Spring Newsletter


Stay in the loop by checking out our spring newsletter! Get updates on projects and also learn more about the students behind the CSF. Sign up to see the newsletter in your inbox here.

CSF Committee Graduate Student Position Open


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 @ csfcoord@uw.edu with any questions. 

Apply here!

CSF Awards over $144,000 to 9 projects in first 2 Funding Cycles of 2018-2019!


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)


Life Sciences Building Rooftop Solar Array- Supplementary  

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).

University of Washington Precious Plastics

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)


Africa Now 2019 Conference

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.

Vocal Theater Works Principle: Hydrogen Jukebox

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)

Rebound: The Bounce Back Used Notebooks Deserve:

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.

Black Student Union Legacy S Soriee

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.

Creating a Sustainable Night Market

Awarded amount:$1,000

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

Awarded amount:$1000

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 2019 Resilience and Compassion Seed Grants


Announcing The 2nd Annual Resilience and Compassion Initiative Seed Grants!

The Campus Sustainability Fund has teamed up with the UW Resilience Lab this year to offer Resilience and Compassion 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?

Funding Details:

Please spread the word about this exciting opportunity by sharing this message with your colleagues and classmates!

See 2017-2018 Seed Grant Awards HERE

Application Link

CSF Announces Updated Annual Funding Cycle


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 (Autumn)

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)

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)

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.

CSF awards $371,748 to 29 projects in 2017-2018

Campus Sustainability Fund

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 csfcoord@uw.edu. 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.

Below is the list of projects funded in 2017-2018. For more information on all of these projects, see our project list.

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
 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

CSF: Hiring Outreach Coordinator


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 csfcoord@uw.edu

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.

Diversity Statement

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.

Desired qualifications

  • 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.


Africa Now Conference: Register by May 13th


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://africanow.typeform.com/to/f4FPat // Registration ends May 13th 

May Events Bulletin, 2018


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.

Event details here.


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.

Event details here.


Saturday, May 5th

LEED Green Associate Certification

Training offered at UW on May 5th. 

Details and registration here.


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.

Read more. Apply here.


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!

Event details here.


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. 

Event details here.


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!

Event details here.


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." 

More details here.

Email submissions to Meegan Amen: meegan@uw.edu

If your submission requires audio or visual, please email jpo@uw.edu 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.

Details here.

New Project Opportunity!


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! 

Google Form:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1VQcpRAKBTb4okcj2HXMk6w6v3TubBDnYbzmZFpn...

Email Blair: blairk2@uw.edu

CSF: uwcsf@uw.edu

Funding Cycle 2 LOI Deadline Closing Soon


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: csfcoord@uw.edu


Find our LOI guideliness in the "How to Apply" dropdown menu, under"Application Process."

Volunteer With Us!


$93,704 Allocated to Fourteen New Projects


After an exciting first round of applications and committee deliberations, we are pleased to announce that $93,704 has been awarded to 14 projects. This allocation includes seven large projects totaling $87,134, as well as seven small projects totaling $5,570.

If you have a project idea, keep in mind that applications for small grants under $1,000 are still being accepted anytime between now and June. If you are interested in getting involved with the CSF either by applying for funding or volunteering, please email Whisper St Christopher at uwcsf@uw.edu. Thank you again to the following project teams for their creativity and hard work!

Funding Cycle 1: Large Projects

Green Greeks Representative Program: $3,900

As an accredited course, the Green Greek Representative Practicum teaches over 150 students per year about sustainability consulting within their community and environmental leadership. It encourages participation from Greek and non-Greek students in order to engage a broad campus community. It allows students interested in sustainability to ideate, research, and implement solutions in a real-world, hands-on way. It also creates a ripple effect, propelling sustainability solutions far beyond just environmentally-focused students and ingraining sustainable living habits within a diverse group

Anaerobic Digester: $10,000

This Feasibility/Pilot Study would evaluate a) Site Location b) Custom-Design Review c) Ongoing Maintenance requirements for building a 160-square foot anaerobic digester on the UW Seattle Campus. The anaerobic digester would utilize food waste to produce renewable energy (biogas) and compost. The biogas and compost could be used for research projects by professors/students, and the methane gas could be used to generate electricity or power water boilers on the UW campus.

Africa Now: Unlocking Potential from Within: $10,491

Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Incorporated plans to host a conference designed to inspire young professional attendees to use their skills to build a sustainable future for Africa NOW. Through industry specific workshops, networking, action based resources, artists, and an all-star panel we’ll inspire and equip students to turn Africa's "potential" into a reality.

Earth Day Festival: A Celebration of the Diversity and Unity of our World: $11,700

This year’s Earth Day Festival will bring people together through performance, art, food, and activism in an immersive celebration of the unique identities and unity of the world. This festival will be a demonstration of sustainability in action both in its production and in its message. By showcasing the environmental and social initiatives on campus and demonstrating the intersectionality therein, we will provide a live example of the sustainability movement that is happening on campus.

