CSF Funded Bulk Buying Store Looking for Pre-Launch Feedback


Last spring the CSF awarded a grant to the ASUW Student Food Cooperative Bulk Buying Store and they are currently in their exciting pre-launch phase. The store will be located in the HUB and be stocked with a wide variety of locally sourced and affordable, non-perishable goods. They'd like student input regarding what goods to stock and hours to operate in order to serve the needs of every UW community member and make the bulk buying store an accessible space for the entire campus. Plus they're looking for volunteers! For more information on the ASUWSFC visit thier website or Facebook.

Please fill out their survey here.


Husky Green Awards 2017

Nominations are now open for the Husky Green Awards! These annual awards recognize individuals and teams from all UW campuses who demonstrate initiative, leadership and dedication to sustainability. 
We need your help to identify these sustainability superstars. Award winners are identified through nominations from the UW community, so this is your chance to give students, faculty, and staff recognition for their sustainability efforts. 

All members of the UW community can submit a nomination on the UW Sustainability website by the March 1, 2017 deadline. Winners will be announced at the UW Earth Day celebrations in Red Square on April 21.

Meet the CSF: January Spotlight


Nearly 300 students worked on CSF projects or with the CSF Office last year! In the interest of highlighting these committed students, each month we will be interviewing select CSF project leads, volunteers, alumni, staff and committee members.

Kayla Schick, Alumni

UW Graduation Year: 2015
Education: Master of Public Administration (MPA) with a Certificate in Environmental Management, B.A. Environmental Policy, B.A. Political Science
Favorite Outdoor Activity: Hiking and gardening
Former CSF Position: CSF Committee Chair

What inspired you to get involved with the CSF?
I wanted to be involved with the CSF because being around creative student ideas is one of the biggest learning opportunities you can have outside of your classes. You can learn so much about sustainability and the different projects and tools out there for addressing environmental problems and can begin to see how there is a sustainability component within everything.

I first learned about the CSF when I was an undergraduate at the University of Colorado; I had been very involved with the CU environmental center where students could help with sustainability planning, programs, and the Sustainable CU Grant Fund, which funded student projects with student money. As part of the Sustainable CU grant review committee, I worked on doing some benchmarking of other college sustainability funds throughout the country to see what we could be doing better; one of the programs I researched was the CSF and since I was starting grad school at the UW the next year—I knew it was something I wanted to be a part of.

As soon as I got to the UW to start my Masters, I was determined to track down the CSF and learn how I could get involved. I ended up talking with the CSF Outreach Coordinator and learned about being a part of the Committee. I became a representative for the Graduate and Professional Student Senate (GPSS) and spent an awesome two years as part of the CSF Committee!

How did the CSF help you get to where you are now?
My last job was with King County where I worked on the Rainwise Rebate program for rain gardens and cisterns. My involvement with the CSF had already given me an understating about what rain gardens were, because we had reviewed student proposals about bioswales, rain barrels, and water filtering, so this it was a helpful background to have when starting my new job.

Because of my experience from the CSF with managing and reviewing grant funds, I also started working on a couple grant programs that King County had. A big project popped up in our division, which required developing a new $1 million a year grant program and since I had a background working on grants, I was one of the people who was selected to lead the development of that program. Helping build this new program from the ground up was a huge career opportunity for me. We had to develop rules and criteria for it, create application materials, think about what questions to ask, and how the projects would be vetted. There were times where I would pull from CSF application materials, reflect on what was really valuable in reviewing CSF projects, and how we could incorporate those lessons into this new program. There was so much I learned from the CSF that gave me valuable examples of things that worked well and I was able to use that in developing the new program.

jo Blake, Project Lead

UW Graduation Year: 2017
Major: MFA Dance Program
Hometown: Everywhere and nowhere
CSF Project: Ballo Conservatio, meaning Dance Conservation.

What inspired you to get involved with the Campus Sustainability Fund?
I have worked with Steve Korn, the photographer, in the past and I thought the CSF would be a perfect opportunity for us to create a conversation about campus sustainability with the dancers from the dance program. The images that you see in our project deal with and offer ideas about our over-indulgence with natural resources.

What is something that you have learned going through this process?
With the help of a village dreams can become a reality.

