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Frostburg Issues Second-Round Student Sustainability Fee Funded Grants

Frostburg State University’s President’s Advisory Council for Sustainability (PACS) awarded its second round of grants to a series of initiatives designed to enhance sustainability on campus, support sustainability research, bring speakers and presenters to campus and send FSU students and faculty to conferences and trainings around the country.

In August, PACS issued its second call for proposals from students, faculty and staff members. A total of $18,000, funded by a student fee instituted by the Student Government Association, was made available for the projects.

Funded projects for fall 2016 include a monitoring program for Sand Spring Run, a stream running through the FSU Arboretum, to investigate the impact of de-icing salts on water quality; an “upcycled” sculpture project and exhibit, which will utilize mostly recycled materials; the planting of 50 large trees during Focus Frostburg 2017; and funding for FSU to send students and faculty members to the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) 2016 conference in Baltimore, for which FSU was a master sponsor.

To view the full list of funded sustainability grants, visit

Projects were prioritized for involving students throughout the process, benefiting students, linking to a class offering an experiential learning opportunity, bringing long-term benefits to campus, addressing items in FSU’s Climate Action Plan, encouraging collaboration with multiple groups and/or helping accomplish goals in the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System.

Since fall of 2014, Frostburg students have paid the $15-per-semester mandatory fee, instituted by SGA in May of that year. This unique FSU initiative was highlighted in the 2016 Sustainable Campus Index, an AASHE publication.

To learn more about sustainability initiatives at FSU, visit


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