Black Student Union Legacy S Soriee

Project Size: Small, <$1,000
Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $1,000

Letter of Intent:

 

Black Student Union’s 7th Annual Legacy Soiree

 

Letter of Intent:

Project Size: Small

Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF:

Max $1,000

 

Project Summary:

 

The primary purpose of The Legacy Soiree is to fundraise for our endowment fund, providing scholarships for underrepresented student at UW. This year's soiree, held in the Intellectual House, will involve a night of live music, musical performances from a prominent Seattle artist as well as dance performances including a stroll/step show from Black Greek organizations on campus. We will also honor/recognize exemplary Undergraduate,graduate, faculty and community member for their activism and contributions to the black community. Our program will also feature a keynote speaker that embodies our theme of "Envisioning Black History; Black and the Future". BSU will also be continuing their tradition of recognizing ten exemplary high school students with our Talented Ten Awards, in the hopes of inspiring them to attend the University of Washington. We will include a a catered dinner for our attendees. We hope to attract undergraduate, graduate, faculty and community members from the greater Seattle area to join us in recognizing and promoting black excellence both inside and outside of the classroom.

 

Estimated Project Budget: $9957.54 (See next page for budget breakdown)

Environmental/Sustainable Impact:

 

Our event primarily seeks to improve social sustainability of the UW campus as well as the greater Seattle area. We aim to do this through recognition of the achievements and contribution of underrepresented student and minority Community members in an effort to promote activism and community engagement. To improve environmental sustainability this event  support environmental education and awareness of environmental racism and justice as minority communities are disproportionately affected by pollution, toxic waste, carbon emissions and other adverse environmental conditions. By building up communities most affected this we can work to inspire young leaders and intellectuals to study and work to improving living systems in those communities.

Student Leadership & Involvement:

 

This event is a student initiated and student led project. Our advisers, Tiana Brawly of the ECC and Brian Tracy, provide guidance and support throughout this process. We, the executive board of the Black Student Union, consisting of ten undergraduate students, are in the process of planning and executing this event.

Our roles and duties include:

  • President/Program Coordinator - Salem Abraha
  • Treasurer/Budget Specialist/Fiscal Advisor - Safiya Bansfield
  • VP of Campus Affairs - Terrence Jones
  • VP of Community Affairs - Abigail Yemane
  • VP of Communications - Trisha Beavers
  • Secretary/Special Consultant - Sara Bekele
  • Chair of Outreach and Recruitment - Ebsitu Hassen
  • Senator - Sahra Ibrahim
  • SAB Representative - Tyler Valentine
  • Webmaster/Historian - Hassan Abdi

Education, Outreach, & Behavior Change:

 

As mentioned above, a key part of our event is dedicated to recognizing the academic achievements of ten young minority high school students in the greater Seattle area in our Talented Ten ceremony. We spend months reaching out to high school to counselors and principals to recommend to us their stand out students. Once we have chosen these ten students, on the day of our soiree we give the students a tour the UW Seattle campus and share with them what it is like attending this university. These efforts are all in hopes of inspiring these young talented student to attend UW.  

Feasibility, Accountability, & Sustainability:

 

The Black Student Union has successfully hosted this event in the past. This year will be our 7th annual Legacy Soiree. Our advisers, Tiana Brawly, staff member of the ECC and Brian Tracy, a UW Alumni, provide guidance, support, and mentorship throughout this process. Jon Solomon is our SAO adviser. We will also be consulting previous BSU executive board members. This executive board has successfully planned and hosted an Art Showcase last October and we plan to use the skills we have learned in the process to this project.

Contact information:

 

Event Budget Planning Worksheet  
       
Item Total Cost Requested Funds Source
Venue $910.00 $910.00 ECC SDEF Co-Sponsorship
Honoraria $637.00 $637.00 Alumni Association + ASUW Special Appropriations (137)
       
Program      
Band $750 $750 GPSS Special Allocations
Keynote $3,000 $3,000 Wells Fargo + ASUW Special Appropriations(1000) + CSF Mini Grant
Decorations $200.00 $200.00 GPSS Diversity
Programs $200 $90 ECC SDEF Co-Sponsorship
Photographer $0    
Performer $600.00 $600.00 GPSS DIversity + BSC
Program Total $4,750 $4,640  
       
Dinner      
Dinnerware/Table Cloth $363 $363 ASUW Special Appropriations
Dessert $300    
Catering $2,998    
Food Total $3,661 $363  
TOTALS $9,957.54 $6,550.00  

 

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Safiya Bansfield

University of Washington Precious Plastic

Project Size: Large, >$1,000
Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF:

Letter of Intent:

Campus Sustainability Fund: Letter of Intent Project

Title: University of Washington Precious Plastic Project

Summary: Inspired by Dave Hakken's project, Precious Plastic, we plan to build a plastic recycling workspace on University of Washington’s campus, using the free machine blueprints and online resources from preciousplastic.com. The workspace will consist of four machines which shred, melt, compress, and mold used plastic, so it can be transformed into something new. This workspace is designed to be cross-disciplinary, providing raw material to arts and science students for 3D printing, construction projects, and as a sculptural medium. Sale of recycled plastic filament and finished products can reduce costs for University departments and create a revenue stream to self-fund Precious Plastics operations. This project would generate opportunities for research on campus waste and sustainability measures, or it could be utilized as a lab space for faculty and their classes or as culminating projects for students’ theses.

Environmental Impact: According to Earthday.org/2018, nine billion tons of plastic have been made since the 1950s, and every piece of plastic ever made still exists in one form or another. Less than five percent of the world’s plastic is recycled, and over 90 percent of the garbage floating in the ocean is plastic. This plastic ends up in one of the five garbage gyres in the middle of the ocean, pollutes beaches around the world, or gets consumed by animals, which either kills them or eventually introduces these chemical toxins and bacteria into our food chain.

On January 1st of 2018, China—which, in 2016, processed 7.3 million tons of waste[1]—banned importing recyclables from outside countries. With no strong market for scrap plastics, municipalities all over the U.S., Canada, and Europe are now forced to divert these reusable materials to landfills, and governments are scrambling to find a sustainable solution as landfills become overfilled. Putting pressure on America’s recycling system, this new development creates an opportunity for organizations to create innovative solutions and build domestic markets for these materials.

With a campus of over 43,000 students (not including faculty or staff), the University of Washington creates a lot of waste—roughly 11.7 tons in 2016, of which only 63 percent was recycled or diverted from landfills[2]—and our mixed recycling often ends up being delivered to landfills, without being properly recycled. The Precious Plastics program would result in four impacts on the UW Seattle Campus:

1) Waste Diversion: By reducing the amount of plastic that leaves the campus for an unknown fate, UW can reduce the strain on our waste streams and landfills. This project could also help UW Recycling meet its quarterly waste diversion goals. We expect this process will help UW Recycling meet its goal of 70% waste diversion by 2020.[3] While output data from other Precious Plastic projects is limited, we estimate that, when fully operational, we will process approximately 1.5 tons of plastic a year.[4]

2) Waste Reduction: Education can lead to behavioral changes. Allowing students to take a tour of our workspace, they can learn about the recycling process and the amount of work it takes to breakdown plastics, which could encourage these students to develop more sustainable habits or to make smarter choices when purchasing goods.

3) Conserving Resources. UW can reduce its purchasing of and dependence on virgin materials and help protect our natural resources by creating a closed-loop recycling system on plastic waste.

4) Reducing Carbon Emissions and Pollution. Diverting waste reduces the amount of carbon emissions burned transporting this trash to recycling facilities and to landfills. It also reduces the need to refine and process raw materials, which creates substantial water and air pollution. Despite growing impact of UW Recycling programs, UW net greenhouse gas emissions show growth year over year. This project will contribute to reigning in emissions generated by the University.[5

Student Leadership/Involvement: With student interest from a wide range of departments around campus, 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, Claire Baron Katherine Walton, and Micah Stanovsky. The undergraduate members are Isabella Castro, Sierra Schonberg, Oliver Kou, Emma Turner, David Frantz, Alishia Orloff, Alexis Neumann, and Mason Clugston.

Education, Outreach & Behavior Change: Our leadership will conduct presentations in undergraduate and graduate classes to raise awareness about the project and increase student involvement. We will also reach out to FIGs, organization, and clubs around UW’s campus—such as Comotion and the Department of Biology’s WOOF Club—which would have an interest in this project. At Earth Day 2019, we hope to demonstrate the machines’ capabilities and produce items for the event made from recycled plastic.

The UW Recycling department supports this project and will assist in the collection of plastics. Collection bins, placed around campus, 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 facilities.

Feasibility, Accountability & Accessibility: This project will take place in several stages, each with varying degrees of complexity and feasibility.

1)  Site location: Before submitting our full proposal in the Fall 2018, we will vet and choose a location to house the machines and workspace. We will investigate four possible models for this space:

a. Customize a shipping container workshop to locate on campus.

b. Partner with an existing co-making or lab space on campus. This option would drive down project costs.

c. Operate within an existing annex or similar space on campus. This option would drive down project costs.

d. Customize a box truck as a mobile recycling workshop.

2)  Build the Machines: The free blueprints for these machines make them very cost effective and feasible to produce. Whenever possible, we will outsource labor to students to reduce expenses and source scrap materials, keeping the costs and carbon footprint of this project low.

3)  Write Safety Protocols: We will collaborate with EH&S to mitigate any safety concerns and create safety training for operators.

4)  Develop Operating and Maintenance Protocols: Before starting production, our leadership will gain use and maintenance knowledge of the machines. We will also develop sorting and washing standards for the plastics. Once we have command over the machines and process, our team will create a written manual and standardized training to educate other users.

5)  Create Product Prototypes: Our team will develop standard work for the production of 3D printer filament and a selection of compressed products.

6)  Outreach and Education: Once we accomplish the previous steps, we will open our workspace to the UW community—allowing students to use our resources for projects, offering tours for facility and their students, and encouraging other members within the broader Seattle community to learn from our project.

7)  Revenue-Generating Production: In the final stage of Precious Plastic, we envision sustaining the workspace, covering expenses through the sales of 3D printer filament at a reduced cost to other campus departments and products we create to sell to the public. We will work with clubs and organizations around campus to develop innovative ways to reuse the plastic we collect and divert from the UW’s waste stream.

 

Budget Estimate: $50,000 - $75,000 for setup and a year of operation. Cost will vary depending on site location.

 

Leadership Team:

Blair Kaufer, UW Facilities Services, Blairk2@uw.edu

GreenEvans (Registered Student Organization)

 

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Blair Kaufer

Campus Affiliation: UW Facilities Services, Payroll Coordinator

Campus Address: 3900 7th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98195

Phone: 206.221.4350

E-mail: Blairk2@uw.edu

 

Secondary Contact First & Last Name: Emily Coleman

Campus Affiliation: Master of Public Administration Graduate Student

Address: 6367 NE Radford Ave #4022, Seattle WA 98115

Phone: 414.378.1356

E-mail: ercole3@uw.edu

 

 

[1] Freytas-tamura, Kimiko De. “Plastics Pile Up as China Refuses to Take the West's Recycling.” The New York Times, The New York Times, 11 Jan. 2018, www.nytimes.com/2018/01/11/world/china-recyclables-ban.html.

[2] UW Recycling Annual Report 2016. Page 4.

https://facilities.uw.edu/files/media/uw-recycling-annual-report-2016.pdf

[3] UW Recycling Annual Report 2016. Page 2.

https://facilities.uw.edu/files/media/uw-recycling-annual-report-2016.pdf

[4] Our conservative estimate is based off a processing rate of 2 kilograms of plastic per hour, 15 hours a week and 48 weeks a year.

[5] UW Recycling Annual Report 2016. Page 7.

https://facilities.uw.edu/files/media/uw-recycling-annual-report-2016.pdf

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Blair Kaufer

Double Dip Conference

Project Size: Small, <$1,000
Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $1,000

Letter of Intent:

 

Summary

 

Diversity in Psychology is an RSO that was created in response to the alarming lack of diversity and representation in the field of Psychology, and specifically within the Psychology department at the University of Washington. Our founding members noticed the large emphasis of the experiences of White people as the center of many class discussions as well as in media representations of mental health and mental illness. We established this RSO in order to tackle some of these issues of representation and education, and used this momentum to shape our first meetings around topics that bridged social in/justice and Psychology. We have led many community conversations about Microaggressions, Impostor Syndrome, our own “Seattle Affective Disorder”, and a discussion about “The Mis-Education of Mental Illness”, which focused on breaking the stigma that mental health and therapy aren’t for people of color. Through our meetings, we aim to create a focused group of students of color in the field.

One aspect of our organization is connecting with members and groups in our community, and so we decided to extend our goals and ideas to high school students in the King County area who identify as people of color and who are interested in Psychology.This conference will be centered on familiarizing students with life at the University of Washington and highlighting the importance of people like them in the field. We aim to start this conversation at a young age because these students are most likely developing their identities and figuring out their part in society.

The conference will be an all-day event, beginning at 9am and commencing around 4:30 pm. The day will consist of a Keynote speaker, a series of breakout sessions & workshops, lunch, an RSO fair, and a campus tour. We hope to have students leave the conference a little less nervous about attending college and inspired and educated on the diverse field of Psychology.

 

Date: Saturday, November 10th 2018

Time: 9am-4:30pm

Location: Samuel E. Kelly Ethnic Cultural Center

 

Conference Timeline:

9:00-9:30 - Registration + light breakfast
9:30-9:40 Transition to large room
9:40-9:45 Introduce DIP, Conference, Timeline and Speaker
9:45-10:00 Keynote Speaker
10:00-10:10 - Explain breakout sessions and transition to rooms
10:15-11:15 Break out 1
11:15-11:25 Transition
11:30-12:30 Break Out 2
12:35-1:30 Lunch, RSO tabling fair, sorority/frat showcase
1:30-1:40 Transition
1:45-2:45 Break out 3
2:45-2:55 Transition
3:00-4:00 Break Out 4
4:00-4:30 Group Picture and Ending Remarks in Unity Room

 

Break out session Workshops (4):

  • The Importance of POC in Psychology/Psychological Research - Led by UW Psychology graduate students
  • Transitioning from High School to College - Led by UW Counseling Center
  • Admissions 101 workshop (topic is still tentative, but this is what has been currently agreed on) - Led by the Dream Project
  • Campus Tour - Led by OMAD Student Ambassadors. We also want to incorporate a diversity and sustainability centered tour of the UW Campus. We are working with CSF staff members and ECC staff members to accomplish this.

 

RSOs for RSO Fair

  • We want to showcase RSOs that center on diversity, as well as RSOs involved in Psychology, Mental Health, and related fields.
  • Additionally, we plan to showcase multicultural Greek Life (UW National Pan-Hellenic Council, United Greek Council) to get students excited about Greek Life that may be more relevant to their cultural backgrounds.

 

Keynote Speaker - A meeting with Professor Lynne Manzo is in the works. Professor Manzo is an Environmental Psychologist and we feel she can not only offer a perspective into an interesting field of Psychology, but also speak to the importance of understanding psychological impacts of environmental injustices which people of color face at alarming rates.

 

Lead RSO- Diversity in Psychology

 

Budget - $1000 requested from CSF

 

  • Room Fees
    • Samuel E. Kelly Ethnic Cultural Center - Unity Room + 4 breakout rooms; non-affiliated RSO ($377)
  • Materials/Promotional Items
    • 150 T-Shirts with Double Dip Logo ($700)
    • 110 Tote Bags with Logo ($210)
    • 150 Lanyards ($256)
    • Bus Vouchers for Students ($250)

 

Project Planning Timeline

 

September 17th-November 9th: Weekly board meetings centered on Conference planning

 

  • Week of September 17th
    • Check in
    • Assign new tasks for Fall Quarter;
    • Schedule meetings with Faculty Advisor, UW Admissions, Dean Taylor & Dr. Suite, and workshop leaders
    • Compile list of RSOs for RSO Fair and sending out emails
    • Find campus tour guides
    • Create T-shirt,lanyard, and tote bag designs
    • Send invitation emails to new list of high school contacts + potential sponsors
    • Contact caterer (Subway)
    • Meet with Dream Project
  • Week of September 24th
    • Check in
    • Confirm caterer
    • Meet with Faculty Advisor; meet with UW Admissions to schedule high school visits; meet with Dean Taylor & Denzil Suite
    • Increase RSO outreach efforts
    • Increase high school student outreach efforts
  • Week of October 8th
    • Check in
    • Meet with workshop leaders to discuss workshops by this week
    • Finalize KeyNote Speaker
    • Confirm RSO list; send out informational emails to RSOs
  • Week of October 15th
    • Check in
    • Meet with Faculty Advisor
    • Confirm Workshop topics and schedule
  • Week of October 22nd
    • Check in
    • Pay ECC reservation fee
    • Last minute high school
    • Close registration (10/26) and finalize/confirm conference attendance
    • Order T-Shirts, lanyards, and tote bags
  • Week of October 29th
    • Check in
    • Meet with Faculty Advisor
    • Potentially leave registration open until 11/2
  • Week of November 5th
    • Check in
    • Finalize conference details and technicalities, set up ECC; meet with RSO fair participants, workshop leaders, volunteers
    • Send out informational emails to high school students

 

Environmental Impact

 

Most Psychological research that is studied in Colleges and Universities has been done by White people, on White people, and most likely for White people. Findings have been applied to “other” groups, like people of color, without taking into account cultural differences or other ways of living. Or, when research does mention various cultural groups, they are brought up as the antithesis or exception. Further, mental health and illness are thought to be arenas for wealthy White individuals. This is clear after a simple Google search of “therapist” or “therapy”. Attending the University of Washington and majoring in Psychology will also give off that information. PSYCH classes are typically taught by White professors and most students in class are White. Most of the psychologists and researchers that students learn about are White, and their subjects are largely White.

However, there has been research on topics such as representation. Different studies show that schools with more Black teachers or even a Black principal increase the amount of Black students in gifted programs. From the direct experience of Diversity in Psychology’s founding members, as well as from many other people of color, it becomes much easier to feel as one belongs in a group or school when there are other people that look like you. Studies show that belongingness is crucial to development, academic performance, and many other positive outcomes.

One of the immediate goals of the Double Dip Conference is to provide this representation to high school students. We feel that because the larger field of Psychology lacks much diverse representation, the study and faith in Psychology is lacking in many communities that have been historically underserved and neglected. We hope that if  students see other students, leaders, professors, alumni, and advisors that reflect themselves, they can easily imagine themselves at the University of Washington and as future Psychology professionals. Additionally, we hope to present the idea of attending a university as exciting and attainable for these students. We want to provide them with resources and a network of support for their future college endeavors. Expanding the community that Diversity in Psychology has created to high school students is also a goal of the Conference.

Further, along with the values of our RSO, our team hopes to broaden the conversation around what Psychology can mean. While the field historically lacks much racial representation, issues such as racism and discrimination are intensely intertwined in various Psychological topics and areas of study. This being said, we plan to include an environmental aspect in our conference. Given the low amounts of racial diversity at the University of Washington, Seattle, and largely the whole state of Washington, it is important to note how environmental injustices are rooted in racism and that they impact certain groups in many ways. In a virtually racially-segregated city like Seattle, that is undergoing much change, a conversation and understanding about issues such as environmental racism is crucial. Professor Lynne Manzo, an Environmental Psychologist, will be able to speak on this topic. We want students to understand that Psychology is more than being a “shrink”, “listening to people’s problems”, or “diagnosing everyone you meet”. Psychology can also mean seeing and understanding deeply rooted systems of injustice and the avenues through which they are sustained.

Our larger goals are to increase diversity in the Psychology department at UW and in the broader field. Showcasing actual diversity in Psychology at this conference, educating students on the importance of people like them in this field, and familiarizing students with resources on campus will build a strong and focused group of future applicants to the school. This conference will start a domino effect and grow bigger and better with every year.

 

Education & Outreach

 

We have been working with the Office of Multicultural Outreach and Recruitment, the Dream Project, and UW Admissions to spread the word to high schoolers. Because our target group is high school students, we have been working with these offices to share our marketing information (description of the event + event flyer + registration link) to their high school contacts. Through our various organized meetings and discussions, we have met members of the greater community that are also forwarding our conference details to various high schools and students in the area.

We plan to host this conference at the UW, in the Samuel E. Kelly Ethnic Cultural Center. Not only is the ECC a great resource for students of color at UW, but it is a great network of people to work with for this conference. We hope to collaborate and share ideas on how to best serve our audience.

Through the various workshops and discussions, we plan to exhibit the diversity of the field of Psychology. That means highlighting the many different areas of research, job opportunities and career paths, and why it is importance for the field to consist of diverse individuals & groups. We can hopefully start a trend of positive change and start the very important conversation about Psychology in marginalized groups and communities.

 

Student Involvement

 

All of our board members will be involved in the Conference. Members are taking leadership roles with advertising, conference planning, and student outreach, and some will also take charge in creating merchandise and other materials for the event. In addition to our own team, we plan to collaborate with other student leaders involved in the Dream Project, Admissions, Psychology graduate students, and professors and faculty in the field. These individuals and groups will lead the workshops that the high school students will attend throughout the day. We also look forward to collaborating with different RSOs that center on diversity and/or Psychology to participate in an RSO fair during the event.

 

Accountability & Feasibility

 

Diversity in Psychology’s executive board has been on top of planning and communicating in regard to the Conference. Since Spring Quarter of 2018, we have had various meetings where items such as fundraising and conference planning were talked about and executed. Our previous board was very passionate about the Conference and we have solidified many aspects already. We will have merchandise donated from the UW Bookstore, snack donations from a local bakery, and have confirmed collaborations with the Dream Project, the Counseling Center, and UW Psychology graduate students to lead different sessions throughout the day. A flyer (with a conference logo) and informational letter have both been created to send out to high school counselors and students

For marketing and outreach, we have been working closely with the Multicultural Outreach and Recruitment Office (MOR) to reach out to students and high schools in the King County area. Additionally, we have reached out to personal and community contacts that have access to these populations as well in order to advertise and invite students to the conference. We have a goal of 100 students, and so far have about 50 confirmed via our registration link. Now that school is starting up again, we will expand our invitations and reach out to even more high schools. Additionally, the Dream Project will also be spreading the word to their high school connections.

Over the summer, our new executive board has met for a few in-person meetings but have been communicating virtually for the most part. The new board has become familiar with the conference and tasks have been assigned to each member, ranging from taking charge on merchandise and marketing materials to sending out email invitations. When the school year begins, we will continue to meet once to twice weekly to check in with each other and our assigned tasks. We will also continue check-ins with our faculty advisor and our other sources of assistance from UW Admissions and MOR.

We have also met with and been in constant communication with our faculty advisor in the Psychology Advising Office. She has helped us with getting financial backing from the Psychology Department and connected us with the graduate students who will be leading sessions.

The conference has the support of Dr. Denzil Suite, the VP of Student Life. He has a background in Psychology and is thrilled to see a conference like ours coming to fruition. Additionally, Ed Taylor, Dean of Undergraduate Affairs, has also agreed to support the conference financially. Similarly, he has a background in Psychology and shares Dr. Suite’s excitement and passion.

Of course, if awarded money, we are more than thrilled to work with the CSF to discussing alternative ways of reaching high school students and ways to improve any ideas regarding the conference. We would love to talk about ways to make the conference even more cost-efficient.

Our team members are confident that this conference will pave the way for more to come and widen the conversation about diversity in the field of Psychology.

 

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Ayala Feder-Haugabook

Life Sciences Building Rooftop Solar Array - Supplementary

Project Size: Large, >$1,000
Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $50,000

Letter of Intent:

CSF LETTER OF INTENT:

LIFE SCIENCES BUILDING ROOFTOP SOLAR ARRAY (2)

 

  1. INTRODUCTION

UW-Solar is working with the University of Washington (UW) and project architects, Perkins+Will, on the construction of UW’s Life Sciences Building (LSB). UW-Solar contributed to the installation of building integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) panels on the façade of the building. The student group is now advocating for the installation of a 100 kW on the rooftop of the LSB upon completion of the building, scheduled for Fall 2018. We have already secured $150,000 in previous funding from the Campus Sustainability Fund (CSF) for the project, received a generous $100,000 donation from a charitable organization, and are requesting an additional $50,000 from CSF for the project, through the new Student Technology Fee (STF) partnership with CSF.

 

SUMMARY

 

2.1 UW-SOLAR SUMMARY

UW-Solar is an interdisciplinary team within the University of Washington’s Urban Infrastructure Laboratory that focuses on the development of solar installations with accompanying Industrial Control Systems on buildings on the UW campus. UW-Solar students range from undergraduate to the Ph.D. level within the Colleges of Engineering, Business, Built Environments, and Environmental Sciences. UW-Solar’s primary objective is to provide clean, sustainable power production to reduce the University of Washington’s reliance on external energy resources, improve power systems’ resilience to outages, and reduce the overall carbon footprint of the university. The usage of clean and renewable energy sources are a primary objective of the University of Washington’s Climate Action plan for the future sustainability of the University.

 

2.2 PROJECT SUMMARY

UW is working with Perkins+Will to construct the new Life Science Building. The implementation of a roof-top PV array will enhance the energy generation of the existing design, bringing the project closer to achieving LEED-NC Platinum certification. Power generation from solar energy has been achieved with the construction of BIPV fins on the southeast façade, but the addition of standard photovoltaic (PV) panels on the roof of the building would allow for far greater harvesting of the solar resource.

 

In Spring 2017, CSF approved $150,000 in funding for a combined pool that was meant to cover the $600,000 in costs for both the rooftop PV system and the BIPV panels. Unfortunately, we were unable to secure the remaining $450,000 because many of our historical funding sources became unavailable within the current political climate. As such we chose to abandon pursuing funding for the BIPV fins and have focused exclusively on the the rooftop PV system.

 

In July 2018, we were informed by Devin Kleiner of Perkins+Will that a generous donor was willing to contribute $100,000 to the construction of the rooftop PV system. The original CSF funding combined with the matching donation brings our current budget to $250,000. We are thus requesting an additional $50,000 in order to fully build out our designed 100 kW array on the LSB.

 

This project has been in development since Fall of 2016. As such, we have already completed the design for the project, estimated costs and power generation, and have begun a draft Request for Proposal (RFP) to be submitted to UW Capital Projects & Development.

 

We are hoping this project can be supported by the new STF partnership with CSF. The development of clean energy on campus aligns itself with the goals of the STF. This rooftop PV system would provide positive environmental and financial impacts for the University, provide opportunities for students of UW-Solar to work on an engineering and construction project, and promotes sustainability initiatives on campus with a visible and highly-publicized student project.

 

ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT

The addition of photovoltaics to the Life Sciences Building will have a positive impact on the environment through the on-site production of renewable energy, which will both reduce the carbon-footprint of the building and increase its energy self-sufficiency.

 

As of March 2017, the was enough rooftop space reserved for a 100 kW solar array, or approximately 335 standard panels. Using the National Renewable Energy Laboratory's PVWatts calculator (https://pvwatts.nrel.gov/), this array would generate approximately 105,000 kWh/year. According to the EPA Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies calculator, that is equivalent to upwards of 78 metric tons of CO2e. This is comparable to the carbon generated from:

 

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

 

STUDENT LEADERSHIP & INVOLVEMENT

The inclusion of renewable technologies on the Life Sciences Building has been spearheaded by students of UW-Solar since the Fall of 2015. The students working on this project have had opportunities to interact and work with architects from Perkins+Will, contractors from Skanska, and professionals working at the UW.

 

Numerous updates are necessary before our RFP can be submitted. Luckily, new and returning members of UW-Solar will be available this fall quarter to address these tasks. Students involved in this project will learn:

  • Reading and interpreting construction documents
  • Revising our original design to match the As-Built documents for the rooftop
  • Cost and energy performance estimating

 

Students will also get the opportunity to select a contracting firm to award the bid using an unbiased, multicriteria analysis. As one criteria, we are including a section within our RFP wherein the contracting firm must propose a “student education and inclusion” plan. This plan should give students the opportunity to tour a construction site, learn from professionals about solar installation, and participating in the commissioning process upon successful construction of the project.

 

EDUCATION AND OUTREACH

The rooftop array will be installed with a Supervisory Controls and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system. This system would record performance data from each individual panel, which allows for design optimization and simplifies maintenance. In addition, this system stores the performance data, which can be analyzed and presented. A virtual dashboard displaying energy metrics of the LSB will be placed within the 1st floor lobby space. Our SCADA system would be incorporated into the presentation for this dashboard. Students and visitors would be able to interact with the dashboard and explore the building’s energy metrics and sustainable features, including the energy provided by the rooftop array.

 

The unique aspects of this project make the LSB a leading example of sustainability in higher education and demonstrates the University’s commitment to investing in alternative energy sources. The project has been highly publicized, and the addition of a large rooftop solar array would certainly garner attention from news sources and the student body. This could also serve as a flagship project to highlight the new partnership between the CSF and the STF.

 

ACCOUNTABILITY

UW-Solar has investigated ongoing accountability for management and maintenance of the solar installations, as well as long-term leadership considerations for the project as it relates to executive stakeholders, logistical management, and staffing and budget impacts of relevant stakeholder organizations.

 

ESTIMATED BUDGET

The following table is a cost estimate for the rooftop array. The budget is meant to be an estimate and will be revised by our contractor bids. Please see the key below for explanation.

Infrastructure Cost ($) IT Cost ($)
Panels 80,000* Inverters 50,000*
Wiring 15,000* Metering 7,000***
Racking System 10,000*** Weather Station 500***
Labor 100,000** Transformer 2,500***
Permitting 500*** IT equipment 4,000***
Commissioning 5,000* Shipping 2,500***
Operations & Maintenance 3,000***    
Subtotal 213,500 Subtotal 66,500
Contingency 20,000*** Total 300,000

 

*Items intended to be funded by original CSF award

**Items intended to be funded by outside donation

***Items intended to be funded by this application

 

If we are not awarded the additional $50,000 requested in this application, we will

proceed with the $250,000 to construct a reduced array of approximately 80 kW.

 

PROJECT TIMELINE

The following is a potential project timeline:

CSF Full Proposal Due- TBD

CSF Award Notification- Late October, 2018 (TBD)

Request for Proposal Submitted- Early November 2018

Contractor Selected: Early 2019

Construction Begins: Late Spring 2019

Construction Completed: Summer 2019

 

 

CONTACT INFORMATION

 

Life Sciences Building Project Managers:

 

Project Lead - Alex Ratcliff, alexr529@uw.edu

 

Facility Manager - Jan Whittington, janwhit@uw.edu

Urban Infrastructure Lab Manager - Stefanie Young, sy10@uw.edu

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Alexander Ratcliff

Rebound: The Bounce Back Used Notebooks Deserve

Project Size: Small, <$1,000
Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $405

Letter of Intent:

Project Proposal

Each quarter students buy brand new notebooks and throughout each lecture slowly fill the pages with diagrams and key points. However, as dead week rolls around many find they have excess blank pages leftover. A large portion of students hold on to these notebooks, never to look back at their notes, while others recycle or even put the paper into the trash. Our campus Rotaract Club is proposing an innovative alternative, to collect these notebooks at the end of each quarter to be disassembled and rebound into new notebooks. After disassembling all of notebook parts, papers of similar sizes will be grouped and then using aluminum screw posts and covers made of recycled materials, new notebooks will be formed. The recreated notebooks will be freely distributed at the start of the next quarter for their second lives in assisting student learning. To complete the “Rebound” project, our club will require upfront funding for a machining tools, customized stamps promoting sustainability, collection bins, and reusable promotion signs, along with funds to purchase pins and covers for each new notebook.

 

Environmental Impact

Throughout this collection and repurposing process all unusable materials will be disposed of properly. We will invite any unwanted notebooks to be put into our collection bins, in this way we are disposing of notebooks correctly, even if it does not contain immediately reusable paper. Not only does this give the unused paper the ability to be used, it also ensures that all components of notebooks, such as the metal spiral are correctly recycled. We hope to alleviate improper disposal that occurs each quarter, along with providing a second life to untouched paper. If large scale recycling is required we plan to partner with Seattle’s recycling resources, such as Seadrunar Recycling, a non-profit based in Seattle.

 

Student Leadership & Involvement

This process will take extensive planning within our club’s committee to ensure proper promotion and execution of notebook collection. Donation boxes are planned to be placed outside of main lecture halls, dorms, and dining halls on campus. Redistribution will be executed at the start of the quarter by tabling in Red Square. A committee will be formed within our club and will be mainly lead by select officers.

Education, Outreach, & Behavior Change

Each notebook will be customized with a stamp or sticker explaining the history of the notebook, along with promoting the importance of recycling used materials. The notebooks will also detail proper self-disposal at the end of it’s use. Our club plans to table in Red Square at the beginning of the quarter to spread awareness of the program, while distributing the rebound notebooks.  

Feasibility, Accountability, & Sustainability

The bulk of the manual labor required for this process will be completed by the members within the Rotaract Club. Each year we maintain approximately 25 active members and meet weekly to engage in service projects and to develop professionally. As our club is accustomed to service events we are highly equipped to take on a project of this magnitude. In this past year our members were a part of organizing and executing a hygiene kit packing event where over 800 kits were assembled for sex trafficked victims in the Seattle area. To maintain a long-term commitment to this plan, emphasis will be put on plan documentation and training of underclassmen. We also plan to conduct surveys when distributing notebooks to gain insight in how to better our program. Through these methods our “Rebound” project can be formed into a sustainable component of the University of Washington Seattle campus.

Project Budget

The proposed budget supplies enough materials to create 100 notebooks. The limiting factors will be the notebook covers and aluminum pins. Each new notebook will require 2 notebook covers, with 200 proposed in the budget. Three aluminum pins will also be required per notebook, with 300 planned in the budget.

