Green Fee Committee at Northeastern Illinois University

About the Green Fee Committee

In 2007, the Green Cycle Group (the student environmental club on campus) initiated the idea of a student "green fee" that would be used to promote campus sustainability initiatives. Green initiatives were becoming more popular across campuses all over the country, and a few universities had similar student approved fees to help pay for such expensive projects. The proposal was presented to the Student Government Association who endorsed it leading to a referendum for the entire student body. The green fee was approved in a referendum soon after and with the subsequent approval of the Board of Trustees, the $3/semester "green fee" started appearing on students' bills from Fall 2007. The Independent article covering the launch of the green fee can be found here.

The Green Fee Committee was formed in Fall 2007 with the purpose of making decisions on how to use the funds generated from the green fee. Through a series of meetings involving interested students, faculty and staff, the Green Fee Charter was drawn up which formalized the membership and governing policies of the committee. Once the charter was approved in Spring 2008, the Green Fee Committee started functioning. It was decided that:
- there would be 9 voting members with students in the majority (5), and 4 non-student members (2 faculty and 2 Facilities Management staff),
- the committee would meet at least once a month in the fall and spring semesters and the meetings would be open to the public,
- the meetings as well as the decisions and progress on projects would be adequately publicized to the NEIU community and efforts would be made to solicit input from the community.

The following students played a key role in the formative stages of the green fee committee - conceiving the proposal, getting it approved through the referendum, and drafting of the Charter: Amanda Woodall, Jeremy Slate and Kate Ekman. The committee owes its existence and success to their contributions.