“A lot of other universities have [environmental sustainability fees] and I think DePaul should have one”
This fee would be used to fund environmental initiatives at the school. It’s essentially a green tax for students.
Campus Reform reports:
DePaul University student government moves to include ‘green fee’ on upcoming election ballot
DePaul University students can vote to add a “green fee” to their tuition bill in their upcoming student government election.
As reported by student newspaper The DePaulia, the fee would support “sustainability initiatives” at the school and cost each student $5 per quarter. If successfully implemented, the fee would be billed to DePaul students each term and generate $300,000 each year.
The proposed fee would be added to the $25 per-term activity fee that students already pay among other various campus fees, as well as the roughly $40,000 that students pay in tuition.
The fee was initially proposed by Wesley Janicki — the executive vice president of facility operations for the school’s student government — who felt that DePaul should mimic other schools in the area that have already implemented similar sustainability fees.
“A lot of other universities have [environmental sustainability fees] and I think DePaul should have one,” Janicki told Campus Reform in an interview.
The University of Illinois Chicago and Northeastern Illinois University respectively levy $6 and $3 sustainability fees per semester. Concordia University Chicago also includes a “green fee” as part of its $976 annual fee for undergraduates.
With the funds from the fee, Janicki explains that the school could launch a new campus office devoted to sustainability and create a sustainability coordinator faculty position.
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