The High Meadows Foundation Sustainability Fund requests proposals that support the implementation of Princeton's Sustainability Action Plan, and contribute to cultivating a sustainability ethos on campus, in service to humanity and the world.
The fund welcomes proposals that advance cross-disciplinary sustainability solutions by using the campus as a living laboratory through teaching and research, or by taking direct action. Successful applications will be those that 1) advance repeatable or scalable solutions and contribute to creating such a powerful experience with sustainability that students graduate with the knowledge, attitudes and behaviors to solve humanity’s greatest challenges, and 2) explicitly advance the integration of sustainability into the existing values-based culture and priorities of the institution.
Campus as Lab projects: Modest support is available for faculty research projects and enhancement of courses, and student research projects culminating in a junior paper, senior thesis, graduate thesis, or published work. All disciplinary approaches are welcome, especially those that combine the natural and applied sciences and humanities in creative ways.
Direct action projects: One-time seed support is available for students, faculty and staff to pilot and assess new program components, communications, technology, products and materials among other initiatives. Modest support is also available for co-curricular and extra-curricular activities and conference participation for students.
Each proposal should address one or more of the following areas outlined in the Sustainability Action Plan:
- Strengthened Sustainability Ethos: Successful proposals may test and evaluate repeatable or scalable interventions that help reinforce a deeply felt sense of social, environmental, and economic responsibility and help transform behavior.
- Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions to Net Zero: Accounting for campus growth, achieve carbon neutrality by 2046 — Princeton’s 300th anniversary — through the use of repeatable, scalable and innovative solutions.
- Reduce Water Usage: Reduce water consumption both campus-wide and per person.
- Increase Area Under Enhanced Stormwater Management: Expand the area on campus that meets high standards for improved surface water quality and reduced runoff, and monitor outcomes so that best practices can be shared.
- Design and Develop Responsibly: Implement an integrative design process in new construction and renovations to meet University sustainability performance targets while making more efficient use of land and optimizing use of built space.
- Cultivate Healthy and Resilient Habitats: Apply a restorative ecosystem approach in landscape management to regenerate healthy habitats across campus and invite engagement with nature.
- Increase Commuters Using Alternatives to Single-Occupancy Vehicles: Nearly double the percentage of alternative commuters by mid-century and expand the use of campus as an incubator for lifelong sustainable transportation habits.
- Reduce Waste and Expand Sustainable Purchasing: Strive for zero waste through behavioral and operational strategies that include reduction, reuse and recycling criteria in purchasing decisions, and expand these criteria to encourage social and environmental benefits in the full life cycle of purchased goods and services.
What is not funded: The fund is not intended for recurring initiatives unless there are obvious enhancements or new dimensions to the initiative or event. Additionally, proposals must comply with the Guidelines Relating to the Tax-Exempt Status of the University and Political Activities (see section 1.5).
Matriculated students as well as faculty and staff members who are benefits-eligible may apply. While we welcome proposals that involve alumni and community members, all proposals must be led by an eligible individual. Additionally, all applicants must remain eligible for funding for the duration of proposed projects in order to qualify for funding.
- Proposals with requests of $1-$4,999 are accepted at any time.
- Proposals with requests of $5,000 and above are accepted three times annually. The deadlines are as follows: July 12, 2018, November 6, 2018 and March 26, 2019.
Please note: We request that no funding request exceed $10,000 without prior discussion. Please contact Ellen Fischer for further details.
All High Meadows applicants should submit their proposals using the application form online.
Students applying for sustainability-related senior thesis or independent work must also submit an application through the Student Activities Funding Engine (S.A.F.E.). Those applying for senior thesis funding should also be sure to apply for funding from the Office of Undergraduate Research.
High Meadows proposals will be evaluated by the Office of Sustainability and the Facilities organization. The review process for funding requests can take up to 30 days prior to final approval. Please plan your submission accordingly. Proposed projects should not begin until after funding is secured; funding will not be granted retroactively.
Award recipients are required to complete an assessment report within 30 days of the project's completion.