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Green Fee Board seeking proposals

Oliver Petraitis, Green Fee Board chairman, discusses the need for student sustainability proposals after the Green Fee Board meeting Feb. 8. (Photo by Tim Brown)
Oliver Petraitis, Green Fee Board chairman, discusses the need for student sustainability proposals after the Green Fee Board meeting Feb. 8. (Photo by Tim Brown)

After two semesters of collecting cash, the Green Fee Board is soliciting student proposals for sustainability projects on campus.

The board has a starting budget of $34,182, funded by a $3 per student charge that began last semester.

Oliver Petraitis, Green Fee Board chairman, said that while the most common example for sustainability is the solar panels University of Alaska Fairbanks students funded with their green fee, the options are immense.

He said other examples of projects could be replacing paper towels with hand dryers in bathrooms or USUAA Senator Max Bullock’s Bike Share program.

“We have pretty broad allowances in what we’ll accept for proposals,” he said. But while the projects can have a ripple effect on community sustainability, proposals must directly affect the university first.

“It’s all about the school and the student body,” he said.

In the bi-weekly Green Fee Board meeting Feb. 8, members also discussed the need to hire a student to fill the Green Fee Board Assistant position.

Vice President Andrew McConnell said, “I’d like to get somebody hired. That would be my goal (for the next meeting).”

But he said if a good candidate has not applied, the board might have to wait to hire somebody.

He also said USUAA adviser Paula Fish is helping develop evaluation criteria for ranking each candidate’s strengths and weaknesses.

As of Friday, 10 candidates have applied for the job posting.

Sustainability Director Paula Williams said the job requires students to take notes during meetings, gather proposals from students and screen proposals to ensure they meet requirements by the board.

The Green Fee is the result of the fall 2011 UAA general election, when students voted 167-122-29 for the fee, after receiving a 12-1 assembly approval from USUAA.

Proposals must have be complete and well written, have a budget plan and support the Green Fee Board’s goal to bring sustainability efforts to campus. Student proposals must also have the endorsement of an “expert,” faculty or staff adviser and have three recommendation letters, according to the USUAA website.

For more information about the Green Fee Board visit http://www.uaa.alaska. edu/unionofstudents/greenfee.cfm. To apply for the green fee assistant position, visit http://uakjobs.com/.

Written by J. Almendarez

J. Almendarez is a journalism junior who transferred to UAA this fall from San Antonio College, located in South Texas. At SAC, she worked at the national award winning student publication, The Ranger, as a reporter, photographer, Multimedia Editor and Executive Editor. After graduation next fall, she plans to work as a reporter for a daily in South Texas. Eventually, she would like to earn a Master's degree in Media Convergence. After a long career in journalism, she will go back to San Antonio College, teach a reporting class and die while preaching in front of a group of students about the importance of legit journalism and AP Style.