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Sustainability-related projects like lighting upgrades, heating/ventilation controls and building envelope improvements are funded from a variety of sources at OSU, helping accomplish more work in a resource constrained environment.

Sustainable Energy Revolving Loan Fund

Started in January 2010, the SERLF is a student program that provides a local source of low interest financing to accelerate sustainable energy projects at Oregon State University.  Funding is delivered through a competitive application process.  $100,000 were available in 09-10, with an additional $100,000 in 10-11 and 11-12.  Minimum loan size is $5,000; there is no maximum on individual projects.  Please read the SERLF Instructions for more detail.

As per Oregon University System policy, interest is assessed at the rate of 2 percentage points above the rate paid by the Oregon Short Term Fund during the term of the loan.  The SERLF interest rate since February 4, 2013​ has been 2.54%.  Please check the Oregon Short Term Fund website for updates. 

Applications should be submitted to Brandon Trelstad

Potential applicants are asked to thoroughly read the SERLF Instructions document prior to applying, although some recent processes have changed.  Loan terms are binding and non-negotiable once both parties have signed a Loan Agreement

Documents and forms:

Any questions should be directed, as early in the process as possible, to Brandon Trelstad, OSU Sustainability Coordinator.

Join Students - Get Involved!

Whether or not you're planning to apply for SERLF funding, you can be involved.  Contribute to the SERLF by making a donation through the OSU Foundation.  While any amount is welcome, a gift of $25 matches the annual per student contribution. To make an in-kind contribution, please contact Brandon Trelstad.

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