Spring Office Hours

04/28/2021

Did you know that the Campus Sustainability Fund has virtual office hours?

The CSF offers flexible one-on-one meetings via zoom, and open ‘drop-in’ times throughout the week. We are here to act as a resource in order to help you with your goals, ideas, and plans.

Zoom link for Wednesday 10-11 PST:

https://washington.zoom.us/my/kyle.mcdermott

Zoom link for Thursday 1:00-2:00 PST:

https://washington.zoom.us/j/95198596472

Zoom link for Friday 2-3PST:

https://washington.zoom.us/j/7425783907#success


Resilience Seed Grants Now Open Until April 30th!

04/02/2021

The UW Resilience Lab and the Campus Sustainability Fund (CSF) are pleased to announce the fourth annual Resilience and Compassion Seed Grant cycle. These small grants support efforts to promote resilience, compassion and sustainability and foster connection and community at the UW. Seed grants support impactful activities, programming, projects and/or applied research that align with the following goals of the Resilience Lab and the CSF: 

  • To cultivate kindness, compassion and gratitude toward each other and ourselves; 
  • To foster connectedness, belonging and community; 
  • To embrace common humanity and diversity within the human experience; 
  • To provide opportunities to the UW community for project-based or applied learning; 
  • To illuminate the connections between group or personal identities (cultural, racial, ethnic, gender, etc.) and the sustainability of the UW community and environment. 
  • To educate and/or spark dialogue about environmental and societal problems that disproportionately impact Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) communities.

All members of the UW community – including students, staff and faculty – are eligible to apply; however, preference will be given to teams that include students.

To apply, submit the following information and materials through the 2021 Resilience and Compassion Seed Grant application (Google form)

  1. Contact information for primary and secondary project applicant. 
  2. Project proposal (no more than 1000 words) including: 
    • Brief description of your proposed project, including clearly delineated goals or aims.
    • Brief background describing the theoretical and/or empirical justification for your proposed project. 
    • Brief description of how you will evaluate whether or not your project met its intended goals and impact. 
    • The Resilience Lab and the CSF are interested in seeing how proposed projects are connected to the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals. The 17 SDGs may serve as inspiration for thinking about different aspects of intersectional sustainability that could be addressed. We ask you to articulate connections between your proposed project and 2 or more of the 17 goals.
  3. A detailed, line-item budget proposal for how the funds will be used. Please include a description of matching funds and/or any additional funds to support your project as applicable.
  4. (Optional) Letter of support from an appropriate unit lead (e.g., person holding chair, dean or VP-level roles) or letter from a faculty or staff adviser/mentor for student-led applications.

Funding guidelines are listed on the 2021 Resilience and Compassion Seed Grant application.

To learn more, check out our approved Resilience Seed Grant list here.


Watch the WHOEC 2021 Recording by CSF !

04/02/2021

CSF outreach coordinator, Fotima Ibrokhim and project development specialist, Yahia Ali hosted their own workshop at the Washington & Oregon Higher Education Sustainability Conference (WOHESC). Watch the free recording here

In this session, University of Washington Campus Sustainability Fund's student staff provided a brief overview of the grant's 10 year timeline on campus, its student-lead efforts, and its evolutionary nature. During the discussion, we spotlighted the successes of the CSF's work and commitment to campus sustainability, along with the different challenges the organization has faced throughout the years. The focus was to showcase the importance of incorporating intersectionality and inclusion efforts to environmentalism through our organization and pinpoint the challenges that come with it, and share the lessons and solutions.


Watch Recording: Grant Writing Workshop with the CSF and UW Resilience Lab

04/02/2021

Learn more about grant-writing and improve your skills and application! 

During this event, participants had the opportunity to build their grant-writing skills and learn more about the diverse pool of on-campus grants available for projects and initiatives at the UW –– including the Campus Sustainability Fund and Resilience Lab Seed Grants. To not miss out on the important tips and guidelines in grant-writing, watch the recorded event here

The UW Resilience Lab and the CSF Seed Grant applications will open April 1st. Learn more here.