Item Category Item Item Description and Distributor Qty Unit Price Shipping Cost Total Expense
Notebook Materials Notebook Cover 8.75” x 11.25” x 0.016” rounded corner grain composition notebook covers. In blue and green and 100% recyclable. Sold by Lamination Depot 200 $0.3011 $0* $60.22
  Aluminum Pins 5/8” aluminum screw pins. Sold by Lamination Depot 300 $0.0797 $0* $23.91
  Recycling Stamps Predesigned recycle stamps. Uses water-based inks and consist of post-consumer plastic for minimal environmental impact. Sold by simplystamps.com. 4 $8.95 $4.95 $40.75
  Custom Stamps Custom stamp detailing recycling instructions for notebook. Sold by thestampmaker.com. 1 $24.95 $5.90 $30.85
  Custom Sticker Custom circle sticker, 3” x 3” explaining the notebook origin. Sold by Vistaprint.com. 120 $0.537 $8.99 $73.47
Notebook Binding Tools Hole Punch 40 sheet 3-hole punch, with 9/32” diameter holes. Sold by Amazon “Bostitch EZ Squeeze 40 Sheet 3-Hole Punch (HP40)” 2 $19.84 $0 $39.68
Marketing Collection Bins Cardboard bins to collect used notebooks, 16” x 16” x 31”. Sold by Amazon “Disposable Cardboard Trash and Recycling Boxes: Bin + Lid + Trash Bag- White (Qty. 10 Sets)” 10 $9.00 $0 $90.00
  Vinyl Sign 3’ x 6’ custom vinyl sign, intended for tabling events in Red Square. Sold by buildasign.com. 1 $40.59 $0 $40.59
          Total Cost $402.51

*Shipping from Lamination Depot is free for orders over $75.00

 

Timeline

Task Name Start Date End Date
Fall Quarter 2018 9/26/2018 12/14/2018
Form "Rebound" Committee 10/2/2018 10/9/2018
Order collection supplies 11/1/2018 11/2/2018
Order rebinding supplies 11/8/2018 11/9/2018
Organize advertising plan 11/13/2018 11/27/2018
Notebook Collection 12/3/2018 12/14/2018
Rebinding of notebooks 12/12/2018 1/6/2019
Winter Quarter 2019 1/7/2019 3/22/2019
Redistribution of notebooks 1/7/2019 1/8/2019
Notebook Collection 3/11/2019 3/22/2019
Rebinding of notebooks 3/20/2019 3/31/2019
Spring Quarter 2019 4/1/2019 6/14/2019
Redistribution of notebooks 4/1/2019 4/2/2019
Notebook Collection 6/3/2019 6/14/2019
Rebinding of notebooks 6/12/2019 6/22/2019
Redistribution of notebooks 6/24/2019 6/25/2019
Primary Contact First & Last Name: Arielle Howell

HUB Bin Expansion Project

Project Size: Small, <$1,000
Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $952

Letter of Intent:

14 May 2018 

 

 

My name is Izabella Dadula and I am a graduating senior in the University of Washington Industrial Design program on the Seattle campus. I am writing to apply for a small CSF grant ($952) for a student-led project (with faculty support).

 

Since Summer 2017, I have been working to redesign the physical containers that are part of the Smart Bins installation at the HUB. The Smart Bins installation (designed by Karen Cheng and Kristine Matthews, faculty members at the University of Washington) consists of a set of digital screens and videos that help educate users about proper recycling and composting. When someone throws trash into the bins, it triggers a weight sensor, and the screens tell the user how their choice impacts the environment. 

 

Unfortunately, the current bins are small surplus items provided by UW Recycling. They have very limited capacity (about 10 gallons). In the HUB location, these bins cannot handle the amount of foot traffic and waste at the HUB. By noon, the bins are completely overflowing with trash—and that deters people from seeing and using the installation (see photo next page).

 

To solve this problem, my design more than doubles the bins’ capacity. Throughout this year, I have consulted with the original research group and made multiple iterations of my design so that new bins accommodate both a larger liner and a larger digital scale. Besides increasing capacity, I have made the new bins with a side-door, which will also be easier (more ergonomic) for custodians to service. The current bins are top-loading, which means that custodians have to lift the waste bags up and out of the liners. 

 

I have been working with the UW School of Art Woodshop and 3D lab technicians, and we have secured free leftover wood from a salvage project that I can reuse for doors. The CSF grant will enable us to pay a fabricator to bend and powder-coat steel for the rest of the casing. We have sent the design out to local metal shops for quotes, and selected the lowest price. The new bins are extremely sturdy and should last more than 50 years. 

 

We have some funding from the UW HUB and UW HFS for this project. The artists/faculty are also willing to contribute/match these funds. With this CSF grant, we will have full funding and will be able to bring my design to life. This is an extremely exciting and important moment for me as a senior in industrial design—to finally see the production of a design that I personally worked on.

 

I believe this project addresses the CSF requirements because the installation has been proven to change behavior over time. In the bin’s previous location in UW’s PACCAR hall, trash sorts from the UW Garbology Project showed that the installation increases composting and reduces contamination in recycling. The installation is used not only by students and staff, but also by prospective students and families who visit the campus. The bins are currently located in a high traffic area and are a part of spreading proper waste management awareness in at the University of Washington and beyond.

 

Please help me see this project to its completion. Thank you very much for your consideration. 

 

Sincerely, 

Izabella Dadula

UW Industrial Design Senior

izdadula@uw.edu

 

BUDGET FOR EXPANDED CAPACITY HUB BINS
14 May 2018 

Wood Door Fabrication at School of Art + Art History + Design
Salvaged Wood Material $0

Woodworking Assistance from Flyn O’Brien, UW Design Technician $330

Hardware

Six Hinges from McMaster-Carr (Two per Door, $5.40 each) $32

Three Sets of Four Levellers from McMaster Carr ($7.05 per set) $28

WA State Sales Tax (10.4%) $6

Fabrication at Rainier
Metal Purchasing, Bending, Powder Coating and Assembly (Wood Door) $5,775

WA State Sales Tax (10.4%) $600

Interior Liners and Scales

Three Centurian 23 gallon bin liners ($21 each) $63

Three Adam Scales ($160 each) $480
WA State Sales Tax (10.4%) $56

Direct Printing for Bin Lids

Printing from Imagine Visual Services (includes WA State Sales Tax) $332

TOTAL COST $7,702

FUNDS RAISED

Budget from UW HUB $2,500

Budget from UW HFS $750

Matching Funds from UW Design Division $3,500

Requested funds from CSF Small Projects Grant $952

TIMELINE FOR EXPANDED CAPACITY HUB BINS
We can begin fabrication immediately after funds have been supplied by the CSF

Small Projects Grant. The fabrication process will occur during Summer Quarter 2018. 

The new bins can then be in place prior to the start of Fall Quarter 2018. 

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Izabella Dadula

Salvage Wood Project Advertising Campaign

Project Size: Small, <$1,000
Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $1,000

Letter of Intent:

Dear Selection Committee,

I would like to thank you for funding all of the grounds management sustainability projects. The money you have supplied is helping the University become a more sustainable, environmentally friendly space.

One of our most successful projects, the salvage wood program, is in need of money for advertising. This project turns wood from fallen trees into usable products such as benches, tables and nametags. Keeping our trees on campus substantially reduces our carbon footprint. Grinding up and transporting these trees to cedar grove requires the use of fossil fuels and produces carbon emissions. Currently, there is more salvage wood than there is demand for its usable products. At the current rate we will not have adequate room to store all of the downed wood for future projects.

In order for this project to stay operational and efficiently use all of the wood from around campus, product orders need to be placed by the campus community. The money acquired from this grant will be used to increase our outreach by creating a workable website where campus organizations, faculty, staff and alumni can order different products created from salvaged wood. We will work with students from the marketing and business school to help us set up a website and advertising campaign throughout campus. Other forms of outreach will be established with the College of Built Environments who may have an interest in using the wood for their classes.

We will also create wooden tags and plaques using salvage wood to be placed in high visited areas throughout campus (The HUB, Suzzallo, Odeggard, Washington Commons, etc.). These tags/plaques will contain the following ‘To order salvage wood products (name tags, benches, tables etc.) please visit WWW.XXXXXX.com, This project is funded by the Campus Sustainability Fund.’  The majority of the funds will be used to pay for these tags which cost $65 each. Examples of these tags created by the salvage wood program can be seen below.

Thank you for your considerations for this grant. If awarded it will greatly help the salvage wood program.

Sincerely,

Michael Bradshaw

 

         

         

 

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Michael Bradshaw

WashPIRG 100% Renewable Energy Plant Potting Event

Project Size: Small, <$1,000
Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $210

Letter of Intent:

CSF Small Project Application

Letter of Intent

 

Plant Potting & Pizza Night

UW WashPIRG

100% Renewable Energy Campaign

This project is meant to increase awareness of the 100% Renewable Energy Campaign through a fun event that will encourage students to engage in student activism. In this workshop, we will be providing small succulents, soil, and a pot that students can decorate. While students socialize and learn more about caring for their succulent, they will be creating something that they can share on social media or with their friends, increasing interest in renewable energy far beyond the night. The event will also include a workshop where we will talk about WashPIRG, the campaign, and the importance of renewable energy. In the workshop, leaders of the campaign will briefly talk about our goals and why renewable energy is important, and then ask prepared questions to open the topic for everyone to discuss. We may also show the “Buildings of the Future: Net Zero Energy” TEDxCSUSM video, to further educate students about why buildings with 100% renewable energy are the future.

Furthermore, studies have proven that having plants in the home can increase concentration and productivity, as well as reduce stress levels. Plants also reduce carbon dioxide and freshen up whatever space they are in. Having this event so close to finals week will be a great way to give back to the community while educating students about renewable energy, as well as providing students with a path towards making a difference and being more involved. This workshop is meant to start a dialogue about renewable energy on campus, as well as educate our peers about how we take action to create a more sustainable future.

1. Environmental Impact

The workshop will nurture a more sustainable campus by providing students with plants which help the environment and also create a path towards thinking about our impact on the planet in our daily lives. We are also being considerate to use compostable items where possible, as well as reuse any products we obtain, such as paint and soil. Educating our peers about renewable energy also begins a discussion about our own individual impact on the environment, as well as what we can do as students to urge others to make sustainable changes.

2. Student Leadership and Involvement

This project is entirely planned and executed by student volunteers, both within WashPIRG’s 100% Renewable Energy campaign as well as other students who express interest in volunteering. Participating in the project will provide students with event planning skills, as well as the skills needed to communicate environmentalism clearly, confidently, and respectfully to others.

3. Education, Outreach, & Behavior Change

This project is aimed at encouraging students to become more aware of issues of sustainability and renewable energy in their daily lives. We hope that this interactive, environmentally friendly activity coupled with discussion as well as education about our cause will attract students who may not already be involved in environmental issues. After this event, we hope that these students will continue exploring sustainability through joining WashPIRG or another environmental RSO.

4. Feasibility, Accountability, & Sustainability

All products needed have already been thoroughly researched for the most cost-effective and environmentally friendly options. Students across the campus community have expressed interest in the event and WashPIRG has the skills and resources to make it successful. While I do not think that time will be our enemy for this project, WashPIRG has put together successful events in a time crunch in the past. The Renewable Energy Rally held this year was planned in a short span and had over 60 attendees, it was also covered on two local news outlets as well as The Daily. For a full list of events organized by WashPIRG, refer here: http://uwashpirg.weebly.com/events.html. We have a dedicated team of students working on this project and have obtained permission to pull it off. Furthermore, the campaign has received guidance by Sean Schmidt, Sustainability Specialist at UW Sustainability, as well as WashPIRG’s full-time Campus Organizer, William Lehrer, whom our organization funds to support us.

Timeline

April 25

  • Second meeting with volunteers finalizing event plan and details
  • Research all supplies needed for the event
  • Begin reaching out to other students about the event

April 26

  • Reserve room in the HUB

April 27

  • Turn in CSF Application
  • Create Facebook page for event
  • Begin inviting students to event
  • Begin rough draft for conversation topics during workshop

May 1

  • Purchase supplies for event

May 2

  • Campaign Meeting
    • Sign up volunteers for event/workshop
    • Brainstorm and compile materials for workshop
    • Share facebook event
    • Sign up volunteers to make and post posters around campus

May 10

  • Campaign Meeting
    • Begin making and putting up posters around campus
    • Finalize conversation topics during workshop

May 18

  • “Plants and Pizza with WashPIRG 100% Sustainability Campaign” event in HUB 337 from 5:30-6:30 pm

Budget

  • Room booking
    • $12.50 + $22.00 for a custom set
    • $23.00 required cleaning fee for food
    • Total: $57.50
  • Materials for pots
    • Mini Terra Cotta Pots (4 dozen) - $30
    • Paint (10 pc.) - $25.00
    • Paint Palettes (2 dozen) - $10.00
    • Stickers (1 roll) - $3.00
    • Self-Adhesive Daisy Decorations (36 pieces) - $5.00
    • Total: $73.00
  • Plant Materials
    • Succulent Cuttings (40 pieces) - $60
    • Soil Mix - $10.00
    • Total: $70
  • Food (cannot be funded by CSF, funded through donations)
    • Pagliacci donation
  • GRAND TOTAL: $200.50 rounded up to $210
Primary Contact First & Last Name: Bernadette Bresee

TSA Night Market 2018

Project Size: Small, <$1,000
Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $1,000

Letter of Intent:

Project Summary
The UW Night Market has been expanded from HUB Lawn to Red Square since 2001. It is one of the Taiwanese Student Association’s signature events and the largest in scale in terms of people. The event recreates traditional night markets in Taiwan and is centered around food provided by vendors. This year, we will be expanding the vendor section to 30 vendors comparing to 20 vendors last year. Every year, this event creates large amounts of waste that isn’t properly disposed of by guests; this year, we plan to create a recycling plan that alleviates this issue by setting 2-3 volunteers at each trash station to monitor trash flow.
The plan is based on ZeeWee, a Zero Waste Event. The goal is to heavily reduce waste with a three-step process. First: replace all food containers with recyclable and compostable ones. Some containers are vendor specific and will require funds to replace in house. The second step is to eliminate bottled water and replace them with water stations and recyclable cups, which will also require funds. The third step is to assign waste reduction tasks to staff and volunteers. These tasks will include monitoring garbage disposal bins to ensure proper sorting, after event cleanup, etc. Most importantly, the plan will require a radical redesign that will ensure a greener Night Market but will severely strain our already tight budget.
Environmental Impact
With around 7,000 people per year visiting the UW Night Market and 30 vendors, a large amount of waste will be generated. By working closely with vendors and supervising trash containers, waste should be reduced by at least half and recycling increased by an even larger margin. This isn’t a plan that will be implemented once, UW Night Market 2018 will set a precedent for all following events created by TSA that involves food wastes.
Student Leadership and Involvement 
The UW Night Market is primarily run by the Taiwanese Student Association officers, a group of 45 dedicated students. Last year, we also had around 120 volunteers that participated at the Night Market. We are expecting around 100 volunteers this year, of about 30% of the volunteers and officers will be helping out with organizing the trash at each trash station. These volunteers come from various backgrounds; some are members of other UW RSO’s or are students at nearby high schools. Overall, student involvement is prominent. Every year TSA is excited to see so many people participating in the creation of Night Market. This year, we will also be encouraging our attendees to bring their own utensils through making short advertisement videos so that everyone can feel involved in partaking in being eco-friendly.
Education, Outreach, & Behavior Change
The hope is for event-goers and our officers to become more conscientious and aware of the consequences caused by the waste we generate. It is hoped that such a mentality will be adopted in the day-to-day lives of those involved in Night Market, and that the effects will extend beyond TSA events, but to the events of other on-campus organizations. This is why we will make short, eloquent advertising videos on encouraging people to bring their own cutleries. We hope that not only our attendees, but TSA members and students in general will be more aware of the trash generated in daily life.
Feasibility, Accountability, & Sustainability
TSA is a longstanding organization (founded in 1946) that has received multiple RSO rewards. Besides its reputation, TSA is credited with holding multiple large events annually, including a singing competition, semi-formal, and the aforementioned Night Market. A zero-waste event is a challenge that we are willing to take on and have confidence in fulfilling considering our vast experience in event planning. TSA is confident in its ability to use CSF monies in a responsible manner.
Budget
Seeing as night market serves 7,000 people, a conservative estimate for reusable water stations would be $500. Food containers would cost an additional $500. TSA requests $1000 to make this a reality.

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Tiffany Lin

Secondary Contact First & Last Name: Jessica Ong

 

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Tiffany Lin

ReThink UW's Fourth Annual Resilience Summit

Project Size: Small, <$1,000
Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $375

Letter of Intent:

ReThink has held an annual Resilience Summit for three years, and for those times, our organization was lucky enough to work with the CSF through partnerships and grants. This year the Summit focuses on regeneration: the development of systems that are capable of being restored and renewed through the integration of natural processes, human behavior, and community action. We hope to challenge the traditional definition of “sustainability” and discuss if this concept of a prolonged state of environmental impact is beneficial in the future. This year, the event will be held in Paccar Hall 392 to encourage maximum attendance from the Foster School of Business community, as well as other groups on campus interested in sustainable development. We are teaming up with several clubs from across campus to draw an eclectic crowd of around 30-50 students. These students will spend 2 hours listening to in-depth presentations from our business professionals, engaging in question and answer sessions, and ending with individualized plans of action that may simply consist of a changed mindset or even turn into future CSF proposals. With time for networking over a dinner of sustainable and local food, we hope our audience will come away with a diverse set of perspectives and go forth driving change in business-as-usual practices. Beyond the experience members of the planning committee will gain from organizing and marketing this event, all participants of the Resilience Summit will get exposure to a diverse array of students from other disciplines, and informative and inspiring presentations and discussions from professionals in their fields of work. It is a fantastic opportunity for students to broaden their perspectives from the more narrow views represented in their respective majors.

A large part of the challenge is bringing students together to find the root cause of UW’s environmental issues in order to create a feasible solution including a plan of action. The 30-50 students attending the event are expected to be engaged and thoughtful members of the audience. Action post-event is not required but will be highly encouraged and enabled by our team. We have invited speakers from Wells Fargo, The Nature Conservancy, Sustainable Business Consulting, and 3Degrees to speak about how their experiences, company, and/or mission approaches the concept of regeneration in terms of climate action. For example: “How did you get to your current position? Did you always know you wanted to work in sustainability?”, and “What does business environmental responsibility look like to you and your organization?” We are expecting to obtain funds from the Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship and Wells Fargo to help us support this event as it directly affects many students within the Foster School of Business and across the greater UW campus community.

The monetary support of the CSF grant will enable us to perform the best possible outreach for the Resilience Summit in various relevant areas on campus in order to gain excitement and attendance that outweighs last year’s event.  Keeping our environment and UW’s paper reduction goals in mind, while still maximizing the potential for outreach to many attendees, we are planning to partially utilize ReThink grant money to create large poster boards and flyers that will illustrate the importance and quality of this event. ReThink has identified the most influential locations on campus that identify with the goals of this event and ReThink. These include, but are not limited to, the Foster School of Business, the Art and Design School, College of the Environment, Gould Hall, and the Paul G. Allen Center of Computer Science. The posters will be displayed in high-traffic areas, such as cafes and main entrances in order to attract the most attention. These posters complement our mainly digital marketing plan through our well known Facebook page, event page and targeted outreach of our board members and faculty contacts. Our multi-faceted marketing approach will maximize our outreach, and ensure that our environmental message will be heard loud and clear throughout campus.

The environmental problem that we hope to combat with this event is the same we’ve been working to oust for years previously: the widespread lack of education on pressing global environmental issues and sustainable development that UW students are broadly receiving. These issues apply to every student on campus in almost every academic discipline, yet not all students are required—or have room in their schedules—to take courses that touch on these issues, and independently sought information can often be misleading. Furthermore, though the University of Washington has undertaken many steps to be a sustainable campus, there is so much more that can be done, and we believe this starts with student education, involvement, and most importantly interest. The Resilience Summit thoroughly aligns with UW’s mission to sustainability. Even with such a broad term and definition, ReThink unites itself in all parts of all definitions in order to fully capture the meaning as it applies to business, industry, government, and individuals. We hope to be the catalyst to start developing a sustainable development certificate through the Foster School of Business that aligns conservation goals with quantifiable business skills. ReThink is widely known across campus for our work with the UW Sustainability Office, UW Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship, and other environmental clubs around campus. We look forward to bringing this unique event to students from diverse educational backgrounds and hope to foster a learning environment where even our guest speakers can learn from others at this event.

 

 

II. Timeline

 

December 15- January 7 | Planning

  • Brainstorming
    • Partnerships
    • Funding Opportunities
  • Obtaining speaker confirmations
  • Creating marketing campaign
  • Reaching out to Foster Advancement for speaker introductions and potential funding

March 10-April 2 | Implementing

  • Implementing Marketing → Outreach
    • Online first
    • Then to print and around campus
    • Start outreach to organizations, email newsletters

April 3 - April 13 | Outreach

  • Sharing the Resilience Summit at other events, including the Global Leadership Summit
  • Sharing event opportunity in classes
  • Posting marketing poster boards in the Foster School of Business

April 13 - April 19 | Final Stage

  • Final marketing push
  • Extreme outreach
  • Finalization of details with all speakers and partners

 

III. Budget

 

ITEM COST PER QUANTITY TOTAL
Homegrown Catering Budget $350 1 $350
Speaker Parking Permits $20 5 $100
Photographer $100 1 $100
Marketing Poster Boards $25 4 $100
Materials for day-of break-out sessions $25 1 $25
       
  = TOTAL $675
Primary Contact First & Last Name: Serena Jonel Allendorfer

Engage with Renewable Energy: Interactive Art Exhibition & Reusables Workshop

Project Size: Small, <$1,000
Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $674

Letter of Intent:

CSF Small Project Application

Letter of Intent

 

Engage with Renewable Energy: Interactive Art Exhibition & Reusables Workshop

UW WashPIRG

100% Renewable Energy Campaign

 

This project will include two components: a reusables workshop and interactive art exhibition to contribute to the Earth Day celebration on April 16-20th, 2018. The goal of both of these components is to engage UW students who may not already have a strong interest in the sustainability, climate change, or renewable energy and encourage them to incorporate these concepts into their daily lives.

The workshop will provide students with the opportunity to customize their own reusable item while talking with their peers about sustainability and renewable energy. We will provide students with blank tote bags, water bottles, thermoses, and cloth sandwich bags as well as an array of paint and stickers that they can use to create unique reusable items. We hope that these eye-catching designs will encourage their fellow students to start a dialogue about the reusable item and continue the conversation around sustainable choices. In addition, while the workshop is happening we will play a series of videos on the projector that focus on how we can engage with and incorporate sustainability and renewable energy into our worldview. One example of a video we could use is “Buildings of the Future: Net Zero Energy”, which was presented at TEDxCSUSM. Ideally, students will come away with a sparked interest in sustainability that will motivate them to take action in their own lives as well as a fun item that serves as a reminder of the event while reducing their environmental impact.

For the art exhibition, we will have a piece in a prominent position on the first floor of the Husky Union Building for the Monday to Friday of Earth week. The current concept for the piece is a giant “coloring page” that we will display in a four-foot long canvas on two large easels with an array of markers that students passing by can use to color in the piece. The piece itself will showcase a whimsical mural of interconnected vignettes depicting the often unnoticed connections between people and sustainability, such as wind turbines powering houses, urban gardens, and recycling facilities. We will work with the students creating the piece to make a design that appeals to them and tells this story of interconnectedness. One consideration we are keeping in mind is how to present a piece that will engage students and compel them to interact with it while expanding their view of sustainability and renewable energy. After we take down the piece, we are also looking into finding a space where we could permanently display it.

 

1. Environmental Impact

This project will nurture a more sustainable campus by providing around 100 free reusable items to students which will, over a lifetime of use, prevent many hundreds of disposable equivalents from entering landfills. We are also being considerate to use compostable items when possible and will reuse any supplies that we obtain, such as paint and markers.

2. Student Leadership & Involvement

This project will be entirely planned and executed by students, primarily being volunteers within WashPIRG’s 100% Renewable Energy campaign, as well as other students who express interest in contributing. Participating in this project will provide students with event planning skills, as well a unique opportunity to communicate scientific concepts through visual art.

3. Education, Outreach, & Behavior Change

The entirety of this project is aimed at encouraging students to become more aware of and engage with issues of sustainability and renewable energy in their daily lives. We hope that these two components will attract students who aren’t already involved in environmental issues and encourage them to continue exploring after Earth week is over, such as by joining WashPIRG or other environmental RSOs.

4. Feasibility, Accountability, & Sustainability

Although this project must be put together in a short amount of time, we are confident that we have the skill and resources to make it successful. WashPIRG has a history of putting together events under a time crunch, such as the Renewable Energy Rally we held last quarter which had over 50 attendees and was covered on two local news outlets as well as The Daily. For a full list of events our campaign has organized, refer here: http://uwashpirg.weebly.com/events.html . We have a dedicated team of students working on this project and have already obtained all of the permissions to pull it off. Furthermore, we have received guidance from Sean Schmidt, Sustainability Specialist at UW Sustainability, and are also supported by WashPIRG’s Campus Organizer, William Lehrer, who is a full-time staff who our organization pays to support us.

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Timeline

April 5

  • Book room for workshop
  • Confirm art exhibition space in the HUB
  • Reach out to RSOs and students to collaborate on art exhibition (Sustainability In The Arts, Sustainability Action Network, Program on the Environment students)

April 6

  • Submit CSF application

April 9

  • Create poster promoting workshop

April 10

  • Planning meeting
    • Complete rough draft of art exhibition
  • Purchase workshop supplies (online, various websites)
  • Put up posters promoting workshop
  • Create Facebook page for workshop
  • Ask for events put up on the Sustainability Action Network’s Earth Day webpage and the UW Sustainability calendar
  • Send out email promoting the project to our coalition of RSOs
  • Send out email to our network of professors to promote the workshop

April 11

  • Campaign meeting
    • Sign up volunteers to oversee workshop
    • Recruit volunteers to help with exhibition
    • Brainstorm and compile video options
    • Share Facebook event

April 12

  • Purchase exhibition supplies (in person at Artist & Craftsman Supply)

April 13-15

  • Create art exhibition piece

April 16

  • Put up art exhibition in the HUB 1st floor street
  • Possible table promoting the workshop

April 17

  • Hold workshop, 4:30-7:30pm, in HUB 250

April 20

  • Take down art exhibition
  • If we have extra workshop supplies, give out during Earth Day table in Red Square 11:00am-5:00pm

 

Budget

Workshop:

  • Room booking
    • Custom set fee - $27
    • Room fee - $27
    • Cleaning fee - $28
  • Water bottles, thermos & canvas bags (25 of each) - $250
    • Reusable sandwich bags (27) - $115
    • Fabric paint - $20
    • Stickers - $35
  • Food - $30
    • Compostable plates & cutlery - $10

Exhibition:

  • Canvas, 36”x48” student grade - $70
    • Acrylic paint - $40
  • Markers - $22

TOTAL: $674

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Jiamei Shang

Row for Climate

Project Size: Small, <$1,000
Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $1,000

Letter of Intent:

To the CSF Committee,

What would it be like to row across an ocean? Meet Eliza Dawson, a UW undergraduate in Atmospheric Science and an avid adventurer (especially when it involves the water:)

In June 2018 she will row across the Pacific Ocean from California to Hawaii, a distance of 2,400 miles. She will row in a 24 ft long boat with 3 other crew mates from around the world, working with all their might to set a new world record for the fastest crossing, currently set at 50 days. Their boat will be completely human powered, no motor, no sail.

By doing this row, her goal is to bring attention to climate change. Earth is the only planet with a climate known to support life. Our unique planet is precious; meaning it should be of great value, not to be wasted or treated carelessly. Yet our protection is lacking. We need to do more and that is why she is crossing an ocean. She is an atmospheric science major with a focus on climate and am also an avid athlete. As a young climate scientist, she hopes to be a voice for science that makes climate change understandable and inspires societal action. Her blog has more information at row4climate.com.

She is currently working to raise a total of $20,000. As of April 3rd, she has raised $4,465. The $1000 from CSF would help to get a boat, get necessary technology and safety equipment, take courses to prepare for the trip, and buy gear and food.

Sincerely,

Alexander Urasaki

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Alexander Urasaki

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

Project Size: Large, >$1,000
Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $35,000

Letter of Intent:

Summary: This is the Phase 2 (Full Proposal) of UW Anaerobic Digester project. The Phase 1 (Feasibility study) evaluated a) Site Location b) Gas usage c) Compost/Fertilizer usage d) Ongoing Maintenance requirements for building a 160-square foot anaerobic digester on the UW Seattle Campus. The Feasibility study is still underway, but is tentatively moving forward with the following: a) Site Location = UW Farm b) Gas usage = Power a small generator to provide electricity for appliances in the UW farm building (no electricity currently) c) Compost/Fertilizer = UW Farm/Grounds Management will share fertilizer output d) Ongoing maintenance = digester will be maintained by the UW Sustainability Coordinator (position within Grounds Management). The anaerobic digester would utilize food waste to produce renewable energy (biogas) and compost. The biogas and compost will be used for research projects by professors/students and by the UW Farm. The food waste would be provided by the UW Farm and UW Husky Union Building (HUB).

*Important change in the project proposal: We had originally planned to purchase an anaerobic digester from Impact Bioenergy (cost = ~$100,000), but we think a better alternative would be to form a lease agreement or lease-to-purchase agreement with Impact Bioenergy. Leasing is a good idea because: 1) There is no UW entity that is currently willing to “agree to take over the operational costs of this project” (CSF Project Approval Form). By leasing the digester, Impact Bioenergy will own/be liable for continued costs of the digester. 2) By leasing, we would be able to test having the digester on campus for 1-2 years, rather than permanently committing to having a digester on campus. The budget request in this proposal is to cover the leasing costs of the digester for 1-2 years. 

Environmental Impact: An anaerobic digester would have three main environmental impacts on the UW Seattle Campus: 1) Carbon Emissions: the anaerobic diges would utilize approximately 135lbs of food waste per day, so less food waste would be hauled from the UW campus to Cedar Grove Composting Facility. Reducing the amount of food waste that is hauled to Cedar Grove would reduce carbon emissions from garbage/waste disposal trucks that drive from UW to Cedar Grove. 2) Soil Health: an anaerobic digester would produce nutrient-rich compost that could be applied to the UW farm and Center for Urban Horticulture (and other locations on campus). 3) Renewable Energy: an anaerobic digester would be a small-scale model of how to generate renewable energy from food waste. The food waste is broken down by microbes, which produce methane gas, and the methane gas can be used to power a generator for electricity.

Student Leadership/Involvement: Student interest and leadership is primarily coming 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. There are also several UW MBA students involved in this project: John Turk (Class 2019), Robert Leutwyler (Calls 2019). These students are interested in examining the business model of the anaerobic digester, marketing of the fertilizer/compost produced, and scalability of small-scale anaerobic digester projects.

Education, Outreach & Behavior Change: Global Sustainability Initiative (GSI): GSI will conduct outreach to UW undergraduate students to build their membership and raise awareness about the anaerobic digester project. GSI will conduct outreach using tabling events, Facebook posts, and flyers. The UW Farm will also conduct outreach to students that are involved at the farm.

Feasibility, Accountability & Accessibility: This is the Full Proposal to move forward with building an anaerobic digester on the UW Seattle Campus. This project has a lot of support and is a collaboration between the Undergraduate/Graduate students, Professors, UW Facilities, UW Husky Union Building, UW Farm, UW Anaerobic Digester Project Leadership Team, UW Grounds Management, UW Landscape Architects/Design Review Board, and Impact Bioenergy. Impact Bioenergy (http://impactbioenergy.com/) is a business located in Seattle, WA that designs/builds anaerobic digesters to utilize food waste and produce renewable energy and compost.

 

Leadership Team:

Dr. Heidi Gough, PhD, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, hgough@uw.edu

Dr. Sally Brown, PhD, School of Forest Resources, slb@u.washington.edu

Aaron Flaster, BA, Research Coordinator, Department of Psychology, aflaster@uw.edu

Global Sustainability Initiative (Registered Student Organization), gsiuw@uw.edu

 

Budget Estimate: $35,000

 

Contact Information:

Aaron Flaster, B.A.

Research Coordinator, Department of Psychology, University of Washington

Work email: aflaster@uw.edu

Personal Email: aaronflaster@gmail.com

Cell #: 415-497-5877

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Aaron Flaster

SER-UW Native Plant Nursery - Future Growth

Project Size: Large, >$1,000
Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $88,000

Letter of Intent:

Letter of Intent

Project Title: SER-UW Native Plant Nursery - Future Growth

 

Summary of Project Proposal:

Over the past two years, the SER-UW Native Plant Nursery has continued to provide a sustainable and immediate source of plant material, as well as the opportunity for students to gain valuable hands-on experience in horticulture. The Nursery has strengthened lasting relationships with UW and now supplies the majority of plant material used in ESRM courses. Collectively, we supplied over two thousand native plants to these courses in 2018 alone. The Nursery continues to provide resources for graduate student projects, many opportunities for volunteers, and valuable internship opportunities for undergraduate students throughout the year. All plants grown on campus are subsequently used in campus projects, reducing reliance on outside sources and contributing to the UW Sustainability Mission.
 

While working with community partners and UW organizations to secure long-term support, the Nursery seeks gap funding to continue our mission of horticultural education and the production of quality plant material for student projects. We seek funding for two Research Associate (RA) positions which would contribute jointly to improving nursery production tasks, the education program, and outreach. These positions would continue to enhance our programs while facilitating the transition of the Nursery to a permanently funded entity on campus.
 

In order to keep up with student interest, we wish to provide more internship opportunities and projects as components of these internships. The RA positions would direct the creation of a program where native seed could be sustainably harvested from the wild and grown on-site for use in restoration projects. A seed harvesting project will provide interns with an abundance of opportunities to learn new skills, such as field techniques and navigation, data collection, plant identification, and seed harvesting. There is also the possibility to form partnerships with local organizations with similar missions and foster a greater investment in the ecological restoration community of the region.
 

The RA positions would also be responsible for the design and implementation of a fern propagation and rhizome bed production program to fill critical gaps in plant sourcing needed for student restoration projects in Yesler Swamp and Union Bay Natural Area, as well as across campus. This would also provide interns and volunteers opportunities to learn a variety of different production methods and greatly reduce the need for outside sourcing of plant material, increasing the long-term sustainability of the Nursery.

 

Student Leadership and Involvement:

The SER-UW Nursery continues to be an entirely student-run organization, providing valuable experience for graduate students in project management and leadership, as well as many opportunities for interns and other undergraduate and graduate student volunteers. We have strengthened our relationship with the Carlson Center, a leadership and community service organization on campus, with 24 service learning volunteers providing 20 hours each per quarter since 2016. We continue to host weekly volunteer work parties throughout each quarter to provide experiential learning credit for students in ESRM classes and other programs. Since 2016, the Nursery has involved roughly 885 student volunteers, culminating in over 3,000 volunteer hours contributed by students across many majors and departments. Developing programs for seed collection, fern propagation, and rhizome beds will greatly increase the number of unique opportunities available for student volunteers and interns beyond the scope of our current offerings and allow us to keep up with student interest.

 

Education, Outreach, and Behavior Change:

The SER-UW Nursery continues to involve volunteers in every aspect of our work, conducting weekly work parties open to students. The Nursery also provides an ideal outdoor laboratory for ESRM 412, a course focused on native plant production and nursery management. Having these facilities on-campus limits the need for outside materials and spaces for UW-based coursework. Since 2016 the Nursery has hosted five public plant sales to provide an opportunity for members of the greater community to purchase sustainable, student-grown plant material. Sales and attendance of these plant sales have increased since the start of the program, expanding our community involvement and connections. Funds from the plant sale are reinvested directly into the Nursery to fund seed sources, volunteer opportunities, and necessary planting materials.
 

For the seed collection program to maximize its potential, it will require the involvement of a network of participants beyond the Nursery. This program will help to foster relationships with other native plant nurseries and related community organizations. Construction of fern propagation and rhizome beds will also allow us to exchange knowledge and collaborate with partner organizations.

 

Environmental Impact:

The SER-UW Nursery has facilitated the installation of planting projects throughout campus by providing high quality, local and affordable plant materials. Growing plants in-house has reduced the carbon emissions and other costs associated with plant acquisition. During our time of growth, we have been conscious of our footprint and are committed to remaining environmentally sustainable. In Winter quarter of 2018, a Community and Environmental Planning major and nursery intern conducted an abbreviated sustainability life cycle assessment for the Nursery to evaluate its successes and areas for improvement in terms of environmental impact. Fertilizer and pesticide use, recycling, and other practices were assessed in order to set goals for continuing to lessen our environmental impact as we continue to grow.

