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eBook of the stories and experiences of students of color at UW

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Many Voices: A Storytelling Toolkit for Community-based Oral History Projects

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Resilience and Urban Sustainability in Public Writing Partnerships

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Neah Bay Telling Our Stories: Imagining Our Futures

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Taiko Kai Spring Concert

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Presence

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Presence is a place where students can learn from one another's personal experiences & meditation journeys, inspiring personal growth via the support of a student-led, student-run community. Located within a 10-minute walk from central campus, our furnished studio meeting space provides a comforting oasis for any and all who care to experiment or expand upon topics of mindfulness.

The founding of Presence was inspired from our (Ethan and Shelby’s) time working together at the UW Resilience Lab. We worked with Dr. Anne Browning, Director of Resilience Lab, to analyze incoming data regarding the mental states of incoming freshmen. We discovered that a staggering population of students struggled with themes of belonging, social connection, and self-esteem. Through discussion, the two of us came to share that we too had personally struggled with these themes as UW students. Furthermore, we came to recognize that both of us had found support during these tough times through our own personal practices of meditation. We shared in common the experience of using meditation as a useful tool to better understand ourselves, as well as exploring how to heal in the face of personal challenges. Meditation provided long-term holistic solutions in the dealings of personal obstacles, instead of relying on consumption (commonly seen with alcohol, drugs, material possessions amongst students).  Presence was born upon the realization that meditation, having been so useful for the two of us, may be useful for other students as well. Having wished that meditation had been more accessible at UW in our time of need, we hope that it now can be accessible for students in their time of need.

Both from personal experience, conversations with other students, and exposure to mental health data at the UW; It has become glaringly obvious how great the need is at our school for students to be able to experience genuine connection and community. Although UW offers yoga through the Mindfulness program at the IMA, conversations with Mindfulness director Danny Arguetty has signified an absence of student community around such mindful topics. His program has sustained students physical need for stretching, movement, and exploration of slow movement, however Danny agrees that there is a lack of continued vulnerable and intimate dialogue between students when it comes to their own mental health. Knowing how significant and impactful community and social connection is, we see an opportunity for growth at UW. We have experienced how meditation inspires groundbreaking inner-clarity and centeredness, and we are adamant about building a much needed community based upon values of vulnerability and honesty, as well as expression and true self-acceptance.

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During our weekly meetings, we often reach out to members of the club to lead an introductory activity, such as a stretch or guided visualization. Any of our members that have activities they’ve done in the past that helped them discover a mindful state, are actively encouraged to speak up. These ideas are incorporated into an upcoming week’s agenda.

 

We are in the process of expanding our administrative responsibilities to members who want to contribute to our overall success. The latest addition to our executive team is Jon, who has been with us since our first meeting, bringing his experience from working with the UW Mindfulness Program and Danny Arguetty. He will assist in spreading the word about Presence and collaborating with various communities who might benefit & enjoy mindfulness practices.

 

Our club is still nascent and Shelby and Ethan are still upholding most of the club’s responsibilities. However, we’ve made it clear to our members that if they want to contribute on the executive team, we will create an opportunity for them. Ultimately, we value being flexible and honoring our members’ excitement and interest in furthering our mission.

 

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- Marketing & Outreach: curating advertising content, hanging posters, developing an advertising strategy, thinking critically about new potential communities to reach

- Website Management: ensuring information on the website is up to date and reflects our current status (website not yet active; in production)

- Event Planners: plans speaker and retreat events, organizes logistics, tracks costs

- Internal Communication: responsible for delivering reminders, messages, weekly email updates, text messages for group meeting organization

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Presence plans on taking multiple approaches when it comes to education and outreach.

First, Presence will collaborate with UW Mindfulness, and begin to gain visibility through their established marketing and outreach channels. This includes tabeling, verbal advertisement before yoga classes, and other Mindfulness marketing opportunities. Presence will also table on their own independent time, as well as in the upcoming Fall RSO fair. We will spread posters around campus in public bulletin boards, as well as in the HUB.

Secondly, Presence plans to hold meetings throughout the quarter during campus’ busiest times in public places like the Quad and Red Square. Through physical presence, our group will be a sort of spectacle from the standard students who are walking to class or sitting reading a book. We will have our branding and poster nearby so that passersby can connect the meeting to our mission, as explored further through our website that will introduce to them who we are and how to get involved. In fact, students will be invited right then and there to join us in meditation, if they are inclined.

Thirdly, Presence has collaborated with a fellow student organization called BizzBuzz whom has supported us in forming a marketing plan. They have been incredibly supportive in their role to create and design an effective and accessible website, as well as develop a MailChimp account in order to provide students with an email subscription of updates and information from Presence. They have also advised us on branding strategies to get the word out. Our website will be incredibly educational, as a section of the website will provide a “portfolio” which will outline resources for exploration into meditation and mindfulness from tried and true authors and researchers within the field. The website will also educate members of our values, mission, introduction to club members (via short bios), as well as meeting times and place. Furthermore, Presence plans on continuing collaboration with organizations in the UW community, with entities such as The Daily, Rainy Dawg Radio, ASUW Food Co-Op, Resilience Lab, Mental Health and Counseling Center. Through mutually beneficial relationships, we intend to support one another by spreading the word about what each entity offers.

Fourthly, each member will serve as a living breathing role model and poster child for Presence. We would like to create swag such as t-shirts, stickers, water bottles that will be embodied by members. As these members engage with the UW community, they will effortlessly spread the word about Presence. Each member who receives swag will be encouraged to promote Presence in an authentic way, and always be welcome and open to students who are curious about getting involved.

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  • Energy Use
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  • Cultural Representation
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As an activity that has been proven by science to be fundamental in improving mental health, we anticipate Presence to develop strong roots in the UW community. As founders, and intended graduates of the 2020 class, we intend to groom and select two presidents to carry on internal and external oversight of Presence responsibilities in the 2020/21 year and on. We will have a democratic election in which all members will cast a vote for who they like to represent them. This election process and discussion will begin Winter quarter of 2020, and voted members will then shadow the current presidents in order to prepare for the following years responsibilities. New leadership will be provided with a transitional document that outlines responsibilities, passwords, leadership advice/past experience, breakdown of meetings and events, etc that they may reference at any point and time for support when needed. Even after graduating, we will be available to consult virtually with the presidents if they are facing any challenges. Furthermore, Ethan and I will pass on our relationship with the UW Mindfulness program and program leader Danny Arguetty who serves as a mentor and advisor for our club. As a practicing yogi, Mindfulness instructor, program leader, and UW professional, he serves as an influential advisor and support to the club as an experienced adult who also shares stakes in the club’s success.

In terms of financial maintenance beyond our first two years, we aim to be sustained through the partnership among other UW entities. The UW Mindfulness Program offers the opportunity to earn support through the application to tap into a donation based fund in which they have been collecting for years now. Additionally at the IMA, club registration as a Rec Club offers an opportunity to be funded by the IMA and recreational department. Beyond the IMA, Presence will consider applying for various seed grants offered by the ASUW, RSO Department, Comparative History of Ideas Undergraduate Program, and other opportunities on campus.

 

Beyond institutional support, the club feels that under difficult circumstances, after Presence is fully established, that some funds could be secured through fundraising on campus. We take the percent of other clubs such as “Campus Animal Rights Educators” (CARE for short), whom have bake sales in order to earn necessary funds while mutually benefiting students on campus with intentional and thoughtful goods.

 

One method of financial sustenance that will not be considered is a club member fee. A club membership fee will not be considered, as we do not want to discriminate participation based on financial status, stigma and privilege.

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The primary social sustainability challenge we are facing is emotional regulation and connection with others & ourselves. We would also like to address environmental sustainability by connecting our members with nature via mindful activities in green spaces, and eco-village retreats.

 

Our project addresses emotional regulation and social connection by cultivating a community of vulnerability and acceptance. Meditation is natural way that our members can use to be intentionally present to their emotions, as opposed to finding pleasure in excessive consumption (food, alcohol, drugs, material pleasures). As people consume less, they derive more of their rejuvenation from the nourishment of inner-peace. Human connection and conversation, especially about heartfelt and vulnerable topics, is so immersive that things aren’t as necessary to feel whole.  The most sustainable belief is realizing that the ultimate source of happiness lies within, not externally. In working towards integrating this belief, we hope our community can provide a net of support as we all experience the ups and downs of student life. Presence is a home to our current members.  We hope to expand our capacity and share it to anyone who feels lost or is open to developing a greater sense of belonging.

 

We would also like to include exposure and connection to nature as a part of our club meetings. Some weekly meetings will be held outdoors for meditative walks, or meditation in nature. Additionally, we are planning to host a short retreat this summer at a local eco-village to further understand & find inspiration from self-sustaining communities who live off the land as opposed to relying on consumption.

 

Furthermore, we will explore minimalist lifestyles and concepts among ourselves by sharing media poems, and philosophy excerpts that promote minimalism. In the future, we also hope to partner with minimalists and mindfulness practitioners and encourage them to share their experiences with living minimalistically.

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The impact of Presence will be measured primarily via participant retention. We believe that if membership is constant and participation is self-inspired and voluntary, despite the numerous distractions and obligations of student life, then Presence is accomplishing its goals. Its goals being; to foster community and belonging with emphasis on belonging to one’s self. Ethan and Shelby build personal relationships with each member, and stay in touch with participants to build community as well as build a general awareness of how each participant feels they belong, or what they personally gain from being a part of the group. In these one-on-one conversations, and sometimes group reflections on Presence, we gain feedback about what participants enjoy and dislike. We then take this information and implement it into our structure and plan to ensure that the form of the club is adapting to the participants needs. So far this scale of data collection has sufficed, however in the future when the club grows significantly larger, we will most likely in addition include quiet written reflection time or a short answer survey in order to ensure that Presence is meeting its social and environmental sustainability goals.

Additionally, our impact will be measured by the interest and involvement of members in leadership roles. It is apparent that students gain sense of belonging and long-term dedication if they are eager to play a role in maintaining and furthering the group. The more students prefer to contribute, the more we will take it as a sign that the group is self sustaining and therefor meeting its goals. More and more leadership positions will be extended as the group grows in size.

To maintain social intimacy and vulnerability, Presence will form into smaller groups that build rapport and then may participate in larger whole Presence events. Again this will ensure that communication is tight, each voice is heard among the masses of individuals, and we can maintain and gadge our ability to foster social sustainability. A sign of meeting our intended impact will include relationship building. We expect to see friendships sprout from this club, and intend to provide ample social activity for team building. If relationships are absent, we will have to reconsider our approach.  

Another measurement of Presence’ impact will levels of meditative participation and engagement. This includes the time at meetings in which we explore different exercises. Also reflection and contemplation of such themes during individuals lives outside of the meetings. Presence aims to inspire lifelong practices of mindfulness and awareness, and we will look for signs of these impacts in the stories that students share at group meetings as well as one on one conversation and shares.

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Presence Budget through Spring Quarter 2021
ItemUnit CostUnitsTimeTotal CostDescription
Meeting Space: Weekly Hourly Rent$25.001.5 hours60 weeks$2,250
YouTube Red Subscription Monthly Fee$1212 years$250ability to predownload guided meditations to avoid buffering while meditating, access to more guided meditations
Swag: T-shirts, stickers, water bottles$15012 years$150club is recognizable and creates sense of identity/belonging. does not restrict access by asking students to pay for it themselves
Ad expenses: posters, flyers$5012 years$50
Ad expenses: hourly rate for student artist for red square chalk drawings$253 hoursThis Spring$75drawing chalk pathways with meditative art to draw in members. our primary tool for marketing Presence
Eco-village retreat expenses: lodging & gas$25012 years$250as a substitute for meeting over the summer, we will take a trip to an eco-village to inspire ourselves of how to live more minimalistically
Website expense: Wix Premium Monthly Fee$1112 years$264
Total Cost$3,289

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UW entities for potential funding
UW Resilience Lab
IMA Rec Club Center
Fundraisers
UW Mindfulness Program
Project Completion Total: $3,289

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Market Presence to greater UW public3 weeksMay 24th
Complete Website and begin using MailChimp to send member updates1 weekApril 21st
Plan logistics and date for summer eco-village retreat3 weeksJune 15th
Continue conversations with other UW entities for potential sponsorship/funding4 weeksJune 15th

Matsuri 2019

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Habitat Snags Outreach: Increasing the Urban Forest Health on Campus

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Reusable Containers in Dining Halls

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The University of Washington prides itself on sustainability. The UW Farm, various rain gardens, and the mail bikes are all strong examples of how the UW promotes a culture of sustainability. The next step is to solve the problem of waste in our dining halls. The 2018 Waste Characterization Study found that 50% of the garbage in Housing & Food Services (HFS) housing contains compostable material. This is a significant issue that costs both the environment and the university. Reducing the amount of compostable containers that our dining halls use will shrink our contribution to landfills and cut the cost of removing trash from the university. The best alternative to disposable containers is a reusable container program. Through an outside company called OZZI, we, as students associated with SEED, a student organization dedicated to educating and advocating for sustainability, plan to introduce a reusable containers program at Center Table in Madrona Hall. This system will work by allowing students to purchase a reusable container, fill it with the food of their choice, return the container to one of two machines, and receive a token. This token would then be presented to dining staff in return for a clean reusable container with their food during their next to go purchase. The machines will collect the containers and HFS Dining staff will then be able to clean them. We have looked into other options, including building an in-house system, but this method is the simplest to implement and maintain. By funding a pilot program for reusable containers in one of the dining halls on campus, you will continue to promote a sustainable culture in our residence halls, promote sustainable habit formation and directly reduce single use, disposable waste.

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This student driven project would primarily impact UW students living in the residential communities. It would require their involvement in actively using the program by receiving a container, returning it, and replacing it with a new, clean one. In a recent survey of 576 current residents, 52.4% of residents said they would be very likely to participate in a reusable containers program and 29.7% said they were likely to participate. Additionally, 90% of respondents said sustainability was important to them. Given these responses, SEED feels confident that demand for the program exists and that it would be used by residents.

 

Implementing a program like this also reflects UW and HFS’s priority of implementing more sustainable practices. This program would raise students’ awareness of ways to reduce waste and how to make more sustainable choices in their own lives.

 

Student volunteers will be central to informing students of the program and teaching them how to use it. These volunteers can primarily be recruited from SEED membership. SEED currently has over 30 members who are dedicated to the implementation of this program. Other volunteers from Community Councils within the residential communities could also be recruited as needed.

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We plan to spread the word about the new reusable container project through several methods. First, we will utilize posters that advertise the new container system and post them throughout the residence halls, dining hall, and other common student spaces. Second, we plan to set up tables near the new reusable container machines with educators in order to educate students on the new system face-to-face. Third, we will hold an event in Center Table, where the machines will be placed, to educate students and ignite excitement about the new program. Also, the pilot program itself is being used to raise awareness and experience about the program before an expanded program is put into place across campus.

 

This program heavily depends on student involvement to be successful. Students can easily start participating in the program by paying a small fee for a container either upfront or included in tuition, with each student paying between $2 and $5. Then, the students will bring back the containers to the dining halls in return them to the collection machines in exchange for a token they can use to receive a new, clean one to receive their meals in. The dining staff will take the used containers and clean them along with the other dishes and utensils used in the dining halls. In order to support this project, it is important that students are responsible with the containers. If students are able to bring back containers regularly and keep them in good condition, they will be supporting the project by helping it flow more smoothly and avoid large problems for the school to deal with, such as running out of containers or having to buy new ones. Additionally, Students Expressing Environmental Dedication (SEED) intends to keep its members involved in the project during its implementation through continued education efforts and tracking program metrics.

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  • Food
  • Waste
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The project teams that will support the implementation, management, and maintenance of this project include:

  • SEED: This team will focus on raising awareness of the program, encouraging student engagement, and soliciting feedback on the program. It will also work with other teams to ensure administrative tasks, such as ordering the machines and having them installed, are completed in a timely manner. SEED will experience a transition in leadership this Spring, and the incoming Executive Director, Jenna Truong, has expressed her commitment to completing and prioritizing this work with her new Executive Board.
  • HFS Dining: This team will support the project by working with HFS Facilities to install machines, train staff on their use and how to distribute containers, complete any needed maintenance on the machines and solicit feedback from staff on the program.
  • HFS Facilities: This team will help with the installation of OZZI machines in dining locations, and ensure their placement complies with HFS policies.
  • RCSA: This team will assist SEED in collecting student feedback on the program. RCSA will experience a transition in leadership this Spring, and the incoming President, Kennedy Cameron, has expressed her commitment to supporting this work with her new Executive Board.

 

Should this project be funded, the most central first step to implementing the program would be ordering the OZZI machines, containers, and supporting materials. This order would be placed immediately after funding is received, and supporting work, such as raising awareness of the program, would also begin immediately.

 

Environmental Problem:

The University of Washington sends tons of compostable material to the industrial composting facility and to the landfill each year. The 2018 Waste Characterization Study found that 50% of the garbage in HFS facilities contains compostable material. The large portion of that waste is generated from the food industry on campus and the to-go containers that are used. This food waste is taking up space in landfills, instead of being turned into usable compost. We recognize that this issue extends beyond our campus and see this program as an opportunity to raise awareness and incentivise sustainable habit formation that our students can take across this campus and beyond.

 

Our project would begin to reduce the number of single use compostable containers that are used and ultimately sent to the composting facility and the landfill. This initial project would serve as a proof of concept for a reusable container program on our campus. We have high expectations for a program of this type as institutions, such as Oregon State, have implemented a reusable container program on their campus and seen significant waste reduction; 60 tons of trash diverted from the landfill every year in the case of Oregon State.

Explain how the impacts will be measured:

The impacts of this project can be measured using a handful of metrics. First, we can measure the number of single use reusable containers that are not used. Second, we can track the number of times containers are used and by how many unique students. Third, we can observe the loss rate of containers due to loss, theft and misuse. Finally, we can facilitate feedback from students, dining staff, facilities staff and maintenance personnel which would allow us to gauge satisfaction with the program and determine what improvements are needed to better operate this program.

Total amount requested from the CSF: $40,000
This funding request is a: Grant
If this is a loan, what is the estimated payback period?:

Budget:

All expenses for project
ItemCost per ItemQuantityTotal Cost
1 OZZI machine, 2 O2GO carts, 1,000 tokens and holders, 5 cases of OZZI liner bags, 3000 reusable O2GO cutlery, 1,000 O2GO containers (not including shipping) - requesting funding from CSF for these products$19,7082$39,416
MAXIMUM additional costs (utilities, unforeseen expenses, etc.) - NOT requesting CSF funding for this itemN/AN/A$15,000

Non-CSF Sources:

Potential funding sources
HFS Dining BudgetPotential (not guaranteed) source of funds
Project Completion Total: $55,000

Timeline:

Timeline for project
TaskTimeframeEstimated Completion Date
SEED will produce marketing to share with current residents returning to live with HFS in Autumn 2019 outlining the program. This marketing will include the basics of how the system will function, and incentives for their participation.1 monthJune 2019
SEED will facilitate the ordering of the OZZI machines, containers, and supporting materials in collaboration with HFS Dining.1 monthJune 2019
OZZI machines and containers will be placed in dining locations prior to move-in of academic year students.1 or 2 weeksEarly September 2019
Distribute physical marketing, including posters and door hangers, to explain the program to residents.1 weekSeptember 2019
Tabling at dining locations to give tutorials of how to operate the machine, explain the goals of the program, and garner student feedback.2 weeksOctober 2019
Visiting student organizations, including residential community Hall Councils the Residential Community Student Association (RCSA) and RA staffs, to explain the program to community leaders.1 weekOctober 2019
Conclusion of the pilot program at the end of Autumn Quarter 2019: SEED will solicit student feedback on their experience with the program and ideas for areas of improvement. SEED will also partner with HFS Dining to solicit feedback from dining employees and maintenance staff to better understand the implementation of the program, and potential areas of improvement. We will compile this qualitative feedback with quantitative data on usage from the machines to analyze the program’s impact. This analysis will include number of unique users, how usage varies between dining locations, trends over time in usage, and an approximation of the quantity of waste diverted by the program.2 weeksDecember 2019
SEED will present the findings of its analysis of the pilot program to HFS’s Sustainability Committee, RCSA, and senior leadership in HFS’s dining department. Based on its analysis, it will make recommendations for what changes to the program should be made to make it more effective and sustainable, and a proposed timeline for implementing a permanent program.1 or 2 weeksJanuary 2019

Project Approval Forms:

Kinetic Light-up Crosswalks: Phase 1

Executive Summary:

This project draws on interdisciplinary expertise and creativity in developing luminaire speed bumps powered by solar energy to sustainably and innovatively improve safety at the University of Washington (UW) Seattle Campus. Ultimately, we want to implement the highest performing prototype to the most trafficked, least illuminated paths on campus to keep students, faculty, and staff safe. Addressing the UW’s Campus Landscape Framework objective of creating connections across the “mosaic” of the Central Campus, this prototype will improve circulation through an iconic landscape, create a unique experience, increase safety, and create opportunities for collaboration between students and industry partners. 

A hybrid solar system, meaning a system that can be both off-grid and grid-tied depending on conditions and need, will be used to power luminaires embedded in a temporary, modular speed bump. This reliably improves safety and visibility without permanently changing roadways. The modular configuration also facilitates maintenance and flexibility. 

These speed bumps would be located at different points of the Burke Gilman trail so when feet, wheelchairs, or bicycles pass over them a sensor will be triggered and spot illumination will be delivered almost instantly. The greatest load to pass over these speed bumps will be small campus vehicles, materials will be selected based on their load carrying capacity. 

Student Involvement:

 

STUDENT INVOLVEMENT
We are advocating for student involvement at every point and every level of the project. It is a student run team that is designing for students. We are inclusive, always willing to include other disciplines and expertise. Additionally, we envision the long-term management and maintenance of this project to be conducted and funded by the work of a future student team. There is potential for this to be carried out in an interdisciplinary studio similar to the McKinnely Futures Studio offered by the College of Built Environments.

At this stage of the project, we are looking for undergraduates and graduates that are interested
in the development and prototyping of the project (see outreach section above). Though, we are
a team predominantly of graduate students and PhD students, we offer a unique opportunity for
undergraduates. If we were to have interested undergraduates in the fields mentioned in the previous
section on Outreach, we would offer a mentorship component to the project, especially if they are
at the beginning of their university experience. We would then benefit from a fresh perspective and
they from experience. We are hoping to foster relationships with UW Solar and Engineers Without
Borders. In this way, we are truly inclusive.

In terms of affecting students, faculty, and staff at the University of Washington, as previously
mentioned, this project will increase safety and awareness of pedestrians at crosswalks. This is a
large issue with a large rippling effect of behavior change. We want our campus to be as safe as
possible.

Education & Outreach:

Behavior change: Providing luminous circulation and connection throughout the UW campus, regardless of weather conditions or damage to the grid, will likely help pedestrians feel more secure and independent, while cyclists and drivers will be alerted to movement around them. 

Outreach: This project will provide the student team first-hand experience in product development, fabrication, and prototype testing (before proceeding down the implementation route). It will support the efforts of the university to improve the campus’ experiential qualities; update, control, and maintain campus lighting; and ensuring that campus users feel safe. As a team we have done individual, department, and mass outreach (not only to find more students to participate on our team, but also to bring awareness to this new safety approach). We have sent out advertisements for more team members to the Graduate and Professional Student Senate (GPSS), Associated Students of the University of Washington (ASUW), the Mechanical Engineering Department, the Electrical Engineering Department, Applied Math Department, Civil Engineering Department, Construction Management Department, Computer Science Department, Materials Sciences Department, Architecture Department, Urban Planning: Transportation Planning, and the Landscape Architecture Department. 

Education: Students will be exposed to unprecedented sustainable technology applications and the learning opportunities that come with its operation. Additionally, the larger UW community will act as a testing ground for revolutionary infrastructure. The system will need to be inspected and maintained, this too will provide data collection and technology optimization opportunities. This project also builds on the Campus Illumination Roadmap previously supported by Campus Sustainability Fund, and could be included in their research. 

 

Environmental Impact:
  • Energy Use
  • Transportation
  • Environmental Justice
  • Community Development
Project Longevity:

Environmental Problem:

The UW campus has some paths where students feel unsafe at night due to poor lighting. Furthermore, due to Seattle’s weather and geographic location, it is often dark during key commuting hours. Campus safety for pedestrians is particularly important as many students, at UW and other colleges, choose walking as their primary mode of transit. Lack of safety in areas of high traffic, mixed-mode transportation can not only lead to physical injuries, but potentially a culture of distrust and fear detrimental to a sense of community or an atmosphere of solidarity. From a broader perspective, implementing adequate lighting infrastructure can be difficult in marginalized, low income, or rural communities since the costs of streetlight hardware, connection to the grid, and maintenance are often prohibitive. The expense of car ownership leads more people to walk or bike across longer distances, making safe crosswalks even more vital. Additionally, electricity from the grid can come from non-renewable sources, such as coal or natural, and it can be difficult for a local community to find an option for their street lighting that is powered by renewable energy.

ADDRESSING SUSTAINABILITY
The utilization of LED technology results in greater longevity and energy efficiency, with less energy loss to heat, than other sources of light- providing adequate lighting for users without dramatically disrupting surrounding ecosystems. The lighting technology will harvest and store its own energy, releasing fewer greenhouse gases than coal-powered electric grids. The lighting system has the capability to rely on the grid in the event of solar power failure. The controller will need to rely on external power, which for the time being is grid-tied. This prototype will also address the social/cultural sustainability aspects of road safety. Currently, the impacts of a night time accident are disproportionately higher for pedestrians than for drivers or cyclists. By creating better lighting at crosswalks, safety is improved in a more equitable fashion,
regardless of transportation choice. Accompanying this technology is the need for education and training on its maintenance and benefits. This would allow open dialogue and information exchange, empowering communities and allowing the technology to be culturally relevant. Finally, while this project’s focus is to increase safe mobility, it will do so while ensuring environmental safety. In selecting products and materials, we willl make our best efforts to exclude “Red Listed” materials. The Red List was developed by the International Living Futures Institute and catalogues chemicals known to have hazardous effects on human, animal, and environmental health, e.g. lead, BPA, cadmium, mercury, etc. We will consider the potential for off-gassing, leaching, or leaking when we develop the component. Toxicity is a great concern to the project team, and safeguarding against it for all direct and indirect users is essential.

Explain how the impacts will be measured:

This project will make use of a tool that is often used in sustainability evaluation: triple bottom-line analysis. The project will be examined according to its environmental impacts, its social impacts, and its economic impacts. 

The main environmental targets of this project included reducing GHGs through alternative energy; consequently, we would like to estimate the decrease in GHGs caused by switching from a conventionally powered electrical to the new technology as closely as possible using available research. The prototype will be evaluated to see its positive benefits.The average monthly energy usage will also be calculated along with the efficiency and life span of the prototypes. Another key environmental indicator that will be measured is light output (in lux). The light output will then be used to determine the extent to which the prototypes reduce light pollution and to ensure that the light provided is not overly disruptive of animal habitat. 

For the second portion of the triple bottom line analysis, a number of social indicators will be examined. We hope to conduct a survey pre- and post- prototype installation to ask students how safe they feel at the test locations and which mode of transport they use. This survey will be useful in prototype refinement and in ensuring that pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorists all feel safe at the installation locations. We will also measure the number of accidents at the prototype sites to further evaluate safety, with a particular emphasis on pedestrians. 

The economic impacts and economic sustainability of this project are vital, as the technology will hopefully be used both at UW, in Seattle, and in more marginalized communities. The costs to build and maintain the prototypes will be evaluated with an eye towards making the technology as cheap as possible while still maintaining quality and functionality.

 

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Ethnoforestry: Applying and integrating a new model of ecosystem sustainability on campus

Executive Summary:

Over the course of the last year, the Olympic Natural Resources Center (ONRC) has piloted the discipline of ethnoforestry on campus, bringing together a wide range of of the UW community, from undergraduates to alumni, and from across majors to enhance sustainability on our campus and showcase a different methodology of ecosystem management and health. Ethnoforestry uses knowledge from local people and applies this to ecosystem management. This project utilizes a new framework that gives equal weight to both community wellbeing and environmental wellbeing to create a more holistic form of ecosystem sustainability. Through a CSF grant for the 2018-19 academic year, we have been able to develop a wide range of projects including creating ethnoforestry garden beds on campus, developing raised beds to grow culturally important plant species, creating a capstone and internship program, and more. Through this effort, we have hosted 9 work parties this year where we have engaged 22 volunteers that have contributed 59 hours to enhance sustainability on our campus. In addition, interns have spent over 120 hours this year learning applied ethnoforestry, enhancing their skill sets, and become leaders in inclusive ecosystem management.

 

This next CSF grant would allow us to continue to build on our existing projects, create additional opportunities for students, and allow UW to become the leaders in this field. This project would address several of CSF’s key sustainability impact initiatives including living systems and biodiversity, environmental justice, community development, and cultural representation. A key component of this work is its interdisciplinary nature. We will continue to build our relationships with our important UW partners including the Center for Urban Horticulture, UW Grounds, and the Intellectual House.

 

Next year, we will expand our ethnoforestry garden beds on main campus by adding additional plants to our Paccar/Dempsey Hall site and developing at least one more garden bed in partnership with UW Grounds that will be dedicated to tribes in our region. With this grant, we will be able to wrap up this project and turn over maintenance of the sites to UW Grounds. In addition, we will finish propagating plants in our raised beds and install them on campus or move them to our ONRC nursery.

 

In addition, this grant will be used to connect with tribal students on campus to determine which plants species they have typically utilized and want to see represented on campus. This will give a space for people to voice their input and ensure each student is incorporated into this project. This grant would be used to fund one graduate student position in the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences for one quarter during the academic year (as an RA position) and Summer Quarter 2020 (at an hourly rate). This person will spearhead all projects on campus, oversee intern and capstone students, and continue to develop this discipline. With one more round of CSF funding, we will be able to finish our existing projects, execute new initiatives, and solidify our presence on campus.

Student Involvement:

This project has always been, and will continue to be, a student run initiative that encourages participation from people studying environmental science to business and everything in between. If our expectation is that professionals will incorporate traditional knowledge, the voices and needs of a local community, and sustainability into their careers, then teaching this in an applied way needs to start at the university level. UW is at the forefront of this movement and our goal is to generate opportunities that bring students together to learn, participate, and engage. This will allow for greater collaboration and learning of this model.  

Throughout next year, we will continue to host work parties both on main campus and at the Center for Urban Horticulture where students can participate in one-time volunteer events. Through this, they will hear about the scope of this ethnoforestry work and practice these skills in an applied setting. This could be anything from transplanting seedlings to removing invasive species on our campus to installing or harvesting culturally significant plants. These opportunities have allowed students to take ownership in the project and actively contribute to sustainability on our campus. Each work party we have hosted this year has had at least one brand new volunteer that has never been engaged with this project before. There is a clear interest and need for this work on our campus and we are committed to extending our reach with this new CSF grant.

In addition, we have had outstanding interns and capstone students throughout this year that have played an active role in making this project successful. With this new CSF grant, we would take on one to two interns per quarter during the academic year and up to five interns in Summer Quarter 2020. The Summer Quarter interns will have the unique experience of working at the Olympic Natural Resources Center on applied ethnoforestry projects including working in the upcoming ONRC nursery being installed in the coming months and taking part in an ethnoforestry study on the western side of the Olympic Peninsula. This will allow for students to understand how this work could apply in a different setting away from main campus. For students who would like to integrate traditional ecological knowledge and community wellbeing into their future careers, this will be a tremendous opportunity for them. For students interested in hands-on work during the academic year, we will offer capstone projects where students can answer ethnoforestry questions that sparks their interest. 

Finally, we will be conducting interviews with any tribal students who would like to participate. Throughout this year, we have been developing ethnoforestry garden beds that will be dedicated to tribes across the region. By talking directly with tribal students, we will receive input on plant species they would like to see representing their tribe or family. These species will be integrated into our planting plans so tribal students would have access to this plant material throughout the year, allowing them to continue traditions they perhaps cannot usually do on campus and to create campus green spaces that is valuing their knowledge and perspective.    

We believe that sustainability is more than just restoration or water use reduction or green technology. It is about inspiring students on our campus to become leaders in this sustainability movement. Through our work, we will continue to provide spaces where every UW student feels welcome to join our project.

Education & Outreach:

We have worked hard this year to develop effective ways to promote our events and opportunities. We have partnered with the Society of Ecological Restoration- UW Chapter to highlight upcoming work parties or internship opportunities through their weekly email blasts to their listserv. Additionally, the School of Environmental and Forest Science (SEFS) regularly emails all undergraduate and graduate students about ethnoforestry events. Finally, we have collected email addresses for every person who has participated in a volunteer event and regularly reach out to inform them of any work parties. All of these methods will continue into next year and will help to build our volunteer base. We will work to find at least five more groups or listservs to post our events for next year to reach an even greater number of students. We will also utilize an equity and inclusion toolkit when developing our marketing and outreach material to ensure that it promotes and encourages diversity and equitability.

 

ONRC has been working on creating a social media presence to increase our reach throughout campus. In the coming months, we will be revamping our Facebook page and establishing an Instagram account. We will use this to promote ethnoforestry updates, work parties, and internship/capstone opportunities. We would like to continue attending events to promote the ethnoforestry project including the CSF Mixers and other sustainability events on campus. This has been a terrific way to reach a wider audience and we see tremendous value in each of these events. We would like to attend at least one new workshop, conference, or mixer next year to reach a wider audience.

 

Through these efforts, we would like to see an additional 30 new volunteers attend a work party or engage with the project. Based on our current trajectory, we believe that is certainly possible and would bring our total number of volunteers to over 50. This increase will mean that even more students will have an opportunity to learn a wide range of skills they would not otherwise receive at UW. There is no other interdisciplinary program like this on our campus or in the region, creating a very unique and accessible opportunity. Students can have a wide range of involvement based on their interest from attending a one-time volunteer event to having a summer-long internship or anything in between.

Environmental Impact:
  • Living Systems and Biodiversity
  • Environmental Justice
  • Community Development
  • Cultural Representation
Project Longevity:

We fully expect most of these projects to be wrapped up by the end of Summer 2020. With this final round of funding, we hope to build on our current momentum to expand and finish our projects. Our ethnoforestry garden beds will have culturally important plant species installed and future maintenance of the site will be turned over to UW Grounds. By the end of Summer 2020, plants growing in our raised beds will be planted on campus or moved to the ONRC nursery.

 

We have already received funding from UW’s joint grant program between the Population Health Department and EarthLab that will fund two quarters for one RA position in the 2019-2020 academic year, travel to and from the Olympic Peninsula to visit each coastal tribe, lodging at ONRC, and supplies. This funding will be directly applied to the research components of this project and will help to increase its reach. It will also aid in the longevity of the project by funding permanent research plots and supplies for measurements.

