New opportunity from the Committee on Sustainability

March 7, 2011

COS has recently decided to set aside $3000 per school year from the Green Fees to support student attendance at sustainability related conferences. We have some of the brightest, most engaged students in the nation and COS believes that conferences can be a valuable way for W&M students to share what they know with others. Conferences are also a great way for our students to bring innovative ideas back to W&M and keep pushing our campus to be more sustainable. COS has already supported two undergraduates at the AASHE 2010 conference and sent one graduate student to a GreenBuild conference. All three students brought back new ideas and a renewed enthusiasm for how to apply their ideas to W&M.

COS will award up to $300 per student. The award can be applied towards conference registration, travel and lodging expenses. COS will only fund two students to attend the same conference; however, if more than two students would like to go to the same conference, they may split the award. Students must submit applications one month prior to the conference date. Upon return from the conference, students must either give a short (5 minute) presentation to the COS Steering Committee or submit a 2 page report detailing the student’s experience at the conference. COS wants to ensure that the campus benefits from students’ attendance at sustainability related conferences.

For more information and to download an application, visit

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