Explain the ideas behind your images
We have overindulged with the plastic and the paper and cardboard boxes and compost. In the image titled “Debris,” you will see that the twins, Patrick and Kirby McDermot, our models, are contained within the debris. It shows that we are a piece of this, we have all added to it and the only way to get out of this is to put a hold on it. “Erosion” is this idea again, that because we have over-indulged in our water resources what we are left with is barren lands. Barren trees and soil that cannot take care of any vegetation that we need to survive. “Plastic” is us caught up in the plastic that we have created. This idea that we are trying to get out of our own mess and madness and what has happened is that the plastic is confining.

What message do you hope to convey in your work?
We were able to start this conversation with one another and really talk about what is sustainable. Why are we doing this? How can we keep this going? I think this is also a great way for this project to keep growing and growing and intensifying and seeing where Ball Conservatio can go. I’m really excited and proud and thankful for this project.

What is a challenge or reward you have experienced in implementing your project?
Time is ALWAYS a challenge, and time it ALWAYS the reward. NOW is that time to realize our difficult challenges and faults so that we can create change.

Raye Evrard, Project Lead

UW Graduation Year: 2017
Major: School of Marine & Environmental Affairs, Shellfish Aquaculture Specialty
Hometown: Ann Arbor, Michigan
Favorite Outdoor Activity: Hiking!
Dream job: Own a Shellfish Business
CSF Project: Engaging Students and Public in Marine Conservation Through Sustainable Shellfish Aquaculture

What inspired you to get involved with the CSF?
Washington has a large shellfish industry. I really wanted to go to the University of Washington to further explore this industry. And the School of Marine & Environmental Affairs does a lot of regulatory education - there’s a lot of permitting. It’s a place to learn about people that are more involved in this industry.

How did you hear about the CSF? 
They are funding the project I’m currently in. Dan Guillen, he started the UW shellfish farm and applied for all the funding in order to hire me as their researcher. I have been a researcher for about a year and a half.

Piece of advice for students interested in CSF?
Get involved as soon as you can in CSF activities. Because that’s the best way to get your project out there and get students interested and involved and participate in a sustainable project! 

What has been the greatest challenge and reward in implementing your CSF project?
My greatest challenge has been physically figuring out where to get started on this project because we just started with an idea. Who to talk to? Where to go? How to get more people interested from the school in this project? It’s such a large scale. The greatest reward was when I participated in the UW Sustainability Fair this past fall and got to showcase the shellfish farm and see the amount of interest from undergraduate students. The amount of people interested was amazing and it was a great opportunity to teach people about aquaculture. Overall, it was very rewarding.

CSF Winter Pop-Up Info Sessions


Want to get involved with sustainability work happening right on campus? Unsure of how to make an impact? Come by one of our CSF Pop-Up Information Sessions this quarter. We will be tabling outside the HUB and in the Odegaard lobby on Monday afternoons. Please come by to ask us questions and pick-up some CSF merch. We will be giving out water bottles and tote bags to students willing to put an idea on the brainstorming whiteboard.

Monday, January 20th, 2:30-3:30pm, HUB
Monday, February 6th, 2:30-3:30pm, Odegaard Lobby
Monday, February 13th, 4:00-5:00pm, HUB
Monday, February 27th, 2:30-3:30pm, Odegaard Lobby

Any questions? Email CSF Outreach Coordinator, Veronica Guenther, at uwcsf@uw.edu.

CSF Spring Letter of Intent Deadline


Our Spring deadline is confirmed for Monday, March 27th, 11:59pm. To receive funding by late May, apply here. This is your last chance during this academic year to apply for a CSF grant larger than $1,000. Our three month application process includes two phases: a preliminary Letter of Intent (LOI) and a Full Proposal contingent on LOI approval. Your LOI is meant to illustrate the general narrative of your idea and how your project work ties into the CSF Project Criteria. In order to submit an LOI, you do not need to have every implementation and budget detail worked out yet (however that does make your project feasibility more convincing). Our application process is designed to help you fine-tune larger scale project ideas and you can expect to recieve constructive feedback before subsequently creating your Full Proposal. If you have any questions, email CSF Outreach Coordinator Veronica Guenther at uwcsf@uw.edu. As a CSF student staff member, she does not vote on budget allocation, and therefore, she can help you as much as possible in crafting your application. Please reach out!

