This semester’s WSA elections are important not only because we are voting in new student leaders, but because we have the opportunity to vote for the new Wesleyan Green Fund.
The proposed Green Fund would be paid for and controlled by Wes students, and finance a variety of sustainability measures on campus. This is our chance to stop waiting for the administration to do something about sustainability, and take action ourselves. If the resolution passes an optional $15 per semester fee will appear on your bills next fall, collecting hopefully about $75,000 . A committee of students (advised by faculty and staff) will review proposals from students, faculty and staff and decide which projects will receive funding. The money could go towards projects such as installing renewable energy on campus, buying insulation for wood-frame houses or supporting an institutionalized composting system. Tufts, Oberlin, UConn and many other universities have instituted a similar fee and are seeing amazing results.