The SSC receives a number of questions from applicants each semester. What follows are some of the most common questions and their answers. If your question is not listed below, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Your project wasn’t in compliance with SSC’s funding requirements. Please click here for the 2016-2017 requirements.
- Your application or presentation was too vague. SSC does its best to ask clarifying questions when considering applications, but due to the sheer volume of requests we receive we may be unable to gather all the information we would need to approve funding from the materials supplied. When applying, pay special attention to detailing the benefits and impacts of the project, how exactly any money funded would be spent, and what your timeline for implementation is.
- Your project had a large research focus. SSC can fund and has funded research projects and feasibility studies in the past, but typically only when there was a strong impact on campus sustainability as a result of the study. For example, past studies we have funded include waste characterizations of key university buildings or feasibility studies related to a broader roll-out of geothermal energy on campus. We tend to only fund 1-2 studies per year at most, and only when the greater impact on campus was clear and notable.
- Your project was good, but funding was tight. While we hate to see good projects miss out on funding due to this reason, we often have to make tough decisions when selecting which projects get funding. In addition to looking at the overall quality of the application and its impact on campus, we also try to balance types of projects and emphasize ones with the largest student impact. If possible, we may defer your project from one funding cycle to the next instead of flat-out saying no.