Earth Games: 60 Second Sustainability: $26,043

Earlier this month at the Sustainability Game Jam (sponsored by CSF), a team led by EarthGames lead designer Samuel Dassler built a game prototype called "60 Second Sustainability." The game is made up of many "microgames," which is a style popularized in games like the WarioWare series. EarthGames would like to build a video game for mobile phones and tablets that educates students about sustainability actions they can take on campus and promotes sustainability RSOs that they can participate in.

Population Health Facility: Educational Rainwater System: $17,000

Assist in the construction of the rainwater treatment system and integrate it into the lobby of the new Population Health Building. An animated display would be included, possibly interactive, to really involve people and show them how the water is filtered.Further filtration could also make it possible to allow people to directly drink the water from the system if legislation for this is passed in the future.

Electric Outboard Motors, Sustainability for Washington Rowing: $8,000

The rowing program here at the University of Washington has become a leading program within the domestic and international communities of rowing. With this standing, we have an opportunity and a responsibility to impact the community positively. Transitioning into electric motors within our own fleet of launches is only one step in creating a positive impact in the rowing community.

Funding Cycle 1: Mini Grants

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

CSF Project Paintings

CSF ambassadors

Rachel Carey, a senior communications major, joined the CSF's ambassador program in the fall quarter 2017. During her tenure as a CSF Ambassador, Rachel took a creative approach to telling the story of two CSF projects: the Life Science Building's Putting the Green in Greenhouse and the Campus Illumination sustainable lighting plan. She interviewed project leads and created interpretive paintings informed by the character of the project and the teams' anecdotes. Rachel has served as a leader and mentor with UW Leaders, interned at Sexual Assault and Relationship Violence Activism (SARVA) and volunteered across a variety of student organizations. She describes painting as therapeutic and a way for her to help tell the story of causes, organizations, and everyday people. Her mission as an artist is to "provide her audience with new perspectives, inspired by everyday stories, to better mental health and encourage other's to share their stories with one another." For more on Rachel's work or to have her tell your organization's story, visit www.yourstorypainted.com

Awesome work Rachel! Do you have a creative idea for the CSF or are you interested in our Ambassador program? Contact our Outreach Coordinator Whisper St Christopher at uwcsf@uw.edu to discuss ways to get involved!

Rachel explans her paintings and the process behind them below:

“A guide to lighting the future” is inspired by the CSF project Campus Illumination and the incredible minds behind it. As we move towards a more sustainable future, this project acts as a roadmap to improving exterior campus lighting. After interviewing project leads Kelly Douglas and Christopher Meek, I really got a feel for their extraordinary campus-wide efforts, learning just how much careful thought was put into this project. It’s phenomenal that this road map takes into account the safety of people and minimizes wildlife migration interruptions, all while reducing the university’s electrical footprint through LED lighting. I was inspired to create this future of exterior lighting on a canvas by incorporating the interconnectivity of lights with the environment and also the people relying on those lights for guidance. I first found myself splattering stars, for it is the stars that naturally light the night, along with the moon. Along the skyline, you can see the university’s “W” and Seattle’s silhouette showing the origin of this project, a destination for others to turn to when they design exterior lighting efforts. The bright blues, oranges and yellows are Campus Illumination’s efforts implemented in the future. It’s their lighting that informs the way the silhouetted individual moves through time and space. Little does this individual know, there were great minds moving the sustainability effort along with retrofitted lights that ensure their safety while also working together with the respected environment. With such an innovative student-led project, I am so stoked to know that campus lighting will be protecting and informing us in the most sustainable way!

“The Future of Sustainability is Here” features two CSF projects being implemented into the future Life Sciences Building at UW Seattle, the solar and greenhouse projects, and is inspired by the amazing individuals behind them. After interviewing project leads Alexander Ratcliff and Robert Goff, with their respective teams including architecture firm Perkins+Will, I got a sense of the excitement and energy for the sustainability aspects of the Life Sciences Building. These individuals light up the room and I only felt it fit to start painting with bright colors to symbolize the brilliant minds involved in these projects. The color red in the top left corner symbolizes the abundant renewable solar energy being harnessed to power the Life Sciences Building. You can get a sense of where this energy is being harnessed from by the corresponding red in the painting, with rooftop photovoltaic solar panels and new state of the art integrated photovoltaic solar glass fins along the side of the office spaces. Something incredible to note is that any produced energy that is not needed to power the building will be sent to the city’s electrical grid! Moving on to the sustainable greenhouse implementations involves eliminating water waste. The Life Sciences Building redirects reverse osmosis/deionized (RO/DI) reject water from the building which would otherwise be sent to the sewer system and uses it to irrigate the greenhouse, which is represented by the blue water rooted on the lab section of the building and fills a large holding tank shown in the bottom right of the painting. This is revolutionary because usually this water would pass directly to the drain. As you move towards the bottom left of the painting, the water tank transitions to the many rare species of plants from all around the world that are housed in the greenhouse, thriving off of the reused water. With such innovative projects, the Life Sciences Building will be leading the way in sustainability efforts, bringing the future of building sustainably to the forefront. I’m so stoked to check out the Life Sciences Building when it’s finished with construction!

