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American University Sustainability Fund

American University's Sustainability Fund advances the university's active pursuit of sustainability by providing financial and administrative support for campus sustainability projects developed and proposed by members of the university community.


This program is open to any member of the university community, including students, faculty, staff, alumni and neighborhood residents to propose sustainability projects. Projects must have a research or implementation component on the American University campus or in the community. A committee of students, faculty and staff reviews and votes on proposals at least once per year.

Previous projects that received support from the fund include the community garden, composting pilots, the beekeeping society, bike maintenance stations, student documentaries, rain barrels, and more. 


Applicants may request between $500 – $1,500 per project. Project funds may be used for:

  • Materials or products required to implement the project;

  • Professional work, installation, or design;

  • Research and testing or monitoring equipment;

  • Student wages.

Interested in applying?

The Office of Sustainability currently accepts applications on a rolling basis.

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