 

 

 


The CSF Funding Cycle 3 deadline is extended. The Letter of Intent is due April 1st and the Full Proposal is Due May 1st

03/04/2021

 

 

 

 

 

The CSF Funding Cycle 3 deadline is extended. The Letter of Intent is due April 1st and the Full Proposal is Due May 1st. Apply here

 


Grant-Writing Workshop hosted by Campus Sustainability Fund and Resilience Lab

Workshop flyer
01/28/2021

Are you looking to make a difference on campus by applying your passions and what you’ve learned at the University of Washington toward a hands-on project? Join us at our upcoming Winter Grant Writing Workshop on Thursday, February 25th from 3-4pm. During this event, participants will have the opportunity to build their grant-writing skills and learn more about the diverse pool of on-campus grants available for projects and initiatives at the UW –– including the Campus Sustainability Fund and Resilience Lab Seed Grants. Through this seed grant program, the Campus Sustainability Fund and UW Resilience Lab provide financial and institutional support to students, staff, and instructors to help them hone their skills, create impactful projects, and develop as leaders and professionals while upholding sustainability initiatives on campus.

The event, which is open to all UW community members, will include an informational session followed by a brief activity that will guide participants to get organized and started with the grant writing and project implementation process. This is a great opportunity to network and to learn how to promote sustainability, compassion, and resilience at the UW through projects that matter to you! 

Please register here. For questions, reach out to us at uwcsf@uw.edu.

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Winter Quarter Office Hours

01/28/2021

The Campus Sustainability Fund is back with virtual office hours. Through these difficult times, we aim to continue to build our community and provide support for each other. The CSF offers flexible one-on-one meetings via zoom, and open ‘drop-in’ times throughout the week. We are here to act as a resource in order to help you with your goals, ideas, and plans.

Zoom link for Tuesday 10-11 PST:
https://washington.zoom.us/my/kyle.mcdermott

Zoom link for Wednesday 4:30-5:30 PST:
https://washington.zoom.us/j/95198596472

Zoom link for Friday 2-3PST:
https://washington.zoom.us/j/7425783907 

 


CSF Spotlight # 6 Interview with the U of Arizona Green Fund

01/15/2021

On this episode of the CSF Spotlight, we were joined by Stella and Ryan from the University of Arizona’s Green Fund program. Tune in to listen to our conversation about university green funds and the different roles they play. We exchanged some great feedback and ideas. We hope you can learn as much as we did from this very fruitful conversation!

 

Listen Here 

Learn more about the University of Arizona Green Fund by visiting their website and follow them on Instagram

For the CSF, you can find us at facebook and Instagram and our website at https://csf.uw.edu/


CSF Spotlight # 5: interview with the Committee Chair

11/22/2020

On this episode, Yahia Ali is joined with David Frantz. David is a senior at the University of Washington and is the current CSF Committee Chair. During the talk, they discuss both of their experiences coming from rural towns to Seattle, how David went from not attending CSF meetings to now being the chair, and how the Associated Students at UW (ASUW) is structured. You won't want to miss out on this discussion!

Listen Here


CSF Spotlight #4 is out!

10/23/2020

On this episode of CSF Spotlight, Yahia Ali and Fotima Ibrokhim interview Ronnie Fang, a former UW Environmental Studies student and current Seattle Outreach Specialist at Waste Management. Ronnie is a part of the Interactive Biogas Foodcart project team which received $21,176 from the CSF in 2016-2017. This project incorporates a vast variety of disciplines such as Mechanical Engineering, Communications, Environmental Engineering, and Biology to create a cool way to reduce waste on campus. Listen to this episode to learn more about biogas, the present and future of renewable energies, waste management practices, and how the Biogas Foodcart works. It's a great informative episode to listen to, so don't miss out!

 

Listen Here. You can also stream from multiple platforms! 

 

To learn more about the Biogas Foodcart visit https://csf.uw.edu/project/714

To get involved with the Biogas Foodcart project visit https://www.facebook.com/GlobalSustainability.uw/

To learn more about the CSF visit https://csf.uw.edu/


New Podcast Episode is up! CSF Spotlight #3

10/09/2020

In this week’s podcast, we have guests from the Africa Now Project. Tune in to hear from Program Director Michelle Mvundura and ANA Board Member Kemi Akinlosotu about their experience working with Africa Now. In the past 3 years of collaboration, the Africa Now team has been awarded over $48,000 in CSF funding. On an annual basis, Africa Now mobilizes a community of passionate and active young professionals that are committed to building a sustainable future for Africa and enriching their global perspective through panels, workshops, resource fairs, and networking. The conference exists to educate, organize, and mobilize youth to imagine and create a sustainable future for the global African community.