 

Looking forward, the development of a monitoring and seed collection program will help to close the loop between nursery production and restoration at UW. A seed collection program will enhance the overall sustainability of nursery operations by reducing reliance on outside seed sources and provide material that is more genetically appropriate for our region. The fern propagation and rhizome beds will also drastically reduce the need for off-site sourcing of necessary species, further cutting down on carbon emissions related to travel and shipping of plant materials.

 

Feasibility, Accountability, & Sustainability:

The SER-UW Nursery is dedicated to contributing the UW goals of sustainability and environmental accountability. Projects will continue to be overseen by two part-time managers and a faculty advisor. The Production Manager will secure plant contracts and will be primarily responsible for the day-to-day growing of materials, as well as initiating the installation of a fern propagation and rhizome bed systems. The Education and Outreach Manager will be primarily responsible for managing volunteers and will be the point person for interns. In addition, both managers will work together to write curriculum and protocols, as well as establish relationships to create a seed collection program.
 

Over the past year, the Nursery has made considerable strides in its ongoing push to become a permanent and self-sustaining entity at the University of Washington. Our partnership with the UW Botanic Gardens has opened up further opportunities for student leadership and education within the field of ecological restoration, as well as provided for the growing need for native plant materials on campus and within the Greater Seattle region. There is a strong desire within UWBG to continue to build upon this partnership by funding the Nursery in the long term. A grant award from the CSF will allow the Nursery to continue to contribute to UW’s Sustainability Mission while discussions of funding are finalized over the course of the next academic year.

 

 

Primary Contact:
Sarah Shank

sashank7@uw.edu

 

Secondary Contact:

Kyra Matin

kmatin1@uw.edu

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Sarah Shank

Bringing green games to the UW campus

Project Size: Large, >$1,000
Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $16,028

Letter of Intent:

Project Summary

Over the past year, a team consisting of a researcher and multiple 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 a review of existing games, holding a game jam, and a survey to assess receptiveness and preferences of the UW community around green gaming. The feasibility study resulted in many positive outcomes, including development of multiple sustainability game prototypes, creating connections in the sustainability and gaming communities (both within and outside of UW), and measuring interest and preferences related to different types of green games across the UW community.

The feasibility study identified opportunities as well as challenges related to implementing green games on campus. The opportunities include substantial interest in environmentally-themed games across diverse demographics (age, area of study, student/staff/faculty status) at UW, the potential to create games with powerful messages using moderate resources, and potential to partner with industry, non-profits, and other universities that are interested in using games to promote sustainability.

Leveraging these opportunities, however, will require overcoming several challenges also identified in the feasibility study. The first of these is healthy skepticism, particularly of digital games, which may be seen as antithetical to environmental or 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, there are still important unknowns with respect to using games to promote sustainability, namely demonstrating links between gameplay and willingness of players to actually modify future behavior.

The feasibility study also evaluated a range of incentives that made students, staff, and faculty more likely to engage with green games; somewhat surprisingly, competition and personal rewards were ranked as only moderately important. In contrast, realizing an environmental benefit and cooperation with other people were ranked as some of the most interesting potential game features. This and other information gained from the feasibility study places us in an excellent position to develop games that are more likely to appeal to a broad cross-section of the UW community and have effectively raise awareness or create changes in behavior over time.

As a result of conducting the feasibility study, this team is ready to implement a project that 1) creates and tests games related to multiple environmental issues, 2) tracks individual feedback and responses to link gameplay with changes in awareness and behavior, and 3) shares knowledge and establishes partnerships with other universities and colleges to help develop or use green games on their campuses.

Methods and Outcomes

Engagement with the UW community will be primarily through the creation of four short, topical games that address environmental issues where students can have a positive impact through individual behavior change (e.g., water use, energy use, plastic reduction). These four games will be developed specifically for use on gaming stations that will be temporarily deployed (i.e., for 2-3 weeks at a time) in 4-6 high traffic areas on campus where the UW community can access them. Creating the kiosks as mobile stations will allow us to move them to different parts of the campus, maximizing accessibility and exposure. The UW community will be able to access the kiosks spontaneously and on their own; however, we will also conduct focused email, flyer, and social media campaigns on campus during the period that the kiosks are up with an incentive offered (e.g., having name put in a drawing for a gift card) to those who participate by playing through and giving feedback on at least one of the games.

One of the project goals is to assess the impact of different games on environmental awareness and potential to motivate behavior change over time, so the kiosk and games will be arranged to provide feedback and track responses. A player will be presented with a choice of the four games on different topics and choose one to start; this will result in information on whether certain topics are more attractive than others to players. After playing through the game, players will be asked to give some rapid feedback on how engaging the game was and how much their knowledge of the topic improved (i.e., Did awareness increase?). At this point, players will be given a short list of potential actions that they can elect to take around this issue; the choices will range from simple to more involved, such as a simple pledge to reduce consumption/use vs. opting to have additional information and actions emailed to them (i.e., Can games impact motivation and behavior?). The player can then elect to play through another short game or end the session and be entered into a drawing. Players will be required to give a UW email address for entry into the drawing, creating the potential to re-survey players at a later date.

Although we are designing this project to gain information that can guide development of future games, players will have little experience of being a “research subject”. The feedback sections will be designed to be short, engaging, and positive, and as a natural follow-on to the environmental games. One of the results of the feasibility study was that people are very interested in contributing to research via gaming approaches, so we anticipate that opportunities to give feedback will actually encourage more people to participate and play the kiosk games than otherwise.

Following the active period during which we are pushing traffic to kiosks, the gaming kiosks will be available as a temporary, interactive sustainability exhibit at locations around the UW campus (e.g., The Burke Museum) and/or during special events (e.g., UW’s Sustainability Festival). We are currently and would continue to reach out to partners on campus that could make use of this type of exhibit.

Outreach and Partnerships

Based on contacts, interest, and feedback from the game jam and gaming survey from other universities and non-profit partners, we believe that there is widespread interest in this topic, and strong potential to partner with other universities to create campus-focused games that promote and encourage sustainability. For this reason, one of our major goals for this project is to produce results, information, and products that can help guide efforts or even be directly used at other campuses. We have therefore developed a focused plan to reach out and establish these partnerships:

  1. We are currently working to publish the results of the literature/gaming review, game jam, and survey as a short peer-reviewed (target journal: International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education) or popular magazine article (e.g., UW Columns). Publishing these results will be an important step in establishing credibility and communicating the potential for green games for other universities and colleges across Washington State.
  2. We will use our results to reach out to campus sustainability units and faculty at Washington State colleges and universities, and invite partnerships to work together to implement gaming projects in other locations. Some of the opportunities for partnership include conducting a game jam elsewhere, replicating the green gaming survey, and/or temporarily installing the gaming kiosks at another university campus.
  3. We are currently working with multiple research groups on campus and non-profit agencies interested in using games to promote conservation (e.g., UW’s Freshwater Initiative, Cascade Water Alliance, The Nature Conservancy). These partners are willing to consult on design and development of topical environmental games for the kiosks, with the goal of repurposing some of the games afterwards to help advance their own conservation efforts. 

The Team

The project will be led by an enthusiastic and highly capable team. Lauren Kuehne is a Research Scientist at the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, working on diverse issues of ecology, conservation, and innovative science communication. She led the recent year-long feasibility study to evaluate use of games to promote sustainability, a project that has delivered on all project outcomes while using only half of the total project budget. Cailin Winston is a sophomore at the UW that is majoring in biochemistry and currently considering a double major in computer science. She has a passion for tackling environmental issues and loves to come up with creative solutions to problems. Caleb Winston is currently a high school senior that will enter the UW in fall of 2018 with the intention of majoring in Computer Science. He has already developed and published a number of apps and games for the web, iOS, Android, and Amazon Echo/Alexa, including a recycling app (Sorted, available on multiple app stores). He has participated in multiple game jams including the world's largest, the Ludum Dare competition, where his entry was among the top 100 highest rated games internationally. Cailin and Caleb together participated as a team in the recent UW Sustainability Game Jam and created a game about electronic waste (Salvage), which won first place.

How this project meets the requirements and preferences of the Campus Sustainability Fund

  1. Environmental Impact

Environmental impact comes down not only to the actions that individuals make in any given day or time, but their willingness and commitment to practice sustainable behaviors over time, advocate for sustainability in their community or government, or even apply their professional skills and ingenuity to sustainability problems. As such, we believe that - by allowing people to connect with environmental issues in positive, creative ways – games can help people overcome despair that stands in the way of action. This project is about testing how games can create a diverse access to more sustainable actions and behaviors by a community to ultimately reduce impact in areas such as energy and water conservation, waste reduction, and pollution.

  1. Student Leadership & Involvement

The project is co-designed and led by two undergraduate students who have already demonstrated extensive leadership and skills in addressing environmental sustainability through the innovative use of apps and games. Although both undergraduate leads are already highly accomplished in designing games and applying research-based approaches to sustainability efforts, this project will offer added, professional opportunities to develop their management, development, and leadership skills by producing highly tangible and published outcomes (e.g., games, articles/publications). In addition, we will continue to partner with student groups on campus that can contribute to project goals and outcomes. RSOs and student groups with whom we have worked during the feasibility study include UW GameDev Club, Husky Gamer Nation, UW Earth Club, UW SEED, Green Greeks, EcoReps, UW Bothell Sustainability Club, and the Sustainability Action Network. Students in these groups have contributed by volunteering, allowing us to present at club events or classes, participating in the game jam as developers and volunteers, and helping promote events and surveys.

We will also pursue opportunities to involve students in game development (e.g., students in the Earthgames class, Game Dev Club), beta-testing (Game Dev Club, HCDE Peeps), or in the gaming-impact evaluation stage (e.g., Information School or Program of the Environment capstone programs). One student group that has already committed to this project is UW’s Freshwater Initiative, a graduate student collective that spearheads research and outreach related to freshwater conservation; Freshwater Initiative is very interested in assisting in developing and promoting a game related to water quality and conservation.

In short, as with the feasibility study, the project is designed to create meaningful opportunities for students to contribute, lead, and develop their own ideas and initiatives related to green games.

  1. Education, Outreach, & Behavior Change

The main focus of the project is to develop games related to environmental topics where individual behavior changes can have a big impact. The games will be distributed on campus using mobile kiosks that maximize exposure; the games will not only serve to educate players but will also help us collect information about how games can link to changes in awareness, motivation, and behavior. Following the active kiosk period on campus, the kiosks and four games can be repurposed for use as temporary sustainability exhibits as well as use by non-profit partners in their conservation efforts. Results and products will be produced in ways that are readily shared with other colleges and universities for use in their campus community to promote sustainability.

  1. Feasibility, Accountability, & Sustainability

Collectively, the team has all of the skills and expertise needed to effectively implement this project. Lauren Kuehne is a Research Scientist and a highly accomplished project manager with a strong history of collaborating with diverse academic and non-profit partners. As such, Ms. Kuehne would manage project outcomes and provide logistical support (e.g., apply for in-kind donations, permits), design response-impact surveys for games, and ensure all quality and research standards (e.g., human subjects research review) are met. Ms. Kuehne would also be in charge of reaching out to other colleges and universities, reporting/publications, and working with academic and non-profit partners. Cailin Winston is a biochemistry major with strong public communication skills, as well as creative talents in game design. Cailin will assist with project management, communication, and game design. Caleb Winston is an incoming UW student (CS major) with highly advanced skills in programming apps and games for both web and mobile platforms. Caleb will lead the creative and technical process of game development.

Project Timeline: July 2018 – July 2019

Budget: Our final requested budget will depend on some factors that can’t be confirmed yet. One of these would be a decision of the Campus Sustainability Fund to allow us to rollover approximately $2,900 remaining in our budget from the feasibility study. If CSF allows us to use these remaining funds, the total additional requested for this project would be $16,028. However, this amount includes $3,000 in computer and technology costs (large tablet computers, a game development computer, cloud storage) that may be available through alternative avenues such as the Student Technology Fund, UW IT’s Cloud Computing Research Credits, and the Student Technology Loan Program. We are working to confirm the feasibility of using these alternative resources. The requested budget range is therefore $13,028 - $18,928.

Primary Contact: Lauren Kuehne, lkuehne@uw.edu

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Lauren Kuehne

Go Team, Go Green!

Project Size: Large, >$1,000
Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $40,000

Letter of Intent:

PROJECT 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. We will work with student groups at UW to organize intercollegiate sustainability challenges to occur during the school year in the week leading up to specific intercollegiate athletics matches. For example, in the week before UW-University of Oregon football match, student groups from the Seattle and Eugene 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-Stanford women's basketball match. Judges will be made up of student groups from participating schools not competing that week.

To support these competitions, we will:

I. create a dedicated website on the UW server that will house

  • a modified version of the Primary Contact's student carbon footprint calculator (now at http://footprint.stanford.edu, moving to the UW sever this year);
  • a conversation forum that will act as a blog of sorts, and a means of communication for participating students and campus community members at large;
  • a "search timeline" drawn from Twitter and Instagram hashtags, e.g., #GoTeamGoGreen.

II. work with UW student environmental groups and students in the Program on the Environment to identify UW student leaders willing to contact their colleagues at select universities across the country over Summer 2018.

  • The goal will be to have a handful of schools scheduled for the pilot challenges in Fall 2018 (F18) and Winter 2019 (W19).

III. Support these pilot challenges in F18 and W19 via:

  • posting of a "line-up" early in the week comparing carbon footprints and other campus sustainability efforts planned and undertaken by the respective students/student groups from the two competing schools;
  • encourage use of our conversation forum to post updates in the week leading up to the sports match, in particular focused on new initiatives envisioned and undertaken by the student groups;
  • promote the challenges on our web site, on social media and thru campus and city-wide publications;
  • voting on the "winning" school by a (non UW) school involved in a different challenge week that year.

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 plaque in the mail to hang in their dormitory, club office, etc., as appropriate. To be considered for the award, 10 students from that school must submit anonymous evaluations of the project so that we can make changes that will improve the project in an attempt to ensure its long-term sustainability and portability to other schools worldwide.  All school groups that qualify for award consideration will recieve certificates of participation that they can distribute to the individual students.

 

REQUIREMENTS AND PREFERENCES OF CSF

1. Environmental Impact. We expect the project not only to lead directly to meaningful sustainability efforts both on UW and the partner campuses, but also to inspire the broader student communities to examine their own impacts and make lifestyle changes for sustainability.

2. Student Leadership & Involvement. Although we have yet to identify specific student leaders and groups for the project, this is a key and integral goal. By the time of the Full Application (should the committee invite one from us), we commit to identifying students to act as leaders, particularly those who would commit to undertaking the contacts with the partner schools during Summer 2018 to find "opposing teams." Secondary Contact Kristi Straus is already in communication with her students in the Program on the Environment to try to tap students to step forward next month and assist with the full application, and with efforts in the summer should the project be funded. Furthermore, in April, we plan to contact faculty in the Computer Science department to see if any classes from Spring '19 would like to engage in the modifications to our website and associated tools (in response to the post-project evaluations from participating students at UW and elsewhere - see above) as student-led computer programming class projects.

3. Education, Outreach, & Behavior Change. The aforementioned plans to use social media and "piggy-back" on the popularity of the sports events is a ready-made vehicle for education and outreach. The goal is not only to use a competitive spirit to produce behavioral change, but to reach and inspire the broader campus and surrounding communities in both locations during and following each competition week.

4. Feasibility, Accountability, & Sustainability. We will be able to track our progress using the proposed newly-designed and modified web based tools. The long term and more ambitious goal will be to sufficiently engage the campus communities (and specifically the athletic programs) that future support, promotion and funding for competitions will come from the athletics programs themselves in coordination with campus student groups.

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Jason Hodin

Ethnoforestry: Bringing a new method of sustainable forestry to campus

Project Size: Large, >$1,000
Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $110,000

Letter of Intent:

Summary of Project

The University of Washington’s Olympic Natural Resources Center (ONRC) is pioneering the new scientific discipline of ethnoforestry that elicits traditional ecological knowledge by local people and incorporates it into the forest management process. Indigenous communities have thousands of years of knowledge on the inner workings of ecosystems and this information can be utilized to make more mindful and inclusive decisions that benefit both ecosystems and local communities. Each tribe has cultural keystone species that are of the utmost importance to their culture. Through ethnoforestry, we will learn how to grow and install these plants back onto the landscape so community members have more access to these species for food, medicine, and more. Ethnoforestry is a new and exciting approach to current land management and will be brought to main campus through this project where students will work on tangible projects that will directly impact rural Washington communities, enhancing sustainability and knowledge across campus and Washington state.

 

The first part of this project will take place on campus through the 2018-2019 academic year.  

During this time, grant funds will be allocated to fund a research assistant position that will spearhead ethnoforestry projects on campus. Projects will cover the following main topics: UW community engagement, plant propagation and production, and strengthening tribal relationships in partnership with the UW Native Pathways Program.

UW community engagement will include creating a new interdisciplinary class, providing internship opportunities for undergraduate students, and offering volunteer work parties for any student interested in ethnoforestry. At the University of Washington, students who are interested in horticulture, plant production, or ethnobotany on campus have very few opportunities to engage and learn about these topics. None of these options, from classes to field courses to symposiums, offer a hands-on opportunity for students to learn how traditional ecological knowledge can be used to improve applied forestry. We will develop an ethnoforestry course in partnership with the Society for Ecological Restoration-UW (SER-UW) Nursery where students can learn applied ethnoforestry in an interdisciplinary way, bringing together students from a wide range of majors and interests from the College of Built Environment to Anthropology and beyond. In addition, ONRC will host one to two ethnoforestry interns quarterly, providing a more in-depth experience for those interested in the topic. Finally, we will offer volunteer work parties in collaboration with the SER-UW Nursery. For students wanting to take this information into their future careers, this will provide opportunities for them to get hands-on experience.

The research assistant, interns, and volunteers will work on plant propagation and production projects. This will include identifying cultural keystone species important with local coastal tribes and learning best growth practices. In collaboration with the SER-UW Nursery, we will install raised beds at the Center for Urban Horticulture that will be used to grow these species in high volumes. These plants will be used for UW forestry studies as well as on-campus student restoration projects. All components of this will be designed and implemented by UW students, providing a space to learn new and sustainable plant propagation and production methods not currently being done by the SER-UW Nursery.

Finally, we will also focus on strengthening Olympic Peninsula coastal tribal relationships. ONRC has been building relationships with coastal tribes on the Olympic Peninsula for two decades. Through these relationships, it has become clear that many of theses communities are impacted by persistent poverty and a lack of opportunity to pursue higher education. Tribes have indicated that they would like to learn plant propagation techniques to teach their youth important knowledge on cultural use of plants. Once grown, these plants can be installed on reservations where tribal members can harvest and utilize these species for a myriad of uses from basket making to medicine. Part of this project will be to create a sister nursery on the Quileute Indian Reservation. UW students will be able to utilize the ethnoforestry knowledge they learned throughout the year on campus and apply it to teach tribal youth how to propagate and grow these culturally important species. A small hoop house will be constructed to house these plants. Tribal youth will be able to hear from UW students about their pathways to college and their involvement in this project. Interested tribal youth will be able to visit campus to learn how they could become future students, increasing diversity, equity, and inclusion on campus.

The second part of this project will happen over summer quarter of 2019. Three to five undergraduate interns will work on applied ethnoforestry on the Olympic Peninsula. These students will be based out of ONRC in Forks, WA. They will be able to see ethnoforestry in action on a new forestry study on the western side of the Olympic Peninsula. These UW students will work with tribal youth to set up an ethnobotanical garden with cultural keystone species at ONRC and work on constructing the new nursery on the Quileute Indian Reservation in concert with their social services Youth Opportunity Program.

Environmental Impact

This project has far reaching environmental impact across campus. First, engaging students from all majors and backgrounds through our volunteer program will help disseminate knowledge on how we can responsibly manage green spaces that incorporates important traditional ecological knowledge and wisdom to benefit both communities and ecosystems together. This new and inclusive approach will create a positive environmental impact from student restoration projects to UW grounds projects. In addition, we will be working in close partnership with the SER-UW Nursery to establish new raised beds to more effectively grow additional plants that can be used for on campus projects. These new raised beds will be designed to use less space, water, and soil, reducing the resources required and enhancing sustainability. This will follow the same philosophy as the SER-UW Nursery’s current mission where plants are grown on campus for campus projects, closing the loop and creating a more sustainable system.

Student Leadership and Involvement

All components of this project will have student leadership and involvement. The research assistant position will be filled by a UW graduate student, providing important leadership to this project. A key aim of this project is to make opportunities available for students to learn about ethnoforestry in a hands-on and tangible way on campus. Volunteer opportunities will be available for all students while quarter long internship opportunities will also be provided for those interested in a more in-depth experience.

Education, Outreach, and Behavior Change

There will be a strong emphasis of education, outreach, and behavior change through this project targeting coastal tribal youth through a guided pathways approach.  Creating an interdisciplinary ethnoforestry course on campus open to all students would greatly increase educational opportunities. In addition, creating consistent internships and volunteer opportunities will teach students how they can help change behavior in the long term by their hands-on connection. We will partner with SER-UW, a club that consistently engages large numbers of interested students, to provide outreach to the UW community.

Feasibility, Accountability, and Sustainability

This ethnoforestry project is very feasible. The framework and beginning stages have already begun for this project including creating partnerships with coastal tribes and with the SER-UW Nursery, generating plant propagation curriculum for a sister nursery, and determining some cultural keystone species. This grant would provide the key funding we need to continue to push this project forward. We strongly believe that providing a space where students can learn about this new discipline of ethnoforestry will create and enhance sustainability on campus, but will also have a ripple effect as students move on into their future endeavors and take this knowledge and new skill set with them.

Project Budget

We are requesting $110,00 for this project. This amount would include funding for one research assistant position for the 2018-19 academic year, supplies for plant propagation and production needs, construction of a sister nursery, transportation to and from ONRC, and lodging for the RA position and interns throughout the summer.

Contact Information

Courtney Bobsin

cbobsin@uw.edu

 

Bernard Bormann

bormann@uw.edu

 

Frank Hanson

fsh2@uw.edu

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Courtney Bobsin

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

Project Size: Small, <$1,000
Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $1,000

Letter of Intent:

To facilitate the execution of my senior capstone project for my major Community, Environment, and Planning, I am requesting a grant of $1000 to fund my project expenses. I am creating an interactive, experiential learning style food symposium, where I will create a juxtaposed “Feast for the Senses” to educate UW students about food choices and their connections to sustainability in social and environmental spheres. This project is primarily an educational and behavioral change endeavor that seeks to address the concept of the local as global (and vice versa), empowering individuals (students) with knowledge to make informed consumer choices through experiential learning. This exhibit will juxtapose the ideas of “farm to table” versus “firm to table,” with practical applications for education of industrial and biodynamic practices and products through different tasting menus. Each menu will focus on a different sense: taste, touch, smell, sound, and sight. Here, I wish to influence perception of reality through the senses, using them as tools of self-knowledge and personal development to broaden consciousness and establish a heightened present awareness. This knowledge will enable and empower students to make choices, starting with food consumption and preparation, that honor virtuous consumption with lower resource impacts. Additionally, I hope to have active community participation and engagement through public art forums throughout the exhibit, providing a basis for co-creation and collaboration. Expenses will cover supplies for constructing the space, in dollars $: Cost of space (tables, tents, wood for archway to space): $250 Speakers: $40 Art supplies for murals: $130 Food for tasting menu: $300 Plates, utensils, etc: $50 Costs of printing materials: $100 Balloons: $30 Lights for space: $100 Total cost: $1000 Timeline: Date of event May 4th

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Kathryn Kavanagh

Northwest Center for Livable Communities

Project Size: Large, >$1,000
Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $45,000

Letter of Intent:

Northwest Center for Livable Communities

Gould Hall 448F

3950 University Way NE

Seattle, WA 98105

Brittt4@uw.edu

 

March 9, 2018

 

Campus Sustainability Fund

University of Washington Seattle Campus

Seattle, WA 98195

 

RE: Grant Proposal.

 

Dear Campus Sustainability Fund:

 

The Northwest Center for Livable Communities is providing you with this Letter of Intent (LOI) regarding a grant proposal for funding our organization in the current academic year  2017- 2018.  We hope that this effort will be the beginning of a long and productive relationship between the Northwest Center for Livable Communities (NWCLC) and the Campus Sustainability Fund (CSF) here at the University of Washington.    

 

      As we discussed in our recent meeting on February 14, 2018, we are seeking funding to expand the NWCLC’s role at the UW.  During the past  36 years the NWCLC has sought to create a viable platform to connect the UW community with current leaders in the built environment.  The proposed NWCLC speakers’ bureau will highlight local, regional, national and international best practices in sustainable design, construction materials and methods, urban mobility, land use and place making. Currently, the NWCLC is unable to underwrite the cost of a speakers’ bureau which we believe will become financially self-sustaining in the near term. We will be requesting funding from the CSF to launch this exciting new program.

 

     In addition, with funding in hand, the NWCLC will underwrite an annual student led project to be implemented on the UW Seattle campus.  This project will be designed and built by students for students. We anticipate the first project to be designed and built on campus in Fall 2018.  

 

 
       
         
         
Organization NWCLC      
3/29/2017        
Funding Request #1      
Cost Item Monthly Cost One-Time Cost Total Cost
Speaking Program Startup Cost        
Space Costs                       4                       $1,500                          $4,700
Event Staff                       4                              $750                        $3,000                        $3,000
Speaker #1                            $3,000                        $3,000
Speaker  #2                            $3,000                        $3,000
Speaker  #3                            $6,000                        $6,000
Speaker #4                            $6,000                        $6,000
Travel For speakers                       4                          $1,500                        $6,000                        $6,000
Stay for Speakers                       4                              $500                        $2,000                        $2,000
Speaking Equipment Rental                       4                              $200                           $800                           $800
Food and Beverage                        4                     $500                        $2,000                        $2,000
           
         
           
Miscellaneous                         $1,000                        $1,000
Total  Costs                           $37,500
         
NWCLC & CSF Studio Study        
Studio Development                        $4,000.00
Studio Equipment                                    $500
Feasibility & Outreach                                $1,000
Printing                                $1,000
                                        -  
Miscellaneous                                $1,000
Total Quarterly                              $7,500
         
Total Costs                           $45,000

 

Please note that this LOI is not a complete proposal. We intend to deliver a complete proposal to your office by the required May deadline.

 

            Thank you for your interest and support.

 

            Best regards,

 

Tyler Brittain  

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Edward D. Blum

Keraton

Project Size: Small, <$1,000
Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $1,000

Letter of Intent:

Dear CSF Committee,

I am submitting this letter of intent to notify the CSF of the Indonesian Student Association at the University of Washington (ISAUW)’s intent to submit a funding request for our annual campus event, Keraton, which will take place on May 5th, 2018, at the Rainier Vista- University of Washington.

Keraton is one of the largest Indonesian cultural events in the West Coast. Over the past few years, Keraton has been ISAUW’s biggest and fastest growing annual event that attracted over 9,000 people in 2017 and are currently expecting 10,000 visitors.

Last year, we managed to minimize the environmental impact of our event by implementing “Keraton going green”. This was done by requesting our vendors to use all compostable materials for food packaging and informing all of our visitors of the locations of recycling and compost bins within the event location. As for this year, aside from implementing our previous methods, we plan to also promote environmental awareness by incorporating it in a performance during Keraton. While our creative management department has also been working on this new idea, we have also put out an application for groups who would like to volunteer to perform with the focus of educating guests on environmental issues. We hope that through these performances, guests will gain more insight on the current situation of our environment while also being entertained.

With the event being fully organized and managed by students, ISAUW also helps to develop the students’ leadership and organizational skills by trusting each department with tasks to make the event successful. In addition, we also create opportunities for students all-over the campus to get involved with our event by accepting volunteers- by volunteering with ISAUW, students will be able to utilize and develop their communication skills by engaging with guests, while also learning more about Indonesian culture, environmental issues, and gaining meaningful connections.

Based on the financial figures from our previous Keraton events, ISAUW has currently set its budget at $29,000, which has been partially covered by our fundraising events throughout the year. We have also been seeking for support from various companies and businesses by offering sponsorship packages, and applying for other campus funds, such as the diversity fund, ASUW, and other related resources.

I will be our main point of contact for the purposes of the application process and can be reached at:

  • E-mail address: jleevin77@gmail.com
  • Phone number: 206-861-5606

Thankyou for the opportunity to participate in the campus sustainability funding.

Sincerely,

Janice Leevin
Finance officer at ISAUW

 

 

 

 

 

Primary Contact First & Last Name: janice leevin

Green Greeks Representative Program

Project Size: Large, >$1,000
Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $3,900

Letter of Intent:

Summary:

As an accredited course, the Green Greek Representative Practicum teaches over 150 students per year about sustainability consulting within their community and environmental leadership. It encourages participation from Greek and non-Greek students in order to engage a broad campus community. Engaging this community deepens connections between the UW Program on the Environment, the UW Sustainability Office, the UW Greek Community, and a variety of different academic programs (as the program is extremely interdisciplinary). It allows students interested in sustainability to ideate, research, and implement solutions in a real-world, hands-on way. It also creates a ripple effect, propelling sustainability solutions far beyond just environmentally-focused students and ingraining sustainable living habits within a diverse group.

 

The growth of our program can largely be attributed to the funding we’ve received from the UW Office of Sustainability. However, due to budget cuts, they can no longer fund us. Thus we are hoping to receive $3,900 from the Campus Sustainability Fund to be able to continue the program and keep implementing sustainability solutions while we explore long-term funding alternatives.

 

View our Website: http://students.washington.edu/ecoreps/greengreek/ or learn more about the Program by viewing the Orientation Packet.

 

Meeting Requirements:

Environmental Impact: While the tangible environmental impact is seen in Chapter Houses specifically, the intangible benefits are far beyond the Chapters themselves. The Chapters represent a test-bed of sorts for students (both Greek and non-Greek) to experiment with different sustainability solutions and see how theoretically great ideas play out in reality.

 

We’ve helped Chapters significantly reduce waste, transitioned 14 Chapters to water-saving solutions as of Fall 2017, 5 Chapters to full-LED implementation, and helped Chapters invest in energy-efficient appliances. We’ve also increased awareness: we’ve put up posters, had cleaning and kitchen staff “interventions,” worked with House Directors to make sustainability a priority, and presented to Chapters on waste diversion and sustainability solutions (in which we get most of the members to take the UW Sustainability pledge as well).

 

If we get funding and are able to progress forward at the same rate, we plan to continue many of our current projects, including transitioning chapters to sustainable lighting, water, energy, and waste solutions. On top of this, we plan to continue and expand upon our current education initiatives, including a dramatic uptake in our Zero Waste Initiative for community events. We will also pilot new projects as the program grows.

 

Student Leadership & Involvement: The Green Greek group, open to both Greek and non-Greek students, has helped over 200 different environmentally-curious students get started implementing sustainability solutions within their living area and community. Over the past three quarters, we’ve had over 50 students register each quarter and have continued to grow. This Fall 2017, we had over 70 students register, and more than 40 register for credit. This type of high-engagement, hands-on opportunity is an excellent way to get students integrating sustainability into their daily lives, as well as promote the Program of the Environment and other environmental opportunities to a targeted audience. Funding from the CSF will allow us to continue providing this opportunity for students of all majors to easily become involved in sustainability courses.

 

Education, Outreach, & Behavior Change: Our program has 8 to 10 projects each quarter. These projects focus on implementing waste, water, and lighting solutions; solar research, education and awareness, sustainable purchasing, and event planning. Students have the opportunity to pick what they’re most interested in and gain experience in that area. On top of this hands-on work, students also learn from expert speakers, who’ve included Sustainability Consultants from Sustainable Biz Consulting, the CEO of NuePower (a solar energy company in the PNW), and Sally Hulsman, the Director of Solid Waste Compliance at Seattle Public Utilities.

 

We work hard to promote collaboration, as well as other environmental groups on campus. Students get the chance to participate in mini-case competitions related to solving sustainability problems. They also do a take-home sustainability survey of a specific Chapter to learn more about the status of that Chapter’s sustainability and what it truly means to be live sustainably. Then they work on specific action items gleaned from the survey. Each quarter we do a Community-Wide Clean-Up, where not only our members but other campus members team up to beautify the UW community.

 

Feasibility, Accountability, & Sustainability: The feasibility of the program is 100% with funding. I can guarantee this because we’ve been running it in a “pilot” mode for the past 2.5 years (since its creation in August 2015). We’re held accountable by Faculty Supervisors, including UW Sustainability Expert Sean Schmidt and the Director of the Program on the Environment Rick Keil. We’re also held accountable by the numerous Green Greek Leaders (currently 14, including the Executive Team and the Project Leaders). People within our program are mission-driven and committed to successfully carrying out projects as a team.

 

Estimate of Project Budget:

In order to continue improving upon the work we’re doing, we need funds for three main purposes:

  1. Marketing: 75 Fall Orientation packets, 60 marketing posters per quarter (1 per each chapter, as well as high-traffic on-campus areas), 1-2 large posters per year for events. This year the amount came to about $550 (all materials were purchased from Professional Copy n’ Print on the Ave or printed at the RSO Resource Center on campus).
  1. Accreditation: In order to be an accredited 1-2 course (which is an absolute game-changer in terms of engagement, participation, and follow-through), we must be able to fund an Undergraduate Teaching Assistant (essentially the Director position). This position organizes everything, from course materials, to the room location, to membership and project teams, as well as communicates directly with the Advising Faculty Rick Keil. The TA is paid for 50 hours per work per quarter at the wage of $15.30 (by University policy) for a total of $765 per quarter. This person works all three academic quarters, as well as during the summer to develop the program for the upcoming year. Thus, the total for the year comes to $3,060.
  1. Motivation & Incentives: In order to create value and community, we also need money for things like a prize for our annual Greek-wide competition ($100) and a small budget for our quarterly clean-ups ($200 / yr). The total budget for this is roughly $300.

Thus, the overall budget needs are roughly $3,900 for one year. We recognize how valuable the Campus Sustainability Fund is in getting projects going and helping them keep their momentum. We also recognize that in the long-term this program needs to be self-sustaining and can’t rely on CSF grants. We are in the process of securing funding from Greek Governance organizations who see the impact of our work in the community. However, in order to secure funding via their network we must go through a lengthy proposal process. This process has already been initiated. If the proposal is successful, we will have funding likely starting in January 2019. Thus, we hope the CSF can provide assistance in the meantime and help us keep the Green Greek momentum going as we build strong environmental leaders and implement sustainability solutions within the UW Community.

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Sasha Gordon

Climate Panel Event

Project Size: Small, <$1,000
Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $150

Letter of Intent:

Good afternoon,

I'm reaching out on behalf of Green Evans, the environmental policy RSO at the Evans School of Public Policy. We are hosting a panel event on February 13th, 7-8pm in Kane Hall Room 120 to spark discussion at UW and the surrounding community about the various climate policy proposals currently being considered for Washington State. We hope that attendees will walk away with a better understanding of how environmental sustainability issues are also important at the economic, social, and moral levels!

