The Green Fee Committee administers and helps implement sustainable campus projects that benefit the University and decide how to best use the $3 semester Campus Green Fee that is part of student tuition. It consists of nine members:
- 1 student representative from the Student Government Association
- 1 student representative from the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies
- 2 student representatives from Green Conservation Group
- 1 at-large student representative
- 2 faculty members, one of which is from the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies
- 2 staff members in Facilities Management
All student positions are 1 year terms, while the 2 faculty and 2 staff positions are 2-year terms. Students, faculty, and staff can serve multiple terms.
The Green Fee Committee has open meetings during the fall and spring semesters. Our meetings are announced through Targeted Announcements. We welcome participation from the entire NEIU community. We meet in a room on the Main Campus, but meetings are live-streamed to CCICS and El Centro campuses.
Any student, faculty, or staff member can propose sustainable projects to the Green Fee Committee for consideration.
Along with identifying, researching and recommending specific uses of funds generated by the Campus Green Fee, the mission of the Green Fee Committee is to fund the implementation of sustainable (environmental, economic, and social justice) initiatives at Northeastern Illinois University.
In 2007, the Green Cycle Group (the NEIU environmental activist club at the time) initiated the idea of a student "green fee" that would be used to promote campus sustainability initiatives. A proposal was presented to the Student Government Association who endorsed it and proposed a referendum for the entire student body. The student body approved and the $3 per semester "Green Fee" started appearing on students' bills that Fall.
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 got to work. It was then 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 meetings would be open to the public.
- The committee would meet at least once a month in the Fall and Spring semesters.
- The meetings, as well as the decisions and progress on projects, would be adequately publicized and efforts would be made to solicit input from the NEIU 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 present committee owes its existence and success to their contributions.