Union’s Green Fee

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By Erin Delman

WHAT IS IT?

The Union Green Fee Initiative will transplant $10/student/year from the Student Activities fee into a Green Fund meant to benefit sustainability initiatives on campus.

BENEFITS:

Meeting the objectives of the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC), of which Union College is a charter signatory. Solidifying Union College’s standing as an institution that is committed to environmental stewardship and is deserving of its place on the Princeton Review’s ranking of “Green Colleges.” Continuing Union College’s efforts toward increased environmental stewardship and sustainability.

SCHOOLS WITH A GREEN FEE:

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, The College Of William and Mary, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, University of California, Berkeley, and University of California, Santa Barbara. The average Green Fee per student per year at the aforementioned institutions totaled around $40.00. The information was taken from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. The number of colleges pursuing Green Fees is steadily increasing, and many schools are in the process of initiating one. However, none of our sister institutions have yet to implement a Green Fee on their campus, although RPI is very close.

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