Population Health Student Project Ideas


Next Steps: Letter of Intent for PHF Projects are due to CSF on November 30. Design team to summarize the most feasible/fitting projects for the CSF Project Webpage

Project Ideas:


  • Interactive data, educational display to learn about PHI
  • Pizoelectric stairs (power generating stair treads)
  • Hydro/ Aquaponic (fish) installation
  • Hydroponic systems indoors, grow vegetables
  • Dynamic shades, Operable windows
  • Solar powered light display outside (from activity on stairs treads inside?)
  • Meditation Room: with art piece that uses rainwater. Dry when dry outside, with green/plants
  • Visual display of world data
  • Track data in building: energy use etc.
  • Showcase building features and systems in N/S wall of gallery space along 15th Order by systems scale: Occupant to global, Living Lab Showcasing LBC/WELL/LEED - showcase PHI
  • Anaerobic digester for compost
  • Sustainable and affordable sourcing
  • Urban Ag / Living Machine
  • Biomimetic bus shelter


  • Greywater demonstration, study/research the treated water
  • Constructed Wetland
  • Rain shelters in landscape (not enough on campus)
  • Sustainable and educational landscapes
  • Display piping that collects rainwater – as an art installation – can this power lights?
  • LCA study of greywater systems
  • South end of building – sunny space, social space, with solar panels and/ green wall panels – artistic display

Population Health Design/LOI Workshop ft. Miller Hull Architects


Students are invited to join us for a workshop developing awesome and innovative projects to be a part of UW's new Population Health Building!

Join the Campus Sustainability Fund and Miller Hull Architects in a design workshop exploring possible projects that will be implemented in this future building, which is aiming for LEED Gold certification (or better). This is a fantastic opportunity to not only work alongside professionals and other students on some truly impactful and forward-thinking projects, but also to network and get involved with sustainability resources on campus (and of course, share a slice of pizza with some fellow green-thinking Huskies!)

This event is focused on developing a handful of core projects, including a engineered grey/rain-water management and food-producing permaculture installation, rooftop gardens, a stack of super sustainable composting restrooms, indoor biophilic features, and a Biomimetic Pavilion bus stop / native plant exterior landscape. However, feel free to bring along any ideas you have for healthy, sustainable, and forward-thinking solutions you may have for this new build, we'd love to hear them and help translate them into reality!

After the design session with our Miller Hull Architecture representatives, the Campus Sustainability Fund staff will be available to discuss taking the next step and turning your ideas for the Population Health Project into project applications for our upcoming November 30th Letter of Intent deadline.


Friday, November 17th, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM.

Gerberding Hall, B36. (Look for the UW Sustainability Offices.) 

Fill out this SHORT Google Sheet to RSVP: https://tinyurl.com/yb7gc4ab

CSF Hosts Annual Autumn Brainstorming Mixer, 2017


Hello Huskies!

On Thursday, October 19th, 2017, the CSF hosted an event where members of the UW community were invited to meet the CSF team and brainstorm ideas to make the campus more sustainable. The Brainstorming Mixer kicked off with a poster exhibit featuring over a dozen projects the CSF has funded, including the Sustainable Learning Center, Solar Tables and Phone Charging Stations, and Gould Hall’s Green Wall. Attendees had the opportunity to mingle, converse with project representatives, and get a better sense of the type of projects the CSF funds, as well as learn about the other sustainable initiatives taking place on campus. During the Brainstorming Session, new project ideas were presented, including building an aeroponics system, PAVEGEN electric tiles, water wheels, and working with Housing and Food Services to pilot a reusable food container system -- such as a cafe cup swap system -- to reduce food container waste. 

The CSF also offers a diverse array of opportunities to get involved with specific projects or the CSF itself. The Kincaid Ravine Restoration Project, Yesler Swamp Bird Blind, and The UW Bicycle Library: Cycle Pack are all funded and approved projects that are in need of new leads and interns. If you’re looking to volunteer with the CSF itself, there are open positions for a Graphic Designer, and on the Outreach Ambassador team. Being new to the Outreach Ambassador team myself, I found the Brainstorming Mixer to be a nice introduction to what CSF does. In one sentence, the fund gives an opportunity to bring student ideas to life while supporting the idea of campus sustainability. By the wide variety of projects that were presented at the Mixer, there’s really not a limit to what you can do. If you weren’t able to make it to this event, I hope you can make it to our Mixer in Spring! 

