The Dartmouth Revolving Green Fund An innovative approach to funding sustainable initiatives at Dartmouth Joe Indvik ‘10 and Bari Wien ’10 Contact: email@example.com
Participatory Sustainability Education ENVS 50: Culminating Experience for Environmental Studies Majors Social/Cultural Critique Implementation Educational Compare Proposal Physical Contextualize Goal College Experiences Introspection Participation School becomes a living laboratory for systems-thinking, problem analysis, and policy formation.
The Model AppliedENVS 50, Spring 2010Problem: Reliance on carbon-intensive fuelsGoals• First-order change: Fewer operational emissions• Second-order change: Systematic rethinking of priorities, behavior,and infrastructureBarriers• Perceived and actual financial limitations• Perrin’s LawSolution• Clean energy financing mechanism that provides measurablebenefits, cost-savings, and community engagement
Dartmouth Revolving Green Fund Dartmouth Revolving Community Fund Green Fund Efficiency and Renewable Community Projects Energy ProjectsCriteria Criteria• Payback in 5 years or less • Engage community members• Quantifiable environmental benefits • Educational, cultural, or behavioral benefits• Exclusively funds FO&M projects • Don’t need to pay back
Dartmouth Revolving Green Fund Beginning with $900,000, the fund could finance $2.5 million worth of projects in the first four years.
Generic University Hierarchy Administration Faculty Power to influence policy Staff Student Groups Student Body
GRFs Flatten the Hierarchy Interaction and Engagement Administration DartmouthStaff Faculty Revolving Green Fund Student Student Groups Body