Submitting a proposal to the Environmental Council

Do you have an idea for how UNE can be more environmentally friendly?  If so, we’d love to hear about it! The Environmental Council (EC) can help guide you through the process of putting your idea into action.

Do I have to be a member?

You do not have to be an active member of the EC to propose a new initiative. Any student, student group, faculty or staff can submit a new proposal.

How do I submit a proposal?

In order for the Environmental Council to consider your idea, you will need to submit a New Project Proposal Form. The proposal ensures that new ideas brought to the group have been thoroughly thought out in terms of costs, impacts, and feasibility. The Environmental Council will weigh your idea in the broader context of sustainability projects at the university and vote on whether to support your project. If you need help filling out the proposal form, the EC can designate a mentor (someone who has experience putting together a proposal) to guide you through the process. 

You do not need to fully complete the proposal form before bringing your idea to the EC. We recommend that you attend an initial meeting to gauge initial support. If you are unable to attend a meeting, email the EC Co-Chairs or the Sustainability Coordinator who can bring the idea to the group on your behalf.

The EC will use the following criteria to evaluate new proposals:

  • Overall Environmental/Ecological Benefit: The potential to reduce UNE’s ecological footprint.
  • Economic Cost/Benefit: How likely the project is to generate long-term economic benefits to UNE.
  • Sustainability: The potential for the project to foster a culture of sustainability at UNE.
  • Ease of Implementation: How quickly and easily the project can be implemented using UNE’s existing resources and infrastructure.
  • Health & Safety: The potential impact on the health and safety of the UNE and surrounding community.
  • Educational Opportunities: The degree to which the project offers an opportunity to integrate sustainability into new or existing courses and raise environmental awareness in the community.
  • Recruitment, Retention and Fundraising: The potential to enhance recruitment and retention of students and to attract potential donors by projecting a positive image of environmental stewardship at UNE.
  • Urgency: How quickly the project requires the Environmental Council to act in order to have a positive impact on a new or existing project.