The Greenovation Fund is a micro grant program funded the by the CSSA as a resource to fund student-led sustainability projects at California State University campuses. It is the goal of the CSSA to enhance the sustainability profile of each CSU campus by empowering students to lead sustainability related events, programs, initiatives and projects. Since its establishment in 2011, the Greenovation program has funded 50 student sustainability projects amounting to over $55,000 in grants.


CSU students interested in applying for a CSSA Greenovation Fund micro-grant will utilize the following process:

  1. Develop a project that supports sustainability at one or more CSU campuses
  2. Review the CSSA Greenovation Policy and ensure your project has met the grant criteria
  3. Download and complete the 2016/2017 Greenovation Sample Budget (Part 1)
  4. Submit the 2016/2017 Greenovation Fund Proposal (Part 2) attaching your Greenovation budget. (You will receive an email copy of your proposal)
  5. Schedule a time to meet with your campus’ Associated Students President AND Associated Students Executive Director for approval and signature on the 2016/2017 Greenovation Authorization Form (Part 3). Please bring and/or email a copy of your Greenovation Fund Proposal and Budget for your meeting.
  6. Scan and email your completed 2016/2017 Greenovation Authorization Form (Part 3) to [email protected] by November 25, 2016 at 11:59pm.

The complete 2016/2017 Greenovation Fund Application included:

2016/2017 Greenovation Sample Budget (Part 1)
2016/2017 Greenovation Fund Proposal (Part 2)
2016/2017 Greenovation Authorization Form (Part 3)


Each year the Greenovation Selection Committee selects a number of projects to fund based on the approved CSSA budget. The committee typically includes the CSSA Sustainability Officer, CSSA Vice President of University Affairs, a CSSA professional staff member, and up to five CSSA Board Members.

The committee will review applicants based on the following criteria:

  • Thoroughness of application
  • Budget
  • Relevance to the mission of Greenovation
  • Innovation/Creativity
  • Campus Reach/Impact
  • Time feasibility
  • Student Involvement
  • Sustainability of Project Beyond the 2016/2017 Year


Past Greenovation projects have addressed a wide variety of areas including:

  • Renewable energy efficiency projects (solar PV, solar thermal, lighting upgrades, etc.)
  • Waste management and waste diversion programs (recycling, composting, and the reusing of existing material)
  • Water efficiency projects (low flow faucets, low flow toilets, etc.)
  • Water education programs (tap vs. bottled water, water as a finite resource, importance of water)
  • Eco-system preservation and conservation (gardens and open space)
  • Local and organic food programs and education (farmers market, industrial food vs. organic food)
  • Alternative transportation (Zimride, Zipcar, bike sharing)