 

In addition, ONRC has requested funding from the Washington State Legislature and it is currently in the State Senate budget awaiting a signature by Governor Inslee. This funding would go towards a new watershed study on the Olympic Peninsula in collaboration with the WA Department of Natural Resources. A portion of this would go directly towards future ethnoforestry research and projects. Also, the US Forest Service PNW Research Station has allocated funds towards this study with up to five thousand dollars going directly to ethnoforestry field studies. This will help tremendously with future funding of this project, especially as the on-campus projects wrap up at the end of Summer 2020 and the research component on the Olympic Peninsula continues.

Environmental Problem:

In forest and ecosystem management there is often very little value placed on incorporating traditional knowledge and the needs of local communities, both tribal and non-tribal, are often not addressed. In order to have both thriving forests and people, it is crucial that management framework change. Ethnoforestry can be a key solution to this issue by incorporating knowledge by local people. There are numerous plant species that are culturally significant to tribes across the region. Although, many of these plants are declining in abundance in the wild due to overharvesting and forest management strategies that do not promote these plants. Through this project, we have, and will continue to, engage students in this work to create future leaders that can work in an interdisciplinary way to achieve sustainability.

 Our ethnoforestry garden beds on campus are a great example of applied ethnoforestry where culturally important plants are installed and can be harvested by the UW community. These species are adding to the health and wellbeing of that environment while also providing plant material for UW students who want to utilize these plants. This showcases the concept of ethnoforestry while also adding to the overall sustainability of our campus.

In order to create a project that is inclusive and representative, we will be interviewing tribal students to learn what plant species they would like to see and use on campus. By building and strengthening these relationships, we can create a project that promotes diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Explain how the impacts will be measured:

This project will measure success using a variety of metrics. We would like to see at least 30 new volunteers next year attending work parties, interning, or as capstone students. We would like to have at least one to two interns per quarter and five interns during Summer Quarter 2020. Interns during the academic year will each put in 90 hours of work per quarter while summer interns will each put in 200 hours per quarter or 1,000 hours collectively. This is a tremendous amount of time each student will have to learn and practice ethnoforestry. This will certainly set them up to be successful professionals that value inclusion and promote a different framework of ecosystem sustainability that includes both community and environmental wellbeing. We would also like to interview at least 15 tribal students on campus to ensure their voice is being heard and their knowledge is incorporated into our management strategies.

We will expand the number of raised beds used and increase the quantity of plant species grown. This will allow us to grow more plants for both our main campus ethnoforestry garden beds and for our ONRC nursery. We will host at least three workshops at the ONRC nursery during Spring and Summer 2020 to bring together UW students and tribal members for collaborative plant production lessons.

Total amount requested from the CSF: $48,694
This funding request is a: Grant
If this is a loan, what is the estimated payback period?:

Budget:

Ethnoforestry Project Proposed Budget
Item Description Cost
Student Funding
One graduate student position Funding for one graduate student position including an RA position for one quarter and an hourly rate for Summer 2020. This includes salary, tuition, and benefits $34,994
5 undergraduate interns for Summer 2020Interns will be compensated with $200/personper week and 2 internship credits per person$8,056
Travel and Lodging
Travel to/from ONRC 6 trips to/from ONRC for graduate student position including gas and ferries$1,081
Lodging at ONRCLodging for summer (graduate student and five interns)$1,603
Travel to/ from site daily Travel to and from ethnoforestry site each day $560
Plant Production Supplies
Supplies for plant production Supplies include soil, pots, seeds, fertilizer, bleach, filter paper, etc. $1,400
Ethnoforestry garden beds
Plants Purchasing plants for the ethnoforestry gardenbeds on campus$500
Signage Signs for plants installed on campus $500
Total$48,694

Non-CSF Sources:

This details grants that we have already secured and funding sources we expect to receive. The total below reflects all values.
Source Amount Status
UW's Population Health/ EarthLab $32,749Received
ONRC Match to UW Population Health/ Earth Lab grant $25,000 Will Match
US Forest Service $5,000Pursuing, but will most likely receive
WA State Legislature TBD Pursuing
Project Completion Total: $62,749

Timeline:

TaskTimeframeEstimated Completion Date
Additional plantings at our first ethnoforestry site 1 monthEnd of Spring Quarter 2020
Creating a second ethnoforestry bed 3 months End of Summer Quarter 2020
Interviewing tribal students on campus3-6 months End of Summer Quarter 2020
Creating additional raised beds3 months End of Summer Quarter 2020
Hosting up to three workshops at the ONRC nursery 4-5 months End of Summer Quarter 2020

Project Approval Forms:

Native Greenroof Sculpture

Executive Summary:

This feasibility study for Native Green Roof Sculpture has been developed in order to acquire site analysis and engineering/architectural consultation for the future development of the native plant (waterwise) green roof architectural structure on the UW campus.

For this study, I will gather pertinent architectural, ecological and artistic consultation for site/project development and approval. I will be working in collaboration with Landscape Architect Kristine Kenney and with campus art administrator Jaclynn Eckhardt. Sound engineering will also be crucial for the success and safety of this living structure. In regards to this, I will seek consultation and design approval from the Campus Engineering Services as well final legal approval of design from an outside firm.

Collaboration and communication, specifically with the School of Art and the College of Built Environment will also be needed in order to represent and market the projects intentions effectively. In regards to this, all pertinent connections will be made in order to complete the final project proposal with design and specs for the September CSF Grant period.

Project Description: Native Green roof sculpture will be a large environmentally driven abstract structure, built with sustainable and integral materials and implemented with a water wise native plant green roof. The bold and colorful outdoor structure will be designed so one can actively engage with it from all aspects. Colorful glazed ceramic, molded concrete, salvaged steel and greenery will be used in an open and dimensional fashion. Structural pillars will be sculpted with integrity and add interest to all sides. Walking under the structure one will see an organic ceramic design molded into the underside of the roof. The unique and free design of the green roof will provide invigorating shape, form, plant life, and texture found nowhere else on campus.

Indigenous climate adapted plants will be incorporated in the roof top garden and in other unexpected areas of the sculpture. A requirement of only a two-year establishment period of summer watering will ensure that the plants can sustain themselves with no supplemental water post establishment. Sedum, grass, native flowers and other low water plants will be selected in partnership with the Center for Urban Horticulture at the University. A plaque will be incorporated to narrate the green roofs innovation and purpose.

As we live in such a digital and formally built world today, this green roof will create a place of relief, providing people with something invigorating, natural and tactile. Walking the line of sculpture, architecture and ecology, this unique living art piece will invite people to see the blended connection that nature, art and education can have in within built environment.

Student Involvement:

As a Seattle native and a graduate Student in the 3D4M program, I care deeply about the innovation and creative representation of Seattle’s urban landscape. With my time at UW I have specifically been developing sculptural design, material studies and research relating to the creation of structures that incorporate sustainable ecology and are designed for the built environment.

To have the opportunity to build this project in a collaborative and foundational university environment would not only be something that fosters professional skills for myself, but will also be something that will inspire other students and faculty to engage in the development of more, present and future innovative projects and ideas within the University setting and the greater city as whole.

With this being said, student participation and faculty involvement is a must. For the final project proposal I plan to create a budget, which allows for two art/built environment undergraduate students to help with the building process, e.g. design, ceramic construction, metal fabrication and or consultation.

Along with project participation, Conversation with the School of Art and College of Built environment will help represent/market the projects mission and development to the student body even more effectively.

 

Education & Outreach:

Education and project impact will be crucial to visually represent and market through the projects process/development and as well with the completed design of green roof structure.

During the developmental period of the project, I will work with the College of built environment, and programs like Green Futures Lab and Climate Action Plan to establish proper representation of the status of the projects climate goals and innovation. Consultation and collaboration with Landscape Architect, Kristine Kenney will also help facilitate proper outcome and exposure of the piece for the University.

Because the structure will be a permanent public art piece for the UW campus, I will also be consulting with Jaclynn Eckhardt, campus art administrator and with UW School of Art to create a plan, which highlights the projects unique design, site impact, building process, collaboration and overall outcome.

I will be working closely with faculty advisors Amie McNeel, Mark Zirppel and 3D4M chair Doug Jeck, as well working with Jaclynn Eckhardt, campus Art Administrator to set a tactful plan to find an impactful site location for the best representation of the green structure on campus.

 

With the completion of the project, a budget will be set for the execution of a well designed educational plaque which states the green structures use of native xeriscaped plants, incorporation of repurposed material, and its cultural support for the arts in the UW community.

 

Environmental Impact:
  • Energy Use
  • Living Systems and Biodiversity
  • Waste
  • Water
  • Environmental Justice
  • Community Development
  • Cultural Representation
Project Longevity:

This feasibility study will take place from now until late August, when the Final project proposal is due in September. With this in mind, I will be taking time to connect with the potential stakeholders in order to gain pertinent information that will ensure the success of the construction of the green roof.

The study will be broken into 3 different stages.

 

Stage 1: Initial design and consultation. $25/hr + 20.9%, 25 hours, total $755

Stage 2: Adapted design, working with consultants to create professional licensed plans.   $25/hr + 20.9%, 40 hours, total $1,210

Stage 3: Drafting and attainment of documents and implementation strategy.

$25/hr + 20.9%, 25 hours, total $755

Engineering: (structural consultation) review of design and feasibility.  $3,000.

Environmental Problem:

Because of the structure’s multifaceted design, holding purpose as a green roof and a public art structure, I the project accomplishes both environmental sustainability and the sustainability and innovation of arts and culture within the UW community and as well Seattle.

With the Green roof having a xeriscaped (zero water) design, meaning that after a two-year establishment plan, it will need no supplemental water, it will be making a clear statement in support for both low water simple green roof designs, xeriscaping and native planting.

As for the two-year establishment plan, live planting will be done in the fall, bulbs will establish with winter water, and all seeds will be set in early spring. Plants included will be all native to Western Washington, selected for their supreme drought tolerance and success in green roof implementation.

In regards to site location, it will be important to bring the large sculpture to a place where the green roof can be implemented in a place that will truly benefit from having greenery and art. Through site analysis and research, a location that answers to both environmental need and design need, will be found. ADA requirements will be considered and executed ensuring that the piece meets proper engineering, safety, and accessibility requirements.

As for material sustainability, UW Sculpture faculty and Sculpture Tech Andy Fallet will ensure that longevity is set in the overall design not only that, repurposed steel will be used for aesthetic and integral integration.

Sustainability will also be meet within an artistic and socially impactful way. The colorful green roof sculpture will be built with community in mind hoping to create an uplifting piece for students to engage with and commune around. Young artists, builders, students, athletes, environmentalists and arts appreciators will not only be shown a beautiful art piece, but will experience a unique and new green sculpture, in which showcases the connection that ecology and art can have within the built environment.

 

 

 

Explain how the impacts will be measured:

Compared to technical systems in which showcase green designs, i.e. green walls with pumps and circuit sensors, the use of a xeriscaped green roof is not only low cost and low tech, but once established is designed to have minimal, if not any upkeep. From research of other designs, especially from urban green roof structures I have seen tremendous results with simple xeriscaped plantings, which support plants without irrigation.

Through research and analysis with Landscape Architect Kristine Kenney and with plant consultation from the Center for Urban Horticulture, I will work to make sure that a functional and proper design of the structure is met ensuring that the green roof successfully functions as a xeriscaped garden.

Sustainability will also be measured through quality of design and structural integrity. This is why it is beneficial to receive proper guidance from engineers, sculpture faculty and technicians.

The green roof will also highlight the much-needed use for softscaping (planting areas) in the city environment. The implementation of the green structure in a concrete environment will benefit the city environment not only by preventing dirty rainwater from entering the sewer, but also will provide an innovative and creative application of plant integration and greenery to an otherwise concrete (hardscaped) site.

Total amount requested from the CSF: $5,720
This funding request is a: Grant
If this is a loan, what is the estimated payback period?:

Budget:

stage 1 initial design and consultation.$25/hr plus 20.9% benefits25 hrs$755
Engineering (structural consultation) review of design and feasibility.$3,0001$3,000
stage 2 adapted design, consultantion on creation with professional licensed plans.$25/hr plus 20.9% benefits25 hrs$755
Stage 3 drafting of documents for implementation strategy.$25/hr plus 20.9% benefits40hrs$1,210

Non-CSF Sources:

Design Consultation from Kristine Kenneyin kind
Artistic and site consultation Jaclynn Eckhardtin kind
Faculty Guideance and support Amie McNeel, Mark Zirpel and Doug Jeckin kind
Consultation from University of Washington Engineering Servicesin kind
Artist Trust: Grants for Artists Projects$1,500
Project Completion Total: $5,720

Timeline:

stage 1 initial design and consultation.May-AugustJune/July
stage 2 adapted design, consultantion on creation with professional licensed plans.May-AugustJune/July
Stage 3 drafting of documents for implementation strategy.May-AugustJuly/August
Engineering (structural consultation) review of design and feasibility.May-AugustAugust

Native Gardens at UW Farm

Executive Summary:

The proposed project will be a collaboration between the UW Farm and the Intellectual House as well as other Native American groups on campus and in the community as we work together to design and plant gardens of indigenous plants with significance in native food traditions.

 

The proposed project would provide on-campus space(s) for students involved with the Intellectual House to plant, grow learn and have access to culturally significant foods as a form of social sustainability and food sustainability:

  • wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ Garden at Mercer Court farm site would be at the intersection of Pacific and Boat Streets: “B” plot, measurements: 75’ x16’, Currently vacant – no plants growing there.
  • wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ Garden at the Center for Urban Horticulture would be the current “I” Plot, measures 20’ x 30’
  • Native (perennial) Permaculture garden - Renovating a previous CSF-funded permaculture planting with native perennial plants, 40’x15’.

 

This project addresses a number of issues related to social and environmental sustainability on the UW campus:

 

  1. Food Sovereignty. Food sovereignty is defined as the “(inherent)right of peoples to healthy and culturally appropriate food produced through ecologically sound and sustainable methods, and their right to define their own food and agriculture systems. It puts the aspirations and needs of those who produce, distribute and consume food at the heart of food systems and policies rather than the demands of markets and corporations.” – Declaration of Nyéléni, the first global forum on food sovereignty, Mali, 2007

 

As one step towards food sovereignty for the UW community, we hope to help create spaces where students, staff, faculty, and community members can learn about, grow, and consume traditional foods.

2.This project also addresses issues of food insecurity and native peoples. Food insecurity “is a growing public health problem for college students, with significant potential for adverse effects on both physical and mental health, and functioning. Food insecurity is defined as, “limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate and safe food or limited or uncertain ability to acquire acceptable foods in socially acceptable ways” due to a lack of money or other resources.” – American Journal of Public Health Student hunger on campus: Food insecurity among college students and implications for academic institutions

 

  1. This project will contribute to biodiversity and restoration by reintroducing native plant species to the UW campus at two of the UW Farm’s growing sites. It will specifically focus on the reintroduction of edible and medicinal plant species, addressing food sovereignty, food insecurity, access to healthy foods, and will increase amount of food grown on campus. These activities address social and environmental sustainability issues.

 

  1. This project will focus heavily on student leadership. UW Farm employs several student workers each year. The farm will hire a Native Garden Liaison position to work directly with members of the Intellectual House. The Intellectual House is able to hire students for Native Garden work. We plan to engage with Native American student groups on campus and envision this space to truly be student-created and led.

 

  1. This project will focus on engaging Native American campus and community members to share knowledge, stories, song, and tradition among generations. The Native Gardens will also be the site for larger educational events that could bring in students from all backgrounds to learn about food sovereignty, indigenous foods, food security, social sustainability and the history of the Puget Sound land and peoples.

 

UW Farm has met with partners at the Intellectual House to discuss the feasibility of this project. With the Intellectual House and UW Farm’s ability to devote funds to hire student leaders, we can ensure commitment and continued work on this project in the future. Cultivating this garden on UW Farm’s space also ensures continued maintenance of the space by UW Farm staff and student volunteers. The UW Farm also has a system for liability, food safety protocols and harvest tools and food storage. The Intellectual House has a cooking facility, food storage and areas for teaching food cooking lessons. Both facilities have space for saving seeds and hosting events.

Student Involvement:

Food grown at the Gardens will directly solve problems of food insecurity at the Intellectual House.

Cultural traditions related to food for tribes will be preserved through active sharing of indigenous recipes, medicinal knowledge, tribal planting and harvest methods, and significant plant varieties and their seed will be kept alive through living specimens and seed saving.

Students participating in the growing of crops and caring for perennial plants will learn-hands-on about how to grow food for themselves and will at the very least take home an awareness of food and social sustainability issues.

Carlson Center is the largest source for the project, along with Intellectual House members. The UW Farm hosts, on average 60 service-learning volunteers per quarter including the summer. In addition, we recruit many more via the UW ‘Trumba’ on-line calendar, facebook (3,500 followers), Instagram (1,400 followers), our weekly newsletter (1,349 subscribers), website page and foot traffic thru and by the farm sites every day. We also have over 50 active volunteers from the community that are students, recent alumni and individuals.

Education & Outreach:

a.     How will the UW community find out about your project?

  • Update UW Farm and Intellectual House websites to include grant projects tab and list all CSF projects including this one
  • Utilize UW Farm and Intellectual House facebook pages and Instagram accounts for publicity and documentation of progress and involvement
  • Include updates and involvement activities via The Weekly Dirt farm newsletter to document and publicize progress, including tribal recipes and crops 
  • Attend campus events (tabling) such as Earth Day and Dawg Daze to promote program

b.     How will the UW community become involved in and/or support your project?

 

The UW Farm and Intellectual House will co-host three annual events for hands-on learning to educate, feed, empower and involve students/campus/the public about this project:

  • Indigenous Food and Ecological Knowledge Symposium, every April
  • NEW Dawg Daze involvement – host Share in the Harvest, every September, harvest team participation and preparing a community meal at the Intellectual House
  • Farm To Table community meal event hosted by UW Farm every year in late October with seed saving activities

 

In addition, there are over 15 classes (over 500 students) that intersect with related topics that visit the farm, have labs, and come for field trips to learn more about biodiversity, indigenous crops and traditions, food access, nutrition, farming, etc.

 

Over 240 Service-Learners per year help on the farm as part of class assignments. They would be involved via the Carlson Center but are all supervised on UW Farm sites.

 

The UW Farm and Intellectual House together are visited by many individuals. Both organizations host volunteer work parties, have an open-door policy for those that visit for personal reasons or for work, participate in events such as MLK Day of Service, CSA shareholders, alumni, conferencing, meetings, events, etc. - we are places that are open to the public and welcome involvement

 

Farm Field Trip Youth education programs led by UWBG staff at CUH every April-May and Sept-October. This totals approximately 200+ k-4 youth and local K-4 teachers that will learn about native cultures, foods, etc.

 

Intellectual House educational activities are numerous. This project dovetails into events seamlessly.

 

Estimated exposure due to the website information, permanent signage, annual work parties and events: 40,000+ people

Environmental Impact:
Project Longevity:

Timeline:

  • Spring 2019: Submit LOI to CSF committee.
  • July 2019: Hold Community Meeting/ceremony with tribal Elders and on-campus project partners. Lunch provided, gifts provided to Elders. Estimated attendance: 15-35 people. Activities - Storytelling, Educational activities, Initial site designs for Mercer Court plot and the improvement/renovation of the permaculture site at CUH.
  • August & September 2019: Finalize garden designs, signage, educational content for websites, plan harvest and cooking events for fall quarter, educational materials design, production and harvest timelines, procurement of plants, purchase of hardscaping materials.
  • October & November 2019: Students, volunteers, farm manager and Intellectual house members install native gardens and signage at Mercer Court and CUH. Information and participation created due to a kick-off event during Dawg Daze. Storytelling at the Intellectual House and tours of Native garden sites and sampling foods grown in 2019 from current sites. Estimated attendance, 35-55 people. Also, over the following 8 weeks, the UW Farm will host 8 work parties to complete the work as recruited through the Intellectual House and Carlson’s Service-Learning program. Estimated attendance: 50-75 people.            
  • Ongoing, post grant: Continued involvement of community partners and UW Farm students/interns/volunteers to maintain the garden spaces. Ongoing community events, medicinal and crop harvests and meals, that allow students involved in farming and sustainability to connect with and learn from Native People and learn about the cultivation and significance of indigenous foods. See below.

Environmental Problem:

3.     Sustainable Impact

a.     The sustainability problem (statement of need), be sure to discuss the local context of the problem if your project addresses a broader sustainability concern

Food Sovereignty is defined as “the inherent right of a community to identify their own food system”. As one step towards food sovereignty for the UW community, we hope to help create spaces where students, staff, faculty, and community members can learn about, grow, and consume traditional foods.

b.     How your project addresses the sustainability problem

This project will contribute to biodiversity and restoration by reintroducing native plant species to the UW campus at two of the UW Farm’s growing sites. It will specifically focus on the reintroduction of edible and medicinal plant species, addressing food sovereignty, food insecurity, access to healthy foods, and will increase amount of food grown on campus. These activities address social and environmental sustainability issues.

Explain how the impacts will be measured:

Measuring will occur through recording the following data:

Volunteer hours – all time contributed to building gardens, planting, growing produce, harvests and working on the plots is recorded in a Volunteer log. Total hours, # of students and demographics will be collected via a sign-up questionnaire (have this on the farm page already).

Harvest amounts - All produce grown will be weighed and recorded into records for the UW Farm and shared with the Intellectual house. Written as part of Farm’s annual report and shared with campus/public. For example, in 2018 5 lbs. of Ozette potatoes were grown at Mercer Court. This lead to 80 lbs. of potatoes that were harvested along with 128 pounds of Dakota squash from 25 seeds.

# of individuals in attendance each year at the three annual educational events (Symposium, Dawg Daze, Farm To Table) that will be part of this project.

# of Indigenous Recipes collected for incorporation into the UW Farm Newsletter as shared by the Intellectual House, to campus/public, archived on websites

# and Varieties of plant seeds saved and success of seed saving recorded each year

Total amount requested from the CSF: $14,405
This funding request is a: Grant
If this is a loan, what is the estimated payback period?:

Budget:

ItemCost per ItemQuantityTotal Cost

Non-CSF Sources:

Project Completion Total: $14,405

Timeline:

TaskTimeframeEstimated Completion Date

Project Approval Forms:

UW-APL Clean Propulsion

Executive Summary:

The UW Applied Physics Laboratory is asking the Campus Sustainability Fund for $28,350 to purchase an electric propulsion system from PureWaterCraft and hydraulic steering controls. Funds from this grant will be used to bring a new technology into the UW Applied Physics Laboratory which we could not do without being awarded a grant or contract specifically requiring it. Optionally, a system supporting smaller hulls could be purchased for $19850 if the committee prefers.

An Applied Physics Laboratory student team, working with Engineers from UW APL and PureWaterCraft, will design a mounting and control system which will allow the motor and battery pack to move easily between a multitude of hull types such as a Rigid-Hulled Inflatable Boat (RHIB) and a Whaler style hull. The RHIB install will be set up for transport to remote locations for rapid deployment in fragile environments. The control systems will enable remote or autonomous control of the vessel for future research and development of autonomous systems and obstacle avoidance which will be used for future student projects.

Both hulls will be clearly marked UW APL and Electric Drive Research Vessel or some other indication of alternative energy to encourage outreach. A student run competition to design the graphics will further drive interest in the project. Photos of these boats will be included in project write ups and publications which may get broad distribution. These boats will be seen often while operating around the Seattle waterfront and Lake Washington and in reports and news stories when operating remotely.

UW APL will work with the Seattle Yacht Club to register the boat for the opening day Regatta, bring it to Curiosity Days: Climate Change (Formerly Polar Science Weekend) at the Pacific Science Center, and use it to develop a new pilot program for elementary students focused on sustainable research in and about our local waterways.

CSF funds will be used to purchase the propulsion system from PureWaterCraft along with a hydraulic steering and control system which will support Remote or Autonomous operation. UW APL will supply a hull for the project. UW APL will also fund the student time for the project and individual engineers will donate the mentoring time for the installation and system test.

Once the installation is complete, this project will allow UW APL Engineers and student interns the opportunity to evaluate an emerging technology for use in some of the most fragile marine environments in the world. APL frequently undertakes projects in the Arctic and other areas where they encourage or require researchers to “leave no trace”.

The UW APL is a leader in AUV development and use which requires many launch and recovery operations from small boats. Researchers Craig McNeil and Sarah Webster, along with APL Field Engineers and student helpers operate vehicles that navigate underwater using acoustics that are sensitive to noise in the water. The virtually silent propulsion system from PureWaterCraft will be ideal for tracking and recovering AUVs while the absence of exhaust makes life better for the students and Field Engineers in the boat at slow idle or station keeping waiting for a vehicle to surface.

The UW APL works with researchers, scientists and engineers all over the world and needs stay current to be able to continue to lead by example.

Student Involvement:

Students will lead the design and installation with oversight and mentoring from UW APL engineers.These boats will be used primarily by students and Field Engineers to deploy and recover AUVs and various other marine equipment or to support a larger vessel. 

The vessel will be instrumental in helping with capstone design projects for both UW Bothell and Seattle campuses. APL routinely hosts student Capstone Teams and this vessel will provide a unique framework for designing the future of clean, sustainable research and engineering. A design competition for the boat’s graphics will be created with submissions coming from local high schools and universities. The competition will promote sustainability and the winners will get to ride in the opening day float boat parade along with the students leading the design and installation of the system. 

UW APL has 32 undergraduates and 24 graduate student researchers working at present. This vessel will provide an excellent testbed to support their research and will allow them to better protect the environments they study.

Education & Outreach:

UW APL is a unique position to be a technology evaluator and innovator in the regional commercial fishing industries as well as the international Oceanographic and Marine Science communities. UW APL has a long history of being actively involved in community outreach,this is the 14 th year that the UW APL has worked with the Pacific Science Center to put on Curiosity Days: Climate Change (Formerly Polar Science Weekend). Through the Collaboratory, UW APL hosts Marine Technology startups which allows us to support them and at the same time share best practices which then spread through the industry. APL and the Collaboratory are heavily involved in OCEANS Seattle 2019, the bi-annual event for global marine technologists, engineers, students, government officials, lawyers, and advocates. Events like these help us shape the future of marine technology. 

Once the vessel is complete, a talk will be given on the Current State of Electric Surface Vehicles and the lessons learned from design through construction. This talk will be presented by the student leads and open to all UW students, faculty, and staff. 

Outreach will initially consist of 2 primary efforts. One focus will be an effort to broadcast the work the University of Washington (UW) and the Applied Physics Lab, University of Washington (APL-UW) is doing in the area of marine renewable energy and low carbon footprint marine propulsion. This will be accomplished by conducting a student logo and labeling design contest to visually brand the electric boat providing awareness to anyone that sees the boat during transportation to and from boat launch sites as well as while on the water. The resulting boat configuration will include branding on the boat hull and structure highlighting the use of an all-electric propulsion system installed by UW engineering students. The logo and labeling design will be developed by conducting a logo and labeling design contest with participation from UW students. The winning designs will be selected by the student run Electric Drive Research Vessel team with an emphasis placed on equity and a locally inspired design. Once the boat is branded, the electric boat team will work with the Seattle Yacht Club to register the team and the electric boat for participation in the annual Opening Day Regatta sponsored by the Seattle Yacht Club. UW APL will also bring the vessel to Curiosity Days: Climate Change (Formerly Polar Science Weekend) at the Pacific Science Center, a three-day event full of hands- on activities, live demonstrations, and exciting exhibits.

The second focus will revolve around a pilot program intended to involve elementary school students designing and conducting research using the electric drive boat. Following the pilot program, the electric boat team and the participating teacher will evaluate the effectiveness of the program and determine how the program is conducted in following years. The initial year of the pilot program will consist of a single class from Woodside Elementary School located in MillCreek, Washington. This school was selected because of successful outreach efforts with Ms.Goodwin, one of the 5 th /6 th grade teachers at Woodside, in previous years. Initially Ms. Goodwin reached out APL-UW seeking involvement in her classroom resulting in her classroom participating in programs such as “Classroom at Sea”. “Classroom as Sea” was a program intended to bring classrooms and field researchers together, in this case research efforts at sea. Classrooms where invited to participate in the research cruise via video chat at which time they would ask researchers questions about their work. Ms. Goodwin used this effort to develop curriculum which not only involved the Classroom at Sea but also involved APL-UW staff coming to her classroom to assist in student projects related to the Classroom at Sea experience.This resulted in yearlong curriculum allowing her class to combine science, research methods, writing, teamwork and presentation skills. The outreach program planned for the electric boat will consist of a classroom researching science that could be conducted in local waters (lakes, rivers, estuaries, etc). They in turn will develop research involving observation and data collection that can be conducted in our local water ways throughout the school year utilizing the electric boat.

Once the desired research has been agreed upon, the students will determine what field work is required, then once per month a small team of students from that class will use the electric boat to go into the field to collect data and conduct field experiments. Upon returning to class, the entire class will then utilize the collected data to fulfill curriculum requirements. The curriculum will be developed and monitored with the student run electric boat team and the elementary school teacher to ensure the curriculum outcome is in alignment with the electric boat capabilities, student capabilities and the overall educational goals for the elementary class.

Environmental Impact:
Project Longevity:

The project consists of 4 primary tasks, with the last being the sea trials of the operational boat. The scope of work entails:
Task 1 – Motor Mount
The mounting of the motor should be relatively simple since the electric motor system being acquired is meant to be installed on smaller boats with a transom capable of 50 hp or greater. However to ensure the
electric propulsion system can be easily swapped between multiple hulls, the team will consider design and analysis to accommodate a highly mobile system. This effort will include:
1. Design and Analysis which includes brackets, considerations for controls connectivity and verification of the selected hull transom capabilities.
2. Fabrication of required hardware
3. Mounting the electric motor using the designed and fabricated hardware and testing the functionality of the mounted system.

Task 2 – Controls
The ultimate boat of the electric boat project is to end up with a fully autonomous boat. This phase of the project will consider that end goal and will design the controls system to ultimately be compatible with autonomous system components and control logic. This will require:
1. Design the system architecture for a fully autonomous boat and then design of the control elements capable of accommodating those elements in later phases of the electric boat project.
2. Installation of the components designed in task 2.1
3. Testing of the installed control elements.

Task 3 – Batteries
The electric drive system comes with a self-contained battery system but the team will need to consider a design to allow for easy installation and removal with the goal of a system that can be easily swapped from boat to boat. This will entail:
1. Battery Mount design considering the range of boats the system is to be installed into.
2. Installation of the battery pack in the selected hull
3. Testing of the installation to ensure the battery pack is secure and can easily be installed and removed.
Task 4 – Sea Trials (system testing and validation)
Once the system is installed the team will design a series of tests to be performed to validate the project success. Upon complete of the sea trial test plan, the team will conduct the sea trials to validate the
design and system functionality. The final task is registering for and participating in in the 2020 Opening Day Floating Parade.

Project Timeline
Receive Decision June 1
Receive Funding June 15
Select and Prepare hull(s) August 1
Motor Mount Design and Installation September
Receive Motor and battery pack(s) September 15
Control System Design and Installation October
Battery Mounting Design and Installation November
System Test/Demo December
Opening Day Parade May 2020

Environmental Problem:

As a leader in Arctic research, UW APL operates small boats in the most fragile environments in the world, locally we have small craft operating in Lake Washington frequently and moored in the lake every day. The gas powered motors on our boats are properly maintained, however they still emit exhaust which is run underwater before rising to the surface leaving pollutants in the water and in the air. Typical outboard motors emit 10x-150x the cancer-causing emissions of a modern car due to the lack of requirements for catalytic converters. This pollutes the water and is detrimental to researching and understanding fragile marine ecosystems.

On average, switching all the gas outboards in this boat’s power class (10-50HP) to electric propulsion would result in a ~67% reduction in CO2 across the country, and even more in
Washington State. Some of the sensors we design or purchase can be contaminated by oil and exhaust residue rendering them inaccurate or inoperable. Long before the UW Climate Action
Plan was created, UW APL lived in a word of “leave no trace”. Please help us show the UW brand in the best way.

Looking to manufacturing impacts on sustainability, The Pure Outboard motor is designed to last 20,000 hours and the battery pack 7,000 hours which reduces the emissions of motor/battery
system compared to traditional gasoline outboard motor (4,000 hours) by more than half. 

While conducting research in the Puget Sound, the vessel will be charged at the Applied Physics Laboratory docks with power supplied by the UW Seattle campus. This electricity comes from 94.4% renewable energy sources a majority of which are hydro-electric.

For remote deployments, renewable energy sources will be used to charge the vessel whenever possible. Andy Stewart and his team have developed a Wave Energy Buoy that Self-deploys (WEBS) that can be used to charge the vessel in fragile marine environments with minimal impact on local wildlife. The WEBS System could be easily deployed off the edge of a mothership if in the artic and could recharge the vessel while it is not in operation. There are a number of other cutting edge renewable energy technologies that are being developed at UW APL which could provide power in the future. This vessel will serve as an excellent test load to measure new technologies that are currently under development.

When deploying from an Ice Breaker or similar large research vessel it may be most efficient to charge from the large vessel. No fuel tanks will have to be transferred between vessels or re-filled while in the water. The PureWaterCraft battery pack is designed to heat before charging in extreme environments to prevent damage to the pack.

 

Explain how the impacts will be measured:

Total amount requested from the CSF:
This funding request is a:
If this is a loan, what is the estimated payback period?:

Budget:

Pure Outboard Motor6000
Pure Battery Pack8500
Pure Charger2000
SeaStar Pro Steering1600
Reactor 40 Hydraulic Autopilot1750
Optional 2 nd Battery Pack8500

Non-CSF Sources:

Project Completion Total: $28,350

Timeline:

Receive DecisionJune 1
Receive FundingJune15
Select and Prepare hull(s)August 1
Motor Mount Design and InstallationSeptember
Receive Motor and battery pack(s)September 15
Control System Design and InstallationOctober
Battery Mounting Design and InstallationNovember
System Test/DemoDecember
System Test/DemoMay 2020

3D Bin Displays

Executive Summary:

EcoReps is requesting $2,412 to install new 3D bins – displays with physical items instructing people how to sort their trash, recycling, and compost – in the Husky Union Building (HUB)’s food court, the Husky Den. These 3D bins should help UW divert waste from landfills, educate and engage the student body about the waste disposal process and it’s impacts, and ease the burden of maintaining the previous bin displays.  

