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 email@example.com
The Funding Cycle 3 (FC3) is now open for submissions!
The Letter on Intent (LOI) window is now open until March 1st. Full proposal is due on April 15th.
The Sustainability Curriculum Coalition (SCC) and the CSF, with support from UW Sustainability, invite you to join the Student Sustainability Forum on January 27th in the Intellectual House from 6-8pm.
This is an opportunity for students to provide input for the comprehensive Sustainability Plan that will be published Earth Day 2020. The plan provides a critical opportunity to push the University’s commitment to sustainable practices further than ever before by setting goals for the next five years. It will incorporate action items that highlight academics, engagement, planning, and operations (transportation, water, energy, etc).
In order for the plan to be successful and meaningful, student input is vital! Please join us to partake in discussion and deliberation to create a list of demands & actions you wish to see in UW’s upcoming Sustainability Plan.
Come by for a night of collaboration, fun and food. Your voice is important in building a sustainable future at UW campus and beyond. RSVP here.
If you are interested in volunteering, please contact CSF outreach coordinator Fotima Ibrokhim at firstname.lastname@example.org .
The CSF supports the UN Sustainable Development Goals and encourages project teams to align with these diverse goals. Our upcoming Funding Cycle 3 Letter of Intent (LOI) application window is open between February 1st and March 1st.
For more information on our Funding Cycle process, criteria, and past funded projects, visit our website "How to apply." If you have any questions or would like to talk more about developing your idea, reach out to email@example.com.
The CSF has 3 Funding Cycles during the academic year — there will be another opportunity to apply next quarter. See more information on our yearly deadlines here.
In partnership with the Student Food Cooperative (SFC) and many other student groups, the CSF is excited to announce our Fall event: "Celebrating Diversity in Sustainable Food Systems." Both the SFC and the CSF are committed to working toward intersectional sustainability here on campus, which will be reflected in this event. This is intended to be a welcoming and empowering space where diversity is valued and represented through many different cuisines with food sourced from local farms.
Join us Friday, October 11th from 4-7pm at the HUB lawn for great food, music, and opportunities to engage with us! This is a celebration of inclusivity within sustainability at the University of Washington.
For more on the term "Intersectionality" see this article featuring Kimberlé Crenshaw by the Columbia Law School. For more on the link between social justice and sustainability, check out this great podcast here.
The Campus Sustainability Fund has completed its allocations for the 2018-2019 academic year. The CSF received 80 proposals for Projects, Mini-grants, and Seed Grants. The total request at the Letter of Intent phase was nearly $800,000. The CSF awarded a total of $486,394 to 47 total projects: 13 projects larger than $1000, 18 Mini-grants, and 15 Seed Grants. Student Technology Fee (STF) funding awarded to the CSF helped partially or fully fund 5 projects, totalling $200,000. This is the largest number of projects the CSF has funded yet. Since 2010, the CSF has awarded more than $3 million to 183 projects.
The upcoming Fall Funding Cycle ’s Letter of Intent is due September 1st. For more information, visit deadlines page.
Below is the list of 2018-19 projects:
Funding Cycle 3: Funded June 2019
3D Bin Displays: $2,412
Kinetic Light-up Crosswalks: Phase 1: $28,100
Native Gardens at UW Farm: $14,405
Reusable Containers in Dining Hall: $40,000 (STF)
Grounds Electric Bikes: TBD, ($107, 584 tentatively) (Partial STF)
Grounds Compost Budget Amendment: (Grinder Funding): $3,811
Funding Cycle 2:Funded March 2019
Africa Now 2019 Conference: $13,200
Funding Cycle 1: Funded December 2018
Life Sciences Building Rooftop Solar Array- Supplementary: $100,000 (STF)
University of Washington Precious Plastics: $20,796 (Partial STF)
Electric Mailbike Budget Amendment (Repair Lift Funding): $3,100
Double DIP Conference: $1,000
Eat Local Seattle Food Fair: $1,000
Taiko Kai Spring Concert: $500
Resilience Seed Grants: Funded June 2019
Diversity Include Disability: $2,390
QTPOC Healing in the Outdoors: $2,000
Healing spaces heat map: $750
The CSF is currently seeking applicants for a spring quarter 2018-2019, and 2019-2020 ASUW Committee representative. This is an exciting opportunity for students to get involved in the decision-making process of CSF grants along with gaining skills in leadership, budgeting and understanding of grant-making. We hope to see you apply and continue your impact on sustainability efforts on campus!
