CSF Doubles Mini Grants Program


We proudly funded eight project teams in the second year of the CSF Mini Grants program. Comparatively, last year we funded four. Mini Grants are CSF grants up to $1,000 which are processed through a streamlined application process. Although Mini Grants only accounted for 2% of our annual project funding, they engaged 20% of the students working on CSF projects this year. The program is not only cost-effective, but also provides a lower barrier means through which students can access CSF funding. As a result, we had a higher percentage of first time applicants and new departments through the Mini Grants program compared to our large funding cycles

The Mini Grants program is lower barrier given its shorter application process, rolling deadline, and quick turnaround time. Our large grants, on the other hand, require an application process that spans three month from the initial request to the final approval. Also, applications are only accepted twice a year. This process helps to fine-tune complex, long-term project ideas, but is too exhaustive for small capital projects or events. Meanwhile, Mini Grants can be submitted any time throughout the year. Even more conveniently, applications are approved or denied within two weeks. 

In this way, our Mini Grants program helps the CSF engage with students who do not have the time or expertise to implement a large-scale capital project or program. In particular, this application process is conducive to educational, sustainability events. This year we had three projects from departments with no previous engagement with the CSF. Two of these projects were events funded by Mini Grants: the Next System Teach-In and the Tribal Water Security Colloquium. Additionally, over 70% of our Mini Grant project teams were first time applicants.

Looking forward, we hope to continue expanding the Mini Grants program in order to increase our engagement with students across campus. Given we are financially supported by all students across every discipline at the UW, we believe that every student should be encouraged to get involved with the CSF. In order to truly foster a more environmentally-conscious campus community, sustainability work must come from all areas of campus.

Yesler Swamp Boardwalk Completed!


Congratulations to the Yesler Swamp team for completing their cedar boardwalk in late June after two years of construction work! If you're interested in a tour, join the July work party this Sunday, July 10th from 11-2pm. Learn more and RSVP here.

Although the boardwalk is finished, the CSF-funded Yesler Swamp Trek Stop student group is still looking for help completeing their bird blind. Check out the internship positions here. Also be sure to explore their website for volunteer updates and scenic photos.

Year in Review Newsletter


We've accomplished so much at the CSF over the past academic year! Check out our latest newsletter for a holistic review of project funding, campus involvement and departmental inclusivity. Sign-up for the newsletter here.

CSF Awards $323,486 to 21 Student Projects


Update on June 21st, 2016: The CSF Committee has just voted to fund one final Mini Grant. This brings the new total to $324,466 awarded to twenty-two projects.

After an exciting sixth year of applications and committee deliberations, we are pleased to announce that $323,486 has been awarded to twenty-one CSF projects. Each project aligns with the CSF's mission to lessen the University's environmental impact and foster a more environmentally-conscious campus culture. If you are interested in getting involved with the CSF either by applying for funding, joining our committee or volunteering, please email Veronica Guenther at uwcsf@uw.edu. The next opportunity to apply for funding will be in the middle of Fall Quarter 2016. Be on the lookout for confirmed application deadlines. Thank you again to the following project teams for their creativity and hard work:

Cycle 1: Funded March 4th, 201
Seven projects totaling $175,792

2nd Annual UW Resilience Summit, $1,250
Campus Illumination: An Implementation Strategy for Sustainable Exterior Lighting, $50,965
Composting Toilet at the Center for Urban Horticulture, $33,000
Kincaid Ravine Restoration Budget Amendment, $35,000
Lab Glove Recycling Pilot Program, $2,000
UW Floating Wetlands Project, $11,379
UW-Solar Life Sciences Building, $7,500

Cycle 2: Funded June 1st, 2016
Seven projects totaling $141,094

"As Viewed through the Looking Glass" Photography Piece", $5,350
ASUW Student Food Cooperative Bulk Buying Storefront, $2,500
Electronic Waste Educational and Information System, $11,294
Engaging Students and Public in Marine Conservation Through Sustainable Shellfish Aquaculture-Phase II, $14,484
Green Square: UW Tower Urban Garden Demonstration, $59,730
Putting the Green in Greenhouse (revised), $34,635
SER-UW Native Plant Nursery Improvements, $47,799