We also allocate funds to grants under $1,000 through our Mini Grant rolling cycle. Unlike our large grants process, Mini Grant applications are accepted anytime throughout the year and we guarentee a two week approval turnaround. This process is ideal for small capital projects and time-sensitive educational events.

Join the CSF Committee!


We are looking for an undergraduate student 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. This position is officially appointed by the ASUW Board of Directors, so please fill out their application form to be considered.
For questions regarding the application, email ASUW Director of Community Relations Osman Salahuddin at asuwbdcr@uw.edu.
For questions regarding the CSF in general, email CSF Outreach Coordinator Veronica Guenther at uwcsf@uw.edu.

Deadline to Apply: Wednesday, January 18th, 11:45pm

CSF Fall Letter of Intent Deadline


Each year the student-run, student-funded UW Campus Sustainability Fund allocates over $300,000 to student, sustainability projects. Funds are allocated through two application processes: 1) our biannual large project cycle and 2) our under $1,000 "Mini Grant" rolling cycle.

Our biannual cycle accepts applications for grants between $1,000 and +$100,000 at the end of Fall and Winter quarter. Our Fall deadline is confirmed for Monday, November 28th at 11:59pm. To receive funding by March, apply here. If you're not prepared to submit this quarter, applications will be accepted a second and final time this academic year in March. Our biannual cycle's three month application process includes two phases: a preliminary Letter of Intent (LOI) and a Full Proposal contingent on LOI approval. Your LOI is meant to illustrate the general narrative of your idea and how your project work ties into the CSF Project Criteria. In order to submit an LOI, you do not need to have every implementation and budget detail worked out yet (however that does make your project feasibility more convincing). Our application process is designed to help you fine-tune larger scale project ideas and you can expect to recieve constructive feedback in subsequently creating your Full Proposal. If you have any questions, email CSF Outreach Coordinator Veronica Guenther at uwcsf@uw.edu. As a CSF student staff member, she does not sit on the CSF Committee and vote on budget allocation, and therefore, she can help you as much as possible in crafting your application. Please reach out!

We also allocate funds to grants under $1,000 through our Mini Grant rolling cycle. Unlike our large grants process, Mini Grant applications are accepted anytime throughout the year and we guarantee a two-week approval turnaround. This process is ideal for small capital projects and time-sensitive educational events.

Recruiting Fall Outreach Ambassadors


Interested in getting more involved with the CSF? Become an Outreach Ambassador! 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. To be considered for this program, please fill out this survey AND send an email CSF Outreach Coordinator Veronica Guenther at uwcsf@uw.edu expressing your interest.

Confidence with public speaking or professional writing
Competency in contacting faculty, staff and RSO leadership teams
Self-motivated work ethic
Duration: 1-3 hours a week per quarter
Due date: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis through the end of October.

CSF Brainstorming Mixer

Join us in celebrating the SustainableUW Festival at our annual Brainstorming Mixer. Meet and talk with CSF project leads before joining in a CSF project brainstorming activity! This is a great opportunity to learn about current student-led sustainability work on campus and then develop ideas for how you can make an impact yourself. Light refreshments will be served. Email uwcsf@uw.edu with questions. Please also RSVP via our Facebook event.
Featured Projects (check our projects tab for details):
ASUW Student Food Cooperative Bulk Buying Storefront
Construction Materials Lab Rainwater Collection
Green Futures Lab Floating Wetland
Grounds Management's Campus Salvage Wood Program and Composting Facility
Integrated Design Lab Campus Illumination
Kincaid Ravine Restoration Project
Putting the Green in Greenhouse at the Life Sciences Building
Sustainable Shellfish Aquaculture
UW-Solar at the Life Sciences Building


Join the CSF Committee!

We have three spots open on the CSF Committee this year! The committee is charged with allocating over $300,000 a year to student sustainability projects. 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. Email CSF Outreach Coordinator Veronica Guenther at uwcsf@uw.edu with questions.
All CSF Committee members are appointed by campus bodies, including the Associated Students of the University of Washington (ASUW) Senate, ASUW Board of Directors, Graduate and Professional Student Senate (GPSS) and Environmental Stewardship Committee (ESC).
If you are a graduate student, you can apply for a seat via GPSS or the ESC.
For GPSS, fill out this form and then send it along with your resume to gpssua@uw.edu.
For ESC, also fill out this form and then send it along with your resume to Claudia Frere, Director of the UW Sustainability Office, at frerec@uw.edu.
If you are an undergraduate student, you can apply via the ASUW Senate. Email the Membership Coordinator at asuwssmc@uw.edu.


