The Request for Proposal for Sustainability Initiatives by Student Organizations (Green RFP Program), was established in 2010 to give students an opportunity to help make Virginia Tech a national leader in campus sustainability.
Recognized student organizations are given the opportunity each year to submit a proposal for a sustainable idea that they would like to see implemented on the university’s Blacksburg, Virginia campus.
Proposals that support the Virginia Tech Climate Action Commitment, produce realizable savings, and require one-time (as opposed to ongoing) funding are given preference. The goal of the program is to have approved proposals funded and implemented within the same academic year.
Check back in Fall 2019 for applications for the 2019-2020 academic year!
Proposals should be thorough, but concise. They should clearly state what the problem is (the current state of whatever it is the project is meant to improve), a clear budget, other funding sources, and any potential cost savings. Additionally, students are required to get approval from a university official from the department that will receive the project. For example, if the project is in the Residence Halls, then the student must get approval from an official in the Office of Housing and Residential Life.
In order to be successful, students and student groups must make sure that their budgets are correct, that the department to which the project is going approves of the project, and that the writing is detailed, including specifics on project implementation timelines, costs, and special needs.
Submitted proposals are reviewed by the Office of Sustainability and submitted to the Energy and Sustainability Committee for consideration. The committee prioritizes the proposals and forwards their recommendations to the Office of Budget and Financial Planning for further review, approval, and funding consideration.
Previously Funded Proposals
As of May 2017, the program has approved 65 student proposals totaling more than $650,000.
Note: the projects listed below may not have been funded or completed exactly as written in the applications. These projects go through many layers of review from when they are received until they are funded and completed. Projects may be partially funded and sometimes a different brand/product is purchased than originally proposed.
LED Lights in the Presidents Quad Residence Hall
LED Lights in the Study Lounges in Pritchard Residence Hall
Additional OZZI Containers
LED Lighs outside the President's Quad, West End, and Cheatham Hall
Water Bottle Refill Stations- Cowgill and Burchard Hall
Stroubles Creek Riparian Restoration
Water Bottle Refill Stations- Latham Hall
Water Bottle Refill Stations- Derring Hal
Ytoss Residence Hall Indoor Collection Program
Native Trees for Sustainability Week 2018 and Earth Week 2019
Pollinator Habitats at Hahn Horticulture Garden
Stadium Woods Infrastructure Upgrades
LED Lights in Burruss Tunnel
Stroubles Creek Riparian Restoration Buffer
ICTAS I Automatic Fume Hood
OZZI Machine Reusable Container Expansion
LED Lights in Squires Scene Construction Shop
Solar Power Charging Table - Pritchard Residential Hall
Water Bottle Refill Stations - Pamplin Hall and Major Williams Hall
Energy Saving Light Switch Stickers
Bike Racks for Residence Areas
Bike Shelter for Oak Lane Community
Bike Fix-It Stations
Bike Racks for Academic Areas
Bike Races for Residence Areas
Fume Hood Stickers
Indoor Recycling Bins
LED Street Lamps
OZZI Machine Upgrades
Rainwater Catchment System
Trees for Sustainability Week and Earth Week
Water Bottle Refill Station - Smyth Hall
YToss Signage and Banners
Residence Hall Water Bottle Refill Stations
Solar Recharging Tables - Pritchard Residential Hall
Academic Building Water Bottle Refill Stations
LED Street Lamp Upgrades
OZZI Machines for Reusable To-Go
Battery and Ink Cartridge Recycling
Bike Fix It Stations
Dining Hall Waste Stations
Low Flow Shower Head Upgrade
Outdoor Recycling Bins
Recycling Bins and Water Stations
Water Bottle Refill Stations
For more information about the program, contact the Office of Sustainability at 540-231-5184.