Campus Sustainability Fund grants over $140,000 in last funding cycle


Last week the CSF was featured in a UW Daily article to celebrate the end of our first funding cycle this year! The committee approved over $140,000 to fund 7 innovative, student-led sustainability projects, including the Lab Glove Recycling pilot program, Green Futures Lab Floating Wetlands project, 2nd Annual UW Resilience Summit, UW Farm Composting Toilet, Campus Illumination project, Kincaid Ravine amendment, and UW Solar Life Sciences Building project. You can learn more about the mission and background of each of our new projects under our 2015-16 Approved Projects tab. As these project teams kick into implementation mode, the CSF committee has already started reviewing Letters of Intent (LOIs) for our second annual funding cycle. Stay tuned to hear what incredbile projects the CSF will approve this spring!

Spring Letter of Intent Deadline Extension


Great news for anyone who missed the deadline last week! The CSF committee has voted to extend the deadline until March 27th. Go to to get started on your grant application today.

Tribal Water Security: Rethinking Our Relationship with Water


Interested in climate change? Ocean acidification? Medicine springs? Native teachings? All these topics and more will be covered at this upcoming CSF sponsored event! Don't miss the Tribal Water Security Colloquium: Rethinking Our Relationship with Water from 1:20-5:30pm on March 8th at the UW "wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ" Intellectual House. Check out the flyer for more details on the speakers and their respective topics.

Spring Letter of Intent Deadline


Our second annual funding deadline is coming up fast! Submit your Letter of Intent before midnight on March, 3rd to receive funding by May. Apply here! Send questions to

Got a Green Idea? Get a $1,000 Grant Now!


Each year the Campus Sustainability Fund allocates over $250,000 to on-campus, student-led, sustainability projects. Students receive grants that have ranged from $1,000 to $100,000 through our two annual funding cycles consisting of a preliminary Letter of Intent and Full Proposal. However, applications up to $1,000 can be submitted and funded anytime throughout the year with only a Letter of Intent. In the past these small projects grants have been used to sponser panel discussions, recycling video projects and more. Check out the full list here. If you're interested, apply today.

Husky Green Award Nominations


Nominations are now open for the Husky Green Awards!

The Husky Green Awards recognize students, faculty, staff and teams from all UW campuses who demonstrate initiative, leadership and dedication to environmental stewardship and sustainability. All members of the UW community can submit nominations, and this year everyone who submits a nomination will be entered into a drawing to win a prize pack including Husky Grind coffee and a reusable mug.

The form and full submission information can be found at here.

More information can be found on the UW Sustainability website.


We're Hiring a Creative Assistant!


Calling all design savvy students! The CSF is seeking a student to facilitate the design, implementation and production of various branding and communication endeavors in the 2015-2016 school year! The mission of the CSF is to create a sustainable campus and foster an environmentally conscious culture by funding student-lead projects from a portion of student fees to lessen the university’s environmental impact.

Possible endeavors, or projects, may include but are not limited to: stickers, letterhead, newsletter templates, project specific one-sheets, banners, etc. Specifics will be determined upon employment depending on the interests and skills of the Creative’s Assistant and CSF’s needs at the time of employment.

Full- or part-time student status at the UW Seattle campus during term of employment  Communication, graphic design and/or layout expertise
Ability to work on a personal computer, access to assorted industry standard software
Ability to present portfolio or samples of similar work
Familiarity with sustainability initiatives at the University of Washington

Negotiate and determine specific project(s) scope and deliverables with CSF Coordinator upon hiring
Work on creative deliverables predominantly in the CSF’s office on campus, or remotely as needed & negotiated.
Secure vendors for specific direct material and productions costs, work with CSF Coordinator to ensure their purchase (example: printing, tote bag suppliers, etc.) while staying within budget
Consult with CSF Outreach Coordinator, CSF Committee Members and CSF Coordinator for strategic prioritizing of future creative undertakings.
Produce complete deliverable(s) in both physical and digital forms at the conclusion of the position and when earnings cap is hit.

To Apply:
Please visit HuskyJobs (, search for position 98463 and submit a resume and cover letter detailing interest in the position as well as relevant experience. Please also provide a link to an online portfolio or submit sample work. Questions about the position and/or sample work can be submitted to Application Deadline: January 26th 2016 or until filled.

Apply to the Environmental Innovation Challenge


Student teams are invited to apply for funding to build prototypes for the Alaska Airlines Environmental Innovation Chal­lenge. These funds can be used to purchase materials, rent equipment, or hire short-term workers with skills beyond the team’s capacity. Application closes Sunday, Dec. 20 at midnight.

About the Environmental Innovation Challenge
Students are our best hope for solving the world’s most pressing environmental problems. If you have passion and the desire to make an im­pact, the Challenge is for you. In the EIC, interdisciplinary student teams define an en­vironmental problem, design a solution, build a prototype and/or a computer simulation, and create a business summary that demonstrates the market potential.

What is eligible? 
Any product, process or service that reduces waste, minimizes en­ergy consumption, and contributes to a healthier planet. Re-use, recycling, water usage, energy generation, green consumer prod­ucts, and nanotechnology - all are ripe for innovation.

Team Formation website is open! 
Need to find a team/teammates for the EIC, HIC or BPC. Enter info here.

Due Dates (open to students from all colleges and universities in the Pacific NW)

Prototype Application Due Dec. 20, midnight.  Application Here!  You’ll be notified by Jan 6.

Team Registration, January 22 to February 1. Open your online account with basic team information.

