About HEIF

Goals of HEIF

To create a more sustainable campus by promoting energy independence

The five primary goals of the HEIF

  • The HEIF will acheive its mission through projects that are developed by students and, to the extent possible, implemented, monitored, and maintained with strong student involvement.

  • The HEIF will require accountability by measuring and reporting quantitative and qualitative results, as well as levels of involvement by students and other participants, in all its projects.

  • The HEIF will strive to make its projects derive from and be connected to the curriculum of the university.

  • The HEIF will support dissemination of information about its projects through public outreach and educational activities.

  • The HEIF will seek to publicize accomplishments and experiences associated with its program and projects through a variety of media.

How HEIF was founded

HEIF was first proposed by Michael Winkler in 2001 and voted by students a few years later passing by 86%. However, Chancellor Reed vetoed the implementation. With the support of President Roland Richmond; HEIF was finally founded in 2007 and the first proposals were submitted and awarded a year later.

How HEIF is funded

HEIF is funded by a small portion of student's tuition each semester. Currently, each student pays approximetly $13 that goes towards the HEIF fund which is then used to implement renewable projects on campus that are proposed and developed by students.


The Committee is made up of 5 students and 4 faculty members. These individuals hear and vote on a wide variety of things. This may include idea papers submitted by students, whether or not to approve to implement proposals that Development groups provide, and many more.

Student Managers

HEIF Student Managers are the students that ensure the organization progresses appropriately. There are currently two student managers:

  • Outreach Manager

This individual works on all promotional material to ensure the student populace is more aware of what HEIF is doing. Updating social media and tabling regularly fall into the Outreach Manager duties, as well as making occasional class announcements or chalking. The HEIF website is also a platform kept updated by the position.

  • Development manager

This individual coordinates the Development and Standing team meetings, schedules the Committee meetings and takes minutes, and a wide variety of other projects that come as needed.

Development teams

  • Development teams traditionally work for a semester at a time working on projects that students submit as idea papers. These teams can range from 1-3 students per team and we usually have a range of 2-5 teams per semester.

Standing teams

Standing teams traditionally employ students for one year at a time. Unlike the Development teams, the Standing teams do not end at the end of the semester. The students of the Standing team work on a wide variety of energy and sustainable projects. There are two standing teams:

  • Building Standards team

This team works with Facilities Management to create more sustainable guidelines for future projects. Currently, the team is working on turning these guidelines into specifications that Facilities Management can utilize directly for their projects.

  • Energy Analysis team

This team works on a wide variety of projects with a Schatz Energy Research Center mentor. These projects can range from a motor inventory to determine how much energy is being used in facilities on campus to a lighting inventory.