Green Fee


Now Accepting 2018 Green Fee Applications
 Student Research Application Instructions (PDF)
         General Application Instructions (PDF)
         Budget Sheet - 2018 (XLS)

Deadline: March 11, 2018 at midnight
Email your questions:

Upcoming infosessions for applicants:
Wednesday, Feb 7 from 4-5:30pm, SAC 3.116C
Monday, Feb 12 from 9-10:30am, Gregory Gym Games Room
Thursday, Feb 15 from 12:30-2pm, SSB Glenn Maloney Room North
Wednesday, Feb 21 from 5-6:30pm, SAC 3.116C

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. The following news stories and examples of funded projects represent some of the diverse range of 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.
UAV to reduce water use 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
Green Fee grants have established water bottle filling statons on campus, as noted in this 2013 The Daily Texan story.
  • Waller Creek Working Group
  • Solar Decathlon NexusHaus
  • University Health Services Waste Reduction
  • UT Tree Nursery at the Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center
  • Safe Cycling Campaign and Bicycle Racks
  • Recycling Bins in Perry-Castañeda Library
  • Organic MicroFarm
  • Harry Ransom Center Landscape Makeover
  • Sustainability Course Design Awards
  • Green Greeks, Green Offices and Green Labs

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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