Meet the CSF: September Spotlight


Nearly 300 students worked on CSF projects or with the CSF Office last academic year! In the interest of highlighting these committed students, each month we will be interviewing select CSF project leads, volunteers, alumni, staff and committee members.

Sunni Wissmer, Alumni

UW Graduation Year: 2015
Major: Community, Environment, and Planning
Minor: Astronomy
Hometown: Steilacoom, WA
Favorite Outdoor Activity: Sailing
What position did you hold when you worked with the CSF?
"Resident trouble-maker, but formally I had a number of positions. For a year I was the Student-Staff-Faculty liaison. I would go around trying to get people to start projects, which I had been doing before anyway. I also worked on the Husky Sustainable Storms and UW Solar projects; two of the largest infrastructure projects the CSF has funded. Lastly, I was on the CSF committee for a year.”

What takeaways do you have from working with the CSF?
"It taught me to just ask for what you really want and be genuine. Be professional, but be real. Just go out there and make friends. Climate change is too big of an enemy for us to not be on the same side. So, the more you can turn enemies into friends the better. It’s about showing people that you are not trying to make them look bad or show them up. You are not trying to challenge their authority. You are throwing a party and they are invited. Make it fun.”

What is your current job? 
“I am the Global Network Coordinator for the International Living Future Institute at the Bullitt Center. I work with the Living Future Network, which includes 690 professionals in 43 countries. Lots of different time zones. Lots of different ideologies of life. But we all have one thing in common: we want to fight climate change. And we feel that the best way to do that is to implement Living Building projects.
The Living Building Challenge is the most stringent green building standard in the world. The Bullitt Center is a Living Building and there are only 11 certified Living Buildings in the entire world. There are about 346 registered projects pursuing the certification. The program recognizes buildings that collect all their own water, all their own energy, and are made with healthy building materials. They can’t use any lead, PVC or asbestos. All those things are highly toxic and are known to cause cancer, and yet we build with them every day.
The Living Building Challenge is based on the idea of biomimicry. We as biological organisms have evolved as part of a system that is 3.8 billion years old. This system that we evolved within has certain chemicals, processes, and substances that our species has learnt to deal with. A huge part of why we are starting to see things like higher rates of autism, cancer, or multiple sclerosis is that we are now chemically creating materials, substances, and processes that we’ve never been exposed to before. We are forcing our bodies to do things they haven’t evolved to do like sit in an office chair all day in the dark. So why not design in a way that’s respectful of our biological need to fit in with our local ecology? That’s the whole idea behind living buildings."
To learn more about the International Living Future Institute or the Living Building Challenge, please visit living-future.org

Jordan Hoy, Project Lead

UW Graduation Year: 2017
Major: B.A Environmental Studies
Hometown: Seattle, WA
Favorite UW Class: ENVIR 240, The Urban Farm
CSF Project: Green Square: UW Tower Urban Garden Demonstration
What inspired you to get involved with CSF?
"This project is a good representation of my past 2 years at UW studying environmental studies and focusing on the social science aspect of the environmental movement. It's exciting that we can incorporate greenery into our environment, into our daily lives and the countless benefits it can bring. Our project team is trying to make urban agriculture really accessible. We hope people will see different permaculture techniques in our garden and think, “Wow, I can apply that to my backyard, or my little porch that I have, or the top of my boat, for example. I currently live on a boat, which has no yard whatsoever, so I would like to have some food production. I have a couple blueberry plants, but I am just getting started."

What's your takeaway from applying for a CSF grant?
"During the grant writing phase, it was all about the context that we presented. Key in our application was the context of the UW and the sustainable vision this institution wants to present to the outside world. The Green Square project is unique because the UW Tower is the face of the UW. Visitors come through our project space daily, and with the new light rail station,  it will experience even more exposure. So, it's very important for that little brick courtyard to express the sustainable values of the UW. We also addressed the larger context of our food system and unsustainable practices. The most effective way to learn about this is to look at our personal lifestyle choices. So we hope that people can take little techniques or aspects from our garden demonstration into their daily lives."

