Sponsored by the City of Austin’s Office of Sustainability, and funded by Austin Resource Recovery, Watershed Protection, Austin Water Utility, the Public Works Department and Austin Energy, Bright Green Future Grants is a competitive program that provides funding for school-based sustainability projects. Launched in 2012, the grants program was designed to recognize and support innovative projects that will inspire students to become lifelong environmental stewards. This year, the Bright Green Future Grants program received 39 applications for funding consideration; 19 projects were selected for $3,000 grants by a panel of judges composed of Office of Sustainability staff, representatives from funding departments, and community members who serve on the City’s Environmental Board, Electric Utility Board, Sustainable Food Policy Board, Water and Wastewater Commission, and Zero Waste Advisory Commission.
“ Mary, It is your philanthropy that enables communities to move forward and achieve greatness. You have done a wonderful job, going above expectations, in awarding Williams Elementary funds to evolve their environmental sustainability program. Thank you for being a change agent!" - Manuel, Williams Elementary
The application period for grant funding has closed. Funding for the 2014/2015 school year was announced in September 2014.