Green Energy Fee Grant Program: About

The Green Energy Fee (GEF) is a student-initiated, quarterly fee paid by all Western Washington University students to reduce the campus' environmental impact and engage the campus community in environmental awareness.

2012-2013 Annual Report

Program History

The fee first came into existence in 2005 after the Students for Renewable Energy (SRE) student group worked with the support and assistance of key members in Western's staff, faculty and administration to include the ballot measure in the 2005 elections. The student body approved the initiation of the fee with an 85% approval rate. In 2010, the fee was renewed and changed to include a grant program. The student body once again overwhelmingly supported the continuance of the fee with an 80% approval rate.

The GEF Grant Program provides funding to innovative, student-driven projects focused on promoting experiential learning opportunities and sustainable practices at Western Washington University. Students, staff and faculty are all eligible to apply for grant funding. Projects funded through the GEF Grant Program aim to:

  • Increase Student Involvement and Education
  • Reduce the University's Environmental Impact
  • Create an Aware & Engaged Campus Community

Where does the money come from? Where does it go?

The GEF was originally created in 2005 as a $4 fee aimed solely at purchasing Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) to offset 100% of campus electricity usage with green energy. In 2010, students voted to renew the fee, and to expand the program by offering grants for sustainability projects.

Currently, every student pays $0.70 per credit up to a maximum of $7.00 per quarter toward the GEF. Western continues to use part of this money to purchase RECs. In addition, the GEF Program sets aside approximately $300,000 annually for the GEF Grant Program.

Who's involved?

Collaboration is a key aspect of this grant program. Many partners have worked together to make this opportunity available, including the GEF Committee, the Office of Sustainability, the Associated Students, Facilities Management and Facilities Development & Capital Budget.

But the most important collaborator is YOU! Your creativity and drive to reduce Western's footprint and engage the campus community is what will make this program succeed.

There are many educational benefits for project teams and students: GEF Educational Benefits (pdf)

Guiding Documents

For more information on the Green Energy Fee Grant Program's guiding documents, and committee meeting minutes, visit the Associated Students GEF Committee website.



Current Location

GEF Program > About


Nate White, GEF Grant Program Coordinator
Phone: (360)650-4501

Alyssa Mac Donald, GEF Outreach Coordinator
Phone: (360)650-4501

Colin Ridgley, GEF Education Coordinator
Phone: (360)650-4501

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