Thank you,

Karen Chan


Photo Credit: Rachel Carey; Whisper St Christopher

Check out all the photos from the event on our Facebook Page! https://tinyurl.com/yc7nxd6a


Join the CSF Committee


We are looking for an undergraduate and graduate students to serve on the CSF Committee for the rest of this academic year! Each year, the CSF Committee is charged with allocating over $300,000 of student funds to on-campus sustainability projects. As a CSF Committee Member, you will have influence over both the development of specific projects and our organizational strategy in pursuing a more sustainable UW. Serving on the CSF Committee involves a ~3 hour weekly commitment spent at our weekly meeting, reviewing grant applications and helping out with CSF outreach. All students are encouraged to apply regardless of academic background or class standing.

To Apply:

Graduate Students:

You may apply for the GPSS and ESC Representative positions:

GPSS: Please e-mail your resume and application form to GPSS President, Elloise Kim, at gpsspres@uw.edu. For information about liaisons’ term and expectation, please see M-11-16: Memorandum on GPSS Liaison Term.

Environmental Stewardship Committee (ESC): Please e-mail your resume and application form (using the attached GPSS application form) to UW Sustainability Director Claudia Frere-Anderson at frerec@uw.edu. This position also serves as a representative to the ESC (meets once per quarter).

Undergraduate Students:

ASUW: Please complete the application form for “ASUW Representative to Campus Sustainability Fund.”


For questions regarding the application, email ASUW Director of Campus Partnerships Anna Johnson at asuwbdsp@uw.edu

For questions regarding the CSF in general, email CSF Outreach Coordinator Whisper St Christopher at uwcsf@uw.edu

Deadline to Apply:

Graduates: Thursday, October 12th, 11:45p

Undergraduates: Friday, October 20th, 11:45pm

CSF Bike Tour

Thursday, September 28th, 12:00-2:00 PM
Meet at South End of Drumheller Fountan


Join us for a 4.5 mile tour of on-campus, sustainability projects funded by the CSF! We encourage you to bring your own bike and helmet or utilize a local bike-share program. If those options are unavailable, e-mail us at uwcsf@uw.edu and we will help out!

RSVP here: https://tinyurl.com/y756ze8l

The CSF Welcomes Two New Members to the Team!


Hello Huskies!

As we head into the start of the 2017 - 2018 academic year, the CSF would like to introduce you to the two new faces you'll see in our Gerberding B-40 headquarters this coming year! Along with a new Outreach Coordinator, we've opened up a new position dedicated to helping projects reach their full potential during the early development phase, and throughout their implementation on campus.

Whisper St Christopher, Campus Sustainability Fund Outreach Coordinator

Hello, UW! I’m thrilled to begin my new position here with UW Sustainability's CSF and help connect our campus community with exciting new projects and opportunities!

I recently transferred from Bellevue College, where I held the position of Outreach Coordinator for the Office of Sustainability and the Student Environment and Sustainability Fund. I’m excited to bring my experience to this new setting where I’m sure I’ll be able to further grow my professional skills, while keeping with the core values of sustainability, which I’m dedicated to fostering in my personal life as well as in my educational endeavors. Academically, I’m double majoring in Dance and Community, Environment, and Planning (CEP), where I want to focus on the resulting dynamics of the interactions between people and the environments we build.

The sustainability of food systems also holds great interest for me; not only am I a food enthusiast, I’ve also been vegan since 2013, and am an avid and critical reader of nutrition labels, as well as a certified green-smoothie addict. While I love being in the kitchen, my absolute favorite activity is training my contemporary circus skills with my coach and circus friends. You’ll find me upside-downing around Green Lake, and performing when I get the chance.

I’m looking forward to a great few years with you all! Go Huskies!

Email Whisper: uwcsf@uw.edu

Ian Rose, Project Development Intern

From Vancouver, WA, Ian is currently a Junior in the Community Environment, and Planning (CEP) Major within the College of Built Environments. Here's what he has to say about his new role with CSF:

If you have an idea for a sustainable innovation, event, project, RSO, or anything else, I’m here to help you and your team bring your ideas to reality through the network of resources and fellow green-hearted Huskies here at UW. Feel free to email me to check-in or set up a meeting if you have a new idea, or are looking to explore getting involved with existing sustainability projects. Whatever your interests are, there is something you can do help improve, promote, and expand the University of Washington’s sustainability! I love all things sustainable, and am focusing my studies on holistic sustainability and green-tech integration in urban design and planning. Beyond my work at UW/CSF I enjoy running, reading, cooking, tinkering, and exploring the great outdoors!

Email Ian: csfproj@uw.edu