The Husky Den has ten three-bin (compost, recycling, and trash/landfill) waste disposal stations, each of which has had 3D bin displays for the past few years. The 3D displays have been far more effective than any other form of signage currently used by the UW. A recent study by students in ENVIR 250 found that UW’s 3D displays (referred to in the study as “signs with physical items”) had the highest rate of sorting accuracy of the signage studied. Waste was disposed with 81% accuracy at bins with 3D displays, compared to just 61% accuracy for posters and 68% for videos (Chiado et al.). These bins have been the UW’s most effective education tools despite their DIY construction and informal maintenance crew.  Created by UW staff and students on their own time by sawing plastic bins in half, hot-gluing relevant compost, recycling, and trash materials onto the half-bin, and covering the open front with sheets of polylactic acid, the bins need frequent maintenance. For many years, the bins had to be maintained by a single member of the UW Sustainability Office, who cleaned and repaired the bins once a month without pay. The situation is exacerbated by the fact that the bins’ open-top design has occasionally led students to use the displays as basketball hoops for food items and condiment packages. EcoReps has since taken over the cleaning of the bins, but maintaining the bins continues to require more work than is ideal. 

Over winter break of the 2018-2019 school year, HUB custodians took bins down for cleaning and they were thrown away by accident. Because HUB management and Housing and Food Services will not replace the bins, EcoReps would like to take this opportunity to 1) improve the displays by creating more effective and more easily maintained signage and 2) engage the broader UW community in a conversation about the waste disposal process. 

Student Involvement:

Students have been deeply involved in this project since its inception. During winter quarter 2019, five students led this project: EcoReps officers Julie Tolmie and Christina Cameron, and EcoReps members Justin Brave, Marycela Guzman, and Tanya Cortes. Because EcoReps is an RSO made up of both regular members and service learners, we anticipate that a few new students will join the 3D Bin project every quarter, allowing a large number of students to be involved with this project's development and implementation. Officers Julie Tolmie and Christina Cameron provide stability, keep the project moving forward from quarter to quarter, help connect the other student team members with resources and departments on campus, and maintain communication with UW Recycling and the Sustainability Office. UW Recycling's Student Assistent, Nawon Kim, has also been very involved in the design of the new 3D bin signage.  

Education & Outreach:

The Husky Dens’ waste disposal signage is important to replace because UW draws students, staff, and faculty from across Washington, as well as many from out of state and out of the country. Many may not be familiar with how to dispose of compost in particular. Food waste is not the only area where students, staff, and faculty may be confused. While UW dining locations switched to compostable serviceware at all dining locations in 2016, many still do not fully understand how much of their serviceware is compostable. UW does not formally educate students, staff, or faculty how to dispose of waste properly. As a result, signage at bin stations is the primary form of waste education at UW. Improving bin signage is the easiest way to both improve waste education on campus and ensure that UW's compost system and switch to compostable serviceware have a real impact.

While most UW bin stations have 2D signage, putting 3D signage in the HUB is important because 3D signage is the most effective type of signage availabe by a large degree. A study by students in ENVIR 250 found that UW’s 3D displays (referred to in the study as “signs with physical items”) had the highest rate of sorting accuracy of the signage studied. Waste was disposed with 81% accuracy at bins with 3D displays, compared to just 61% accuracy for posters and 68% for videos (Chiado et al.). Replacing the interim 2D posters currently in the Husky Den food court with 3D signage could reduce the amount of waste incorrectly thrown in the trash by as much as 20%. 

In addition to educating the campus about proper waste disposal, our project will serve as a way to increase awareness of and engagement with the waste disposal process. Over the course of winter quarter, EcoReps and UW Recycling worked together to fine-tune the design of the new 3D bins. After looking at products from over 10 venders, we settled on a cleaner, more modern design that is both more attractive and easier to clean than the previous bins were. It is important the bin redesign will make the HUB’s signage more visually appealing because the change will help these already effective bins engage additional HUB users who might otherwise have dirtied or ignored the bin signage.  

Each 3D display will also engage passersby by including facts about the waste cycle – including what happens to trash, recycling, and compost after it’s thrown into a bin, as well as how landfills impact communities and the environment. To extend the reach of these displays beyond the actual stations and reach out to the larger campus, we will work on posters to draw in attention to the new bin displays. The posters will tell the story of how we designed the 3D displays and educate students, staff, and faculty about how the UW’s waste is processed.  

More broadly, this project will show the university’s support for a culture of environmental sustainability on campus. For many, compost, recycling, and trash stations are the most visible sign of UW’s commitment to environmental sustainability.  

Environmental Impact:
  • Food
  • Waste
  • Environmental Justice
Project Longevity:

Once installed, the 3D signage will continue to serve as a reference and educational tool for the UW community. To ensure that the 3D signage remains clean and up-to-date, EcoReps members and officers will check up on the bins monthly to determine whether or not cleaning is required. EcoReps will also work with UW Recycling and HFS to ensure that any future changes to HFS food packaging and serviceware are communicated to EcoReps and UW Recycling so that the 3D displays' contents can be updated. As an RSO that has operated at the UW's Seattle campus for a number of years and successfully implemented environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable projects, we are confident that EcoReps will be able to continue maintaining the signage.

Environmental Problem:

This project will reduce the amount of trash UW sends to landfills by diverting waste. Trash, of which the UW produces a huge amount each day, is problematic from both an ecological and environmental justice standpoint. Transporting waste long distances to landfills, as the city of Seattle does, produces air pollution and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Landfills themselves, which can produce air pollution and runoff that contaminates groundwater streams, also tend to be located near low-income communities and communities of color.  

Explain how the impacts will be measured:

This project should reduce the amount of trash UW sends to landfills by improving sorting, and increase student, staff, and faculty's understanding of how to sort their waste. It should indirectly reduce carbon emissions produced in transporting UW's trash to the Oregon landfill where Seattle's trash goes. The EcoReps students who help with this project will also gain experience developing and implementing a project and working collaboratively with multiple UW stakeholders to see the project through to completion.

Total amount requested from the CSF: $2,412
This funding request is a: Grant
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Budget:

Project budget, including tax and 10% buffer
ItemCost per ItemQuantityTotal Cost
Display case $73.58 ($50.59 for case, $22.99 for shipping) 30 $2,207.40
Ring table holder (36 piece set) $18.27 ($14.28-Holder $3.99 shipping) 4 sets$73.08
Package of Colored Paper for Backdrop $6.59 1$6.59
3-Bin Display materials $15.00 10$150.00
Double-sided clear mounting tape (60”) $9.16 12$109.92
Informational postersVaries by size25$100.00
Initial Total $2,646.99
Total, including 10% buffer$2,911.69

Non-CSF Sources:

Non-CSF Funding Contribution
SourceAmountContingent on CSF Funding?
UW Recycling$500.00Yes
Project Completion Total: $2,912

Timeline:

Project Timeline
TaskTimeframeEstimated Completion Date
Request and receive updated list of compostable, recyclable, and landfill materials used in dining halls and food service areas1 month07/19/2019
Order and Receive all other materials5 weeks07/26/2019
Concurrently: Develop in-display and poster messaging3 weeks07/26/2019
Create and Print posters2 weeks08/09/2019
Concurrently: Assemble displays2 weeks08/09/2019
Install in HUB in time for Fall Quarter1 week09/16/2019
Concurrently: Put up informational posters in time for Fall Quarter1 week09/16/2019

Eat Local Seattle Food Fair

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TEDxUofW

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Keraton 2019

Executive Summary:

Keraton is one of the largest Indonesian cultural events in the West Coast, and the second largest in the United States. This year's theme is Indonesian Festival, which will walk visitors through a recollection of indonesian childhood memories by showcasing attire, foods, activities and movies through the use of imaginative decorations and design. Keraton has grown much since its inception in 2011, before it has a total of 70 attendees and this year, we are estimating an attendance of 8000 multinational visistors from all over the country. Keraton will be held at Rainier Vista, at the University of Washington and has a proposed budget totalling to $35,960.  During this event, we will also be implementing “Keraton Going Green,” which means requiring all our vendors to use compostable food packaging, as well as informing visitors of the locations of recycling and compost bins within the event location to promote environmental awareness. 

Student Involvement:

With the event being fully organized and managed by students, ISAUW develops students’ leadership and organizational skills by trusting each department with tasks that are critical to the event’s success. Specifically, the finance, design, creative management, IT, inventory, event organisers deparments work together and update each other to make this event a success, checking on each other's progress for example. In addition, we accept volunteers and further create opportunities for students all-over the campus. Overall, students will be able to utilize and develop their communication skills by engaging with guests, learning about Indonesian culture, environmental issues, and gain meaningful connections.

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  • Food
  • Waste
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Environmental Problem:

we made it our mission to require all vendors to use compostable food packaging. In addition, we informed all of our visitors of the locations of recycling and compost bins within the event location. This year, aside from implementing our previous methods, we plan to promote environmental awareness through a performance during the event. Our creative management department has been working towards this and we have also sent out an application for performers who would be interested in educating guests on environmental issues. We are optimistic that these performances, guests will be better informed on the current situation of our environment while also being entertained.

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Creating a Sustainable Night Market

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Vocal Theater Works Principal Production: Hydrogen Jukebox

Executive Summary:

During the spring term of 2019, the students of Vocal Theater Works will present the musical theatre piece Hydrogen Jukebox by Allen Ginsberg and Phillip Glass. The Hydrogen Jukeboxproject is an educational outreach performance that addresses ways in which our collective American culture and actions have shaped the modern world, resulting in ongoing issues of cultural suppression, war, and environmental degradation. A regional premier, this production allows Vocal Theater Works to examine central themes of this iconic work and their relevance to our local and university community.  After each performance, a panel comprised of performers and authorities from both the University of Washington and the Pacific Northwest community will engage the audience in conversation about the work and its primary themes. The students of Vocal Theater Works ask for a $6,000 grant from the Campus Sustainability Fund to help us complete this project. The Hydrogen Jukeboxproduction and post-performance discussion sessions will be held in Meany Studio Theater on the University of Washington Campus. This production represents collaboration between multiple ensembles within the School of Music, while also engaging input from across the University in the areas of anthropology, public health, and comparative literature.

 

For more information on this project, faculty and artistic directors involved please visit: https://music.washington.edu/events/2019-04-26/vocal-theatre-workshop-ph....

Student Involvement:

Role Creation:

Vocal Theater Works’ production of Hydrogen Jukeboxprovides various opportunities for student involvement. Eleven students will perform all principle sung roles in our double-cast production of Hydrogen Jukebox.The production also features spoken poetry and correspondence performed by a student narrator throughout the production. In their role preparation, students of Vocal Theater Works will apply their skills in acting, singing, movement, and musicianship, bringing life to individual and ensemble performances in this technically demanding work of Music Theatre. Each singing actor has the responsibility to establish the narrative world in which the sung poetry occurs, and to articulate Ginsberg’s call for cultural sustainability, peace, and environmental stewardship. 

 

Narrator:                     Trevor Ainge

Soprano 1:                 Sarah Fantappiè, Lauren Kulesa

Soprano 2:                  Erika Meyer, Tasha Hayward

Mezzo:                        Vivianna Oh, Inna Tsygankova

Tenor:                         Will Schlott, John O'Kane

Baritone 1:                  DJ Jordan, Christopher Benfield

Baritone 2/Bass:         Jacob Caspe

Instrumental Ensemble: The instrumental ensemble of 10 players consists of both students and School of Music Faculty.

 

Student Development Coordinator:

            Trevor Ainge serves as the 2018-2019 student development coordinator for Vocal Theater Works at the University of Washington. He serves in a leadership capacity in fundraising and outreach for this project.

 

Discussion Panelists:

            The post-performance discussion panels will consist of the ensemble cast of Hydrogen Jukebox. Cast members will share their experiences in creating the performance and speak to the work’s promotion of themes of peace, cultural sustainability, and environmental stewardship. The panel will also consist of authorities from the wider Pacific Northwest community, including Tom Carpenter, executive director of Hanford Challenge, and Liz Mattson, deputy director of Hanford Challenge. We will seek additional input from the departments of anthropology, public health and comparative literature at the University of Washington as well as local LGBT advocacy groups.

 

Community Stakeholders:

            In addition to the singing actors, narrator, and instrumentalists creating the production, the performance process includes stakeholders from the student population at the University as well as the broader community in the all-important role of audience members engaged in critical thinking and dialogue in the context of the shared experience of these performances.

 

 

Education & Outreach:

The Hydrogen Jukebox performances are by nature an educational outreach project. In their collaboration on this work, Glass and Ginsberg strove to form a portrait of America and assess the fruits of our collective identity. They felt that pressing social and environmental issues, with implications for both Americans and our global community, were not being addressed by contemporary politicians and media outlets. They created Hydrogen Jukebox to call attention to and assess our collective role in occasions of war, environmental devastation, cultural oppression, and the moral, health and environmental crisis occasioned by the proliferation of nuclear technology. Our presentation of this work provides the unique historical perspective of American views on the social and environmental problems that defined the latter half of the twentieth century. While the work stands as a valuable historical document, its relevance is maintained because American society still grapples with many of the same issues today. 

A predominant theme throughout Hydrogen Jukebox is the development and prevalent dependency on nuclear technology during the twentieth century. Nuclear technology in the United States was first developed as a weapon of war, and subsequently harnessed as a source of renewable energy. During the twenty-first century, the international community continues to struggle with issues surrounding the development of nuclear weapons and the use of nuclear energy. In 2011 the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident in Japan disturbed surrounding communities and ecologies and posed a complex global engineering problem. We have potent examples of Ginsberg’s themes here in Washington state. Our state is home to an increasingly complicated nuclear containment dilemma at the decommissioned Hanford nuclear production site. This very site is the birthplace of our colored relationship with nuclear technology, having provided the plutonium used in the bombing of Nagasaki. After the second World War, the Hanford Site continued its production of plutonium for nuclear weapons and civilian power until 1987. Many workers involved in the development and ongoing containment of spent nuclear material have suffered due to exposure to radiation. Inadequate containment of nuclear waste at Hanford continues to pose an ongoing threat to the environment and communities along the Columbia river. A startling comparison may be drawn between Ginsberg’s imagery of a landscape marred by nuclear fallout and the tangible environmental and personal effects of living and working along a nuclear site in Eastern Washington and along the Columbia river.

Beyond documenting the largest environmental concerns of the past century, the work treats themes of the twentieth century Gay liberation movement and the lived experiences of LGBT individuals. Allen Ginsberg, author of the Hydrogen Jukebox libretto, lived and worked as a prominent gay artist in a society that criminalized his sexual identity, and his experiences are highlighted throughout the work. While strides toward equality for this community have been made since the turn of the twenty-first century, we are still working towards equal rights for LGBT individuals across the nation. Only twenty-two states have outlawed discrimination against individuals based on sexual identity and gender identity. This leaves the LGBT community with unequal protection against discrimination in housing and employment across regions of the United States. Our production of Hydrogen Jukebox will engage the LGBT community and wider campus population in evaluation of the local impact of themes and issues relating to social justice and sustainability. This Production will also serve to further the historical preservation of this important work, insuring its ongoing potential to provoke thought, discussion, and change.

The Vocal Performance department of the School of Music has a robust publicity program in place for its productions. An event and information webpage created by the School of Music marketing department has been included in this proposal. The marketing department and students of Vocal Theater Works have also created social media profiles, events, and promotional materials for this production. In addition to our internet presence, promotional posters advertising Hydrogen Jukeboxwill be created and distributed throughout campus and the wider community at the beginning of the Spring 2019 term. Invitations to departments whose fields of study are related to this work will also be sent out in the months prior to the two performance dates. If funding allows, there are also plans for local radio and print media advertisements.

Environmental Impact:
  • Living Systems and Biodiversity
  • Environmental Justice
  • Community Development
  • Cultural Representation
  • Social Justice
Project Longevity:

This project does not require any long-term management or maintenance. Preparation for this project began January 7, 2019 and will culminate in two performances on April 26th and 27th, 2019.

Environmental Problem:

The primary sustainability challenge that we are addressing is a need for historical knowledge of how twentieth century American actions and culture continue to impact our contemporary world. Vocal Theater Works’ Hydrogen Jukeboxproduction and post-production discussions will engage the community with a portrait of American culture and demonstrate how our collective actions have resulted in war, environmental degradation, and cultural suppression. We hope that audience members will evaluate their own role as citizens and work collectively to learn from past mistakes in order to create a more just and environmentally sustainable future. 

 

Our secondary sustainability challenge will be to mitigate the environmental impact of production materials through the use of rented, borrowed and recycled goods. We will use a projector and visual media to minimize the use of physical set materials. When we must use physical goods such as props and costumes, we will use recycled materials. When acquiring goods, we will ensure that they can be reused or repurposed in future productions.

Explain how the impacts will be measured:

Sustainability impacts will be measured by attendance to the performance, and through participation in performance talk backs. We will hold two performances of Hydrogen Jukeboxin Meany Studio Theater, a performance space seating 250 guests. Our goals will be evaluated by the percentage of possible attendees who engage with the work.  We will also provide a physical opportunity for audience members to provide feedback as to contemporary issues and themes relevant to the work and the issues raised by the production. 

 

We will also quantify the physical goods acquired for this project. We will evaluate our success by the proportion of goods acquired that can be recycled and repurposed in future productions.

Total amount requested from the CSF: $6,000
This funding request is a: Grant
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Budget: CSF Funding Request
ItemCost per ItemQuantityTotal Cost
Projection Design1,00011,000
Stage Sets5001500
Costumes5001500
Choreography1,00011,000
Post-Event Disussion Panel and Recognition Ceremony2002400
Body Mics40031,200
Lighting1,00011,000
Commercial Media Publicity and Outreach4001400

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Budget: Non-CSF Funding Sources
ItemCost per ItemQuantityTotal CostFunding Source
Music Direction10,000110,000Friends of Opera Fund and Cisco Matching
Stage Direction and Project Management10,000110,000Friends of Opera Fund and School of Music Budget
Professional Orchestra Player7501750Friends of Opera Fund
Projector Rental2,00012,000Friends of Opera Fund
Music Rental Fee6501650Friends of Opera Fund
Music Rental Liscencing4001400Friends of Opera Fund
Vocal Score Rental1512180Friends of Opera Fund
Project Completion Total: $29,980

Timeline:

TaskTimeframeEstimated Completion Date
Production Meeting #11 dayDecember 10, 2019
Production Meeting #21 dayJanuary 14, 2019
Musical Rehearsal4 weeksFebruary 3, 2019
Staging and Choreography11 WeeksApril 19, 2019
Orchestral Rehearsals13 WeeksApril 22, 2019
Sound System Confirmation13 WeeksApril 22, 2019
Michrophone Purchase1 monthMarch 6, 2019
Costume Sizing for Cast1 dayMarch 4, 2019
Costuming and Props7 WeeksApril 16, 2019
Set Design Confirmation7 WeeksApril 16, 2019
Lighting Design14 WeeksApril 15, 2019
Projector Rental Confirmation7 WeeksMarch 6, 2019
Projection Design15 weeksApril 22, 2019
Discussion Panel: membership confirmation5 weeksFebruary 25, 2019
Discussion Panel: preliminary meeting1 dayMarch 14, 2019
Promotional Materials: generation10 weeksMarch 18, 2019
Promotional Materials: distributionongoingMarch 18 - April 27, 2019
Lighting Meeting1 dayMarch 4, 2019
Program Materials: compilation1 dayApril 1, 2019
Program Printing1 dayApril 22, 2019
Frinal Room Run #11 dayApril 17, 2019
Orchestra Sitzprobe1 dayApril 18, 2019
Final Room Run #21 dayApril 19, 2019
Projector Delivery and Instalation1 dayApril 20,2019
Meany Studio Theater Load-in1 dayApril 22, 2019
Piano Tech Rehearsal1 dayApril 22, 2019
Production Tech/Lighting5 daysAprill 25, 2019
Orchestra Dress Rehearsals2 daysApril 25, 2019
Performance #1, Discussion Panel1 dayApril 26, 2019
Performance #2, Discussion Panel1 dayApril 27, 2019
Set Strike1 dayApril 27, 2019
Load Out1 dayApril 28, 2019

Africa Now 2019 Conference

Executive Summary:

 

 

It is no secret that for over 500 years, the wealthy continent of Africa has been and continues to be exploited - both for its resources and its peoples. However, with the boom of communication and information technology in recent years, African voices have begun to spread around the globe, and we have learned that despite the revolutionary conflicts of the mid-20th century, African nation states remain under the influence of imperial powers. These previously-colonized countries are subject to the whim of the neocolonial and neoliberal policies imposed by international, financial institutions like the World Bank and International Monetary Fund. Furthermore, by listening closely the affected, we discover that the ongoing development projects are utterly unsustainable and do not serve to truly benefit Africans.

In recognizing that current development projects are draining Africa of its natural resources, destroying its ecosystems, and exploiting its peoples, Africa Now is seeking ~$13,000 to assist in organizing our second annual conference to inspire young Black students and professionals to join the movement for sustainable, afrocentric, African development. By tapping into the network of young, Black students and professionals in Washington, we can bring together an interdisciplinary group of driven individuals to evaluate how our skills can play a role in the sustainable growth of our common, ancestral homeland.

The Africa NOW Conference -- hosted and organized in collaboration with the African Student Association, Black Student Union, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, and other student organizations -- will bring together over 200, young, Black students and professionals. At the conference, we will provide them with the insights, knowledge, and resources necessary to envision sustainable ways to improve their communities in Seattle, in Africa, and across the Diaspora. Through an all-star panel, dynamic breakout sessions, and networking, we’ll inspire and equip young Black professionals to fight for a sustainable future for Africa.

The conference will be held in the Ethnic Cultural Center from 10am - 5pm. Lunch and refreshments will be provided throughout the day.

Student Involvement:

 

 

The first annual Africa Now conference was successful in gathering over 100, mostly Black or African, UW students to discuss and explore resources and tactics for sustainable, afrocentric development in their communities in Seattle, Africa, or the larger African Diaspora. For this year’s conference, we hope to repeat the strategies that helped us to cultivate student interest and involvement last year, while learning from the approaches that lacked the desired impact. Our goal is to involve as many interested and open-minded students as possible, as long as they are motivated to fight for sustainable development projects that center Africans and other oppressed groups.

The most important strategy for ensuring UW students are interested in attending the conference is for it to be organized by students. As students, the organizing board is aware of the general interests and concerns that our peers share; this allows us to target speakers, facilitators, and resources that can best address those needs. Given the success of last years event, dozens of students were interested in getting involved in the conference again. The level of interest required the Program Directors to institute an application process to select this year’s organizing board.

However, those students that weren’t selected to be a part of the organizing board, will still be able to contribute to making this project a reality if they so choose. We will reach out to the previous applicants as well as other students to help volunteer at the event on the day of. We will need volunteers to help set up the spaces, check-in attendees, and distribute conference resources - among other tasks. Beyond seeking volunteers from prior applicants, we will reach out to our collaborators (e.g. the Black Student Union, African Student Association, African Youth Coalition, etc.) to recruit volunteers.

Beyond serving as organizers or volunteers, the best way for students to get involved in the Africa Now Project is by attending the conference itself. The conference will be a great opportunity for students to learn about afrocentric, sustainable development projects and how to be involved in making that a reality. Despite the afrocentric nature of this event, the strategies and tactics of the conference can be applied to communities and countries that do not belong to the African diaspora. As such, Africa Now will seek to reach out to FIUTS, FASA, MEChA and other student organizations that serve students and communities of color. These groups could not only explore strategies for sustainable development, but they could also learn how to be better allies for Black/African people.

Education & Outreach:

 

 

The UW and Seattle-area African student population will learn about Africa Now through a variety of channels. At the current moment, awareness of Africa Now has mainly been spread via social media and word of mouth; additionally, the organizing board is actively collaborating with other Black and African student organizations on campus to ensure their student bodies are aware of the event; we are also planning to host at least 2 lead up events to promote awareness.

Our first collaboration was the Black student “Friendsgiving” event during the middle of Fall Quarter. Breaking bread with other students on campus was our first opportunity to spread the word about Africa Now and our future lead-up events. The first lead-up event we are planning will take place on January 17th at the African Student Association (ASA) meeting. The event, organized in collaboration with the ASA, Africa Now, and African Youth Coalition, will focus on identifying the challenges of working in/with African communities. The discussion will give the UW community its first taste of Africa Now in 2019.

Following the first lead-up discussion, Africa Now will be involved in the annual Black Diaspora meeting organized in Black History Month by the Black Student Union. As co-hosts, we will help lead the discussion around what it means to be a part of the African Diaspora; in particular, we want the students to consider how they can play a role in making sustainable, afrocentric development projects a reality - both in communities on the Continent and our local communities in/around Seattle. We also plan to organize a second lead-up event independent that will take place on the Seattle Central College campus in an effort to expand Africa Now beyond the UW community.

These discussions will allow the UW students in attendance to get directly involved in shaping Africa Now. At the discussions, we will have surveys available to gauge interest in the lead-up events as well as to learn what students hope to gain from the Africa Now conference. This will allow us to ensure our speakers/events are tailored appropriately to our audience. Furthermore, they will help to eliminate any blind spots our organizing board might have.

Other than attending the lead-up events and filling out pre-conference surveys, the best way for UW students to get involved with the project will be by attending the conference itself. The Africa Now Conference is being organized with Black/African UW students in mind. While we will not restrict access to this conference, the conference theme and topic will be entirely afrocentric. We intend to reach out to students from other underrepresented and marginalized groups; because, Africa Now and the African Youth Coalition, along with many other Black/African organizations, believe that Black Liberation will inevitably lead to the liberation of all other oppressed groups. By exploring afrocentric, sustainable strategies for development in Black/African communities, other oppressed/minority groups can learn tactics for opposing the status quo and centering their peoples’ voices in projects that take place in and outside of their communities.

At the end of the conference, attendees will be required to fill out a post-conference survey in order to receive their complimentary, conference t-shirts. By requiring surveys to be filled out, we’ll be receiving as much feedback as possible, and we can use these results - in comparison with pre-conference surveys - to learn methods for enhancing future programming. These results will also be used in grant reporting and general conference evaluation.

Environmental Impact:
  • Environmental Justice
  • Community Development
  • Cultural Representation
  • Social Justice
Project Longevity:

(See previous sections for discussions on the organization of our project team and discussion of project maintainence)

Environmental Problem:

 

The central focus of Africa Now is raising a local awareness about the unsustainability of global development projects, especially those taking place in African countries and communities. We want attendees to recognize the unique position of Africans - on the Continent and throughout the diaspora - to play a role in addressing the problems that arise from those projects. Africa Now sees development as having 4 key areas of impact that determine whether or not a project is sustainable: environmental, economic, political, and social. Each of these aspects is important to ensure that projects are truly sustainable for the people, their country, their land, and the world.  While the political and social areas are typically more locally/regionally isolate, the environmental and economic impacts and pressures can be - and typically are - global in nature.

The traditional focus of sustainability is on the impacts that are arising from global, economic development projects and climate change. The economic impacts of development go far beyond the jobs and wealth that are created by technology innovation and resource exploitation. Economics has to do with the control, consumption, distribution, and exploitation of resources, goods, and services, and, in relation to this, economic sustainability is typically thought of as combating global poverty and wealth inequality by affecting the utilization and distribution of regional resources. In this way, economic sustainability is deeply interconnected with environmental sustainability. Environmental sustainability has to do with preserving local environments and ecosystems, and promoting a global awareness of the issues arising from climate change. Given that extracting and utilizing natural resources contributes to the further degradation of the global climate, any effort to bring about environmental sustainability must be connected to global and local economies.

While economic and environmental efforts are typically concerned with a more global mindset, social and political sustainability projects are focused on local and regional levels. Social and political sustainability are typically concerned with the capabilities, rights, and freedoms afforded to Africans and other peoples. While there are many different facets to social sustainability (cultural practices, land rights, food scarcity, etc), we believe it important to focus on the health-related aspects of society. Given the ongoing health concerns in African nations (e.g. malaria, HIV/AIDS, mental health, lack access to adequate resources, etc.), it is crucial that Africans take major strides towards addressing these issues within their own communities to break from their dependency on aid from foreign governments and NGOs.

Additionally, given the pressures that foreign governments and NGOs place on African nations, there is an urgent need for African nations to gain true independence. Ever since previously-colonized countries - both inside and outside of Africa - gained their independence, the imperial powers have been using loans from the World Bank and International Monetary Fund to impose neoliberal policies on their former colonies. This has resulted in an illusion of independence in the majority of African Nations, which greatly restricts their ability to deal with sustainability issues, including climate change.

Given the fact that previously colonized countries are the most adversely affected by climate change and that Africans populate many of those regions, it would make sense to raise a trans-national awareness about the role that young Africans can play in contributing to sustainability locally and globally. We believe - given the natural humanitarian tendencies of many African cultures and communities - that afrocentric development will naturally lead to sustainability However, this will only occur if young Africans around the globe begin to have honest and difficult conversations about the ongoing, unsustainable projects that are continually affecting our communities.

The holistic, Africa Now conference will explore the four areas of sustainability (economic, environmental, social, and political) through a series of workshops, a panel discussion, and an inclusive resource fair. There will be four conference workshops, one for each area of sustainability, taking place during two breakout sessions; this means that Africa Now attendees will have to make a choice as to which areas of sustainability are most applicable to them, their work, and their lives.

The Africa Now organizing board has already begun to identify and contact potential speakers for the 2019 conference workshops and panel discussion. The following list of speakers are the individuals we have presently identified that could lead workshops in the relevant areas. As you can see, for many of the categories we have identified multiple potential speakers, and we hope to - where possible - pull one of each speaker to serve on our panel discussion such that the panel is as holistic as the conference itself.

Economic:

  • Isaiah Udutong
  • Nourah Yonous
  • Benjamin Fernandes

Social:

  • Christy Abram
  • Sitawa Wafula
  • Claire Gwayi

Political:

  • Francis Abugbilla
  • Belo-Osagie
  • Kehinde Andrews

Environmental:

  • Martin Bagaram
  • Paulo Ivo Garrido

Explain how the impacts will be measured:

 

The 2019 Africa Now organizing board has been working hard towards making the 2nd annual conference a reality since September of 2018. Since the end of September when the full organizing board was assembled, we have been actively working towards establishing what the conference will look like as well as putting together all of the initial details prior to contacting our potential speakers, facilitators, and resource fair individuals. Figure 1 (also included in supplementary documents) includes an extended - but not complete - gantt chart detailing much of the organizing activities that still need to be completed prior to, and following, the conference.

While there is still much to be done prior to the conference being underway, the board believes that the project is more than underway. The remaining details will be worked out by the extraordinary organizing board that was assembled for this year’s conference. The tremendous success of the inaugural conference saw Africa Now really take off in its own right. As such, there was a slight restructuring of the host organization and the way the board is assembled. The inaugural conference was hosted by the Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, but we realized that it would be more advantageous if it were hosted by a grassroots community organization. As such, the primary host of the conference is the Seattle African Youth Coalition (AYC).

The AYC is also partnering with on-campus organizations (e.g. Phi Beta Sigma, Black Student Union, African Student Association, etc.) to promote and organize the event. Many of the outstanding members of this years organizing board are affiliated with one of those organizations. Having cross-campus affiliations as well as building coalitions with off-campus organization has allowed Africa Now to broaden its audience and establish deep ties with the Black and African youth around Seattle.

The full project team and organizing board is comprised of the following positions and the people occupying them:

  • Co-Program Director: Kemi Akinlosotu
  • Co-Program Director: Hawi Nemomssa
  • Advancement and Treasure Chair: Tyler Valentine
  • Secretary: Michelle Mvundura
  • Community Engagement: Mariam Tesfaye
  • Marketing Strategist: Deborah Keme
  • Graphic Designer: Ebneazer Tsegaye
  • General Officer: Mihret Haile
  • General Officer: Feven Gurmu
  • Program Advisor: Wole Akinlosotu
Total amount requested from the CSF: $13,200
This funding request is a: Grant
If this is a loan, what is the estimated payback period?:

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List of organizations we are seeking to partner with
African Chamber of Commerce
Africans at microsoft
Africa Town
Ethiopian Community Center
City of Seattle Race & Social Justice Initiative
One Vibe Africa
She Leads Africa
Front and Centered
Dundu Nation
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Black Student Union Legacy Soriee

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Explain how the impacts will be measured:

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Gardening with Electric Bikes

Executive Summary:

Grounds Management, the UW farm and the UW Botanic Gardens (UWBG) are looking to reduce our carbon footprint by adding 7 electric bikes to our fleets. Our goals are to decrease our to reduce our reliance on vehicles that burn fossil fuels and show that electric bikes can be used as a alternative for fossil fuel burning vehicles for the majoirty of maitenance tasks accomplished on campus. These bikes would be used on main campus, the UW Farm, the Center for Urban Horticulture and the Arboretum. Each of these organizations works directly with students who would benefit from this program. We will track our gas usage with the goal of reducing the amount of C02 put into the atmosphere by 30,000 pounds.Over time we will review how often these bikes are being used, and the cost savings accrued, with the overall goal of using the money saved to supply each Grounds Management crew a bike (9 total). Switching to an all electric fleet is currently not feasible for the majority of UW departments and this grant will be treated as a feasibility study to show that electric bicycles can be financially and envrionmentally beneficial for UW departments. The overall costs requested from the Campus Sustainability Funds including a 10% contingency is $117,125.

Student Involvement:

Students will be involved throughout all facets of this project. The project is currently facilitated by a graduate student research assistant from the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences with the title Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and Sustainability Coordinator. The IPM and Sustainability Coordinator will attend sustainability events and will develop educational and outreach components for the program. The graduate student will be responsible for record keeping, costs and the productivity of the project. The graduate student currently uses a truck at least twice a week. If the grant is accepted this student will rely solely on the electric bicycles. In addition there are many student volunteers that work on campus for a variety of restoration and horticulture related tasks. For example the society for ecological restoration works on multiple campus projects such as the Kinkaid Ravine. Unfortunately, these students are not able to use Facilities fossil fuel vehicles. The IPM and Sustainability coordinator will work with different grounds related student volunteer groups throughout campus and supply them with the Grounds Shop bicycles for their various tasks.

In addition this project will supply student workers and volunteers at the UW farm with a means of transportation. Students will now be able to travel with ease from the farms main site at the CUH to their locations on main campus (Mercer Court and McMahon Hall). The farm currently works with over 400 students that would directly benefit from receiving an electric bicycle. The farm has a new UW Gleaning team run primarily by students who would benefit directly from the E-bike. The team is run jointly by the UW farm and UW pantry. The pantry would be utilizing the E-bike for gleaning across campus dinning.

The E-Bicycle Mail & Package Delivery Program established a partnership with the HUB Graphic Design Office where student employees created the designs for our education outreach material. We will look to expand this partnership to include Grounds Management and UWBG.