We are asking for $150 to cover travel for one of our panelists, Rosalinda Guillen. We apologize for reaching out to you so close to the event. We found out very recently that she needs travel assistance. For your information, the rest of our budget includes: 

  • $1108.12 from the Academic Student Employees Union (UAW4121), our co-sponsors for the event, who paid for the Kane Hall Reservation
  • $150 from the Union of Concerned Scientists to pay for coffee and donuts for our attendees 
  • $150 from the Science and Policy Institute to provide an honorarium to our moderator, Sarah Myhre

In regards to your criteria, our event discusses ways to reduce carbon emissions and the environmental impact of not only the University of Washington community, but also Washington State as a whole. This event is also entirely student-organized, all of us being undergraduate and graduate students in the Atmospheric Sciences, Oceanography, Philosophy, Molecular Engineering, and Public Policy departments. 

Our event reservation is paid for and the panelists are secured. We are in the midst of our outreach process now, and you can see the number of interested folks on our Facebook event page. Our sponsors include the GPSS Science & Policy Committee, Program on Values and Society, and the Union of Concerned Scientists.

Here is the full list of panelists: 

  • Jeff Johnson, President of the Washington Chapter of AFL-CIO, the largest federation of labor unions in the United States
  • Rosalinda Guillen, Executive Director of Community to Community Development, the Pacific Northwest's leader in food justice, immigration reform and farmworker rights 
  • Daniel Malarkey, Board Member on Washington CleanTech Alliance and previous Deputy Director of Washington's Department of Commerce
  • Nives Dolsak PhD, Associate Director of the School of Marine and Environmental Affairs and member of the Puget Sound Partnership’s Science Panel
  • Heidi Roop PhD, Communications Director for the Climate Impacts Group
  • Moderated by: Dr. Sarah Myhre, UW Oceanography Researcher, Climate Justice Activist and one of the Most Influential Seattleites of 2017

Let me know if you have any questions! 

Sincerely, 

Namrata Kolla

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Namrata Kolla

UW Anaerobic Digester: Food Waste, Renewable Energy & Public Health: Feasibility

Project Size: Large, >$1,000
Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $10,000

Letter of Intent:

Project Title: UW Anaerobic Digester: Food Waste, Renewable Energy & Public Health

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

Environmental Impact: An anaerobic digester would have three main environmental impacts on the UW Seattle Campus: 1) Carbon Emissions: the anaerobic digester would utilize approximately 135lbs of food waste per day, so less food waste would be hauled from the UW campus to Cedar Grove Composting Facility. Reducing the amount of food waste that is hauled to Cedar Grove would reduce carbon emissions from garbage/waste disposal trucks that drive from UW to Cedar Grove. 2) Soil Health: an anaerobic digester would produce nutrient-rich compost that could be applied to the UW farm and Center for Urban Horticulture (and other locations on campus). 3) Renewable Energy: an anaerobic digester would be a small-scale model of how to generate renewable energy from food waste. The food waste is broken down by microbes, which produce methane gas, and the methane gas can be used to power a motor for electricity, heat water boilers, and other uses.

Student Leadership/Involvement: Student interest and leadership is primarily coming 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 & Behavior Change: We will conduct education/outreach for this project by: 1) Sustainability Studio (ENVIR 480): conduct a 15-20 minute presentation for the undergraduate students in this course at the beginning of each quarter, starting in Winter Quarter, 2018. 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 digestion project. 2) Global Sustainability Initiative (GSI): GSI will conduct outreach to UW undergraduate students to build their membership and raise awareness about the anaerobic digester project. GSI will conduct outreach using tabling events, Facebook posts, and flyers.

Feasibility, Accountability & Accessibility: This is a Feasibility/Pilot Study proposal to determine whether it is realistic to move forward with a full project proposal in April 2018 to build an anaerobic digester on the UW Seattle Campus. This Feasibility Study will accomplish three goals: 1) Site Location: conduct an extensive evaluation to find an appropriate site on the UW campus for the anaerobic digester. This evaluation will be a collaboration between the UW Anaerobic Digester Project Leadership Team, UW Grounds Management, UW Landscape Architects, UW Design Review Board, and Impact Bioenergy. Impact Bioenergy (http://impactbioenergy.com/) is a business located in Seattle, WA. Impact Bioenergy designs/builds anaerobic digesters to utilize food waste and produce renewable energy and compost. Impact Bioenergy currently operates 3 anaerobic digesters in the greater Seattle area (1. Fremont Brewing Company (Ballard facility) 2. Pleasant Beach Resort on Bainbridge Island 3. Laser Cutting Northwest/CleanTech Manufacturing Accelerator. Impact Bioenergy has also built 2 more anaerobic digestion systems that are owned and operated by those customers (4. Microsoft (Redmond Campus) 5. Crooked Shed Farm (Carnation, WA). 2) Custom Design Review: if necessary, Impact Bioenergy will conduct a custom-design evaluation to tailor the anaerobic digester to the available site. If the available site does not require a custom-design anaerobic digester, then the funds in this Feasibility Study that are meant for Impact Bioenergy will be used towards the full proposal in April, 2018. 3) Ongoing Maintenance: determine whether the Sustainability Coordinator staff position (part of Grounds Management) can be the position that maintains the anaerobic digester on an ongoing basis (i.e. bring food waste from HUBanaerobic digester and monitor anaerobic digester readings, such as pH, temperature, etc.). With the permission of Grounds Management, we will have the Sustainability Coordinator log how many hours it would take to bring ~135 lbs of food waste from the HUB to a potential site location, every day for 5 days.
Leadership Team: Dr. Heidi Gough, PhD, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, hgough@uw.edu Dr. Sally Brown, PhD, School of Forest Resources, slb@u.washington.edu Dr. Marilyn Ostergren, PhD, UW Renewable Energy Liaison, ostergrn@uw.edu Aaron Flaster, BA, Research Coordinator, Department of Psychology, aflaster@uw.edu Global Sustainability Initiative (Registered Student Organization), gsiuw@uw.edu

Budget Estimate: $10,000
- Impact Bioenergy: $9,900 (custom-design evaluation/full project review)
- Sustainability Coordinator: $100 (1 hr per day, 5 days, moving food waste from HUB to potential site)

Contact Information:
Aaron Flaster, B.A.
Research Coordinator, Department of Psychology, University of Washington
Work email: aflaster@uw.edu
Personal Email: aaronflaster@gmail.com
Cell #: 415-497-5877

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Aaron Flaster

Population Health Facility Visible Rainwater System

Project Size: Large, >$1,000
Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF:

Letter of Intent:

Summary:

Our plan is to assist in the construction of the rainwater treatment system and to put it in the lobby of the new population health building. We would include some sort of animated display, possibly interactive, to really involve people and show them how the water is filtered. We talked with Justin Stenkamp of PAE engineers and he believes that a great addition would be for EWB to design and create further filtration for the system that could be used for testing and research by faculty or other engineers. This further filtration could also make it possible to allow people to directly drink the water from the system if legislation for this is passed in the future. The research would be very beneficial and add a further academic component to the building opening up opportunities for testing and advancement in rainwater treatment technology. If we could design a system like this it would be great experience for EWB as well because it relates to projects we would do in our partner communities in other countries. This project will provide a learning aspect that is a very important part of the new building. It will show people the impact they’re having with a direct engineering display.

 

Environmental Impact:

There will be some water savings for the whole building due to the fact that we won’t be drawing from the city, but the primary impact will be educational. The system will be used for the toilets as well as potential landscaping so there will be some water saved from that.

 

Student Leadership & Involvement:

Our project will have a ton of student involvement, we will be working with a portion of the EWB local projects team as well as opening it up to any students who want to be involved.

 

Education, Outreach, Behavior Change:

This is where our project shines, EWB students will be researching and building this system which will provide them with an excellent experience. They will be able to apply this experience both to their resumes as engineers but also to the projects we take on in other countries which often involve rainwater purification. Students would also be getting experience working with professional engineers as we would work with PAE engineers to build the system. This will be very beneficial for the students regarding professional experience as well as networking. This project will also show every person who walks through the building the power of rainwater purification presenting it in an easy to understand and appealing way. We will also include a display to show how the system works.

 

Feasibility, Accountability, Sustainability:

We would have the guidance of professional engineers from miller hall on the design and building of the rainwater system. We have the long standing EWB structure to guarantee completion. We don’t envision any particularly unsustainable parts or processes.

 

Budget:

Justin’s rough estimate for the project was about $30,000 - $35,000. This is if we decide to go the route of adding extra filtration to the treatment system. Justin estimates that the extra filtration would cost a rough estimate of $25,000. The extra $5000 - $10000 would be in an animated display, potentially interactive, showing the impact and technology of the system.

 

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Andrew Lindgren

Phase4

Project Size: Large, >$1,000
Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $30,000

Letter of Intent:

 

CSF Coordinator

Campus Sustainability Fund – Phase4 project

University of Washington

 

Dear CSF Coordinator:

 

We are writing to gauge the Campus Sustainability Fund’s (CSF) interest in supporting the feasibility study of using fourth phase water on the most advanced indoor agriculture technique, aeroponics, to help to grow fresh food not only effectively and organically but also locally, here on the University of Washington campus.

 

Introduction

Why Fourth Phase Water?

Water, the blood of plants, must not be taken for granted when attempting to solve the global food crisis. In two decades of research, Prof. Pollack has discovered a fourth phase of water, the newly identified interfacial phase of water, that commonly exists in nature, and in both animals and plants. To date, there are ample of scientific reports show that the fourth phase water is different from bulk water physically and chemically. Most importantly, there was the study[1] published early this year demonstrated that the fourth phase water can improve germination and sprouting of plants dramatically. The improvement was confirmed by an UW spun-out, 4th-Phase, Inc., that using fourth phase water, the root length can be improved by 50% on average, sample size is close to 100.

Why Aeroponics?
Aeroponics is an indoor agriculture technique that grows plants in a mist environment without soil. However, unlike hydroponics, it uses fine droplets to deliver necessary water and nutrient to the root of plants. When the droplet size is controlled within the range similar as the porous size on the root, the plant can absorb the water and nutrient more efficiently. This not only helps to further preserve water but also allow the plants to uptake the nutrient more effectively. Moreover, because the root is exposed in air with easy access to oxygen, generally, aeroponics plants thrive better than hydroponics plants.

In sum, combining the advantage of the water engineering from Pollack’s lab (Bioe, UW) and the advanced aeroponics agriculture technology, Phase4 aims to demonstrate the potential societal/environmental impact of maximizing water’s ability to fuel plants.

 

Environmental Impact

It is estimated that global crop production will need to double by 2050 to feed the population[2], 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. However, even growing crops aeroponically has been proved to be able to save 95% of the water (in USA, 75% of water is used in agriculture) with higher yield than the traditional farming, but the cost is still too high. 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 enabling advanced AI in agriculture to improve yields. But this doesn’t seem like enough. The rate of growth in global crop yields is not growing fast enough[3], and doubling the world’s food production will require many breakthroughs in crop science using technology that is new, groundbreaking, and has the potential to feed billions.

 

With the CSF support, Phase4 can help to solve the global food crisis collaboratively by conducting the feasibility study to demonstrate the potential benefit of combining fourth phase water and aeroponics technology.

Student Leadership and Involvement
Our team is well equipped to complete this project successfully. Kurt Kung, our team leader, has 8+ years of experience on the fourth phase water 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. Jacob Rodriguez, our team member has 3 years of R&D experience and currently enrolled in the Master program in Material Science, UW.

Education, Outreach, and Behavior Change
The problem Phase4 try to solve is by no means trivial. Anything that we can do to raise the public awareness on this shortcoming global food crisis and engage more students and staff on campus to be part of our project can improve the odds of success. Besides requesting support from CSF, we also plan to participate the Environmental Innovation Challenge (EIC) and the Business Plan Competition (BPC) at UW in early 2018. From experience, we know competition is one of the best way to recruit students on meaningful project and expose the project quickly and effectively in the local community medias.

In addition to being led by a group of UW students, this project will also engage the campus community by being visible in prominent campus buildings. We are currently conducting outreach to Fluke Hall to install the feasibility test aerponics system in the green house on the top floor of Fluke Hall. The residents of Fluke Hall are UW CoMotion center and Student MakerSpace, which are beneficial to the Phase4 project for the talents recruitment and the technical support to engage more resource at UW.

 

Feasibility, Accountability, and Sustainability
The CSF has expressed a special interest in growing food not only efficiently with the minimum footprint but also organically and locally on campus. Our aeroponic system will fulfill that goal while also engaging the campus community around this cutting-edge technology.

The goal of the Phase4 project is to develop the state of art aeroponic system using fourth phase water technology to provide enough vegetable for the cafeterias to feed students, staff and faculties on UW campus and eventually expands the technology for broader applications. With the support from CSF, we can conduct the feasibility study as the first step to achieve our goal. The success criteria in the feasibility study phase is to demonstrate the improvement on total biomass of plants by using fourth phase water, and provide the critical data to estimate the cost and square footage to feed the people on campus.

We estimate the total cost of this project to be $75,000. These funds will be used specifically for the development of the fourth phase water enabled aeroponic test system to be installed on the UW campus. We are fortunate enough that we already have a commitment from Professor Pollack to support 1/3 of the fund ($25,000) and a commitment from 4th-Phase, Inc., an UW spun-out start up, to support another 1/3 of the fund ($25,000). So we only need CSF to match the last 1/3 of the fund ($25,000) to kick off the project. We will provide a more detailed budget if we are selected to submit a full proposal.  Moreover, potentially, we will have additional funding from UW EIC and BPC to provide extra support to the Phase4 project. Our team emphasizes the importance of diversifying our funding sources, and will continue our ongoing search for funding opportunities throughout the entirety of our project timeline.

Funding provided from the CSF will go directly toward the development of our product. In the immediate term, we’ve broken our project’s timeline into two phases. The first phase includes the physical development and installation of fourth phase water enabled aeroponics system over the next six months. The second phase includes plants testing, data collection, and further improvement on the system if needed.

We hope to have the opportunity to submit a full proposal with additional information for your further review. Please feel free to contact us with any questions or comments in the meantime. Thank you very much for your time and consideration, we look forward to hearing from you.

 

Sincerely,

 

Kurt Kung                                             Jacob Rodriguez                                          

Senior Research Fellow                       Master Student

Bioengineering, UW                             Material Science, UW

206-685-2744                                      425-736-0439

ckung@uw.edu                                    jaroddy@uw.edu

 

         

 

 

 

[1] Abha Sharma et al., “QELBY®-Induced Enhancement of Exclusion Zone Buildup and Seed Germination,” Advances in Materials Science and Engineering 2017 (2017): 1–10, doi:10.1155/2017/2410794.

[2] Yield Trends Are Insufficient to Double Global Crop Production by 2050

[3] Yield Trends Are Insufficient to Double Global Crop Production by 2050

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Kurt Kung

Global Leadership Forum

Project Size: Small, <$1,000
Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $420

Letter of Intent:

 

 

Summary of project proposal:

The societal problems we face transcend sectors and disciplines, and while businesses and organizations are well-positioned to solve them, they need responsible leadership. Unfortunately, the future situations students will find themselves in are ambiguous and difficult; determining what’s best for all stakeholders is challenging. The solution is not simply teaching students about corporate social responsibility (CSR) and sustainability, but also entails giving them hands-on experiences with creative problem-solving about leading responsibly from where they stand.

This is why we three students, Henry Milander, Alex Urasaki, and Nabilla Gunawan, with support from the Global Business Center and Foster’s Certificate of International Studies in Business program (CISB), have formed a planning committee to found the Global Leadership Forum this spring, April 4th. Its purpose is to convene a campus-wide dialogue on CSR and sustainability in different sectors, and provide practical creative problem-solving experiences for students. A campus that doesn’t speak to these issues in a sustained and comprehensive way is letting its own students down by not properly preparing them for a present and future that demands, if not depends on, greater social responsibility and sustainability in leadership.

The Forum will focus on responsible leadership in socially-responsible business, tech, public health, and environmental policy, all in a global context. Through its workshop format, the Forum will provide a space for UW students and the Seattle community to engage with real-world cases and discussions on topics related to leading responsibly and sustainably in world. The element of leadership we believe most fundamental is the willingness to learn from everyone and everything, and help others do the same. In the end, the format of our Forum is about helping students become hands-on learners in the field of CSR and sustainability so that when they face ambiguous situations or companies with dubious corporate governance, they can act responsibly and teach others to do the same.

Date: Wednesday, April 4th (4/4/18)

Time: 5:00-8:00

Location:

  • Anthony’s Forum in Dempsey Hall (Introductory Panel)
  • Classrooms in Paccar Hall (Breakout Sessions)
  • Deloitte Commons in Paccar Hall (Reception)

Expected Attendance: 150-200 students

Format: Introductory Panel > 2 Rounds of Workshops > Reception

5:15-5:30 – Start (Until 5:30 it’s check-in, taking seats, drinks, and mingling)

5:30-5:35 – Opening Remarks + Overarching gravitas

5:35-5:45 – Introductions by Workshop Speakers

5:45-5:50 – Transition Period/ Head to first breakout rooms

5:50-6:30 – Workshop Round 1

6:30-6:35 – Transition Period/ Head to second breakout rooms

6:35-7:15 – Workshop Round 2

7:15-8:00 – Reception

Workshop Categories

  1. Business Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility
  2. Population/Global Health
  3. Sustainability and Innovation in the Tech World
  4. Environmental Public Policy and Impact Reporting

Lead RSO: Certificate of International Studies in Business (CISB)

Co-Sponsors: Global Business Center, Net Impact UW, and ReThink

Co-Conspirators (Planning Committee): Henry Milander, Alex Urasaki, Nabilla Gunawan

Brief explanation of how the project will meet the requirements and preferences of the CSF:

  1. Environmental Impact

This kind of public education can have huge implications for how our students come to act mindfully as future leaders, and think creatively about bringing their actions in harmony in our complex world of diverse stakeholders. Students going into public policy, research, business, and health organizations can lead change in their roles for policies, practices, and innovations that help mitigate and heal our environment. With responsible leaders in government, corporations, and research institutes , these entities can be more easily enlisted in improving community health, green tech innovation, and ending global hunger. Moreover, students who attend the forum and get involved with environmentally-minded RSOs as a result of mingling at the reception or working together in the workshops will go on to strengthen their RSO’s projects and create a more sustainable campus.  

  1. Student Leadership & Involvement

Any project or change that has progressed in history surely hasn’t come about through one person. Teamwork is a perquisite for achieving lasting change and is a product of its members’ willingness to serve, learn, and lead. The Forum’s primary student leaders are Henry Milander from Certificate of International Studies in Business, Alex Urasaki from ECOREPS, and Nabilla Gunawan from Net Impact UW. Surrounding these personae dramatis are the members of the RSOs and programs they represent. It is our belief that the Forum’s success rests on the involvement of students from all disciplines on campus. It was a student’s idea that bore the idea for a forum, and it has been student energy and consultation that has evolved the idea to its present state, and will continue to do so in the years to come.

  1. Education, Outreach, & Behavior Change

The Forum will quite possibly be students’ first step in engaging with and discussing sustainability and social responsibility in a global context. The Forum offers the very practical experiences that teach students, hands-on, how to become learners in complex and sensitive fields so that when they face ambiguous situations they can act responsibly and teach others to learn how to do the same. The strategies and experience developed through this project will thus continue to help students in serving their communities.

Several learning goals the planning committee has for the students that attend the Forum are to:

  1. Grow students’ awareness of ethical, health, business and environmental considerations in an international context through experience in practical application
  2. Build students’ creative problem-solving ability through cases and discussions that span different cultures and national contexts
  3. Connect students from different backgrounds to different RSOs and campus organizations that strive to continue the conversation through real application

Collaborating with diverse groups at the UW and leveraging cultural and ideological differences is important to producing an event that serves the many sub-communities at the UW. The planning committee’s members came together in part because they believe they can conduct outreach and engage with UW’s diverse sub-communities and RSOs, and in doing so, make this even a forum for students and RSOs.

Changing behavior is necessarily hard; we are, after all, creatures of habit. Notwithstanding this, the Forum seeks to take students down one step of the way in a learning process of how to effectively advocate and express their ideas for sustainability and social responsibility. Each student will bring their own background and beliefs with them of course, however, all we can hope to achieve is to contribute to a conversation that night, and encourage them to continue it the next day.

  1. Feasibility, Accountability, & Sustainability

Each planning committee member has experience with outreach and large event planning, and a familiarity with the Forum’s key concepts of social responsibility and sustainability in global leadership. Be it through planning the Global Health Business Case Competition, a national conference on UN MDGs in Indonesia, or presiding over the ECOREPS program, it is our collective experience that has guided, and will continue to guide our efforts and ambitions for the Forum.

While we each hold each other accountable for our commitments and action items, we still have regular check-ins with our mentors at the Office of Sustainability (Sean Schmidt) and Global Business Center (Theresa Maloney), the latter of which helps with logistics and administrative support. We also look forward to working closely with CSF staff if awarded a small grant in order to ensure funds are used properly, as well as to share any ideas on how to improve the forum or post-event efforts.

Institutionalizing the Forum and its values is the very task students who attend our discussions and forum will be charged with when they go on to advocate for responsible leadership in their own organizations. However, we the planning committee plan to use this first year’s results in determining how best we move towards institutionalizing the project. It is planned that CISB’s leadership team for 2018-2019 will have a Responsible Global Leadership chairpersonship who will represent CISB in the annual forum and ensure intra-program events and discussions continue to address and incorporate CSR and sustainability.

We, the planning committee, also plan to develop an ECOREPS position over the spring and summer quarters to continue leading campus-wide discussions on responsible leadership. In the long-term, this project’s goal is to establish a Center for CSR, and offer a minor open to any UW student, similar to SeattleU and UW-Tacoma’s centers. This will not be an overnight process. The fact that initiatives like the Global Reporting Initiative and the Paris Climate Accord are still being improved demonstrates how positive change must be doggedly pursued. Support from this grant will help ensure this dogged pursuit continues long after the members of this Forum’s planning committee graduate.

Through community engagement, hands-on work with questions of ethics and CSR, and the chance to foster deep relationships with extraordinary people, we believe this project will stay with the UW community for years to come, and better prepare students to be responsible leaders in their careers, and operate therein successfully.

Estimated Project Budget

Total Planned Expenses: $1420

  • Venue Fee ($140)
  • 2 Poster boards (1 for advertising, 1 for day-of event details - $70)
  • Catering of Food and Drink for 150 people ($1000)
  • Parking permits for speakers ($100)
  • 20 color tabloids ($100)
  • Quarter sheets for advertising ($10)

Project Timeline

Planning Committee Meeting Timeline (Mondays 3:30-4:30pm)

1/29, 2/12, 2/26, 3/12, 3/26, 4/2, 4/15
 

1/29 - Reach out to Speakers

2/7 -  Finalize logo and promo materials

      - Listserv blurbs, quarter sheets, full size posters (print and digital)

2/8 - Finalize Facebook event page and make public

2/9 - Increase Outreach Efforts

      - Share and promote event on Facebook
      - Deliver quartersheet handouts to advising offices and desks
      - Contact school listservs (GBC, JSIS, etc)

      - Advertise event on Trumba

2/26 - Addend RSVP google form to Facebook event and promo materials

2/28 - Finalize Speaker List
3/28 - Finalize Volunteer List

       - Set-up, Room Leads, Clean-up

4/4 - Global Leadership Forum (Manage Day-of Logistics)

4/6 - Send out Feedback surveys to Volunteers, Participants, and Speakers

4/15 - Planning Committee Meeting to assess efforts and determine path forward for

next year

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Henry Milander

Matsuri 2018

Project Size: Small, <$1,000
Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $999

Letter of Intent:

Project Proposal

UW Matsuri has been the Japanese Student Association's main annual event for over 10 years. Matsuri, meaning festival in Japanese, is an event where we display the rich culture of Japan with delicious Japanese food, festive and thematic Japanese games, and many exciting and traditional performances. Along with the many foods that we sell, we create a lot of waste in the form of plates, utensils, napkins, and water bottles, among others. As a culture, Japanese society has increased its efforts to protect the environment through more efficient waste management and better technology to reduce resource consumption, and to reflect this we in the Japanese Student Association would also like to take the initiative to make our event and our attendees more aware of the environmental impact. As a student led event run primarily by the officers in the RSO and other student volunteers, we hope to begin making this push for a more sustainable event for this Matsuri and all future Matsuri's to come, and through this funding we hope to significantly reduce waste on campus at our 600 attendee event. Not only that, we really strive to educate both our staff and our attendees through volunteer orientations and allocating more volunteers to monitor waste disposal to ensure that all of our new biodegradable ware will be properly disposed.

Althought it will be a challenge, we are confident that by working with the HUB and through our own careful planning and budgeting, we will be able to eliminate all plastic waste at our event. Regarding the specific uses of our funding, we will primarily focus on biodegradable tableware and utensils, which we estimate will cost us $400 to completely replace our old plastic ware. In addition, we will focus on getting water dispensers to eliminate plastic water bottle waste, which we estimate will cost us $600 to purchase. With any remaining money, we will focus on creating signage for the event to help people correctly dispose of their waste during the event, which, along with the water dispensers, can be reused for all of our future Matsuri events.

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Michael Hom

Youth Engineering Green Solutions to Stormwater Runoff and Pollution Prevention

Project Size: Small, <$1,000
Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $1,000

Letter of Intent:

 

Recent research reveals that everyday activities of individual citizens are now the leading source of toxic chemicals flowing into the Puget Sound. [1]  Of the approximately 40 thousand metric tons of oil and grease entering the Puget Sound every year about “75% of it comes from stormwater runoff that starts in our neighborhoods.”[2]  In addition to chemical pollution, stormwater runoff can cause an array of other environmental problems including flooding and erosion of our streams and rivers, siltation of salmon spawning grounds, and thermal and nutrient pollution.  These changes can make an ecosystem less hospitable to life and can negatively impact vulnerable species.  Educating about a problem is the first step in changing behavior.

 

The new “Youth Engineering Green Solutions to Stormwater Runoff and Pollution Prevention” field trip program is being developed through a unique collaboration between the University of Washington Botanic Garden (UWBG) and the UW College of Education (UW COE).    The proposed project would fund the pilot of an educational fieldtrip program geared towards fostering environmental stewardship and raising awareness about stormwater, its impacts on Puget Sound and potential engineering solutions.  As part of his master’s project, Brian Carpenter will help develop the curriculum and then participate in piloting the program to elementary-age students (3rd-5th grade).  Fieldtrips will be offered on the UW’s Seattle campus at the Center for Urban Horticulture (CUH), one of two sites that comprise the UW Botanic Gardens. If successful, UWBG will explore the possibility of incorporating the fieldtrip into its established elementary school fieldtrip programming.

 

During the proposed 120-minute fieldtrip, students will consider and discuss what they can do at their schools to address the environmental problems associated with stormwater runoff.  The pilot curriculum has a strong interdisciplinary and applied Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) focus. The pilot also intends to address teachers’ identified need for instructional assistance with the engineering and science process components of the new science standards (Next Generation Science Standards). 

 

As part of the field trip, students will work in small groups with a manipulable tabletop model of urban stormwater runoff.  The data collected during this initial model run will be saved for later use as a baseline comparison point to help assess the success of their engineered solutions.  Students will then explore green stormwater engineering solutions present at CUH and through hands on interactive activities. They will apply their newly acquired knowledge to re-design the initial model and engineer their own stormwater solutions.   Students will compare and contrast the data collected for the two model runs to determine the success of their engineering design solution and help identify areas for improvement.  

 

Over the course of the fieldtrip students will use the science and engineering process to develop problem-solving skills and brainstorm pollution prevention and stormwater runoff solutions. Through hands on learning about possible solutions, students will be empowered to care and take action now and in the future to improve Puget Sound’s water quality and protect our environment. 

Category Item Description Needed Amount Total Cost
       
Model Development      
  Needed supplies for 6 models includes:    
  Sponges 18 $25
  Sphagnum moss                      3 bags $20
  Plastic 5 gallon buckets 6 $12
  Large plastic tubs ~(12 in. deep X 16 in. long X 8 in. wide) 6 $170
  2" x 2" wood or 1" X 1" wood two 6-ft. long pieces $20
  Plywood 6 in. x 5 in. 6 $20
  Plastic measuring cups or graduated cylinders 24 $80
  Stop watches 6 $40
  Cheese cloth                      2 bags $13
  Misc. additional supplies   $100
       
                                                     Total:             $500
       
       
Hands on Learning Activities Bouncy balls/soccer balls/basket balls 3 $18
  Buckets 6 $12
  Misc. supplies   $20
       
                                Total:                $50
       
Administrative Costs Bus rental fee assistance for schools to defray transportation costs @ $150/bus 2-3 pilots $450
       
                                  Total:             $450
       
                 PROJECT TOTAL:      $1,000

 

 

 

[1] Salish Sea Currents, UW Puget Sound Institute, https://www.eopugetsound.org/sites/default/files/features/resources/SalishSeaCurrentsBooklet2014.pdf, p. 12

[2] Seattleites Construct Rain Gardens to Curb Pollution from Stormwater Runoff, PBS News Hour, https://www.pbs.org/newshour/show/seattleites-construct-rain-gardens-to-..., Dec 8, 2011.  

 

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Amy Hughes

Implementing Sustainability: Bamboo toothbrushes for UW Dentistry

Project Size: Small, <$1,000
Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $900

Letter of Intent:

Dear CSF,

I am requesting funds to create a sustainable change for UW campus. For my senior capstone project, I am pursuing the idea to help UW Dentistry change from giving out plastic toothbrushes to it’s patients to bamboo toothbrushes. This change will save thousands of plastic toothbrushes from ending up in a landfill and in oceans a year. Plastic takes millenial to break down and is already extremely harming our wildlife and nature. Bamboo is a more sustainable option as it grows fast and biodegrades. The company “Brush with Bamboo” manufactures and sells these toothbrushes. Unfortunately, this company is not large enough to sell their toothbrushes in bulk to dentists at as a competitive price as the plastic ones. Therefore, I am requesting funds to provide the first batch of toothbrushes to UW Dentistry for “free” as a trial. I also plan to create a strategic business plan that will convince UW Dentistry to pay for the toothbrushes with their own budget once this supply runs out; therefore creating a long lasting sustainable change. I am also applying to the “Community, Environment and Planning” grant called the ‘Community Support Grant’ to hopefully match the amount of money the CSF supplies as well. Implementing this change will deeply reduce the amount of plastic that UW is responsible for, giving UW another metric to add to “UW Sustainability Metrics”.

This is my very own project, as it is for my Senior Capstone Project. This idea was born last spring semester in my group project for the class “Attaining a Sustainable Society”. I am now taking the implementation process into my own hands. This project is completely student run and organized.

First, there will be a natural form of education and awareness that patients will encounter when they receive a free bamboo toothbrush after their appointment at UW Dentistry. I will also be conducting and organizing a community beach cleanup on Earth Day, April 22nd, 2017. This event is intended to get people involved and engaged in the need for reducing their own plastic footprint. It would be ideal to hand out a free bamboo toothbrush to the participants as well!

The people holding me accountable for this project are the program managers of my major, “Community, Environment and Planning”: Kelly Hostetler, Megan Herzog and Chris Campbell. Throughout winter and spring quarter I will be enrolled in a “Senior Project” class, a requirement for my major. This class holds us accountable and provides resources for success as well. Thanks to these forms of accountability, I feel completely supported, capable and responsible to complete this project. In addition, last spring quarter I took the class MGMT 440: Business Consulting. This class provided a real life scenario with a local boxing company that needed consulting. My group and I were responsible for doing everything that a paid business consulting company would complete. This included a business plan, many meetings with the client, much research and a final presentation to the client. Engaging in this project gave me the skills that I plan on repeating for UW Dentistry.

I am requesting $900.00 from the CSF as there is a 15% discount from “Brush with Bamboo” if a customer orders 10 cases at $90.00 each. The leftover money after the discount is being budgeted for shipping costs. Below is the pricing sheet provided by “Brush with Bamboo”

This timeline shows my plan according to my Capstone Project Proposal that I have already submitted to my major.

 

Dec 6th, 2017 Turn in proposal
Dec 6th, 2017 Contact brush w. bamboo, obtain price sheet
Dec 15th, 2017 Contact UW Dentistry about the project idea
DEC 15th, 2017 Apply for CSG and CSF
JAN 30th, 2018 Create Business proposal for UWD
JAN 30th, 2018 Receive Funding (hopefully!)
JAN 30th, 2018 Place order for toothbrushes
Feb 15th, 2018 Receive toothbrushes
FEB 15th, 2018 Business presentation to UWD
Feb 30th, 2018 Contact whoever is in charge of UW sustainability metrics
March 1st, 2018 Contact the school paper and or a local paper (ex: the stranger) about the change on campus!
March 1st, 2018 Deliver toothbrushes!!
March 2nd, 2018 Research community beach clean ups
March 5th, 2018 Advertise beach clean up
April 22nd, 2018 (earth day!) Implement beach clean up

 

I am sincerely excited to implement this project. Thank you so much for your time and consideration. If you would like my full Senior Project Proposal, please don’t hesitate to ask!

 

Thank you,

Isabelle de Mozenette

 

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Isabelle de Mozenette

Africa NOW: Unlocking Potential From Within

Project Size: Large, >$1,000
Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $8,000

Letter of Intent:

Background:

Africa is a continent with abundant resources and limitless potential that generally goes unacknowledged around the world. It’s no secret that Africa is a wealthy country that has been exploited and taken advantage of for centuries and this exploitation continues to this day. The biggest difference now is that the world is finally starting to take notice of Africa’s potential. With billions of foreign dollars flowing into developing African countries, development in these countries needs to be led by individuals that put societal and environmental sustainability at the forefront of future growth. The best way to achieve this is by listening and supporting the people within these countries to make sure these burgeoning societies are being built and shaped by shared ideals.

 

Project Summary:

Many young professionals in Washington have been afforded the opportunity to pursue higher education and specialize in fields that have essential roles in the sustainability and progress of their country.

Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Incorporated plans to host a conference designed to supplement these essential skills and inspire guests to use these skills to build a sustainable future for Africa NOW.

Through industry specific workshops, networking, action based resources, artists, and an all-star panel we’ll inspire and equip students to turn Africa's "potential" into a reality.

 

Event Details:

 

Our target audience is young professionals in the state of Washington with an age range of 18-25. We plan to have 300 people in attendance. The conference will be held at the Intellectual House and Paccar Hall on May 19th from 12pm - 7pm. Lunch and refreshments will be provided throughout the day.

 

Student Leadership & Partners:

Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity is currently working with several student organizations including, African Student Association, Black Student Union, Minority Association for Pre Health Students, the Black Student Commission, and the National Society of Black Engineers. Some of the public organizations that we are currently working with are the African Chamber of Commerce, Africa Town, and the National Association of Real Estate Brokers. At the beginning of winter quarter we’ll be hosting a regional meeting with black organizations from all three UW campuses along with black organizations from Washington State University, Seattle Pacific University, and Seattle Central. Partnering with local colleges will allow us to more easily target our audience and gain statewide visibility for our cause.

