ESW Awards Small Project Grants for 2015

ESW is excited to announce that we will be funding for three chapters through our small projects grant program this spring. We received many strong proposals and after our review process have chosen to award the following three teams with $500 each:

Smith College’s Solar Laptop Charging Station. ESW-Smith will be designing and installing a photovoltaic charging station at a table outside of the campus’s café. The charging station is expected to provide around $450 of energy savings each year.

Georgia Tech’s Greenhouse Hydroponic System: ESW-GT will be expanding their existing greenhouse hydroponics project by constructing additional systems in visible locations on campus.  This project will bring awareness to this method for reducing water use in agriculture, while growing food that will be donated to a local food bank

Eastern Mennonite University’s Solar Chicken Coop Project: ESW-EMU will be taking their campus’s chicken coop off the grid with the installation of a photovoltaic system that will power a heat lamp to keep the coop’s 10 chickens warm overnight.  This coop will serve as a small scale model for raising livestock animals with reduced use of fossil fuels.

Please be on the lookout for future small project grant opportunities, and as always we encourage our chapters to seek outside funding by applying for external grants. If your chapter is interested in learning more about grant opportunities, you can contact Erin Lennox at