UWBG often hosts student interns in the spring and summer quarters. These students are restricted from operating the current fleet of vehicles making transportation difficult. An E-Bike would allow student interns to safely move tools to and from their worksites, and greatly enhance their independence. Hosting student interns is an important part of the mission of UWBG and helps train the next generation of horticulturists. Having an E-Bike would greatly enhance the student intern program.  
 

Education & Outreach:

Climate change is one of the biggest problems facing our planet today. In 2016, transportation contributed up to 28.5 percent of the damage (Epa.gov). As one of the country’s leading institutions, it is the University of Washington’s obligation to lead the charge in the fight against climate change. Grounds maintenance is an area that burns a significant amount of fossil fuels. Finding ways to keep the productivity of grounds management high, while reducing its fossil fuel consumption is currently a high priority. Reducing our reliance on fossil fuels while keeping our productivity high and will show other Universities that going green can be financially advantageous. The University of Washington’s Climate Action Plan sets a goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 15% by 2020 and by 36% by 2035.

The goals of this program are to (1) vastly decrease the carbon footprint of UW Grounds Management, the University of Washington Botanic Gardens (UWBG), which includes WPA, Center for Urban Horticulture (CUH) and the UW Farm by reducing our reliance on vehicles that burn fossil fuels and (2) show that Electric Bikes can be used as a viable alternative for fossil-fuel burning vehicles for the majority of maintenance tasks. Many of the jobs completed by Grounds Management and UWBG can be accomplished without the need of high consumption vehicles (such as the trucks and gasoline powered utility vehicles). Switching to an all-electric fleet is currently not feasible for the majority of UW departments and this grant will be treated as a feasibility study to show that electric bicycles can be financially and environmentally beneficial for departments. Data about the economic and environmental benefits of the program will be tracked and shared by the graduate student employed by grounds management. 

Outreach efforts will be conducted by each contributing branch (Grounds Management, UWBG).  Each bicycle, which will be displayed throughout campus, will include numerous stats about the environmental and economic benefits of the program (such as the amount of atmospheric carbon that has been reduced due to each bike). Information will be included about the program on both the Grounds Management and UWBG websites. The UWBG has one of the most extensive outreach programs on the University of Washington campus in that it provides weekly adult education classes. Efforts will also be made to contact UW daily about including an article about this new project. 

Environmental Impact:
  • Transportation
Project Longevity:

Below you will find an estimate of costs associated with this project. Including the bicycles, annual maintenance costs for five years and bicycle supplies. The amount requested from CSF including five years of maitenance and a 10% contingency totals to $117,125.

The bikes for the proposed grant will be purchased through Family Cyclery. This company supplied the bikes for E-Bicycle-Mail & Package Delivery Program. The Grounds staff reviewed bicycles from three companies and thought the ones from Family Cyclery were the safest and most feasible for the jobs accomplished by the UW Farm and UW Grounds staff. The package campus delivery program has been extremely pleased with the company and we hope to continue this successful partnership.

We’ve included 5 years of maintenance on the bicycles after which, each faction on this grant (the UW Grounds Shop, and UWBG) will assume responsibility for their bikes supplies and maintenance (see attached for maitenance details). 

Thank you for considering this proposal!

Environmental Problem:

The University of Washington contains one of the premier campuses in the country. However, staff and students rely heavily on fossil fueled vehicles for transportation of goods and services. Grounds Management, the UW farm and the UW Botanic Gardens (UWBG) at the University of Washington currently contain 26 vehicles that run on gas including various trucks and gators (small utility vehicles). These vehicles are used throughout campus on a variety of jobs aimed to improve the campus’s aesthetics. On average, the vehicles used by Grounds Management, UWBG and the UW Farm burn 8,000 gallons of gas a year which release 160,000 pounds of C02 into the atmosphere.

UW Botanic Gardens (UWBG), which includes the Washington Park Arboretum (WPA) horticulture staff uses 4 vehicles that run on gas, and two utility vehicles that run on biodiesel. WPA has been gaining staff in the past few years, and the fleet of vehicles must grow to accommodate these personnel. UWBG would like to expand the fleet in the greenest and smallest footprint manner possible, and a utility bike would be the perfect fit for the organization.

The UW farm and the Student Pantry rely on fossil fueled vehicles (a truck and UCar) for transporting perishable food from the farm sites and campus dining sites to the Student Pantry every week. Organic produce grown at the UW Farm and food produced at campus dining locations have been donated to the Student Pantry for more than two years. The food items are small quantities from multiple locations which are highly perishable and need to be transported to the Pantry within 24 hours of harvest. Trips occur up to two to three times a week, nearly, year-round. We estimate that this would reduce up to 2 tons of food waste per year.

A shared electric bike with attached cargo bin for the UW farm and the Student Pantry would reduce the need for fossil fuel burning vehicles and make movement more efficient, flexible and agile. Often, produce amounts are small, but are too bulky for hand-carrying. Using an electric bike is a more scale appropriate option.

Providing E-bikes to Grounds Management, the UW Farm, and UWBG will help the University towards these emissions goals.

Explain how the impacts will be measured:

Recently, a grant was received by UW Mailing services which provided them with an E-Bicycle-Mail & Package Delivery Program. This grant has been extremely successful and it is a desire of Grounds Management, UWBG and the UW Farm to emulate its success. Although a truck will be required for the occasional job, we are proposing to reduce our reliance on them with the goal of using1500 less gallons of gasoline per year. The reduction of 1500 gallons of gas per year will decrease the amount of C02 put into the atmosphere by 30,000 pounds and will save the University $4,500 dollars per year (at $3 per gallon of gasoline).

We propose to reduce UW’s reliance on gas powered vehicles by supplying 4 electric bicycles to be shared throughout the Grounds Management shop, 1 electric bike for the Center for Urban Horticulture staff, 1 electric bike for the WPA horticulture staff and 1 for the UW farm (7 total). Of these 7 vehicles 5 will be electric with a hatchback, 1 will be an electric with front racks and rear bags (for small jobs) and 1 will be a small fold up electric bike (for attending meetings and other non-laborious tasks). The different bikes were chosen to maximize their usage. We will also require miscellaneous accessory items such as helmets and u locks. Over time we will review how often these bikes are being used, and the cost savings accrued, with the overall goal of using the money saved to supply each Grounds Management crew a bike (9 total) and reducing the amount of gas-powered vehicles that are used per day. The bikes were split up according to the size of the department and each department’s potential need. The UW grounds shop currently has over 40 employees which is more than triple the other partnering departments combined.

Eventually we would like to be one of the first University Grounds Management Operations to run predominately on electric and people powered vehicles.
 

Total amount requested from the CSF: $117,125
This funding request is a: Grant
If this is a loan, what is the estimated payback period?:

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Gardening with Electric Bikes Budget
ItemCost per ItemQuantityTotal Cost
Initial Costs for Bikes and Trailers:
Urban Arrow Shorty E-Bike w/paint job: https://www.urbanarrow.com/en/shorty7,306.67536,533.33
Vektron folding bicycle w/paint job https://familycyclery.com/bikes/tern-vektron-s-10-g1-folding-electric-bicycle-seattle3,34913,349
Tern GSD Electric Bike: https://www.ternbicycles.com/why-bikesforbusiness 6,568.3416,568.34
Miscellaneous Items:
Helmet* https://www.rei.com/product/128935/smith-portal-mips-bike-helmet110141540
Locks: BORDO Big 6000-Extra long length 3.9’-5mm steel links757525
Storage Shed reconstruction (For Grounds Management) -The shed where the bikes will reside needs significant work to fit the bikes. The high price is due to the reconstruction efforts that would need to occur. We would work with CSF and a student to see if it was feasible to build some sort of green roof onto this structure. This could be seed money for an additional future project.10,000110,000
5 year Maintenance Plan4,984734,888
Carport awning for storage (Arboretum)3,00013,000
Advanced Mechanic Tool Kit-AK3 https://www.parktool.com/product/advanced-mechanic-tool-kit-ak-3?category=Tool%20Kits -Tool kit which will be used for years 6-10 maintenance of the bikes that will be done in house. 305.951305.95
TOTAL
Project Subtotal96,709.62
Tax (10.1%)9,767.67
Project Total106,477.29
Project Total Including 10% Contingency117,125

Non-CSF Sources:

In-Kind Donation
SourceType of FundingDetailsTotal Hours (five years)Estimated Cost
IPM and Sustainability CoordinatorIn-Kind DonationsThe IPM Coordinator through Grounds Management will transport the bikes multiple times per year to Family Cyclery for there maintenance requirements. In addition they will track the environmental and economic success of the program. If successful grounds will look to purchase more E-Bikes and remove some of their trucks. The IPM coordinator will also work with CSF to maximize the outreach efforts of the program.20010,000
Project Completion Total: $127,125

Timeline:

Gardening with Electric Bikes Project Timeline
TaskTimeframeEstimated Completion Date
Phase 1: Mid-March - Mid-May 2018
Determine Amount of Funding ReceivedMid-May - Early June
Submit an Order for Bikes and Gear Based off of the Level of Funding1 WeekJune 1st, 2019
Include information about the program on the Grounds Management and UWBG Website1 MonthJune 1st, 2019
Contact UW Daily about potentially including an article about this new project. 1 MonthJune 1st, 2019
Plan storage space construction around the Grounds Management Shop (Plant Annex 4) and at the Arboretum. 1 MonthJune 1st, 2019
Phase 2: July - September 2019
Receive Fully Equipped Models2 MonthsJuly 1st, 2019
Bikes are implemented into Grounds Management and UWBG fleets3 monthsAugust 1st, 2019
Follow up with UW Daily about potential publishing of article2 WeeksJuly 15th, 2019
Contact local media about running a story on the program1 monthAugust 1st, 2019
Start construction of storage spaces4 monthsSeptember 1st, 2019
Phase 3: October 2019 - January 2020
Evaluate current bike usage and purchase more bikes if needed.TBDJanuary, 2020
Long-Term
Monitor Program with the help of facility services. Examine the reduction of C02 before and after bikes were implemented into Grounds Management and UWBG fleet. OngoingOngoing
Grounds management and UWBG takes over payments for annual maintenance1 WeekJune 1st, 2024

University of Washington Precious Plastic

Executive Summary:

Inspired by Dave Hakken's project, Precious Plastic, the University of Washington Precious Plastic (UWPP) project plans to build a small-scale plastic recycling workspace on campus in the Maple Hall Makerspace. Housing and Food Services supports Precious Plastic and has accepted the administrative responsibility for this project. The workspace will consist of four machines that shred, melt, compress, and mold used plastic, so it can be transformed into usable products, such as 3D printing filament. We will use machines already available on the market, as well as build the remainder of the machines using open source blueprints and online resources from preciousplastic.com. This project is designed to be cross-disciplinary, providing raw material to arts and science students for 3D printing, construction projects, and as a sculptural medium. Additionally, the project will generate research opportunities in the fields of material and mechanical engineering, waste management policy, sustainability, industrial design, communications, and business development. For example, Precious Plastic could be utilized as a lab space for faculty and their classes or as culminating projects for students’ theses. In the long-term, sale of recycled plastic filament and finished products can reduce costs for University departments and create a revenue stream to eventually self-fund Precious Plastic operations.

Student Involvement:

Leadership for this project primarily stems from GreenEvans, a UW Registered Student Organization (RSO) from the Evans School of Public Policy and Governance. Graduate students from this program include Emily Coleman, Katy Ricchiuto, and Micah Stanovsky. The undergraduate members of the leadership team include Isabella Castro, Sierra Schonberg, Oliver Kou, Emma Turner, David Frantz, Alishia Orloff, Alexis Neumann, and Mason Clugston. After attending the Autumn 2018 Engineering Kick Off and the Program on the Environment’s Fall Kick Off event, we have received interest from over 100 students to participate in this project. We also plan to attend more on-campus events, such as the 2018 UW Sustainability Fair. We will further work with any students who would like to incorporate Precious Plastic into their capstone projects or major. This allows us to help students who need to develop individual projects while gaining interest and involvement in Precious Plastic. Through the capstone outreach, we will teach undergrad students how to work with others on projects and give them professional experience. As our project moves through its phases, we will reach out to several different disciplines and faculty on campus.

UWPP offers three overarching opportunities for student involvement:

Research & Design
We will engage with students from material and mechanical engineering to build the machines and to develop safe processes for every plastic type we will recycle. With Joyce Cooper as a faculty advisor, John Hamann, a mechanical engineering student, will use UWPP for his senior project, designing the shredder to comply with the Washington Administrative Code (WAC). Additionally, we will work with communications and graphic design students to create messaging and marketing materials to educate students about UWPP. Industrial design students could build products for the machines to create or supporting infrastructure, including specialized collection bins for certain materials. Furthermore, students from the College of Built Environments can do research regarding the collection and impact of UWPP, as well as look at the scalability of our model.

Environmental Policy & Impact
UWPP creates an opportunity for policy students from the Evans School of Public Policy and Governance to discover potential solutions to a national waste crisis. We will also meet with the acting director of the Program on the Environment, Kristi Straus, to find a way to incorporate UWPP into Sustainability Studio, or another one of its sustainability classes.

Product Use & Business Development
For ongoing operations, we foresee bringing in a wide range of students to design and market final products, as well as use the 3D printer filament that we produce. We would like to allow art and industrial design students to create products that we could sell in the University Bookstore. We would also invite students from the Foster School of Business to develop a business plan for the operation with the goal to become a self-sufficient operation in the future. We envision selling the 3D printer filament to students in programs such as art, architecture, medicine, engineering, and dentistry, as well as to student organizations on campus.

 

Education & Outreach:

Our leadership will conduct presentations in undergraduate and graduate classes to raise awareness about the project and increase student involvement. The students can reach out to Precious Plastic through the use of social media (twitter, Instagram and Facebook). We will have our email in the bios for each of the social media outlets allowing anyone who is interested in UWPP to contact us. In addition, we will contact the heads of departments of majors to send out emails to the specific majors that would pertain to Precious Plastic.

The designs for the shredder and the compression machine come from years of R&D from the experiences and improvements provided by the open source community. Improvements made to the shredder and compression machines to meet safety standards will be documented and shared with the broader precious plastic community.

We will be attending several events throughout the school year such as Earth Day, Engineering Kick Off, and Program of Environment Kick off. We will reach out and attend multiple event as we learn about them and will join in. We will also reach out to FIGs, organization, and clubs around the university’s main Seattle campus—such as Comotion—which have expressed an interest in this project. On top of providing guidance in the design and production of 3D printers for student use in general, WOOF3D’s engineering lead, Raymond Guthrie, has agreed to aid in overcoming any extruder/nozzle challenges that may arise in the use of materials beyond PLA for printing filament. At Earth Day 2019, we hope to demonstrate the machines’ capabilities and produce items for the event made from recycled plastic.

Throughout the project, there are opportunities for a homework assignment, extra credit, or for experience for the students. They would come into our location and help us either create the filament, produce the items from the filament or go to learn about the organization. We will also try to work with the RA’s to have competitions between the dorms to see how much can be properly recycled. This allows engagement with the undergrad students as well as an opportunity to spread awareness of UWPP while also spreading knowledge on how to be sustainable and help the environment.

The UW Recycling department supports this project and will assist in the collection of plastics. Collection bins, initially placed in the Mapple Hall undergraduate residences, will feature education materials about the project and the environmental issues with plastic. Outreach efforts will engage faculty for class labs or field trips, and students for thesis projects or other research. We will evaluate our program by tracking the project’s costs, processes, outcomes, and impacts. This data will allow UW to act as a leader within our community and to exemplify innovation by sharing knowledge with other schools and organizations hoping to develop their own small-scale recycling facility.

 

Environmental Impact:
  • Waste
Project Longevity:

FINANCIAL SUSTAINABILITY & REVENUE PLAN

RSO Status:
Beginning soon after project approval, UW Precious Plastic will apply for RSO status, independent from Green Evans (which current lends RSO sponsorship). This will enable UWPP to apply for funding of events, special projects, and outreach funds.

Saleable Products:
In reference to the Timeline, UWPP intends to prototype and finalize 2 reproducible products by the end of Spring quarter, 2019. Our goal is to engage industrial design, material science, and business students in market research and product design, to ensure there will be demand for our hyper-local, recycled, and student-made goods. These products will be sold at events in the nearby community, bringing in revenue. Stamped with a UWPP logo, they will also amplify our outreach effort through brand recognition and positive consumer identification. We expect to expand this product line to encompass 5-10 reusable items to replace everyday objects, commonly made from virgin plastics, instead made from plastic recycled on campus. This product line, if well-designed and properly targeted, has the potential to create revenue that will support UWPP’s plans for expansion and greater impact.

Environmental Innovation Challenge:
This entrepreneurial competition challenges UW students to innovate new ideas for sustainable products. Whether in the 2018 or 2019 cycles, the UWPP leadership team believes we could submit a strong application. In particular, these funds might apply well to the process of developing products to reduce reliance on plastics within UW departments, detailed in the follow section.

UW Departments:
As the UWPP project gains traction, we also intend to explore the possibility for replacing virgin products commonly used by other UW departments. These may include 3-D Printer filament, UW ID badge slips given to new students, or other products yet to be identified. While this idea hinges on both organization development and product research, there is great potential for both revenue generation, waste reduction, and decreased reliance on virgin plastics campus-wide.

Future Application to CSF:
To pursue the UWPP Vision outlined here, we anticipate that capacity may need to increase to reach longer-term goals of significant and beneficial impact on UW waste streams. We hope to become an integral and sustainable piece of UW Seattle’s entire metabolism. To this end, we may return to CSF with a strong portfolio, proven systems, and achievable next steps toward this vision.

CONTINUED OPERATION PLAN

We also plan on creating a structure for continued operations after the current leadership graduates. By becoming our own RSO in the coming months, we will create a transition plan for leadership and student involvement. We will develop and recruit for formal leadership roles. Our leadership team will leave the UWPP with 10-year maintenance plan, established on- and off-campus partnerships, plastic and design research and prototypes, marketing and communication materials, and operation manuals that include: machine and maintenance training, Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) broken out by the distinct types of plastic, and collection and washing standards.

 

Environmental Problem:

UWPP would result in four impacts on the UW Seattle Campus:

1) Waste Diversion: UWPP will help UW Recycling meet its goal of 70% waste diversion by 2020. We estimate that, when fully operational, we will process approximately 1.5 tons of plastic a year. Our potential location, Maple Hall, generates about 56 tons of garbage a year and 21 tons of recycling a year.  If all of that material at Maple Hall was redirected to this project, it would prevent 1.23 tons of material annual from the garbage.

2) Waste Reduction: Education can lead to behavioral changes. Through our outreach efforts, students can learn about the recycling process. We want to promote the lessons of a closed-loop system and encourage students to live by those principles.

3) Conserving Resources: By using recycled materials in products, UW can reduce its purchasing of and dependence on virgin materials. Specific to our work with campus makerspaces and 3D printing materials, the most common type of printer filament used on campus is PLA (polylactide); PLA is primarily derived from various plant starches and can therefore be commercially composted if treated correctly, however, since “the compost of composters in the USA must be compliant with Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI) regulations. PLA is not 100% compostable … if the compost still contains PLA residues, their compost does not meet the OMRI regulation requirements. Therefore, many composters regard PLA as a contaminant” and it remains far more energy- and cost-effective to recycle the material; according to a recent European study, the environmental impact of recycling PLA is over 50 times less than that of composting.

4) Reducing Carbon Emissions and Pollution: Diverting waste reduces the amount of carbon emissions burned transporting this trash to recycling facilities and to landfills. In the most recent IPCC report, research found that petrochemicals, which include plastics, are the third-highest industrial emitter of greenhouse gases, and these emissions will grown by 20% by 2030. Despite the growing impact of UW Recycling programs, UW net greenhouse gas emissions show growth year over year, which, based on societal trends, will only get worse. This project will contribute to reigning in emissions generated by the University.

5) Improving environmental equity: China called our practices of sending our contaminated recycling to other countries, “foreign garbage smuggling.” By not solving our waste issues domestically, we are continuing to place an unfair burden on others. Creating a model for small scale community recycling will allow us to take steps towards environmental justice.

6) Cost Savings Benefits: One aspect of our project will be applying design to mitigate the problems plastic creates. Plastic film has become a recent problem for UW recycling since its removal from the waste stream costs roughly $17.65/hour to $23.51/hour to pay Waste Collector workers to sort. We hope to pose this issue as a design project for students in the Industrial Design program on campus to develop new plastic film receticles to optimize the collection of materials.

 

 

Explain how the impacts will be measured:

Throughout the research, development, and initial use stages of the machines, we will develop performance metrics to monitor our success and fulfill CSF’s quarterly reporting requirements. While these data points have yet to be finalized, initial metrics are as follows:

  1. Starting with First Quarter of Operation
    1. Number of students Involved (enrolled, employed, volunteer, service learners)
    2. Number of student hours logged
    3. Number of media mentions (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram)
    4. Number of Class, RSO, and community groups contacted
    5. Number of events and field trips organized (UW campus and off-campus)
    6. Number of events attended and tabled  (UW campus and off-campus)
  2. Starting with Second Quarter of Operation
    1. Number of Machines Running
    2. Number of Products Designed
    3. Processable Types of Plastic
  3. Starting with Third Quarter of Operation
    1. Amount of plastic diverted (in pounds)
    2. Number of Collection Spots on Campus
    3. Amount of 3D filament or other product produced (in pounds)
    4. Amount of CO2 emittance avoided

 

Total amount requested from the CSF: $20,796
This funding request is a: Grant
If this is a loan, what is the estimated payback period?:

Budget:

Due to sit restrictions, we are unable to submit our detailed budget. Please see our supplemental materials for the full budget.
ItemCost per ItemQuantityTotal CostNotes
Shredder Materials3,00213002To be constructed from purchased materials.
Compression Molder Materials1,38111381To be constructed from purchased materials.
Extruder389313893Complete machine purchased.
Injection Molder197911979Complete machine purchased.
Product Molds65053250Reusable molds for end-use products.
Wood Chipper1251125For interim use while Shredder is built
Utility Carts1184472
Extruder Cleaning Liquid1810184
Scale50150
Hot Plate2661266
Hot Stamp Machine3751375
Maintenance Costs2004800Quarterly maintenance & repair.
Safety Glasses18118
Heat-Resistant Gloves12560
Respirators275135Half-mask.
PAPR Respirators112122242EH&S Staff indicate that this is the most conservative and safest respirator option.
Lab Aprons17585
Lockout Boxes16580
Collection Tote18590
Storage Shelves1701170
Storage Shelves & Bins1551155
Towels3113124-pack.
Sponges1311324-pack.
Biodegradable dish soap42521010 Gal. total.
Printed Materials & Marketing40041600$400 / quarter for 1 year.
Lockable Document Storage43143
Desk87187

Non-CSF Sources:

ItemCost per ItemQuantityTotal CostNotes
Dabble Lab Membership1009900Cost of 9 annual memberships for UWPP leadership team.
Office Rent600127200Cost comparable to market-rate office space in University District.
Project Completion Total:

Timeline:

UWPP Project Timeline
TaskTimeframeEstimated Completion Date
Outreach to students and staffOngoingN/A - Start Date September 2018
Become independent RSO1 monthNovember 2018
Produce safety, operation, and training manuals3 monthsFebruary 2019
Build and acquire machines3 monthsFebruary 2019
Plastic collectionOngoingN/A - Start Date January 2019
Material researchOngoingN/A - Start Date January 2019
Prototype design for marketable products OngoingN/A - Start Date January 2019
First products showcase and interactive demonstration1 dayApril 2019 (Earth Day)
Class visits and demonstrationsOngoingN/A - Start Date May 2019
Begin selling products through the University Book StoreOngoingN/A - Start Date June 2019
Selling 3D Printer FilamentOngoingN/A - Start Date Autumn 2019

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Healthy building certification for the UW Tower – education and demonstration

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Life Sciences Building Rooftop Solar Array - Supplementary

Executive Summary:

UW-Solar has been working with the architects and engineers designing the Life Sciences Building for the last four years. We were part of the proposal, funding, and installation of the Building Integrated Photovoltaic (BIPV) fins on the South facade of the building, but have always been aiming to install a larger and more efficient solar panel system on the roof. This proposal is requesting $50,000 to complete the necessary funding for a rooftop solar array on the Life Sciences Building- the new home of UW Biology that was completed this fall. The proposed design is a 100 kW array that would produce an estimated 105,000 kWh/yr, which is equivalent to more than 78 metric tons of CO2e. This system is estimated to cost a total of $300,000, of which $250,000 has already been secured. Therefore, we are requesting the final $50,000 to allow us to fully build-out this system, otherwise we will need to reduce the size to 80 kW. We are hoping the funds for this project come from the new collaboration between CSF and the Student Technology Fee (STF). Producing energy by conventional power plants produces large amounts of greenhouse gases that contribute to climate change. By generating energy on-site using solar energy, this project would decrease the carbon footprint of the Life Sciences Building and the University as a whole. This project would provide three distinct benefits: an economic return to the University, an increase in the sustainability efforts of the campus, and exposing UW-solar students to real-world engineering design and communication with industry professionals. If funded, this project would be the fifth successful rooftop installation designed by UW-Solar, and complete our efforts on the Life Sciences Building. UW-Solar is part of the Urban Infrastructure Lab in the Department of Urban Design & Planning. We are an interdisciplinary student team that work to promote, design, and install solar installation on campus. For more information, visit our website https://blogs.uw.edu/urbanlab/projects/uw-solar/.

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Over the three years that this project has been in development, a number of students have been involved. The leadership team for this project has varied between one to five people over this tenure, with Alex Ratcliff as the long-standing project manager.

 

The two students currently leading this project are Shivani Joshi and Alex Ratcliff. Aside from these two, there are more than thirty students actively involved in UW Solar, of which a number have been partially involved in the project when necessary. Shivani and Alex stand as the two principal students during this grant proposal stage, but at least two other students will be brought onto the team during the drafting of the Request for Proposal (RFP).

 

Shivani has recently joined the Life Sciences team and has been helping out in the finalisation of the CSF full proposal which includes revisiting cost and energy performance estimations. She will also be involved in future planning including contractor selection, communication with professional architects and engineers, and interpreting submitted construction documents.

 

Alex has been the project manager for the Life Sciences Building for the last three years. He assisted on the BIPV installation, was the student representative for the Putting the Green in Greenhouse project, and has been working diligently for the installation of a full-sized solar array on the roof. Alex’s primary responsibilities include drafting construction documents, communication with Devin Kleiner, Robert Goff, and other building managers, meeting with UW administrators to discuss the project, and the writing and review of all official documentation.

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The Life Sciences building contains a virtual dashboard that will enable interested students and visitors to experience and learn about how the BIPV panels are helping the building be more energy efficient by following the panels’ energy production. They will also be able to monitor the amount of water that will be recycled by the lab-water recovery system. The dashboard is an interactive system and will be able to engage students and visitors by giving them live updates.

 

The students who are directly involved with UW Solar will be able to experience a real life working environment by being present on the construction site and taking part in the process. Professionals will personally interact with the students and educate them about the detail of the actual installation as well as revise their design and make any appropriate adjustments. One of the scoring guidelines of the RFP will be a “student engagement” proposal that the contractor will be required to submit. Typically, we receive bids that allow students to join walkthroughs of the site, witness the construction of the array, review the construction documents with the project engineer, and participate in the commissioning process.

 

The Life Science building BIPV project will be thoroughly discussed on the UW Solar website as well as being highlighted in the upcoming edition of the Civil and Environmental Engineering newsletter.

Environmental Impact:
  • Energy Use
Project Longevity:

 

 

All of the solar panels, electrical equipment, and metering equipment to be installed will come with warranties to cover malfunctions, deficiencies, failures, etc. that typically span from 10-30 years. Warranties will be included in the specifications of the bids we receive. The lifespan of solar arrays are generally expected to exceed the warranty period; solar arrays can last up to 40-50 years if properly maintained.

 

The array will require scheduled maintenance in the form of yearly cleaning and equipment checks. The details of scheduled maintenance will be outlined in an Operations & Maintenance (O&M) plan submitted by the contractors along with their bid. The long-term maintenance will become the responsibility of UW Facilities and the Building Manager. Unused funds from this project budget will be transferred to UW Facilities to support the long-term maintenance.

Environmental Problem:

 

With this solar installation, we will be reducing the University’s carbon footprint by reducing the amount of CO2 and CO2e produced through conventional energy production. The carbon footprint of the Life Sciences building, due to its lab spaces and large physical footprint, is relatively high. The rooftop photovoltaic panels will help reduce the carbon footprint of the LIfe Sciences building as they will be using solar (renewable) energy in addition to the traditional energy production methods, thus increasing its energy self sufficiency. The rooftop space can accommodate 100kW solar array (approximately 335 standard panels) which will generate 105,000 kWh/year (estimate made using the NREL PVWatt Calculator). This is equivalent to more than 78 metric tons of CO2e, which can be compared to the amount of carbon generated from:

  • 9,000 gallons of gasoline
  • 86,000 pounds of coal
  • 185 barrels of oil

Explain how the impacts will be measured:

The Life Sciences Building has installed a virtual dashboard in the first floor lobby of the building. This dashboard receives information from meters installed throughout the building, and students can interact with the dashboard to see the real-time and historical data of several building metrics including, but not limited to, the energy production from the BIPV panels and the volume of water recycled by the lab-water recovery system. The infrastructure necessary to connect the rooftop system to this system is already in place, and simply requires installing the system. In this way, students will be able to see the measured electrical production of the rooftop system recorded by the system meters. The dashboard will present data on the amount of kWh produced and may have an option to see the equivalent CO2e.

Total amount requested from the CSF: $50,000
This funding request is a: Grant
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Budget:

This budget is subject change, and a revised budget will be submitted with bid from our Request for Proposal.
ItemCost Expected Funding Source
Solar Panels$80,000Original CSF Award
Wiring$15,000Original CSF Award
Racking System$10,000This Application
Labor$100,000Donation
Permitting$500This Application
Inverters$50,000Original CSF Award
Metering$7,000This Application
Weather Station$500This Application
Transformer$2,500This Application
IT Equipment$4,000This Application
Comissioning$5,000Original CSF Award
Operations & Maintenance$3,000This Application
Shipping$2,500This Application
Contingency$20,000This Application

Non-CSF Sources:

Previous awards given to this project.
SourceAmountFunding TypeNote
CSF$150,000GrantPreliminary grant awarded to the project in 2017
Undisclosed Donor$100,000DonationDonation given to fund this rooftop project
Project Completion Total: $300,000

Timeline:

Timeline is subject to change and will need coordination with UW Capital Projects & Development and Procurement.
TaskTimeframeEstimated Completion Date
CSF Proposal Submitted2 weeksOctober 15th, 2018
CSF Award NotificationN/AEarly November, 2018
Communication with CPD and UW Procurement2 monthsEnd of November/Early December, 2018
Request for Proposal (RFP) Drafted & Submitted2 monthsEnd of November/Early December, 2018
Bids ReceivedN/AJanuary/February, 2019
Contractor Selected1 weekFebruary/March, 2019
Array Constructed4 monthsEnd of Summer, 2019

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UW Anaerobic Digester: Food Waste, Renewable Energy & Public Health (Phase 2)

Executive Summary:

The University District Food Bank (UDFB) serves some of the poorest and most vulnerable individuals in the North Seattle and University District community. The University District has one of the highest rates of poverty in Seattle, which was shown in by 2016 study that approximately 60% of University District residents have an income at or below the federal poverty threshold (Keeley, 2016). These residents often cannot access enough healthy and nutritious food and depend on UDFB to survive. UDFB distributes 45,000 pounds of food (i.e. fruits, vegetables, dairy, bread, canned food, etc.) to over 1,200 families per week, maintains a 2,000 square foot rooftop garden, and co-locates with a café (Street Bean) that employs homeless and low-income youth.

 

UDFB is struggling with a tragic irony though—there is too much food waste. Grocery store chains often use food banks (including UDFB) as a dumping ground for expired or damaged food, while receiving a tax break for the donation. UDFB receives food that spoils quickly, and in turn, UDFB pays ~$6,000 per year to haul away food waste to a municipal composting facility. The garbage trucks that haul away the food waste pollute the North Seattle neighborhood. The exhaust from these trucks is a public health risk for individuals and families.  This inexcusable situation prevents the food bank from using their financial resources to better serve the community.

Many residents also feel stigmatized when they use the food bank. A 2016 Seattle Times article documented the feelings of one community member, “When I was going to the food bank, it’s not like I was talking about it...it’s something people don’t talk about” (Balk, 2016). This stigma hinders the food bank from integrating into the community and increasing access to UDFB’s resources.

To address these pressing community, environmental, and public health issues, we propose building an anaerobic digester at UDFB. A digester would utilize food waste to create compost and natural gas. The compost would be used on UDFB’s rooftop garden and the gas would provide electricity to power UDFB’s refrigeration system. By reducing food waste and electricity costs, UDFB would save ~$12,000 per year. With these funds, UDFB would expand their services and hire 1-2 youth who are transitioning out of homeless. These youth would operate and maintain the digester to gain job skills. UDFB also wants to create a strong educational partnership with the University of Washington (UW). Dozens of UW students and staff already volunteer at UDFB: serving clients and working on the rooftop garden, but there is no academic partnership with UW. This is an opportunity for a UW-UDFB academic partnership focusing on civil/environmental engineering, soil science, public health, and small business development. Dr. Heidi Gough from the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering would like to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with UDFB to formally incorporate the digester into her graduate and undergraduate curriculum, and Dr. Sally Brown from the School of Forest Resources may also be interested in incorporating the digester into her graduate/undergraduate curriculum.  

Student Involvement:

This project would involve 10-15 UW graduate/undergraduate student volunteers per year. These students would conduct research projects on any aspect of the digester (e.g. gas composition, compost, engineering, business, etc.). A UW faculty member (Dr. Heidi Gough or Dr. Sally Brown) would supervise these students and oversee their research papers/projects.

The local small-business (Impact Bioenergy) that designs and builds anaerobic digesters would build a custom-designed digester at UDFB. Volunteers from the community (residents, UW students, nonprofit organizations) could participate in building the anaerobic digester, and the UW student volunteers could also be trained to lead digester tours for UW students and community members. 

A UW Registered Student Organization (RSO), Global Sustainability Initiative (GSI), has been the main RSO supporting student involvement and interest in this project. The undergraduate members include: Caelan Wisont, Zhaoyi Fang, Yushan Tong, and Kyler Jobe. GSI focuses on promoting sustainability on a global scale, emphasizing household-scale anaerobic digestion projects to create methane gas for stoves. GSI grew out of SafeFlame LLC, which was started by a UW MBA graduate (Kevin Cussen), and received a CSF grant in 2015-2016. GSI also connects interested students to anaerobic digestion projects and gets students excited about working with anaerobic digestion, renewable energy, and public health. GSI would promote interest among other RSOs and recruit undergraduate students from the Sustainability Studio (ENVIR 480) course to conduct research projects on the anaerobic digester.