LISTEN HERE

Learn more about the Africa Now project here: 2018:https://csf.uw.edu/project/832 2019:https://csf.uw.edu/project/891 2020:https://csf.uw.edu/project/980

Check out Africa Now’s Website: https://africanowassociation.com/

You Contact the organization via email at : africanowprogram@gmail.com

If you would like to reach out to the CSF, contact our Outreach Coordinator at: uwcsf@uw.edu

Follow us on instagram: https://www.instagram.com/uw_csf/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/uwcsf

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/UWCSF

Visit our Website: https://csf.uw.edu/


New Episode Out! CSF Spotlight #2: Anaerobic Digester

09/11/2020

On this episode of CSF Spotlight, Fotima and Yahia talk to Aaron Flaster, the project lead for the Anaerobic Digester project and current Research Study Coordinator at UW. This project was funded twice in 2018 for a total of $45,000 and received a $5,000 class gift from the College of the Environment. On the podcast, Aaron talks about how working on a horse ranch inspired them to pursue this project, the struggles they had during the process, and how today they are focused on the sustainability of this project. Listen here.

To learn more about the Anaerobic Digester project, you can visit their page on the CSF Website at https://csf.uw.edu/project/843 and https://csf.uw.edu/project/865. Or, you can email Aaron at aflaster@uw.edu.

To read about other Campus Sustainability Fund (CSF) projects or to learn about the funding process, visit our website at csf.uw.edu. If you want to get involved with a project or have a project idea of your own, email us at uwcsf@uw.edu!

Also, follow us on our social medias:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/UWCSF/

Instagram: @uw_csf

Twitter: @uwcsf

 

 


Spring Newsletter 2020

06/25/2020

Don't miss out on new opportunaties and updates even during the summer! Make sure to check out our Spring Newsletter here. Sign up to see the newsletter in your inbox here.


Summer Funding Opportunity

06/22/2020

Recent events revealing undeniable racial disparities in police violence and COVID-19 fatality and the movements rising up to combat such injustices highlight the importance of considering the intersections of group identities in thinking about what social and environmental sustainability means. Conversations on racial disparities in health, the environment, and the justice system are critical and long overdue, and we must ensure that these conversations continue within the University of Washington community long after initial news cycles subside. The Campus Sustainability Fund and the UW Resilience Lab are calling for proposals of up to $3,000 for projects that will educate the UW community and spark dialogue about proposed solutions to environmental and societal problems that have a disproportionately negative impact on communities of color, and in particular on Black and Indigenous peoples.

Example projects could include anything from a documentary and group discussion to the creation of online resources or a public art installation. We are especially interested in proposals that address themes of police reform and accountability, environmental (in)justice, and health disparities that result from systemic and institutional racism. The 17 U.N. Sustainable Development Goals may serve as an inspiration for thinking about different aspects of intersectional sustainability that could be addressed. We prefer proposals for solutions that can be implemented at the University of Washington or in the greater Seattle area.

Application Link

Eligibility, funding, and reporting:

The application period will open on July 8, 2020, and will stay open while funding remains. All University of Washington students, staff, and faculty are eligible to apply; however, preference will be given to teams including students. Award amounts will range up to $3,000. Projects will be funded on a rolling basis. We will aim to inform applicants of their project’s status within two weeks of receiving the application. 

