Through the University of Washington and Seattle City Light’s continuing Green Up program partnership, up to $15,000 of matching funds will be available this fall for CSF projects focused on renewable energy installations or education components. Depending on the demand during the fall-winter CSF funding cycle, funding may also be available during the spring application cycle. This exciting agreement marks the first external funding grant for the CSF.
The UW has been part of SCL’s Green Up program since 2006 when the University committed to buying 100% green power. In conjunction, SCL agreed to provide funding for renewable energy work at the UW such as staff and student projects and the creation of educational outreach materials. The UW-SCL partnership hopes to continue jointly leveraging their academic and economic resources to bring about a greener energy future.
As a part of their renewed agreement in April of 2015, the UW-SCL partnership has agreed to grant renewable energy project funding through the existing CSF application process. Previously, the CSF has enabled large scale renewable energy projects such as UW Solar. During the 2012-13 school year, the CSF awarded UW Solar $89,500 of funding to conduct a feasibility study and then install solar panels on a new UW Housing and Food Services building. Moving forward, this new auxiliary funding will allow the CSF to support a greater number of projects like UW Solar while continuing to increase overall student involvement in campus sustainability.
If you are interested in applying for these funds, please contact Marilyn Ostergren, Renewable Energy Liaison with SCL, at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and encouragement.
By Veronica Guenther, CSF Outreach Coordinator