The digester project team has also reached out to the following RSOs to increase student support/interest: Eco-Reps, Huskies for Food Justice, Students Expressing Environmental Dedication (SEED), and Engineers Without Borders.

The University of Washington (UW) is located within 10 minutes walking distance of the UDFB, but the UDFB receives relatively little attention from the UW community. Very few people at UW are aware of the food bank and its mission, and we believe this anaerobic digestion project would help establish a thriving partnership between UW and the UDFB. With an anaerobic digester, there would be a variety of departments, students and professors that could collaborate with the food bank. Several environmental departments at UW, such as Civil & Environmental Engineering and School of Forest Resources are eager to conduct research projects on the anaerobic digestion process. There is a wide range of topics and ideas that could be explored: the engineering of how to design/construct an efficient and safe digester for community-level operations, the microbiology of how food waste can be turned into compost, and the public health of how an anaerobic digester can address food insecurity. Undergraduate students, graduate students, and professors would be able to support the food bank with ideas and projects on how to improve the anaerobic digestion process. Although this project is not located on the UW campus, we believe that it is reasonable to ask for Campus Sustainability Funding (CSF) to support this project because of the potential to establish a strong academic partnership between UW-UDFB, which would give students and faculty access to digester technology. This collaboration between UW and the UDFB would be the first in the nation (we know of no other university in the U.S. that has partnered with a food bank to study its anaerobic digester).

In summary, building an anaerobic digester would allow UDFB to:

a) Host free community workshops focusing on food waste utilization and renewable energy production.

b) Reduce food waste disposal costs and increase services to residents.  

c) Become a center of community education about food waste, public health, and renewable energy.

d) Establish a strong academic and educational collaboration with UW.

Education & Outreach:

We will publicize our project in three ways:

1) RSOs: GSI and the other RSOs listed above will advertise this project to UW students and publicize this digester project during their tabling events. GSI is the main undergraduate student group that is helping to push this project forward, and their current network with other RSOs will help raise awareness about our project on the UW Seattle campus.

2) Signage: If the digester is built, we will create signage on/around the digester with educational information about anaerobic digestion. For instance, the signage will explain how anaerobic digestion works, how the gas/compost is being used, statistics/scale of the current project, how the project could be scaled up, other digester projects currently happening in Seattle, etc. These signs would be located on the outside of the digester and available for anyone to read.

3) Undergraduate/Graduate Courses: The faculty members collaborating on this project (Dr. Heidi Gough, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering; Dr. Sally Brown, School of Forest Resources) will encourage their undergraduate and graduate students to conduct research projects on the anaerobic digester. Dr. Gough is primarily interested in the gas production and how changing the inputs (types of food waste) affects the composition of the gas. Dr. Brown is interested in soil science and how the type of food waste affects the chemical makeup of the compost. Additionally, we will do a quarterly presentation for the Sustainability Studio (ENVIR 480) course. This would be a 15-20-minute presentation for the undergraduate students in this course at the beginning of each quarter. ENVIR 480 focuses on sustainability, and a previous group of students from this course conducted a research project on anaerobic digestion.

In addition to publicizing the UDFB project, we will continue to investigate the interest and potential for building an anaerobic digester on the UW campus. We had originally been pursuing CSF funding and gathering student/faculty/staff support build a digester on the UW campus. There has been support for the project, but it is proving to be difficult to find a location for the digester on the UW Seattle. We will continue to investigate interest and feasibility for this UW project, as a way of conducting student outreach.

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  • Energy Use
  • Food
  • Waste
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This project will be maintained by UDFB staff. UDFB will employ 1-2 part-time staff members to maintain the digester (e.g. monitor temperature, pH, etc.). UDFB will have ongoing funding for these positions because they will be spending less money on hauling away food waste and saving money on electricity. 

The academic partnership between UW-UDFB would continue in the long-run because of the MOU that would be signed by Professor Gough and Professor Brown. As the digester project gains more attention at UW, more faculty will hopefully incorporate the digester into their curriculum and more RSOs will include the digester in their outreach activities.

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Food waste is an urgent public health issue. In the U.S., approximately 31% of post-harvest food is wasted (i.e. thrown away or spoiled). This is approximately 133 billion pounds of food annually, costing approximately $161 billion (“USDA | OCE | U.S. Food Waste Challenge | FAQ’s,” n.d.). This is shocking and shameful, given national rates of food insecurity and poverty. In addition, food waste often rots in landfills, creating methane gas, which is nearly 4x as damaging to the ozone layer as CO2 emissions. We must address food waste at the local, city, and national level.

 

This anaerobic digester project would provide a small-scale model of how to utilize food waste to produce renewable energy and compost. The anaerobic digester that we are proposing to install is custom-built by a Seattle-based business called Impact Bioenergy (http://impactbioenergy.com/). The digester is approximately 900 square feet and can process ~850-960 pounds of pre-consumer food waste per day. The digester can store ~1,227 square feet of RNG, which would power UDFB’s refrigeration system. Although this is a relatively small-scale model, it will show how a community organization can utilize food waste to produce RNG, which reduces methane emissions, carbon emissions, and pollution associated with hauling food waste to composting facilities/landfills. Other universities in the U.S. have installed anaerobic digesters, but we do not know of any other universities/colleges in the Pacific Northwest Region that have partnered with a food bank that has an anaerobic digester.

 

The anaerobic digestion project would reduce pollution in the University District neighborhood by reducing the number of garbage trucks that haul away food waste from the UDFB. By diverting food waste to the anaerobic digester, the UDFB would be supporting fuel conservation and would benefit the University District (and Washington State) by advancing bioenergy, increasing the supply of renewable energy, and decreasing the demand for fossil fuels. UDFB would become a model of renewable energy and waste reduction at the neighborhood level. In summary, the anaerobic digester would:

a)    Reduce UDFB’s food waste costs

b)    Reduce pollution by not hauling food waste and avoiding methane emissions from decomposing food waste that sits in large fields.

c)     Advance bioenergy that recovers renewable resources like water and organic matter.

d)    Provide increased community resilience via renewable energy production and food security.

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To evaluate the digester’s effectiveness, we will measure:

Food Waste

-        Pounds of food waste diverted to digester from waste-stream (which usually goes to Cedar Grove composting facility),

-        Type of food waste used (X % meat, X% vegetables, etc.)

Gas/Electricity:

-        Cubic feet of RNG produced per week

-        Amount of electricity generated per day/week

Compost:

-        Pounds of compost produced per week

Pollution:

-        Carbon emission reductions of not having to haul away X pounds of food waste

-        Methane emission reductions of preventing food waste from rotting in landfill (for other facilities where food waste is not composted)

Costs:

-        Cost-savings of diverting waste (cost reductions of not hauling away food waste in garbage trucks)

-        Cost-savings of producing compost (rather than purchasing from a 3rd party)

-        Cost-savings of producing electricity/gas

Total amount requested from the CSF: $35,000
This funding request is a: Grant
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Budgest Estimate
ItemCost per ItemQuantityTotal Cost
Anaerobic biomethane system w/ 13kw power output1740001174000
Digestate Storage & Fertigation Tank10000110000
Health & Safety Equipment6001600
Transportation (Flatbed Truck Fees/Mileage)131111311
Biodigester equipment120011200
Material Handling/Heavy Equipment7001700
Permit Fees750017500
Anti-acids/Microbial Community175011750
Electricity/Gas Utility Codes320013200
Signage125011250
Rentals3001300
Project Manager5001500
Volunteer Coordinator4001400
Electrician290012900
Engineer380013800
Laboratory Fees3001300

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Funding Options
SPU Waste-Free Communities Matching Grant15000
Boeing ECF Grant40000
Anonymous Donation50000
Neighborhood Matching Fund100000
Project Completion Total: $210,000

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Project Timeline Estimate
TaskTimeframeEstimated Completion Date
Finalize custom design of on-site anaerobic digestion systemNovember-December 2018December 2018
Community outreach (find volunteers and raise awareness about project)November-December 2018December 2018
Collect supplies/materials for buidling anaerobic digesterNovember-December 2018December 2018
Permit AcquisitionNovember 2018-January 2019January 2019
Build anaerobic digesterJanuary-April 2019April 2019
Safety/Efficiency AssessmentsApril-May 2019May 2019
Train/Hire youth internsApril-May 2019May 2019
UW Educational Partnership begins (incorporate digester into curriculum)May-June 2019June 2019
Community Workshops beginMay-June 2019June 2019

SER-UW Native Plant Nursery - Future Growth

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Since 2013, the Society for Ecological Restoration-UW Native Plant Nursery has provided a local and sustainable source of plant material for student ecological restoration projects in Union Bay Natural Area and Yesler Swamp, as well as many restoration sites on the University of Washington campus and throughout the Seattle community. Located at the Center for Urban Horticulture, it has been a much-needed hub for student involvement in the applications of horticulture and restoration beyond coursework. With the support of the CSF, we have been able improve our production practices and educational curriculum over the past few years. We aim to keep this momentum in both areas while focusing on our growth and financial sustainability.

The Nursery is committed to the goal of providing 100% of plants to students for coursework, as well as graduate student and other on-campus restoration projects. We provide plants for two classes: Restoration of North American Ecosystems (ESRM 473) and Senior Restoration Capstone (ESRM 462-464), and over the past two years we have strengthened our relationship with both. In 2016 we provided only 32% of species for ESRM 473, but were able to provide 100% in 2017 and 2018, and while in 2017 we were able to provide only 39% of plants to Capstone, in 2018 we provided 78%. Although we have made improvements, a significant number of species still need to be outsourced to other nurseries in the region, as Capstone requests comprise the majority of our orders.

In order to provide a greater percentage of plant material for student projects, the Nursery will implement production systems for two groups of species that are in high demand but require specific infrastructure for their growth: a fern propagation unit, and rhizome beds. Production systems for both of these groups will allow us to provide more genetically appropriate plants for restoration, increase biodiversity of student projects, and offset the carbon emissions associated with outsourcing plants. As there is high demand for these species, both from students and at past public plant sales, these production systems will increase our revenue and help us move toward greater financial sustainability.

Student interest in the Nursery has also grown substantially over the past few years in terms of both volunteer involvement and interest in internship opportunities. Implementing these production systems will greatly increase the scope of educational opportunities available through the Nursery. In tandem with this, we will increase our outreach efforts to the UW student body.

A graduate RA position will guide the infrastructure projects over the course of one year while continuing to manage the day-to-day production tasks at the Nursery. Assistance will be provided by an hourly part-time student position. Interns have contributed greatly to the growth of the nursery over the past few years, and their involvement will continue to be integral to the success of this project. Support will also be provided by a faculty advisor and UWBG staff.

 

Stakeholders: UW Botanic Gardens, Capstone, ESRM students, Carlson Center volunteers.

 

Estimated Total Cost: $64,340.70

 

 

Student Involvement:

From its beginning, the SER-UW Nursery has provided valuable leadership experience for graduate students pursuing careers in the fields of environmental horticulture and restoration. The Nursery continues to be an entirely student-run project, providing graduate students with the opportunity to gain skills in project management, volunteer coordination, and team leadership. Along with guiding specific projects to advance the Nursery, the RA also manages weekly operations such as administrative tasks, coordinating volunteer work parties, directing and educating interns and guiding their projects, and planning and implementing plant production schedules. A student assistant position will support the RA with administrative tasks, group work with interns, and weekly work parties.

The intern education curriculum has been built and strengthened through the support of past CSF grants and continues to provide a valuable experience for many undergraduate students. Since 2015, the Nursery has involved 26 interns from majors across many schools and departments, including Environmental Engineering, Biology, Communications, Environmental Studies, and Environmental Science and Resource Management (ESRM). Interns are interviewed by the RA each quarter and two candidates selected based on their potential to succeed in daily nursery tasks as well as their fit for quarterly projects that will benefit both the Nursery and their individual interests.

Along with the option to gain internship credit through ESRM 399 or their school’s option, the quarter provides them with the chance to not only develop knowledge of nursery management and plant production, but also valuable skills in teamwork, communication, and responsibility. Interns are expected to coordinate with the RA and each other to complete plant care tasks and there are many chances for active leadership roles in plant sale events and weekly work parties.

Our goal is to have a further eight (two per quarter and two in summer) undergraduate interns over the course of the next year who will be directly involved with fulfilling the goals of this project while gaining valuable experience related to their fields of study. We will host Communications interns whose focus will be the further development of our outreach program. Interns in the Plant Biology and ESRM programs can gain experience in research and data collection related to propagation protocols needed for fern and rhizomatous species and their success.

Through each academic quarter since 2015, the Nursery has hosted weekly work parties that provide a unique opportunity for students across many departments and disciplines to be involved in the process of native plant production and horticulture. In addition, these volunteers are an intrinsic part of our workforce, and the Nursery would be unable to function without their involvement. Our weekly volunteer work parties have continued to be highly successful. In 2016 the Nursery hosted students for a total of 750 volunteer hours, while in 2017, students contributed 900 volunteer hours. Looking forward, our goal is to reach and maintain a minimum of 1,000 volunteer hours over the next five years. Many of these students are fulfilling volunteer credit for classes such as ESRM 100, ENVIR 240, and ESRM 412, and it is more valuable for them to have plant production-related experience versus simple labor tasks such as weeding and pot washing. Having these production systems in place would provide volunteers with a much greater variety of production-related skills to learn, and allow us to keep up with growing interest in volunteering by providing new opportunities.

The Nursery has also continued to develop a relationship with the UW Carlson Center, an organization which provides opportunities for students to be involved with on-campus and community partners and to integrate academic coursework with volunteer activity. Multiple service learning positions are available each quarter through the nursery, with each position contributing 20 hours per quarter. Besides providing the structure for students to volunteer on a recurring basis, service learners are also able to help guide other students at work parties and are often trusted with more detail-oriented production tasks. Past service learners have also applied and been accepted as interns after realizing a continued interest in native plant production through their volunteer work. The Nursery will continue to partner with the Carlson Center and is committed to providing 15 service learning positions through the academic year.  

Education & Outreach:

Over the past three years, the nursery has hosted six bi-annual public plant sales open to the UW and broader Seattle community. Since the first public sale, interest in the event has grown substantially, with attendance increasing and definite interest from the broader Seattle community in supporting a student-run organization and purchasing student-grown plants. We will continue to host bi-annual public plant sales in the Spring and the Fall of each year and continue to develop our advertising in order to reach an even broader audience throughout the Seattle area. Our goal is to host two Communications interns who will focus on the further development of this programming. Under the guidance of the RA, two interns, one in Spring and one in Fall, will help to coordinate the public plant sales and refine our promotional materials by creating reusable templates for events, updating contact lists, and creating signage for use on the day of the event.

Although we have built a strong undergraduate and graduate student community invested in the Nursery, we deal with a challenging situation in terms of student involvement. As we are located at the Center for Urban Horticulture, a 20-minute walk or 10-minute bus ride from campus, we are not as visible to much of the student body outside of the departments and programs we are regularly in touch with. As we increase our offerings of volunteer activities by implementing this project, we will also increase our visibility on campus, encouraging a wider group of student participants. Our weekly volunteer work parties not only help students to be engaged through volunteering and learning skills, they are also social activities that allow students from diverse backgrounds and majors to come together and share ideas, and we hope to continue to expand this circle.

Along with involvement in the plant sales, Communications internships will also help to facilitate this outreach to the greater student body. Interns will be involved in the creation of permanent fliers to hang in UW facilities, as well as contributing to the development of the Nursery’s social media presence. All materials created for both the plant sales and student outreach will include the CSF logo.

As has been our commitment in the past, research conducted during the design and implementation of this project will be made available to the Greater Seattle horticultural community. Over the past few years, the Nursery has cultivated a relationship with Oxbow Farms and Conservation Center in Carnation, WA. The Nursery has modeled its production practices after those of Oxbow’s Native Plant Nursery, and we continue to use their technical advice and expertise. Both a fern propagation unit and rhizome beds are established infrastructure at Oxbow, and we will rely on their guidance to continue to set reasonable goals and refine these production systems in our nursery. As we continue to expand our own production records and protocols, we are committed to reciprocating this exchange of information with the horticulture and restoration community of our region.

As we think about our outreach within the UW community and beyond, there is potential for collaboration with other organizations that share our goals and values. The Olympic Natural Resource Center is developing an Ethnoforestry project that will encourage a stronger connection between the main UW campus and the ONRC’s home base on the Olympic Peninsula. This unique project would be focused on the development of an internship program to help bridge this gap, and there is an opportunity for the Nursery to act as a host for their interns on a part-time basis. This partnership, facilitated by the two project RAs, would provide ONRC interns with a stronger understanding of native plant production and nursery work, and allow Nursery interns to learn more about tribal uses of native plants, an important and often underrepresented aspect of horticulture in our region.

Environmental Impact:
  • Living Systems and Biodiversity
Project Longevity:

Please see attached business plan.

Environmental Problem:

Although the Nursery is able to produce much of the plant material needed for student projects, there is still a significant portion that requires outsourcing to nurseries throughout the Puget Sound region. Along with the inconvenience to students, who must coordinate their own transportation or use UCars, there is the environmental cost of carbon emissions associated with plant material pickup or delivery. The majority of native plant nurseries in the region are located outside of the immediate Seattle area and often require a 45 minute or greater drive to reach. Restoration planting projects are often done in multiple phases, and across multiple orders placed by student groups this travel and the associated carbon footprint adds up quickly.

Along with the issue of outsourcing material, there is a concern for genetic diversity as well as the responsible use of resources such as water and media. Unlike a farm or ornamental nursery, producing native plants for conservation and restoration requires the preservation of genetic diversity for many species. Although using salvaged plant material is sustainable from a financial and re-use perspective, it is often not environmentally responsible in terms of preserving this diversity. Along with this, in our past few years of salvaging plant material, we have seen that many of these species have lower survival rates, resulting in wasted resources of media, water, and fertilizer on plants that do not survive to the outplanting stage. Finally, salvaged material is only sporadically available, and even less so now that King County has ended its native plant salvage program.

Currently, the nursery relies completely on salvages for acquiring all fern species. Although we can continue to supplement our stock with salvaged material, a fern production system will provide a continuous source of material that has genetic variation appropriate for restoration projects and will be more responsible in terms of resource usage. In addition, although rhizome bed production relies on vegetative reproduction which can result in a loss of genetic diversity, we will research and implement best practices for re-incorporating new genetic material in rhizome bed production for each species. Propagation protocols will be developed for each species throughout the course of the project to ensure that we are making the most of our resources, and to have documentation that future Nursery Managers can consult and improve on.

Lastly, the provision of a greater variety of species from both the fern unit and rhizome beds will facilitate greater biodiversity in restored ecosystems. Often we are unable to fill requests for these species and are required to substitute greater numbers of fewer species, leading to a less diverse plant palette for student projects. Increasing the diversity of the plants we are able to provide will, in turn, create richer habitat not just in the Union Bay Natural Area and Yesler Swamp, but in student projects across campus.

 

Explain how the impacts will be measured:

In order to measure the environmental impacts of this project, the RA and student assistant will be responsible for the collection of data on numbers of plants produced, which will allow us to measure how well we have met our target production goals. From this information, we will be able to measure the diversity of species supplied to student projects and assess an increase in biodiversity based on plant sale data.

A continued increase in the number of plants provided to student projects and classes will also be a measure of greater carbon offset for each restoration project. More plants produced directly on University grounds equates to a reduction in carbon emissions related to travel or shipping of material from around the state. As we continue to increase our production numbers both with this project and for species we already grow, the number of plants needing to be outsourced will decrease. We will be able to compare the percentage of outsourced plants from previous years with sales for this upcoming year and equate this to a reduction in our carbon footprint.

Although more difficult to quantify, there is also an educational component that is important to consider in terms of our environmental impact. During work parties, student volunteers are actively educated about the environmental costs associated with plant production. We discuss water usage, as well as sustainability problems with using peat as a growing media and the alternatives. They experience first hand that everything is recycled, from plastic containers to growing tags to the liquid fertilizer that we use.

This winter quarter, an intern created a survey designed to assess the educational impacts of work parties and what volunteers learned from the events in terms of plant production and sustainability, as well as areas that could be improved upon. We would like to use this survey regularly at work parties both as a way to improve them and to assess the value of the education we can provide about environmental issues.

 

Total amount requested from the CSF: $64,340
This funding request is a: Grant
If this is a loan, what is the estimated payback period?:

Budget:

Please see attached .csv for budget
ItemCost per ItemQuantityTotal Cost

Non-CSF Sources:

Project Completion Total: $64,340

Timeline:

TaskTimeframeEstimated Completion Date
Design of rhizome beds and fern unit2 monthsAugust 2018
Construction of rhizome beds and fern unit2 monthsOctober 2018
Promotional materials for plant sales2 monthsNovember 2018 (for Fall plant sale in Mid-Nov.)
Student outreach fliers and social media protocols3 monthsMarch 2019
Draft propagation protocols for species4 monthsDecember 2018
Final propagation protocols for species5 monthsMay 2019

Bringing green games to the UW campus

Executive Summary:

Over the past year, a team consisting of a researcher and students within the College of the Environment conducted a feasibility study to evaluate the potential of using games to promote more sustainable actions on campus (i.e., “green games”). The feasibility study consisted of three parts: a review of existing games, hosting a game jam, and a survey of the UW community to assess receptiveness and preferences related to green gaming. The feasibility study resulted in many positive outcomes, including development of game prototypes, creating connections in the sustainability and gaming communities (both within and outside of UW), and measuring interest and preferences related to green games.

The feasibility study identified opportunities as well as challenges related to implementing green games on campus (see Appendix for full feasibility study results). Some of the most important opportunities uncovered by the feasibility study include demonstrating substantial interest in environmentally-themed games across the UW community, demonstrating potential to create games with moderate resources, and interest from other universities in using games to promote sustainability. Leveraging these opportunities, however, will require overcoming challenges also identified in the feasibility study. One of these is skepticism, particularly about digital games, which may be seen as antithetical to sustainability issues due to interfering with time in nature, being overly monetized, or even addictive. A second – and greater – challenge for implementing games to promote sustainability is competing in the “attention economy”, which includes a large marketplace of games for the purpose of making money. Environmental games geared toward raising awareness and promoting behavior changes have to compete with a well-financed industry vying for players. Finally, we still don’t know how effective games are in terms of educating and convincing players to actually modify future behavior.

The project team has taken many of the lessons learned from the feasibility study, and proposes to conduct a pilot campus gaming project with the following three objectives:

1) Develop and test impact of games related to multiple environmental issues on campus

2) Create a flexible engagement model for green games that can be built on in future years and deployed in many different events and venues

3) Share knowledge and establish partnerships with other universities to help use green games on their campuses

Specifically, we will implement this pilot project over the course of the 2018-2019 academic year by developing games that engage students and encourage sustainable actions and thinking on four different environmental topics. The games will be deployed and promoted at six locations using mobile kiosks on campus over a six-week period (i.e., campaign), during which we will track engagement, player responses, and commitments to take on sustainability-based pledges. We will follow up with players two months following (via email) to evaluate follow-through and how impactful the gaming approach was to their learning and willingness to take positive action. In addition to the targeted campaign period, kiosks and individual games will also be used at special events, and for outreach in conjunction with project partners and stakeholders.

Student Involvement:

Student Leadership and Jobs

The project team includes three students, all of whom will play critical roles that will ultimately add substantially to their expertise, professional and leadership experience. Two undergraduate students will lead the majority of the creative game design and technical implementation, as well as assisting with all aspects of overall promotion and project management. A PhD student will consult on design of the evaluation component of the project, and gain access to research data that will support his PhD research in the process. Lastly, we will hire a student graphic designer to help with developing art assets for the games.

Student volunteers and partners

We will also pursue opportunities to involve students in the game development process (e.g., Earth Games class, Game Dev Club), beta-testing (Game Dev Club, HCDE, Earthgames), or in the gaming-impact evaluation stage (e.g., Information School or Program of the Environment capstone programs). As mentioned in the Education and Outreach section, we are planning to reach out strategically to student groups and research groups on campus working on specific environmental topics featured in the final games (i.e., water pollution, electronic waste, plastics, etc). Students in these groups would be invited to assist with helping develop game content/ideas, beta-testing, outreach, and promotion of specific games.

These efforts are in addition to strategically coordinating with specific project partners (see Stakeholders section) to reach UW students that are particularly interested in learning about or applying gaming approaches to promote sustainability.

Student participants

UW students will be able to play the games on the kiosks and can choose to receive a survey a few months later. By playing the games and completing the survey, students can both have a new experience related to sustainability as well as helping inform the process by which games can help shape environmental attitudes and behaviors. 

Education & Outreach:

The games will be distributed on campus using mobile kiosks for a period of three weeks at a time in a total of six locations (i.e., the “campaign”). The games will not only serve to educate players but will also help us to collect information about how and if games can link to changes in awareness, motivation, and behavior. The kiosks will be placed in six high-traffic areas where people may have a few minutes of leisure to spare, such as coffee shops, food court areas, and/or community living areas in residence halls. We have identified a priority list of locations (Table 1) on campus based on traffic volumes and space to place a kiosk where it will be visible but not impede normal operations, and are currently working with staff at Housing and Food Services on permission and to determine their preferences in locating kiosks. Our goal is that 400-500 players will interact with each of the three kiosks over the entire six-week period.

The exhibit will be promoted (using signage and instructions) at each site to encourage players to engage spontaneously. However, during the six-week period, we will also promote the project using flyers, emails, and newsletter posts directed at departments in close proximity to the kiosks to encourage students, staff, and faculty to look for them, as well as promoting the entire six-week “campaign” via social media and blog posts. Throughout the campaign, there will be a gentle incentive to seek out kiosks and play through games, which is the opportunity to enter a drawing for gift cards.

Although not a final list, game topics that are top candidates as the focus of game development include water pollution, electronic waste, plastics, composting, and energy use. Since the games will be focused on specific environmental issues, this will allow us to strategically reach out to student groups about “adopting” and helping to promote one or more games during the campaign. For example, two student groups on campus that work on issues of water quality that have already committed to assisting in this way for a game related to water pollution. They are the outreach group SEAS (Students Explore Aquatic Science) and UW’s Freshwater Initiative (https://freshwater.uw.edu/about/), a graduate student collective that spearheads research and outreach related to freshwater conservation. As the game topics are finalized (summer 2018), we will reach out to other student and research groups on campus to request their “adoption” of a topical game leading up to and during the campus campaign.

In addition to the focused campaign period, we will also use the kiosks at multiple special events during the year. Planned events include UW’s Sustainability Festival and Earth Day Celebration; however, we anticipate that the kiosks will make an attractive temporary exhibit for additional special events on campus as the project progresses (e.g., opening of the new Burke Museum).  Finally, we will work strategically with project partners and stakeholders (see below) to promote the project and games to students, staff, and faculty across campus that are interested in applying gaming approaches to promote sustainability.

Campus Partners and Stakeholders

The campus unit that we will work most closely with is Housing and Food Services (HFS). We are currently working with them on locations for game kiosks at high-traffic areas with a “captive audience” (e.g., coffee shops, community living spaces in residential halls). In addition to working with HFS on optimal locations and placement of kiosks, we also wish to work closely with them to align game content to support HFS’ sustainability priorities and/or integrate with their current efforts (e.g., meeting composting goals in eating areas).

Students Expressing Environmental Dedication (SEED) are one of the most important RSOs that we will seek to work with, both to help us align the game content with sustainability efforts in residence halls and helping us create content that engages students. Although SEED is currently undergoing an annual change in leadership (see attached letter), we have worked with them as part of the feasibility study and are hopeful that the new leadership will want to continue collaborating.

The Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship (Foster School of Business) is a priority project partner, given our strong desire to engage with entrepreneurs and change-makers at UW on the topic of environmental gaming. During the feasibility study, we engaged on an ad hoc basis with staff and students at the Buerk Center and Foster School of Business who were interested in environmental gaming approaches for promoting sustainability and/or creating businesses in more sustainable ways. For this project, we will work with Buerk Center staff to schedule specific events and opportunities for knowledge exchange, incorporating the games and mobile kiosks that we’ll produce. Some of these opportunities include: sharing knowledge and expertise in green games with classes and students (e.g., making presentations), bringing gaming kiosks to events associated with the annual Alaska Airlines Environmental Innovation Challenge (http://depts.washington.edu/foster/2018-alaska-airlines-environmental-innovation-challenge/), or working with student teams who may want to collaborate on the gaming kiosks project.

The Center for Creative Conservation or C3 (under which Earthgames is housed) was a substantial partner during the feasibility study, helping to promote the game jam and survey. This project is an excellent fit for the mission and goals of C3, and we will again coordinate project activities with C3. We are also coordinating with leadership of Earthgames to share project resources and plan for project longevity. As with the Buerk Center, this will entail scheduling opportunities to intersect at specific points in the project timeline. Based on preliminary meetings with Earthgames leadership, this could include having students in the Earthgames class help with kiosk deployment, assist with beta-testing, and development or updating of games for future versions of the project. If we are required to purchase tablet computers for this project, our plan is to transfer ownership of these to Earthgames at the end of the pilot project to allow broader use over time by students and groups for sustainability or environmental gaming projects.

Environmental Impact:
  • Energy Use
  • Food
  • Transportation
  • Waste
  • Water
Project Longevity:

This project is designed as a pilot with careful evaluation of impact in the number of UW community members reached, success of the kiosk-based model for engagement, and success in using games to communicate and inspire people to take action around environmental issues. It is our hope that this model proves highly effective and could simply be refreshed and redone (on a much smaller budget) the following year, perhaps by creating updated games and pledges that bring focus to a different suite of environmental issues. If so, updating or creating new games for future years would be a great opportunity for a tangible project for students in the Earthgames class (we have already discussed this with Earthgames leadership). 

However, during the project, we will also be looking at and considering options to “tweak” this model for greater effectiveness. For example, if games are effective at engaging students in residence halls, we could tie this approach into setting cooperative (or competitive) goals in dorms using the floor- and dorm-specific energy and water use data dashboards (http://www.buildingdashboard.com/clients/washington/). We are already in discussions with staff at HFS about this potential; if that is the best future direction, we would request funding from HFS to implement the campaign in future years. Similarly, we are planning to work closely with SEED as this project is related to past SEED efforts (e.g., One Thing Challenge); SEED may be interested in helping to implement a future campaign using this gaming engagement model.

In short, we are working with strategic partners to identify the best long-term project options. Toward this end, our goals are to demonstrate effectiveness of this model and create something that can be updated and re-used in future years on a substantially smaller budget, which would improve likelihood of obtaining funding from other sources.

Environmental Problem:

Over the past years, the severity of environmental issues has increased, and the negative impacts of human activity on the environment become more evident. Reversing these harmful actions and implementing sustainable actions prove to be difficult, because such habits are ingrained into our daily lives and often embedded within larger economic or even political forces (e.g., The Clean Power Plan, The Paris Agreement). Consequently, we need to identify novel ways to instigate individuals within a community, such as the UW campus, to not only act in sustainable ways every day but to constantly become better eco-citizens.

We believe that – by allowing people to connect with environmental issues in positive, creative ways – games can help people overcome boredom, despair or habits of convenience that stand in the way of action. In addition to being fun, characteristics of games that help to communicate environmental issues include interactivity (i.e., players choose directions and outcomes), capacity to communicate process, and potential to incorporate storytelling and emotional content. As such, we believe that games offer largely untapped potential to help address the broader environmental issue of engaging and inspiring people to become better eco-citizens at multiple levels. This might include changing daily actions and habits, advocating for sustainability in their community or government, or even deciding to apply their professional skills and ingenuity to sustainability problems.

At a local (campus) level, we believe games have enormous potential to help individuals make the connection between their daily actions and meeting campus-wide goals. For example, the goal of reducing carbon emissions 36% below 2005 levels by 2035 (UW Climate Action Plan) can seem abstract to an individual; however, a game can help make links between daily actions of many individuals (e.g., turning off lights, personal cups) and real environmental progress at large scales. One of the important results of the feasibility study was that people were most interested in games that helped demonstrate or realize environmental benefits while also being fun to play (see Appendix). As such, we plan to create games that capitalize on these interests and preferences to help meet campus-wide goals and support existing campus initiatives. For example, our games – both content and specific actions that individuals can commit to - will be designed to help support the UW Climate Action Plan, the 2020 70% Waste Diversion goal, and sustainability priorities of Housing and Food Services department.

Explain how the impacts will be measured:

Direct project success will be readily measurable using three metrics, 1) the number of students, staff, and faculty that we reach through the gaming kiosks over the academic year, 2) the number and types of sustainable actions that players commit to doing, and 3) the rate at which people report on following through on their actions. All of these metrics will be captured as a result of deploying the gaming kiosks during the campus campaign (and other special events) and the follow up survey.

The number of students and faculty that engage with the project through our outreach in partnership with stakeholders (see Partners and Stakeholders) will be another way that we track and measure project success. For example, as a result of presenting this gaming project to students in the Alaska Airlines Environmental Innovation Challenge, a student entrepreneurial team may be inspired to further develop and expand on this model, or use gaming approaches in a project. Another avenue that we are pursuing includes outreach to other Washington State universities, so a measure of success would be partnering with another university campus to deploy the kiosks at another campus for a period of time. We will keep track of these types of interactions over the project duration to measure project reach and success.

Total amount requested from the CSF: $15,867
This funding request is a: Grant
If this is a loan, what is the estimated payback period?:

Budget:

ItemCost per ItemQuantityTotal Cost
Research staff project manager$30/hr + 32.4% benefits1606,355.20
Student project manager$20/hr + 20.7% benefits1403,379.60
Student game developer$20/hr + 20.7% benefits2205,310.80
Graphic design (student contractor)$20/hr (no benefits)40800.00
Game participant incentives$25.008200.00
Kiosk design/security (locking stand)$200.003600.00
18" tablet computers$600.0031,800.00
Cloud computing for game hosting200.00
Printing/promotional costs (postcards, flyers)100.00

Non-CSF Sources:

Request approval to use remaining funds from the Feasibility Study (UW Budget 16-4912)funds rollover2,878.78
Borrow (vs. purchase) tablet computers from Information School, School of Aquatic & Fishery Sciences)in-kind1,800.00
Theo Chocolatesin-kind for gaming participant prizes200.00
Aqua Verde Restaurantin-kind for gaming participant prizes150.00
Ivar's Restaurantin-kind for gaming participant prizes100.00
Project Completion Total: $19,195

Timeline:

TaskTimeframeEstimated Completion Date
Finalize kiosk design and locations with HFS1 monthJuly 2018
Finalize 4 topics (e.g., water pollution, waste) and desired behavioral changes1 monthAugust 2018
Draft design of games/art assets2 monthsSeptember 2018
Develop game back-end for survey and mailing list1 monthOctober 2018
Game development and beta-testing3 monthsDecember 2018
Develop follow up materials/surveys/get HSB approval1-2 monthsJanuary 2018
Deploy kiosks for three weeks each at 6 selected locations & promote6 weeksJan - Feb 2018
Send out follow up survey to players to evaluate impact 3 weeksApril 2018
Present project results (e.g., UW Earth Day, other universities)2 monthsMay - June 2018

Go Team, Go Green!

