I want to share the email that I was able to send out to all of the students at UT
today. It's been a fun two weeks trying to drum up support and attention for our
new green fund, and I thought that we would end our drive with a more personal appeal
to the student body.
Date: Friday, August 31st, 2012
To: ALL STUDENTS
From: UT Student Green Fund
Subj: Student Green Fund – A Personal Appeal
Hi. My name is Tony, I’m a senior here at UT, and I’m one of the students that has been working help establish the Student Green Fund over the past 9 months. I wanted to take a moment of your time to let you know how important that the introduction of this fund is on our campus.
By establishing our own Student Green Fund, we are joining the ranks of 100 other US institutions with similar funds. There are currently over 4600 colleges and universities in the US, which means that only 2% of them are currently working toward improving their campuses by empowering students like yourselves to take your ideas for improving our campus, and turn them into tangible projects. This means that we are poised to move up with this “green elite”, and continue being an excellent example for sustainability in higher education for other institutions nationwide.
Our current fund operates on a voluntary basis, gathering donations from students like you and using them to provide grants to other students and student organizations with excellent ideas for improving our campus.
Will you take the time to log in to your myUT portal, and Opt-In to donate $5 toward this cause?
This will be the 4th year that I have been a student here; the 4th year that I will walk around our campus and enjoy the award-winning gothic architecture of Centennial Mall, and the 4th year that I will call this place my home. This is possibly the most compelling argument that I can make to all of you. This campus will have been your home for almost one-fifth of your life by the time that you graduate. I don’t think that $5 is too much to ask to help reduce the amount of waste in our home. $5 to make sure we have fresh, locally-sourced food in our home. $5 to lower the ecological footprint of our home. $5 to make sure that every other student you see on a daily basis is as educated as you are about the sustainability issues that our generation faces now and forever into the future.
The last day to Opt-In to the Student Green Fund is this Monday, September 3rd. While you are enjoying your Labor Day holiday weekend, please think about making a contribution. Together, we can make a difference. Help me empower all of you, the leaders of tomorrow, to create a sustainable campus today.
Thank You,Tony Bova, Class of 2013
Undergraduate Student Green Fund Committee Member