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Eight idea papers were submitted in Spring of 2014, seven of which were approved by the committee. 

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Upcoming Events and Deadlines

Job Opportunities

Current job listings for HEIF include: 

*Outreach Manager 

*Energy Analysis Student Assistant 

If you have questions please email heif+jobs@humboldt.edu

HEIF Committee Meetings

All meetings are open to the campus community. Meeting times for Fall 2014 are TBA. Meetings are often held in NHE 113, 106, 115, & 120. 

Become a HEIF Voting Member

Don't have time for a part-time job but still want to get involved? Every fall semester, up to 3 student voting positions open up on the HEIF Committee, and are appointed by Associated Students. The Committee is made up of student, staff, and faculty voting & non-voting members, with a student majority. Ultimately, it is the Committee that decides where HEIF money is allocated.

Fill out an online application through AS!



What is HEIF?

The Humboldt Energy Independence Fund is an energy conservation fund created by an HSU student initiative in 2004. Every student pays $10/semester and the money is allocated to student-proposed conservation projects like solar panels, water bottle hydration stations, compost bins, lighting retrofits, etc.

The process is as follows: In the Fall, we host brainstorming events to foster new project ideas that we can fund and implement. We then accept short idea submissions from students, and the HEIF Committee then votes on which ideas will be developed into full grant proposals. To write these, we hire student development teams over the Spring semester and assign them a mentor. Finally, the HEIF Committee awards funding to the feasible projects, which are then implemented by Plant Operations staff and/or HSU students, depending on the proposal.

HEIF's mission is to reduce the environmental impact of energy use at Humboldt State University through student-driven projects.

Current Job Opportunities 

Outreach Manager


The Humboldt Energy Independence Fund is hiring a student to help publicize the organization, our projects, and our events. HEIF would like to see more (and more diverse) student involvement, and we believe a good publicist can generate increased awareness and interest in our activities. At the institutional level, HEIF and HSU would also like to better share our green initiatives with other universities and organizations.

The ideal candidate would market HEIF on campus through a variety of channels: flyers, websites, social media, classroom presentations, tabling, events, chalking, blogs, news articles, etc. He or she might also work with HSU Marketing & Communications to produce outreach materials for a broader public audience. The position is open to all enrolled HSU students, but prior experience with marketing, outreach, public relations, or similar is desired. Relevant coursework in marketing, communications, graphics, and related

fields is helpful.


  • Publicize major HEIF events/dates/projects (several times per year)

    • Making and posting flyers, posters, brochures, etc.

    • Making in-class announcements to students in different majors

    • Tabling on the quad

    • Writing and distributing press releases to local newspapers and radio stations

    • Chalking on campus

    • Highlight current/significant HEIF projects in our outreach efforts

  • Maintain HEIF’s online presence with current events, news, job announcements, and project updates (ongoing, 1-2x per week)

    • The HEIF website needs to stay current, informative, and accurate

    • HEIF’s Facebook page can be used for additional marketing around specific events

    • Other websites can be utilized as per your judgment

  • Produce and distribute marketing materials such as brochures, flyers, posters, etc. (as necessary)

    • Serve as HEIF’s representative to other student sustainability groups on campus and within the CSU system (as necessary)

    • Attend sustainability group meetings as schedule permits

    • Assist HSU Marketing & Communications with publicizing news and events involving HEIF

    • Attend other HSU sustainability organization meetings (time permitting)

  • Attend HEIF meetings (weekly)

    • Weekly HEIF Manager Meetings

    • Biweekly HEIF Committee meetings

    • As needed, attend meetings with specific HEIF groups to understand their outreach needs

  • Represent HEIF at off-campus conferences (1-3x per academic year)

Desired Skills

● Writing: Clarity, brevity, ability to summarize technical information or meeting minutes

● Public speaking

● Graphic design, familiarity with the Adobe Suite or similar

● Familiarity with press releases and public service announcements

● Website maintenance and content creation

● Familiarity with social media marketing

● Organized and able to meet deadlines

● Independently motivated

● Good communication skills

● Familiarity with and interest in sustainable energy concepts

Job Logistics

Deadline to Apply: September 8th 2014

Openings: 1

Hours: Flexible work schedule, 6-10 hours per week

Wage: $11.25/hour

Start Date: 9/15/14

End Date: 5/15/15

Application Instructions

Please electronically submit a letter of intent and personal resume to

heif+jobs@humboldt.edu NO LATER than 5:00pm on September 8th, 2014


Energy Analysis Student Assistant 

Job Description

The mission of the Humboldt Energy Independence Fund (HEIF) is to reduce the environmental impact of energy use at HSU through student driven projects. Working with a Facilities Management Manager, two to three students will perform building energy analyses on campus buildings to determine the building’s potential as a future energy saving project. The team will work alongside a Facilities engineer and will be logging, collecting and analyzing energy data.  Students interested should have knowledge of data analysis and energy systems. Students should also have experience in technical writing and engineering concepts. Students must be able to effectively communicate technical findings with HEIF employees and committee members.  

Desired Skills

  • A background in energy and building efficiency analysis

  • Knowledge of energy systems and calculations

  • Experience with data analysis

  • Experience with Microsoft EXCEL

  • Experience with Engineering concepts

  • Experience in technical writing and conveying technical information

Job Logistics

Openings: 2-3

Hours: Flexible work schedule, up to 10 hrs weekly

Wage: $10-$13 DOE

Application Due Date: September 8th, 2014

Duration: 1-2 semesters

Must be an enrolled HSU student


Application Instructions

Please electronically submit a letter of intent and personal resume to


heif+jobs@humboldt.edu NO LATER than 5:00pm on September 8th, 2014

Our Latest Projects

Compost Bins

Compost Bins3

Look for new permanent compost bins on campus.  Save your banana peels and apple cores to contribute to our campus compost.  Composting not only diverts from the landfill, but creates a nutrient rich soil additive that is used on campus landscaping and is available to the community.  See the sign on the bins for a list of accepted materials.

Water Bottle Refill Stations


Awarded: $7,000
Submitted by: Jessica Lamb and Victor Reuther

There are now new water bottle refill stations installed on ten water fountains across campus.  Every time you refill your water bottle, it saves energy that is embedding in producing the bottles,  transporting the water, and even recycling the plastic. 

High Efficiency Faucet Aerators

Awarded: $3,000
Submitted by: Jessica Lamb and Victor Reuther

This proposal proves every little bit matters.  By changing campus restroom aerators from a flow rate of 2.2 gallons per minute to 0.5 gallons per minute the campus will save 1,200 therms of natural gas annually.  Using less water means heating less water.

Recycling Behavior Study

Recycling Bin

Awarded: $7,000
Submitted by: Oscar Azucena and Joel Bautista

In an effort to better understand recycling behavior HEIF is funding a waste diversion study.  This study is recording behavior response to different collection methods and container labels to find the most effective combination.  Together with student effort we hope to realize the highest 100% recycling diversion from classroom buildings on campus.