 

CSF is an important part of our community that is fostering students to think about sustainability as a necessary but most importantly as an attainable goal on campus and around the world. We believe that CSF's involvement in our project could be extremely beneficial to our cause because we’re promoting sustainability in an unconventional way that’s just as important as traditional approaches.

 

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Kolawole

60 Second Sustainability: A Video Game for Sustainability at UW

Project Size: Large, >$1,000
Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $25,737

Letter of Intent:

EarthGames would like to build a video game for mobile phones and tablets that educates students about sustainability actions they can take on campus and promotes sustainability RSOs that they can participate in.  

 

Earlier this month at the Sustainability Game Jam (sponsored by CSF), a team led by EarthGames lead designer Samuel Dassler built a game prototype called "60 Second Sustainability."  The game is made up of many "microgames," which is a style popularized in games like the WarioWare series.  A round of microgames is frantic: you play approximately 10 of these mini-games within a single minute of play time.  The frenetic nature of a microgame-based app means that it can be used to communicate a large number of sustainability concepts in a short amount of time.  

 

The prototype currently includes actions such as putting your reusable bottle under the water tap to fill it up, raising a solar panel, bringing your own bag to the farmer's market, screwing in a more efficient light bulb, turning out the lights, and sorting waste into compost, recycling and garbage.  

 

The game was quite popular at the showcase after the jam, and won the Audience Choice Award for best game.  We are proposing to expand the game by making the actions more specific to UW, and co-designing microgames with various sustainability organizations on campus.  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.  

 

Microgames often have an air of silliness to them, and it is important to us that any representation of an RSO is positive to a wide range of players.  In order to accomplish this, we would work closely with representatives from each RSO included in both preproduction and testing phases.  Initial responses from members of sustainability RSOs have been enthusiastic.  

 

A key component of this project is using existing, student-run sustainability initiatives to inspire the microgames and build awareness of the extensive work that student groups are already doing. Social science research shows that peer modeling is one of the most effective forms of behavior change.  By showcasing the work of student groups in these games, we will be drawing on the power of peer modeling to encourage other students to think and act sustainably.

 

We hope that the game would be frequently utilized in tabling events by EarthGames and also participating RSOs, in addition to downloads we will receive on the iOS and Google Play app stores, where the game will be posted for free.  In order to make the game appealing in a tabling context, we recognize that the look of the game must be particularly striking.  Microgame-based apps should work well in a group setting, with fast-moving content, simple rules, and difficult gameplay inspiring "just one more try" reactions from a crowd.  We think that a sustainability video game will encourage a whole new type of student to engage with sustainability activities.  

 

EarthGames is up to the task of developing a high-quality, visually appealing, and fun game in a short time and on a limited budget.  Our team includes undergraduate student artists and content creators, a professional game developer with significant experience working with student teams, a graduate student with extensive work in campus organizing, and a faculty liaison with a strong track record of supporting student outreach and engagement.  EarthGames has released 5 apps to the iOS and Google Play app stores, and shares game announcements and updates with a quarterly newsletter that is read by over 500 readers both on and off campus.

 

We would complete the first version of the game by the end of spring quarter, and finalize art during the summer.  We would organize a rollout event corresponding with Dawg Daze at the beginning of next year, to encourage new enrollment in the RSO and inform new students of sustainability actions they can take on campus.  

 

We are requesting funds to support:
Undergraduate student artist Rivkah Parent: 200 hours @ $20/hour *1.207 (benefit rate) = $4828
EarthGames lead designer Samuel Dassler: 11 weeks @ $1000/week *1.325 (benefit rate) = $14575
Graduate student community manager Judy Twedt: 150 hours @ $25/hour*1.207 (benefit rate) = $4526

Undergraduate student programmer: 100 hours @ $15/hour = $1810

Prof. Dargan Frierson: unfunded project manager

 

Total: $25737

 

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Judy Twedt

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

Project Size: Large, >$1,000
Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $125,000

Letter of Intent:

EARTH DAY FESTIVAL

“Think global, act local”:

A Celebration of the Diversity and Unity of the World

SUMMARY

With the current political climate steering us away from environmental and social justice, now is the time to take action. The UW Sustainability Action Network (SAN), in partnership with Earth Club, Arts & Entertainment (A&E), EcoReps, UW Hip Hop Student Association (HHSA), UW Sustainability and other partners, plans to bring a new level of student leadership and vision to the annual Earth Day celebration. This year’s Earth Day Festival will bring people together through performance, art, food, and activism in an immersive celebration of the unique identities and unity of the world. This festival will be a demonstration of sustainability in action both in its production and in its message. By showcasing the environmental and social initiatives on campus and demonstrating the intersectionality therein, we will provide a live example of the sustainability movement that is happening on campus.

We request $125,000 for this Festival to support national and local performers and speakers, commissioned art installations, professional staging equipment, marketing materials, locally-sourced food ingredients, and sustainable event infrastructure (to include solar power system, compostable materials, water stations, bio-toilets, and more). By combining the vision and leadership of some of UW’s most active and prominent student leaders with the resources and support of the UW, we hope to curate an unprecedented celebration of sustainability, diversity, and unity this coming Earth Day.

 

Environmental Impact:

This event will communicate and embody sustainable ideologies through the implementation of various media, inspirational performances, sustainable waste disposal, local food sourcing, and the use of renewable energy.

The Festival will feature food from around the world, prepared by an array cultural RSOs. Our organizing partners will provide RSOs with locally-sourced ingredients and supply compostable utensils. In addition, food waste will be diverted to local food banks or homeless shelters. These elements will be made possible through partnerships with campus organizations such as Real Food Challenge and Pairing UW Food Waste With Non-Profit Agencies in Need.

We intend to produce a 100% carbon-neutral event by using a solar-powered stage and providing CSF-funded biogas food carts to the food vendors. Compost and recycling bins will be onsite. There will be water stations and complimentary reusable water bottles to encourage reduction of disposable bottles.

 

Student Leadership & Involvement:

The Earth Day Festival will be 100% student-lead with the support of select faculty. The UW Sustainability Action Network will coordinate the collaborative leadership of its partners to showcase the growing sustainability movement at the University of Washington. The Festival will feature social justice in conjunction with environmental justice, unlocking vast opportunities for student groups in each area to showcase their work.

The festival’s many components (ie. Logistics, Programming, Food, Art Curation, Marketing, etc) will also provide specific opportunities for student leaders to drive these departments. The UW SAN Council is prepared and equipped to facilitate this process with the help of its key partners and faculty advisors.  

 

Education, Outreach, & Behavior Change:

SAN is already developing a year-long marketing plan, drawing connections between the initiatives and events of its partners, and building toward the Earth Day celebration throughout the school year. The diverse mix of student involvement, through organizing, performing, exhibiting, or otherwise, will generate a vast draw that reaches throughout the campus.

The planning committee plans to create a compelling brand and story for the festival that wraps key environmental and social issues of today into a collective call-to-action. By creating an event that showcases student advancement of the world that we wish to create, the Earth Day Festival will appeal to audiences beyond the environmental community. To generate the scale of interest and impact that we are envisioning, we will book one nationally-known performer and one nationally-known speaker, both of whom embody the story that we wish to tell with the Earth Day Festival.

Part of the proposed budget is designated to the marketing plan, which will include physical materials such as posters and flyers, as well as social media marketing, and video and graphic content.

 

Feasibility, Accountability, & Sustainability:

The planning committee currently consists of members of SAN, HHSA, EcoReps, and UWS, all of which bring extensive event-planning expertise. SAN is a coalition of campus organizations focused on environmental and social sustainability, which will serve as key collaborators that bring diverse perspectives to the event. The committee is also developing a partnership with UW Arts & Entertainment and ASUW. Throughout the planning process, the committee will develop key metrics and performance indicators to quantify the sustainability of the event.

The Earth Day Celebration is an annual event which has been primarily planned by UWS for the last several years. In addition, EcoReps has historically provided extensive support in planning this and other sustainability events on campus. The student leaders from these entities will easily secure infrastructure such as tables or tents, while providing prior knowledge as to the permits and permissions required for the event to take place. Faculty advisors in the CCCE, UWS, A&E, and ASUW will provide guidance and mentorship in navigating UW procedures.

The partnership with A&E will allow for professional stage production and programming. Their extensive experience organizing large-scale concerts on campus that feature national talent will be essential in making this year’s Earth Day celebration a historical event. The industry connections A&E holds with performers, speakers, and the channels for hiring them will also be essential in booking the necessary talent.

 

Contact Info:

Sky Stahl: stahls@uw.edu (509) 260-1105

Alex Urasaki: aurasaki@uw.edu (310) 567-4671

 

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Sky Stahl

Electric Outboard Motors, Sustainability for Washington Rowing

Project Size: Large, >$1,000
Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $18,000

Letter of Intent:

Pure Watercraft Outboards, Sustainability for Washington Rowing

The University of Washington prides itself in being a world leader in sustainability and has a mission aimed toward teaching students to be leaders in the community, state, and the nation.  At Washington Rowing 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 wants to continue the longstanding tradition of excellence by being leaders and not reactionaries in everything that we do. The next step for Washington Rowing in our pursuit of excellence is to establish rowing as a sustainable sport and to reduce the environmental impact of not only our team, but the rowing community across the country.

On an average day, Washington rowing fields between 6 and 8 wakeless launches (coach’s boats) that follow crews through practice to coach and keep rowers safe on the water. Practices stretch between 15 to 35 km depending on the day. 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, adding to the environmental impact of the gasoline outboards.

Washington Rowing pursues excellence and is a leader in the rowing community in terms of sporting and technology. 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.

Environmental Summary:

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. Comparing the output of Pure Watercraft electric and the current gasoline outboards, Carbon emissions would drop by 6963 lbs of CO2, from 7,285 lbs to 322 lbs for the outfitted launch. Additionally, continual oil changes and maintenance of the gasoline engines (not necessary for the electric launches) produces additional carbon waste and pollution.

Student involvement:

There are two main focusses on student involvement for the project beginning which begins with the inception and planning of the project.  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 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.  

Outreach:

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

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 country. There are forty rowing programs within the Seattle area alone which provides us with incredible accessibility for outreach. Educating board members, athletes and coaches of local clubs 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 all around the nation about Pure Watercraft Outboard and the positive impact the rowing community could have in the effort to aid our environment.

Economic feasibility:

    Washington Rowing is asking for a grant from the UW Campus Sustainability Fund to cover the cost of purchasing one coach’s launch with Pure Watercraft brand electric outboards.  Pure Watercraft is a Seattle company based in South Lake Union that will be distributing their first round of electric outboards in spring 2018.  While they have not yet released exact pricing for the dual battery pack model Washington rowing is interested in, the cost will be approximately $7,000 for the electric motor (the current Honda 25 horsepower outboards cost approximately $6,000 usd with annual gas and maintenance costs of $950 usd and $445 usd respectively). An electric engine would cost $7,000 usd but will save the team $14,000 over the next 10 years in fuel and maintenance costs.The additional $11,000 requested in this application is for the boat that the electric motor will be used with.

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Weston Brown

Sustainability Consulting and Environmental Leadership Opportunity (Green Greek Representative Program)

Project Size: Large, >$1,000
Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $3,900

Letter of Intent:

 

Summary:

As an accredited course, the Green Greek Representative Practicum teaches over 150 students per year about sustainability consulting within their community and environmental leadership. It encourages participation from Greek and non-Greek students in order to engage a broad campus community. Engaging this community deepens connections between the UW Program on the Environment, the UW Sustainability Office, the UW Greek Community, and a variety of different academic programs (as the program is extremely interdisciplinary). It allows students interested in sustainability to ideate, research, and implement solutions in a real-world, hands-on way. It also creates a ripple effect, propelling sustainability solutions far beyond just environmentally-focused students and ingraining sustainable living habits within a diverse group.

 

The growth of our program can largely be attributed to the funding we’ve received from the UW Office of Sustainability. However, due to budget cuts, they can no longer fund us. Thus we are hoping to receive $3,900 from the Campus Sustainability Fund to be able to continue the program and keep implementing sustainability solutions while we explore long-term funding alternatives.

 

View our Website: http://students.washington.edu/ecoreps/greengreek/ or learn more about the Program by viewing the Orientation Packet.

 

Meeting Requirements:

Environmental Impact: While the tangible environmental impact is seen in Chapter Houses specifically, the intangible benefits are far beyond the Chapters themselves. The Chapters represent a test-bed of sorts for students (both Greek and non-Greek) to experiment with different sustainability solutions and see how theoretically great ideas play out in reality.

 

We’ve helped Chapters significantly reduce waste, transitioned 14 Chapters to water-saving solutions as of Fall 2017, 5 Chapters to full-LED implementation, and helped Chapters invest in energy-efficient appliances. We’ve also increased awareness: we’ve put up posters, had cleaning and kitchen staff “interventions,” worked with House Directors to make sustainability a priority, and presented to Chapters on waste diversion and sustainability solutions (in which we get most of the members to take the UW Sustainability pledge as well).

 

If we get funding and are able to progress forward at the same rate, we plan to continue many of our current projects, including transitioning chapters to sustainable lighting, water, energy, and waste solutions. On top of this, we plan to continue and expand upon our current education initiatives, including a dramatic uptake in our Zero Waste Initiative for community events. We will also pilot new projects as the program grows.

 

Student Leadership & Involvement: The Green Greek group, open to both Greek and non-Greek students, has helped over 200 different environmentally-curious students get started implementing sustainability solutions within their living area and community. Over the past three quarters, we’ve had over 50 students register each quarter and have continued to grow. This Fall 2017, we had over 70 students register, and more than 40 register for credit. This type of high-engagement, hands-on opportunity is an excellent way to get students integrating sustainability into their daily lives, as well as promote the Program of the Environment and other environmental opportunities to a targeted audience. Funding from the CSF will allow us to continue providing this opportunity for students of all majors to easily become involved in sustainability courses.

 

Education, Outreach, & Behavior Change: Our program has 8 to 10 projects each quarter. These projects focus on implementing waste, water, and lighting solutions; solar research, education and awareness, sustainable purchasing, and event planning. Students have the opportunity to pick what they’re most interested in and gain experience in that area. On top of this hands-on work, students also learn from expert speakers, who’ve included Sustainability Consultants from Sustainable Biz Consulting, the CEO of NuePower (a solar energy company in the PNW), and Sally Hulsman, the Director of Solid Waste Compliance at Seattle Public Utilities.

 

We work hard to promote collaboration, as well as other environmental groups on campus. Students get the chance to participate in mini-case competitions related to solving sustainability problems. They also do a take-home sustainability survey of a specific Chapter to learn more about the status of that Chapter’s sustainability and what it truly means to be live sustainably. Then they work on specific action items gleaned from the survey. Each quarter we do a Community-Wide Clean-Up, where not only our members but other campus members team up to beautify the UW community.

 

Feasibility, Accountability, & Sustainability: The feasibility of the program is 100% with funding. I can guarantee this because we’ve been running it in a “pilot” mode for the past 2.5 years (since its creation in August 2015). We’re held accountable by Faculty Supervisors, including UW Sustainability Expert Sean Schmidt and the Director of the Program on the Environment Rick Keil. We’re also held accountable by the numerous Green Greek Leaders (currently 14, including the Executive Team and the Project Leaders). People within our program are mission-driven and committed to successfully carrying out projects as a team.

 

Estimate of Project Budget:

In order to continue improving upon the work we’re doing, we need funds for three main purposes:

  1. Marketing: 75 Fall Orientation packets, 60 marketing posters per quarter (1 per each chapter, as well as high-traffic on-campus areas), 1-2 large posters per year for events. This year the amount came to about $550 (all materials were purchased from Professional Copy n’ Print on the Ave or printed at the RSO Resource Center on campus).
  1. Accreditation: In order to be an accredited 1-2 course (which is an absolute game-changer in terms of engagement, participation, and follow-through), we must be able to fund an Undergraduate Teaching Assistant (essentially the Director position). This position organizes everything, from course materials, to the room location, to membership and project teams, as well as communicates directly with the Advising Faculty Rick Keil. The TA is paid for 50 hours per work per quarter at the wage of $15.30 (by University policy) for a total of $765 per quarter. This person works all three academic quarters, as well as during the summer to develop the program for the upcoming year. Thus, the total for the year comes to $3,060.
  1. Motivation & Incentives: In order to create value and community, we also need money for things like a prize for our annual Greek-wide competition ($100) and a small budget for our quarterly clean-ups ($200 / yr). The total budget for this is roughly $300.

Thus, the overall budget needs are roughly $3,900 for one year. We recognize how valuable the Campus Sustainability Fund is in getting projects going and helping them keep their momentum. We also recognize that in the long-term this program needs to be self-sustaining and can’t rely on CSF grants. We are in the process of securing funding from Greek Governance organizations who see the impact of our work in the community. However, in order to secure funding via their network we must go through a lengthy proposal process. This process has already been initiated. If the proposal is successful, we will have funding likely starting in January 2019. Thus, we hope the CSF can provide assistance in the meantime and help us keep the Green Greek momentum going as we build strong environmental leaders and implement sustainability solutions within the UW Community.

 

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Talia Haller, Green Greek Director

Biological Control of Insects

Project Size: Small, <$1,000
Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $1,000

Letter of Intent:

Dear Selection Committee, 

The University of Washington currently doesn't have a biological control of insects program. Insecticides which can be detrimental to the environment are periodically sprayed. With these releases the amount of insecticides used will be dramatically decreased. We will release insects that will survive the winter. Because of this we will only need to release them for two years to build up their populations. With this grant we will be able to release the following insects for control of Thrips and Aphids from the company Evergreen Growers:  

Aphidius colemani and ervi: 500 for $69

Aphidoletes aphidimyza: 1,000 for $43.50 x2=$87

Green lacewings/Chrysoperla : 10,000 eggs for 28$ x 5= $140

Orius: 1,000 for $69

Stratiolalaps scimatus: 25,000 in 2 liter bottles at $23 x 3=$69.

Trichogramma minutum: 100,000 for $21

Trichogramma platneria: 100,000 for $21

Shipping: $12.50

Total=488.50 per year

This program has been extenisvely researched and is being applied by Seattle University, the Woodland Park Zoo, and Washington State University. If the grant proposal is accepted it will help grounds management at the University of Washington become a more sustainable place. Any remaining funds will be used for signage to promote this CSF granted project. 

Thank you for helping us become more sustainable! If you have any questions please don't hestitate to ask. 

Sincerely, 

Michael Bradshaw 

 

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Michael Bradshaw

ReThink Resilience Summit 2017

Project Size: Small, <$1,000
Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $1,000

Letter of Intent:

THIRD ANNUAL RESILIENCE SUMMIT HOSTED BY RETHINK
 
I.  Letter of Intent
ReThink has held an annual Resilience Summit for two years, and both times our organization was lucky enough to work with CSF through partnerships and grants. This year the Summit focuses on incentives that a range of organizations experience, as we all face the need for climate action and improved resilience. This event is modeled after the Resilience Challenge hosted by Sustainable Seattle in the fall of 2014 and 2015. This year it will be held in Maple Hall’s Area 01 to encourage maximum attendance. We are teaming up with several clubs from across campus to draw an eclectic crowd of around 30-50 students. These students will spend 4 hours listening to in-depth presentations from our business professionals, engaging in question and answer sessions, discussing relevant topics in breakout sessions, and ending with individualized plans of action that may simply consist of a changed mindset, or even turn into future CSF proposals. With time for networking over tables of information from on-and-off campus partners, and lunch of sustainable, local food, we hope our audience will come away with a diverse set of perspectives and go forth driving change in business-as-usual practices. Beyond the experience members of the planning committee will gain from organizing and marketing this event, all participants of the Resilience Summit will get exposure to a diverse array of students from other disciplines, and informative and inspiring presentations and discussions from professionals in their fields of work. It is a fantastic opportunity for students to broaden their perspectives from the more narrow views represented in their respective majors.

A large part of the challenge is bringing students together to find the root cause of UW’s environmental issues in order to create a feasible solution including a plan of action. The 30-50 students attending the event are expected to be engaged and thoughtful members of the audience. Action post-event is not required, but will be highly encouraged and enabled by our team. We have invited speakers from Alaska Airlines, Forterra, Northwest Sustainable Energy for Economic Development (SEED), Threshold Investing Group, and Sustainable Business Consulting to speak about how their experiences, company, and/or mission approaches the concept of incentives in terms of climate action. For example: “Why does your organization choose to prioritize social and environmental initiatives and how are those goals achieved? How have you and your company reimagined traditional market structures to benefit the environment and what actions would you recommend others take to emulate your steps or drive their own sustainable path forward?”. We are expecting to obtain funds from the Foster Community Fund to help us support this event as it directly affects many students within the Foster School.

The monetary support of the CSF grant will enable us to perform the best possible outreach for the UW Resilience Summit in various relevant areas on campus in order to gain excitement and attendance that outweighs last year’s event.  Keeping our environment and UW’s paper reduction goals in mind, while still maximizing the potential for outreach to many attendees, we are planning to partially utilize ReThink grant money to create less than 20 eye-catching and aesthetically appealing posters that will illustrate the importance and quality of this event. ReThink has identified the most influential locations on campus that identify with the goals of this event and ReThink. These include, but are not limited to, the Foster School of Business, the Art and Design School, College of the Environment, Gould Hall, and the Paul G. Allen Center of Computer Science. The posters will be displayed in high-traffic areas, such as cafes and main entrances in order to attract the most attention. These posters complement our mainly digital marketing plan through our well known Facebook page, event page and targeted outreach of our board members and faculty contacts. Our multi-faceted marketing approach will maximize our outreach, and ensure that our environmental message will be heard loud and clear throughout campus.

The environmental problem that we hope to combat with this event is the same we’ve been working to oust for years previously: the widespread lack of education on pressing global environmental issues that UW students are broadly receiving. These issues apply to every student on campus in almost every academic discipline, yet not all students are required—or have room in their schedules—to take courses that touch on these issues, and independently sought information can often be misleading. Furthermore, though the University of Washington has undertaken many steps to be a sustainable campus, there is so much more that can be done, and we believe this starts with student education, involvement, and most importantly interest. The Resilience Summit thoroughly aligns with UW’s mission to sustainability. Even with such a broad term and definition, ReThink unites itself in all parts of all definitions in order to fully capture the meaning as it applies to business, industry, government, and individuals. ReThink is widely known across campus because of our work with the UW Sustainability Office, UW Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship, and other environmental clubs around campus. We look forward to bringing this unique event to students from diverse educational backgrounds and hope to foster a learning environment where even our guest speakers can learn from others at this event.
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II. Timeline
 
February 1- May 1 | Planning

  • Brainstorming
    • Partnerships
    • Funding Opportunities
  • Obtaining speaker confirmations
  • Creating marketing campaign
  • Gaining funding from CSF and FCF

April 14-28 | Implementing

  • Implementing Marketing → Outreach
    • Online first
    • Then to print and around campus
    • Start outreach to organizations, listservs

April 20- May 8 | Outreach

  • Earth Day Tabling
  • Sharing the Resilience Summit at other events
  • Sharing event opportunity in classes
  • Posting our small marketing posters around campus

May 8-May 19 | Final Stage

  • Final marketing push
  • Extreme outreach
  • Finalization of details with all speakers and partners

 
III. Budget

 

ITEM COST PER QUANTITY TOTAL
Speaker Fees
  • Most likely our corporate speaker/rep
$125 4 $500
Speaker Gifts $10 4 $40
Photographer $100 1 $100
Marketing Poster Board $20 1 $20
Materials for day-of break-out sessions
  • Big post it boards, post notes, markers
$10   $10
Venue Fee $330   $330
       
  = TOTAL $1,000

 

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Cassie Maylor

Earth Day Band: Improvisational Music Project (IMP)

Project Size: Small, <$1,000
Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $500

Letter of Intent:

On April 21st Earth Club, in partnership with The Office of Sustainability and Ecoreps, is hosting The Earth Day Festival on Red Square from 11-2pm. The Earth Day Planning Committee has been searching for a band to play at our event. We believe that art is essential to the activism surrounding sustainability movements and often functions as a catalyst for engagement. In our search for a band, we focused our efforts on finding local UW student ensembles. Supporting the sustainability of the arts on the UW campus was an important value that helped aided our selection. We also considered that finding the right group could could help establish a precedent for collaboration for future events like the SustainableUW Festival. From the groups we looked at, our committee has identified the UW’s Improvised Music Project as an outstanding student organization that upholds many of our values and goals.
The IMP is an RSO run by Jazz students. The group focuses on bringing together musicians seeking to both advance their artwork and education. The IMP gives students an opportunity to: collaborate with each other, perform their music at local venues, play in a variety of organized ensembles, and to learn from professionals brought in by the RSO. The group consists of general members and several officers which organize events, and student ensembles. The shows played by IMP ensembles are free events where donation are accepted. Donations collected by the IMP are put into a fund that is used to bring touring professional musicians to the UW. The musicians then perform for the IMP and answer questions about their artwork.
The Earth Day Committee has been in contact with two of the IMP officers, Brendan McGovern and Schuyler Asplin. The two officers have agreed to organize an ensemble to perform at our Earth Day festival. The ensemble will consist of 6-10 performers. In addition to Brendan and Schuyler organizing the ensemble, the ensemble will be responsible for set up (15min), the performance (30min), and break down (15 min). As fair payment for for their performance, we want to award the group $50 for every performer erring on the side of 10 performers. In total, this application is asking for a grant of $500, payable to either Brendan or Schuyler, for the organization and performance of an IMP ensemble at our Earth Day Event. Brendan/Schuyler will then donate the funds into the IMP.
Addressing the CSF goals, the performance that will be funded by this grant will:

  • Impact the environment by attracting students to the Earth Day event. Music and the arts have galvanizing effects that bring people together and function as a catalyst through which activism for social and environmental issues can be fostered.
  • Support the student leadership of the Earth Day Committee who identified the IMP as an organization that will advance our goals for the Earth Day event. Additionally this grant will do more than acquire a band for Earth Day as the payment for the performance will go towards the advancement of the arts and the education of student musicians involved in the IMP. This includes supporting the student leadership of the IMP who, outreach to venues, organize ensembles, and plan events for their members in order to bring in professional musicians.
  • Increase our ability to outreach to students in the UW community. By supplying the incentive of a musical performance at Earth Day we will be able to attract a larger audience of students and expose them to the environmental message of our event.
  • Set a precedent for collaboration between the IMP and Earth Day. This sustainable relationship between the IMP and the Earth Day Planning Committee will be mutually beneficial and allow our committee to focus our efforts on enhancing other aspects of the event next year.
Primary Contact First & Last Name: Christian Laush

Keraton Going Green

Project Size: Small, <$1,000
Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $999

Letter of Intent:

Since 2002, Indonesian Student Association in University of Washington (ISAUW) has held an annual cultural event, Keraton, to celebrate and promote Indonesia’s diverse culture. This year Keraton will be held on April 29th at the Rainer Vista, University of Washington. Throughout the event, we will promote our culture by selling various Indonesian traditional cuisines, hosting on-stage performances and cultural games. Our hope for Keraton is that it will not only attract Indonesian people in the greater Seattle neighborhood but also the whole Washington community. Last year Keraton managed to attract 8000 people and we are aiming to get 10000 this year to widen the exposure to Indonesian culture.
 
Based on our previous experience in hosting this event, we understand the environmental damages that an event as big as ours can pose. Consequently, this year we planned to implement a recycling program to minimize the amount of waste we produce. We hope that the funding from CSF can help us in this ‘Keraton Going Green’ effort.
 
In order to achieve the ‘Keraton Going Green’ effort, we will:
a.     We’ll demand all of our third-party vendors to only use compostable materials (food containers) to minimize our environmental footprint.
b.     Ensure that our event map lay out the locations of all the recycling and compost bins.
c.     Include our recycling efforts in our event marketing.
d. Assign ISAUW officers as well as volunteers to monitor the locations of all the recycling and compost bins to ensure proper sorting. 
 
To help us in this sustainability effort, we’re asking for a donation of $999.00 from CSF. We plan to use the funding we’ll receive to:
a.     Fund the compostable materials for vendors. ($500)
b.     Partially fund the renting cost of LED stage lighting to minimize our event’s energy usage. ($500)
 
1.     Environmental Impact: Not only did Keraton attracted 8000 people last year but also had 13 vendors selling food. As a result, there is a substantial amount of waste produced. This year, Keraton is aiming to attract 10000 people. Surely, there will be more waste produced than last year. Therefore ISAUW will implement the ‘Keraton Going Green’ effort, which will ensure the reduction of waste production by vendors as well as the overseeing of waste sorting in the recycling and compost bins locations.
 
2.     Student Leadership & Involvement: There are 39 ISAUW officers who have contributed their time and energy in making a huge event such as Keraton. Furthermore, there will also be about 123 volunteers that will help out in the event, whom of which are Indonesian students from the University of Washington as well as community colleges around the greater Seattle area. 
 
3.     Education, Outreach, & Behavior Change: ISAUW believes that implementing a ’Keraton Going Green’ effort will benefit us as well as the people who will be attending our event as it will show them how a substantial amount of waste will be produced in an event as big as ours. We hope that they will have a better perspective and understanding on the importance of minimizing waste and that there will be a behavior change in their lifestyle. We will also ensure this ‘Keraton Going Green’ effort will continue to be implemented in future ISAUW events and hope that other events that will take place in the University of Washington will also follow our efforts.
 
4.     Feasibility, Accountability, & Sustainability: ISAUW was established in 2001 and has since successfully promoted the Indonesian culture and values of diversity to Indonesian youth in the Greater Seattle Area. ISAUW has held multiple major events every year including but not limited to PERMIAS National Cup, LARIMAN (Seattle’s Amazing Race) and our signature event, Keraton. We strive to minimize our waste and environmental impact by actively adopting policies to achieve that goal. For instance, ISAUW regularly conducts fundraising by selling banana pudding. To minimize environmental impact, ISAUW opted to use attractive mason jars instead of plastic jars to encourage the customer to continue using them. We are confident that we will use CSF’s donation in a responsible manner. 

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Kevin Masman

Pairing UW Food Waste with Non-Profit Agencies in Need

Project Size: Large, >$1,000
Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $22,234

Letter of Intent:

Summary

Our project proposes to pair-up UW food waste with local non-profit agencies in need through the design of an open source app. The app would facilitate the logistics and transportation of food waste from UW Food Services without having so many food products go to compost. This project could serve as a valuable learning opportunity for UW students, boost the sustainability rating of the UW, democratize the access to food waste for agencies who currently depend on Food Lifeline, giving the individual agencies information to act when they are in need. Furthermore, the project would create a national platform that other universities could lean on to reduce food waste around the country.

 

Environmental Impact

The UW prides itself on its commitment to sustainability. This project provides an opportunity for the UW to become a leader in food recovery programs in the U.S. Food waste is a major problem and contributes to overflowing landfills. The University of Washington feeds thousands of students, staff, and visitors, resulting in massive amounts of food that land in compost bins. While a few facilities on campus (e.g., the “eight,” located at McMahon, and the “District Market,”) partner with organizations like Food Lifeline to reduce their food waste, many UW facilities cannot connect with agencies in need. Food that cannot find its way to the dinner table due to a lack of organization, time, or money, is food that becomes wasted. While composting is a great alternative to the trash, it fails to feed those in need. Therefore, we propose a program that will enable all campus facilities to contribute their products to aid in the fight against food waste.

 

Student Leadership & Involvement

This project will be developed in a two-quarter Directed Research Group (DRG) in autumn 2017 and winter 2018 for ~ 15 students per quarter with students from two departments in the College of Engineering. The proposal team consists of student, Madison Holbrook, who is currently a Bachelor's student in the Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering (HCDE) in the College of Engineering (CoE). She has over 10 years of personal experience working with organizations, farms, and restaurants in food production and distribution. With her combined UX and personal experience, her insights will help guide the team and focus the project. The teams also consists of Irini Spyridakis, a lecturer in HCDE, who has an MS degree and over 8 years teaching and supervising students in the CoE as well as experience working in the user centered design industry.

 

Educational Outreach & Behavioral Change

In the first quarter of the DRG, HCDE students will conduct a feasibility study to determine the frequency and amount of UW food waste and receiving agency capacity. Students will  interview stakeholders (e.g., Hub, McMahon, By George and U District Food Bank, NW Harvest, Food Lifeline). The information collected will culminate into data driven personas and a comprehensive report. The main users for the app will be UW Food Services and non-profit agencies. Their insights into food waste/donation practices will provide a platform that will set the stage for the second quarter DRG.

Next, students will design, create, iterate, and test the app, fostering UW and non-profit buy-in. The user-research team will create prototypes that will lead to a high-fidelity interactive prototype. The prototype will be utilized for user-testing and allow for validation and changes in the user interactions of the final app.

The team will develop and test the app that provides a platform for conversation and collaboration around food utilization. The final stage will be to present the app to the stakeholders and launch it.

Feasibility, Accountability, & Sustainability

We have been in contact with the following UW offices and people: the Business and Sustainability Manager for UW Dining with Housing & Food Services (Kara Carlson); the Public Health Program Manager with the office of Environment Health & Safety (Abbe Aberra); the Food Insecurity Specialist (Food pantry on campus) (Laurne Ternasaki) with the Division of Student Life; the Fleet Services Manager (George Donegan); and Transportation Services. Additionally, Madison has interviewed David Rey and Benton Litteneker, managers of the HUB and McMahon Food courts, respectively.

The app will allow the UW facilities to post what food waste is available that day for pickup with an alert system approach that will need to be user tested once we get to that stage. Non-profits such as the U-District Food Bank, Northwest Harvest, and Food Lifeline (to name a few) around the area will be notified of the available products, the quantity, and pick-up time. We will partner together using the app to coordinate, reserve, and collect food before it becomes waste.

With funding from the Campus Sustainability Fund and buy in from the UW, shelters, communities, and non-profits will be central to the success of the app. During the second quarter of the project, our user research team will connect with groups such as the following to try and find interested stakeholders with appropriate technical and people skills to keep the app in use. Possible entities include the following groups: Housing & Food Services, Division of Student Life, ASUW, UW Phi Sigma Rho Engineering Sorority, and UW Nutritional Sciences Program.

 

Budget Estimate

The feasibility and user research/design/development project will rely on hired student helpers at $11.50 an hour for 5 hours a week during the duration of the quarter. In addition, disposable food storage containers will be provided to UW Facilities for pick-up by Food Banks. During the coming months, we are hopeful that we can secure matching funds from external grants and in-kind support. We appreciate your consideration of this proposed budget.

