Georgia Southern University

Fee Proposals and Grants

Student Sustainability Fee Project Grants
Student Sustainability Fee Project Grants were established in Spring 2014 to improve environmental sustainability across campus with Sustainability Fee funds.  Project proposals, ranging from $1,000 – $100,000 may address any aspect of sustainability in the areas of Water, Energy, Waste, Biodiversity, Food, Transportation, Sustainability Promotion etc. and may range from increasing biodiversity, to improving energy efficiency, implementing renewable energy solutions to encouraging sustainability behaviors, to improved waste reduction, to increasing campus sustainability awareness with interpretive signage, etc. Sustainability Fee projects may be proposed and conducted by any student, faculty, or staff member at Georgia Southern.

The Fall 2014 request  for proposals was released October 1, 2014, with a due date of November 10, 2014.

Fall 2014 Request_for_Proposals

In Spring 2014, $238,074.25 was allocated to 12 Student Sustainability Fee Project Grants. Proposal submissions were received from 8 academic departments in 5 colleges, as well as the Georgia Southern Museum and the Division of Facilities Services.

May 2014 Press release including funded projects

Project  Summaries of Spring 2014 Grants


Assessment of Water Quality and Soil Sequestration to Ensure Environmental Quality at GSU Campus
Dr. Arpita Saha (PI), Dr. Subhrajit Saha (Co-PI), and Matthew Pfister (Co-PI)

The proposed project has two parts, first part involves analysis of campus surface water quality and the second part involves measurement of campus soil carbon storage. The storm water runoff from off-campus and on-campus sources has the potential to pollute the campus water bodies and the findings of our study will recommend remedial strategies, which may help authorities to take necessary actions. The campus soil carbon distribution will be inventoried and the factors (land use, management) supporting soil C stocking will be identified and recommended to help authorities promote climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies on campus.

Assessment of Water Quality and Soil Carbon Storage to Ensure Environmental Quality at GSU Campus


Bicycle Repair Station: Student Union
Chuck Taylor, Campus Landscape Architect

The bike repair station includes all the tools necessary to perform basic repairs and maintenance, from changing a flat to adjusting brakes and derailleurs. The tools and air pump are securely attached to the stand with stainless steel cables and tamper-proof fasteners. Hanging the bike from the hanger arms allows the pedals and wheels to spin freely while making adjustments.


Bicycle Parking Facility: Stadium Bus Stop
Chuck Taylor, Campus Landscape Architect

The bicycle parking facility would be located adjacent to the existing bus shelter at Paulson Stadium. The facility would consist of a concrete plaza with four permanent campus standard bike racks for a combined parking capacity of 50 bicycles. Also included is a bike repair station. A landscape rain garden around the bike facility will be used to mitigate additional rainwater runoff from the increased pervious area.

Bicycle Parking Facility Stadium and FOY Area


Campus Sustainability Interpretive Signage
Chuck Taylor, Campus Landscape Architect

GSU has implemented several sustainable projects on campus, (ex. bioswales, greenway trail, reuse water, native plantings, etc.) but there is little to no signage at the project site to identify and/or explain the importance and significance to the public and campus community.

Interpretative Signage


Forest Drive: Bicycle Lane/ Sharrow Markings
Chuck Taylor, Campus Landscape Architect

Forest Drive between Old Register Road & Sweetheart Circle is not wide enough to install dedicated bicycle lanes. The master plan envisions street modifications to incorporate dedicated bike lanes and tree lined sidewalks. The “sharrow” lane markers would be the first phase in identifying Forest Drive as a campus road that is to be equally shared by cars and bicyclists until the “master vision” can be implemented.

Forest Drive Bicycle “Sharrow” Symbols


LED Lighting Upgrade Parking Lot: IT Building Parking Lot
David Faircloth, Director of Facilities Planning, Design, and Construction, Division Facilities Services

Retrofit existing pole lighting in parking lot -Ceramic Sculpture- across from Biology Science Complex at Akins Boulevard. The lot’s outdoor lighting system consists of 6 – 40’ poles and 11-400 watt fixtures. The retrofit would maintain existing light levels and reuse existing poles and provide state of-the-art Light Emitting Diode (LED) “high efficiency” outdoor lighting system.


Nanofiber Based Carbon Capture Technology to Reduce the CO2 Emissions in GSU Campus
PI: Dr. Mujibur Rahman Khan Co-PI: Spencer Harp

In this project we propose a transformative idea of nano fibers based on CO2 capturing filter technology to reduce the CO2 emission from the Machine Shops, Dining Commons, and GSU Vehicles.