A brief final report must be submitted within 60 days of the project’s conclusion that:

  1. Lists supported activities
  2. Evaluates results and what was learned from the project
  3. Describes any recommendations for improvement of the project in the future
  4. Describes next steps and the potential for sustainability of the project, if applicable
  5. Accounts for project funds

Selection process:

Applications will be reviewed by committee members appointed by the UW Resilience Lab and Campus Sustainability Fund (CSF) and ultimately approved by the CSF. Proposals will be judged on:

  1. Clear and direct alignment with the UW Resilience Lab & CSF's goals of addressing racial and environmental injustices
  2. Feasibility of completing the project during Summer Quarter or early in Fall Quarter
  3. Impact on the UW community

Funding guidelines:

CSF will not fund time and labor expended by UW faculty working on CSF projects except that outside the scope of regular faculty duties. While CSF supports celebratory and recognition events, the CSF will not specifically fund food, drinks, or salable merchandise as part of project budgets. Line item requests for travel funding are not encouraged but will be considered on a case by case basis. CSF funds shall not be used for research projects unless such projects include an actionable component (e.g., recommendations that can be implemented).

Bonus points will be awarded for:

  1. Applications that include a letter of support from an appropriate administrator or other unit lead (e.g., person holding chair, dean, or VP-level roles) or letter from a faculty or staff adviser for student-led applications
  2. Projects that articulate roles for students during the genesis & implementation process
  3. Projects that prioritize considerations of accessibility including, but not limited to, (dis)ability, first language, and access to stable internet connections
  4. Projects that directly support the University of Washington’s commitments to race and equity, innovation, population health, and the UW's progress toward the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Information required:

General information
*Required

Project title*
Name of primary application contact*
Preferred email for primary application contact*
Title of primary application contact (e.g., undergraduate student, Assistant Professor, Program Coordinator)
Affiliation (department, unit, RSO, etc.)

Proposed project description

Please briefly describe your proposed project, including clearly delineated goals or aims. (500 words or fewer)*
Please briefly provide any background describing the theoretic and/or empirical justification for your proposed project. (Optional; 250 words or fewer)
Please describe how you will evaluate whether or not your project met its intended goals and created impact in the UW and/or greater Seattle community. (500 words or fewer)*

Budget

Award amount requested*
Please provide a detailed, line-item budget proposal of how the funds will be used. For each item, please start a new line in the format: Line number) Dollar amount requested; Expense title, Details. For example: 1) $250; Honorarium; Compensation for guest speaker.*
Please include a description of matching funds and/or any additional funds to support your project, if applicable. (Optional)

Other information

If you have a letter of support from an appropriate unit lead (e.g. person holding chair, dean, or VP-level roles) or a letter from a faculty or staff adviser/mentor (for student-led application), please upload it here as a PDF. (Optional)
Anything else we should know? (Optional)


Sustainability Stories: Investing in Intersectional Sustainability with the CSF

06/16/2020

Join us on June 18th, this Thursday from 12-1pm, in discussion on sustainability at the UW and the vision and plan to build intersectional and equitable climate justice.

The Campus Sustainability Fund is a student-run and student-funded grant program that works to support and facilitate intersectional sustainability projects on the UW campus.Our history is one that incorporates student leadership and movement. The original idea for a student led, student funded Green Fund came from a group of students in the fall of 2009. A grassroots campaign was waged across the campus collecting over 5,000 petition signatures, 100 RSO endorsements, support of faculty and student senate, and incredible institutional support. Due to this unprecedented level of student support, a $339,000 fund was established through the Student Activities Fee (SAF) for the 2010-2011 school year. In the 2018-2019 school year, we also began our partnership with the Student Technologies Fee (STF). In a given year, the CSF grant has $400,000 available in allocations. Since the 2010-2011 school year, the CSF has allocated 3 million dollars in projects, 183 projects granted, and 40 projects currently active. Through our work, we aim to cultivate students’ professional skills through project development and delivery. 

In the recent years, the CSF staff and committee has made the conscious and intentional decision to lead the CSF towards intersectional sustainability. We have committed to supporting the United Nations Sustainable Development goals and encourage project teams to align with these diverse goals in their projects. As an organization, we acknowledge that racial equity is in the forefront of sustainability and see that environmental racism is a topic many sustainability movements have failed to address and include. As a part of the evolution of the CSF, we are committed to having discussions and actions on environmental racism, racial, economic, gendered and political exclusion. We aim to work on  empowerment and equitible support for students identified as non-able bodied,  queer, stuggling with mental health,  socialy and racially distadvaatged. The CSF team particularly recognizes the disproportionate ways in which climate change affects Black communities and excludes them from being a part of sustainability efforts.  To provide more equitable support to the Black students, faculty, and staff at the University of Washington, a summer grant option will be available for students to use in order support with further equity and inclusion work. 