Executive Summary:

The Go Team, Go Green project uses a friendly competitive spirit and school pride as motivating factors to engage in campus sustainability. A fundamental aspect of student life at UW –as well as at universities around the country and worldwide– is intercollegiate athletics. Major UW sports events such as men's football and women's basketball are extremely popular among students on campus, and also provide an important means for alumni and other community members to stay connected and involved with the UW flagship campus in Seattle. Here we propose to use this powerful community and campus social phenomenon of intercollegiate athletics as a motivating factor for sustainability.

Specifically, we will work with a broad array of student groups at UW and other Pac-12 campuses to organize intercollegiate sustainability challenges to occur during the school year in the week leading up to particular intercollegiate Pac-12 athletics matches. For example, in the week before the UW-University of Colorado football match, student groups from the Seattle and Boulder campuses will have a friendly competition for the most sustainable student group and overall campus; another such competition would occur in the week leading up to the UW-Oregon women's basketball match. Judges will be made up of students from a participating Pac-12 school not competing against UW that week.

To support these competitions, we will:

I. Create a dedicated UW website that will house the 2018-19 line-up, digital tools allowing participants to measure and report on their carbon footprints and other environmental behaviors, a microblog bulletin board for recording their efforts and posting images or video, a timeline drawn from project-specific Instagram and Twitter hashtags (e.g., #GoTeamGoGreen), and an interactive scoreboard for game day.

II. Engage student groups at UW and in the partner schools during Summer and Fall 2018 to plan for the Fall and Winter sustainability match-ups, respectively. We have already begun this process in the Spring 2018 with five Pac-12 schools: ASU, CU, Stanford, OSU and WSU.

III. Organize four intercollegiate Pac-12 competitions in both F18 and W19 by:

  • posting a line-up of participating groups from the competing campuses on the project website;
  • promoting the event on social media, city-wide publications and our website, encouraging participating groups from both campuses to do the same;
  • working with the non-competing (non-UW Pac-12) school -involved in a different challenge week that year- who will be voting on the "winning" school.
  • announcing the results on game day, possibly during halftime of the sports event.

At the end of the Fall and Winter seasons, the UW students involved in the project will choose a winning (non-UW) competitor, which will receive a sustainable bamboo plaque. All school groups that qualify for award consideration will receive certificates of participation.

We envision these competitions ultimately leading to intercollegiate collaborations, sparking sharing of ideas, increased visibility for all of our respective efforts, and possible cascading impacts on sports enthusiasts as well as the athletic programs and nationally televised events themselves, throughout the Pac-12 and across the nation.

Student Involvement:

Students will be directly involved all stages of the Go Team, Go Green (GTGG) project: website design, contact with colleagues around Pac-12, social media promotion of the challenges, participation in the competitions, design of the participation certificates and award plaques, and judging of the non-UW school groups to determine who will receive those plaques. We detail some of the more complex aspects of this student involvement in the sections that follow.

Website design

The GTGG website will be the virtual home for the intercollegiate competitions. It will house the tools that participating school groups at all of the Pac-12 campuses will use to learn about the challenges, sign up their group for the competition, converse with their competitors, and record their sustainability successes. In order to raise interest and broaden participation, and because the students will want to promote their efforts on their own social media platforms, the GTGG website will also include a "news feed" culled from other social media sites; for example, filtering Instagram and Twitter posts to include those containing #GoTeamGoGreen. Our approach here will build on the successes of –as well as the lessons learned from– the peer-to-peer conversations promoted as part of the ISCFC (see http://footprint.stanford.edu/discuss): the successful climate awareness program for which Dr. Hodin is co-director.

Student involvement in the website design will occur in two phases in during Summer 2018. In Phase 1, participating students work together on overall "mock-up" design concepts for the website. All members of the Project Team will provide feedback, and our professional programmer (David Cohn) will put together a site architecture based on that design.

In Phase 2, once that site architecture is in place, Mr. Cohn will lay out one or more internal pages over which the students will have more programming and creative control. The students could then claim that page as something that they helped program, and would be credited as such. Examples of such student led aspects of the website could include the design of the page that lists the team line-ups and the "scoreboard" for game day, as well as the page element that runs news feeds from Instagram and Twitter with GTGG-related hashtags.

Contact with colleagues around Pac-12

Corina Yballa, Senior in the UW Program on the Environment (planned graduation: Dec 2018), is excited to lead the effort during Summer 2018 of coordinating with UW's "competitors" for the Fall and Winter. Among Ms. Yballa's first responsibilities will be following up on contacts we have already initiated with sustainability groups at CU, ASU and Stanford (see attached letters from all three campuses), and expanding those contacts to include at least five additional Pac-12 schools. Furthermore, Ms. Yballa, in coordination with our partner student groups at UW (see attached PAFs), will begin to make concrete plans for the Fall season competitions, including documenting the guidelines for participating in and judging the competitions, and establishing a social media presence for GTGG. During this period, Ms. Yballa will be closely coordinating with UW athletics (see attached PAF from Karen Baebler) to plan for their promotion of the GTGG challenges, and for the possibility of announcing of winners during halftime.

Sometime during the Fall, Ms. Yballa will help us identify and train another student lead who will take over for the remainder of the project. The student lead in the Fall and Winter will work closely with the partner ("competitor") schools to plan the final details for the challenges, continue the social media presence, and work as a liaison to University digital and print publications to promote the competitions.

Participation in the challenges

The groups taking part in the challenges will be student groups on the two campuses that have ongoing or planned sustainability efforts. Participating groups could be dormitories, clubs, fraternities or any other student grouping. Non-student UW groups are also welcome to join. First, the group will register on the GTGG website (which will add them to our participant page, and provide a link to their website if any). Then, they will use the microblog bulletin board to introduce their sustainability efforts, and announce what they plan to accomplish during the upcoming game week. During the week, they will post updates on the microblog and social media, as they choose.

We will provide tools that will help participants analyze the environmental impact of their plans (see the Explain How the Impacts Will Be Measured section, above), but ultimately what constitutes a 'sustainability effort' is entirely up to the group in question. These could range from traditional approaches –such as working to enhance recycling rates in dormitories– to less traditional endeavors –such as producing an original music video about ocean plastic. The student group is responsible for describing their efforts in a persuasive and engaging manner to the judges and the public at large.

Choosing a winning competitor

On game day, the previous week's posts from the student groups on the competing campuses will be judged by students from a third Pac-12 school not competing that week. So for example, the student judges of the UW-Stanford competition might be from Oregon State. We do not foresee judges being overly reliant on numeric assessments alone. Our judging criteria will encourage artistic expression and storytelling as effective aspects of sustainability that could be rewarded. Furthermore, we want to give creative latitude to the judges in announcing winners. We can, for example, imagine winners in different categories: most creative post, lowest carbon group, most ambitious sustainability effort during the week. We will encourage the judging school to announce the categories in advance, so we can post them during "competition week" on the GTGG website's interactive scoreboard, alongside a line-up of the competing groups.

At the end of the Fall and Winter seasons, the UW students involved in the project will choose a winning (non-UW) competitor, which will receive a student-designed plaque to hang in their dormitory or club office. All school groups that qualify for award consideration will receive certificates of participation that they can distribute to individual students.

Education & Outreach:

Outreach to the campus community and the broader public is connected at its core to the Go Team, Go Green concept. First, the connection with high profile sporting events is a ready-made mechanism for enhancing interest in the challenges. The average attendance at home Husky football matches in 2017 was over 68,000 (ncaa.org), with another estimated 1.4 million television viewers (statista.com). Even a brief mention during the matches of our parallel sustainability competition thus has the potential reaching enormous audiences, composed of individuals who likely span the spectrum from those who consider themselves hard-core environmentalists to those for whom sustainability is not a major daily concern. We are currently in discussions with UW Assistant Athletic Director Karen Baebler (see here attached PAF) about the possibility of announcing the weekly GTGG winner on game day, perhaps during half time of the home football or basketball matches.

Because these sports events are such potent cultural phenomena, the upcoming Pac-12 competitor for any home UW football match is well known to a large swath of the broader UW community. In this way, GTGG is providing a dual 'hook' for heightening interest in campus sustainability: the competitive element, and the specific tie-in to a competitor –the school UW will be playing the following weekend– already on the mind of many UW community members. We thus predict a receptive and captive audience for events that otherwise may not typically garner campus-wide attention.

In the lead up to this proposal, we have already forged connections with numerous student groups: the UW Student Association for Green Environments (SAGE), United Students Against Sweatshop Labor, UW GreenGreeks, UW Sustainable Gamers, the UW Sustainability Action Network, Students for a Sustainable Stanford, the CU Environmental Center and ASU Campus Student Sustainability. Each of these organizations has groups of committed students and their own mechanisms of outreach, which they will be able to use to promote GTGG. One of the central goals of GTGG is to, in turn, create a platform to increase the visibility of the diverse sustainability efforts of these partner organizations, and then to use this platform as an incubator for new ideas and new connections among such groups, within and across the Pac-12 campuses.

Social media and microblogging are the main tools that the competing student groups will use to promote their GTGG efforts, and the GTGG team will likewise use these same modes of outreach to spread the word about the project and the upcoming challenges. We will also be sure to work with UW print and online publications –such as the Daily, UW News, Friday Harbor Labs Tide Bites and the College of the Environment newsletter– to promote the competitions and highlight the achievements of the competitors with feature stories.

Recently we learned of a Pac-12 Sustainability initiative, and their discussions to highlight a Pac-12 Sustainable Game of the Week (see attached letter of support from CU Sustainability liaison Dave Newport). This latter concept was for Pac-12 to choose a single nationally televised game from the Pac-12 each week, and have a short segment during the broadcast highlighting sustainability efforts on the home team's campus. We will continue conversations with Pac-12 Conference leadership to pursue this exciting connection.

And finally, we will take advantage of certain historically-potent sports match-ups, such as the yearly WSU-UW football game known as the Apple Cup. In the week leading up to this prominent match-up, GTGG will host a parallel competition that we will call the Apple Core Cup, focusing particularly on issues of waste, sustainable agriculture, biodiversity and food choices. We expect this latter to garner particularly heightened student and community interest and corresponding media attention.

Environmental Impact:
  • Energy Use
  • Food
  • Living Systems and Biodiversity
  • Transportation
  • Waste
  • Water
  • Environmental Justice
Project Longevity:

We are thrilled about our burgeoning connections to Pac-12 and the Pac-12 Sustainability Working Group. Clearly, the individual schools and the collective Pac-12 entity are taking stock of the largely untapped potential for increased sustainability in intercollegiate sports. As such, they are committing to making the Pac-12 conference a leader for the nation in this respect. We expect this sincere commitment to translate into funds, and ideally, funds to maintain and expand the project - on individual campuses and across the Pac-12, and perhaps into other conferences across the nation.

One of our central goals during the project period is thus to demonstrate the potency and logic inherent in connecting sustainability goals to the school pride and competitive spirit embodied by intercollegiate sports. We will thus nurture our connections to Pac-12 during the project period, while building excitement for the ideas in the partner campuses.

Indeed, our parters at Students for a Sustainable Stanford are already motivated to seek Stanford University funds similar to the CSF so that they can host their own Go Team, Go Green competitions. This is precisely the kind of impact that we envisioned our concept having on other Pac-12 schools, and this impact seems to be manifesting even at these very early stages! This gives us encouragement that the GTGG concept would have longevity well beyond our project's funding period if awarded.

The power of GTGG derives from the passion and energy of the myriad existing, student- and youth-led sustainability efforts at UW, through the Pac-12, across the nation, and around the world. We are confident that the increased attention drawn to their efforts, and the connections forged among these groups that GTGG provides will create a positive sustainability feedback, lasting well beyond the end of the CSF funding period.

Environmental Problem:

(Note: we checked all of the above "areas of environmental impact" to indicate that we are not placing any limits on competing groups in terms of what aspects of sustainability they want to promote)

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The central environmental problem addressed by the Go Team, Go Green project is: how do we encourage sustainable behaviors in those who don't often practice them? According to a 2016 Pew study, 75% of the US population reports being concerned about the environment, but only 20% say that they take consistent environmental actions. While we do not have corresponding statistics for the UW, we can assume that this basic trend is true on campus as well. How can we close this gap between environmental concern and environmental action?

Social science research offers some clues. One set of explanations for lack of environmental action is that environmental problems can seem distant and insurmountable. If instead, environmental challenges are seen as near and solvable, individuals are more likely to act (Stoknes, Energy Research & Social Science, 2014). Furthermore, social norms of behavior ("Keeping up with the Joneses" in common parlance) have been shown to be especially powerful motivators for environmental actions (Griskevicius et al., International Journal for Sustainability Communication, 2008). To put it simply: competition with peers spurs sustainability.

The Go Team, Go Green project thus uses friendly competition and community building as tools for engaging the broader UW community in sustainable behaviors. By linking intercollegiate competitions in sustainability with major intercollegiate Pac-12 sports matches, we furthermore will explicitly couple environmental sustainability to school spirit.

A second environmental problem that our project addresses relates to challenges of increasing visibility for the laudable and diverse efforts of sustainability groups on the UW campus and elsewhere. By linking sustainability to the enormous cultural phenomenon of intercollegiate sports –and doing so in a way that 'tells a story'– we offer the potential to shine bright, stadium lights on the unsung successes of sustainability groups at UW and on our counterpart campuses as well.

And finally, we address the environmental problem of what is often-times a lack of coordination between (or even awareness of) groups having common cause. We describe our project as a competition; but at its heart, it is truly a collaborative meeting place for Pac-12 sustainability enthusiasts who can better leverage their efforts in concert.

One example is Students for a Sustainable Stanford (see their attached letter of support), who are trying to persuade Coca-Cola to produce small medium and large compostable cups for their sports event concessions. They believe –and they are likely correct– that Coca-Cola would be more apt to respond to this request if it was a pan-Pac-12 effort rather than just one coming from Stanford alone. 

Explain how the impacts will be measured:

Integrated into the project's intercollegiate competition framework are both quantitative and qualitative assessments of environmental impacts. Go Team, Go Green (GTGG) project director, Dr. Jason Hodin, is co-director of the International Student Carbon Footprint Challenge (ISCFC), a program that will relocate to the UW server as part of GTGG. The central tool of the ISCFC is a highly detailed location-calibrated student footprint calculator. With CSF funding for GTGG we will produce a slightly modified version of this calculator that targets on-campus college life a bit more directly: for example, by giving options for dormitory living. At that point, the tool will be well suited for students and groups of students on the opposing campuses to document their carbon impacts, as well as estimating carbon reductions from their efforts.

A second tool that we will use in this context is the UW commuter calculator, which breaks down commuting option by calories money and carbon saved or expended (see PAF from Marilyn Ostergren). Finally, we will link to the UW sustainability dashboard (http://green.uw.edu/dashboard) as well as any corresponding pages available on the other Pac-12 web sites, so that the competing groups on the two campuses can assess their efforts as they relate to the campus at large. Specifically, tools like the sustainability dashboard (in combination with aforementioned calculators) can allow groups to estimate how their sustainability ideas –if adopted as campus policy– could impact university-wide carbon emissions, water usage or landfill disposal rates, for example.

In addition to these numerical self-assessments by the competing student groups, we encourage qualitative assessments as well. Video documentation, artistic representations and storytelling are all effective modes of communication about sustainability. As such, the image- and video-enabled bulletin board that we will develop for the GTGG site during Summer 2018 -as well as the GTGG news feed culled from Instagram and Twitter- will encourage the posting of a wide range of documentation of the sustainability efforts of the competing student groups: from the results of their carbon audits, to short films of their sustainable action projects at work.

In sum, a broad range of environmental impacts –from carbon emission accounting to raising community awareness to site specific actions like watershed cleanups– will all be relevant actions for the competitions. On game day, students from a Pac-12 school competing in a different week will analyze the various student groups' posts that document their efforts to choose both a winning student group and, on balance, the winning school. And finally, at the end of the quarter, UW participants will choose a winning competitor to receive a sustainable bamboo plaque, designed by UW students; to qualify for this award, that school will have had to participate both as competitors and judges. All participating student groups from all campuses will receive certificates of participation, printed on 100% post-consumer waste recycled paper.

Total amount requested from the CSF: $52,205
This funding request is a: Grant
If this is a loan, what is the estimated payback period?:

Budget:

Salary/benefits breakdown for project director Hodin, 4 students, a professional programmer and misc material costs.
ItemCost per ItemQuantityTotal Cost
Hodin salary7281 per month at 100% FTE0.25 FTE, 8 months (Jul-Feb)14562
Hodin benefits32.5% on Hodin salary4733
Undergrad student lead$15 per hour10 hrs/week, 8 months5200
Undergrad computer programing$15 per hour10 hrs per week, 3 months, 3 students5850
Undergrad benefits20.7% on total student wages2287
Professional computer programming (David Cohn)$90 per hour215 hours19260
2 plaques, bamboo$78 each156
paper costs (promotional materials, certificates) eco-friendly paper$2020
teleconference line UW (Zoom pro 100)$48 per year1 year48

Non-CSF Sources:

Salary/benefits breakdown for Dr. Kristi Straus
ItemCost per itemQuantityTotal Cost
Straus salary6668 per month at 100% FTE2 summer weeks, 1 week each Fall and Winter (1 month total)6668
Straus benefits24.9% on Straus Salary1660
Project Completion Total: $60,533

Timeline:

Website development and project planning in Summer 2018; project execution in F 2018 and W 2019
TaskTimeframeEstimated Completion Date
Website design and development3 months 9/15/2018
Coordination with four fall competitors2.5 months 9/1/2018
Coordination with four winter competitors4.5 months11/1/2018
Planning with student groups at UWthroughout3/30/2019
Fall competitions3 months (Fall quarter)12/15/18
Winter competitions3 months (Winter quarter)3/30/2019

Ethnoforestry: Bringing a new method of sustainable forestry to campus

Executive Summary:

In current forest management practices and education traditional ecological knowledge of indigenous people is not often addressed or acknowledged. Local tribes have thousands of years of collective knowledge about the inner workings of ecosystems, plant growth, and traditional foods and medicines. This important information should be utilized to make more informed decisions about forest management to enhance both ecosystem and community wellbeing and provide a holistic approach to sustainability. As a way to bring traditional knowledge to the forefront of forest management, a new discipline of ethnoforestry has been created and will be implemented on campus through this project.

Ethnoforestry elicits traditional ecological knowledge by local people and incorporates it into the forest management process. Through this work, culturally important plants could be planted in forests where they can be harvested commercially or by tribal members to use, generating new small businesses and jobs in places hit hardest by the reduction in the logging industry. Management would be tailored to benefit the ecosystem as well as the local community. In order for this type of work to be widespread and successful, it is important to start by teaching and generating opportunities for students to learn about this in a hands-on way.

This grant would be used to execute several objectives including the following: plan a brand new interdisciplinary ethnoforestry class on campus, propagate and grow culturally important species, build an internship and volunteer program, strengthen relationships with local tribes, and construct a new nursery at the Olympic Natural Resources Center (ONRC). This project will take place at the Center for Urban Horticulture and at ONRC.

Through this grant, one Research Assistant position will be funded to spearhead the project. The RA would handle logistics, building relationships with local tribes, collaborating with other departments on campus, developing an intern and volunteer program, and more. Through this project, UW students will have a wide range of chances to get involved and learn and apply this knowledge.

In the Summer of 2019, funds from the CSF grant would be used to construct a new nursery at ONRC. This space will bring together both tribal youth and UW students for a collaborative way to share scientific information and traditional ecological knowledge. During this summer, ONRC will offer internships to local tribal youth and UW undergraduate students where they can learn about ethnoforestry, lands management, and plant production.

Through this project, ONRC will collaborate with many different groups both on and off campus. We will strengthen our current relationship with the SER-UW Nursery through the sharing of resources, staff time, and expertise. We will continue to build our relationship with the Quileute tribe and begin to work with their high school science classes to help monitor and grow plants in the ONRC nursery. We will also create brand new partnerships with UW Grounds, the Carlson Center, and other related departments. This project will be an opportunity to break the current mold of restoration and lands management and create a new, more inclusive and interdisciplinary model. 

Student Involvement:

This ethnoforestry project will allow students from all majors from Environmental Science and Resource Management to Anthropology to get involved in the process. Creating a project where students from different backgrounds and fields are able to learn together in an inclusive environment will lead to success. In order to achieve this, we will create internship and volunteer opportunities on a regular basis in partnership with the SER-UW Nursery. With both projects supporting one another, we will enhance the amount of volunteer events, interns, and plants produced overall to have a greater impact on campus.

Since the Nursery has an already established volunteer base whose interests may overlap with ethnoforestry, we will partner with them to offer additional opportunities. The Nursery has agreed to work with our interns to provide more opportunities for them to learn about plant production and nursery management in their nursery. This will allow for both the RA and interns to help assist their efforts while also giving interns a more well-rounded internship experience. We will work with the SER-UW communications team to add our ethnoforestry work parties into their weekly mailer to reach more students across campus. Because we already have a strong relationship between groups, we believe that this will help gain a dedicated intern and volunteer base.

We will host one to two interns each quarter during the year and an additional three to five interns over the Summer of 2019. During the year, interns will work on a wide range of projects that will allow them to leave with a diverse skill set in topics ranging from nursery production of ethnobotanical species to restoration. Interns will assist in the creation of new beds designed to grow bare root plants (meaning plants that grow directly in a raised bed instead of a nursery pot). This style of plant growth uses less soil, is more water efficient, and allows for more plants per square foot than growing in pots. This will lower the footprint of the project by reducing resources while teaching a different method of plant growth.

In addition, interns will help with the plant propagation and production of ethnoforestry species. After, they will plan and execute a new restoration site on campus where we will install these species, showing the full process of ethnoforestry while restoring a campus green space. This project will be in partnership with SER-UW and will give us the opportunity to build our relationship with UW Grounds. Finally, interns will also help plan and execute the ONRC nursery.

Over the summer of 2019, interns will be based out of ONRC. During the internship, they will assist in the establishment of the ONRC nursery and learn plant propagation and production techniques in this new space. This will be paired with field work on a new watershed study that incorporates ethnoforestry in the study plan. Students can see the full scope of the mission of ethnoforestry from seed collection to implementation in a scientific study.

During this time, we will also work with the Quileute tribe’s Youth Opportunities Program (YOP) that offers internships for high school tribal students. YOP is a great chance for tribal youth to gain experience and new skills. Unfortunately, there is often a lack of placements for these students. ONRC has established a partnership with YOP to host interns during the Summer of 2019. This will be an excellent chance to teach young people from the Quileute tribe about lands management, restoration, and plant propagation. The high school dropout rate is high on the reservation with a lack of support to help students attend college. This internship will be a way for these students to explore future careers and a pathway to the University of Washington. Jobs on or near the reservation are often in this field, making this a good opportunity for tribal students to earn a degree and return to their home for their career if they choose. In addition, this will allow for the UW undergraduate interns and tribal youth to learn from one another. Tribal students can share their important traditional ecological knowledge and experience, while UW students can provide mentorship and gain leadership skills.

Volunteer opportunities will also be offered on a regular basis on main campus. During this events, volunteers will be able to assist in growing ethnoforestry plants, working on restoration sites, creating new plant beds, and more. Based on the involvement of volunteers through the SER network, we anticipate having 10-15 students participate at each event. In order to reach a wider audience, we will work with ESRM 100 where students must complete a volunteer requirement. In the SER-UW Nursery, this has brought in dozens of additional volunteers throughout the year, allowing more students a chance to learn and be exposed to new techniques like ethnoforestry. We will also partner with the UW Carlson Center for Experiential Learning and Diversity to offer service-learning opportunities. Additionally, we will work with interested capstone students. ESRM students are required to complete a two quarter capstone project in their final year. For those interested in ethnoforestry, this can be one of the only opportunities for them to engage in this topic. Students can work with ONRC and the Nursery to establish a research project focused on this topic. Resources and space could be made available at the Center for Urban Horticulture if students wanted to run a greenhouse experiment.

Students will be able to gain a skill set that allows them to look through a new lens and understand why incorporating traditional ecological knowledge and wisdom is a crucial step in the future of lands management, restoration, and forest ecology.

Education & Outreach:

Education and outreach will be key components of our project. One of our main goals is to have both formal and informal ways for students to learn approaches to ethnoforestry and how to apply it. Our internship and volunteer programs will generate educational opportunities and student involvement in the project. There is currently no program like this on campus for students to learn about both traditional ecological knowledge and forestry in a holistic fashion.

This project will be publicized by sharing with the SEFS, ESRM, Biology, Anthropology, and College of Built Environment communities as well as with the SER-UW network. As a former SER-UW Nursery Manager that worked on volunteer recruitment, I am very familiar with reaching out to groups on campus and will bring that expertise to this project.

The RA position will be responsible for coordinating all internships and volunteer events. In addition, this position will also be in charge of developing an interdisciplinary ethnoforestry course. After connecting with both undergraduate and graduate students in ESRM and SEFS, it has become clear that students are missing this in their education. This course would work with local tribal members and other departments at UW to create a class that is a mixture of lecture and field experience. This class would take students from seed collection of culturally important species to planting in a formalized setting.

Students will also have the unique opportunity to learn the process of designing and implementing a nursery. This type of learning-by-doing experience is rarely fulfilled by traditional classes but represents tasks that are often required in the post-collegiate life. Growers face many challenges when attempting to propagate and grow species including pests, extreme weather, and irrigation. Students will learn how to design a technologically sophisticated nursery space that is equipped to deal with issues that may arise when producing plants. The ONRC nursery will have overhead and drip irrigation installed and be set to timers to automatically distribute water at set intervals depending on current rainfall conditions and temperatures. In addition, it will have temperature and wind gauges to provide information about current conditions so the nursery can be managed accordingly. These additions will help the nursery run smoothly, reduce the amount of resources needed, and will make tasks that often take many hours and staff to accomplish and automate them. Because the nursery will not have students in it daily to complete these tasks, this system will help the plants thrive.

This nursery will also serve as a hub for local coastal tribes to learn about plant propagation and production. Both the Quileute and Hoh tribes have expressed an interest in growing their own native plants for their reservations and restore local forests with cultural keystone species. This nursery will be a space to bring tribes together for a common goal and learn from one another. Instead of having a separate nursery on each reservation, they can grow plants together at the ONRC nursery. This will hopefully strengthen their relationship with one another and ONRC. Space and tools will be provided at no charge to them. In addition, the RA position will put together propagation protocols for plant species they would like to grow in order to ensure success. In the future, we hope that tribes feel a sense of ownership and will consistently come to the nursery to help with its maintenance and teach their youth about culturally important plants.

Environmental Impact:
  • Living Systems and Biodiversity
Project Longevity:

ONRC is partnering with other organizations to apply for grant funding to continue this effort. An existing partnership is already established with the Center for Inclusive Entrepreneurship and the Nature Conservancy’s Coast Works program in Seattle. Through these, we hope to increase the longevity of the program. As we generate stronger relationships with the Quileute tribe and expand to other coastal tribes, we would like them to get more involved in the running of the ONRC Nursery. This will ensure work is done on a regular basis in the nursery and also create a hub for plant propagation information to be shared. A portion of the RA’s time will be allocated to researching additional revenue sources as well.

Environmental Problem:

The boom and bust cycle of the logging industry left many rural Washington communities without jobs and stuck in a cycle of persistent poverty. As a way to generate stable, long term jobs while benefiting the ecosystem, culturally important species can be installed into forests that can provide a source of plants for tribal members and also be harvested and sold as a non-timber forest product. Local tribes have often been neglected and ignored by forest managers and their deep knowledge of the landscape pushed aside. This can be combated by incorporating a new forest management technique and philosophy: ethnoforestry. In this new approach, traditional knowledge by tribes is highlighted and respected as key information to fully understand how we should manage our ecosystems. Through this process, culturally important plants can be grown, planted in forests, and harvested for food, medicine, goods, or commercially to be sold in the local community.

This approach can be scaled up for large ecosystems or scaled down to bring to UW’s campus through this project. This effort will help teach students how this concept can be applied to a real setting. Plants grown on campus will be used for restoring campus green spaces for students to experience the full scope of the project while increasing sustainability. Generating a new ONRC nursery will also provide a space to learn plant propagation and production, connect with local tribes, generate pathways for tribal youth to pursue higher education, and grow ethnoforestry species that can be used both at ONRC and on nearby reservations. Finally, building an ethnoforestry class on campus we be an excellent place for students to learn and practice these skills. The future of sustainability in forest management does not lie in perfecting tree growth and timber harvests. Instead, we believe creating a system that encourages ecosystem wellbeing along with community wellbeing will result in true sustainability. Teaching these concepts to students across campus will foster a new generation of professionals who can bring an inclusive approach to forest and ecosystem management forward.

Explain how the impacts will be measured:

Impacts will be measured through a mixture of student involvement and projects. We hope to host between six and twelve undergraduate interns next year, two to five tribal youth interns, and at least 15 volunteers per month at work parties. This will allow us to build momentum, provide projects for interested students, and establish partnerships with groups on campus. Creating bare root beds and the ONRC nursery will be impactful and increase the sustainability of the project. Bare root beds will be shared with the SER-UW Nursery to help add to their stock of available plants. It will also be used for on-campus restoration at our future ethnoforestry site. This approach to growing reduces resources and space and teaches students a new skill that is not being done on campus. In addition, creating the nursery will greatly add to the sustainability of the project and increase its impacts. This will be a unique space where both local community members and UW students come together to learn and experience plant production and ethnoforestry.

Total amount requested from the CSF: $92,800
This funding request is a: Grant
If this is a loan, what is the estimated payback period?:

Budget:

ItemCost per ItemQuantityTotal Cost
** Budget uploaded to application

Non-CSF Sources:

Organization SourceDescription Amount
ONRCIn-kind Donation Donation of facility usage and staff time of ONRC staff members$5-10,000
Project Completion Total: $102,800

Timeline:

TaskTimeframeEstimated Completion Date
Create bare root beds 2-3 months December 2018
Establish partnerships with other departments on campus 6February 2019
Establish new on-campus restoration site 6-8 monthsApril 2019
Design and construct ONRC nursery 10-12 months July 2019
Grow ethnoforestry plant species 6-12 months August 2019
Create ethnoforestry class 12 months August 2019

A Feast for the Senses: A Community Pop-Up Cafe

Executive Summary:

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Environmental Impact:
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Environmental Problem:

Explain how the impacts will be measured:

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Northwest Center for Livable Communities

Executive Summary:

Above all else the NWCLC is a tool for students to learn and implement the academic resources afforded to them here at the University of Washington to help better the environment around them. With 30 years’ experience, we are looking to take the next step forward to develop a multi-discipline studio (open to all majors) that will look to implement strategies for sustainability within the communities students live, work, and go to school. This studio would be interdisciplinary with the hope to involve students from all the disciplines of the College of Built Environments namely urban planning, architecture, community environment and planning, landscape architecture, construction management and real estate but, as well as other colleges and their departments. This could be students from global/ public health, communications, business, engineering, economics, sociology and the list goes on. This studio would continue the goals of NWCLC while allowing a new focus at the University of Washington campus.  This studio development will create long term and sustainable infrastructure that will bring the design and management resources at the College of Built Environments with, the long term planning of the Campus Sustainability Fund(CSF). In conjunction we will be forming a speaker series that focuses on subjects of sustainability, design, building that will be public events, outside of the studio. With this series we will not only educate the large student body and the public, but hope to attract more students to the studio. Below is our mission statement, we feel it aligns well with that of the CSF.

 

“The goal of the NWCLC is to partner with NGOs, Government Agencies, Non Profits, and Community Members to provide community driven, urban planning work within the scope of sustainability, cultural equity, and economic vitality. This is done through expert led and student driven work, which is facilitated though the foundations home at The University of Washington. Putting community and sustainability above all. The NWCLC seeks to build relationships within our community, from Seattle, to our more global community. With project types ranging from Feasibility Analysis, to detailed Urban Development Plans, the NWCLC's portfolio is wide ranging and ever growing.

 

With over 30 years active and approximately 300+ hours of professional experience, the NWCLC has made a name for itself in The Pacific Northwest as one of the leading Non-Profit Urban Planning entities at not only the University of Washington Seattle Campus, but throughout the Region.”

 

The NWCLC looks to build a long term partnership with the CSF. While the NWCLC is currently financially sustainable at the level in which we operate. We are seeking funding to allow us to expand in order to facilitate partnering with CSF and the university capital projects department. This would allow us to provide planning and organization work for at least one project a year. The particular project selected for UW students would be through a studio class.

Student Involvement:

A) As stated above, the studio is made up entirely of students
Student interaction will be, from day one to project completion.

B) Student recruitment will be handled by the new marketing materials as well as a heavy recruiting camping within the college of built environments.  Any outside class hour’s work that is needed to be done, will be typically be handled by students recruited from the class. Furthermore, most organizations that we partner with CSF, UW Farm est. will be student run as well.

Education & Outreach:

The marketing for NWCLC recently went through a rebranding and is more visible than ever.  With the development of a brand new website, new logo and marketing, student body perception of the class has risen steadily. Currently there are fifteen students within the course and (our maximum) and that number has been steady for two years. The studios have been well received by the student body. To date, more than 90+ students have already been involved with NWCLC. While our community projects mentioned above, have impacted literally thousands of people with in the greater Seattle metro area, there are with plans to do projects in Eastern Washington in the near term.

 

With more developments occurring, the body of work can only get better as we look to expand. That being said while we look to improve the NWCLC reach, that does not mean there will be a drop in quality. Quite the opposite.  One can see the improvement in project quality as the years have go by. We expect this trend to continue. We would like to take this time to invite any member of CSF to attend a final review or mid-year review, to be able to see the projects we are currently working on. Of course, if the partnership between CSF and NWCLC came to fruition, any member is of course welcome to attend a project final review for future UW campus projects as well.

 

 

 

Furthermore, we hope to gain massive support from the student body, with our speaker series and the projects that are designed and built on campus. We plan to leave a lasting footprint of sustainability on campus.

Environmental Impact:
  • Energy Use
  • Food
  • Living Systems and Biodiversity
  • Transportation
  • Waste
  • Water
  • Environmental Justice
Project Longevity:

As mentioned in the Accountability & Feasibility section of the full proposal PDF. We are seeking a long-term relationship with CSF, one that may not involve long-term funding but one that would be focused in cooperation. By essentially becoming the student design firm on campus, CSF could introduce projects on an annual basis that would serve to continually expand the work portfolio of the studio. 

