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Zimride is a great way to get around the city or find rides in and out of town, all while saving our environment from CO2 at the same time!

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Eight idea papers were submitted in Spring of 2014, seven of which were approved by the committee. 

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GOT AN IDEA? Email us! heif+ideas@humboldt.edu

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Upcoming Events and Deadlines

HEIF Committee Meetings

All meetings are open to the campus community. Meeting times for Fall 2014 are 1pm every other Tuesday starting from October 14. Meetings are often held in NHE 116. 

Become a HEIF Voting Member

Don't have time for a part-time job but still want to get involved? Every fall semester, up to 3 student voting positions open up on the HEIF Committee, and are appointed by Associated Students. The Committee is made up of student, staff, and faculty voting & non-voting members, with a student majority. Ultimately, it is the Committee that decides where HEIF money is allocated.

Fill out an online application through AS!



What is HEIF?

The Humboldt Energy Independence Fund is an energy conservation fund created by an HSU student initiative in 2004. Every student pays $12/semester and the money is allocated to student-proposed conservation projects like solar panels, water bottle hydration stations, compost bins, lighting retrofits, etc.

The process is as follows: In the Fall, we host brainstorming events to foster new project ideas that we can fund and implement. We then accept short idea submissions from students, and the HEIF Committee then votes on which ideas will be developed into full grant proposals. To write these, we hire student development teams over the Spring semester and assign them a mentor. Finally, the HEIF Committee awards funding to the feasible projects, which are then implemented by Plant Operations staff and/or HSU students, depending on the proposal.

HEIF's mission is to reduce the environmental impact of energy use at Humboldt State University through student-driven projects.

Our Latest Projects

Compost Bins

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Look for new permanent compost bins on campus.  Save your banana peels and apple cores to contribute to our campus compost.  Composting not only diverts from the landfill, but creates a nutrient rich soil additive that is used on campus landscaping and is available to the community.  See the sign on the bins for a list of accepted materials.

Water Bottle Refill Stations

Awarded: $7,000
Submitted by: Jessica Lamb and Victor Reuther

There are now new water bottle refill stations installed on ten water fountains across campus.  Every time you refill your water bottle, it saves energy that is embedding in producing the bottles,  transporting the water, and even recycling the plastic. 

High Efficiency Faucet Aerators

Awarded: $3,000
Submitted by: Jessica Lamb and Victor Reuther

This proposal proves every little bit matters.  By changing campus restroom aerators from a flow rate of 2.2 gallons per minute to 0.5 gallons per minute the campus will save 1,200 therms of natural gas annually.  Using less water means heating less water.

Recycling Behavior Study

Recycling Bin

Awarded: $7,000
Submitted by: Oscar Azucena and Joel Bautista

In an effort to better understand recycling behavior HEIF is funding a waste diversion study.  This study is recording behavior response to different collection methods and container labels to find the most effective combination.  Together with student effort we hope to realize the highest 100% recycling diversion from classroom buildings on campus.