Mines Green Fund

Mission Statement

The goal of the Mines Green Fund is to enable and empower students to take an active role in making Mines a leader in sustainability. The Sustainability Office will provide funding for projects that reduce Mines’ negative impact on the environment.

About the Green Fund

The Green Fund is a grant-making fund for sustainability projects on Mines’ campus. Funding amounts range from $100 to $1,000 for sustainability projects on campus. Projects will be selected for funding by an annually appointed Green Fund Committee consisting of students, faculty, and staff and managed by the Sustainability Office. Currently, the Green Fund is funded by surplus property sales.


Project proposals may be submitted by students, staff, and faculty. Individuals and organizations outside of Mines may not submit proposals. It is highly encouraged for the projects to be student initiated.

Criteria for Projects

  • Projects must help Mines’ sustainability goals outlined in its Strategic Sustainability Plan (coming soon!).
  • Projects must promote environmental sustainability on Mines’ campus. Projects must have a clearly-defined, measurable outcome.
  • Funding will not support projects already mandated by law or by policy directive (e.g., standards for new building construction), since Mines is already obliged to allocate funds for such projects. The Green Fund will fund projects which go above and beyond minimum requirements (e.g., Well Building Standards).
  • All projects shall have a mechanism for evaluation and follow-up after funding has been dispersed. At minimum, students should be able to submit a short one-page summary of the project and whether it was successful.

To apply for a Green Fund, complete an application.