What advice would you give to other students interested in the CSF?
"If you see something that really needs to be done, go for it! The university is such a great platform for people who want to make a difference and the CSF is a great program to fund those activities. There are so many different exciting things that are going on because of CSF."

Gunnar Colleen, Project Lead

UW Graduation Year: 2017
Major: Public Health
Hometowns: Seattle, WA and Vienna, Austria
Favorite UW Class: CHID 480: Life in Excess: Waste, Want and the Politics of Surplus
CSF Project: ASUW Student Food Cooperative Bulk Buying Storefront
What inspired you to get involved with the CSF?
"At the co-op, one of our main goals is to move towards a sustainable food future. This is tied to many environmental and labor issues. We see the bulk-buying project as a somewhat small but completely concrete way to try and change the local food system in the university community. We are trying to connect students with sustainable, healthy food in a way that is affordable and accessible."

What is a challenge or reward you have experienced in implementing your project?
"There are both issues and rewards tied to moving beyond our small group and trying to be a larger entity. Right now we mostly do educational work, cooking workshops, and different things like that. Membership has been flexible, meaning students can come whenever they’re interested and help out when they can. Moving towards a concrete location with regular operating hours, we are going to have to completely change the way we organize ourselves. It will change our community."

In your own words, what is a cooperative?
"A democratic model for organizing an entity. Unlike most private businesses, you aren’t having someone at the top of the hierarchy making all of the decisions. In a cooperative, everyone is making the decisions together based on what each member can and wants to do. It’s a true community."

What advice would you give to other students interested in the CSF?
"If you have an idea, and you think you can do it, go for it. I was kind of cynical when one of our members went through the grant process because at that point we hadn’t made much progress with our plans. But everything worked out and we are moving forward with it. So biggest advice: go for it. Things only happen when someone does something to make them happen."


SER UW Edible Native Plants Class

The SER-UW Native Plant Nursery is partnering with the UW Botanic Gardens to give free classes on various native plant topics!  The first class is this month on September 19th, from 6:30pm-8:00pm at the UW Center for Urban Horticulture. The topic is Eat Native: Identifying Edible Native Plants.
Full Class Description: Learn to safely identify many of our native edibles here in the Puget Sound area as well as ways to incorporate native edible plants into your home landscape! This class will include a small tasting of different native plants you can grow and harvest as well as a short walk around the Union Bay Natural Area to take a look at some of the native edibles and compare them to invasive look-alikes. Children are welcome, but class content will be geared towards an adult audience.
Instructor: Mary-Margaret Greene, graduate student and co-manager of SER-UW Native Plant Nursery
Cost: Free! Your optional $5 donation at the door will support our education programs and native plant nursery
Please RSVP online, by phone at (206)685-8033, or by email at urbhort@uw.edu.

Campus Sustainability Fund Bike Tour


Join us on September 27th from 1:30-3:30pm for a 4.5 mile Dawg Daze tour of on-campus, sustainability projects funded through the CSF. We are a student-run, student-funded grant organization that makes available over $300,000 a year for on-campus, student-led sustainability projects. Since our founding in 2010, we've funded 80 projects; a handful of which we'll visit on the tour! Please RSVP via our Facebook event page. We will be meeting at the south end of Drumheller Fountain.

We highly encourage you to bring your own bike and helmet. If that option is unavailable, email us at uwcsf@uw.edu and we will help you find a rental.

Event Partners: ASUW Bike Shop, Kincaid Ravine Restoration Project, The UW Farm, Society for Ecological Restoration -UW Chapter, UW Grounds Management and UW Transportation Services

Summer Newsletter 2016


Stay in the loop by checking out our summer 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.

Meet the CSF: August Spotlight


Nearly 300 students worked on CSF projects or with the CSF Office last academic year! In the interest of highlighting these committed students, each month we will be interviewing select CSF project leads, volunteers, alumni, staff and committee members.

Kyle McDermott, CSF Coordinator

UW Graduation Year: 2018
Major: Master of Environmental Horticulture
Hometown: Tucson, Arizona
Favorite Outdoor Activity: Bicycling
What inspired you to get involved with the CSF?

