Green Fund Annual Grant Award

Professor de OnĂ­s was awarded the Green Fund Annual Grant Award for her project, The Salem Spark: Communicating a Culture of Sustainability at Willamette University.

This grant seeks to enhance Willamette University’s internal communication(s) about its sustainability contributions and challenges, while simultaneously working to build its sustainability networks beyond more traditional partners, including in Salem and in the larger Willamette Valley. This student-centered, interdisciplinary initiative is committed to building a culture of sustainability that works to uncover and uproot environmental racism and strives for environmental, climate, and energy justice. This project will enact communication praxis to creatively address sustainability challenges, crises, and opportunities in our Bearcat community and beyond.

Guided by student research assistants, this project offers opportunities to learn from and collaborate with guest speakers and Willamette Academy members; to access an online clearinghouse with sustainability-related events; and to participate in service-learning projects. These interrelated components will help to foreground experiences and exigencies that often are marginalized in dominant sustainability discourses. Students interested in Research Assistant positions with the Salem Spark should contact Professor de Onís: ( Applications are due Monday May 8.