All projects will be evaluated by the CSF Committee based on how well they address the criteria listed below. If you would like more information about how projects are evaluated contact the CSF at

  1. Sustainable Impact: Projects must improve the sustainability of UW’s campus and/or operations. Sustainable impact encompasses both social sustainability - cultural awareness & preservation, representation or engagement of underrepresented communities, diverse and interdisciplinary collaboration – and environmental sustainability – reducing carbon emissions, energy use, water use, waste, pollutants, and toxins, as well as improving living systems, biodiversity, environmental justice and equity. Projects focused on social sustainability should also include an environmentally sustainable component, although this part does not have to be the project’s focus.
  2. Leadership & Student Involvement: Staff and student roles must be clearly outlined and reflected in the proposed project budget. Projects must demonstrate some substantial degree of student leadership or student involvement throughout the application and implementation process to be considered for funding. Additionally, projects initiated by students will be prioritized.
  3. Education, Outreach, & Behavior Change: Projects must include educational and outreach components that help cultivate an aware and engaged campus community.
  4. Feasibility, Accountability, & Sustainability: Applicants must demonstrate that they have or can attain the technical knowledge, necessary approvals, and project management skills to complete projects successfully. The Fund encourages the use of a faculty or staff mentor, appropriate department support, and/or a line item in the budget for project management.  CSF monies must be used in a socially responsible manner—to be determined by the Committee.  Projects requiring ongoing maintenance or staffing not funded by the CSF should demonstrate a plan to meet long-term needs.

Application Resources:

Please note: Per its bylaws, the CSF cannot fund strictly research-based projects (those that do not contain an actionable component)! The CSF will also not specifically fund food and drinks as part of project award budgets.

Preference is given to projects that:

  • align with the UW’s commitment to sustainability.
  • are able to repay the CSF through a revolving loan fund or other mechanism;
  • have a clear, strong student-participation component. For the purposes of this section, postdoctoral researchers and other similar individuals are not considered students. This is evaluated at the discretion of the Committee on several factors, including:
    • Ratio of funded student positions to funded non-student positions;
    • Involvement of targeted student groups and organizations; and
    • Amount of student body potentially involved in project at any stage.
  • can obtain matching funds from sources other than the CSF;
  • impact UW Seattle sustainability “closer to home.” For example, priority will be given to projects that directly address sustainability on campus over projects which address the city-wide environmental impacts of UW Seattle’s campus operations.
Applicant Eligibility:

The applicant must meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • UW Seattle Faculty
  • UW Seattle Staff
  • UW Seattle registered student with official UW academic or administrative department sponsor or Registered Student Organization with an established budget number who can administer the awarded funds
  • UW Seattle Registered Student Organization (For student groups of five or more who would like to become registered as an RSO, please visit