All undergraduate students are encouraged to apply! Application closes on April 17th, 2019 at 11:59 PM. E-mail Kyle McDermott @ firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
In 2018-2019, the CSF has received 30 project applications and over $600,000 in funding requests. In our first 2 funding cycles, we awarded $139,996 to 4 large projects and $4,405 to 5 mini-grants. At the moment, the CSF committee is in the process of reviewing 10 applications from Funding Cycle 3 and we will soon finalize the total of funds granted for the 2018-2019 school year!
Here is some more information on the projects funded during Funding Cycle 1 and 2 this year:
Funding Cycle 1: Funded December 2018
(2 projects totaling $120,796)
Awarded amount: $100,000
UW- solar is collaborating with Perkins+Will and UW-Biology to install a 100 kW solar array on the roof of the new Life Sciences Building. With the help of solar array and its generation of 105,00 kWh of energy per year, the LSB will reduce its’ carbon footprint by nearly 80 metric tons of CO2e each year. The funding was made possible through a partnership with UW’s Student Technology Fee (STF).
Awarded amount: $20,796
Precious Plastics is creating a closed-loop upcycling system here on campus. The team is working on creating an on-campus workspace in Area 01 located in Maple Hall, where they will provide machines that create material for usable products, such as 3-D printing filaments from used plastic. The project will also will provide raw material to arts and science students for 3D printing, construction projects, and as a sculptural medium along with an opportunity for research in the fields of material and mechanical engineering, waste management policy, sustainability, industrial design, communications, and business development.
Funding Cycle 2: Funded March 2019
(2 projects totalling $19,200)
Awarded amount: $13,200
Africa Now’s second annual conference will bring awareness to current issues from the content, inspire Black students and professionals to join the movement of sustainable, afrocentric, African development. The conference will provide the insights, knowledge, and resources necessary to envision sustainable ways to improve their communities in Seattle, in Africa, and across the Diaspora.
Awarded amount: $6,000
School of Music students will be performing Philip Glass’s modern opera Hydrogen Jukebox on April 26-27 2019. The Musical Theatre piece features a setting of Allen Ginsberg’s poetry, and presents issues of social and environmental justice and sustainability along with themes of environmental degradation, social injustice, and negative impacts of war.
Mini Grants: (FC1 & FC2)
Awarded Amount : $405
Campus Rotaract Club’s innovative alternative to waste is to collect used notebooks at the end of each quarter to be disassembled and rebound into new notebooks. After disassembling all of notebook parts, papers of similar sizes will be grouped and then using aluminum screw posts and covers made of recycled materials, new notebooks are created. The recreated notebooks will be freely distributed at the start of the next quarter for their second lives in assisting student learning.
Awarded amount: $1,000
This is a annual celebration banquet that centers excellence within the black communities both the University of Washington and the greater Seattle area. This year, the celebration featured live music, performances, honoraria, keynote speakers, catered dinner, and more.The Black Student Union recognized ten minority students from high schools all around the greater Seattle area and encourage their attendance to the University of Washington. The event also fundraised to provide scholarships to underrepresented students at UW.
Awarded amount: $1,000
TEDxUofW Conference is one of the largest events on campus hosted annually by the TEDxUofW registered student organization. The event will host inspiring speakers which provide them with a platform to share their passions. With the CSF’s contribution, we hope to reduce the price of admissions in order to make the event more accessible for more student.
The Taiwanese Student Association hosts the annual night market, and each year this group works towards implementing a more sustainable event. This year they are focused on implementing a water refill station along with providing attendees with reusable water bottles.
Double Dip Conference is hosted by the Diversity in Psychology RSO. This event was catered toward high school students who identify as people of color, or who come from disadvantaged backgrounds, and are underrepresented in psychology and mental health professions. The conference helped familiarize students with life at the University of Washington and highlighted the importance of people like them pursuing psychology and bringing forward diverse perspectives to the field.
Announcing The 2nd Annual Resilience and Compassion Initiative Seed Grants!
The focus will be on the interconnectivity between the UN Sustainable Development Goals with a focus on the "Good Health & Well-being" goal as it relates to resilience at UW. The CSF & Resilience Lab recognize that social & cultural resilience and equity are the building blocks of a sustainable environment — and are excited to offer focused funding resources this year to help catalyze projects in this area.
