CSF awards $166,653 to student projects

05/28/2015

After an exciting round of project proposals and deliberations, the CSF is pleased to announce that it has awarded a total of $166,653 to seven student-led projects! Congratulations to the following projects for crafting excellent proposals and making the UW a more environmentally conscious campus:

Congratulations again to these projects and their teams!! This round of awards wraps up the funding cycle for large CSF projects for the 2014-2015 school year. If you are thinking of applying for $1000 or greater, the next available opportunity will be in the middle of Fall quarter in the 2015-2016 year (around November 2015). For small projects asking for $1000 or less, fell free to submit a Letter of Intent at any time. The committee will review small projects on a rolling basis.


May 2015 Newsletter

05/14/2015

Have you seen our latest newsletter? Click here for our May edition. It's packed full of upcoming events and exciting project updates.

May 2015 newsletter: here.  

 


[Event] Guest Lecturer: Linda Steg from University of Groningen

05/12/2015

Dr. Linda Steg, environmental psychologist and professor at the University of Groningen in The Netherlands will be speaking about pro-environmental behavior and values on Tuesday, May 26th at 6:00 PM in Alder Hall. There will be a reception at 5:00 PM. This lecture is free and open to the public. 


[Event] UW Resilience Summit

05/05/2015

ReThink and UW EcoReps present: the UW Resilience Summit. The UW Resilience Summit will be an enlightening and inspiring event for people with all levels of sustainability knowledge, and will provide the opportunity to learn about new advances in sustainability and the complex issue of climate change, as well as network with local business leaders and environmental advocates.

When and where: 
Tuesday May 19th, 2015 from 4pm - 7:30 pm at the new UW Intellectual House

Join us for a delicious catered dinner, two exciting panels, breakout sessions and networking opportunities. Dress will be business casual attire.

Tickets are just $6.50, and are available here:
http://uwresiliencesummit.brownpapertickets.com/


CSF Celebrates Earth Day

04/30/2015

Thanks to all who participated in Earth Week with the CSF last week! Thanks for stopping by our table, decorating our tiles, braving the rain during the bike tour, and tackling some crazy English ivy at the restoration site. The tiles that you decorated for the UW Biodiesel Cooperative will become a part of their new lab space to be constructed early next academic year. We also would like to congratulate our Vice Chair, Natalie Gray, and service learning student volunteer Tali Haller for both receiving a Husky Green Award! We are stoked their work towards making the campus and their communities a more sustainable place gets recognized. We can't wait to see what else they have up their sleeves!


A student decorates a tile for a future Biodiesel Cooperative facility at the CSF table.


Committe members Carolyn Hartman (left) and Natalie Gray (right) tabling during Earth Day.


Junior and CSF Vice Chair Natalie Gray receives her Husky Green Award. 


Freshman and past CSF student volunteer Tali Haller receives her Husky Green Award.


Students make progress restoring area near PACCAR Hall

04/30/2015

The CSF partnered with the Society for Ecological Restoration (SER) - UW Chapter last week to start restoring a brand new site on campus. Just north of PACCAR Hall last Friday, a crew of undergraduates, Master's, and PhD students gathered to tackle a blanket of invasive species overtaking the campus grounds. A lot of progress was made, and we had tons of fun! Thanks SER for organizing this event!


Bike Tours! Restoration! Pizza Bake! Join us for Earth Week 2015

04/16/2015

Join the CSF for an exciting set of events for Earth Week! We will be hosting and participating in events throughout the week across campus, and we're looking forward to getting involved in our campus community. For a more detailed description of our events, see below:

BIKE TOURS: We will be hosting two bikes for interested students, staff, and faculty who want to see CSF projects in action on campus. Attendees are welcome to bring their own bike and helmet, or use the Pronto Bike Sharing program. The CSF will cover all costs for folks who chose to use the bike sharing program. Tours start at 3:30pm on Tuesday and 1:30pm on Thursday. Meet us at the Pronto Bike Sharing station near 15th AVE NE & W Stevens Way NE. If you are lost, look for a tandem bike and the CSF logo!

EXHIBITOR'S FAIR: As part of the greater campus celebration for Earth Day, the CSF will be tabling in Red Square from 10AM-3PM on Wednesday. Come by and say hi! We will be decorating ceramic tiles that will become a part of the new UW Biodiesel Cooperative lab space!  

