FAQs

Read our FAQ to get an idea for what UTERN really is and maybe some of your questions can be answered.

What does UTERN do?

UTERN stands for University of Toronto Resource Network. We are essentially treasures for an Environmental Levy through the University of Toronto. Our organization is for students or student groups to ask for funding for their activities or initiatives. Students will need to go through an application process and your application will be reviewed.

Back To Top

Where can I get more information about UTERN?

You can read our UTERN Constitution if you like. There’s nothing more serious than a Constitution. Except maybe our Bylaw Supplement (for more information). You can also browse around our lovely website! www.utern.org.

Back To Top

Where can I find your Meeting Minutes

UTERN’s Meeting Minutes are created for transparency in our meetings. If you would like to keep up with our meeting minutes please scroll over the “About” page and click the “Meeting Minutes” page for our documents. Click the link for Meeting Minutes.

Back To Top

How did UTERN receive a levy?

In the spring of 2003, UTERN won a levy that we proposed to have a 50-cent-per-undergraduate- student at the University of Toronto. UTERN also receives a 50-cent- levy from all graduate students. Our levy is annually renewable that supports student-led projects in relation to the environment for all of University of Toronto. Please visit our About Us page for details.

Back To Top

How can I contact UTERN?

You can email us at utern[dot]toronto[at]gmail[dot]com OR our mailbox is UTERN 1016V at 33 Willcocks Street.

Back To Top

Where can I find what UTERN has funded so far?

If you would like to see the projects, conferences and events UTERN has funded, visit our Funding History page to check out the information. Our Funding History page outlines the amount funded, date of issue, and the campus organization name. We have the information since 2009.

Back To Top

Where can I find an application for funding?

Go to our Funding page on this website, and you will find a link attached to the document there.

Back To Top

What kinds of projects does UTERN fund?

We fund environmental projects that a student or student group applies for. Officially we fund for environmental initiatives, but it does not restrict our interest to only trees. UTERN supports environmental related issues such as social justice, water scarcity, activism, sustainable food, sustainable energy, etc. There are members of UTERN who are also part of other student groups and have organized events ourselves, and these members also have to go through an application process.

Back To Top

Where can I find out more about environmental groups on campus?

If you go to the Ulife site there are different categories of organizations on campus which you can check out. For a listing of the environment groups click here.

Back To Top

Forwarding environmentally related events

As UTERN is an umbrella organization for U of T, we encourage students and student groups to send us your events so we can widely distribute the information to other U of T students. Please send the information to  utern[dot]toronto[at]gmail[dot]com

Back To Top

I am from UTM or UTSC, can I get funding and more information?

There are specific executive members on UTERN, who represent your campus that encourages communication between the 3 campuses. UTM and UTSC are able to receive funding from University of Toronto Resource Network (UTERN). So go ahead, and fill out an application form.

Back To Top

I am a graduate student and I want to make an event for students, can I apply for funding?

In the winter of 2013, UTERN signed an MOA with the Graduate Students’ Union at U of T. So, yes, if you have an event you would like to have for students, you can apply for funding. Please click our funding tab for more information on the application process.

Back To Top

What does it mean that my event has to be “environmental”?

We mean “things that involve the health of our environment”. This includes some examples such as global warming, veganism, sustainable carnivorism, and sustainability in general. We hope that our student community to become more aware about the environment and can give back to the U of T Green community.

Back To Top

What has UTERN done with the levy recently?

You can scroll over the Past Projects tabs and click on Funding history; there you can see the list of past applications we have funded.

Back To Top

Will you help some of us organize a locally themed food shop on campus?

Most likely, our networks page gives a variety of different contacts that may help start you off.

Back To Top

Can you help me fund my tuition for a course on global warming, environmental issues, etc.?

No, we fund student/student group events or projects.

Back To Top

Will you help my student group show a movie on the positives and negative side effects of Alberta’s tar sands industry on local communities?

Yes. Check out this site http://www.blogto.com/events/6179

Back To Top

Does UTERN sponsor reoccurring events (i.e. annually, weekly, or daily)?

UTERN evaluates your project based on how much it can give back to the University of Toronto Green community, and then is awarded funding based on those evaluations.

Back To Top

Will you help me if I’m not in a student group?

UTERN funds projects that affiliated with student groups are qualified for funding. We can try and find some student groups that will be interested in your project idea. Or, you can also go to our list of networks and see what suits your project.

Back To Top

I want to join a student group, but U of T is so big I don’t know where to find one.

Check out the official listing of Environmental groups. Talk to David Powell or you can start your own… It’s free!

Back To Top

Who is David Powell?

David Powell is the faculty supervisor for UTERN. He is a cool guy, who also likes hockey.  

Back To Top

Where can I stop myself from paying for this?

Whether you believe global warming is a lie or you just don’t want to pay for this. You can opt out of the levy by contacting UTSU. But there is indisputable evidence for climate change whether or not you think there’s warming. Keep in mind that when you opt out of the levy, you are unable to receive any funding.

Back To Top

Can my student group get a 50 cent levy as well?

 No, UTERN is here for your student initiatives and your funding. If you need funding, please fill out an application for evaluation.

Back To Top

I would like to join UTERN, who do I contact?

Sure, you can join UTERN by subscribing to our mailing list, so we can share environmental initiatives we are aware of to the U of T community.

If you would like to join the UTERN Executive Team, there are elections at the end of each term in March. Information will be posted under the UTERN team page under “Election.”

Back To Top

Why is nobody responding to my email questions?

We apologize in advance but please be patient, thank you. Our email is utern[dot]toronto[at]gmail[dot]com

Back To Top

How often does this site update?

Our webmaster tries to update the site whenever new information is ready to be posted. If you would like to check out some events around campus go to the events calendar page or connect with us on facebook.

Back To Top

Top of Page

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>
*
*