11/04/2017

Hello Huskies!

On Thursday, October 19th, 2017, the CSF hosted an event where members of the UW community were invited to meet the CSF team and brainstorm ideas to make the campus more sustainable. The Brainstorming Mixer kicked off with a poster exhibit featuring over a dozen projects the CSF has funded, including the Sustainable Learning Center, Solar Tables and Phone Charging Stations, and Gould Hall’s Green Wall. Attendees had the opportunity to mingle, converse with project representatives, and get a better sense of the type of projects the CSF funds, as well as...

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03/06/2017

By Michael Kim
The Daily

The Campus Sustainability Fund (CSF) hosted a brainstorming mixer last Friday, bringing together a wide variety of recently funded projects under the singular ideal of sustainability.

The CSF is a student-run and student-funded organization that provides grants to sustainability projects across the UW. Initially started in the 2010-11 school year from a student-led grassroots campaign the year prior, the...

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01/26/2017

By Abigail Sloan
The Daily

As much as Seattleites love to brag about how much we compost and recycle, there’s no denying that sorting trash is no easy task. How many times have you been in front of a garbage can asking yourself whether or not the piece of plastic you have in your hand is biodegradable, recyclable, or just something to chuck in the landfill?

Using a grant from the Campus Sustainability Fund (CSF), a local startup called EvoEco, founded by former UW student William...

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05/25/2016

By College of the Environment News

It is graduation season, and with that comes well wishes for our graduates and an opportunity to shine a light on their accomplishments. In appreciation of their contributions to enriching the College of the Environment in numerous ways, the College has decided to fund two projects jointly with the Campus Sustainability Fund (CSF)....

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05/12/2016

By Spencer Kelty
The Daily

A team of UW researchers has begun working on a project to create a roadmap for future lighting on campus, focusing on sustainability and efficiency for outdoor lighting installations on campus roadways, walking paths, and buildings. 

“Exterior and interior lighting have gone through significant advances, in both energy efficiency control and luminaire technology,” UW professor and project leader Christopher Meek said. “That, combined with networking...

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05/12/2016

By Michelle Ma
UW Today

Where do you walk on campus after dark, and which areas could benefit from better lighting?

An interdisciplinary team of students, faculty and staff together with lighting design experts is asking the UW community those questions as part of a new plan to improve the efficiency and sustainability of outdoor lighting around the Seattle campus. The team’s survey to...

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03/18/2016

By Karina Mazhukhina
UW Sustainability Blog

For 40 years, the University of Washington's Manastash Ridge Observatory near Ellensburg has been home to countless research projects studying our vast universe. Now, it’s working on incorporating environmental...

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08/27/2015

Formed three years ago as handful of mostly graduate students, UW Solar became well known on campus after its first project — installing 128 solar panels on the roof of Mercer Court’s A Building in April 2014. The group has since grown to nearly 50 strong, about half of them undergraduates. Students involved in UW Solar...

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08/18/2015

You may not have noticed, but as you walk around the UW campus more of those plants and flowers at your feet are species native to Puget Sound.

That’s because UW’s Society for Ecology Restoration student guild (SER-UW) native plant nursery has been working to restore areas on campus by...

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05/14/2015

Earlier this year, the CSF awarded a grand total of $105,367 to 6 projects in the first round of funding for 2015. One of the projects proposed innovative adjustments that would optimize the use of a gift Mother Nature likes to shower upon Seattle: rainwater. 

CSF spoke to Amy Kim, Assistant Professor in Civil & Environmental Engineering and Heta Kosonen, a PhD student in Construction Engineering, about their proposed sustainable rainwater system in the Construction Materials Laboratory (CML) in More Hall.


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05/14/2015

On Friday April 24th, 19 volunteers helped to clear a patch of English ivy in the green belt behind PACCAR Hall. Lead by ESMR major Ben Sari, they cut away at this invasive species for several hours before completion. Volunteers came from several corners of UW, drawn together from Facebook posts and tables at Earth Day in Red Square.

There were multiple reasons for cutting away the ivy, Sari says. First of all, it’s an invasive species; clearing the ivy away makes room for native plants to grow. The thick covering of ivy also housed pests such as rats; clearing the ivy eliminates...

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05/12/2015

The CSF helped support the UW Night Market put on by the Taiwanese Student Association last weekend to support their recycling and waste control. Read on to see how the event went!