RESTORATION WORK PARTY: In partnership with the Society for Ecological Restoration at UW, we are tackling a brand new restoration site just north of PACCAR Hall! There will be free food, giveaways, and live music provided from UW student musicians. Please wear comfortable work clothes and be prepared for weather (we're crossing our fingers for sunshine!). The (work) party starts at noon and goes until 4PM. Exact location here. RSVP here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1150983658261250/

UW FARM PIZZA BAKE: Immediately after the restoration work party, the UW Farm will be having one of their famous pizza bakes down by the Center for Urban Horticulture (CUH)! Join us for good food, good people, and good times. If you are joining us during the restoration event, our entire group will be walking down to the CUH together. 


Earth Day is April 22nd!

04/06/2015

Earth Day celebrations will take place on Red Square on April 22, along with other events throughout the week. There will be student organizations, UW departments, sustainable food vendors and other organizations sharing how they work toward environmental and sustainability goals. Discover initiatives happening at UW and learn what you can do to help. There will also be music, speakers and the Husky Green Award announcements as well as the exhibitors.

For more information, go to UW Sustainability's Earth Day page: green.uw.edu/earth-day-2015 


UW Sustainability March Newsletter

04/02/2015

Have you read the latest in UW Sustainability news? In the March newsletter you can meet the office's new mascot, get updates on this year's Earth Day celebrations, and read about the newest innovative projects happening on campus. Click here for the full newsletter.


Work begins at Manastash Ridge Observatory

03/31/2015

CSF-funded project "Conservation and Sustainability at Manastash Ridge Observatory: Planning For the Next Forty Years" began to prepare for the changes that will be added and installed to the observatory in the future. So far, the team has removed old light fixtures to prepare for a higher efficiency, newer, and safer set up, and new toilets have been installed that increase effi­ciency from 3.5 gal/flush (mea­sured) to 1.28gal/flush. The old kitchen was also removed to anticipate the new water catchment system going in (pictured below).

Removing the old kitchen.

After a day's work, the kitchen is removed!

A student from the MRO team, Joseph Huehnerhoff, has been keeping a detailed blog with photos and descriptions about the work that has been happening at the site. You can find that blog here: http://blogs.uw.edu/jwhueh/.

For more information about the Manastash Ridge Observatory, see here: http://www.astro.washington.edu/users/laws/MRO/home.page/mro.html

Information about the scope of work for this CSF project: http://staff.washington.edu/jwhueh/MRO/upgrades.html


[Opportunity] Yesler Swamp Project looking for a Project Engineer!

03/09/2015
The Yesler Swamp Bird Blind project is looking for a talented and passionate UW undergrad preferably with an interest and background in environmental science and resource management to help with the bird blind feasibility study.  The project engineer is a student who can commit 5 hours a week in the spring and (potentially) summer quarters, on a volunteer basis.  You will be working side by side with the project lead.
 
Yesler Swamp Bird Blind - Project Engineer, duties will include:
  1. Completing and submitting the remaining portions of the preliminary permit application (60% complete), this includes:
    • estimating quantity and areas of ground disturbances
    • scheduling and organizing a pre-submittal conference with Seattle DPD
    • submitting additional metrics such as total SF of new construction, total SF of new impervious surfaces, and the estimated project value (in $)
    • field measuring tree dbh and caliper - then adding these measurements with tree locations on the survey documents
    • completing and submitting the topographic survey per the ECA exemption site plan requirements
  2. Completing and submitting the ECA exemption application (0% complete)

Please contact Tyler Licata at tlicata@uw.edu for questions. 

 


UW named one of 17 top green campuses by Mother Nature Network

03/05/2015

The CSF was mentioned in the Mother Nature Network's highlighting of UW as one of the top green colleges campuses!

"Located in the green hub of Seattle, it's no wonder this university is focused on sustainability with students as the heart of the program. The student-run Campus Sustainability Fund has awarded more than $1 million to student environmental projects that help create a sustainable campus since the fund was established in 2010. The Green Seed Fund supports research that contributes to campus sustainability goals. There are 29 LEED-certified buildings on campus with plans for 15 more. UW has installed solar panels, retrofit fixtures and replaced 1,800 inefficient toilets, equaling an estimated 50 million gallons of water saved each year. The university diverts 61 percent of its waste away from landfills and 53 percent of campus food is local, organic or fair trade.

