Positive Energy Fund

Use Your Inspiration to Change the World

Millersville University is converting building energy savings into human energy by using dollars from utility rebates and the Lombardo Welcome Center's energy savings to fund faculty-, staff- and student-led projects that contribute positively to local and global communities using the structure of the Global Goals for Sustainable Development

The purpose of the Positive Energy Fund is to raise awareness of the interconnected economic, social and environmental challenges confronting the world and to accelerate local solutions to those challenges in Lancaster County by Millersville University faculty, staff and students.

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Faculty, staff and/or students can apply to receive up to $2,500 for projects that advance the Global Goals.

Applicants must complete an application, which includes a project narrative that describes your project. For additional eligibility requirements, please refer to the Positive Energy Fund Program Guidelines.

Download the optional project narrative template to assist with writing the project narrative (required as part of the application).

Spring 2022 application deadline - March 25, 2022 at 4pm.

For additional information contact Dr. Karen Rice, Karen.Rice@millersville.edu 


Read the January 2021 publication on the Positive Energy Fund in the International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education, "Funding community sustainable development using zero energy buildings."

  • Positive Energy Committee

    Dr. Rene Munoz, Director of Sponsored Programs and Research Administration
    Dr. Oliver Dreon, Professor, Department of Educational Foundations
    Dr. Beth Powers-Costello, Associate Professor - Early, Middle and Exceptional Education
    Dr. Karen Rice, Department Chair, School of Social Work
    Dr. Kelly Kuhns, Department Chair, The Wehrheim School of Nursing
    Dr. Patriece Campbell, Director of International Services & Programs
    Mr. Tom Waltz, Assistant Vice President for Facilities
    Ms. Neelu Ayilavarapu, Financial Accountant, Finance and Administration
    Ms. Kim Auger, Instructor, Library Department
    Mr. Steven Knepp, Associate Director, University Housing and Conference Services

  • 2021 Awardees

    Meredith Johnson
    Eco Fellowship for Sustainable Healthcare

    Sarah Jackson and Deborah Tamakloe
    Early, Middle and Exceptional Education Action Research Conference

    Deborah Tamakloe and Karen Rice
    Growing Global Citizens

    Dominick Manusos
    Precious Plastics Project

    John Wallace
    Project Wild Workshops for Education Majors and Practicing Teachers

    Margaret Mbdinyo and Ann Guadino
    Promising Scholars: Supporting, Mentoring and Advising Refugee and Immigrant Students Transitioning to College

    Abby Gabner
    Pre-LPP Academy

    2020 Awardees

    Open Education Workshop: Quality Education in K-12 Using Open Educational Resources.

    Dr. Amber Nicole Pfannenstiel and Steph Pennucci

    This Open Education Workshop will connect teachers, pre-service teachers, educational administrators, and other instructional educators serving PK-PhD programs to open educational resources, open digital programs, and zero textbook cost materials that can be adopted in classrooms. Beyond connecting educators with websites that support learning, this Open Education Workshop focuses on how open materials and assignments can provide meaningful learning experiences to all students, even with limited digital access.


    Accessibility for All: Enhancing the Curriculum with Assistive Technology (AT).

    Alisa Landis

    This project will be geared towards training Millersville University students to design assistive technology to improve their experiences during field placements. The AT materials will be housed in the University AT lab for MU students to use for years to come. One such field placement where students may benefit from taking these AT toolkits is the IU-13. The IU-13 serves a wide variety of students receiving special education services to address their needs as identified in their individualized education plans (IEPs). In fact, the IU-13 serves Millersville University’s need for student-teacher field placements. The project will enable students with disabilities to gain access to the curriculum through the utilization of mid-tech and low tech AT devices, such as stress balls and adaptive seating created by Millersville students. Students using these AT devices and services will be able to gain functional skills which will help them obtain classroom subject proficiency. This project enhances the experiences of MU teacher candidates, the MU volunteers, and the students in the classrooms where the teacher candidates are placed. There will be an AT Made it Accessible presentation night at Millersville University to raise awareness of the importance of assistive technology.


    Alternative Stable States: A case study of fishing practices in coral reef systems.

    Robyn Blevins

    This project focuses on increasing the resiliency of coral reefs by analyzing the effect of fishing on the transition between coral reefs and algae-dominated systems. The work will use a new mathematical tool for analyzing stability and resilience of coral reef ecosystems. The awardees will present at the International Symposium on Biomathematics and Ecology Education and Research Annual Meeting in Richmond, Virginia in October.


    Using Technology to Infuse a Culture of Inclusion within our Lancaster County School Districts and Beyond

    Dr. Tiffany Wright

    This project provides a variety of resources for aspiring administrators in the educational leadership program that will foster their growth in inclusion, technology implementation, and visionary leadership and promote collaboration among and between Millersville University faculty, school districts, charter schools, and private schools. The resources include a podcast designed and conducted by MU graduate and post-masters’ certification students, a virtual library of resources to support graduate students, and an action research based technological experience for aspiring administrators in the educational leadership program.


    The Outdoor Classroom and Learning Gardens Project

    Dr. Deborah Tamakloe

    This project will support developing a gardens curriculum for an outdoor learning center at the K-Prep learning center in Columbia, PA. K-Prep utilizes Pennsylvania’s Learning Standards for early childhood which has been designed to incorporate learning objectives focusing on scientific inquiry, exploration and discovery. Millersville University sends approximately 12 teacher candidates per semester for field observation. This project supports their participation and the learning center and intends to foster a generation of sustainability stewards by developing curriculum that connects communities and school with a focus on sustainability, equity and access, thus emphasizing a school-food culture that promotes wellnesses.