In the Timeline portion we mention that we would like to have summer quarters as a time to begin development of projects as well as check on the maintenance of previous projects. With that in mind, we expect typically the actual maintenance of individual projects would be done by facilities or by the individual groups that we partnered with on campus. 

Long-term funding wise, these projects would most likely be funded by capital projects, facilities, or on campus organizations. CSF would NOT be seen as a yearly financial supporter. 

Environmental Problem:

  1. The main issue the NWCLC looks to address are issues relating to the sustainability of in communities. Similar to our namesake we look to develop visibility of sustainable issues (though the speaker series) and sustainable solutions (through the studio), these are the primary goals of our Center currently. Unfortunately, we lack the financial resources and infrastructure currently to be as effective as we can at the local campus level.

 

 

  1. If provided with the grant from CSF, the NWCLC will address these issues with by:

 

  1. Developing a speaker/event series- This will allow people that might not be involved at Gould Hall to come and see issues of sustainability, as well as be introduced to the many concepts that are covered within the studio. A secondary goal would be to reduce the fear of joining a studio as a non-major.

 

2. Developing of a non-major multi-disciplinary studio that will partner with various organizations on campus, including CSF, with the goal of completing at least one project a year on campus, in the area of sustainability. The planning, design, and implementation of the projects would be completed by students.  

Explain how the impacts will be measured:

 Project monitoring will be completed by a deliverable to CSF and supporting organizations this would be sent out at the completion of each quarter. These may be in the form of project reports or project presentations that could be given with all parties that are involved. Of course the project monitoring may look different for each project, but a deliverable will be developed for each project before is undertaken. 

Total amount requested from the CSF: $50,800
This funding request is a: Grant
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UW Anaerobic Digester: Food Waste, Renewable Energy & Public Health: Feasibility

Executive Summary:

This project is seeking CSF funding for a feasibility phase trial to test whether there is capacity to build a 160 square foot anaerobic digester on the UW Seattle Campus. The anaerobic digester costs ~$95,000 and would utilize food waste from the Husky Union Building (HUB) to create compost and Renewable Natural Gas. This feasibility study would finalize: 1) Site Location 2) Gas Usage 3) Compost Usage

1) Site Location: the current proposed site for the anaerobic digester is adjacent to the Southwest doors of the HUB. Paul Zuchowski, HUB Associate Director, proposed this location because of: a) Proximity to the HUB kitchen (food waste source) b) High degree of visibility with many students passing through these doors c) Accessible electricity and water hookups. We considered other locations on campus, but none of those locations have all three of the above features of this proposed site near the HUB. The SW doors of the HUB is currently the best available option, but we need to finalize several details: a) Cost estimate of water/electricity hookup to HUB building b) Permission to clear plants/shrubs that are currently occupying this space.

2) Gas Usage: The anaerobic digester uses microbes to break down food waste and produce Renewable Natural Gas (RNG), which is chemically equivalent to methane gas. We could use the RNG in many ways, and we need to finalize what we would do with the gas. The current options are: a) Power a small generator to charge batteries for the UW Mail Services electric bicycles. We are discussing this option with Douglas Stevens, Program Support Supervisor at UW Mail Services b) Compress the natural gas into small tanks that can be used at UW student/staff/faculty barbeques, or sold to food trucks on campus or at the U-District Farmer's Market c) Clean the natural gas and plug it into the UW natural gas pipelines. Currently, charging the electric bicycle batteries seems to be the best option, but we need to finalize the following details: a) Discuss feasibility of having a battery charging station at the HUB (i.e. is it too far away from Mail Services?) b) How would the batteries be stored/secured? c) What regulations/procedures need to be in place to ensure safety of gas storage/usage?

3) Compost Usage: The anaerobic digester produces compost, which can be directly applied to plants. We are collaborating with Howard Nakase and Grounds Management to provide them with this compost free-of-charge. We need to finalize these details: a) How much compost would be used by Grounds Management (i.e. would there be surplus compost?) b) Would the UW Farm be able to use any compost? C) How would the compost be transported from the digester to Grounds Management/UW Farm?

 

Students/Staff/Faculty Involved:

Dr. Heidi Gough, PhD, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering

Dr. Sally Brown, PhD, School of Forest Resources

Dr. Marilyn Ostergren, PhD, UW Renewable Energy Liaison

JR Fulton, Housing & Food Services Capitol Planning/Sustainability Manager

Aaron Flaster, BA, Research Coordinator, Department of Psychology

Global Sustainability Initiative (RSO)

Student Involvement:

This project would involve 1 part-time staff position, and 15-20 student volunteer positions. The part-time paid staff would be responsible for maintaining the digester (e.g. monitoring temperature, monitoring pH, monitoring odor control, bringing food waste to the digester 1x per day, etc.). The volunteer positions would be undergraduate/graduate students that want to conduct research projects on any aspect of the digester (e.g. gas composition, compost, engineering, business, etc.). These volunteers would be responsible for carrying out research their own papers/projects that are supervised by a UW faculty member. The volunteers could also be trained to lead tours of the digester for other UW students.  

Student involvement and interest in this project would also come from a UW Registered Student Organization (RSO), called Global Sustainability Initiative (GSI). The undergraduate members include: Caelan Wisont, Zhaoyi Fang, Yushan Tong, and Kyler Jobe. GSI focuses on promoting sustainability on a global scale, emphasizing household-scale anaerobic digestion projects to create methane gas for stoves. GSI grew out of SafeFlame LLC, which was started by a UW MBA graduate (Kevin Cussen), and received a CSF grant in 2015-2016. GSI also connects interested students to anaerobic digestion projects and gets students excited about working with anaerobic digestion, renewable energy, and public health.

Education & Outreach:

We will publicize our project in three ways:

1) GSI: GSI will advertise this project to other RSOs, and will publicize this digester project during their tabling events. GSI is the undergraduate student group that is helping to push this project forward, and their current network with other RSOs will help raise awareness about our project on campus.

2) Signage: If the digester is built, we will create signage on/around the digester with educational information about anaerobic digestion. For instance, the signage will explain how anaerobic digestion works, how the gas/compost is being used, statistics/scale of the current project, how the project could be scaled up, other digester projects currently happening in Seattle, etc. These signs would be located on the outside of the digester and available for anyone to read.

3) Undergraduate/Graduate Courses: The faculty members collaborating on this project (Dr. Heidi Gough, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering; Dr. Sally Brown, School of Forest Resources) will encourage their undergraduate and graduate students to conduct research projects on the anaerobic digester. Dr. Gough is primarily interested in the gas production and how changing the inputs (types of food waste) affects the composition of the gas. Dr. Brown is interested in soil science and how the type of food waste affects the chemical makeup of the compost. Additionally, we will do a quarterly presentation for the Sustainability Studio (ENVIR 480) course. This would be a 15-20 minute presentation for the undergraduate students in this course at the beginning of each quarter. ENVIR 480 focuses on sustainability, and a previous group of students from this course conducted a research project on anaerobic digestion. In Fall 2017, Aaron Flaster met with the instructor for ENVIR 480 and the instructor was open to having Aaron present to her students about the anaerobic digester project.

Environmental Impact:
  • Energy Use
  • Food
  • Waste
Project Longevity:

At present, we do not know how this project will be maintained in the long run. We know that too many student projects often fail because students graduate, funds run out, and people forget about past projects. We won’t let that happen with this project. That is precisely why we want to carry out this feasibility phase—to clarify and ensure that we have a clear plan for how to maintain this project in the long run.

To provide ongoing maintenance, we would need to secure funding and create a part-time staff position, or incorporate the ongoing maintenance into an existing UW staff position. We are currently discussing with Howard Nakase whether the UW Sustainability Coordinator position (within Grounds Management) could be responsible for maintaining the digester. We need to finalize: a) Whether this position has enough time to take on these additional responsibilities b) If there needs to be additional ongoing funding, and if so, where that funding will come from.

Environmental Problem:

Food waste is an urgent public health issue. In the U.S., approximately 31% of post-harvest food is wasted (i.e. thrown away or spoiled). This is approximately 133 billion pounds of food annually, costing approximately $161 billion (“USDA | OCE | U.S. Food Waste Challenge | FAQ’s,” n.d.). This is shocking and shameful, given national rates of food insecurity and poverty. In addition, food waste often rots in landfills, creating methane gas, which is nearly 4x as damaging to the ozone layer as CO2 emissions. We have to address food waste at the local, city, and national level.

This anaerobic digester project provides a small-scale model of how to utilize food waste to produce renewable energy and compost. The anaerobic digester that we are proposing to install is pre-fabricated by a Seattle-based business called Impact Bioenergy (http://impactbioenergy.com/). The digester is approximately 160 square feet and can process ~135 pounds of pre-consumer food waste per day. The digester can store ~175 cubic feet of RNG, and when this gas powers a generator, it produces about 360,000 BTU of energy per day, with a 2.5-4kW energy output. This is enough to power a small generator, which can charge batteries for electric cars/bicycles. The gas can also be used directly in pipelines or tanks (if the gas is cleaned/compressed). Although this is a relatively small-scale model, it will show how university campuses and community businesses/organizations can utilize their food waste to produce RNG, which reduces methane emissions, carbon emissions, and pollution associated with hauling food waste to composting facilities/landfills. Other universities in the U.S. have installed anaerobic digesters, but we do not know of any other universities/colleges in the Pacific Northwest Region that have an anaerobic digester that serves as a model for how to utilize food waste.

Explain how the impacts will be measured:

To evaluate the digester’s effectiveness, we will measure:

Food Waste

-        Pounds of food waste diverted to digester from waste-stream (which usually goes to Cedar Grove composting facility),

-        Type of food waste used (X % meat, X% vegetables, etc.)

Gas/Electricity:

-        Cubic feet of RNG produced per week

-        Amount of electricity generated per day/week

Compost:

-        Pounds of compost produced per week

Pollution:

-        Carbon emission reductions of not having to haul away X pounds of food waste

-        Methane emission reductions of preventing food waste from rotting in landfill (for other facilities where food waste is not composted)

Costs:

-        Cost-savings of diverting waste (cost reductions of not hauling away food waste in garbage trucks)

-        Cost-savings of producing compost (rather than purchasing from a 3rd party)

-        Cost-savings of producing electricity/gas

Total amount requested from the CSF: $10,000
This funding request is a: Grant
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1) Budget Esimate--Impact Bioenergy 2) Cost evaluation of Sustainability Coordinator maintaining digester for 10 days
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Impact Bioenergy Budget/Engineering Evaluation--Gase Usage800018000
Sustainability Coordinator hourly wage$20/hour10200
UW Facilities Budget Estimate (Electricity/Water)180011800

Non-CSF Sources:

SPU Waste-Free Communities Matching Grant15000
Project Completion Total: $25,000

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Site LocationFebruary 1-April1April 1
Gas UsageFebruary 1-April1April 1
Compost UsageFebruary 1-April1April 1
Ongoing MaintenanceFebruary 1-April1April 1

Population Health Facility Visible Rainwater System

Executive Summary:

As the human race expands to larger population numbers, there are a lot of limiting factors to consider in our plight. One of such factors is the amount of accessible fresh water which is becoming scarcer each year with increased demands.  Not only are we using more water, but the quality of water is of great concern. Developing countries around the world have designed simple water collection systems but often times the water they collect contains harmful bacteria which makes drinking contaminated water a  main cause of death. Our team here in EWB recognizes the need for clean drinking water and a sustainable way of life along with the parallels of this project being conducted around the globe.

In EWB, we combine our different disciplines of engineering to design, build, and  implement systems that can alleviate developing nations that lack access to life essentials. This partnership focuses on implementation of environmentally and economically sustainable engineering projects, while giving future professionals a hands-on experience and opportunity to do good in the world with what they have learned.

    The rainwater system we plan on adding to is a great addition to the environmentally friendly systems being used in the new Public Health building. The educational aspect of the piece, that we will provide with a easy-to-follow display, informs everyone who enters the building about the benefits of such a system and the logistics of how the system works, something that is not common knowledge. This display system will only cost around $2000 as an estimation plus the added $15000 from the additions to the system needed to put it in the lobby. The University of Washington, although not limited to, can also perform ongoing research of water quality at this site with our added filtration. Development and experiments of new water filters for drinking or other uses can also be conducted. Possible breakthroughs in water treatment can make the University look exceptional in addition to doing the world a favor.

 

Student Involvement:

The display and visual rainwater system in the lobby would involve any students that walk through the lobby of the building. These students will be able to see an easy to follow, possibly interactive display that would explain to them how a rainwater system, like the one that will be in the building, works and what its impact is on the environment. In this way any UW student will be involved with this project. More directly, students working on the project like the students from EWB and any design students will be involved as well. They will have a chance to research these systems and learn a lot about them to be able to put together an easy to follow display for other students. For the design students, we have been told that people in CSF have connections to people to get the word out to these students and see if they are interested in designing the visual display that will be put on the screen. As far as the engineering students go, we have already talked with students in EWB and have 15 interested engineering students on our team. There are other ways to reach out and involve engineering students who are not in the club as well, if they are interested in the project.

    For our extra filtration project, depending on the department and faculty that are interested, students in related classes may be involved in the testing and research. This testing could potentially be incorporated into a curriculum or some way that the students in related classes could be involved with these systems. Either way, any student will be affected because anyone coming into the lobby will be able to understand how these systems work by looking at the visual display. With our extra filtration regarding potable water, explanations on how these filter systems work and the impact of these systems will be displayed on the screen for all to see. This will also more directly involve our engineering students on the team because they will be involved in the creation of an engineering system which will be a great hands on experience for them.

 

Education & Outreach:

 

The UW community can find out about the Visible Rainwater Treatment System in the new public health building through several different ways. The first way to reach the community is through Facebook. The Engineers without Borders Club at UW has a Facebook page that we can first post on to tell our friends and those interested about the project we will be working on and then later on to encourage them to go visit the new system. We also will possibly ask the Campus Sustainability Fund to post about the project on their own Facebook page. The students involved in the project and in Engineers Without Borders will be asked to share the post in order to reach an even greater audience. Another way to advertise about the rainwater project can be through the Daily, the University of Washington student newspaper. We will reach out to their group to request either an article about the Public Health building on campus, with a feature on our rainwater system, or we can ask to put an ad in the newspaper to educate the readers about our new project. In this article or ad, we can expand on the good the project is doing for the environment and how they can either get involved or how they can become greener. Another outlet we will be able to use to reach the community about the Visible Rainwater Treatment System in the new Public Health building through is physical advertisement. We can potentially put up flyers around campus, including the Hub, Ode, the dorm common rooms, and bus stops. These fliers will have information about the project on them and the contact information for EWB and CSF, for if they want to get involved.

UW Engineering Without Borders is a student-run organization that sees new members on a frequent basis. Our Local Projects branch within the club is often the first step for new members when joining the club, as the projects are more accessible than the international projects. Thus, any outreach that EWB conducts as a club will directly allow more UW students to work on the project. Anyone can join UW EWB, there is no application or selection process to become a member. This is an important fact, as any student that’s interested in the project can become involved as soon as the following week. Meetings are held weekly, where each projects’ members gather to give progress updates and work on coordinated tasks. Particularly interested students can assume a larger role in the project easily by seeking involvement beyond the weekly meeting.

As well as people directly related to the project, all students will see the educational benefits. Since our project includes an educational display in the lobby of the building for all to see, students that come into the building will easily be able to learn about this sustainable system and its impact on the environment. We will provide an easy to follow display that will allow for all students in all different departments to learn about these rainwater systems and how they apply to the specific building as well.

With our other project regarding extra filtration, the students in EWB that are involved will learn a lot about design, building, and implementation of engineering systems which will be very valuable for them in the future. Whichever system we implement will also be included in the display showing even more sustainable systems to students and educating them further on this topic. Students may also be involved in the research and testing of these systems depending on the faculty involved.

Environmental Impact:
  • Water
Project Longevity:

The overall timeline for this project would probably be until the Population Health Building is built in 2020. The display however and rainwater system will likely be built before the building is completely done, and the project involving those parts will be going on while the building is being built. These things however will not fully be implemented until 2020 when the building is projected to be finished. There wont be any added maintenance for the visual display and treatment system in the lobby project. For our project regarding extra filtration there will be a maintenance component that will be further researched, this will likely be ongoing as long as the system is in use. 

Environmental Problem:

The part of our project involving the display system and rainwater system in the lobby is very centered around educating people on environmental issues and sustainable solutions, although this is a very important part of protecting our environment. This does however go hand in hand with the rainwater system itself which has a big impact on the environment. Rainwater systems like these allow us to use water that would normally go to waste and reduces municipal water use. Municipal water treatment takes up a lot of energy and chemicals that negatively affect our environment, these rainwater systems do not. They also manage stormwater runoff, something that has a large effect in the Seattle area because of the high volume of rain we receive. These systems manage the amount of runoff to prevent erosion, flooding and poor quality water from running into our lakes and rivers.

    Our other potential project about filtering water to make it potable has a different kind of impact. If researched, filtration systems like the ones we would implement may be approved by the FDA to provide potable water to people. This would mean that people could implement rainwater systems into their buildings and homes for potable uses, such as showering and drinking/cooking. This would make a big dent in the municipal water usage that has such a negative impact on our environment.

 

Explain how the impacts will be measured:

Our projects environmental impact will be measured directly and incorporated into our visual display. People will be able to see how many gallons of water we are using with this system and therefore how much municipal water usage this saves us. A display will also be provided for whichever extra filtration system we might incorporate so everyone can see the impacts of that system as well.

Total amount requested from the CSF: $17,000
This funding request is a: Grant
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Carmen from PAE has given us an estimate of $15000 for additional parts needed to put the system in the lobby
ItemCost per ItemQuantityTotal Cost
TV$20001 $2000
Additional parts to rainwater system (needed to put it in lobby) $150001$15000

Non-CSF Sources:

Project Completion Total: $17,000

Timeline:

TaskTimeframeEstimated Completion Date
Display creationnot sure, 2 or so months depending on the design studentsBy the time the building is done in 2020 at the latest
Rainwater system in lobby probably a year or so2020, or whenever the building is finished, this cant be implemented until they are done building

Project IF

Executive Summary:

Project IF (Indoor Farm) is a feasibility study to run indoor farm facility on UW campus by student to provide fruits and vegetables to the cafeterias on campus. With the high potential for food crisis during the impending rise in population, we feel the urge to produce food in the most sustainable way possible at where we spend most of our time, UW.

With the funding and the assistance from UW CSF and Bioengineering department, we will have two modern farming techniques (hydroponics and aeroponics) included in the Project IF feasibility study. Hydroponics is a rather established farming technique for many years of practice. Aeroponics has proven to be the most advanced and efficient crop growing platform because of its water efficiency and root growing capability. It is even used by NASA to grow crops in the space stations. We are not only excited about to put the modern farming techniques into practice first time ever on the UW campus, but we also want to raise public awareness about the importance of preventing the forthcoming global food crisis.

This feasibility study is only a glimpse of a larger vision. It is important that we gain practical hands-on experience through this study, so we understand operational costs like utilities, labor, maintenance, and consumable cost. If successful, we plan to partner with UW campus cafeterias to build a high-efficiency indoor farming system which could be run by students and campus staff. This on-campus farm would enable the UW community to enjoy fresh organic greens that are affordable, hyper-local, and pesticide-free, help strengthen UW’s role as a leader of environmental sustainability, and act as a natural platform for the advocacy of food sustainability. By bringing food production right on to campus, we can inspire the next generation of minds to consider a sustainable, local future of food.

Student Involvement:

Our team is well equipped to complete this project successfully. Kurt Kung, our team leader, has 10+ years of experience on advanced research and rapid prototyping development throughout his doctoral education at the UW. Our project currently has a staff mentor, Dr. Gerald Pollack, who has been an integral part of this project and will continue to support our group throughout the duration of the project timeline.

To date, we have recruited more than 10 UW undergrad student from various of departments and majors who are actively contributing to the project. The information regarding the roles and responsibilities of each student team member will be posted on the forthcoming Project IF official website.

Education & Outreach:

The problem that Project IF is trying to solve is by no means trivial. Anything that we can do to raise public awareness on the future global food crisis and engage more students and staffs on campus to take part in our project will help the food sustainability movement. Besides the

support from CSF, we have participated in the Science Technology Showcase (STS 2018), the Health Innovation Challenge (HIC 2018), and the Environmental Innovation Challenge (EIC 2018). In fact, Project IF won the third place at the STS and the Judges’ Favorite Award at the EIC. From experience, we know competitions are one of the best ways to recruit students for meaningful projects, and expose the project quickly and effectively to local media outlets. Moreover, Kurt Kung recently received $10,000 postdoc fellowship from the Mistletoe Research Foundation, and he intends to use most of the fellowship grant on the Project IF.

Environmental Impact:
  • Food
  • Water
Project Longevity:

Project IF is a 12 months long project started July 1st 2018.

During the first phase [first 6 months], we will focus on designing, developing, and testing the hydroponic and aeroponic systems. In parallel, we will recruit and train engineering students to help accelerate progress and involve the student community.

During the second phase [last 6 months], we will test the system and collect viable data: utility costs, crop growth efficiency, labor maintenance, etc. to help us prepare ourselves for the next move – starting the sizable UW IF indoor farm on campus. In parallel, we will recruit students with marketing communications and public relations skills to develop a public relations media strategy for the project.

Environmental Problem:

It is estimated that global crop production will need to double by 2050 to feed the population, and it is clear that we need to find a solution to feed a growing population. Indoor farming is believed to be the future of agriculture. Growing crops hydroponically and aeroponically has proven to save 95% of water compared with traditional farming and with higher yield. Improving indoor farming efficiency and reducing its cost is a large-scale problem that many engineers and scientists are working towards. Efforts are focused on reducing labor costs by increasing the degree of automation, reducing utility costs by using more efficient lighting, and using smart control system with advanced AI to improve agricultural yields. But this won’t be enough. The rate of growth in global crop yields is not growing fast enough, and doubling the world’s food production will require much larger indoor farm footprint that operates locally and has the potential to feed billions of people in cities. And Project IF is going to take the first step at home of UW campus.

Explain how the impacts will be measured:

The impact of the Project IF will be measured in 3 categories: the evaluation of proposed feasibility study, student involvement level, and public awareness.

In the feasibility study, we will gain hands-on experience and measurable data on the operational cost in detail and the actual crop growth efficacy. These experience will help us reach our next goal – growing food on campus with state of the art technology to provide healthy, affordable vegetables to our UW community members.

We estimate at least 10 students will be involved in the core team for the proposed CSF project and UW competitions mentioned above. The number of student volunteers and the level of involvement of each individual will be reported in the quarterly CSF report.

To measure the impact on public awareness, we will collect opinion and attitudinal data from indoor farming and agricultural sustainability from the campus community. As part of this effort we will promote this project through digital media channels to develop public relations with the local community and media.

Total amount requested from the CSF: $30,000
This funding request is a: Grant
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Budget:

ItemCost per ItemQuantityTotal Cost
Half of Kurt's stipend as a post-doc in Bioe$25,0001$25,000
Compensation for committed students$2,5002$5,000
Material cost of the aeroponics system$10,0001$10,000

Non-CSF Sources:

potential funding sourcepotential funding amountdate of potential fund receivable
NSF SBIR$225,000July 2018
UW HIC$15,000March 2018
UW EIC$15,000April 2018
UW BPC$25,000May 2018
Project Completion Total: $80,000

Timeline:

TaskTimeframeEstimated Completion Date
Hydroponic and aeroponic platform design and development, including testing sub-componentsJuly 2018 – December2018
Recruiting and training UW student volunteers (Environment and Engineering majors) to participate the Project IF.July 2018 – December2018
Beta test (basil and lettuce are the target test plant)January 2019 – June 2019
Recruiting and training student volunteers (Communications, Marketing, Business, MPA, and MBA majors) to help raise public awareness.January 2019 – June 2019

Global Leadership Forum

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Matsuri 2018

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Youth Engineering Green Solutions to Stormwater Runoff and Pollution Prevention

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Implementing Sustainability: Bamboo toothbrushes for UW Dentistry

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Africa NOW: Unlocking Potential From Within

Executive Summary:

The African continent is home to the largest youth population in the world and with the increased access to information and new platforms to mobilize, youth across the continent are fighting to address corruption and create ways to contribute to the growth of their countries. This revolution is one that cannot be ignored; the African continent has abundant resources and limitless potential that generally goes unacknowledged and continues to be exploited by outside actors. Africa’s youth across the diaspora are eager to help their nations achieve the long overdue potential that experts have been predicting for decades. Here in Washington, we’ve decided to join the revolution by supplementing the educational pursuits of young professionals and cultivating them to unlock the future of Africa, now.

  Young professionals around the U.S. have been afforded the opportunity to pursue higher education and specialize in fields that are essential to the sustainability and progress of their country. These same skills and expertise can be used to find solutions to current issues and utilize existing resources across African nations. So why don’t we see young professionals in the US engaged with the African continent? We know that the desire is there but the primary disconnect lies in the lack of knowledge about the continent and the resources available for young professionals to engage with. Africa Now is designed to bridge this void by hosting an annual conference that provides information, resources, and networking opportunities.

  Phi Beta Sigma has deep cultural roots derived from Africa which have shaped the formation of the fraternity and its values. As one of the few historically black organizations on the University of Washington’s campus, the Kappa Lambda chapter along with other prominent leaders on campus, have identified students’ desire for tangible opportunities to get involved with the exponential growth of the African continent. Through industry-specific seminars, networking, action-based resources, art, and an all-star panel, this conference will inspire and mobilize young professionals to start building Africa now and turn the continent’s "potential" into a reality.

  On an annual basis, Africa Now will mobilize a community of passionate, active, young professionals that are committed to building a sustainable future for Africa. Through social media and quarterly follow-ups we will coordinate and maintain a network that can learn, share, and collaborate on relevant ideas. The relationships built between participants from diverse academic disciplines will eventually yield new foundations, entrepreneurial ventures, group sponsored initiatives and ideas that will translate into action, not only in Seattle but across the world.

Student Involvement:

Africa Now is entirely run by student-led organizations at the University of Washington. Currently, we have an executive board made up of ten students who have volunteered their time and expertise to thoroughly organize the conference and the discussions leading up to it. Our board is made up of student leaders from Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Incorporated, UW Leaders, African Student Association, Black Student Union, the Black Student Commision, Retro, and the Seattle African Chamber of Commerce. As we build this conference to inspire the next generation of leaders, the executive board has been strategically designed with positions that allow each member of the board to grow professionally and gain experience in desired career fields. As we continue to build out these positions and formalize each role, the potential experience, impact, and professional development that board positions offer will be a prominent factor in enticing members to take on these leadership roles and continue the conference from year to year.

 

The current board positions and the students that occupy them are listed below:

  • Conference Advisor - Emile Petri OMA&D associate vice president & Troy Bonnes Coordinator of Student Relations for the Department of Communication
  • Logistics & Program Manager - Wole Akinlosotu
  • Collaboration Chairs  - Hawi Nemomssa & Ruhuma Berta
  • Community Outreach Chairs - Joshua Dawson & Yarid Mera
  • Finance Chair - Devin Pegues
  • - Shina Diadhiou Aka-Adjo & Jeane Dore
  • Marketing & Public Relations Chair - Abigayal Talkington
  • Advancement & Sponsorships Chair - Mical Bokretsion

 

Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Incorporated is currently working with several student organizations primarily the African Student Association, Black Student Union, and the Black Student Commission. Leading up to the conference we’re organizing 3 different discussions across campus and around the city in order to discuss prominent questions that Africa Now can eventually provide answers to. These questions will also help garner awareness and anticipation for the conference in May. Our first discussion will be with other legacy groups on campus. The executive board is in the process of reaching out to the Filipino Student Association (FASA) and the Pacific Islander (PI) to host a discussion addressing our origin countries for the purpose of strengthening allies and mobilizing to solve common issues that we both face. In addition to the above organizations, we are also working with the National Association of Black Engineers, the Association for Black Business Students, the National Association for Black Accountants, Women in Informatics, and MEChA. We will work with the listed groups to form collaborative discussion sessions based on specific topics addressing such as - “Techs Role in Developing Nations” and “Exploring Sustainable Business Models Around the World”. Collaborating with diverse groups will spark interest in Africa Now across communities that we would not have appealed to through traditional marketing efforts. These discussions are also intended to spark action in other communities and show diverse groups that there is something to learn for everyone at Africa Now.

 

In addition to the above student organization we mentioned, the executive board has identified the following career and educational development programs here on campus. We believe these organizations represent academic and professional prospects and we plan to reach out to the following organizations to see how we can work together to make Africa NOW a successful event.

Education & Outreach:

Africa NOW’s main platform is education and action. Before the conference begins we’re aware that many people don’t understand the urgency of our title or our main cause. It’s through our interdisciplinary discussions around campus and around the city that we plan to show why our cause is so urgent. Once young professionals are at the conference we plan to inspire action through workshops, a resource fair, networking sessions and a panel discussion so that they leave the conference inspired with a newfound network of capable individuals and tangible steps to be the change for Africa’s future.
Workshops and networking sessions:
The workshops are designed for students to learn from professionals with experience in African nations and more specific industry experience that pertains to generalized academic fields that students are pursuing. We will be having six workshops up to 30min each with one round of rotations.

The workshops are:
 Business in Africa - Entrepreneurship
 Healthcare in Africa - Systematic Issues 
Tech + Engineering Africa - Environmental Issues
 Politics & Social Action - Grassroots Movements 
Media and Entertainment - The Recent Exponential Growth  
Education - Addressing The K-12 Schooling System
We hope to provide attendees with honest speakers that give genuine insight on what it’s like to work in these fields in Africa. Therefore, we will be asking them to discuss personal challenges that they have faced, some of the outcome of their contribution and most importantly how sustainable is the field and how to better these industries. Along with the speakers, the students have up to 10 minutes during each workshop to network with one another and discuss what they learned and hopefully collaborate in the future.

Resource Fair:
The resource fair is mainly where we provide tangible action such as internships, fellowships, volunteer and other opportunities. The resource fair is key for the conference because we want to showcase that there opportunities out for undergraduate and graduates to take action in pursuing their passion for Africa’s growth.  
Some of the organization that we will invite are:
 

Africa Town

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation 
UW Study Abroad
Ethiopian Diaspora Fellowship
Africa Business Fellowship
Peace Corps
CSF 
Buerk Center
Startup UW 
Environmental innovation challenge
Global student initiatives
And more!

Panel Discussion:
The panel discussion is a part of our final ceremony. We want our panelist to encompass what we are inspiring our students to achieve. We will be reaching out to highly accomplished speakers that can garner and excite a crowd of 300 young professionals as well as speak intellectually about their experiences and the state of Africa. 
Here is a short list of speakers that we plan to invite:
Trevor Noah 
Akon 
Patrick Awuah 
Chimamanda Ngozi
Luvvie Ajayi
Sanusi Lamido
Anthony Carroll 

Environmental Impact:
Project Longevity:

This conference will be hosted annually by Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Incorporated. This means that members of this Fraternity will consistently lead the charge to host this conference which includes facilitating all outreach to board members, volunteers, maintaining relations with sponsors and speakers. The impact that we have at this conference will be documented in detail so that we can show potential sponsors and collaborators.

Environmental Problem:

Africa Now will start and encourage a conversation centered around building more sustainable nations in Africa. Direct consequences of climate change are interconnected with social, political, and economic challenges. According to the grassroots activists of 350 Africa, the number of weather-related disasters, such as floods and droughts, has doubled over the past 25 years and climate change has been felt in the livelihoods, food productivity, water availability, and overall security of nations across the continent such as Mozambique, Nigeria, and Somalia.

 

Environmental discussions often do not acknowledge the disproportional environmental consequences that industrial, political and commercial operations have on neglected populations both locally and globally. This is especially true on the African continent where resources from oil to food are exploited by corporations and foreign governments. The environmental issue is directly tied to issues in politics, society, and economics and in order to address these issues it will take a cross-disciplinary approach. We plan to implement this approach through our industry-specific break out sessions. Once students attend the first session of their choice they will be encouraged to attend a session that interests them but does not directly correlate with their intended career path or current academic pursuits.   

Since our conference focuses on empowering the next generation of leaders towards building a sustainable future for Africa, we plan to address the intersections that occur with populations who are most vulnerable to the consequences of climate change in a breakout session dedicated towards environmental issues in Africa specifically issues that are being solved by modern technology. By contextualizing the interests of young professionals and exposing them to an interdisciplinary approach to solving problems, we will mobilize students to ask the right questions, seek opportunities to collaborate, and ultimately instill equity and sustainability at the forefront of the impact they intend to have on the continent.

Explain how the impacts will be measured:

Africa NOW’s Impact Measure:

Africa NOW is a conference that will have young professionals attending that are equipped with all of the most active cyber tools. We plan to use these tools to to reach out to the young professionals to market the event, showcase their thoughts on a live feed during the event and as well as follow up with those who attended to see their progress as a young professional and more!

 

Impact Before Conference:

 

Before the individuals attend the event itself there will be an application process if they are in high school and a registration if not. This will consist of questions that will gauge just how much and why they are interested in Africa NOW and it’s mission.

Application/Registration Questions:

    • “Why are you interested?”
    • “What are you currently doing to build a more sustainable Africa”
    • “What do you intend to learn during the conference?”
    • “What do you intend to do with the knowledge you gain from Africa NOW?”

These questions will also help us attempt to incorporate what these students are most interested in relation to the conference based on what they answered before coming to the event.

 

Another element of the process before the actual event is a countdown campaign that will be social media based. The campaign will consist of intriguing content about the event that will encourage young professionals to inquire about the event leading them to their attendance of Africa NOW. The Executive Board and volunteers will announce and present the event at a more increasing rate the week before the event in order to build off of the momentum already installed by previous marketing. The campaign will take place from May 13th - May 19th. It will specifically consist of actively…

  • Posting the flyer on all social platforms
  • Tabling on campus
  • Announcing the event at all of our collaborators’ meetings

 

Impact During Conference:

During the event we plan to measure impact in the following five ways:

 

  • Conference feedback through surveys
  • Social Media: Hashtags, Answering Questions Live, broadcasting Social media engagement on screen throughout the conference   
  • Photography (photo booth) + Videography + Video Campaign (to be released after the conference)
  • Participation/number of attendees
  • Diversity of our collaborations, attendees, and speakers

 

Impact After Conference:

After the conference, we will use the information we have collected to follow up with them as well. We will send out a follow-up email with the young professionals to see where they are at with their professional lives, specifically in correlation with Africa NOW’s mission. We will also be checking in with the vendors from the resource fair to see how many young professionals have found their way into their businesses. All of these questions will help us determine where our young professionals of Africa NOW are.