Nanofiber Based Carbon Capture Technology to Reduce the CO2 Emissions at GSU Campus


The Moth Project
Assistant Prof. Jeff Schmuki (Georgia Southern) and Associate Professor Wendy DesChene (Auburn University)

The ArtLab is an off-grid, solar powered 10-foot trailer that houses a mobile artspace/laboratory or ArtLab. The ArtLab provides the stage for native plant gardens and solar powered light tents that attract moths and other insects for a non-destructive survey. The Moth Project shares the importance of pollinators in the environment through a hands-on community/citizen science and art experience. Research will be compiled into a free downloadable field guide of the local moths found on the Georgia Southern campus that will interest in sustainability while promote simple actions that assist our declining pollinators and encourage backyard naturalism.

The Moth Project


Portable Sustainability Exhibit
Dr. Brent W. Tharp

The Georgia Southern University Museum in cooperating with the center for Sustainability will create a traveling, interactive exhibit based on their successful Sustainable Solutions exhibit to introduce the concept of sustainability and highlight the efforts of Georgia Southern University.  The exhibit will be highly mobile and adaptable to a large variety of spaces to maximize its use and would be manned by trained students recruited by the Museum, CfS, and the Office of Student Leadership.  It will be used at campus events, such as ArtsFest, No Impact Week, Earth Day and throughout the year at any opportunities highlighting or dedicating other sustainability projects/activities.  It would also be available to schools throughout southeast Georgia who frequently request activities/exhibits for science nights and special events and other community events.

Portable Sustainability Exhibit- Georgia Southern Museum


Solar Energy Potential at Georgia Southern University
Dr. David Calamas

The proposed project intends to assess the solar energy potential at Georgia Southern University. Equipment to measure the magnitude, direction, and duration of incident thermal radiation from  the sun will be installed. A monitoring station connected to the equipment will allow the solar energy potential at Georgia Southern University to be monitored throughout the year. The data will be analyzed to determine the viability and cost effectiveness of using solar energy as an energy course on campus and recommendations will be made as to which, if any, technology would be appropriate to use on campus.

Solar Energy Potential at Georgia Southern University


Solar Powered Service Golf Carts
Dr. Rami Haddad, Dr. Youakim Kalaani, Dr. Frank Gross

In this project, we propse to equip twenty five electric golf carts at Georgia Southern University with solar photovoltaic charging systems.  These goals are set to reduce the conventional electric charging by at least 45%, increase the operational range by at least 50%, increase the life of the batteries by 100%, promote sustainability and contribute to our world in an environmental friendly way by reducing emission/chemical pollution.

Solar Powered Service Golf Carts


StormWater Park: Plant and Forest Drive
Chuck Taylor, Campus Landscape Architect

The stormwater management park would be located at the corner of Forest & Plant Drive. The storm water park would restore the existing wetlands and create new bioretention gardens to mitigate the effects of polluted stormwater/soil erosion that impact the campus wetlands.

Stormwater Park- Plant & Forest Drive


Sustainability Incentive Grants – 2008-2010
During 2008-2010, the Sustainability Incentive Grant was established to encourage COSM faculty, staff and students to incorporate sustainability into teaching, scholarship and service; and to encourage partnerships with the community to improve sustainability. $15,000 available; up to $3,000 per grant.

Past Sustainability Incentive Grant Winners Include:

Bob Lake, PhD (COE) and Michelle Cawthorn, PhD (Biology)
College of Education/Biology Department Faculty and Staff Bicycle
Lending Stations ($2,469.91)

Jeffrey Lewis and Valentin Soloiu, PhD (METEET)
Economic Feasibility of Biodiesel from Excess Peanut Production in Bulloch County ($2,945.38)

William Nichols and Youakim Kalaani, PhD (MEETET)
Proposal for Researching the Viability of Solar Energy in Statesboro, GA ($2,787.77)

Bret Rabeneck and Laura Regassa, PhD (Biology)
Transformation of a Portal School Construction Site into and Active-Learning Outdoor Classroom ($2,910)

Gwendolyn Rhodes, PhD (Geology and Geography)
Upward Bound Informal Education Project ($1,000)


Nigel Davies, PhD (University Wellness Program) and Bruce Shulte, PhD (Biology)
Campus Cycle, Pilot Program ($2,732)

Anoop Desai, PhD (METEET)
Enhancement of Course Content and Instructional Methods in TCGT 1530; Science, Technology and the Environment ($2,338)

Clarence Eldridge III (College of Public Health) and Lorne Wolfe, PhD (Biology)
Georgia Southern University Pilot Composting Initiative ($3,000)

Michael Roundtree and Valentin Soloiu, PhD (METEET)
Research on Sustainable and Renewable Biofuels to Power Local Farm Equipment($1,493)

Michelle Tremblay and Ed Mondor, PhD (Biology)
Conservation of Bats at Georgia Southern University ($2,891)

Brian Vlcek, PhD (METEET)
BioFuels-From Non-food Sources of Biomass to Energy: A Series of Complementary Discovery, Instructional and Informational Activities in Sustainable Energy Science ($2,545)

CENTER FOR SUSTAINABILITY (CfS) • P.O. Box 8042 • Statesboro, GA 30460 • (912) 478-5895