What would compassion-in-action look like to you? How might you center themes of diversity, equity and inclusion in addressing social sustainability & resilience at UW?
Supporting activities, programming, research, and/or projects that build connection, community, and advance UW’s Declaration on University Global Engagement toward the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.
Current UW faculty, staff and students are eligible to apply.
Applications will be accepted from April 1 – April 30, 2019.
Award amounts will range from $500 to $3,000.
Please spread the word about this exciting opportunity by sharing this message with your colleagues and classmates!
See 2017-2018 Seed Grant Awards HERE
The CSF has changed its funding model to make funding more accessible for applicants earlier in the academic year. We now have a spring/ summer Letter of Intent (LOI ) window for project applicants looking to start their projects in the beginning of the academic year with a full proposal. Project applicants must submit an LOI during any quarter and a full proposal within the following two quarters, allowing more time for project teams to develop their projects, and receive required approvals between the LOI and Full Proposal stage.
We are very excited to announce this new funding cycle model and believe it will provide students additional opportunities to get involved and greater efficiency by aligning our funding cycle with the academic year.
The CSF will accept proposal applications three times per Academic Year:
FC1 LOI Window: May 1st - September 11th (Spring Week 5 - Summer Week 12) Autumn Full Proposal Deadline: October 15th (Week 4)
Full Proposal Presentations: (Week 5 - 6)
Committee Deliberation: (Week 7 - 8)
FC2 Winter LOI Window / Deadline: Nov. 1st - Dec. 1st (Autumn Week 5-10)
Winter Full Proposal Deadline: January 15th (Week 3)
Full Proposal Presentations: (Week 4 - 5)
Committee Deliberation: (Week 6 - 7)
FC3 Spring LOI Window / Deadline: Feb. 1st - Mar. 1st (Week 5 - 9)
Spring Full Proposal Deadline: April 15th (Week 3)
Full Proposal Presentations: Week (4 - 5)
Committee Deliberation: (Week 8)
Project LOI’s are now being reviewed on a rolling basis and will be reviewed the same quarter that they are submitted so that approved LOI’s may submit a Full Proposal as early as the next quarter.
Small Projects (<$1000)
Rolling deadline. Apply at any time.
Please include in your LOI a detailed budget and timeline.
If you have any questions about LOIs, projects, or the CSF in general, please contact us.
The Campus Sustainability Fund (CSF) has finalized its grant allocations for the 2017-2018 academic year, awarding five projects a total of $244,173 in the final funding round. In addition to grants from earlier funding cycles, the CSF awarded a total of $371,748 to 29 projects throughout the year. With a new partnership with the Student Technology Fee (STF), the CSF was able to fund specific tech-related projects, allowing the CSF to fund more projects overall and better meet the demand.
This is the largest number of projects the CSF has funded in a single year. The fund has now awarded more than $2.5 million to 136 projects since it was created in 2010.
The CSF is a student-funded and student-run grant organization supporting on-campus sustainability projects through interdisciplinary collaboration amongst students, staff, and faculty. The CSF has three funding rounds each year that align with the academic quarter, along with a rolling application process for small project grant applications of less than $1,000. All funding decisions are made by the CSF student committee. If you are interested in getting involved with the CSF either by applying for funding, joining our committee or volunteering, please email Kyle McDermott at email@example.com. Application deadlines for fall funding cycle will be released very soon! We'd like to thank all of the project teams for their creativity and hard work.
Round 1: Funded March, 2018
(Eight projects, totaling $117,134):
- Green Greeks Representative Program $3,900
- Anaerobic Digestor Feasibility (Phase 1): $10,000
- Africa Now: Unlocking Potential from Within $10,491
- Earth Day Festival: A Celebration of the Diversity and Unity of our World $11,700
- Earth Games: 60 Second Sustainability $26,043
- Phase 4 $30,000
- Electric Outboard Motors, Sustainability for Washington Rowing $8,000
- Population Health Facility: Educational Rainwater System $17,000
Round 2: Funded June, 2018
(Six projects, totaling $284,028):
- Ethnoforestry $92,800
- Anareobic Digestor $35,000
- Bringing green games to the UW campus $15,867
- Go Team, Go Green! $52,205
- Native Plant Nursery - Future Growth $25300.71
- Northwest Center for Livable Communities $23,000
Mini Grants: Funded case-by-case
(14 projects totaling $10,441):
- Keraton $1,000
- Matsuri 2018 $1,000
- Global Leadership Forum $420
- Biological Control of Insects $1,000
- Implementing Sustainability: Bamboo toothbrushes for UW Dentistry $1,000
- Panel: Climate Policy in Washington $150
- Youth Engineering Green Solutions to Stormwater Runoff and Pollution Prevention $1,000
- TSA Night Market $1,000
- A Feast for the Senses $700
- ReThink Resliance Summit $ 375
- WashPirg Plant Potting $210
- WashPirg Art $634
- Salvage HardWood Advertising Campaign $1,000
- HUB Bin Expansion Project $952
Now is your chance to become closely involved with both the daily operations and overall strategy of the Campus Sustainability Fund. We are looking for a student eager to commit substantial time and energy to empowering the UW community to engage with sustainability. The CSF has four administrative employees: a Program & Finance Coordinator, student Outreach Coordinator, student Graphic Designer, and student Project Development Specialist. The Outreach Coordinator is the designated part-time position focused primarily on the CSF's external relations. Working as the CSF Outreach Coordinator provides the unique opportunity to be simultaneously involved with many sustainability initiatives on the UW campus.
To apply, please submit a resume and cover letter via the joinhandshake.com portal by Wednesday, July 25th. Find by searching Job ID 1727544. Alternatively, you may send a cover letter and resume directly to firstname.lastname@example.org
The CSF, located within the UW Sustainability office, is a student-fee derived grant fund available to the UW Seattle community to implement sustainability projects on campus. The Outreach Coordinator will play a lead role in strategizing to engage diverse campus communities and helping to solicit new projects, raising the profile of the CSF. This position is responsible for nearly all aspects of CSF’s outward-facing communication, including promoting key deadlines and opportunities, hosting events, networking, and updating social media platforms. This student hourly position is up to 19.5 hours / week during the academic year and summer.
At the University of Washington, diversity is integral to excellence. The CSF values and honors diverse experiences and perspectives, while striving to create welcoming and respectful learning environments, and promote access and opportunity for all. The CSF encourages individuals of all backgrounds to apply.
· Promote and market key CSF deadlines, events and initiatives including funding cycle deadlines, request for proposals, and opportunities for project funding.
· Lead efforts to raise the profile of the CSF within the UW Seattle campus community.
- Organize and carry out events geared to a diverse audience, and incentivize participation.
- Carry out in-person presentations to RSOs, departments, and entities.
- Attend and network at RSO, departmental, and University events.
- Actively seek and engage in opportunities to introduce, represent, and forge collaborations across UW’s campus, and beyond traditional environmental spheres.
- In addition to standard communication techniques, develop and implement creative methods that are inclusive, engaging, and leverage existing University initiatives.
· Create an outreach strategy that builds on existing CSF resources and accesses various communication streams at UW.
· Maintain a strong social media presence that showcases CSF’s diverse and inclusive presence on campus.
· Work with Graphic Designer to develop visual communication material (posters, photos, video, logos, etc.).
· Manage a team of student volunteer ambassadors and track the performance.
· Conduct outreach plan meetings with CSF grant recipients, and consult on outreach processes with existing CSF project leads.
· Track outreach metrics to evaluate inclusivity and reach across the student body and academic departments.
· Create and update contact lists for all marketing and communications.
· Update web content and assist with web development.
· Strong commitment and passion for diversity, inclusivity, and collaborative problem-solving.
· Work independently and have an entrepreneurial spirit to initiate projects.
· Work well in a team environment.
· Excellent communication and networking skills.
· Comfortable speaking and presenting to large audiences.
· Strong organizational skills and ability to manage competing deadlines and prioritize time accordingly.
· Experience or expertise with many of the following programs or platforms: Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint, Word, InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, HTML, Drupal or similar website content management systems, Facebook, Twitter.
· An advanced understanding of the campus culture and fabric is a plus.
· Previous experience working in an office environment or in an outreach position is a plus.
· Photography experience is a plus.
This position will report to the CSF Coordinator.
Job Hours and Pay Rate
Start Date: Early August
Compensation: $15.45 per hour
Hours/Times: 17-19.5 hours / week during academic year. 15-19.5 hours / week summer.
