposal includes a clear and achievable project implementation plan.
  • Project budget is defensible and feasible in terms of the overall project purpose and within the program’s budget constraints.

Eco Team

EcoTeam is an interactive environmental group at Westminster aimed at getting freshman and sophomores living on campus to get involved in sustainability on campus.

EcoTeam and Energy Challenge

The EcoTeam will take on running the one-month competition between each of the resident’s halls that encourages student to conserve the most energy in their buildings. Running this competition include s encouraging other residents to participate, coming up with energy saving ideas and tips, planning an event that will have sponsors and prizes that will encourage al student to be more conscious of their energy use and participate in the event.

EcoTeam Project

EcoTeam members also have the opportunity to choose their own project to work on to improve sustainability on campus. They are also encouraged to get involved in all of the opportunities that the Environmental Center has to offer.

Meetings

EcoTeam meets every other Monday at 6:00PM in the Environmental Center. Dinner is provided for every meeting! Contact Meg Wolf at MAW0912@westminstercollege.edu for more information.