Mini Grants: Funded case-by-case
Eight projects totaling $7,580

2016 UW Night Market, $1,000
Earth Day 2016 Celebration, $1,000
Environmental Display for Paccar Hall, $890
Fossil Fuel Divestment Pacific Northwest Network Spring 2016 Convergence, $1,000
NEW: Mobile Maintenance Trailer for the ASUW Bike Shop, $980
Next System Teach-In, $1,000
Planting and Installing Pollinator Habitats at the UW Farm, $1,000
Tribal Water Security Colloquium, Rethinking Our Relationship with Water, $960

Seattle City Light Matching Funds


So many of you expressed interest in seeing more on-campus solar panels at our Earth Day table! When asked "What would YOU do with a CSF grant?", students wrote that they would like solar panels on Paccar Hall, Denny Hall, the UW Medical Center, Suzzallo Library and Kane Hall as well as solar powered charging stations and solar tables around campus (see below).

Now is the time to turn these ideas into tangible impacts on campus. Seattle City Light will provide up to $15,000 of matching funds for renewable energy projects through the CSF funding cycles. For more information, check out our web article from the fall.

Student responses at the Earth Day 2016 Celebration:

Campus Illumination Survey


How do you move through campus at night?

Where is outdoor lighting working well? Where could it be improved?

Take the Campus Illumination Survey today!

Campus Illumination--a Campus Sustainability Fund project--wants to better understand how the campus is experienced when it is dark. The team hopes to collect your invaluable feedback through an interactive map survey to use as a foundation for creating a roadmap toward sustainable exterior lighting at the UW.

The project is led by an interdisciplinary team from the Integrated Design Lab, the Office of the University Architect, and Seattle City Light's Lighting Design Lab to guide the UW as it transitions to more energy efficient outdoor lighting. The project is looking at sustainable lighting from a comprehensive perspective, encompassing efficiency, maintainability, wildlife impact, and the human experience. The roadmap is set to be completed in the Spring quarter of 2017.

For more information, check out articles on UW Today and The Daily.

If you have any questions, please contact Kelly Douglas at douglakm@uw.edu.

Yesler Swamp Trek Stop Internships


The CSF-funded Yesler Swamp Trek Stop is looking for management support from student interns this quarter and beyond! The objective of the project is to construct a bird blind on the shoreline of the Yesler Swamp lagoon on Lake Washington in order to provide UW students and visitors a unique wildlife observation platform. If you're interested in applying, please contact project manager Tyler Licata at tlicata@uw.edu.

Time commitment: 5 hours per week
Deadline: Rolling

Available positions include:
1. Permitting Manager – Oversees the projects land use and construction permit applications
Completing Seattle’s land use permit submittal checklist and verifying that all requirements are met
Compiling the construction documents into a complete package and submitting them to the City of Seattle per city standards

2. Grant Writing Manager – Oversees the projects budget
Administering CSF funds to pay for design consultant fees and permitting fees
Applying for grant funding from the Seattle Dept. of Neighborhoods “Large Project Fund” and The Rose Foundation’s “Puget Sound Mitigation Fund”

3. Design Manager – Oversees construction document drafting
Detailing the construction documents per City of Seattle development standards


Earth Day Week Newsletter


Get ready for Earth Day this Friday by browsing through our latest newsletter! If you haven't already seen this in your inbox, subscribe today.

Earth Day Ivy Pull

Join the Society for Ecological Restoration-UW Chapter (SER-UW) and the Campus Sustainability Fund (CSF) for our 3rd annual Earth Day Ivy Pull! This year we will be working from 10-2pm on Friday, April 22nd behind the bike shelter at the SW end of the HUB. Tools and snacks will be provided, so just make sure to arrive in clothes and shoes that can get dirty. After you volunteer, track your hours for the UW Earth Day Challenge. Please email uwcsf@uw.edu with any questions.