 

Student Budgets (15 students spanning 20 weeks), $17,250.00

Validation Testing, $1,000.00

Disposable Food Containers:

Qty 100: Choice Full Size Foil Deep Steam Table Pan - 50/Case, $1,608.84

Qty 100: Choice Full Size Foil Steam Table Pan Lid - 50/Case, $2,376.00

 

Total, $22,234.84

 

Primary and Secondary Contacts

Primary Contact: Irini Spyridakis

Secondary Contact: Madison Holbrook

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Irini Spyridakis

UW-Solar Life Sciences Building Photovoltaic Implementation

Project Size: Large, >$1,000
Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $150,000

Letter of Intent:

CSF LETTER OF INTENT:

UW LIFE SCIENCES BUILDING PHOTOVOLTAIC IMPLEMENTATION

 

  1. INTRODUCTION

UW-Solar is working with the University of Washington (UW) and project architects, Perkins+Will, on the construction of UW’s Life Sciences Building. The purpose of this letter is to request $150,000 for the installation of roof-top photovoltaic (PV) panels and building-integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) on the new Life Sciences Building.

 

2.    SUMMARY

 

2.1       UW-SOLAR SUMMARY

UW-Solar is an interdisciplinary team within the University of Washington’s Urban Infrastructure Laboratory that focuses on the development of solar installations with accompanying Industrial Control Systems on buildings on the UW campus. UW-Solar students range from undergraduate to the Ph.D. level within the Colleges of Engineering, Business, Built Environments, and Environmental Sciences. UW-Solar’s primary objective is to provide clean, sustainable power production to reduce the University of Washington’s reliance on external energy resources, improve power systems’ resilience to outages, and reduce the overall carbon footprint of the university. The usage of clean and renewable energy sources are a primary objective of the University of Washington’s Climate Action plan for the future sustainability of the University.

 

2.2       PROJECT SUMMARY

UW is working with Perkins+Will to construct the new Life Science Building. The implementation of a roof-top PV array will enhance the energy generation of the existing design, bringing the project closer to achieving LEED-NC Platinum certification. The identified potential for solar power generation on the new construction includes standard PV panels on the roof and BIPV on glass fins located on the southeast façade.

 

The BIPV addition is fully designed and slated for construction; however, the roof-top PV addition would be coordinated upon completion of building (scheduled for August 2018). This funding request is for the installation of both PV and BIPV systems. The proposal to CSF will include the complete installation and budget details for both systems.

 

3.    ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT

The addition of photovoltaics to the Life Sciences Building will have a positive impact on the environment through the on-site production of renewable energy, which will both reduce the carbon-footprint of the building and increase its energy self-sufficiency.

 

The 120 BIPV fins on the southwest facade of the building provide up to 6,000 ft2 of south-east facing surface area for energy generation. Harnessing the potential energy output of this area could provide a significant source of renewable energy.

 

There is approximately 18,000 ft2 of available space for a PV installment on the roof penthouse, and an additional 2,300 ft2 of space on level 05. We propose a combined 100 kW PV system be installed on these surfaces.

 

4.    STUDENT LEADERSHIP & INVOLVEMENT

UW-Solar completed a feasibility study for this project and presented installation options and recommendations to Perkins+Will for implementation. This project has and will continue to allow students to work with industry experts and gain experience working on project development, design, and construction management in a professional setting.

 

5.    EDUCATION, OUTREACH, AND BEHAVIOR CHANGE

Research on the BIPV installation will directly affect future installations of BIPV around the state, as the University would be one of the first public institutions to implement this relatively new technology. A proposed Lucid dashboard in the lobby of the Life Sciences Building will show energy generated from both the BIPV and PV systems along with the energy use of the building. Visitors will be able to interact with the display to explore the building’s energy metrics and sustainable design features. The integrated PV panels on the southwest façade will be highly visible from Pacific Avenue. The unique aspects of this project make the new Life Sciences Building a leading example of sustainability in higher education and demonstrate the University’s commitment to investing in alternative energy sources.

 

6.    ACCOUNTABILITY

The feasibility study investigated ongoing accountability for management and maintenance of the solar installations, as well as long-term leadership considerations for the project as it relates to executive stakeholders, logistical management, and staffing and budget impacts of relevant stakeholder organizations.

 

7.    ESTIMATED BUDGET

 

                               BIPV Installation

$300,000

 Roof-top Installation

$300,000

Total

$600,000

 

We are exploring multiple funding opportunities to secure the full $600,000 needed for both installations. We are requesting $150,000 in funding from CSF, which will be instrumental in securing the additional $450,000 from matching grant programs such as the Department of Commerce Solar Grants, which awards funding equal to the initial seed money already secured.

In the event we are unable to acquire the full $600,000, the $150,000 awarded will be returned to CSF.

 

8.    CONTACT INFORMATION

 

Life Sciences Building Project Managers:

 

Project Manager - Alex Ratcliff, alexr529@uw.edu

Team Lead - Ian Rose, isr2@uw.edu

 

Facility Manager - Jan Whittington, janwhit@uw.edu

Urban Infrastructure Lab Manager - Stefanie Young, sy10@uw.edu

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Alexander Ratcliff

UW Bicycle Library: Cycle Pack

Project Size: Large, >$1,000
Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $24,000

Letter of Intent:

For my senior project in Community Environment and Planning I have been researching how to increase cycling on and to the University of Washington campus. Through my preliminary research I looked into programs and services that the University and the City of Seattle currently offer the UW student. I discovered a gap in services provided to students who would consider commuting to campus by bike but lack access to one. There are (or were) two programs that offer student who do not own a bicycle access to one; Pronto Bicycle Share, and UWIld’s equipment rental.

Uwild offers students single day and weekend rentals at extremely low cost to students. Unfortunately UWild’s rental period makes the possibility of using their bicycles for commuting purposes impossible. Pronto is(was) aimed at providing hub to hub commuting services for short periods of time. This service targets users who live in close proximity to bicycle hubs and multimodal users who typically use bike share services to compliment another transportation mode. Unfortunately, due to the size and density of Pronto’s network of bicycle hubs, a majority of UW students are unable to use their services beyond cycling on campus.

Through my research I found that a bicycle library would be an appropriate solution to both provide users a bicycle for commuting purposes and to encourage users to invest in a bicycle at the end of the rental period. A bicycle library is an inexpensive or in some cases free, long term rental program. At other Universities, like the University of California, Santa Cruz Bike Lending Library, and University of Kentucky’s Wildcat Wheels, the bicycle rental period is typically over the duration of either a quarter or a semester. The purpose of this style of program is that it gives users an experience of bicycle ownership. The benefit of this experience is that users are given an ample time to explore how a bicycle can be used on a daily basis and how the bike can fit into their everyday life.

After discovering a program that could effectively target the user group I was concerned with, and impact future cycling use both at the University and through the rest of a user’s life, I redefined my project. My Senior Project is now to research, design, and implement and plan to bring a bicycle library to the University of Washington. At this point in my project, I am near the end of my research phase, in the midst of refining program features, and I have established a partnership with UWild in order to add the Bicycle Library to their current services. The final process I need to undergo is to achieve funding for the program through a CSF grant.

My point of contact with UWIld is the assistant director of the program, Matt Jensen. Through our conversations he has offered to house a fleet of bicycles (current capacity is 20 bicycles) and provide the administrative services of; maintaining the fleet, and facilitating the rental transactions. In addition to UWIld’s commitment to the program, I’m also attempting to work with EcoReps in order to, foster a consistent student presence in the program. Through an interview with Ted Sweeney, the active transportation specialist on campus I was advised that the biggest roadblock to a successful bicycle library program is student engagement. I hope that In partnering with EcoReps I can harbor a student body committed to the promotion of this sustainable project and can work to create a greater awareness of the program on campus. The final player I hope to incorporate into the program is the Office of Sustainability. I believe the office can provide additional administrative and financial support so that Uwild can focus primarily on logistical duties.

At this point in the project I am still working towards a refined cost analysis. In addition to the bicycle I still need to decide on the benefits of including certain accessories like bike racks, fenders, and locks. This week I am meeting with Ted and Matt to make final decisions concerning which accessories to include and what bike specifications are necessary. Next I plan to outreach to local bike manufactures/stores with the bicycle specifications we decide on and then partner with the bidder that gives us the best deal for our dollar. I’ve been advised by both Matt, and Ted, that for this program we should use bicycle from a single vendor. This ensures that the fleet will be recognizable, parts will be uniform (this allows us to buy in bulk, and ensures parts will be accessible when we need them), and it establishes a relationship with a seller which in turn reduces costs in the long run. In addition to purchasing the bikes and materials, I hope to also set up a fund for Uwild to use to purchase replacement parts and accessories for regular maintenance of the fleet and in the event of stolen bicycles.

I believe this project aligns with every element of the CSF’s goals. First, the environmental impact of cycling is a large component I addressed In my research. Cycling reduces the amount of cars on the road, doesn’t require environmentally intensive infrastructure, and contributes to higher density development, all of which reduces noise, air, and water pollution. Second, this project emphasizes a desire to foster student involvement through partnership with EcoReps and potentially other student run organizations like SAGE and the UW Bike Shop. Third, ultimately behavioral change is at the center of this program and an area I focused on heavily in my research. Giving users the experience of bicycle ownership is the best route to encouraging new users to cycle. EcoReps will also play a prominent role in advertising and educating students about the new service. Finally, through my research and outreach to organizations and departments I have created a sustainable partnership with Uwild and demonstrated my ability to obtain the technical knowledge to make educated decisions concerning this program.

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Cole Laush

Biodegradable Pots - Replacing agricultural and horticultural plastics on campus

Project Size: Large, >$1,000
Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $70,000

Letter of Intent:

Overview

                While University of Washington agriculture groups are among the greenest operations on campus, currently all horticulture and agriculture groups are using plastic pots for their needs. With the technology, expertise, and additional resources already available in the UW Paper and Bioresource Science Center, there is a clear opportunity for green, biodegradable pots to be produced on campus, thereby replacing all need for the purchase and disposal of thousands of plastic pots. Our ultimate goal is to provide the campus with sustainable alternatives to disposable plastics across campus groups, research facilities, and classrooms wherever possible.

Environmental Impact

                Current campus use: While groups across campus are currently washing and reusing their plastics, this can be water-intensive and often includes bleaching the pots, creating hazardous run-off. The energy and petroleum intensive production of these plastic nursery pots, as well as the potential for them to end up in landfill to consider. To combat the drawbacks of using petroleum-based plastics, this project proposes the most sustainable product possible for use across campus.

Proposed solution: The biodegradable pots will be planted directly into the soil leading to zero waste products at end-use. Additionally, pulp fiber pots will be cut with up to 60% brewers’ spent grain. This remedies a growing problem of wasted spent grain that has arrived with the popularity of breweries in Washington State. One of the most unique attributes of these pots is the application of a sustainable re-use for this grain that will provide nutrients back to the soil. Furthermore, the remaining structure will be molded of barley or wheat straw as an economically feasible raw-material.

Utilizing another waste product from the Paper and Bioresource Lab, fertilizer can be implemented via spraying a ‘black liquor’ solution on the inside of the pots. Using black liquor from already-existing sulfite pulping operations can add sulfur and lower pH to amend the soils, as well as aid the structural integrity of the pots. Black liquor is made of residual sugars, lignin and dissolved solids, thus adding only organic material back to the soil. In total, carbon from these waste materials and black liquor are sequestered from the biomass into the ground, resulting in a carbon-neutral process from our estimates.

Student Leadership and Involvement

                This project is overseen by a core of five Bioresource Science and Engineering juniors and seniors as well as students from the UW Society for Ecological Restoration (UW-SER), each specializing in different areas. With support from the UW Paper and Bioresource Lab, each member of the team has a specialty in analytics, chemical composition of the pots, machinery, molding technologies, or black liquor fertilizer implementation.

In addition, part of this grant covers a new molding system which can provide UW students a chance to apply classroom concepts in the lab, experiencing a production line from starting bio materials to end-product. This machinery can specifically be used for Bioresource Science and Engineering curriculum, providing students with hands-on experience with pilot-scale industry machinery.

Education, Outreach, & Behavior Change

                This interdisciplinary project currently involves a close partnership across majors and campus groups. Currently, our closest partnership is with UW’s Society for Ecological Restoration. By servicing UW SER alone, we will replace the need for approximately 500 seedling containers per year, among others. With the help of this grant we hope to replace thousands more across campus. Once this product can be produced to scale, we can provide our biodegradable pots to any group on campus who would be interested in cutting plastics use and fertilizer costs. Ultimately, our goal is to see all plastics use by agriculture and horticulture groups replaced by our products, adding another element to UW’s reputation as a green campus.

Feasibility, Accountability, & Sustainability

                This team of students is competent in their respective specialties, has experience in the Paper and Bioresource Labs as well as industry applicability. This team will be overseeing the full implementation of the project throughout, once these students graduate, new Bioresource Science and Engineering students will be fully equipped to continue production.

With the pilot-scale equipment, it will also be possible and necessary to create several molds and fertilizer options for various applications to eliminate all plastic pots on campus. Our proposed process for production is outlined in Figure 1 below.

 

Figure 1. Biodegradable products production, machine process

Budget Estimate

                While we have the technology, information, and research to begin production, the current methodology is primitive, and capital is needed to increase and streamline production to extend reach across campus. While we have extra tanks, pumps and other generics to put towards this endeavor, in total, we are requesting $90,000 to complete this project, the details of which are outlined below.

Fixed:

●     $60,000 automated mold equipment (online estimate), Figure 1 displays the main units considered in this cost.

●     $10,000 Infrastructure (piping, wiring)

●     $8,000-$10,000 molds for several pot sizes (designed in collaboration with UW SER)

●     $2,000 sprayer for  black liquor coating

Variable:

●     $2,000 start-up costs

●     $1,000-$3,000 chemicals - release agent, black liquor, shipping

●     $1,000 raw materials, shipping

●     $2,000 equipment spares (pumps, seals, extras)

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Kaitlin Tighe

UW-Solar Life Sciences Building

Project Size: Large, >$1,000
Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $7,500

Letter of Intent:

CSF LETTER OF INTENT: UW LIFE SCIENCES BUILDING PHOTOVOLTAIC IMPLEMENTATION

INTRODUCTION

UW-Solar would like to work with the University of Washington (UW) and project architects from Perkins+Will on the proposed construction of UW’s new Life Sciences Building. This letter is to request funding to perform a feasibility study for the implementation of roof-top photovoltaic (PV) panels, as well as building-integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) on the new Life Sciences Building.

SUMMARY

Within the Uni­ver­sity of Wash­ing­ton’s Urban Infrastructure Laboratory, UW-Solar is an interdisciplinary team focused on the devel­op­ment of solar instal­la­tions with accom­pa­ny­ing Indus­trial Con­trol Sys­tems on build­ings at the UW cam­pus,. Ranging from the the undergraduate to the Ph.D. level, UW-Solar students come from the Colleges of Engineering, Business, Built Environments, and Environmental Sciences.  UW Solar’s primary objective is to pro­vide clean and sus­tain­able power pro­duc­tion in order to reduce reliance on out­side energy resources, improve the resilience of power sys­tems to out­ages and reduce the over­all car­bon foot­print of the uni­ver­sity. The usage of clean and renew­able energy sources are a pri­mary objec­tive, as stated in the Uni­ver­sity of Washington’s Cli­mate Action plan, for the future sus­tain­abil­ity of the University.

PROJECT SUMMARY

UW is working with architecture and design firm, Perkins+Will, to construct the new Life Science Building. The project is time sensitive as construction is scheduled to begin June 2016. The implementation of PV is supplementary to original building design and would help with LEED Certification. The identified potential for solar power generation on the new construction includes standard PV panels on the roof and BIPV on glass fins on the southeast façade. There is also potential for BIPV on ground-level railing around the greenhouse.

PV and BIPV addition to construction design must be coordinated within the next two months to align with the proposed construction schedule. An assessment of solar panel and laminate options is needed before full integration into construction design. This funding request is for the initial feasibility study, which will be presented directly by UW-Solar to Perkins+Will on December 16th. The follow-up proposal to CSF will included the full project proposal and budget for full implementation.

ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT

The addition of photovoltaics to the Life Sciences Building will have a positive impact on the environment through the on-site production of renewable energy. This reduces the carbon-footprint of the building and increases energy self-sufficiency, which reduces energy costs while improv­ing capa­bil­i­ties for com­mu­nity ser­vice and rapid recov­ery dur­ing any future crises.

The 120 glass fins on the southwest facade of the building provide up to 6,000 ft2 of south-east facing surface area for BIPV implementation, with an additional 6,000 ft2  of north-west facing surface area. Harnessing the potential energy output of this area could provide a significant source of renewable energy.  

STUDENT LEADERSHIP & INVOLVEMENT

UW-Solar has the opportunity to lead this feasibility study and present options and recommendations to Perkins+Will for full implementation. This project will allow students to work with industry experts and gain experience in a professional setting, working on project development, design, and construction management.

EDUCATION, OUTREACH, AND BEHAVIOR CHANGE

This project has a high potential for education and outreach regarding sustainable energy. The integrated PV panels on the 120 glass fins on the Life Science Building facade will be highly visible facing outwards onto Pacific Avenue. The integrated PV option includes the opportunity for application of technology researched and developed at UW, as well as the opportunity for research regarding the performance of the system once implemented. The unique aspects of this project have the potential to make this a leading example of sustainability in higher education and will portray the University’s commitment to investing in alternative energy sources.

ACCOUNTABILITY AND SUSTAINABILITY

The feasibility study will investigate ongoing accountability for management and maintenance of the solar installations as well as long-term leadership considerations for the project related to executive stakeholders, tactical and logistical management and integrated impacts to staff and budget of stakeholder organizations.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Facility Adviser - Jan Whittington, janwhit@uw.edu
Urban Infrastructure Lab Manager - Stefanie Young, sy10@uw.edu
Life Sciences Building Project Managers:

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Stefanie Young

UW Floating Wetlands Project

Project Size: Large, >$1,000
Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $11,000

Letter of Intent:

Summary

 

Floating Wetlands at the UW will be a two-phase project with an end goal of constructing floating wetlands within a waterbody of the University of Washington.  This Letter of Intent is requesting funding for Phase I, a Feasibility Analysis investigating location possibilities, design prototypes, construction processes, permitting requirements and anticipated maintenance needs.  Phase II funding will be requested after completion of Phase I and would consist of the development of floating wetland construction documents, completion of permitting, construction and installation of the floating wetland platforms, and minimal maintenance. This request is for Phase I only.

 

Brief Explanation of the Floating Wetlands Project

 

Floating wetlands are an emerging green technology that mimic naturally occurring wetlands by using floating frames as a base upon which to grow native wetland plants.  The use of floating wetlands creates opportunities within compromised water bodies for environmental remediation.  Research and implementation on floating wetland structures has been conducted worldwide offering a body of information to support the benefits of this technology.  Such measured environmental impacts have been: carbon sequestration; fish, bird, and other habitat renewal; reduction in phosphorous, ammonia, nitrogen, heavy metals, and other aquatic pollutants; climate adaption and water temperature mitigation; and shoreline protection and beautification.    

 

Phase I of this project would continue work already begun by several Landscape Architecture graduate students working with the Green Futures Lab.  It would also expand outreach to students and faculty in a number of departments including: the College of Built Environments; Aquatic and Fisheries Sciences; Environmental Science and Forestry; and Engineering.  These departments would be consulted for proposed site assessment, design research, and permitting requirements.  At the recent Sustainable UW Festival, the GFL received a great amount of interest from students of different science departments looking for involvement in implementation of green technologies.  Many were interested in projects they could apply their expertise to and both Phase I and Phase II of the UW Floating Wetlands Project could provide that platform.  

 

In Phase II, students from across the university would again be invited to participate in detailed design, construction, installation and observation.  Although education and outreach for Phase I would primarily be internal to the UW design and science community, implementation of Phase II and beyond would allow for outreach to the public and greater UW student body through signage, publicity, and continued monitoring of the built floating wetlands.  Based on the success of a previous GFL CSF project - The Biodiversity Green Wall - students, faculty, and the surrounding communities are proud to see the UW at the forefront of innovative green technologies.  Floating Wetlands at UW would push the current implementation into new territory and build upon the region’s reputation for addressing polluted waterbodies, while also considering complex urban habitat needs.

 

Our current preferred locations for Floating Wetlands are along the Lake Union and Portage Bay shorelines, where migrating juvenile salmon need to seek refuge from predators in shallow water. Current permit requirements for floating structures in the Lake Washington watershed system limit the amount of overwater coverage, to reduce potential “ambush” habitat of predators. To address this condition, we have been developing initial designs that would create partially submerged planted structures, to provide refuge for juvenile salmonids in the shallow column of water and the vegetation above the floating wetland islands.  Initiating permitting conversations for these structures with UW, State and Federal agencies will take time but could open the way for widespread shoreline habitat improvement -- going beyond the paradigm of “do no harm” to “provide multiple benefits.”

 

Since this project is building upon research already begun in the Green Futures Lab, we have access to an existing body of information regarding design and implementation of floating wetlands on which to base this requested Feasibility Phase.  Outreach to floating wetland projects within Seattle has been initiated and can serve as a valuable resource with regard to scale and monitoring possibilities.  This includes King County’s installed floating wetland within Hicklin Lake in West Seattle, and on floating wetland structures built and monitored in a constructed wetland in Redmond, Washington by a Landscape Architecture student and former employee of the Green Futures Lab (who is now interning with King County to investigate floating wetland applications for stormwater treatment.) These existing projects and research in the Seattle area offer strong precedents for the successful customization of floating wetlands technology to the UW campus and Lake Washington basin. Through well-vetted investigation of potential UW sites and interdepartmental research collaboration, floating wetland technology could provide exciting improvements to the UW landscape.

 

Outcomes of Phase I will be:  1) identification and approval for placement of the structures on the UW campus; 2) proposed designs for the floating wetland structures;  3) budget estimates for the completed structures; 4) identification and solidification of partnerships for construction, maintenance and matching funds; and 5) an outline of permitting requirements, timelines and issues and initial submission of required permits.  Our aim would be to complete Phase II construction, and to then monitor the design and habitat performance using separate funding sources.

 

An estimate of the project’s budget

 

The Phase I of this project would operate with a total cost of $11,000.  This would allow the Green Futures Lab to hire 2 students at 225 hours each for an approximate cost of $9,000 over Winter and Spring terms, building on the extensive volunteer work that has already been accomplished. Familiarity with the floating wetlands constructed at Hicklin Lake and in Redmond has indicated that a materials budget of $1,600 would be suitable to develop and construct prototypes. We anticipate potential permitting fees and costs at $400.  

 
Primary Contact First & Last Name: Kasia Keeley

Tribal Water Security Colloquium: Rethinking Our Relationship With Water

Project Size: Small, <$1,000
Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $960

Letter of Intent:

Dear CSF Coordinator:
 
We are writing to request funding support from the Campus Sustainability Fund for a half-day class colloquium titled Rethinking Our Relationship With Water.  The Colloquium is a class project that aims to create a space to learn directly from those at the forefront of climate change and environmental challenges.  Thus, we are inviting influential speakers to talk about tribal water security (TWS) at UW’s wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ. In our class, we are broadly defining water security as issues pertaining to water quality, quantity, accessibility, and culture.

The Colloquium is schedule on March 8, 2016 in wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ from 12:45-5 pm.  This event will be open to UW campus and the public.  We will also invite tribal citizens from the surrounding area.  Invited speakers will share their perspectives and experiences on topics listed in Table 1.  In addition, students will present posters on a TWS topic.  Here is a draft of our schedule:

Table 1
Time (pm) Speaker Topic
1:00-1:25 Roger Fernandez (Lower Elwha Klallam) Storytelling and Native Teachings
1:30-1:55 Tony Sanchez (Nisqually) Importance of Reclaiming Medicine Springs
2:00-2:25 Micah McCarty (Makah) Ocean Acidification
2:30-2:55 Student Poster Presentations
3:00-3:25 Ed Johnstone (Quinault) Climate Change and Melting Glaciers
3:30-3:55 Terry Williams (Tulalip) Wetlands and Fish Hatchery Protection
4:00-4:25   Break
4:30-5:00 Bonnie Duran (Opelousas/Coushatta) CBPR and Environmental Research

Student Leadership & Involvement:  Undergraduate students in this class are integral to the planning of the Colloquium.  Table 2 shows the areas where student leadership was key.  For example, students have settled on a date, time range and general format.  In addition, students have selected speakers to invite and emailed out formal invitations.  During the colloquium, students will introduce speakers and present them with a gift, as well as communicate a topic they feel is interesting and/or important to water security.  Globally and nationally, TWS issues have not received the attention that is required to ensure safe water for all tribal members in the United States.  In this class, we aim to lead conversations that bring awareness to these issues and to provide an opportunity for our audiences to hear the voices of tribal leaders. 

Here is a timeline that shows the events and tasks we are carrying out.  The asterisks indicate specific “Leadership Responsibilities and Involvement” for each event and task. The class carried out tasks as a class, individual or by the instructor.

Table 2. Timeline
Month Events and Tasks
January Pick date *
Reserve venue ***
Find sponsorship *
Determine goals/objectives ***
Pick Speakers *
February Send invitations to Speakers **
Decide on title *
Brainstorm language for letter of intent*
Check on venue reservations ***
Finalize schedule/send information about location*
Pick a topic for poster presentations **
Create/distribute flyers *
Print materials ***
Solidify sponsorship *
  • AIS Department
  • Campus Sustainability Fund
  • 8th Generation
March Create menu *
March 8th Host Colloquium *
  • Set up food
  • Students introduce speakers
  • Student poster presentations
Send thank you notes *
Leadership and Involvement
* Class decision
** Carried out by individual student
*** Carried out by Instructor

Environmental Impact: The UW is known for their environmentally friendly goals.  Our project will add another dimension to these goals by highlighting water security challenges faced by tribes in the Pacific Northwest.  Our invited speakers are not scientists or academics, but are individuals who directly see and feel the impacts of these water issues and fight to project their families and communities.  As environmental stewards, they will share a different lens on these topics.  Furthermore, native communities are at the forefront of these dramatic changes and have solutions and experiences that can be a source of inspiration to people on UW campus and in the community. 

Education, Outreach, & Behavior Change: One of the goals of this event is to raise awareness among the campus community.  Through this event, we can reach a larger audience and introduce them to water issues and solutions that can help address the water insecurity challenges expressed by Native leaders.  Additionally, as a class, we are an interdisciplinary group of students who are enrolled in the sciences, humanities and social sciences, and have picked speakers who are most appealing to our majors.  Therefore, our colloquium is an interdisciplinary collaboration across campus and with the Native community.  Lastly, this exchange of knowledge will allow us to learn directly from the source instead of only from books, papers and journals. Rarely do students have the time or opportunity for this to happen, so we are excited to be part of this event.

Feasibility, Accountability, & Sustainability: Students in this class last year successfully carried out a Colloquium on Fish Consumption Standards in Washington State.  It was well attended and educational.  The schedule can be viewed here: http://claritalb.org/Water_Security_Colloquium_2015.pdf.

The funds we are requesting are for use from February – March 2016, therefore we are not including plans for subsequent years.  Our instructor has provided students with the guidance to ensure the completion, and success of this event.  In addition, we will keep track of all expenses with the help of the American Indian Studies Administrator, Marcia A Feinstein-Tobey.   

Budget request from CSF = $960.  Funds will be used to cover the following cost:

Table 3. 
Item Sponsor Cost
Food and beverages AIS $150
1 Speaker honorarium* AIS $100
5 Speaker honorarium CSF $500
6 Speaker gifts CSF $122
  8TH GEN $34
Rental space CSF $200
Promotional materials CSF $138
TOTAL   $1,244
CSF TOTAL   $960
* Each honorarium will help to cover travel expenses and compensation for our speakers

We will also request sponsorship from the American Indian Studies Department to help cover food.  In addition, we have secured sponsorship from 8th Generation, a local Native company. 
 
We appreciate the opportunity to submit our Letter of Intent for your review. Please feel free to contact us with questions or comments. Thank you very much for your time and consideration, we look forward to hearing from you.
 
Sincerely,

Lael Agee, Darby Bowen, Andres Coca, Supreet Ghumman, Teela Sablan, Alexander Sanjeev and Clarita Lefthand-Begay

Contact:
Clarita Lefthand-Begay, PHD
Clarita@uw.edu

 

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Clarita Lefthand-Begay

SER-UW Native Plant Nursery Improvements

Project Size: Large, >$1,000
Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $78,051

Letter of Intent:

Project Title: SER-UW Nursery Improvements

 

Summary of project proposal:

The SER-UW Nursery has worked for the past year to expand our reach from a holding space for native species to a fully functioning native plant nursery, providing plants for student-run projects and increasing our capacity to be an educational hub for horticulture and botany on campus. We have had many successes over the last year including constructing a hoop house to expand our production capacity, hosting two public plant sales, and creating relationships and partnerships with on campus groups and classes.  Looking ahead, we are eager to perfect our system, increase our presence and partnerships on campus, and provide more native plants for student projects.

We provide plants for two classes on campus: Restoration of North American Ecosystems (ESRM 473) and Senior Restoration Capstone (ESRM 462-464). Collectively, we supply approximately one thousand native plants to these courses. Plants grown on campus by students are sold or given to student-based projects, increasing overall campus sustainability. We have developed a relationship with the UW Grounds team with the long term goal of fulfilling the majority of their native plant needs.

In order to meet our goals for next year, we see two areas for improvement that will increase the effectiveness of the Nursery: curriculum development and plant propagation expertise development. We would like to fund two Research Assistant (RA) positions which will allow us fill these gaps by providing tangible curriculum and results to be used in future years to create a more sustainable program. These two positions will create more opportunities to engage students and increase the amount of plants we provide to on-campus projects.

To better provide interactive and engaging horticulture-based education, we would like to fund a RA position to develop curriculum and activities that are tailored to this topic.  At the Nursery we host weekly work parties where students can learn how to propagate, transplant, and care for native species. By writing a formalized educational plan and curriculum, we can make these weekly opportunities more refined, structured, and effective for participating students. This position will also be responsible for facilitating work parties and engaging the UW community with this new curriculum, allowing students to increase their knowledge and skill set. Having an RA position focus on this will further the educational mission of the Nursery and help us to reach out to more students.

The second RA will be working on experimental design and implementation on plant propagation topics. Through experiments, this person will determine sustainable methods for fertilizing and irrigating the nursery plants, increasing our commitment to environmentally friendly practices. With these techniques in place, this RA will be able to successfully grow more plants to be used for student led and on-campus restoration projects, leading to a more sustainable campus and increased student involvement. Based on information gathered, this person would create a year long plant propagation and growth timeline for the Nursery with information on when and how to grow each species. The two RA positions are interconnected, with one providing curriculum and facilitation of horticulture activities for students on campus, while the second will develop methods of sustainably growing plants to be used for on-campus projects.

Environmental Impact

The SER-UW Nursery provides approximately one thousand plants to campus based projects, adding valuable biodiversity to our campus. Instead of plants being supplied by nurseries tens or hundreds of miles away, plants can be taken from the Nursery and used for campus projects, closing the loop on native plant production and installation. With the long-term goal of providing the majority of native plants on campus, we as a University could reduce our carbon footprint while increasing biodiversity and campus partnerships.

 

Student Leadership & Involvement

The SER-UW Nursery is an entirely student led project with 2-3 graduate students serving as Nursery Managers and two undergraduate interns per quarter. Graduate students manage and provide leadership to this nursery while interns build skills and experience in the environmental field. This core team works together to host weekly work parties that engage interested students in horticulture-based activities ranging from sowing seeds to salvaging native plants. Students of all backgrounds, majors, and interests can come experience this field.

 

Education, Outreach, & Behavior Change

The SER-UW Nursery strives to involve volunteers in every aspect of the work that we do.  We conduct weekly work parties where we prepare potting materials, plant native species, and salvage plants from lands designated for development.  Over the past year, we have connected with 236 volunteers, culminating in 866 volunteer hours. Our first RA position will write curriculum to provide consistent, intentional learning opportunities.  We will make the curriculum accessible to others, including UW teachers and students, other universities, and to other local environmental non-profits to further our outreach to the wider Seattle community.

 

Feasibility, Accountability, & Sustainability:

The Nursery is dedicated to helping UW with its goals of sustainability and ecological accountability. Our second RA position will focus on streamlining our fertilization and irrigation systems to become a more sustainable program. Our promise to share our knowledge and curriculum with others will hold us accountable to our peers and partners.  The nursery’s overall mission is to be a source of native plants for UW students as they work on projects for classes and for research, providing a sustainable resource for them as they improve UW’s natural areas.

 

Project Team

Mary-Margaret Greene

mmgreene@uw.edu

 

Courtney Bobsin

cbobsin@uw.edu

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Mary-Margaret Greene

Putting the Green in Greenhouse Revision

Project Size: Large, >$1,000
Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $34,635

Letter of Intent:

Letter of Intent Project Title: Putting the Green in Greenhouse, revised March, 2016
Estimated additional amount requested from CSF: $34,635
Summary of project proposal:
Original proposal summary:
The UW Botany Greenhouse was approved to construct an improvised rainwater collection system to route greenhouse roof rainwater to makeshift holding tanks under greenhouse benches. The collected water would then be utilized to water greenhouse plantings and decrease the Seattle City water needed to accomplish daily watering of plantings within the greenhouse. Shortly after funding was allocated the UW decided to move forward with construction of a new Life Sciences Building (LSB) on the site of the existing greenhouse and Plant Lab. Construction of the rainwater collection project was halted with no funds expended pending design considerations by the LSB building project.
Revised proposal incorporating rainwater collection into the design of the new LSB:
LSB design team contributed many hours of engineering and project time to careful consideration of various options for effectively including rainwater collection in LSB. Many technical difficulties were discussed and reviewed in light of previous UW experience with such systems. Most recently, a professional design was proposed that was very similar to original improvised design (figure 1, Option 2*). However, filtration difficulties and unreliable supply of rainwater during peak greenhouse watering summer months continued to give pause to decision makers. In addition, installation costs were quite high. As a result the design team was directed to look again for better options that could resolve the filtration and supply problems.
Improved design for greenhouse by redirecting RO/DI system reject water:
Capturing reject water from the LSB reverse osmosis/de-ionization system (RO/DI) would provide a year round reliable water source and solve problems of rainwater seasonal supply and roof water collection filtration. Contemporary science buildings routinely include RO/DI systems to “clean” tap water into pure water needed for today’s research. Although RO/DI systems are much more water efficient than historical water purification systems using boilers and water cooled condensers, RO/DI systems still waste 2 gallons per minute (gpm) in operation that goes directly to the sewer. The current design (figure 2) will utilize the RO/DI waste water to provide a year round, reliable and clean supply to the greenhouse fertilized water system to mitigate use of Seattle City water. In addition to reuse of waste water for irrigation, the uptake of irrigation water by the plants will decrease the water eventually going to the sewer by 50-75%. Simplification of the piping design and utilization of a smaller tank, given the reliable water supply, markedly decreased the cost of installation.
Environmental impact: 24 UW science buildings have RO/DI systems of which only one has marginal provision to redirect system waste water for other purposes in lieu of passing to sewer. LSB reuse of RO/DI will provide a new standard for current and future sciences building to design similar redirection of RO/DI waste water for conventional and more imaginative purposes, i.e., LSB will redirect to greenhouse irrigation which is a unique component of building design at UW. During operation of building RO/DI systems, 2gpm passes to the sewer system. In other words, calculated supply that would otherwise pass to the sewer is 800gpd, 24,000 gallons per month (gpm), 288,000 gallons per year (gpy). Intent of this project is to utilize the reject water for irrigation in the greenhouse. Comparison of reject and tap water samples verify the reject water is safe and acceptable for irrigation of plants.
Student Leadership and Involvement: The Life Science Building project now includes volunteer student participation through all remaining phases of design, construction, and commissioning to full operation. Essentially, student participants will have an on campus internship with an established engineering firm on an actual major project at a major university – significant on-the-job experience for anyone interested in engineering or installation of sustainability projects. Frankly, it’s very encouraging to hear the enthusiasm of the design team architects and engineers welcoming student participation for Putting the Green in Greenhouse.
Education, Outreach, and Behavior Change:

  • Education & outreach: see student involvement above; LSB project plans to include information on the main lobby media wall to educate visitors of sustainability measures included in the Life Sciences Building and highlight student involvement. Signage in the new greenhouse will describe the re-use of RO/DI reject water for plant care, and this sustainability effort will be highlighted in guided tours taken by thousands of people who visit the greenhouse each year. Many of the greenhouse visitors are K-12 students and their teachers as well as many undergraduates across the UW community who tour the greenhouse as part of their coursework.
  • Behavior change: use of RO/DI system reject water would be a new approach for UW building construction which would encourage similar designs in any new construction that included a RO/DI building system. 24 buildings on the Seattle campus have RO/DI systems now.