EIC OFFICIAL ENTRY February 21, your 5-7 page business summary is due.  Top 21 teams will be selected to present at the Alaska Airlines Environmental Innovation Chal­lenge which is held on March 31, 2016.

Learn More: Visit or

Native Plant Nursery Internships


The UW student chapter of the Society for Ecological Restoration's (SER-UW) native plant nursery is located on campus at the Center for Urban Horticulture (CUH). It is a student run operation that provides plants to the on-campus restoration projects that SER-UW manages. This year, with the support of a Campus Sustainability Fund grant, the nursery is expanding by building a new hoop house, growing more plants from seed and cuttings, and increasing its opportunities for volunteer involvement.

Request for internship applicants

The native plant nursery is seeking two undergraduate student interns for winter quarter. Interns are expected to devote an average of 9 hours a week to nursery projects. In conjunction with the co-managers, interns will develop learning objectives based on individual interests and strengths, to receive credit for ESRM 399 or their school’s equivalent. The interns' time will be split between routine plant maintenance, plant propagation, nursery infrastructure projects, helping with weekly volunteer work parties, and individual projects. Each intern will have a different focus to help tackle the many and diverse needs of a native plant nursery. Possible internship roles include:

Building Projects Intern will help with the construction of the hoop house. The applicant should be comfortable with power tools (or willing to learn).

Communications Intern will help develop an advertising strategy to increase volunteer involvement, assist with SER-UW’s Wordpress website design, advertise work parties, and maintain and increase the club’s social media presence.

Plant Order Coordinator will orchestrate the purchasing and pickup of plants by the restoration capstone course. He or she will also manage the inventory and help us determine what plants to grow for the restoration capstone course next year.

Work Party Coordinator will help plan weekly work parties that are focused on building the hoop house, plant salvages and plant propagation and maintenance work.

Both Interns are expected to:

  • be willing to get dirty, get wet, and work in all weather conditions
  • be on time and follow directions closely
  • work well with fellow interns and co-managers, and be comfortable working independently
  • problem solve and know when to ask for help
  • work well with volunteers- be available for weekly volunteer work parties
  • be able to lift 40 lbs and walk on uneven terrain


To apply send a resume and a 300-500 word description of why you are interested. Please indicate which role(s) you would like to be considered for, what you want to learn, and how your previous work experience and/or coursework apply to this position. Contact the nursery co-managers, Anna Carragee and Kelly Broadlick, at with questions, for more information, or to submit your application.

Application due by Friday, December 11th.

December 2015 Newsletter


Check out the latest CSF newsletter for a variety of involvement opportunites and event updates. Most importantly, the first Letter of Intent deadline is this Friday, December 4th!

Founding of the Green Husky Coalition


The Green Husky Coalition is a revision of the Green Tea Party and aims to bring environmentally focused student groups together to facilitate conversation about campus sustainability. Learn more on the UW Sustainability blog.

CSF has joined Instagram!


We have at last joined the Instagram community! Follow us @uwcsf for updates on projects, events, applications, volunteer opportunities and sustainability news. 

Letter of Intent Deadline


The first Letter of Intent (LOI) deadline is fast approaching! Please submit your application on our website by Friday, December 4th. If you're not ready to submit in two weeks, you can apply during our second funding cycle in early March.

November 2015 Newsletter


Learn more about upcoming events, committee operations and more in our latest newsletter.

CSF Brainstorming Workshop

Join the Campus Sustainability Fund (CSF) for an evening of interdisciplinary discussion and project brainstorming. Come get inspired and leave knowing how to craft a thorough project proposal and implement a student-led sustainability project. RSVP on Facebook!
Special Promotion:
The first 10 students to post a picture on Facebook with one of the 50+ posters on campus will win a FREE CSF TOTE BAG! Make sure to tag the CSF in your post to get counted. Happy hunting!


CSF Sustainability Festival Events


The Annual UW Sustainability Festival is next week and we want to see YOU at our CSF events! Get more details here about our Open House, Tabling event, Odegaard Poster Reception, and participation in the "Campus as a Living Lab" Exhibition.

October 2015 Newsletter


Get updated on CSF news and events! Click here to check it out. Didn't get this in your inbox? Sign up to recieve our monthly email newsletter here.

$15,000 of Seattle City Light funding available for CSF renewable energy projects


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 for more information and encouragement.

By Veronica Guenther, CSF Outreach Coordinator

Join the CSF Committee


Each year the CSF committee controls the allocation of over $250,000 to student-led projects! As a voting CSF committee member, you will have the opportunity to provide direction to all aspects of the fund; including project approval, strategic visioning and budget oversight. The committee consists of seven student voting members, three ex-officios and a variable number of non-voting memebers. This year the ASUW Board of Directors and GPSS will each be appointing two voting members to join the committee.

If you're an undergraduate student, apply here to become an ASUW Board of Directors Representative.

Due Date: October 16th, 2015 at 11:45pm

If you're a graduate student, apply here to become a GPSS representative. (see instructions at top of page)

Due Date: TBD

August 2015 Newsletter


Have you read the latest CSF Newsletter? Check it out to learn about the summer progress made on a number of CSF projects! Most notably, trails, benches and educational signs have been installed in Kincaid Ravine. Meanwhile, the SER-UW Nursery has been taking care of plant starts in preparation for their autumn nursery expansion. Lastly, the Yesler Swamp Trek Stop is on track for completion in spring 2016. Looking towards the school year, be sure to stop by the CSF table at the Dawg Daze Student Activities Fair. Hope to see you all soon!

Link to August 2015 Newsletter here.