CSF Ambassadors Program Application


Great news! This quarter we will be rolling out our brand new Ambassadors Program. As a volunteer with this program, you will work closely with the CSF Outreach Coordinator to expand the reach of the CSF across campus through outreach visits, tabling opportunities and other communication platforms. This position accommodates flexible schedules, is conveniently located on campus, and provides opportunities for both collaborative and individual work environments. Through this role you will greatly develop your environmental advocacy, public speaking, professional networking, communication and public relations skills. Please fill out this survey by 11:59pm on Thursday, April 14th to be considered this quarter. (Update: Rolling admissions will be accepted through Week 8 of spring quarter.) Please email uwcsf@uw.edu with any questions.

Confidence with public speaking
Competency in contacting faculty, staff and RSO leadership teams
Self-motivated work ethic
Duration: 1-3 hours a week during Spring Quarter

CSF Coordinator Application Closes Sunday


Job Description: CSF Coordinator

Start Date: early-June 2016
Hours/Times: 19.5 hours/week, workdays & times flexible
Duration: through June 2017, continuation into future years possible if student status is maintained
Compensation: GSA Package (Tuition Waiver, Health Insurance, Stipend*) *estimated at approx. $2000/mo before taxes Application
Deadline: April 10th, 2016 HuskyJobs ID#: 100934

The mission of the Campus Sustainability Fund (CSF) is to create a sustainable campus and foster an environmentally conscious culture by funding student-lead projects from a portion of student fees to lessen the university’s environmental impact. The CSF is currently seeking a student to serve as the primary staff point of oversight and management for all aspects of the organization. 

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. Other important characteristics for a coordinator include strong project management skills; attention to detail; ability to prioritize; flexibility and resilience; creative problem solving skills; ability to gain consensus; ability to manage sensitive situations; superior verbal and written communication skills; and proficiency and comfort presenting to both small and large groups of people.

Bachelors degree in a related field and currently matriculated in a UW graduate program (or planned for Fall 2016)
Approximately 2+ years work experience in related positions or with related functions  Interest in and knowledge of sustainability issues both on and off campus
High degree of professionalism, integrity and ownership; high energy and results oriented
Team player, flexible and open to new ideas and continual improvement or change
Excellent written and oral communication, presentation, analysis, project management, and financial reporting/budgeting skills.
Excellent skills with Microsoft Office (Access, Excel, Outlook PowerPoint, Word)

Knowledge and experience with operational and financial planning
Previous program and/or staff management experience
Knowledge of UW budget and accounting systems
Experience with basic web editing features and HTML
Experience with information visualization and/or graphic design

Lead the solicitation and vetting of project proposals from UW students, faculty and staff.
Support & organize the CSF Committee
Track and report on active CSF projects
Oversee multiple budgets (both internal and external)
Guide strategic initiatives  Pursue and secure auxiliary revenue streams
Maintain strong relationships with the CSFs myriad of campus partners
Manage up to 3 part time staff and 3-6 regular volunteers at any given time
Continue to raise the visibility and profile of the CSF throughout UW.

To Apply
Please visit HuskyJobs (http://careers.washington.edu/HuskyJobs), search for position 100934 and submit a resume and cover letter detailing relevant experience and interest in the position. Questions about the position can be directed to csfcoord@uw.edu.

Winter Quarter Wrap-Up Newsletter


Take a quick moment to update yourself on upcoming CSF events and opportunities as well as to review CSF accomplishments from the past quarter! Find our winter quarter newsletter here. Subscribe here.

MobilizeGreen Conference coming to UW April 7-8


The 2016 MobilizeGreen Annual Conference and Diversity Career Fair will be held at the University of Washington on April 7-8, 2016. Speakers for the event include Seattle Mayor Ed Murray and Leslie Weldon, the Deputy Chief for National Forest System with the USDA Forest Service. 

The theme of this year’s event is Equity & the Environment:  Mobilizing the Next Generation of Leaders.  The goal of the event is to inspire, engage, and mobilize the next generation of diverse green leaders to help communities solve equity and environmental challenges. Through thought-provoking panel sessions, workshops, and high-impact networking opportunities, the event will help change the way employers and diverse young people connect for green career opportunities.

All students are encouraged to apply to attend - there is no cost but students must show commitment and passion, and attend both days of the event.

Apply now.


