The purpose of the Green Initiative Committee is to allocate funds from a student Green Fee to projects that will enable UNC Charlotte to operate in a sustainable manner. This committee is a student-led initiative that will create a campus-wide awareness, education, and consciousness of sustainability among students, faculty, staff, and visitors.
Each student enrolled in 12 or more credit hours contributes to the money allocated by the Green Initiative Committee through the Green Fee, which is currently set at $1 per student per semester. The Student Government Association (SGA) Student Affairs Committee worked with the UNC Charlotte Earth Club to pass legislation through the SGA Senate that placed a poll question to determine the willingness of students to pay the Green Fee on the fall 2007 SGA Election Ballot. Students voted overwhelmingly in favor of a fee increase and the fee began assessment during fall 2008.
The committee chooses projects based on research of our own, suggestions from students, and from the CGI Challenge, a student competition to propose and implement green projects on campus.