UNCW students seek tuition hike for sustainability
Students behind the Green Initiative Fund want an additional $5 added to every student's tuition.
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – UNCW students concerned about our environment are doing what they can to make a positive difference, but it's at a price.
The students behind the Green Initiative Fund want an additional $5 added to every student's tuition bill every semester to raise funds for their cause.
The coordinator of the initiative, Lizzy Duffy, said that the additional student fee would generate more than $100,000.
The Green Initiative Fund Proposal lists how that money would be distributed. The proposal includes a full-time sustainability campus coordinator, meters to monitor electricity use, grants for student research, composting facilities, and lighting motion sensors.
Students behind the initiative say this plan will set the university up for success.
"It really isn't anything novel, it's something that we owe to our future generations and to ourselves," Duffy said. "Students should be able to have a means to get engaged with sustainability, and their communities as a whole and I think that will bring this to UNCW."
A survey went out asking for students' support and those behind the initiative say a lot of people are in favor of it. UNCW's Student Government Association also passed a resolution on Tuesday in support of the fee, but not every student feels the same way about a mandated fee.
Zach Pomeroy thinks the university shouldn't make students pay for sustainability.
"I think it should be a voluntary fee," Pomeroy said. "I think if it's marketed correctly, I think people would really be into that."
The administration has the final say. The tuition and fees committee will review the proposal this fall, then it would have to eventually be approved by the University of North Carolina General Administration.