About the DJS Award
In May of 2007, ASPLU legislation established a $10/semester tuition increase in order to fund green energy credits and sustainability projects. Over 20% of that award goes to student projects each year. Projects in the past have varied in cost; this year we hope to fund either a variety of small or large projects, depending on proposals received.
The buying of carbon offsets ended in 2015. Recognizing there was lack of student participation in the Green Fund, the previous barrier on what was being defined as sustainability and still wanting to meet demands of the President’s Climate Agenda to be Carbon Neutral by 2020; ASPLU legislation was passed in 2016 to shift Green Fees into the DJS Award.
The DJS Award broadens the scope of sustainability at PLU to think about People, Planet and Prosperity and recognize PLU’s mission is a mission of Diversity, Justice and Sustainability. By shifting to the DJS Award, PLU seeks to take a more holistic approach to sustainability that recognizes the social, environmental, cultural and economic intersections of sustainability. The DJS FUNd team will fund a variety of projects, though priority will be given to ideas that are:
- Socially relevant and accessible
- Culturally appropriate and sensitive
- Environmentally conscious and productive
- Economically sound and supportive
- Potential for lasting impact on campus climate