 

This will consist of:

  • Conference feedback through an emailed survey
  • Contact resources/ businesses to see how much engagement they received from conference participants
  • Quarterly newsletter for check-ins/reminders/encouragement
  • Create Facebook and Slack Groups to post live updates and allow attendees to stay in touch

 

How Will We Define Success?

 

  • Positive Feedback from surveys
  • An engaged community on social media
  • Actions/projects on initiated by attendees
  • Engagement between attendees and resources on the platforms that we provide
  • Inspiring attendees to create goals at the conference
Total amount requested from the CSF: $10,491
This funding request is a: Grant
If this is a loan, what is the estimated payback period?:

Budget:

Conference costs
ItemCost per ItemQuantityTotal Cost
Gathering Hall $2481248
Conference Room $1581158
Data Projector $1201120
Microphones$1002100
Stage$1751175
UW Law School$5006500
Africa Now Event Banner $2002200
Shirts1,9002021900
Panel Speakers200036000
Moderator100011000

Non-CSF Sources:

Project Completion Total:

Timeline:

TaskTimeframeEstimated Completion Date

Project Approval Forms:

60 Second Sustainability: A Video Game for Sustainability at UW

Executive Summary:

EarthGames (www.earthgames.org) plans to build a video game called 60 Second Sustainability (60SS) for mobile phones and tablets that educates students about many sustainability actions they can take on campus, while promoting and building bridges among RSOs.  We seek to educate a new audience of students about sustainability actions they can take, and spread the word about campus organizations.  The cost is $26,043, which will go to student managers and a professional game developer on staff with EarthGames.  The game will be made available for free to download for mobile devices, and shown in a variety of tabling settings and events across campus.  The game, which recently won the Audience Choice Award at the UW Sustainability Game Jam, will consist of many 5-10 second "microgames" played in quick succession, which allows us to introduce many sustainability concepts in a short period of time.  

Student Involvement:

The project will involve many students across campus at various levels of commitment, ranging from building the app, to co-designing and testing microgames, to distributing the app.  Three student managers will be paid for their involvement.  Judy Twedt, a graduate student in the Interdisciplinary Individualized Ph.D. program is managing the project.  She is a Husky Green Award winner, College of the Environment Outreach award winner, and is experienced with making connections among groups at UW and in the broader community as evidenced by her leadership of  the UAW Climate Caucus Speaker's Bureau, and service with the Alliance for Jobs and Clean Energy.  Rikki Parent will serve as lead artist for the project.  Rikki is majoring in atmospheric sciences and has contributed much of the art for previous EarthGames releases including A Caribou's Tale, Erode Runner, Soot Out at the 0o C Corral, and EcoTrivia: Save the Animals.  An undergraduate programmer, potentially Alexey Beall, the creator and sole programmer of Dark Side of the Earth, will contribute to programming the game within the Unity game engine.  

We will also involve the ATM S 495: EarthGames Studio class with co-design of the games.  This largely independent study class averages around 10-15 students each quarter, and current and previous students have expressed great enthusiasm about participating in development and testing of 60SS.  The class frequently tests, critiques, and tunes prototype games in the weekly classroom meeting.  

Finally, we plan to engage a large number of sustainability RSOs in co-designing the game.  We have had preliminary conversations with groups including WashPIRG, SEED, SAGE, Green Husky Coalition, the UW Sustainability Action Network, Global Sustainability Initiative, and UW Solar about contributing their own theme, task, or action item into the micro-games. Student groups have expressed a keen interest and excitement in contributing to the microgames. This opportunity to co-design the microgames offers student RSO’s several benefits: (1) the creation of a tool to engage new audiences or members, (2) promotion of their chosen sustainability goals and values, (3) design and teamwork skill-building through the co-development process, (4) connecting with other student groups across campus through the game, to amplify and mutually reinforce the overlapping sustainability goals of groups around campus. 

Education & Outreach:

A big source of the outreach will be through existing student networks. Part of the co-design plan for each RSO will be to commit to showcase the game at one or more event(s).  

We look forward to showcasing the game at campus events including Fall Sustainability Fair, Dawg Daze, Earth Day 2019, and through coordination with Student Life and HFS. We will also collaborate with RSO’s to host drop-in events in the Odegaard Library media arcade, and the HUB Game Center, and with the UW Game Club.  
Online publicity will include the quarterly EarthGames newsletter, which reaches over 500 people, and through EarthGames social media channels.  We will invite each sustainability organization who participates in co-design to write a blog entry about their microgame development process, which we expect will generate interest among game designers in the EarthGames network.  

Environmental Impact:
  • Energy Use
  • Food
  • Transportation
  • Waste
  • Water
Project Longevity:

The 60SS app will be maintained by the EarthGames group.  EarthGames Studio is an official UW class that is offered at least twice each year.  We anticipate that the 60SS game will forge lasting relationships with green RSOs across campus, so we can roll out new microgames associated with campus groups and their evolving initiatives.  These can be released via updates through the app stores, which takes anywhere from ~1 hour (Google Play store) to ~2 days (iOS App Store) to become available.  

We will also make sure that the app continues to run on new-generation phones and tablets.  We utilize the Unity game engine, which has frequent updates in order to assure that apps made with the engine can run on state-of-the-art devices.  
 

Environmental Problem:

With 60SS, we aim to expand the perception of ‘who does sustainability’ by using student-inspired digital games to build connections, both within existing groups and to new students who might not otherwise think about sustainability.    

A large body of market research suggests that peer modeling is a powerful motivator for behavior change. This game capitalizes on the power of peer-modeling to influence individual and collective behavior around sustainability. The games will target many, small-scale sustainability actions that students can take, including reducing waste, encouraging composting, energy efficiency, lowering carbon footprint, and joining a green group on campus.  The microgames will be linked with the current campaigns of environmental RSO groups.  By showcasing a series of individual actions that are connected to the work of student groups, the game will promote social bonding around sustainability values, and individual behavior changes. 

For instance, to support the SEED effort to encourage students to wash clothes in cold water using fragrance free powdered detergents, we could design a microgame in which the player changes a washing machine temperature setting to cold, and selects the right detergent within 4 seconds.  To help encourage proper waste disposal, we would depict the correct placement of items that when incorrectly sorted cause the most damage at UW, such as e-waste and liquid into paper recycling bins.  To raise awareness of the Global Sustainability Initiative's biogas food truck project, we may depict composting food scraps into a digester and lighting the biogas produced.  
 

Explain how the impacts will be measured:

We will measure the impacts by tracking the number of downloads of the app and the number of showings and people reached at campus events.  We will also track involvement of sustainability RSOs using metrics such as the number of microgames produced and participant involvement at different levels.  

We will solicit feedback, through surveys, from participating RSO’s in two phases:
1) After the design phase, to assess the impact of the participation on the RSOs
2) After launch events, to gauge the response of participants

These survey results from both end-users and RSOs will be summarized in a blog about the process of collaborative sustainability game design. 

Our goals for involvement is participation of 8 RSOs, implementation of 15 microgames, 50 students involved in game development, and 1000 downloads of the game in the first 3 months. 
 

Total amount requested from the CSF: $26,043
This funding request is a: Grant
If this is a loan, what is the estimated payback period?:

Budget:

ItemCost per ItemQuantityTotal Cost
Rivkah Parent, undergraduate student artist$24.14/hour ($20/hour plus 20.7% benefit rate)200 hours$4828
Judy Twedt, graduate student manager$30.18/hour ($25/hour plus 20.7% benefit rate)200 hours$6035
Samuel Dassler, EarthGames lead designer$6685/month (salary, including 32.5% benefit rate)2 months$13370
Undergraduate student programmer$18.11/hour (including 20.7% benefit rate)100 hours$1810

Non-CSF Sources:

SourceDescription
Dargan FriersonUnfunded faculty liaison
Frierson RCR FundUsed for budget overruns
EarthGames Support FundUsed for budget overruns
Project Completion Total: $26,043

Timeline:

TaskTimeframeEstimated Completion Date
Co-design microgames with sustainabililty RSOsSpring quarter 2018June 1, 2018
Finalize art/gameplay and test with RSO contactsSummer quarter 2018September 1, 2018
Publish game to app store and rollout in orientation eventsend of summer 2018September 15, 2018

Project Approval Forms:

Earth Day Festival: A Celebration of Diversity and Unity of our World

Executive Summary:

The realities of growing inequality, political stalemate, and climate disruption just scratch the surface of global issues we face today. It is clear that the current system doesn’t work for the vast majority of people on the planet, and we need to work toward something better. Elected officials across the globe are operating on agendas rooted in fear that divide us rather than unite us. In these increasingly polarized times, there is a dire need to build connectivity and solidarity in our local communities.

In order to address sustainable and equitable solutions, barriers between the way we view our environment, society, government, and economy must be challenged. The University of Washington builds outstanding opportunities for students through world-class academic departments and an impressive array of organizations that engage students’ varying interests; however, there are few mechanisms that facilitate lasting interdisciplinary connection and collaboration within the UW community.  While campus events like sporting events, artistic performances, lifestyle events, and talks create significant cultural value, there is a largely untapped opportunity to produce an event that brings together many of these elements, while facilitating discussion, exploration, and networking in pursuit of a more sustainable future.

For the past year, the UW Sustainability Action Network (UW SAN) has been building a collaborative campus network that engages and empowers diverse perspectives to drive collective action. UW SAN is comprised of an administrative team and an executive council representing eight student organizations. The campus-wide Earth Day event has emerged as an opportunity to showcase and expand this growing network by igniting awareness, engagement, and action beyond the same few who are typically involved in the sustainability conversation. This showcase will combine arts and performance with exhibits and activities in a “festival” type model to accomplish this widespread engagement.

UW SAN, in partnership with the UW Sustainability Office, has been developing an enhanced model of the annual Earth Day celebration to take place on the HUB Lawn. This event will feature student and local performances, PNW change-makers, sustainability projects, and campus organizations to demonstrate the power of intersectional collaboration and the current local efforts to achieve this. Arts and performance have an unparalleled ability to resonate with diverse audiences. By curating a program centered around those features, the UW SAN and its partner organizations hope to generate widespread student interest. The event will be a platform to further develop this growing network by providing opportunities for RSOs and and individuals to participate in the sustainability movement.

We are asking CSF to contribute $11,700 to this event to support performance and speaker honorariums as well as marketing materials. In order to build a world that puts people, communities and the planet first, we need to imagine what’s possible. We invite you to help us build an event that explores the realignment of our environment, society, government, and economy so that we can begin to envision those systems working better for the people and the planet.

Student Involvement:

The Earth Day event will be primarily organized and implemented by a team of student leaders. This team currently includes a 9-student planning committee and 8-student marketing team. Student volunteers will have the opportunity to be part of a large-scale event encompassing a cross-campus social movement through planning, outreach, marketing, accounting, and day-of set up of the event.

Partner organization EcoReps has committed to providing their team of 5-20 service learners for marketing and day-of-event support. SAN’s council organizations will provide additional volunteer support. We plan to further extend this volunteer network as need arises throughout the development of the program. Examples of potential opportunities for additional student involvement include illustration, design, and food programs. Outreach strategies include digital communication such as email and social media, presentations in classrooms and student organization meetings, and invitations to Earth Day event planning meetings.

The event’s programming itself will consist of diverse representation from artistic, advocacy, and sustainability focused RSOs. These student organizations will use their platforms on campus to spread the word to their communities. Tabling and performances by social justice-focused UW and community groups, culturally and environmentally-oriented interactive art, and environmental outreach through groups like WashPIRG will provide students with a wide array of opportunities to get involved. The range of perspectives and narratives will create an empowering space for students to explore the ways that their unique expertise and passions fit into the sustainability conversation.

Student coordinators will develop relationships with participating RSOs to ensure a clear understanding of the SAN mission. These partnerships will enable RSOs to effectively integrate into the program and hold valuable conversations with event patrons. They will be able to communicate their role in the sustainability movement and connect students with the many available campus resources (ie. involvement in projects, access to funding, etc).

List of project team and sub-teams

UW SAN Admin Team:

This team is the central coordinating body of UW SAN that will monitor the progress of the event throughout its development and execution. This team is dedicated to building an intersectional campus sustainability network and will be continually exploring strategies for plugging that network into the programming of the Earth Day event.

Scott Davis - Graduate in Urban Horticulture: Project Manager

Sky Stahl - Undergraduate in Business & Communications: Director of Events

Zoe Shadan - Undergraduate in Political Science & Communications: Director of Council

Sasha Jenkins - Undergraduate in International Studies: Director of Partnerships

Dutton Crowley - Undergraduate in History: Intern

Lance Bennett - Faculty in Political Science & Communications: Advisor

 

UW SAN Executive Council:

The SAN Executive Council is comprised of representatives from eight campus groups, dedicating its assemblage to SAN’s vision, mission, and values which will subsequently guide the conception of this year’s Earth Day event. Each of the council members are involved in different aspects of Earth Day, including event planning, marketing, and developing engaging exhibits with their RSOs. Throughout the planning process, the council will gather to share progress, discuss developments within the network, and brainstorm strategies for driving further student power into the event. Represented organizations currently include: EcoReps, WashPIRG, Students Association for Green Environment, UW Sustainability, Hip Hop Student Association, Net Impact, and CSF.

 

Earth Day Planning Committee:

Responsible for most aspects of the event planning including budgeting, fundraising, production and booking.

Sky Stahl - UW SAN: Event Coordinator

Zoe Shadan - UW SAN: Assistant Event Coordinator

Qifei Xu - Capitol Hill Block Party: Event Planner

Alexis Neumann - DXARTS: Art Curator

Sasha Jenkins - JSIS: Outreach & Exhibit Coordinator

Alex Urasaki - EcoReps: Outreach & Volunteer-Coordinator

Jasmine Leung - Earth Club: Outreach & Volunteer-Coordinator

Anneke Mulders - Foster School of Business: Accountant & Budget Manager

Ian Rose - CSF: Project Development

 

UW SAN Marketing Team:

This team is responsible for promoting the event and designing the marketing campaign. They will also design the branding of the event, so it exhibits the vision of holistic sustainability and leaves a strong and lasting impact.

Julian Stickley - UW SAN: Design Director

Kat Kavanagh - Net Impact: Brand Strategist

Wole Akinlosotu - HHSA: Content & Storytelling Strategist

Jen Louie - Net Impact: Strategist

Racquel West - WashPIRG: Campus Outreach & Storytelling Strategist

Keoni Moore - Design School: Graphic Design

Qifei Xu - Capitol Hill Block Party: Community Engagement & Analytics

 

UW Sustainability Office:

UW Sustainability will be the office that UW SAN and its teams work with most closely. This is a valuable partnership as it will help to maintain the successful model of Earth Day that has been put on by the UW Sustainability Office in the past while also providing the opportunity for UW SAN to increase student involvement and ideas for meaningful expansion of the event. SAN and UWS have made the following plan for working together:  

  • Weekly meetings to check progress. Each party will prepare a weekly memo summarizing the prior weeks’ developments.
  • SAN to handle programming
  • SAN to monitor accounts and make sure that program is in-line with budget
  • Toren Elste to interface with university stakeholders and external vendors
  • Daimun Eklund to integrate with student marketing committee by providing previous marketing timelines and assets, as well as plugging Earth Day marketing materials into official UW channels.
  • UWS to administer budgets
  • UWS to provide guidance throughout the project.
  • SAN and UWS to hold each other accountable for keeping up with timeline

Education & Outreach:

The marketing and branding component of the Earth Day celebration will be one of the most important tools in generating student interest and attendance. The Sustainability Action Network’s marketing committee will develop and implement strategies and content in pursuit of that goal. This strategy will be outlined and solidified in the remainder of Winter Quarter, to be launched at the start of Spring Quarter.

The proposed budget includes allocations for marketing materials, including video development and social media promotion. The marketing committee is currently working with several videographers to explore the possibilities of an engaging video to build excitement for the event. The team is exploring ways to create an artistic visual representation of SAN’s campus-wide vision. The video would have two versions: one for use before the event that specifically includes event details, and a second one that does not include the event details to serve as an ongoing marketing asset for SAN.

Arrangements have been made with UW Sustainability to plug Earth Day materials into official university channels and to supplement design support with their staff. UW Sustainability’s pre-existing Earth Day designs and marketing tools will be valuable assets for the marketing strategy and provide a framework from which the student marketing team can build.

Stakeholders and supporters of this event include a broad mix of departments and communities, generating widespread interest across campus and providing multiple channels for marketing efforts. We hope that by developing an engaging, diverse, and locally-focused program, UW students, faculty, and staff will be encouraged to attend the Earth Day event and subsequently support SAN’s network-building project. CSF’s sponsorship of this event will be an opportunity to demonstrate their critical role in this growing network.

Our education goals include:

  • Spreading understanding of a more intersectional definition of sustainability
  • Fostering connections between the various disciplines (art, music, environmental science, social justice, etc.) geared towards sustainable efforts in the environment, economy, society, and government
  • Raising awareness for existing local efforts to achieve this more sustainable community
  • Display and educate students on how they can get involved through UW, the community, or with personal initiatives

 

As an “Earth Day” celebration, the program should represent a vast array of culture and craft. Criteria for our selection of speakers and performers include:

  • Local emphasis
  • Representing diverse communities and cultures
  • Speaking to the intersections of sustainability

 

Local speakers we are currently reaching out to include:

Nikkita Oliver - Seattle attorney, social justice activist, and prior mayor candidate

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AZLwSLXRWEg

Pramila Jaypal - Seattle Congresswoman

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aHlubzHbNVk

Ksharma Sawant - Seattle City Council

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XwosQMiiT5E&t=50s

Sarra Tekola - Seattle Social Justice Activist

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oJVIx7t819k&t=13s

Lisa Graumlich - Dean College of Environment

Ana Marie Cauce - UW President

 

Student Performers we are considering:

UW Steel Band https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5V0_r7aaSLM

UW Bollywood Dancers https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_TleeG5Hq1U

TAIKO  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lWqUZSodp3I

RETRO https://www.instagram.com/retro_uw/?hl=en

Polynesian Island dancers https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ofK08iy73k

 

Local performers we are considering:

Paris Alexa https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sDSjXJjWW2c

Otieno Terry https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4GRxyDS0k1A

Honcho Poncho https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U9b--8oplnM

Essam https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nfVQsiz4fP0&feature=youtu.be 

DON https://soundcloud.com/donofseattle/this-one-goes-out-to-the?in=donofseattle/sets/thanks-for-all-the-help-1

 

Based on our current partnerships, specific reach communities include:

  • Environmental: Through collaborations with EcoReps, Earth Club, SAGE, and the College of the Environment.
  • Social Justice: Through active student involvement from WashPIRG and contributions from RETRO
  • Government/policy: Through active student involvement from within the Jackson School of International Studies
  • Economics: Through an exhibit from Active Market Readers, sharing the sustainability component of their quarterly market reports
  • Arts & Culture: Through partnerships with the Hip Hop Student Association and ASUW Arts & Entertainment. Collaborations within the Art & Design, Music, and DXARTS departments, as well as Cornish College of the Arts.
Environmental Impact:
  • Energy Use
  • Food
  • Living Systems and Biodiversity
  • Waste
  • Environmental Justice
Project Longevity:

Our goal is for this event to be pursued annually as a project that successfully engages students in a unique, empowering, and inclusive environment. The project should continually be improved in its ability to provide avenues for various campus organizations to contribute and be showcased. Because it so uniquely and appropriately aligns with the university’s values of sustainability and diversity, the evolution of this event should become a valuable asset to the university and the student body. This discussion of longevity involves two key aspects: future funding and administrative responsibility.

The contributing parties look to CSF’s 2018 contribution to this event as a “kickstarter” to launch this new vision. SAN is working closely with UWS and CSF staff to secure funding from other sources in future years. We plan to reach out to community organizations such as Whole Foods, PCC, Skanska Construction, City Arts, the Bullitt Center, and others that are are invested in sustainability. One idea is to set a goal this year to secure enough community sponsorships to match CSF’s contribution. This would provide a starting budget for the 2019 event. The student planning committee is currently developing materials to supplement this outreach.

UW Sustainability is hoping to reduce their responsibility for the Earth Day event over the coming years. As the event is based upon campus-wide collaboration, it may make sense for a range of academic departments to take on cooperative, administrative roles. With that aim, we are exploring ways for UWS to “pass the torch” through discussion with several stakeholders, including SAN, UW Sustainability, College of the Environment, the Center for Communications and Civic Engagement, and the Communications Department. These details are to be further discussed in the coming months.

Environmental Problem:

The societal and environmental struggles that our world faces are systematically intertwined in a downward spiral, necessitating far-reaching interdisciplinary and intercultural synergies to find impactful solutions. Above all else, Earth Day should seek to rebuild and rebalance our relationship with the natural world, and in doing so we must consider our predominant societal and economic habits as a global culture to drive real progress towards that goal. The unsustainable values that hurt our natural world (competition, consumption, marginalization, etc.) are hurting our local and global sense of community as well; lasting sustainability is not just about saving the trees. It is about rebalancing our relationships with each other and choosing to cooperate rather than conflict.

This concept is highlighted by the fact that the less-privileged communities of the world often see the most drastic effects of environmental injustices, such as the indigenous people of the Amazon. Residents of urban ghettos have more pressing issues to worry about than recycling. Refugees fleeing violent regimes need a roof over their heads. Environmental champions around the world are beginning to realize that it’s hard to talk about sustainability without talking about equity.

To build this inclusive movement, we must identify shared values that transcend our differences and work together to create a world that embodies those values. Although the UW has already made great strides towards sustainability, there is a need to address a lack of engagement and awareness of the interdisciplinary nature of sustainability in the larger student body.

Our goal for the 2018 Earth Day event is thus to promote a holistic understanding of sustainability in the UW community that recognizes not only the value of protecting the natural environment, but the need for social, political, and economic justice. Our keynote speakers will speak on a variety of issues and draw connections between them. They will inspire hope by offering steps that we can all take in the direction that we want to go. Poets of diverse cultural backgrounds will communicate these ideas by sharing their stories. Murals will depict the challenges we face and the solidarity that is required to overcome them. Exhibits will showcase the efforts that are currently being made on campus to address these issues and provide opportunities for students to get involved. Problems will be addressed, but will be coupled with solutions that we can work towards regardless of our race, gender, identity, income, or age.

Our goal is to foster mutual understanding and intrigue amongst one another in a way that has never been done before on campus. The event will spark conversation and encourage a re-evaluation of how our thoughts, global perceptions, and everyday actions can work towards being more socially, politically, economically, and environmentally sustainable. Students will also be able to explore ways in which the UW is already making strides towards sustainability and how they individually can get involved in this campus movement.

Explain how the impacts will be measured:

The Earth Day event will serve as a case study for measuring the effectiveness of the Sustainability Action Network. We hope to multiply existing sustainability efforts by making new connections between silos and exposing traditionally unaffiliated students to new ideas and opportunities. The event will be our first large-scale attempt to manifest this goal in a tangible setting. We plan to measure our impact in the following ways:

  • Attendance
  • Participation in interactive/collaborative art installations
  • Number of collaborating organizations (how many different sectors / disciplines)
  • Number of exhibiting organizations (how many different sectors / disciplines)
  • Photo documentation
  • Responses to on-site surveys that ask questions such as:
    • What does sustainability mean to you?
    • What did you learn that you didn’t know before?
    • Who do you plan on sharing this with?
    • What did you come to this event to see? What surprised you?

While not yet solidified, we are also working with several individuals and organizations to include the following components subject to additional commitments and funding:

  • Total waste-diversion (in alignment with the UW Climate Action Plan)
  • Sustainable food initiative
    • Campus / local vendors
    • Use of bio-gas food cart (if complete)
    • Locally-sourced ingredients
    • Compostable materials
  • Solar-power
    • Stage
    • Food vendors as needed
    • Other exhibits as needed

 

Total amount requested from the CSF: $11,700
This funding request is a: Grant
If this is a loan, what is the estimated payback period?: 0months

Budget:

Talent estimates are based on previous experience and conversations with faculty.
CATEGORYITEMCOSTFunding Source: CSF / otherNotes
STAGE PRODUCTION
Staging3000CSFQuote from Pyramid Staging
Sound2900CSFQuote from Morgan Sound
Labor Variance400otherAllowance in case of schedule change
INFRASTRUCTURE
30x30 tent1,200otherQuote from Cort Party Rentals
Tables/chairs300otherestimate
Banners/signage1,500otherStage backdrop, hanging banners. Based on estimate from previous experience
TALENT
Performers1300CSFApprox. 5 Performers @ Approx. $100-$500 each
Speakers700CSFApprox. 5 keynote speakers @ Approx. $100-$200 each
Visual artists800CSFBudget to pay for materials and commissions
MARKETING
Printing400otherEstimate
Video1500CSFQuote from local videographers
Social Media300otherSponsored posts
Photography300other2 photographers @ rate from previous Earth Day
MISC / FORMALITIES
10% Contingency1500CSFIn case of unexpected costs. To be returned if unused.
Fire Permit400other
Hospitality200other

Non-CSF Sources:

Total expected from other funding sources: $5,250
SOURCEAMOUNTSTATUS
ASUW Special Appropriations3000Pending
GPSS Special Appropriations750Pending
GPSS Diversity500Pending
College of the Environment1000Pending
Bridges CenterTBD(funds pledged, amount undetermined)
Project Completion Total: $16,700

Timeline:

Please see theUW Sustainability Section in Student Involvement to see the roles that we have outlined with them.
TaskTimeframeEstimated Completion Date
Obtain FundingJan-FebFeb 28
Secure VenueJan-FebFeb 28
Establish Floor PlanJan-FebFeb 28
Initial Graphic / PosterFeb - MarchMarch 1
Equipment RentalsFeb-MarchMarch 15
Programming / BookingJan - MarchMarch 15
Video DevelopmentMarch - AprilApril 1
Website goes liveMarchMarch 26
Final Graphics & Marketing MaterialsMarch - AprilApril 1
Volunteer CoordinationMarch - AprilApril 1
Exhibitor CoordinationFeb - AprilApril 1
Production MeetingsMarch - AprilApril 7
Marketing CampaignMarch - AprilApril 20

Electric Outboard Motors, Sustainability for Washington Rowing

Executive Summary:

The University of Washington prides itself in being a world leader in sustainability and has a mission aimed towards excelling students to become leaders in the community, state and the nation. At Washington Rowing, our goals stem from the university; we pride ourselves in the pursuit of excellence, starting with our athletics and extending it to our academics and professional lives. As one of the university's oldest sports and one of the oldest intercollegiate sports in the country, Washington Rowing strives to continue our long-standing tradition of excellence by becoming leaders rather than reactionaries in every aspect of our lives. The next step in our pursuit of excellence is to reduce our environmental impact and extend the notion of creating a more sustainable sport to the rowing community across the country.  Furthermore, to educate the Seattle community about Pure Watercraft and its benefit to all users of our city’s waterways.

Washington Rowing is requesting a grant from UW CFS to take the first step towards a more sustainable sport and community.  With a CFS grant Washington Rowing can purchase a Pure Watercraft outboard motor and outfit a coaching launch with all electric power.  Pure Watercraft is a Seattle based start-up company eager to reduce the impact of small gasoline-burning watercraft on the environment and rowing is a perfect example.  Washington Rowing’s fleet burns thousands of gallons of gasoline a year and is docked regularly for charging throughout the day. The new outboard would prevent the burning of thousands of gallons of gasoline and the release of thousands of pounds of CO2 over its lifetime.  More importantly, it would demonstrate our program’s and our school’s commitment to a more sustainable future and the support of a local company.  To adhere to and advance our mission, our goal is to be community leaders in developing environmental sustainability for the sport of rowing. With UW CFS we can achieve that goal and educate the rowing community around the country about the benefits of electric outboards.

We are requesting assistance with the purchase of the motor for a launch (the term used by rowers for the boat which coaches sit in while observing practice). The cost of the motor is $8,000. The remaining expenses for the boat itself would be covered by UW Rowing. This motor costs the same as most other Honda 25 HP motors. However, the cost of the motor’s maintenance would drop significantly, saving the team money in the long run while also diminishing its environmental impacts. Of the $8,000 spent, approximately $5,200 should be saved over the next 8 years.  The 8 year distinction is a minimum lifespan of the motor that is promised to run much longer by Pure Watercraft.

 

Student Involvement:

There are three main focuses on student involvement for the project; proposal writing, community outreach, and student-led research.

From the start, Washington Rowing has designed this project to be student run with minimal involvement from coaches and administrators except when absolutely necessary.  I, Weston Brown, will be heading the project with involvement from 7 other students working on the project from business, environmental, and engineering backgrounds.

Beyond the proposal writing and preliminary research that goes into the project, the majority of student involvement will be in outreach and community involvement. It will be the student’s role to help spread the knowledge of electric launches to other rowing teams both locally and abroad. The 40 area rowing clubs (which will be discussed further in the outreach segment of this proposal) hold monthly board meetings for their members, and these will provide exceptional opportunities to visit the local clubs and provide sustainable education.

To further investigate the breadth of environmental impact, and the benefit of switching to an entirely electric-powered fleet, Washington Rowing is working with the College of Engineering and Pure Watercraft’s research division to analyze the acoustic vibrations emanating from both types of outboard engines. By involving undergraduates in the experimental setup and data analysis, we will extend the scope of student involvement to academia, and introduce students to our passion for effecting positive change in our environment.

In the future, we hope to expand the research component of this project by exploring in-house renewable energy generation, the effect of turbulence on sediment agitation, and novel methods of filtering point-source runoff. As athletes who spend most of their time on the water, we are acutely aware of the effect that urbanization has on our environment. We believe that maintaining a forward-thinking mindset is crucial for the success of Washington Rowing in building world-class students, athletes, and citizens of the world.

Education & Outreach:

The rowing program 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.

In addition to our own transition, we will work to educate others within the rowing community in efforts to help adapt electric launches into more clubs around the world. There are forty rowing programs within the Seattle area alone which provides us with incredible accessibility for outreach. Educating board members, athletes, and coaches about the footprint that rowing has on the environment could spark a movement towards a more sustainable rowing community here in Seattle. Eventually, we would expand our education efforts across the country and advise clubs around the nation about Pure Watercraft Outboard and the positive impact the rowing community could have in the effort to aid our environment.

Reaching out to other clubs and rowing programs is a phenomenal opportunity to impact the community. One of the biggest opportunities we have within this realm is opening booths at regattas. The Head of the Charles in Boston and Windermere Cup at our home course in Seattle have thousands of spectators from within and outside of the rowing community.  Over 11,000 athletes participate in racing at the annual Head of the Charles Regatta and 400,000 spectators come to watch throughout the weekend. In addition to that, 32 different countries come to participate in the regatta.  Washington Rowing already has an established presence at these events and in efforts to reach the broader community outside of Seattle, we would hold a Pure Watercraft tent while in attendance at the regatta to educate the community about the electric launch initiative.

Should this project be funded the turnaround from funding to action will be swift. If the grant is approved, the electric motor will be purchased as soon as funding is received.  We anticipate that the grant money will be awarded in April and if ordered then, the motor would arrive four months later in August. Washington Rowing will use internal funding to purchase the launch for the electric motor to be attached to.  The delivery of this launch will take approximately three months before fulfillment. There has been coordination with Master Mechanic of UW Small Engine Repair Mike Horm who will be ready to put together the system once both components have arrived. With the launch received in July and the motor in August the system will be ready for use for the start of school in September of 2018. The administration of Washington Rowing will communicate with the student group through all steps of the process until completion.  Once the motor installation has been completed and the launch is put in the water, student led research can commence.  Similarly, students involved in this project who will be in the Seattle area over the summer can begin travelling to local club board meetings to being the initial education process.

Many pieces that need to be in place for research are already part of the waterway system. Vibration testing requires a linear array, which is already in place in Union Bay. Washington Rowing has a 1,000 m buoy line in that space, which will be perfect for attaching vibration meters to and gaining accurate and consistent measurements.

A large part of this project is engagement with other clubs and members of the community to create a groundswell of sustainability initiatives in the rowing community. Washington Rowing plans to add a significant social media push to our educational initiative, which will be possible at no cost to the organization. Additionally, our website (www.washingtonrowing.com) will be outfitted with a “sustainability” tab on the homepage which will provide anyone who visits our site with information on our electric motor initiatives. The program has a website programmer in house, and this platform expansion can be done at no cost.

Environmental Impact:
  • Energy Use
  • Living Systems and Biodiversity
  • Water
Project Longevity:

This program will continue and be effective as long as programs in the Seattle area and the Pacific NW are still converting from standard motors. Our 10 year goal is to convert all Seattle area rowing programs to electric motors. There will be many parts of the University of Washington that will be impacted by this project. Directly affected will be Washington athletics, specifically the Washington rowing teams, who will benefit from the additional motor, less noise pollution, and an educational tool for the program. The greater student community will also benefit from this project through opportunities for environment research. Lastly, the entire campus and waterfront community will benefit from the less noise pollution and decreasing amount of CO2 emissions that are produced daily in our waterways

Environmental Problem:

On an average day, Washington Rowing fields between 6 to 8 coach’s launches, and practices stretch between 15 to 35 km. Taking an average of 7 launches going 25 km a day and approximately 245 collegiate practices a year (including summer rowing) this adds up to 42,875 km of transport currently run by gasoline outboard engines.  That distance burns approximately 2,145 gallons of gasoline and requires yearly maintenance and frequent oil changes.

Annual fuel consumption for each launch is estimated at 310 gallons a year for the fleet which is equivalent to 1,240 kWh of energy.  On average, every kWh of electricity produced in Washington produces 0.26 lbs of carbon dioxide (CO2) well below the 1.22 lb average of the United States due to investment in renewable energy.  On the contrary 23.5 lbs of CO2 are produced when burning a single gallon of gasoline. (Weight of CO2 comes from combustion with air in addition to gasoline).  Comparing the output of Pure Watercraft electric and the current gasoline outboards, carbon emissions would drop by 6,963 lbs of CO2 yearly, from 7,285 lbs/year to 322 lbs/year for the outfitted launch.

This efficiency is delivered not only from using electric power but also from Pure Watercraft’s proprietary propeller design and motor case.  With no traditional drive shaft, the profile of the motor is much slimmer, creating less drag and a more efficient motor.

Looking beyond carbon pollution, continual oil changes and maintenance of the gasoline engines (not necessary for the electric launches) produces additional waste and pollution.  Carbon emissions are commonly used to measure the environmental impact because it is a number that is easily measure.  However, emissions of other harmful pollutants like methane and sulfur oxides would be dramatically reduced.

In addition to combustion related pollutants, sound and vibrational pollution have an important impact on the fauna in Lake Washington.  Conibear Shellhouse is situated immediately adjacent to the Union Bay Natural Area and th