The Office of Sustainability Green Loan Fund and Eco Fund provide opportunities to students, faculty, and staff on campus to request funds for assistance with projects demonstrating a clear benefit that is both environmentally and economically responsible.
The Eco-Fund was presented as a Senior Class Gift by the Class of 2008. Thanks to continued donations from friends, family, and alumni, the fund continues to grow. The Eco-Fund provides small grants for programs that enhance sustainability at Notre Dame. No financial payback is required; however, applicants must demonstrate that matching funding has been obtained from another source. To apply, contact the Office of Sustainability with a description of your proposed program and budget.
Green Loan Fund
The Office of Sustainability manages a $2 million green loan fund for projects demonstrating a positive impact on environmental sustainability in campus buildings and operations.
The Green Loan Fund is open to faculty, students, and staff, and is intended to support sustainability projects not directly funded by the Administration. Applicants must demonstrate that their project will incur financial savings and will have a direct and positive impact on Notre Dame's sustainability initiatives. The loan fund provides the required capital with the expectation that the financial benefits realized by the project will repay the initial investment.
Eligible projects must:
Contribute to a positive impact on the University's sustainability initiatives
Incur financial savings that will repay the initial investment in five years or less, in most cases
Proposed projects already scheduled or underway will not be eligible for funding unless innovative design changes are planned for the purpose of improving sustainability. Approval of any proposed project is based on the assumption that the requestor will agree to manage and execute the project through its completion.
For application directions, please contact the Office of Sustainability with project ideas.