Thousands flocked to Red Square on Saturday night to celebrate Taiwan’s rich culture with food and entertainment.  

The 15th annual UW Night Market featured 22 food vendors, games, and a full lineup of performances including special guests singer-songwriter Joseph Vincent and seven-member rock/hip-hop group Lions Ambition. Throughout the night, dance crews, singers, and even an Elvis...

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05/12/2015

The ASUW Student Senate passed a resolution in support of the UW dedicating 25 percent of its food purchases to Real Food, or food that is fairly produced (from farm to table,) by 2020, with an annual one percent increase.

The Real Food Challenge (RFC) is a national campaign that encourages universities to purchase Real Food. To be considered Real Food by RFC standards, food items must fulfill at least one of the following criteria: local and community-based, fair, ecologically sound, and humane.

These proposed changes in R-21-34 are part of the Real Food Campus Commitment,...

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05/05/2015

A trip to Israel sparked a UW student's dream to leave a mark on the enviroment.

"There was a full moon, a massive brilliant orb, and stars everywhere,” said Will Fantle, co-creator of ReThink, a UW club focused on business sustainability. “They took us out in silence and told us to go find a spot in the desert. We sat out there for what felt like hours. I just lay there looking up at the stars thinking about what I wanted to do with my life."

As part of Birthright, a program designed to strengthen Jewish identity, Fantle, then a sophomore, traveled to Israel on an all...

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03/28/2015

Last Wednesday, students in the Program on the Environment (POE) and Community, Environment and Planning’s (CEP) jointly-offered Grant Writing Practicum class (ENVIR 495E/ CEP 498A), presented their projects in Wallace Hall to showcase the quarter’s efforts. Students were given 10 minutes to present their proposal, followed by five minutes of Q&A with an audience consisting of faculty, CSF Committee and staff members and fellow students. The goal of the class was to help students develop their grant writing, project development and project management skills to specifically address...

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02/25/2015

Walk by the IMA at any time of the day and you’re bound to see students on treadmills and elliptical machines, running and walking for miles on end. That is potential energy.

At CSF’s inaugural Brainstorming Workshop last Tuesday, one of the sustainability project ideas discussed was how to turn the energy generated by students working out into a useful power source. Not only could this provide a platform for real-time energy metering, but it could also make students more aware of their consumption of energy in their daily lives. A student who attended the workshop said, “If there...

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02/24/2015

UW is currently undergoing Salmon-Safe recertification after first being certified in 2011.  Salmon-Safe is a regional eco-label that ensures a site (farm, vineyard, university campus, landscape, etc.)  has minimized its impact on local watersheds by increasing the quality and reducing the quantity of stormwater discharged.  Through a grant from the CSF, the Sustainable Stormwater program has catalyzed student efforts to become integrally involved with the recertification effort and is leading the process.  Learn more about the Salmon Safe program from this video and get involved with the...

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02/17/2015

Dani Gilmour describes herself as a former junk food fiend, something one wouldn’t expect from the coordinator of Husky Real Food Challenge (HRFC).

Since she was a child growing up in Cheney, Wash., she has known she wanted to address climate change, but food production had never occurred to her as something that has a significant impact on the environment. Gilmour attributes her newfound interest in food to the food-related classes at the UW and opportunities to volunteer at the UW Farm during her first year on campus.

“Coming to Seattle, that’s when I started to care about...

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11/25/2014

The Engineers Without Borders chapter at the University of Washington (EWB-UW) is collaborating with the UW Farm to construct a greenhouse by the Center of Urban Horticulture (CUH). This project was funded in part by the Campus Sustainability Fund. EWB-UW is continuing its construction of the greenhouse this year, led by Adi Junus, Sergey Lukin, and Nammy Tran.

When one thinks of Engineers Without Borders, their participation in a local community project in Seattle is not necessarily the first thing that comes to mind. This is partly due to EWB’s global focus, which is articulated...

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11/07/2014

Tucked behind the Washington Arboretum, the Yesler Swamp might be overlooked by the casual passerby at first glance. However, the swamp is host to a multitude of environmental restoration and education projects that UW students are engaging in to bring more attention to this hidden gem. Carolyn Foster and Tyler Licata are two Community, Environment, and Planning (CEP) students who are leading restoration efforts at the Yesler Swamp under the Yesler Swamp Project (YSP), which is a student-led restoration project. The main focus of YSP is environmental restoration and community building....

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