How to Apply

  1. Fill out the Letter of Interest


  2. Obtain the appropriate

  3. Submit the Intent form to
      Sr. Janet Doyle, Regina Hall

  4. Once your intent proposal
       is accepted, proceed to
       complete the formal

  a. Word Application

  b. PDF Application

  5. Submit the final proposal to 
      Sr. Janet Doyle in Regina Hall
      Room 107.

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Guiding Principles

(excerpts from Care for Creation Document)

  • We, the members of the Sylvania Franciscan Village, believe that the creation of our vast and wonderful universe is God's gift to us, and God's first act of self-revelation. Respect and care for creation is our gift back to God.
  • Consistent with St. Francis' vision, we in the 21st century recognize that humans are interconnected with nature, not separate from it.
  • The history and legacy of the Sisters of St. Francis compel us to continue the commitment and awaremess of our relationship with the Earth.
  • We have a spiritual responsibility to integrate our values of community, stewardship, reverence and service into our planning, decisions, and actions to ensure the preservation of all creation for future generations. (read entire document here)

Sylvania Franciscan Village Green Fund

3 New Water Filter Stations Installed!
 Umbria Hall
 Madonna Hall
 Regina Hall

Winning Proposals 2015!

Motion Light Sensor Installation

Motion Light Sensor Installation submitted by Lourdes University Master of Business Administration (MBA) candidates Brittney Jacobiak, Brittany Darrington and Fabenson Frisch
  o SFV Green Fund Award: $2,602.83

The MBA candidates offer a more energy-efficient and better alternative to the traditional light switch. With the installation of 47 motion sensors in St. Francis Hall and the Canticle Center, Lourdes University will realize a reduction of more than 90,000 kilowatts used per year, a 30% savings in annual energy bills, and a 70% decrease in carbon dioxide emission. The motor sensor installation project is set to begin in August 2015.

Water Conservation Project

Water Conservation Project submitted by Lourdes University MBA candidates Menyonn Daniels, Jessica Leffler and Kavaughn Ross
  o SFV Green Fund Award: $4,314.00

With the installation of low flow toilets and urinals in restrooms located in Russell J. Ebeid Hall, the Café and Mother Adelaide Hall, the project would assist in eliminating water usage and reduce energy costs by $15,011 per year. The water conservation project is set to begin in January 2016.

Print Management System

Print Management System submitted by Lourdes University MBA candidates Callie Clark, Reginald Martin and Monica Smith
  o SFV Green Fund Award: $4,200

Through the installation of a Print Management System with card readers and PaperCut Software, and implementing a print quota, Lourdes University would assist in saving 198 trees per year and would realize a 50% reduction in paper (more than $3,000 per year). The print management system project is set to begin in August 2015.







The Sylvania Franciscan Village Green Fund supports efforts that demonstrate a clear purpose of sustainability or environmental protection consistent with the Care for Creation principles.


The Sylvania Franciscan Village Green Fund was created through a donation of $25,000 to the Sylvania Franciscan Village. The Sylvania Franciscan Village Green Fund aims to finance projects that promote environmental stewardship as outlined in our Care for Creation document and subsequent Guidelines. Projects must demonstrate a financial savings or a clear purpose of protecting the environment.

The Basics

Eligibility: All members of the SVF are eligible to propose projects. Students must have an advisor (possibly a faculty or staff member). Teams, especially multi-generational ones, will be given consideration.

Fund Uses: VGF funding will be used to assess environmental needs (energy, water, waste, purchasing or other targeted areas) and offer a specific plan of action to improve campus sustainability and generate cost savings, or to implement an action plan for an already defined environmental need.

Funds may be used for but are not limited to: Materials or Products, Research or Monitoring Equipment, Professional Work or Installation, Stipends (must be approved by VGF board).

Project Parameters: Projects must have a clearly defined timeline and must show cost savings or specific non-monetary improvement to the environment

Application Process

You have a great idea for a sustainability initiative

1. Form a team. Invite others to work with you to develop this idea. Students must find an advisor

2. Consult with one of the members of the VGF Board. They are there to assist you in the proposal process.

3. Determine what information may be needed (e.g., energy bills) and discuss the feasibility of obtaining this information with the Board member.

4. Determine the final cost and savings estimates for your project.

Once these steps are done, you can begin the formal project proposal form. Complete the application and submit it to Sr. Janet Doyle (Regina Hall Room 107). The VGF Board meets twice a semester. At these meetings, applications will be reviewed as well as progress of on-going projects.