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, fill out our contact form or email us 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: Project must include educational and outreach components that help cultivate an aware and engaged campus community.
  4. Feasibility & accountability: 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.