FIPSE Comprehensive Grants - sustainability education

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FIPSE should be releasing an RFP for it s Comprehensive Programs in May 2010 and they should have a preference for sustainabilty education.  Please use this thread to post ideas or seek partners for FIPSE grants that are sustainability related.

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I looked at the site and so far I see nothing that denotes a preference for sustainability education. Do you think this preference is going to be towards the trend in "green collar jobs training" or general education credits in sustainability knowledge or some mix? Any ideas?

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The new guidelines are still not available as of May 18, 2010 so it is unclear how FIPSE will addres the issue of sustainabilty education

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I just recieved the following from Jim Elder:

"FIPSE anticipates announcing the Comprehensive Program competition by mid-June 2010."

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I am new to this discussion board.

What is FIPSE?

I am searching for funding for building sustainability in to the curriculum at Joliet Junior College.

I have a proposal that was approved by our sustainability committee, but was directed to seek outside funding.

Any suggestions?

 

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FIPSE -- the Fund for the Improvement of Post Secondary Education (US DoEd) has released its call for proposals for its comprehensive programs ( see http://www2.ed.gov/programs/fipsecomp/applicant.html )and as expected includes as one of its priorities: Invitational Priority 2.
Under this priority, we are particularly interested in university sustainability initiatives as described in section 881 of HEA.

The deadline for grant submission is July 29, 2010.

If you are interested in collaborating with AASHE in submitting a proposal (Proposals must come from IHEs IHEs and partner non-profits) please contact me at paul.rowland@aashe.org .

Because there are potentially hundreds of our members who will be submitting proposals, AASHE will only be submitting letters of support for those in which AASHE is a partner.

 

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In the FIPSE Comprehensive program there is reference to the HEA Section 881 that describes campus sustainability as funded by the US DoEd.  If you have had trouble digging out that section here it is:

SEC. 881. <<NOTE: 20 USC 1161u.>> SUSTAINABILITY PLANNING GRANTS
AUTHORIZED.

``(a) Program <<NOTE: Grants.>> Authorized.--
``(1) In general.--From the amounts appropriated to carry
out this section, the Secretary, in consultation with the
Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, shall make
grants to eligible entities to establish sustainability programs
to design and implement sustainability practices, including in
the areas of energy management, greenhouse gas emissions
reductions, green building, waste management, purchasing,
transportation, and toxics management, and other aspects of
sustainability that integrate campus operations with
multidisciplinary academic programs and are applicable to the
private and government sectors.
``(2) Period of grant.--The provision of payments under a
grant under paragraph (1) shall extend over a period of not more
than four fiscal years.
``(3) Definition of eligible entity.--For purposes of this
part, the term `eligible entity' means--
``(A) an institution of higher education; or
``(B) a nonprofit consortium, association, alliance,
or collaboration operating in partnership with one or
more institutions of higher education that received
funds for the implementation of work associated with
sustainability programs under this part.

``(b) Applications.--
``(1) In general.--To receive a grant under subsection
(a)(1), an eligible entity shall submit an application to the
Secretary at such time, in such form, and containing such
information as the Secretary may reasonably require.
``(2) Assurances.--Such application shall include assurances
that the eligible entity--
``(A) has developed a plan, including an evaluation
component, for the program component established
pursuant to subsection (c);
``(B) shall use Federal funds received from a grant
under subsection (a) to supplement, not supplant, non-
Federal funds that would otherwise be available for
projects funded under this section;
``(C) shall provide, with respect to any fiscal year
in which such entity receives funds from a grant under
subsection (a)(1), non-Federal funds or an in-kind
contribution in an amount equal to 20 percent of funds
from such grant, for the purpose of carrying out the
program component established pursuant to subsection
(c); and
``(D) shall collaborate with business, government,
and the nonprofit sectors in the development and
implementation of its sustainability plan.

``(c) Use of Funds.--
``(1) Individual institutions.--Grants made under subsection
(a) may be used by an eligible entity that is an individual
institution of higher education for the following purposes:
``(A) To develop and implement administrative and
operations practices at an institution of higher
education that test, model, and analyze principles of
sustainability.
``(B) To establish multidisciplinary education,
research, and outreach programs at an institution of
higher education that address the environmental, social,
and economic dimensions of sustainability.
``(C) To support research and teaching initiatives
that focus on multidisciplinary and integrated
environmental, economic, and social elements.
``(D) To establish initiatives in the areas of
energy management, greenhouse gas emissions reductions,
green building, waste management, purchasing, toxics
management, transportation, and other aspects of
sustainability.
``(E) To support student, faculty, and staff work at
an institution of higher education to implement,
research, and evaluate sustainable practices.
``(F) To expand sustainability literacy on campus.
``(G) To integrate sustainability curricula in all
programs of instruction, particularly in business,
architecture, technology, manufacturing, engineering,
and science programs.
``(2) Partnerships.--Grants made under subsection (a) may be
used by an eligible entity that is a nonprofit consortium,
association, alliance, or collaboration operating in partnership
with one or more institutions of higher education for the
following purposes:
``(A) To conduct faculty, staff and administrator
training on the subjects of sustainability and
institutional change.
``(B) To compile, evaluate, and disseminate best
practices, case studies, guidelines and standards
regarding sustainability.
``(C) To conduct efforts to engage external
stakeholders such as business, alumni, and accrediting
agencies in the process of building support for
research, education, and technology development for
sustainability.
``(D) To conduct professional development programs
for faculty in all disciplines to enable faculty to
incorporate sustainability content in their courses.
``(E) To create the analytical tools necessary for
institutions of higher education to assess and measure
their individual progress toward fully sustainable
campus operations and fully integrating sustainability
into the curriculum.
``(F) To develop educational benchmarks for
institutions of higher education to determine the
necessary rigor and effectiveness of academic
sustainability programs.

 

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Would I be correct in my assumption that this only applies to U.S. based institutions? I am in Canada.

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I believe that the lead and submitting institution must be a US institution but that there may be non-US partners.

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The Department of Education last week announced their Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education's Comprehensive Program grants for FY10. Four grants totaling $3.12 million were made for sustainability projects:

1. Association of American Colleges and Universities (DC) Title: Mobilizing Disciplinary Societies on Behalf of Our Students...and Our Planet. Award: $869,937

2. Michigan State University (MI) Title: Competency-based Assessment of Liberal Learning Goals through Institutional Experiential Education for Global Sustainability. rd: $628,416

3. Purdue University Calumet (IN) Title: Mixed Reality Simulators for Wind Energy Education. Award: $749,853

4. University of Iowa (Iowa) Title: Campus Sustainability Living-Learning Community. Award: $873,318

Abstracts of the funded projects can be viewed at the FIPSE website: http://www2.ed.gov/programs/fipsecomp/awards.html