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Creighton Student Sustainability Action Fund (CSSAF)


The mission of the Creighton Student Sustainability Action Fund (CSSAF) is to contribute to building a culture of sustainability at Creighton University by enabling, supporting, and financing student-driven initiatives that collaboratively tackle interconnected environmental, social and economic issues.

Below you can also explore a recent student project developing a Nebraska Native Pollinator Garden on campus.

Student Proposals

Have an idea but need help with your proposal? Reach out to today! We can talk through your proposal idea with you and provide feedback prior to you submitting the proposals. 

Curious about what types of proposals achieve the goals and intentions of the CSSAF? 

Here are a few ideas to help you get started! Keep in mind that events can be resource-intensive and generate large amounts of waste. We encourage you to be mindful of an event's environmental impacts and have a plan to reduce those impacts by incorporating sustainable practices into your proposal. 

  • A book discussion group or movie screening event
  • A resource-conservation or waste-reduction competition
  • A holiday or seasonally themed event that has a global or sustainability focus
  • A program to educate students about sustainable practices 
  • A make and take or upcycling activity

Previously Funded Proposals

  • GreenJays Energy Reduction Challenge (Spring 2022)
  • Nu Rho Psi Move Out Project (Spring 2022)
  • School of Medicine/Phoenix M1 and M2 Sustainability Week Challenge (Spring 2023)
  • Women's Journey Menstrual Cup Program (Spring 2023)
  • Campus Native Nebraska Pollinator Garden (Spring 2023)
  • School of Medicine/Phoenix M2 Second Chance Mending Event (Fall 2023)
  • School of Medicine/Phoenix M2 Menstrual Cup Program (Fall 2023)
  • School of Medicine/Phoenix Sustainability Week (Spring 2024)
  • School of Medicine/Phoenix Paint-a-Tote Event (Spring 2024)

How to Apply

Students wishing to apply for CSSAF grants should complete the online CSSAF Application Form. Please reach out to if you have any questions about the application process. We are happy to meet with you in-person, via Zoom, or by phone to discuss your proposal.


Important Dates

To be considered for review and funding, applicants must complete the online CSSAF Application Form and submit required letter of support no later than one week prior to CSSAF meeting. This allows the CSSAF Governance Committee members time to thoroughly review proposals prior to voting. Applications received less than one week prior will be reviewed and considered at the following month's meeting.

Fall 2024 Meetings and Submission Deadlines

  • Monday, August 26, 2 - 3 p.m. (proposals must be submitted by August 19 to be considered at the August meeting)
  • Monday, September 23, 2 - 3 p.m. (proposals must be submitted by September 16 to be considered at the September meeting)
  • Monday, October 29, 2 - 3 p.m. (proposals must be submitted by October 21 to be considered to be considered at the October meeting)
  • Monday, November 25, 2 - 3 p.m. (proposals must be submitted by November 18 to be considered at the November meeting)

Have a proposal idea but need assistance? Reach out to

2024-2025 CSSAF Governance Committee

Student Voting Members: Alyssa Gove (At-Large), Ella Hiddleston (Appointed by the Sustainable Governance Committee), Colin MacKelly (At-Large), Savannah Peters (Appointed by the Creighton Students Union), Graham Siefker (Appointed by the GreenJays)

Employee Non-Voting Members: Sheri Bacon (Appointed by the Division of Finance), Andrew Baruth (Standing member from the Office of Sustainability Programs), Becky Crowell (Standing member from the Office of Sustainability Programs), Jay Leighter (Appointed by the Environmental Science and Sustainability Programs), Cathy Rupprecht (Appointed by Facilities Management), Danny Steiner (Appointed by Division of Student Life)

Thank you to Bryce Ferguson, Benjamin Kinkor, Jessica Barich, and Durham Kelly for their service on the Committee during 2023-2024. We wish you the best as you start the next chapter after graduation!



Sample Sustainability Project

Nebraska Native Pollinator Garden

Sustainability efforts, such as the pollinator garden, are always looking for student involvement. To get involved with a sustainability project of your own, please email

Student watering garden

How to Reach Us


Creighton Hall 333