Feasibility, Accountability, and Sustainability: Much consideration has been given to approaches to lessen the impact of greenhouse water use for irrigation. A talented design team of architects, engineers, and building construction professionals have diligently investigated the best approach to move toward better water sustainability in the Life Sciences Building while remaining within project budget constraints. The current design provides the most responsible means for sustained mitigation of greenhouse water use for irrigation.
Project budget:
$35,000 Mechanical materials and equipment cost
$28,000 Mechanical labor cost
$7,000 Mechanical permits, drawings, management cost
$4,000 Electrical materials and equipment cost
$2,500 electrical labor cost
$1000 Electrical permit, drawings, management cost
$8,500 Management cost
Total above =                 $86,000 Total construction cost (sum of above line items)
Plus                                 $26,000 Project cost
Total 2 lines above = $112,000 Total cost to include in LSB design for construction (sum of two items above); in service July 2018
minus                             $77,365 amount of CSF grant for original concept
                                        $34,635 requested additional funds to complete “Putting the Green in Greenhouse”
Summary of key points:
1. Water supply revised to building RO/DI system reject water instead of roof rainwater:

  • Advantage of consistent, year round supply, especially in dry, warm weather months.
  • Advantage of clean source of water eliminating excessive filtration maintenance and ongoing costs for fliter replacements

2. Student involvement provides excellent resume and networking opportunity.
3. Project to be highlighted in guided tours taken by thousands of people who visit the greenhouse each year.  Many of the visitors are K-12 students and their teachers as well as many undergraduates across the UW community who tour the greenhouse for their coursework.
4. Construction costs are remarkably similar to original concept givne more workable design and construction
 
 
*costs shown on figure 1 are cost of construction only; compare to $86,000 for improved design using RO/DI reject water here
 
 

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Roert Goff

Planting and Installing Pollinator Habitats at the University of Washington Farm at the Center for Urban Horticulture

Project Size: Small, <$1,000
Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $1,000

Letter of Intent:

I am writing to state my intent to apply for a Campus Sustainability Fund grant in the Autumn of 2015 for the project: Planting and Installing Pollinator Habitats at the University of Washington Farm at the Center for Urban Horticulture. This project will contain several components. First, a 100 foot wildflower buffer zone, containing a variety of annual (and some perennial) species, will be mowed/tilled & resowed each year to provide additional nectar sources and habitat for native pollinators (in future years, this will fall under responsibility of the farm manager & interns). As well, I will design and plant a pollinator habitat composed of woody perennial plant species that will provide shelter, and most importantly, overwintering habitat for insects. Finally, I will design and build a rock garden and an insectary, constructed out of assorted lumber & other materials, to provide nesting sites for particular pollinators that require bare ground & woody material. 

 

By installing suitable habitat for local pollinating insects, this project will both enhance the biodiversity of the surrounding Union Bay Natural Area and benefit student food production at the UW Farm by potentially increasing the yield of vegetables grown and the genetic diversity (stress-tolerance) of the crops. Habitats will also provide a home for other, non-pollinating species that will benefit the farm such as parasitic wasps or flies that kill pest insects.

 

UW students that work and volunteer at the farm will have the opportunity to help plant the vegetation over the coming year.  They will learn how to care for the habitats into future years: replanting of annual flowering plants, trimming and maintenance of perennial shrubs, and removing weeds that grow into the area. Teens and young adults from Seattle Youth Garden Works will also be involved in the installation and future maintenance of the pollinator habitats. Any future work on the site will require minimal effort by volunteers; after the initial installation is completed the woody plants will be self-sustaining, and the wildflower buffer will only require one sowing from a pre-determined seed mix.

 

As a student in the Masters of Environmental Horticulture program, I will have support and guidance from professors in the program, particularly my advisor, Kern Ewing. This project is a collaboration with Sarah Geurkink, UW Farm manager, and Anthony Reyes, Seattle Youth Garden Works manager. I have knowledge of appropriate, native vegetation that will require the least amount of additional maintenance and ample resources (advisors, coursework, literature, and other local experts) to aid in implementing the project.

 

The estimated budget for this project is $1000. This will cover the cost of materials: woody perennial plants from the Society for Ecological Restoration (SER)-UW Nursery, seeds from local suppliers, and scrap lumber and other materials to build the insectary & rock garden. 

 

Breakdown of Budget Estimate:

$200 - Woody perennials (approx 50) at $3.50 - $4.50 per pot from SER's CUH Nursery

$200 - Lumber & rocks for bare ground nesting landscape (rocks from Marenakos' in Issaquah)

$600 - Seeds from local nurseries for 100ft x 8ft wildflower buffer just south of farm

 

Timeline Estimate:

Fall 2015 (late November and December) - Plant woody perennials in adjacent habitat area

Winter 2016 (January and February) - Construct rock garden & wooden bee structure

Spring 2016 (March) - Sow seeds for wildflower buffer

 

Thank you for your time!

 

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Nicolette Neumann

Next System Teach-In

Project Size: Small, <$1,000
Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $1,000

Letter of Intent:

Rethinking Prosperity is an initiative of the UW Center for Communication and Civic Engagement to identify and communicate economic models that work for more people, within planetary boundaries.  It emerged from a seminar of undergraduate seniors in Communication. Rethinking Prosperity, in partnership with the Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies, is pleased to present the Next System Teach-in on April 25th, 2016 at Kane Hall. We are requesting $1,000 from the Campus Sustainability Fund to support this pivotal event to launch a campus conversation on how environmental goals can be achieved through an economic system with sustainability at its core.

 

The Teach-in is an acknowledgement that we are dependent on an unsustainable and polluting fossil fuel economy. Our governments and jobs rely on unrealistic expectations about economic growth driven by over-consumption. Most parties and politicians continue to promote failed economic models based on growth at any cost, while externalizing social and environmental burdens. Much of what passes for growth is unproductive speculation, leading to extravagant consumption by a wealthy few at the expense of a healthy environment for majorities in the global south and increasing numbers in the north. Due to the costs of this model, many societies now face the prospect of long-term natural resource deterioration. It is clear that the current system doesn’t work for the planet, nor does it support our efforts for a sustainable campus and UW community, and we need to work toward something better.

 

Unfortunately, sustainability is often interpreted to mean practices that are merely more environmentally sound than others, without regard to absolute ecological tipping points already underway. While vital to alleviating real, immediate issues, without changing the underlying structures and ideas driving environmental exploitation we will win some battles, yet ultimately losing the fight for a sustainable campus and a sustainable planet. In order to build a world that puts people, communities and the planet first, we need to imagine what’s possible. That’s what this teach-in is all about. We invite the Campus Sustainability Fund to help us build a learning community to create solutions and build support for an economic and political system that can restore compatibility with the environment.

 

The University of Washington Next System Teach-In is part of a nationwide call to action to increase collaboration among teachers, learners, and movements for systemic change.  Currently student groups and academic departments working at the level of systems change are off isolated, in silos. In hosting the Teach-In, our purpose is not just to bring students, alumni, faculty, and members of the broader community together, but also to catalyze a campus network on the themes of Rethinking Prosperity and the necessity to address the economic and political systems, which shape and constrain environmental behavior and impacts. Through this event and the connections that follow, students and student groups, faculty, and community partners working systems change for environmental outcomes will be able to more easily connect and build momentum and awareness.  Our specific goals for the teach-in are to:

  • Start a conversation about moving beyond the current political stalemate to envisioning a new future for our community and the planet.
  • Build a learning community for realigning the economy, environment, and democracy so that all three systems work better for people and the planet.
  • Dig deep and focus on generating ideas about the next system, and how to create environmental change.

Students, faculty, alumni and community partners will be represented on the panels at the Next System Teach-In, which is targeted at a campus audience. Students will lead the moderation of small group discussions that follow each panel. The discussion surrounding these critical questions will be recorded graphically during the event and shared with the campus community.  The panels and discussions will address questions that will expose students to new ideas about sustainable and environmentally conscious policy choice, such as:

  • How can the economy be equitable and environmentally sustainable?
  • What local solutions can become models in a global system?
  • What would real democracy look like?
  • Can capitalism be fixed?
  • How can we move beyond the “Economy vs. Environment” and “Democracy for the Few?”

We are partnering with a variety of departments on campus to make the event happen, including a broad range of RSOs—from the Foster School of Business’ Net Impact to the Association of Black Social Workers to the Radical Public Health organization—representing the diversity and interests of the UW student body.  We also received support from Political Science, Communication, History, Social Work, Geography, and Law, Societies & Justice.

 

Our hope is that the Next System Teach-in particularly the creation of the Rethinking Prosperity campus network will move the conversation about sustainability on campus, move student activism, and move the curriculum toward systemic issues of the environment, and in the end, help position students, faculty and staff to meet our sustainability goals.

 

The Next System Teach-in has received matching support from key departments. Support from the Campus Sustainability Fund is critical to ensuring the event has sufficient budget capacity to meet the needs of a successful event:

Expenses Amount CSF Request
Room Rental $864 $800
Food and Beverages $800  
Advertising + Materials $250  
Honorariums $250  
Graphic recording $300 $200
Total $2,450 $1,000

 

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Caterina Rost

Lab Glove Recycling

Project Size: Large, >$1,000
Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $2,000

Letter of Intent:

Proposal

UW Sustainability and UW Recycling propose a pilot program from April 2016 to June 2016 (Spring Quarter) that would recycle used, non-hazardous nitrile lab gloves that are currently being sent to the landfill. The gloves would be collected by campus labs from the Molecular Engineering and the Materials Science & Engineering departments and then shipped back to their producer, Kimberly-Clark, where they would be recycled into products like park benches and chairs.

Environmental Impact

Labs account for over 20% of all space on campus. Used nitrile lab gloves are a significant source of waste produced in University labs across all departments. Recently, a waste audit conducted from 20 DEOHS labs determined that used nitrile gloves account for 20% of the volume and 22% of the weight of waste generated from the labs. That represents the second and third largest source of lab waste, respectively. Only compostable materials (primarily paper towels) were a larger source of waste by both measures.

In response to the waste audit, UW Recycling piloted a lab-specific paper towel composting program with much success, leaving gloves as one of the largest sources of non-hazardous lab waste on campus, if not the largest.

Recently, Kimberly-Clark developed technology that breaks down nitrile gloves into pellets that can be recycled into plastic products, like waste and recycling containers, park benches, and chairs. This pilot program would have a significant environmental impact by diverting gloves from the landfill and reusing them to make new products.

Student Leadership & Involvement

UW Sustainability’s Green Labs Intern will coordinate with UW Recycling, UW Sustainability, and participating labs to develop and implement the pilot. Our recycling processing partner will be Kimberly Clark. The student will also assist in developing educational and outreach components of the program, collecting and analyzing data regarding rate of glove collection and program cost, and organizing the before and after waste audits.

Education, Outreach, & Behavior Change

Outreach and education will target labs in the participating departments and will highlight the environmental benefits of recycling gloves. The program will educate, encourage, and promote the ease and benefits of diverting non-hazardous gloves from the landfill bin to a recycling bin. In addition, the program would educate lab users on which types of gloves are accepted for recycling (Kimberly-Clark brand only, nitrile, and non-hazardous)

Feasibility, Accountability, & Sustainability

Key internal and external stakeholders are aligned and ready to implement the lab glove recycling pilot. UW Sustainability has already reached out to labs in the Molecular Engineering and Materials Science & Engineering Departments. Lab Managers and building coordinators in both departments are excited and have agreed to participate. Kimberly-Clark’s RightCycle program has been going on for over 5 years. They have agreed to provide support in the form of best practices and are willing to connect us to other universities that have successfully implemented similar programs. In addition, UW Recycling has experience in a similar collection program for Styrofoam and has the operational expertise to ensure the program is a success.

Estimated Project Budget

We are requesting a budget of $2000, which will cover costs for shipping, signs, education, and trash sorting materials. The estimated cost to ship a pallet to Kimberly-Clark is between $400 and $600 each. We expect to ship two pallets over the course of the pilot.

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Dalena Huynh

Kincaid Ravine Restoration Budget Amendment Proposal

Project Size: Large, >$1,000
Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $35,000

Letter of Intent:

Since February of 2014 the UW Campus Sustainability Fund has substantially supported the restoration efforts in Kincaid Ravine.  The grant funding from CSF has primarily gone to pay for EarthCorps crew days (to perform restoration work), project materials and support for student project management and outreach.  Over the past year and a half Kincaid Ravine has been transformed from a neglected urban jungle of invasive species and trash to an amenity along the Burke-Gilman Trail as you enter campus.  While much has been accomplished already, longer term funding and stewardship is necessary to ensure that Kincaid Ravine continues its trajectory as a healthy urban forest full of biodiversity and opportunities for education and respite.  In order to achieve this goal, a budget amendment of $35,000 is being requested from CSF to continue funding restoration efforts through 2016.  Below are the major justifications and scope of work if awarded the amendment:

1) North Slope Invasive Removal – The north slope of Kincaid Ravine is the steepest and most inaccessible portion of Kincaid Ravine.  It is also the largest area still remaining covered in invasive species and not yet in active restoration (see attached map).  Since getting a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) on site boundaries signed by the UW last year we have discovered that the area available to restore in Kincaid Ravine is actually larger than first thought.  We have focused efforts in newly gained “territories” along the Burke-Gilman, but the north slope still needs a lot of attention and would not be successfully restored with current funding.  This amendment would fund a combination of manual, mechanical and chemical methods for invasive species removal that would minimize disturbance on steep slopes.  This would put the entire ravine into active restoration and allow for future access with trails, possibly connecting to the North Campus Halls.  Total Cost = $8,310.00

2) Conifer Tree Planting -  We have installed over 4,000 native plants in Kincaid Ravine over the past year and a half, but a primary goal of the project is to re-establish conifer canopy cover (which is completely missing).  In order to attain this goal more quickly and with better success rates we propose planting 500 larger stock (2-5 gallon) conifers in Kincaid Ravine.  Larger trees like these will be more likely to survive with minimal maintenance and will have a couple years head start in establishment over the one gallon pots which have mostly been planted (and budgeted for) so far.  Total Cost = 9,115.00

3) Site Maintenance – This will fund continued monitoring and invasive removal of regrowth throughout 2016.  It is hugely important to have funding for site maintenance in order to ensure the survival of plants that have been installed over the past two winters.  This will also include summer watering.  EarthCorps has already secured a grant for restoration maintenance from King Conservation District (KCD) and have already been using it for maintenance days as we navigate how to use the remaining CSF budget for EarthCorps work.  This amendment would provide necessary maintenance next year and allow EarthCorps to use the KCD maintenance funding through 2018.  Total Cost = $6,440.00

4) Surface Water Drainage Improvements – A major problem that still needs to be addressed at Kincaid Ravine is the flooding of the Burke-Gilman Trail.  We are in the process of finishing a report with two design options that would help alleviate flooding and enhance wetland hydrology and habitat.  This part of the amendment would fund materials and crew days to permanently fix these hydrology issues.  Total Cost = $2,770.00

5) Student Project Manager Stipends – The first two student project managers have received stipends of roughly $3,000 each for their work coordinating restoration efforts at Kincaid Ravine.  This funding has not been allocated for the current student project manager or any future project managers.  Project management includes coordination of many stakeholders with the UW, student groups, classes and non-profit project partners.  This includes hosting volunteer work parties, conducting outreach, managing budgets and planning for project sustainability in alignment with UW goals.  In order to compensate for these hours and to ensure buy-in from future project managers (which will be vital for long term project success) a stipend should be offered.  Total Cost = $5,800.00

Final Cost = $35,000

Notes:

The above costs do not include sales tax which would apply to items 1-4. 

Items 1-4 will go to a contract renewal with EarthCorps ($29,200 total) while request #5 ($5,800) would go into the general budget to pay for a current and future student project manager stipend of $3,000.   

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Dan Hintz

Fossil Fuel Divestment Pacific Northwest Network Spring 2016 Convergence

Project Size: Small, <$1,000
Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $1,000

Letter of Intent:

The convergence will take place over the weekend of March 4th – 6th, 2016 at the University of Washington Seattle campus. The proposed agenda for the weekend begins at approximately 5:00 PM on Friday and ends at 3:00 PM on Sunday. The projected attendance event would be about 50 students plus 10-20 trainers and speakers. This convergence is important because it will help student leaders learn essential skills that they need to confront the climate crisis, as well as build connections within the movement, supporting their campus campaigns and even extending after graduation.

The convergence will be oriented towards establishing three main goals: (1) developing core teams of divestment leaders at every campus in the Pacific Northwest that build strong relationships with each other and other campaigns, (2) establishing a common political framework and long-term vision for the network within which these teams will work, and (3) training leaders in skills including relational organizing and an understanding of power. We aim to use the convergence as a space to build the fossil fuel divestment movement, run trainings on climate justice, structural oppression, and the just transition framework, and launch reinvestment in the Northwest.

Our total budget for this event is $9,200 to cover the costs of facility permits, audio-visual equipment rentals, parking permits, honorarium/travel for trainers, food for the weekend, cooking supplies, training supplies, and travel scholarships for campuses. Our highest priority costs requested from Divestment Student Network, DSN, are honoraria for trainers. See below budget and timeline for more details.

We expect an attendance of roughly 50 students from campuses across the Pacific Northwest, including Montana, Oregon, British Columbia, Washington and Idaho. These will be students who are already involved in active divestment campaigns and have shown a sustained interest in becoming leaders in this work.

Requirements and Preferences:

Environmental Impact: Our RSO alone has successfully lobbied for over $30 million in clean energy investments, the incorporation of environmental and social governance (ESG) factors in UW’s investment approach, the creation of an RA to research ESG issues, shareholder engagement on climate change issues, and the university’s divestment from thermal coal. This convergence will spread knowledge and skills for similar action to the rest of the region. The universities in the DSN Northwest Region could have an estimated amount of $100s of millions invested in harmful fossil fuels. While this event would contribute to further divestment of the fossil fuel industry, the impact we would have would be larger than that of just the financial impact; as we are spreading facts and perspectives that will shift moral, cultural and financial norms to ones environmentally and socially just.

Student Leadership and Involvement: This convergence will involve students at the leadership level. Students from around the region and from the University of Washington will be coming together to develop strategies and confidence to become leaders at their campus, their community, and in the climate justice movement. Through conversing with fellow student leaders, being inspired by established climate activists, learning techniques, and by hearing the success stories from students and activists alike, students gain important leadership experience and bring that experience back to their campus to empower others. One of this event’s three purposes are to train students to become powerful leaders.

Education, Outreach, and Behavior Change: In addition to spreading the word to the University of Washington through RSO teach-ins, flyers, tabling, and in-class speeches, we have reached out to 16 other colleges and to the greater DSN community. This student outreach will bring around 50 students to this event to learn and develop. Community organizations Idle No More, Rising Tide, Climate Solutions, Race and Climate Justice Initiative are all speakers and trainers that will present their stories and trainings to educate students on the history and current status of the climate justice movement. These speakers, structured networking, workshops, and informational panels will introduce the divestment theory of power and change, a strong political analysis around just transition to reinvestment, tell a story of the unique intersectional status of the Northwest, of climate policy, and of the race and climate justice, and will include conversations on structural oppression and our power. Students will leave the event will new knowledge and perspectives that will encourage them to be aware and involved in their campus and community.

Feasibility, Accountability, and Sustainability: Confronting Climate Change has been an active RSO on the UW campus for three years. We have held a strong and stable relationship with the administration, students, faculty, and with the Treasury. Through these relationships, we work hard to have the students’ concerns heard, have collected a petition against investment in fossil fuels, and encouraged the University to divest from thermal coal, which they did in Spring of 2015. Along with this accountability, we are a part of and working closely with the DSN. This network is assisting us with the organizing and fundraising aspects of the convergence. This assistance comes with some accountability of its own. We have weekly calls with organizers at DSN to give updates on progress, to be held responsible for any tasks we needed to get done, and to receive guidance on how to have a successful convergence. The DSN has also provided us with a fiscal sponsor, Alliance for Global Justice. We provide this sponsor with detailed budgets, updates, and fundraising goals. Confronting Climate Change has shown accountability and feasibility through these relationships and organizational responsibilities. 

Budget:

Item Cost
Travel for trainers $2000
Honorarium fees for trainers $1000
Housing for trainers $1000
Scholarships for traveling cost/housing of attendees $1500
Food $2300
Facilities $1000
Assorted supplies  $400
  Total: $9200

Checkpoint Schedule

Our planning schedule is spread between several divisions, but this is a general outline of checkpoints in our process leading up to the convergence.

 

·      January 10th

o   First outreach to potential attendees

·      January 15th

o   Confirm speaker and trainer lineup

o   Begin grassroots fundraising

·      January 18th

o   Convergence weekend schedule draft

o   Weekend menu established

·      January 27th

o   Pay for plane tickets (attendee scholarships, trainers)

·      February 6th

o   Confirm housing options

o   2nd major grassroots push

·      February 10th

o   Food expenses paid

o   Registration deadline

·      February 20th

o   Final attendance confirmation

·      March 4-6

o   Convergence Weekend

 

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Ariana Winkler

Environmental Display for Paccar Hall

Project Size: Small, <$1,000
Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $890

Letter of Intent:

Executive Summary

           

While built environments provide people and society with a lot of benefits, they also have significant influence on our environment. According to EPA, people in the United States spend more than 90% of their time in the built environments. However, many of them feel less engaged with buildings since they have limited access to the information and knowledge about the buildings such as how the air is heated within the buildings? Many studies show that this lack of engagement will influence how comfortable occupants feel and how much environmental awareness they have within buildings.

In order to increase engagement with buildings, we explored the potential of using visual arts to convey information in a creative way. During the internship last summer in UW Sustainability Office, we focused on Paccar Hall, one of the LEED certified buildings on the UW campus. The previous study has shown that students have limited information about how this green building saves resources. After reviewing diagrams and audit reports, I made infographics on Adobe Illustrators by visualizing its information in terms of water and electricity used in the building. We plan to print them out and exhibit inside the building in a creative way that allows students and faculty members to walk into the display and to learn about where the resource used in Paccar comes from and how the sustainable features contribute to its LEED certification.

Considering the size of the visual display, this project requires $700 for printing and buying freestanding boards. In the future, the boards can be reused for other displays.

            This project was complete under the help from Dr. Ostergren, my supervisor in UW Sustainability, and Brett D. Magnuson, a UW campus engineer. In January 2016, the Executive Committee of Foster School of Business approved the exhibition after I gave a presentation to them.

 

 

Funding Information

 

a.     Total amount requested: $890

b.     Budget breakdown:

-       Printing: $720 (six colored 2.5’x6’ panels)

-       Freestanding panels: $120 (8 large paperboards that use recycled paper)

-       Automatic people counter: $50

 

 

Environmental Impact

 

a.     Local context

The findings from previous online surveys show that students who have taken classes in Paccar Hall have relatively low level of knowledge about the building in terms of the built environment. Most of people do not even know that Paccar Hall is LEED Gold certified. Meanwhile, the surveys also show that the students who have more knowledge about the building tend to feel more engaged with Paccar Hall and to conserve the utilities within the building more often.

 

b.     How my project addresses the problem

The visual display is able to convey information in a more creative and effective way. After viewing the infographics online, 71% of the students chose a three or above indicating that they felt that they had learned. 66% chose a three or above indicating that they felt comfortable while viewing them.

 

c.     How the impacts will be measured

During the exhibition, the automatic people counter will record how many people enter into the exhibition. Meanwhile, I will stand next to the display in a regular basis and conduct surveys in order to see if students and faculty members feel more engaged with Paccar Hall based on their feedback.

 

 

Education and Outreach

 

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

The UW community will be able to view the visual display within Paccar Hall during the exhibition. At the same time, the display will be available online.

 

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

The UW community will be able to “interact” with the infographics as they walk into the exhibition and to provide with feedback. Based on their feedback, we will be able to create more effective environmental infographics in the future. Additionally, Foster School of Business will be able to promote their efforts in sustainability.

 

 

Student Involvement

 

a.     How will your project directly involve/affect UW students?

The UW students will be able to engage with the display and learn about the information about Paccar Hall. The project will potentially encourage their engagement with the building and promote sustainable awareness.

 

 

Accountability & Feasibility

 

a.     Timeline (dates flexible)

1.     Printing and assembling: 3/14 – 3/23

2.     Exhibition: 3/28-4/17

 

b.     Team

UW Sustainability Office, who provides me with guidance and support.

Foster School of Business, who approved the exhibition in Paccar Hall.

 

c.       Is your project “shovel-ready”?  

Yes. The infographics are completed. Foster School of Business approved the exhibition in Paccar Hall already.

 

Stakeholders

 

a.     Partner: UW Sustainability Office (Marilyn Ostergren), UW Facilities Service

b.     Approval: Foster School of Business already approved the exhibition for three weeks inside Paccar Hall. They will be able to show students and faculty that they put a lot of efforts on the built environment.

c.     UW Students and Faculty: They will learn more about Paccar Hall in terms of its utilities and resource by entering the exhibition and feel more engaged with the building.

            

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Eric Liang

Urban Forest Management Plan

Project Size: Large, >$1,000
Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $63,760

Letter of Intent:

Define the campus environmental problem that you are attempting to solve:
There has not been a comprehensive assessment of the urban forest on the UW Seattle campus, and the Landscape Grounds Operations office does not have the resources to conduct one. Without the information that such an assessment would provide, the campus arborist and Landscape Grounds Operations team cannot effectively manage the tree collection. Problems resulting from the current lack of information include the following:
• Loss in tree diversity
• Inadequate protection and/or compensation for valuable trees lost to campus construction projects
• Inability to address all hazard trees before they fail
• Insufficient information for students who study campus trees
• Outdated public outreach materials related to the campus landscape
• Inefficient use of funds for piecemeal assessments that are inconsistently conducted for individual building projects

Describe your proposed solution to this problem:
1. Conduct a forest resources assessment. Hire a private contractor to assess condition (including hazard assessment), verify location, determine level of significance (according to UW rating system of extraordinary/exemplary/significant established by UW landscape architect, Kristine Kenney), and produce digital photographic records for every tree on campus. Sara Shores, campus arborist, has recently completed a tree inventory database with associated GIS mapping for all trees on campus. This inventory would be used as a guide and would considerably reduce the amount and cost of labor that would otherwise be necessary.
2. Develop a strategic plan for management of the UW urban forest. Use information obtained through the assessment to plan for increasing overall canopy cover, promoting safety, improving air and water quality, building diversity of species, and developing greater aesthetic and educational value.                      3. Create/Update educational outreach opportunities directly related to trees on campus. Develop student capstone projects surrounding the forest resources assessment and the development of the strategic plan. Update the Brockman Tree Tour by replacing signage with improved materials that allow for modifications such as tree growth, updated cultural references, and the addition or removal of trees from the tour. Develop web resources for public outreach that would include information and mapping for native trees, memorial trees, and extraordinary/exemplary/significant trees on campus.

What form and amount of student leadership will your project involve?                                                                                                               Professional leadership will rest primarily with staff, who will design and manage multiple opportunities for student involvement:

• Students can be directly involved by assisting with the forest resources assessment and the strategic plan – through capstone projects, internships for credit, or work study positions.
• Students in the College of Forest Resources are involved regularly in the
Brockman Tree Tour, both as tour guides and tour participants. Students could be involved in the updating of materials for this tour as well as the development of tour materials for the native trees, memorial trees, and extraordinary/exemplary/significant trees on campus.
What type and amount of outreach and education will your project involve?
• Students would have access to a data set that did not previously exist which could be used to research the contributions of the urban forest on the UW Seattle campus related to carbon sequestration, energy savings, and the mitigation of air pollution and stormwater management. The outreach resulting from such research would almost certainly involve public presentations locally and at professional conferences.
• The improved information would be useful for courses within the College of the Environment and the College of Built Environments, some of which focus on tree identification, landscape design, and landscape plant science and sustainable management.
• An improved website presence would provide public access to campus landscape information for students and members of the public with professional and personal interest in trees.
• Tours and tour brochures would provide an outreach opportunity to communicate the significance of the tree collection on the UW Seattle campus and the importance of preserving and protecting that collection. Students could conduct theses tours as part of their education.
 
What amount of funds do you anticipate your project will require from the CSF?
Hazard Tree Assessment-$20,000
Management Plan-6 month intern-$5,000
Condition/Location Rating-$20,000
Tree Designation-$1,000
Inventory Data Update-8 month intern-$12,960 Brockman Tree Tour -New signs, brochures, updated website $3,350 Fundraising Supplies -$300 Native Tree Tour Supplies and Brochures -$300 UW Tree Calendar-Photography Class? Photography and Supplies- $750 Memorial Tree Website Supplies- $100
TOTAL $ =63,760
Primary Contact First & Last Name: Kristine Kenney

EcoReps Solar Table

Project Size: Large, >$1,000
Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $21,931

Letter of Intent:

Energy consumption is a global issue, and on an innovative college campus like the University of Washington, students need to be exposed to alternative forms of energy in order to be the most successful of tomorrow’s leaders and thinkers. Conscious students are willing to alter their behaviors to reduce their energy consumption, but for the average individual, libraries and building don’t make it easy to be mindful of energy consuming behaviors. EcoReps, our student group, is working to implement a form of sustainable energy to benefit students by providing an educational and inspirational hub, along with adding a practical and health beneficial structure to campus. Our innovative solution to the issue of energy consumption is to install a number of solar charging tables on campus. Solar charging tables allow people to be outdoors, and to see the source of the energy they are utilizing. By seeing the source of power first hand, and reading signage posted at the tables, we hope to change student’s mindsets and to increase awareness and mindfulness of energy consumption, leading to behavioral changes across campus.

 

In addition to the physical and technical use of the tables, the goal of this project is to expose the University to solar power. Many people have heard of solar power but most likely associate it with large panels out in fields or on the top of buildings. By giving students the opportunity to interact with solar power in a convenient and useful way, we hope to change student behaviors for the better as well as increase solar power installations across campus.

 

ConnecTable™ solar charging tables have the ability to charge 75-150 devices a day, and store four days’ worth of charge. They can also function in overcast weather, a common occurrence in Seattle. The tables are light enough to be moved with a forklift and do not require grounding, so their location can be changed if necessary. The locations of these tables will target areas of high traffic and visibility. We picture a lawn full of students experiencing solar power first hand. Exposure to solar energy is an important step in increasing education, awareness and acceptance. One potential location is the Husky Union Building lawn, a central location on campus, where many students will have daily access to the tables.

 

The EcoReps team has started to work with the grounds and management team on campus to determine where placement of these tables is feasible. Our proposal included nine locations, of which we hoped to have one or two approved. We left the meeting pleased with approval for six out of the nine locations. With support from the Sustainability office and the Architects on campus we see great potential to expand the number of locations to every corner of campus.

 

The basis of EcoReps, a student organization, is to elicit behavioral changes on campus by project development. The University of Washington deeply values sustainability and is mindful of the impact our campus has on the environment. With many initiatives and projects on campus, little by little, we have worked to expose students to a way of living that can reduce waste, improve energy conservation, and educate those in the surrounding community. We hope that the presence of solar tables on campus will work to expose, educate, and change behaviors. 

 

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Paul Zuchowski, HUB Director

ASUW Student Food Cooperative Bulk Buying Storefront

Project Size: Large, >$1,000
Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $2,500

Letter of Intent:

ASUW Student Food Cooperative Bulk Buying Storefront

The ASUW Student Food Cooperative (SFC) proposes a cooperatively run Bulk Buying Storefront, selling locally sourced, organic dried goods and cooking essentials. The Bulk Buying Storefront will be run out of the slightly refurbished HUB 131 kitchenette. We seek to promote sustainable living and eating practices here on the University of Washington campus by making bulk buying and bulk goods accessible to students, staff, and faculty. Bulk buying is a more sustainable way of eating because it requires less packaging, will be locally sourced (promoting our local economy and requiring less transportation), is organically produced, and encourages healthier eating. Buying in bulk is a much cheaper way to purchase high quality food products. Furthermore, the food co-op mission statement and core values will be fully upheld as we set about this endeavor. We will also fully uphold the mission statement and values of ASUW by actively benefiting, serving and engaging the student body. The Co-op will support the ‘storefront’ as a hub for health and food interests, both for its students and staff and the campus at large. The enterprise will provide healthy, sustainable, and affordable eating options while utilizing student participation and creating opportunities for collaboration, education, and leadership.

The ASUW SFC Bulk Buying Storefront will meet all four requirements and preferences of the CSF in the following ways. First, the SFC Storefront will reduce the University’s environmental impact. All aspects of bulk buying are more sustainable for our  planet. Bulk buying reduces waste, as purchasing food in bulk allows for fewer or even no packaging. Additionally, we intend to source our food from United Natural Foods Incorporated (UNFI) and Central Co-op, which are both local sources. Local food ensures shorter transportation trips, which reduces carbon emissions and energy use. Without a bulk-buying storefront, students are given limited options on campus. These options on campus are less sustainable as they have more packaging. If students do want to go to a bulk-buying store, they will have to go as far as PCC in Fremont (20 minute bus ride), Whole Foods in Roosevelt (15 minute bus ride), or QFC in Wallingford (20 minute bus ride). So the SFC Storefront will not just be a more convenient way to buy in bulk, but reduces the carbon footprint of the University by allowing students to purchase on campus, instead of driving or busing to a bulk goods store. Therefore bulk buying reduces waste and carbon emissions.

Second, having an SFC Storefront for bulk buying will allow for student involvement and leadership. The SFC storefront will be entirely staffed by volunteers/members of the university community and it anticipates recruiting a financial officer from the SFC or wider UW community. This will allow for student engagement opportunities.

Third, the SFC Storefront will serve as a powerful educational tool for students to learn about the power of collaboration and cooperatives, local food, sustainable practices, and responsibilities of maintaining a ‘storefront.’ Interest in food issues as it relates to urban agriculture, social and food justice, environmentalism, and alternative agrifood movements is a quickly building momentum on campus. Thus, by addressing popular food -related issues on campus, the cooperative can be a magnet for student, faculty and staff activity.

