Deadline approaching for spring Student Sustainability Grant proposals

Contact: Derek Kanwischer
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WMU's Office for Sustainability

KALAMAZOO—Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. Thursday, March 5, for up to $75,000 in Student Sustainability Grants, which support student research, activities and initiatives that foster a culture of sustainability at Western Michigan University.

All students who pay the WMU sustainability fee are eligible to apply for a sustainability grant. Proposals will undergo an initial evaluation to determine, among other things, if they are legal, feasible and adequately budgeted. An all-student committee will then blindly review proposals meeting minimum requirements. Allocations will be announced during the first week of April. Grant proposals are accepted in the fall and spring each academic year.

Applications must be submitted in PDF format to Visit to access grant guidelines, review past proposals and download a grant application.

2014 sustainability grant awardees

  • Kate Binder, Energy Reduction with the We-Mo Switch.
  • Andrew Brower and Quincy Campbell, 3D Printer and Filament Extruder.
  • Carlos Daniels and Kyle Simpson, Integrated Aquaculture Feed.
  • Candace Fastenhammer and Jesus Romero, Leaders Unplugged Backpacking Equipment.
  • Courtney Gullett and Julee Reed, Michigan Mi-Plate.
  • Karen Haubert and Robert Galman, Solar Car Energy Storage Optimization.
  • Ali Leist and Shaana Way, 2015 Bee Conference.
  • Zachary Morhous and Johan Mejia, Solar Charging Structure.
  • Kelsey Pitschel and Eli Lowry, Compost Hot Water Heater.
  • Cody Potter and Thinh Nguyen, LED Research Station.

Office for Sustainability

The mission of the Office for Sustainability is to guide and assist the WMU community in fulfilling and growing its sustainability commitments. Through building a diverse and flourishing learning community around sustainability, the office will continually explore and develop new opportunities to create a culture of sustainability and improve quality of life for all.

For more information about the grant proposal process, contact Derek Kanwischer at or (269) 387-0941.

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