Green Energy Fund

Proposal Criteria

There is not standard format for proposal documents. All proposal should however comply with the following criteria.

Required Criteria for Proposals

  1. Proposals must reduce the university’s greenhouse gas emissions, waste, resource use and/or energy costs.
  2. Proposals must include a mechanism for measurement and verification of results, including any applicable kWh reductions and greenhouse gas emissions reductions.
  3. All relevant university paperwork (i.e. Space Impact Request) must be completed and approved.
  4. All proposed projects must have immediate application (i.e. cannot be “pure” research).
  5. Project investigators must investigate internal/external funding matches or cost sharing opportunities (fees, grants, etc.).  
  6. Proposals must include a value analysis that estimates a return on investment (ROI) and cost savings realized by the institution. 
  7. Proposals must include a value analysis that can be integrated and realized by the institution into the Green Revolving Fund.
  8. Proposals must include a plan for sustaining the project after the budget period has ended.

Preferred Criteria for Proposals

  1. Project management teams should be collaborative, involving faculty/staff and students.
  2. Projects should enhance student engagement and learning opportunities and contribute to institutional sustainability.
  3. Proposals should show alignment with the USF St. Petersburg's Strategic Plan, Master Plan, and Climate Action Plan. 
  4. Projects should measure and monitor any potential savings derived from the project, and report upon those savings.
  5. Preference will be given to projects that can use revolving paybacks (i.e. the fund is paid back through energy savings)