Proposals for Campus Sustainability Initiatives

Do you have an idea for how to make RWU more sustainable? Share your idea with the Sustainability Committees by submitting a brief preproposal as described in the process below. The relevant committee will review your idea and, if it is judged worthy of further development, will contact you about submitting a full proposal.

Process for Developing and Reviewing Proposals

1. Ideas for sustainability initiatives (projects and policies) will be generated by the six Sustainability Subcommittees (Academics, Buildings and Capital Projects, Dining, Energy, Grounds, and University Life) and can be submitted to these committees from members of the RWU community.

If you have an idea for a sustainability initiative, submit it as a preproposal to sustainability@rwu.edu as a brief paragraph (up to 300 words) that describes 1) the general idea, 2) its relevance and expected impact for enhancing RWU’s sustainability, 3) a draft timeline for implementation, and 4) if already known, financial considerations such as estimated cost and funding sources. If a subcommittee judges the idea as meritorious to pursue further, the proposer will be invited to develop a full proposal (using the project form or policy proposal form,editable versions will be provided with the invitation).Committees (in full or through a designated lead member) will help proposers complete a full proposal.

2. Full proposals, prepared by committee members or submitted by community members, will be vetted for feasibility, overall impact and other criteria by the relevant committee. As part of this process, the committee will have responsibility for contacting relevant campus stakeholders to invite their initial review and feedback of the proposal (which can be included in the proposal). As needed, committees will work to revise proposals to increase their chances of success. Committees will also designate priority levels for proposals to guide subsequent decisions about which ones are most meritorious and desirable.

3. Once approved by a committee, full proposals will be submitted to the Steering Committee for additional vetting. As needed, this step will include additional consultation with relevant campus stakeholders, and prioritization across proposals from all the committees. Proposals may be returned to the originating committee for additional development.

4. Proposals evaluated as meritorious for implementation will be selected by the Steering Committee for recommended implementation. These will be submitted to the University President for consideration. The President may further consult with relevant stakeholders to determine which initiatives should be supported for full implementation (including identification of available and needed funding sources, as relevant).

5. For proposals that are selected for implementation, the originating committees will be tasked with coordinating their completion, in conjunction with relevant stakeholders and the Sustainability Steering Committee.

6. The Steering Committee will have responsibility for continued evaluation and oversight of sustainability initiatives. In addition, this group will work with University marketing and communications staff to publicize their implementation and success.