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University of the Pacific
3601 Pacific Avenue
Stockton, California 95211

Sustainability Project Investment Fund (SPIF)

SPIF applications closed; come back to apply in Fall 2020!

In fiscal year 2012, University of the Pacific established a fund to support projects that contribute to advancing sustainability focused practices and learning opportunities at Pacific. The Sustainability Project Investment Fund (SPIF) is currently available for projects at any Pacific campus (Stockton, Sacramento, San Francisco) through a competitive application process. Goals of the SPIF fund are to:

  • Support activities that reduce resource use, energy consumption, and waste or pollution generation;
  • Invest in projects that have measurable economic, social or environmental benefits; and
  • Support sustainability-related education, engagement, and outreach activities consistent with the university mission.

Application Information

  • The SPIF Fund is open to faculty, staff and students to apply.
  • STUDENT applications are accepted through December 6, 2019, with funding available January-June 2020.
  • STUDENT, STAFF & FACULTY applications are accepted through Feb. 12, 2020, with funding available beginning July 2020. Submission details are included on the Application Form.
  • If all you have is an idea, we still want to hear from you! Complete the Pre-Application Form and a Committee member will contact you to help answer questions about the process and project development.  
  • To apply, complete the following steps in order.  
  • Applications are reviewed and selected by the Sustainability Committee.

Project Ideas

  • Build an app! For locating campus fruit trees, exchanging goods via virtual marketplace for Pacificans, engaging people in daily habits that support sustainability, etc. 
  • Responsible promo items- use funds to cover the difference between conventional give aways and a more environmentally responsible give aways, for example, t-shirts made from organic, U.S. grown cotton; reusable and recyclable mugs,  utensils or straws.

Previously Funded Projects

  • LED lighting upgrades
  • Water bottle refill stations
  • Feasibility research for a Living Wall
  • John Muir observation Journal
  • Tiger Treasure Exchange
  • 0 Energy treadmills in Baun Fitness Center
SPIF John Muir

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SPIF Hydration Station
John Muir Observation Journals Air Runners in Baun Fitness Center Water bottle refill stations

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