Read more here.


[Event] Grant Writing Practicum Final Presentations

02/27/2015

Final project presentations for ENVIR 495E / CEP 498A-- Environmental Grant Writing Practicum Class will be held on Wednesday March 11 from 2:30 to 4:30 in PoE Commons (ACC Main floor).

Map here: http://depts.washington.edu/poeweb/about/contact.php

Students have been working in teams to design campus projects that are eligible for funding from the Campus Sustainability Fund. They will make formal presentations at the end of the term in anticipation of pitching these ideas to the CSF committee this Spring.

Projects proposals that you will learn about:

  • permaculture spaces on UW campus!
  • multimodal real-time travel information screens!
  • water fountain upgrades!
  • a retrofit of Bagley Hall's HVAC system!
  • a student position to create new media around sustainability!
  • a vision to ban the sale of plastic water bottles on campus!

All are welcome at this presentation. RSVP on Facebook.


CSF Awards $105,367 to projects

02/24/2015

After an exciting round of project proposals and deliberations, the CSF is pleased to announce that it has awarded a total of $105,367 to six student-led projects! Congratulations to the following projects for crafting excellent proposals and making the UW a more environmentally conscious campus:

Congratulations again to these projects and their teams!! If you would like your project to be considered for our second round of funding, please apply online by March 3rd.

 


[Event] Biofuel Panel

02/10/2015

Join the discussion about biofuels on campus and beyond! The UW Biodiesel Cooperative is hosting the Biofuels Panel where students will get a chance to hear from industry experts and participate in a Q&A afterwards. The event will be held in Anderson 223 at 5:30 this Wednesday.


[Event] Sustainability Project Brainstorming Workshop

02/02/2015

 

The Campus Sustainability Fund wants to hear from YOU, the UW student body, about what kinds of sustainability projects you want to see on campus. Join us for a night of ideas, discussions, and brainstorming sessions with students from different disciplines all over campus. Attendees will get a chance to engage in small group and large group discussions, as well as a chance to meet and chat with students on the CSF staff and committee. We are looking to hear your ideas!

Here are the details:
Who: UW students! People passionate about sustainability. People with ideas. People who want to make an impact but maybe don't know how.
When: Tuesday, Feb. 17th, 5-7pm
Where: Mechanical Engineering Building 246

RSVP on Facebook! 

 


Spring Due Dates

01/12/2015

The due dates for the second funding round have been determined! Please electronically submit your Letter of Intent (LOI) by Tuesday, March 3rd by 11:59pm, and your full proposal by Tuesday, April 21st by 11:59pm. You can access the application page by clicking here or via the "Apply" link in the menu bar above. 

In order to have the strongest application, please familiarize yourself with the following materials:
Application Requirements & Preferences
Application Process
Examples of full proposals from funded projects
APPLY HERE

Please contact uwcsf@uw.edu for further inquiries. 


Project Highlights and Dean/Student Panel

11/14/2014

Our awesome service learners from the Carlson Center at UW have been busy doing some reporting on CSF projects and sustainability events. Check out their three newest stories below: 

1. Building Boardwalks, Bird Blinds, and Community Bridges at the Yesler Swamp

2. UW Sustainability Panel Identifies Barriers to Solving Grand Challenges

3. Real Students Promoting Real Food


Fall Due Dates

11/01/2014

The due dates for the first funding round have been determined! Please electronically submit your Letter of Intent (LOI) by Tuesday, November 18th by 11:59pm, and your full proposal by Tuesday, January 20th by 11:59pm. You can access the application page by clicking here or via the "Apply" link in the menu bar above. 

In order to have the strongest application, please familiarize yourself with the following materials:
Application Requirements & Preferences
Application Process
Examples of full proposals from funded projects
APPLY HERE

Please contact uwcsf@uw.edu for further inquiries. 


Grant Proposal Practicum Offered in Winter quarter

10/31/2014

The grant writing practicum is a course offered to all students on campus who are interested in honing their grant writing skills. You will get to develop skills in grant-writing, project development, and project management for projects targeting sustainability goals. For more information visit the link and contact uwcsf@uw.edu for further inquiries. 
http://poe.washington.edu/undergraduate_programs/courses/index.php