News Brief: WSA Passes Green Fund, Student Approval Still Needed
At the Wesleyan Student Assembly (WSA) meeting on Sunday, a $15 per semester student fee that will go toward a Green Fund was approved by a vote of 31 to 1. The Green Fund proposal was a collaboration between a subcommittee of the Environmental Organizers’ Network (EON) and members of the WSA in order to designate funds towards making the campus more sustainable in the coming years.
To be enacted, the Green Fund must now be approved by the student body. The vote will occur during the WSA midterm elections sometime between Dec. 1 and Dec. 14 and must be approved by two-thirds of voters to pass.
The proposal includes an opt-out policy to ensure that students who do not support the policy do not have to pay a fee. Nonetheless, at other schools that have similar Green Fund opt-out policies, most students pay the fee.
“I’d anticipate [that the fund will generate] about $65,000 [per year],” said EON Co-Coordinator Josh Levine ’12. “That’s factoring in about a 15 percent opt-out—10 percent is normal at other schools.”
If approved, the Green Fund will go into effect for the 2010-2011 academic year.