"I’d worked diligently as an undergraduate researcher at Northern Arizona University to find alternatives to using toxic herbicides on campus lawns. The project was severely underfunded and I worked for over two years on a volunteer basis with a very small budget. Looking back, if I had access to something like the CSF, my project could have been more successful. My mission has since been to support sustainability projects on school campuses—the CSF does exactly this, so it’s great to be involved."

What is your favorite CSF project?
"Education is important for instilling environmental practices amongst our community members. For this reason, I’m fond of the Education and Outreach project at the UW Farm. The project’s reach is impressive, involving Education majors, and elementary-age students from the Seattle area. It’s great to see the CSF facilitate a program that not only has a positive impact on UW’s campus, but the greater Seattle community."

What do you view as your greatest responsibility as the CSF Coordinator?
"Making sure that current and prospective projects are adequately supported. Additionally, since all UW students are helping to support the CSF through the Student Activity Fee (SAF), I feel inclined to grow our reach amongst diverse disciplines, individuals, and groups on campus."

What is your dream job?
"I love working with kids and the community. I grew up in a more impoverished and culturally diverse part of Tucson. I’d like to give back to our communities most in need. Environmental and food justice is important to me—providing folks with fresh and organic meals and access to nature and healthy ways of living. Being an integral part of an organization that does this type of work would be both exciting and gratifying."  


An Huynh, Outreach Coordinator Alumni

UW Graduation Year: 2015
Major: Community, Environment and Planning
Minor: Environmental Science and Resource Management
Hometown: Bothell, Washington
Favorite Outdoor Activity: Biking and Hammocking
What is your favorite CSF project?
"Hmm... hard to say. ​There are many favorites for many different reasons. ​I love it​ in general when projects are inter​disciplinary, communicative, and ​are able to change and evolve over time... The greatest thing is seeing a project making an impact, no matter if they were awarded $1,000 or $100,000."

What is your current job?
"I am currently the Public Space & Community Coordinator at SCIDpda​ (the Seattle Chinatown/International District Preservation Development Authority). We work on community and economic development projects in the C/ID which includes Chinatown, Little Saigon, and Japantown. I mainly work on public realm projects in Little Saigon and facade improvements with individual businesses in Chinatown. Right now it's mainly coordinating a future parklet and park site, decorative crosswalks, and advocating for the neighborhood in general in discussions involving streetscape changes."

How did working with the CSF impact your career path?
"CSF gave me a lot of the transferable skills that have translated to my current role. Thinking holistically and individualistically about projects and how they work together, ​public speaking,​event planning, relationship building are a few of the things I've taken away. I was also exposed to the power of student-based/community-based work, and that's something I definitely get to see and think about now."

What is you dream job?​ 
"Are dream jobs ok? Something between and urban planner and international development-er. Also photojournalist, reporter​, and hip-hop dance crew member."

Dan Hintz, Project Lead


UW Graduation Year: 2016
Major: Master of Environmental Horticulture
Hometown: Glen Ellyn, Illinois
Favorite Outdoor Activity: Downhill skiing

What CSF project are you working on?
"The Kincaid Ravine Restoration project. We are trying to restore a neglected, 4 acre open space on campus into a healthy urban forest that provides ecological benefits and opportunities for education and respite."

What has been your greatest challenge and reward in implementing your project?
"Restoration is a very slow process, takes a lot of coordination and results can be slow to come by.  However, through partnerships with CSF, non-profits like EarthCorps and Stewardship Partners, and myriad student groups, professors and UW administrators, the positive changes at KR over the past 3 years are undeniable.  While there is still much work to be done, you can already see much more plant diversity, wildlife and there are even small trails and interpretive areas with benches at the ravine now."

What advice would you give to students interested in the CSF?
"Don’t hesitate and be creative!  There are so many ways to make UW a more sustainable and healthy campus and CSF is a great mechanism to make that happen, but you have to have an idea or passion and run with it.  CSF staff is very approachable and talking to them during the grant process is also helpful.  Not only can you initiate a project for the benefit of the UW community, but you can also learn many valuable skills in the process."

What is you dream job?
"Since I don’t think I will be a professional musician or basketball player anytime soon, I am pretty thrilled to have secured a job as a Restoration Specialist with the Mountains to Sound Greenway right after graduating with my master’s degree back in June."

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: