UW custodians' photography exhibit (in)Visibility is now displayed at the UW Tower+ Magazine Op-Ed


The UW custodian project, supported by the 2020's Resilience Seed grants, continue to grow and expand. The (in)Visibility photography exhibit is now displayed at the UW Tower during winter quarter: January - March 2022, M-F 6am-6pm.  Address: 4333 Brooklyn Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98105

Additionally, project leader Evalynn Romano recently wrote a racial justice focused op-ed for Yes! Magazine. Romano offers solutions for all workplaces to support the wellbeing of custodial workers as well as a photo essay using custodians' photography and stories. Read the op-ed here and view the photo essay here. 

If you are interested in supporting this project further, donate and follow them on social media:

Instagram: @the_uw_custodian_project

Facebook: @theuwcustodianproject

Twitter: @uw_custodian

Website: www.uwcustodianproject.com

Venmo: evalynn-romano
PayPal: paypal.me/evalynnfae

Your donations will be used to purchase materials and supplies needed to sustain a traveling exhibit around UW Seattle campus and beyond. (Note: The UW Custodian Project is volunteer-led.)



Winter Quarter Office Hours


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 1:30-3:30 PST:


Zoom link for Friday 11:00-1:00 PST: 



Volunteer Opportunity for the Green Square: UW Tower Urban Garden Demonstration


Bring your creative ideas to the re-opening of the UW Tower Green Square CSF project! We are looking for students to work on a variety of projects including but not limited to creating educational weather-proof signage, soil quality testing and improvement, planting and maintenance plans, cost projections, design improvements, as well as food distribution and donation plans. CSF Green Square funding includes a part-time paid internship position from April-September. Students involved in the project prior to April may also be interested in developing a CSF funding proposal for additional internship funding. 


To get involved, reach out to CSF outreach coordinator at uwcsf@uw.edu and program primary contact, Cheryl Wheeler cherylwh@uw.edu


We are Hiring a CSF Coordinator!


Job Description: CSF Coordinator

Job Description: CSF Coordinator

Start Date: early-mid November 2021

Hours/Times: 19.5 hours/week (220 hrs/quarter), workdays & times flexible

Duration: through June 2022. Possible to be extended, although student status is required. Ideal candidates would have 2 or 3 years remaining in their program and could serve in this role for multiple years.

Compensation: GSA Package (Tuition Waiver, Health Insurance, Salary*) *estimated at approx. $2500/mo before taxes 

Union: This job classification is governed by a negotiated labor contract and is subject to union provisions. For more information about UAW Local 4121 provisions, visit:



Application Deadline: November 1st, 2021 

Application Link: https://forms.gle/uigD2FSFxuBchg2fA

Reporting: This position will report to the CSF Program Manager, Finance (within the UW Sustainability office). 

CSF Mission and Diversity Statement:

The CSF’s mission is to foster an environmentally and socially engaged university culture and create a sustainable campus by funding multidisciplinary, student initiated and led projects. Guided by student oversight through each phase of the grantmaking and project management process, our work aims to increase campus-wide social equity, community resilience, and climate action. Equity, inclusion and diversity are guiding principles to sustainability at the University. We value and honor diverse experiences and perspectives, while striving to create welcoming and respectful learning environments and promote access and opportunity for all. 

Position Description

The CSF Coordinator will be instrumental to both the day-to-day operations as well as strategic visioning for the CSF and the Committee. The CSF strives to create a non-hierarchical organizational culture that encourages student leadership and empowerment — the CSF Coordinator will be expected to uphold (and advise on, revise as needed) the mission, vision, and values established by the CSF Committee & Staff. As one of the most well-resourced positions within the CSF, this role will be expected to carry out many of the primary functions of the organization. 

The Coordinator will support the development and implementation of primarily student-led, campus-based sustainability projects (large- and small-scale) that meaningfully advance the University's sustainability goals. Eligible projects are highly diverse and range from carbon and waste reduction to water and energy conservation to social and environmental justice and more. The CSF annually receives an average of more than $500,000 from its two primary funding sources: the Student Activity Fee and the Student Technology Fee. The CSF has funded as many as 50 projects in an academic year, and over 250 total projects since our inception in 2010. The Coordinator will work closely and collaboratively with the CSF Program & Finance Manager to ensure the prudent stewardship and oversight of CSF funds, advance organizational transparency, and ensure investments into campus projects are well supported to serve as a sustained resource for future generations of students. 

The CSF Coordinator will be a team player as well as a self-starter, with excellent collaboration skills and ability to communicate effectively with students, faculty and staff. The role will be an opportunity for a student to bring their existing skill set forward, as well as an opportunity for learning and growth. Some of the characteristics that will be developed in the role include creative problem solving skills, an inclusive and equity-centered approach, strategic thinking, flexibility and resilience; ability to gain consensus; ability to manage sensitive situations; verbal and written communication skills; and proficiency and comfort presenting to both small and large groups of people. 

Program Coordination and Reporting 

  • Lead the solicitation and vetting of project proposals from UW students, faculty and staff.
  • Track and report on active CSF projects (in collaboration with CSF Project Development Specialist). 
  • Assist in supporting ongoing project needs and longevity [in collaboration with CSF Program Manager & Project Development Specialist].
  • Carry out various administrative tasks related to supporting grantmaking and organizational processes.
  • Guide awardees in the navigation of the University's complex organizational structure and work effectively with all stakeholders [supported by Program Manager].
  • Manage up to 3 part time student staff and 3-6 regular student volunteers at any given time.
  • Support & organize the CSF Committee.
  • Update CSF spreadsheets/database for process tracking, documentation, and organizational transparency. 
  • Co-lead annual funding request and participatory budget process in collaboration with CSF Program Manager and CSF Committee Chair.
  • In collaboration with the CSF Program Manager, prepare an annual, comprehensive report that includes metrics reporting and other key Fund updates. 
  • Guide strategic initiatives with support of the Program Manager / Committee.
  • Request the creation of UW budget / fund transfer for newly funded projects.
  • Lead student hiring process for undergraduate hourly positions & selection of new Committee Members.

Stakeholder Engagement and Communications

  • ​​Support student engagement with the Fund including proposal creation, connecting students to faculty and staff, formal presentations about the Fund to student organizations and classes, etc [with assistance from Outreach Coordinator].
  • Co-lead (in collaboration with CSF Outreach Coordinator and other CSF/UWS members) the envisioning and carrying out of campus-wide & community engagement initiatives including events, workshops, presentations, etc.
  • Assist Outreach Coordinator in creating / implementing effective Outreach strategy.
  • Maintain strong relationships with the CSFs myriad of campus partners including funders. 
  • Work in collaboration with the UW Sustainability Office to advance shared goals.
  • Help to advance Sustainability Action Plan (SAP) targets and advise on future revisions of the SAP. 
  • Serve as lead for SAP Target II, assisting in the creation & leading of a student sustainability hub.
  • In collaboration with CSF Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Coordinator and other team members, ensure the organization develops and maintains trust and rapport with underrepresented groups on campus, and actively includes their involvement in projects, Committee formation, and strategic direction setting. 
  • Continue to raise the visibility and profile of the CSF throughout UW.



  • Currently matriculated in a UW graduate program.
  • Approximately 2+ years work experience in related positions or with related functions.
  • Experience with programs that include diversity, equity and inclusion. 
  • Experience in (or interest in learning) about financial management & budgeting.


  • Previous program and/or staff management experience.

Core Competencies

  • An understanding of the environmental/climate justice movements as well as the importance of anti-racism in sustainability efforts. 
  • Interest in and knowledge of sustainability issues both on and off campus.
  • Tactful, courteous, respectful, and inclusive when engaging with peers and all UW staff and other stakeholders, regardless of title or position. 
  • Demonstrate personal integrity and trustworthiness; be responsible, accountable.
  • Continuing a supportive office culture within the CSF that respects individual well-being, belonging, and unique talents/abilities. 
  • Skills for facilitating gatherings and building consensus.
  • Adeptness to latest professional technology tools and willingness to learn. 
  • Experience with basic web editing features and HTML or willingness to learn. 

To Apply

Please fill out the google form at the following link: https://forms.gle/uigD2FSFxuBchg2fA

Questions about the position can be directed to csfcoord@uw.edu.

To request disability accommodation in the application process, please let us know how we may assist and/or contact the Disability Services Office at 206-543-6450 or dso@uw.edu .

CSF Spotlight 7 Interview with UW Sustainability Director, Claudia Frere-Anderson


On this episode of the CSF Spotlight, we are joined by UW Sustainability director, Claudia Frere-Anderson. Claudia joined the University of Washington in 2009 and she has led huge Sustainability efforts since then, working as a pioneer of sustainability. Listen to learn about University of Washington's history in sustainability advancements and the critical role Claudia played in it, and to hear about her successes in the sustainability space. As well as, join us to say a warm goodbye to Claudia as she is parting with the university after 12 years of service. In her new endeavors, Claudia is taking on a position with ISOS Group, a woman-owned sustainability consulting firm focusing on environmental, social and governance work with corporations. 

Listen Here 


You can reach out to us via email at uwcsf@uw.edu

Follow us on Facebook , Twitter, and Instagram to be informed of all opportunities and updates. 

Campus Sustainability Fund Committee Application


The Campus Sustainability Fund (CSF) is seeking applicants for the 2021-2022 Undergraduate and Graduate Student Committee positions. The CSF is a student -run and student-funded grant making organization that has been established at the UW for the past 12 years. The group is led by passionate student leaders who work to bring more opportunity for student leadership and agency in finding solutions for climate change by financially supporting transdisciplinary sustainability projects led by UW students. If you would like to get involved, consider applying for the CSF 2021-2022 Undergraduate or Graduate Student Committee position. This is an exciting opportunity for students to be 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! 

Positions are volunteer, however there is an opportunity for a paid committee chair position in the second year of membership.


All students are encouraged to apply! Applications close Monday, October 25th!


Apply here for ASUW

Apply here for Graduate Students ESC Position

ID: Two UW students by a CSF table having a conversation with CSF ambassadors. The table has small informational graphics and other marketing material.




Spring Office Hours


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:


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


Zoom link for Friday 2-3PST:


Resilience Seed Grants Now Open Until April 30th!


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 !


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


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







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

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


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:

Zoom link for Wednesday 4:30-5:30 PST:

Zoom link for Friday 2-3PST:


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


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


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!


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


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.


Learn more about the Africa Now project here: 2018, 2019, 2020

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


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


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


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

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)*


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)