Deadline to Apply: July 25th, 2018 or until filled.
Position Duration: Academic year 2018-2019. Possible extension at discretion of Supervisor (discussed based on performance in spring quarter).
About University of Washington Sustainability Office
UW Sustainability advances the University of Washington's commitment to sustainability. Acknowledging UW’s legacy for the future, UWS leads the development and execution of innovative and inclusive solutions that are socially responsible, economically viable, and affect positive environmental impact. We work with students, faculty and staff across the UW to coordinate, resource and implement sustainability programs and efforts.
Taking place on an annual basis, this CSF-funded conference "Africa Now" aims to mobilize a community of passionate and active young professionals that are committed to sustainable growth in Africa and enriching their global perspective.
Check out our website for more information: africanowatuw.com
For registration visit: https://
Events. Activities. Opportunities. Get connected!
All events listed on our calendar.
Wednesday, May 2nd
Women in Solar Networking Event
Join Solar Washington and DLR Group for an evening of networking with women who are connected to the solar industry in Washington.
Friday, May 4th
Sustainability in the Arts Social Hour
Join UW Sustainability the first Friday of every month for the Sustainability in the Arts social hour at the Henry Art Gallery.
Saturday, May 5th
LEED Green Associate Certification
Training offered at UW on May 5th.
Deadline: Sunday, May 6th
College of the Environment Student Advisory Council Positions Open
Apply now! Currently accepting applications for representatives for the 2018-2019 academic year.
Tuesday, May 8th
Climate Justice & Health
Join the conversation to learn about the intersection of climate justice and health. In partnership with the Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility, Our Climate, and UW Health Sciences Common Book Program. If you are interested in taking action on climate change in Washington State, this is the perfect meeting for you!
Thursday, May 10th
An Evening with Navina Khanna of HEAL Food Alliance
This event will comprise of a public talk by Navina, followed by a discussion and a reception. All are welcome.
Sunday, May 13th
UW-SER Native Plant Sale!
The Society for Ecological Restoration-UW Nursery is hosting our bi-annual public plant sale! Come to the Douglas Research Conservatory at the Center for Urban Horticulture to pick out your favorite native plants!
Tuesday, May 15th
Submissions Open Now for Gould Gallery Exhibit: Growing Equitably Together
The College of Built Environments Equity Committee invites you to submit material to be a part of the Gould Gallery Exhibit: “Growing Equitably Together."
Email submissions to Meegan Amen: email@example.com
If your submission requires audio or visual, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to affirm the venue can accommodate.
Deadline: Friday, June 1st
Apply Now for the Summer Institue on Sustainability and Energy
The Summer Institute on Sustainability and Energy is a two-week "boot camp" for future decision makers eager to join the sustainability and energy revolution happening around the globe.
No program fee. Lodging provided.
In partnership with Blair Kaufer of Facilities Services and the UW Recyling Team, the CSF brings you a new project idea! If you've heard about microplastics in our sea salt, the Pacific Garbage Patch swelling past the size of Texas, or simply want to do more than carry a reusable water bottle with your reusable lunchware -- this project is for you! And it's also for you if you like to make things...ANY things...
Learn more here: https://preciousplastic.com/
Currently, further work is on hold until a team of students self-organize and spearhead this project. Blair would be your staff liaison and support system, and the CSF would walk you through the funding application process as well as help assist with project development. This project would unfold in two parts. First, the machines would need to be constructed and housed around the UW campus (maybe in the maker spaces?), and then they (and resulting products / process of sourcing of materials) would need to be managed by a dedicated, long-term team. There's a ton of potential to collaborate with different departments around campus as this medium could be used artistically as well as practically, and could potentially turn a profit and/or save the university money (we currently buy plastic to use in our 3D printers).
If you're interested in this opportunity, please 1) fill out the Google Form linked below, 2) email Blair (and cc us!) to introduce yourself, 3) help promote this opportunity to your network of Huskies!
Email Blair: email@example.com
Hey Huskies! Remember to send us your Letters of Intent by midnight on March 31st! (That's this Saturday!)
Email Kyle, our Grant Coordinator, with any questions or comments: firstname.lastname@example.org
Find our LOI guideliness in the "How to Apply" dropdown menu, under"Application Process."