Green Fee

Green Fee

Green Fee Funding at UT Austin

The Green Fee is a competitive grant program funded by UT Austin tuition fees to support sustainability-related projects and initiatives proposed by university students, faculty or staff. The Green Fee is $5 per semester per student and $2.50 for the summer session. Funds are awarded each May through an annual grant competition. A student majority committee solicits and reviews proposals and awards Green Fee funds. Since the program’s creation in 2011, over 160 grants have been awarded totaling over $3 million dollars.

Examples of Funded Green Fee Projects

Economics senior Joy Youwakim is interested in maximizing land use, so she is growing food on top of a local landfill ... and testing for heavy metals. Read more in The Daily Texan.
The School of Architecture launched a Green Fee-funded give-and-take system in their Materials Lab as part of UT Austin's 2020 zero waste goal.
Using a Green Fee grant to convert two UT greenhouses, Engineers for a Sustainable World are working to grow food without soil. Read more in The Daily Texan.
The UT Farmstand provides a pipeline to fresh, local produce as well as information about food preparation, nutrition and other items. Read more in Orange.
UAVs are in use to conserve irrigation water on campus. Read more in The Daily Texan.
The Sustainability Squad short waste after football games in Darrell K. Royal Stadium, diverting much from the landfill. Read more in The Daily Texan and from Texas Sports.
The Waller Creek Working Group had Green Fee funding in 2015 adn 2017.
Green Fee grants have established water bottle filling statons on campus, as noted in this 2013. Read more in The Daily Texan.
A tree nursery developed at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center was funded by Green Fee, as told in this 2012. Read more in The Daily Texan.

Amendments to Current Grants

If you are a current grantee and need to amend your budget, scope, or project timeline, please use this Project Amendment Form [MS Word;.docx] and Budget Sheet [MS Excel; .xlsx]. Instructions for submitting the amendment are on the form.

Green Fee Committee Members

If you are interested in serving on the Green Fee committee, request an application.

Reports and Past Projects

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