Wednesday, August 22, 2012

UT's green fund solicitation

I can only wonder - if this was a voluntary opt-in for a conservative program, would it be eligible to be sent en masse to the student body? I also wonder how many students are opting in?

From: University of Toledo Announcement
Date: August 21, 2012 11:31:26 PM EDT
To: Undisclosed recipients:;
Subject: Reminder: Don t forget to opt-in to the Student Green Fund!

Hey UT! Hopefully you have been enjoying your first week of classes and first weeks activities. While you’ve been learning about everything there is to do and be involved in on campus, hopefully you have seen a flyer, Facebook post, or heard someone talking about the new Student Green Fund! Are you interested in going green? Did you opt-in to the Student Green Fund? If not, you still can, but time is running out – the deadline is September 3rd! If you're interested in supporting "green" projects on campus, go to your myUT page and opt-in to the Student Green Fund now!

How does it work?
1) UT students "opt-in" to donate their $5 to the fund.
2) Any student or student org can apply to use this funding to create sustainable projects on campus (improved recycling, renewable energy, locally grown organic foods, water conservation, etc.).
3) A committee of students will select which projects they think will best serve the campus.

What can I do?
Want to help get this new eco-friendly initiative off the ground? Simply go to your myUT page, click the Student Green Fund link, and donate your $5. It's that easy! If you’re interested in applying for funding for your project, email us at!

What is the Student Green Fund?
The UT Student Green Fund will serve to finance student proposed and executed projects that promote sustainability, renewable energy, efficiency, waste reduction, and educational initiatives such as conferences, workshops, public classes, and internships. The UT Student Green Fund is a student conceived, student created, and student led program. To put it simply, it is a self-replenishing pool of money collected from students that is used to finance student-backed projects that serve to support the SGF’s mission to make The University of Toledo a greener, more sustainable, and environmentally friendly campus.
Want more information? Click to see our Green Fund FAQ or email us at

Thank you, and please share this with your friends and classmates! Together we can make a difference on campus!

Best Regards,
Your UT Student Green Fund Committee
Funded by students, run by students!


BovaFett said...

Hi Maggie,

My name is Tony and I'm one of the students that has been working on the UT Student Green Fund for the past 8 or 9 months. What sort of questions did you have about our initiative? I'd be more than happy to answer any.

Maggie Thurber said...

Tony - thanks for your kind is much appreciated.

I don't have questions about the Green Fund, but I do wonder how the University would view a 'conservative program' and if they would send out a mass email to all UT account holders asking them to donate to it.

So I guess my question really pertains more to the University policy for such solicitations. :)

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