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  • 1. CSI: Greensboro Engaging Arts Students in the Sustainability Conversation Trey McDonald Sustainability Coordinator Jessica Trotman Sustainability Education & Outreach
  • 2. • UNCG part of the UNC system • ~18,000 students • ~3,000 employees • ~200 acres / 5.5 million gsf • Sustainability Office has existed for 2.5 years Background
  • 3. • At UNCG, 15% population of students in the “arts” • Music • Theater • Dance • Creative Writing / English • Visual Arts • Interior Architecture • These students can be missed through traditional sustainability programming and marketing • Need greater engagement to build a culture of sustainability on campus – but how? Background
  • 4. Step 1. Acknowledge the problem Students have been difficult to engage. WHERE is the energy on campus? Make the most of our unique populations.
  • 5. Step 2: Brainstorm HOW Incentives for Students Money and Recognition How to they earn the incentive? Complete a project Benefits to the University Student engagement, ideas for administration
  • 6. Student award Project for campus GRANT PROGRAM
  • 7. Step 3: Money Matters • Difficult to get funding due to financial climate in state • Partnership - secured funding for grants through UNCG Sustainability Committee ($1,500) • Learn about financial aid and tax implications for students • Option: Order materials for students
  • 8. Step 4: Create RFP Find Support • Recruited staff/faculty from art museum and music library with grant experience Write RFP • RFP should be 1-2 pages • Clearly state expectations • Do not overcommit • Get input from supporters Release • Social Media • Faculty • Posters • Hand bills in practice rooms and studios
  • 9. RFP Elements • Purpose: create art that is – Informed by the environment – Inspires audience to value the earth – Brings attention to campus sustainability issues – Conveys interconnectedness • Eligibility and Scope of Work • Deliverables and Responsibilities • Proposal Requirements • Schedule
  • 10. • Students had three months to create the proposal. • Proposals were reviewed and voted on. • Three winners were notified and announced at Earth Day reception.
  • 11. Step 5: Manage • Regularly check in with recipients • Request a formal grant report due halfway through the project phase • Set deadline for ordering materials, or returning receipts. • Maintain records of their purchases
  • 12. Step 6: Associated Events • Provide opportunities for projects to be presented on campus. – UNCG hosted a symposium, where students and faculty presented on arts and sustainability. – Students will present their projects and participate in moderated discussion for Campus Sustainability Day
  • 13. Winning Design Projects 1. Solar Charging Hub Corry Mears Senior Interior Architecture 2. Glenwood Sustainable Home Austin Loman Senior Interior Architecture
  • 14. Winning Performing Arts Project “…and we will build our own truths” Steven Landis MM composition Elisa Foshay MFA choreography
  • 15. Lessons Learned • Create a natural timeline of events – no project work over summer • Create guidelines to benefit your mission and the student interest • Support the projects with engaging ancillary events to reach a larger audience • Ask for help – Consult financial aid when deciding how to make awards – Recruit faculty to evaluate applications at least three months in advance
  • 16. Contact Information Trey McDonald rkmcdona@uncg.edu Jessica Trotman jgtrotma@uncg.edu http://uncgsustainability.wordpress.com/