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 reduce the University’s environmental impact and/or address social/cultural sustainability challenges. The Fund will prioritize projects with measurable impact on, but not limited to, the following: Environmental: carbon emissions, energy use, water use, waste, living systems and biodiversity, and pollutants and toxins. Social/Diversity: Student engagement, behavior change, cultural awareness & preservation, representation of underrepresented demographics, diverse and interdisciplinary collaboration. 
  2. Student Leadership & Involvement: Projects that demonstrate a substantial degree of student leadership or student involvement 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;
  • create a strong student-participation component;
  • 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