We are partnering with the UW Resilience Lab to issue a call for proposals soliciting projects that will educate the UW community and spark dialogue about proposed solutions to environmental and societal problems that have a disproportionately negative impact on Black and Indigenous communities. In particular, we are interested in proposals that touch on themes of police reform and accountability and environmental (in)justice (and its relation to COVID-19 vulnerability) and on solutions that can be implemented on the campus or city level.

Watch the recorded Zoom video here :  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sHHll9zz8tE


CSF Virtual Office Hours

05/01/2020

The Campus Sustainability Fund now has open virtual office hours. Through these difficult times, we aim to continue to build our community and provide support for each other. The CSF offers flexible one-on-one meetings via zoom, and open ‘drop-in’ times throughout the week.  We are here to act as a resource in order to help you with your goals, ideas, and plans.

Zoom link for Monday 2:30-3:30 pm 
Zoom link for Thursday 11-12pm 

 

 


One planet, all voices; UW's 50th Earth Day Celebration

04/20/2020

The UW's 2020 Earth Day celebration has a focus on diversity, equity and inclusion. A student coalition including students affiliated with the Ethnic Cultural Center, Sustainability Credit Coalition, Campus Sustainability Fund, School of Social Work, and Program on the Environment created a grassroots digital campaign to to connect and learn from each other.

To participate, submit digital artifacts in response to the prompt “How do you engage with the Earth?” to sustainability@uw.edu or tag UW Sustainability on social media. You can submit photos, poems, links to articles, short videos, art pieces - the limit is your imagination! The idea is to connect and add to social media movements that center equity and communities of color in environmentalism. Our goal through this campaign is to highlight the work of communities of color and indigenous communities in environmentalism, and create more of an intersectional space for BIPOC students and people.

Visit the UW Sustainability page to find a list of events and other projects to encourage participation from an intersectional perspective.

#OnePlanetAllVoices

 


2020 Resilience and Compassion Seed Grants

04/15/2020

Announcing The 3nd Annual 

Resilience and Compassion Initiative Seed Grants!

For the second consecutive year in partnership with the Campus Sustainability Fund, the UW Resilience Lab awards seed grants to support resilience and compassion building initiatives that foster connection and community. These small grants support impactful activities, programs, projects, and/or applied research that align with the goals of UW Resilience and Compassion Initiatives:

  • To cultivate kindness, compassion, and gratitude toward each other and ourselves.
  • To engage hardships, setbacks and failures with compassion and vulnerability, and as rich opportunities for learning and growth.
  • To foster connectedness, belonging and community.
  • To illuminate the connections between group or personal identities (cultural, racial, ethnic, gender, etc.) and the sustainability of the UW community and environment.

We acknowledge that COVID-19 has fundamentally altered our ability to interact with our friends, family and UW community. The emotional, physical and financial implications of the pandemic have touched each and every one of us in our community. In these difficult times with an uncertain future we invite you to join us in thinking creatively of how we as a community can create innovative approaches to foster resilience, sustainability and compassion for our Husky Community. The Seed Grant application is open April 15th - May 18th. Details about the grant process can be found at the following link: 2020 Seed Grant Application



 

 


CSF Winter Newsletter 2020

02/26/2020

Don't miss out on new opportunaties and updates! Sign up to see the newsletter in your inbox here and check out our Winter Newsletter here


Call for Engineering Volunteers for Precious Plastics

02/26/2020

Precious Plastics (PP) is building a small-scale DIY plastics recycling workshop in the Maple Hall Area 01 Maker Space. The workspace will consist of four machines that shred, melt, compress, and mold used plastic, so it can be transformed into 3D printing filament for creating usable products. We are on the look for experienced students with some engineering background to help continue to run this project! Watch a short video on PP here.
If you are interested, please reach out to CSF Outreach Coordinator, Fotima Ibrokhim at uwcsf@uw.edu