Campus Sustainability Fund grants over $140,000 in last funding cycle


Last week the CSF was featured in a UW Daily article to celebrate the end of our first funding cycle this year! The committee approved over $140,000 to fund 7 innovative, student-led sustainability projects, including the Lab Glove Recycling pilot program, Green Futures Lab Floating Wetlands project, 2nd Annual UW Resilience Summit, UW Farm Composting Toilet, Campus Illumination project, Kincaid Ravine amendment, and UW Solar Life Sciences Building project. You can learn more about the mission and background of each of our new projects under our 2015-16 Approved Projects tab. As these project teams kick into implementation mode, the CSF committee has already started reviewing Letters of Intent (LOIs) for our second annual funding cycle. Stay tuned to hear what incredbile projects the CSF will approve this spring!

Spring Letter of Intent Deadline Extension


Great news for anyone who missed the deadline last week! The CSF committee has voted to extend the deadline until March 27th. Go to csf.uw.edu/apply to get started on your grant application today.

Tribal Water Security: Rethinking Our Relationship with Water


Interested in climate change? Ocean acidification? Medicine springs? Native teachings? All these topics and more will be covered at this upcoming CSF sponsored event! Don't miss the Tribal Water Security Colloquium: Rethinking Our Relationship with Water from 1:20-5:30pm on March 8th at the UW "wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ" Intellectual House. Check out the flyer for more details on the speakers and their respective topics.

Spring Letter of Intent Deadline


Our second annual funding deadline is coming up fast! Submit your Letter of Intent before midnight on March, 3rd to receive funding by May. Apply here! Send questions to uwcsf@uw.edu

Got a Green Idea? Get a $1,000 Grant Now!


Each year the Campus Sustainability Fund allocates over $250,000 to on-campus, student-led, sustainability projects. Students receive grants that have ranged from $1,000 to $100,000 through our two annual funding cycles consisting of a preliminary Letter of Intent and Full Proposal. However, applications up to $1,000 can be submitted and funded anytime throughout the year with only a Letter of Intent. In the past these small projects grants have been used to sponser panel discussions, recycling video projects and more. Check out the full list here. If you're interested, apply today.

Husky Green Award Nominations


Nominations are now open for the Husky Green Awards!

The Husky Green Awards recognize students, faculty, staff and teams from all UW campuses who demonstrate initiative, leadership and dedication to environmental stewardship and sustainability. All members of the UW community can submit nominations, and this year everyone who submits a nomination will be entered into a drawing to win a prize pack including Husky Grind coffee and a reusable mug.

The form and full submission information can be found at here.

More information can be found on the UW Sustainability website.


We're Hiring a Creative Assistant!


Calling all design savvy students! The CSF is seeking a student to facilitate the design, implementation and production of various branding and communication endeavors in the 2015-2016 school year! The mission of the CSF is to create a sustainable campus and foster an environmentally conscious culture by funding student-lead projects from a portion of student fees to lessen the university’s environmental impact.

Possible endeavors, or projects, may include but are not limited to: stickers, letterhead, newsletter templates, project specific one-sheets, banners, etc. Specifics will be determined upon employment depending on the interests and skills of the Creative’s Assistant and CSF’s needs at the time of employment.

Full- or part-time student status at the UW Seattle campus during term of employment  Communication, graphic design and/or layout expertise
Ability to work on a personal computer, access to assorted industry standard software
Ability to present portfolio or samples of similar work
Familiarity with sustainability initiatives at the University of Washington

Negotiate and determine specific project(s) scope and deliverables with CSF Coordinator upon hiring
Work on creative deliverables predominantly in the CSF’s office on campus, or remotely as needed & negotiated.
Secure vendors for specific direct material and productions costs, work with CSF Coordinator to ensure their purchase (example: printing, tote bag suppliers, etc.) while staying within budget
Consult with CSF Outreach Coordinator, CSF Committee Members and CSF Coordinator for strategic prioritizing of future creative undertakings.
Produce complete deliverable(s) in both physical and digital forms at the conclusion of the position and when earnings cap is hit.

To Apply:
Please visit HuskyJobs (http://careers.washington.edu/HuskyJobs), search for position 98463 and submit a resume and cover letter detailing interest in the position as well as relevant experience. Please also provide a link to an online portfolio or submit sample work. Questions about the position and/or sample work can be submitted to csfcoord@uw.edu. Application Deadline: January 26th 2016 or until filled.