» The Green Initiative Fund

The Green Initiative Fund is an opportunity for faculty, staff and students to take an active role in supporting campus sustainability. TGIF will provide needed funding to support new efforts that help to enhance Chapman's sustainability performance.

Applications for funding are available now on OrgSync and will be due monthly. For more information, email civic@chapman.edu.

  • About
  • Applying for a Grant
  • Example Projects
  • Funding

    The Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program here at Chapman helps fund TGIF. CSA is a program that connects subscribers to a local farm that delivers organic, seasonal produce to the Chapman campus. For each box purchased, 10% of the profit is donated to TGIF.

    Grant-making Committee

    The projects to be funded are selected by the Faculty Sustainability Committee composed of staff, faculty and students (including an SGA representative). This committee reviews each application and selects recipients based on how well their proposal reflects the goals of TGIF.
  • Criteria for TGIF Applications

    Applications to be considered for TGIF funding must

    1. Demonstrate consideration of the economic, environmental, and social dimensions of sustainability

    2. Outline clearly-defined and measurable outcomes

    3. Be written and coordinated by a Chapman student, staff, or faculty member

    4. Include approval by appropriate campus officials

    5. Include a detailed plan to accomplish the project within the academic year in which it is approved

    Outline a procedure for evaluation and follow-up after funding has been dispersed. If a project is expected to have on-going benefits such as annual cost savings, the project plan must include a mechanism for tracking, recording, and reporting these benefits back to the Grant-awarding Committee on an (at least) annual basis.

    *TGIF funding will not support projects already mandated by law or Chapman policy (e.g., standards for new building construction), since Chapman is already obliged to allocate funds for such projects. TGIF will fund projects which go above and beyond minimum requirements.

    ** The Sustainability Committee may determine additional requirements or preferences for each year’s funding cycle, provided that these additional criteria are consistent with the overall mission of TGIF.


    Although meeting these criteria is not required for consideration, the Committee will give preference and priority to TGIF proposals that:

    1. Demonstrate inexpensive approaches to achieving a higher level of sustainability performance;

    2. Are able to repay TGIF, even if such repayment would not be required; and

    3. Can obtain matching funds from another source


    You can find the application form on OrgSync in the link below:


  • Sustainable Systems at Work: Discussion Series (Cost: $362)

    “Sustainable Systems at Work” is an opportunity for Chapman faculty and staff to participate in weekly conversations about sustainability in the workplace. 5-week installments will be offered twice each semester for up to ten staff members at a time. Ten books were purchased for the discussion series to provide each participating staff member with their own copy of the book for the duration of the series. The goal of these sessions is for participants to learn more and generate new ideas about implementing sustainable practices in the workplace at Chapman University.

    Additional Ideas

    1. Purchase smart strips to reduce your department’s energy consumption

    2. Fund organic department or student organization apparel

    3. Fund materials for a department/organization training on sustainable practices

    4. Fund a campus-wide awareness campaign

    5. Reduce event waste by implementing a large scale bottle recycling drive