Four, the SFC Storefront project has been thoroughly researched for its feasibility, accountability, and sustainability. The SFC has already taken many necessary steps to create a cooperative storefront. These included but are not limited to: finding and securing a space, being inspected and approved by both Environmental Health and Safety and Risk Management, creating a thorough budget, surveying student opinion and feedback, and has also received support from the ASUW Board of Directors.

In conclusion, the SFC is confident that our project will meet the requirements and preferences of the CSF.

Finally, the SFC has outlined a budget for the SFC Storefront, which is outlined below.

Name Price QTY Subtotal
       
Dunnage Racks $35.00 3 $105.00
Sturdy, industry standard shelving      
       
Built Shelving $175.00 1 $175.00
Raw materials      
       
Dispensers $32.00 6 $192.00
1 gallon, portioned dispensers, 1/2 mounted on      
wall, 1/2 on counter      
       
Cambros $20.00 10 $200.00
Industry standard, sealed, food safe storage      
       
Scoops $10.00 10 $100.00
Plastic, industrial grade, food safe      
       
Non-latex gloves, scale, bags $250.00 1 $250.00
       
First Aid Kit $30.00 1 $30.00
       
Sanitation Supplies $200.00 1 $200.00
Food safe cleaner, sanitation solution, cleaner      
for storage bins, Chix brand rags (29 cents a      
piece) Spray bottles (restaurant supply store)      
2 buckets (restaurant supply store)      
       
Broom/dust bin $30.00 1 $30.00
       
HUB Signage $150.00 1 $150.00
       
Promotional Materials $300.00 1 $300.00
       

 

Subtotal        $1,732.00

 

This budget will be met within our own ASUW budget of $2500 for all non-food costs. However, we have outlined a prospective food budget, which we would need to be met by the CSF grant or other grants. Keep in mind that the items we purchase and the frequency of purchase is dependent upon student demand, and all prices estimates are subject to fluctuate.

            We plan on having six dispensers and 10 cambros for additional storage. The dispensers can fit about 6-8lbs of food each, and the cambros about 20-30 lbs. So if we ordered items in bulk of 25 lb each, we could have 10 separate items at one given time. 6 items would be in the dispensers. These 6 items would also have back up storage in 6 of the cambros, and the other 4 cambros could be used for the next items we could put in the dispensers. So when estimating prices, we used prices for items in bulk of $25 lbs.

            Additionally, we used the survey we sent out to gather which items are anticipated to be the most popular, and made a mock-up budget for 10 items. Estimating the frequency of purchase was also difficult, but we imagine it could be up to 2 times a quarter, if popular. See table below for food budget.

 

         
        $105.00
Item Price/lb Bulk amount Price Price for students (multiplied by lb amount)
Almonds $4/lb 30 lb $113 $4.6/lb=138
Pecans $9/lb 22 lb $200 $10.35/lb=227.7
 Walnuts $3.7/lb 25 lb $80 $4.3/lb=107.5
Rolled Oats $.8/lb 25 lb $20 $.92/lb=23
  Black Beans $.73/lb 25 lb $18 $.84/lb=21
 Brown rice

 

$.62/lb 25 lb $15 $.72/lb=18
Cannellini $.81/lb 25 lb $20 $.93/lb=23.25
Green Lentils $.78/lb 25 lb $19 $.897/lb=22.43
Chickpeas $.88/lb 25 lb $22 $1/lb=25
Cous Cous $.98/lb 22 lb $21 $1.13/lb-24.86
 

TOTAL

 

    Cost to us=$525  

Revenue=$630.74

 

 

            This $525 amount is simply an estimate, and depends on what items we buy and how often. If we bought these same 10 items in this amount 4 times next year, we would be spending $2100. So if we consider the variety of goods we could be purchasing and the frequency, we believe $2500 to be a fair estimate for a new storefront. We anticipate to use the CSF grant to get us started, as we await a budget approval within the ASUW.

We also would need to consider the fact that we would be charging students for these items, perhaps up to 15% of each item. This would give us just enough money to be sustainable while still maintaining affordable options for students. We also would consider a way to repay the CSF through a loan, over the period of a couple of years. This would be provided we made enough profit to self-sustain ourselves and once we have a budget from the ASUW.

            Finally, to address the possibility of partnering with the UW Farm, although we would love to have a permanent storefront serving Farm veggies, the guidelines of this project approved by EH &S requires only non-perishable dry goods.

We designate Student Activities and Associated Students of the University of Washington as our sponsoring department. 

Thank you for reading the ASUW SFC Bulk Buying Storefront Full Proposal. If you have any further questions, please refer to the following contacts.

Julia Partlow                                                                          Erica Weisman and Gunnar Colleen

Julia.partlow@gmail.com                                                      asuwsfc@uw.edu           

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Zoe Frumim

Electronic Waste Educational and Information System

Project Size: Large, >$1,000
Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $6,500

Letter of Intent:

Hi, my name is William Zhou, I’m currently a junior at the University of Washington, and I’ve been working on an environmentally friendly, consumer-facing, software start up. Our start up consists of two additional students, a Math/EE major at UW and a Computer Science/Biology major at the University of Chicago.  Over the past few months we’ve developed a software called the EcoTab, an iOS software specialized for the iPad. Our product is essentially an educational tablet software designed to be mounted in front of waste containers. It tells a customer what is and isn't recyclable, compostable, or goes into the garbage based on what the venue or enterprise sells and provides. After a customer successfully navigates through the software, at the end it provides feedback on what their waste savings are based on their contribution (CO2, Energy and Space saved). We work personally with each client to index and determine where every item they provide belongs in the waste stream and weigh the items to determine what the environmental savings of properly disposing it are. 

1.     We feel that the key to success is providing educational knowledge to students and consumers on how to properly dispose of their waste. After discussing with UW Recycling and CSF memebers we feel as of currently, those needs are not being met, especially in regards to efforts of educating transplants and the educational community.

2.     This project is currently spearheaded by another student and me. We have done all the business development and created all of the software from scratch. We will continue to develop our relationship with HFS in order to bring this tool to the dorms, cafes, and restaurants on campus.

3.     Through using our software, we can empower students with the proper resources to accurately reduce our campus waste output and push towards a more sustainable waste quota.

4.     Currently working with HFS, we are approved to put our software up in several on campus facilities, including but not limited to McMahon 8, LocalPoint, Mercer Café, Start Up Hall, and the HUB. Our goal is to get out this pilot to see if students effectively engage with our waste information system.
Our cost breakdown:
6 x iPad Air 2: 6 * $550 = $3300
6 x iPad Kiosks: 6 * $330 = $1980
Estimated Installation costs: $500
Server costs and maintenance: $720

We are currently shooting for a one month pilot. If the pilot succeeds and aligns with HFS’s vision we will apply for a second round of hardware. HFS will then pick up the future server and maintenance costs. There is a lot of wiggle room and room for discussion regarding this letter of intent, so I look forward to discussing details moving forward.

Primary Contact First & Last Name: William Zhou

Earth Day 2016 Celebration

Project Size: Small, <$1,000
Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $999

Letter of Intent:

Earth Club is requesting $999 from the CSF Small Projects Fund for the Earth Day 2016 Celebration. The purpose of Earth Day Celebration is to come together and celebrate the 46th Earth Day here on the University of Washington Seattle campus. It will create an opportunity for people throughout the entire campus including undergraduate, graduate and professional environmental active UW students to meet and network with local sustainability focused businesses and vendors, present their original work and come together to connect with campus environmental and sustainability groups, therefore contributing to a more sustainable campus. On April 22nd 2016, there will be an exhibitors fair for various environmental groups, the Husky Green Awards from the College of Environment and live music from Rainy Dawg Radio- all on Red Square from 10-3. 
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Brief explanation of how the project will meet the requirements and preferences of the CSF:
1. Environmental Impact
    

•    On Earth Day, the exhibitors fair and stage performances plan to attract more than 10,000 students and community members on campus who will find the opportunity to explore the environmental stewardship on campus and learn what they could do to contribute to reduce the school’s environmental impact. The groups tabling at our booths focus on specific environmental issues including reducing carbon emissions, effective usage of solar power, reducing pollutants and so on. Visitors will be able to help with signature gathering for certain groups as well as learn how to create a sustainable campus through small actions daily.


2. Student Leadership & Involvement
    

•    The Earth Day 2016 Celebration is primarily organized by student-oriented Earth Day planning committee and facilitated by UW Sustainability staff members. Coordinated by Earth Club members Lauren Rowe, James Bao, and Sierra Kross, the planning committee consists of around 8 student leaders from various environmental groups on campus, including Earth Club, SEED, and CSF. The leadership of the planning committee and generous help from UW Sustainability have played a crucial role in determining the trajectory of the Earth Day 2016 celebration.


3. Education, Outreach, & Behavior Change
    

•    Since the celebration is projected to attract more than 10,000 visitors, the exhibitors’ fair would essentially be an environmental educational outreach for the entire campus community. Visitors will be able to connect with various campus sustainability groups and thus increasing their awareness of the environment.


4. Feasibility, Accountability, & Sustainability:
    

•    The UW Sustainability staff members who have experiences of Earth Day celebrations planning are facilitating the planning process. They have helped our committee connect with the College of Environment, UW Recycling, HFS and other on-campus departments, as well as with acquiring permits and general logistics. Moreover, the students in the committee have already worked various environmental groups, which makes them equipped with leadership and project management skills that can contribute to the successful completion of the celebration. We have already obtained approval for using Red Square for April 22nd, permits for outside sustainable vendors giving out food on campus and so on. Our planning team is equipped with skills that will enable us to plan the celebration successfully.

Primary Contact First & Last Name: James Bao

Campus Illumination: An Implementation Strategy for Sustainable Exterior Lighting

Project Size: Large, >$1,000
Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $75,000

Letter of Intent:

Overview

This project proposes a multi-disciplinary effort that will provide actionable guidelines to improve the energy efficiency and sustainability of campus-wide exterior lighting at the University of Washington (UW) Seattle Campus. The team will develop a palette of outdoor lighting strategies integrated with the Campus Landscape Framework “mosaic” as a roadmap for improved energy efficiency, perceived safety, wayfinding, and reduced maintenance. The primary project team includes faculty and students from the College of Built Environments, the UW Integrated Design Lab, the Office of the University Architect, and Seattle City Light’s Lighting Design Lab.

Lighting technology has rapidly evolved over the past decade, offering a wide array of new sources, controls, and design approaches. These include higher-quality LED light sources that deliver improved design flexibility with significantly lower power consumption and servicing needs. Advancements in digital controls and GIS technology offer the possibility of direct digital feedback, time of day control, and occupancy and event-driven control of luminaires that can enhance the campus experience while reducing its ecological footprint.

Using the “Campus Mosaic” as a typology, the project team will identify case study sites that represent a range of campus experiences, a mix of historic and new construction, and a diversity of landscape mosaic types. For each of these sites the project team will document current exterior lighting using four levels of analysis: (1) lighting design intent, (2) fixture and lamp typologies and GIS data verification, (3) lighting measurement at the site scale, and (4) integration with and transitions from other campus areas.

Following the documentation phase, the team will use site data to develop a comprehensive roadmap for campus exterior lighting that addresses energy performance targets, intent, illumination strategies, light sources, digital controls, and maintenance. This roadmap will contain (1) design guidelines for new projects and for the Campus Engineering Office to reference when upgrading existing fixtures, and (2) an implementation plan that prioritizes lighting projects in a phased approach for upgrade. These deliverables will be developed with input from the students and faculty at UW Center for Integrated Design, the Office of the University Architect, the Lighting Design Lab, Seattle City Light, and Campus Engineering and Operations.

Environmental Impact

This project aims to achieve, at minimum, a 40% reduction in lighting power consumption through the strategic implementation of low-energy lighting technology. Even deeper energy use reductions can be realized if these fixtures are coupled with digital sensing controls that actively respond to the presence or absence of occupants, or vary light levels in accordance with campus events. Additionally, such measures will offer added flexibility to operations staff.

This project will build off of the findings of a recent study conducted on the UW campus, which indicates that improved visibility and perception of safety can be realized at lower power densities by selecting light sources with spectral qualities that improve scotopic (night time) vision. Inneficient high-pressure sodium (HPS) fixtures currently constitute 63% of campus luminaires; replacing these fixtures with LEDs tuned to the needs of specific campus settings will result in a measurable reduction in campus energy consumption and offer much greater design flexibility.

Student Leadership & Involvement

With guidance from Seattle City Light’s Lighting Design Lab and in communication with the UW Office of the University Architect and Campus Engineering, graduate students in the Department of Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and at the UW Integrated Design Lab will take leadership roles in administering the project, collecting and analyzing data, and developing and producing the project’s final deliverables.

ARCH 435: Principles and Practice of Environmental Lighting, a long-standing course open to undergraduate and graduate students, will be adapted to incorporate the project’s data collection phase and will serve as a laboratory for investigating and developing conceptual and technical approaches to campus lighting. This evening course is offered annually in autumn by faculty in the College of Built Environments who will also participate in the technical development of the project.

Education, Outreach, & Behavior Change

This project will provide hands-on applied learning experience for students involved in all phases of the project. The UW campus will serve as a living laboratory, providing an arena for investigating environmental lighting within a specific spatial and temporal context.

In order to reach a broader audience, signage will be mounted on targeted outdoor light fixtures throughout campus. The signage will include graphics relating to outdoor lighting energy consumption, as well as the project team’s contact information. Students, staff, faculty, and visitors will be encouraged give feedback regarding their perceptions of current lighting conditions that will inform the future lighting guidelines.

Additionally, this project will serve as a catalyst for collaboration between various campus offices, moving the university toward a more integrated approach to campus sustainability. It will merge the efforts of the Office of the University Architect to improve the experiential qualities of campus, Campus Engineering and Operations’ work in updating, controlling, and maintaining campus lighting, and the UWPD’s objective of ensuring that campus users feels safe and secure. This project will develop a strategy that integrates all of these goals rather than addressing them as separate programs.

Feasibility, Accountability, & Sustainability

The faculty lead for the project will be within the Integrated Design Lab, which performs research and provides technical assistance regarding high-performance built environments to project teams across the country. Additional expertise will be provided by an ongoing alliance with the Office of the University Architect, the Campus Engineering and Operations Office, Seattle City Light’s Lighting Design Lab, and UW Faculty from the College of Built Environments. Of paramount concern is that the  lighting guidelines and implementation plan align with the Campus Landscape Framework vision and are feasible and maintainable for Campus Engineering and Operations. The Lighting Design Lab will coordinate Seattle City Light utility incentive opportunities as they arise from project activities. 

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Kelly Douglas

2nd Annual UW Resilience Summit

Project Size: Large, >$1,000
Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $1,250

Letter of Intent:

*LOI has already been submitted; experiencing Technical difficulties with the sumbission.

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Grace Dahl

2016 UW Night Market

Project Size: Small, <$1,000
Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $1,000

Letter of Intent:

Since 2001, Taiwanese Student Association (TSA) has brought this dynamic of culture to the University of Washington campus, and it has quickly became an annual Seattle tradition. This year the 16th annual Night Market will be held on the evening of Saturday, May 14, 2016 at the University of Washington’s Red Square. Our goal is to bring people together in celebrating and appreciating Taiwanese culture. The event will include many vendors selling various Taiwanese foods, on-stage performances, as well as cultural activities. The Night Market attracts not only the UW students but the whole Washington community. Last year, over 6,500 people attended our event, and this year we hope to reach at least 7,000 people attending and to recreate the popular tourist event – Night Market.

 

Last year was the first year where we implemented a recycling program to help reduce waste. Beginning with pre-event planning,  day-of-event execution, to post-event evaluation, we hope the program can take our event beyond just recycling to hosting an environmentally friendly and sustainable event. With the funding we received from CSF last year, we were able to recruit more volunteers and were able to better educate our vendors and audiences. This year, we hope to further develop a well-planned recycling program to increase community awareness on maintaining a sustainable environment.  In order to successfully plan a recycling program, we not only need staffs but also financial support. The fund we request from CSF will cover the cost for ordering garbage/recycling bins, composting station, as well as any promotional/educational materials and staffs. The fund will  mainly be focusing on educating audiences of recycling and waste options during Night Market.

Here's three main approaches for education and informing:
1) Include recycle and waste categories in event brochure.
2) Label recycling and garbage receptacles with clear, large signs and instructions
3) A big map of the event lay-out that indicates location of composting station.

The second expanse will be spent on personnel:

1) Approach recycling team on campus --> provide them free food vouchers in compensate of their work and dedication. Cost of food will be covered by the fund.

2) Recruit volunteers for supervising. Volunteers will receive free Night Market T-shirts, where the fund will cover partial expanse of T-shirts.

 

One month prior to the event, Recycle coordinators will start recruiting volunteers. After the recruitment, we will organize information session  to inform volunteer their responsibilities on the day of event. The recycling coordinator will also work with vendors before and during the event. He/She will make initial contact with food vendors few months before the event to introduce the idea of recycling, and further ask for their cooperation on the day of event.

On the day of the event, there will be a central collection area for garbage and recycling where drop boxes or dumpsters are staged. Also, hand trucks, carts will be used to transport material from the recycling stations to the central collection area. After the event, materials will continued to be generated. Officers and volunteers will assist vendors with tearing down signs and confirming final sorting, and pick-up garbage and recycling.

 

Below is the budget breakdown for the program:

Recycling garbage service 292.50

Red square cleaning 415.91

Volunteer T-shirts 10*15 volenteers = 150

Vouchers for volunteers 10*15 volenteers = 150

Total Cost: 1008.41

 

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Emily Wan

Composting Toilet at the Center for Urban Horticulture

Project Size: Large, >$1,000
Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $33,000

Letter of Intent:

The UW Student Farm at the Center for Urban Horticulture (CUH) would greatly benefit from the addition of a composting toilet system. The closest facilities are located in Merrill Hall, which is not convenient to access from the farm, especially on the weekends when the building is locked. The farm hosts approximately 45 service learners in the fall and spring seasons, as well as a large number of volunteers who come throughout the year. The UW Farm also has many regular events such as academic tours for classes, and social gatherings. Needless to say, the Farm site at CUH receives a high amount of foot traffic. In addition, a children’s garden is being developed on the site and field trips will be greatly hampered without facilities in close proximity to the farm. Installing a composting toilet system would be very practical to meet the UW Farm’s needs.

            Toilet flushing is a water intensive practice, regardless of whether they are high efficiency models or not.  A composting system does not rely on any water inputs and instead only requires the occasional addition of a renewable resource such as sawdust to absorb moisture. Having a composting toilet is a significant step in helping the farm create a closed loop system by increasing the amount of nutrient cycling done on site. We currently work to compost all the healthy plant material grown on the farm- the next step in nutrient cycling is composting all the waste created by those who do the growing. After proper treatment, the nutrient rich, but harmless, material created can be used to fertilize trees and/or ornamental species on the property.

              Installing a composting toilet lends itself to student involvement at the farm in many different avenues. First, there will be involvement with the planning and help with installation. A workshop would be an ideal way to get a lot of students involved at this stage. Secondly, more research needs to be done on the uses of human compost and the best location for the toilet at CUH.  This is a significant undertaking that will require continued student involvement after the installation to do such tasks as making sure the facility is adequately stocked, cleaned, and properly functioning. We currently have a large leadership board, which includes three compost coordinators, and we anticipate that managing care of this system will be one of their future responsibilities. In the past few years, the UW Farm has seen an increase in the number of students who choose to do research and/or undertake projects on the farm. Having a composting toilet would greatly increase the capacity for more students to get involved on the farm as it could attract students who had interests beyond sustainable food production. This will take a collaborative effort across disciplines, student organizations, and individuals with expertise.

            A significant area of student engagement with this project lies in the development of experiential educational opportunities. It will create chances to learn about topics such as sustainable development and nutrient cycling.  The UW Farm is an incredible arena for exploration and learning, primarily regarding sustainable food production. The addition of a composting toilet would greatly diversify and expand the discussions that could occur on the farm. As mentioned above, many classes come to the Farm to take educational tours, having a composting toilet as part of the tour would be a great way to increase awareness about water conservation and waste. The addition of a composting toilet to the site can also serve as an educational opportunity to the broader community and further UW’s commitment to sustainability.      

             The UW Arboretum is currently planning on installing a composting toilet system; they have shared the system that they are looking at installing with us and will work with us to determine how best to manage them. To support the longevity of this project, there is the farm manager and a core of three paid students interns yearly, as well as a significant group of students interested in seeing this project be carried out. After the installation of the system, upkeep is routine and does require adequate attention, but the farm is an established program with a continuous group of students and staff involved. Additionally, the Seattle Youth Garden Works who are also operational on the CUH Farm site have expressed interest in being involved with this project; as they would also be privy to use of the toilet they have expressed that they could provide support monetarily for the upkeep as well as assist with the planning, installation, and maintenance of the system.

            The UW Farm is requesting approximately $33,000 for the completion of the project. The current system that we are interested in is the M54 Trailhead model from the company Clivus Multrum. This is an advanced composting toilet system, which includes a solar powered panel to power ventilation fans, keeping the facility odorless. The structure and toilet are above ground, while the collection/processing tank sits 4 feet below ground. This amount represents a quote given by the company upon phone inquiry, it includes all shipping and installation as well and a 10% “buffer”, meaning that this is the absolute upper limit of cost. The figure above represents what it would cost to buy this unit and have it shipped pre-fabricated to Seattle; however it can also be purchased as a kit and installed on site. This would be a less expensive option upfront, but would not be desirable because assemblage is very challenging and technical. Therefore, outside consultants would likely have to be hired and thus costs would be equivalent of buying it pre-fabricated, if not more. Also it would significantly delay the date when the composting toilet could be opened for use. 

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Sarah Geurkink

University of Washington Farm Greenhouse

Project Size: Large, >$1,000
Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $22,310

Letter of Intent:

The University of Washington Farm, a registered student organization, would like to build a greenhouse at our Center for Urban Horticulture site on campus. We are partnering with the University of Washington Engineers Without Borders (EWB) chapter to find a greenhouse suitable for our site and set up a plan for building and installing the greenhouse. In order to build a greenhouse, we need to level the ground at the Center for Urban Horticulture site, run electricity to the greenhouse, and equip it with benches and supplies for spring and winter growing. Additionally we would like to build a low cost and energy-saving heating system that heats the plants from below by circulating hot water through the greenhouse benches. Furthermore, we need to buy seeds to plant in the greenhouse and hire an intern who will serve as a Greenhouse Manager for our first season of using the greenhouse.

We are currently renting a small space at the Center for Urban Horticulture greenhouse at a prohibitively high cost for only 2 months of the year. Building a greenhouse at the UW Farm will allow for a more flexible and productive planting plan, an extended growing season that includes winter months, and an increase in our yearly production. A large portion of crops grown at the University of Washington Farm is used by Cultivate, the District Market and various other HFS locations. Without a greenhouse, we have to almost completely shut down our growing during winter months, as harsh weather and frost make it very difficult to grow and harvest crops. Extending our growing season with a UW Farm Greenhouse will allow the Farm to provide locally and sustainably grown produce to dining halls, restaurants and grocery stores on campus for a larger majority of the school year. This quarter, 1937.58 pounds of produce from the UW Farm went to HFS and the UW medical center and 505.7 pounds of produce was donated to the University District Food Bank. These numbers will increase with a UW Farm greenhouse. The extended season of production will lessen the carbon footprint of the University of Washington community as more locally and sustainably grown produce would be available. The University of Washington currently hosts 46 students as service learners each quarter. Additionally, 12 students hold farm leadership positions and 3 students are enrolled in the farm internship class. We are confident that these numbers will increase over time. While the construction of the greenhouse will be directed by Engineering Without Borders students with their faculty mentors as advisors, a large majority of the farm leaders and some of the student volunteers will be involved regularly with building the greenhouse and developing a growing system.

The University of Washington farm is run primarily by volunteer labor; we only have one paid staff-member. Throughout fall quarter, work hours were held on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 1pm to 5pm, Tuesdays from 1 to 5pm and Thursdays from 9 to 11:30am, and every other Saturday from 9am to 2pm. Throughout spring quarter, a majority of these work hours will involve building and then planting and growing seedlings in the greenhouse. Volunteers and service learning students will learn hands on the benefits of a season extension and what goes into building, maintaining and working in a greenhouse. Furthermore, we plan to have a greenhouse intern for a full growing season following the completion of the greenhouse. Jennifer Reusink, a biology professor who teaches the farm internship class on campus, has agreed to oversee this intern. The intern would oversee construction, coordinate volunteering efforts, plan and implement a greenhouse planting schedule from spring through fall, maintain the greenhouse throughout the growing season and plan and implement a winter growing schedule. Students will be actively involved in most of the aspects of building and working in the greenhouse and build further connections between people, our land, and our future since food is so intimately linked in all those aspects of life.

The University of Washington Farm is extremely committed to carrying out and following through on our plans to build and maintain the greenhouse at the UW Farm. We have 7 Engineering Without Borders students committed to setting a plan for building the greenhouse and seeing it through under the advising of Peter Sturtevant, a Senior Civil Engineer with CH2M Hill, and Professor Mark Benjamin, a professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Washington. The engineering students plan to begin work in early spring and complete the greenhouse project through a series of approximately six work parties, with help from University of Washington Farm students and volunteers.

We are requesting $22,602.72 for this project. We plan to build the greenhouse from a kit and add our own end frame augmentation. We will need $4,216.94 for supplies to build the greenhouse; $3,355 for greenhouse kit and $286.58 for the baseboards for the building foundation and $300 for pipe connections and miscellaneous tools and materials. Additionally, we will need $822.67 to build benches for planting in the greenhouse; $633.60 for bench wood and $189.07 for hardware cloth. We will need $5,172.13 to build a heating system; $2,056.37 for the pump/boiler integrator, $724.47 for a boiler, and $122.59 for pipes and pipe insulation. Additionally, we will need $1,030.10 for additional materials to augment the end frame and $133.18 for additional construction materials like screws and nails. We will need $4,731.70 to buy tools to use in the greenhouse; $39.50 for seed spoons (10 x $3.95 each), $3,950 for seed tappers (10 x $395), $358 for soil block makers (2 x $179) and $384.20 for bread trays for putting the soil blocks on (20 x $19.21). We are also requesting $6,496 to fund a greenhouse intern for the winter, spring and summer quarters following the building of the greenhouse. We need $1,160 ($10/hour for 10 hours/week) for spring quarter, $4,176 ($10/hour for 30 hours/week) for summer quarter and $1,160 ($10/hour for 10 hours/week). Finally, we need $500 to buy seeds for the greenhouse.

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Sarah Geurkink

Sustainable Stormwater Coordinator Phase 2

Project Size: Large, >$1,000
Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $9,051

Letter of Intent:

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

The Sustainable Stormwater Coordinator (SSC) position designates a SEFS research aide appointment to spread awareness about and physically improve stormwater treatment on campus. This is accomplished by investigating the current quantity and quality of campus stormwater, analyzing a suite of suitable water management tools, and building a collaborative student-faculty-administration approach to this pressing issue. In sum, continuation of this project seeks concrete and actionable runoff strategies, informed by water quality testing of discharges from parking lots, rooftops and sports fields.

Responsibilities include:

·         Conduct outreach and education to students and faculty about stormwater issues

·         Engage and support students and departments pursuing stormwater related projects, such as rain gardens, bioswales, smart irrigation and water recycling

·         Sample stormwater on campus for oil + grease and metals in order to determine pollution hotspots

·         Support Salmon Safe recertification

·         Identify stormwater rebates or stormwater project funding possibilities

Presently, the SSC has made significant progress in advancing the responsible handling of our fresh water resource at UW as each of the supported projects/endeavors has benefited from assistance with some or all of the following roles/responsibilities: funding identification, program development, design, materials acquisition, water quality testing, documentation, facilitation of permitting, facilitation of contracted consultations, site visits, and facilitation of administrative collaboration for the following projects/endeavors:

·         Development of UW Seattle campus Stormwater Sampling Plan

·         Prairie Rain Garden

·         Kincaid Ravine Hydrology Improvements

·         Kincaid Ravine Memorandum of Agreement (stream and wetland protections)

·         Water Recycling System for Society for Ecological Restoration-UW Hoophouse

·         Development of campus-wide Curb Cut plan

·         UW-Seattle Stormwater Resource Guide

·         Identification of Surface Water Management Rebates and Stormwater Project Funding

·         Salmon Safe (SS) Recertification, SS Student Awareness Campaign and SS certification of UW Farm

·         Sustainable Stormwater resource drive and list serve news updates 

Despite this progress in establishing a baseline of momentum, the importance of continuing the SSC position is urgent. Funding from other sources has not been secured and the potential discontinuation of this position would hamper progress and threaten follow-through on many of the projects listed above. The position has increased visibility and awareness of the CSF by connecting promising student led projects to the CSF. In so doing, a strong network of projects has an aggregate effect of success. These projects are all linked and supportive of one another, leading to a tight knit web of sustainability.

The SSC position is overseen by hydrology Professor Susan Bolton and the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences. It consults with campus Environmental Engineer David Ogrodnik, Engineer James Morin, Landscape Architect Kristine Kenney, Environmental and Land Use Compliance Officer Jan Arntz, and Grounds Manager Howard Nakase.

 

ENVIRONMENT

A total of 27,000 gallons of stormwater are produced as runoff from a one-acre parking lot, after one inch of rain. In UW parking lots, stormwater picks up oil, grease, metals and coolants from vehicles, and it proceeds largely untreated into Portage Bay and Lake Washington. Other impervious surfaces, like roofs, compound the quantity of overland runoff and inhibit on-site infiltration.

 

STUDENT LEADERSHIP

The SSC is envisioned as a permanent position that provides a forum for students to develop the skill set and knowledge base to pursue projects related to water use and waste, including exposure to important local organizations and partnership opportunities in the Seattle restoration community. A multi-disciplinary core group of students, which meets in various contexts throughout each academic quarter, provides support to the SSC, including communication and networking, outreach and education, and assistance in water and soil testing.

                 The core student group has identified ‘Continued Accountability’ as a primary objective, and envisioned the student SSC position through SEFS. Department administrator Wendy Star serves as budget administrator for the SCC project. The creation of this position has the written support of HSS, 12,000 Rain Gardens, Puget Soundkeeper, SER-UW, the Kincaid Ravine Restoration team and Salmon Safe. Letters from supporters will be included in the CSF proposal.

 

OUTREACH

Outreach via social media outlets and a blog will have a key place in communicating this project to the student body. Integration into classes for University credit through SEFS and graduate projects for the Masters in Environmental Horticulture have begun but need more time to fully develop.

The ongoing SSC position helps to coordinate student stormwater efforts over the long-term, channel communication between students and admin through one informed and capable liaison, and collaborate with off-campus entities to establish UW’s leadership in the greater stormwater community.

By having this stormwater point person, combined with regular meetings, water projects around campus will begin to unite, heighten impact through symbiosis, and share information and resources.  With parking lot redesigns throughout campus, the SSC channels student voices of water related considerations to the appropriate administrators.

Educational signage has been funded for Kincaid Ravine and will describe Hydrology features, as well as recognize project partners like CSF, with a representative logo. Signage for Prairie Rain Garden and SER-UW Nursery, likewise describing hydrology features and acknowledging the CSF, are in the process of development.

 

ACCOUNTABILITY

Salmon Safe has endorsed the SSC to assist UW in meeting the Salmon Safe Certification standards.The SSC will work to generate an ongoing commitment of political will towards progressive stormwater policy and true environmental stewardship. 

Financially, the SSC will research fee-reduction for stormwater treatments (North Seattle Community College saves $60,000+ in annual stormwater fees, the direct result of a campus-wide collaboration where students applied for tax credits through Seattle Public Utilities). Since UW spends ~$1.3 million in annual stormwater fees, economic incentive is clearly justified.

9 months of CSF funding will serve to solidify this position. SEFS will support SSC with ongoing funding options once position is established. Alternate funding has not been secured and one more academic year of CSF funding will provide ample time to identify and diversify funding sources.

 

BUDGET

16,102 Total

15,102 -Student Project Management

(figure based on $1678 Schedule A RA position x 9 months)

1000- Water sample analysis

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Matthew Schwartz

Yesler Swamp Trek Stop

Project Size: Large, >$1,000
Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $65,000

Letter of Intent:

Our team is proposing a $65,000 construction project on the western shoreline of the Yesler Swamp lagoon to offer UW students and other visitors a unique wildlife observation platform.  The viewing platform will be called the “Yesler Swamp Trek Stop” (YSTS) and will offer a permanent birdwatching post to rest, reflect, and interact with the different species that reside in riparian ecosystems around Lake Washington.  This project fits very well into our project team’s academic goals because we are students committed to environmental sustainability and restoration.  Our team has been hosting volunteer restoration events and documenting them on this website (yeslerswamp.weebly.com) since October of 2013.
 
The main outcomes and goals of this project are:

  • Build a bird blind structure with an extremely low environmental footprint that adheres to green building specifications.
  • Provide a unique and identifying landmark for the Yesler Swamp.
  • Provide an avenue for the public to engage with the swamp and its biodiversity through interpretive signs and educational/sustainable design elements.
  • Provide an exceptional view of the swamp lagoon, Lake Washington, and Mt. Rainier.
  • Provide an outdoor classroom for groups visiting the UW Center for Urban Horticulture.
  • Build a stronger connection between the Yesler Swamp and the well established Union Bay Natural Area (UBNA).
  • Raise awareness about the Yesler Swamp and the opportunities it presents for students and the greater Seattle community to engage with nature--not only passively, but actively.

 
The success of our project will be measured by:
Number of volunteers (both students and others), number of visitors to the YSTS, Sustainability Score Rating, and Green Building Specifications.
These measurements will be tracked through sign-in sheets at work events and a permanent sign-in sheet at the viewing platform for guests to write on.  The sustainability score will be assessed during the projects design/build phase and during the construction phase.  
 
Background Story:
The Yesler Swamp is slowly transforming from a neglected and degraded wasteland into a restored green space and prospering ecosystem in the heart of Seattle. Once home to Henry Yesler’s timber mill and later a garbage dump; the Yesler Swamp is now an environmental treasure in Seattle.  It provides a sanctuary where people can trade in the cacophony of urban life for the tittering of hundreds of birds; an urban oasis where people both young and old can be fascinated by the natural world.
The Yesler Swamp Trek Stop will border the western edge of the swamp and the eastern end of the UW Center for Urban Horticulture, south east of the botany greenhouses.  There will also be a wooden boardwalk twenty yards away, providing a permanent loop trail through the swamp.  The nonprofit organization, The Friends of Yesler Swamp, has raised enough funds to construct the first phase of the boardwalk adjacent to the proposed location for the trek stop.  Upon completion, this boardwalk will be donated to the UW.  Our team’s collaboration with the Friends of Yesler Swamp and their boardwalk endeavor will help establish the Yesler Swamp as an attractive destination for UW students and the surrounding neighborhoods.  UW students have been restoring the swamp every year since 2000, which demonstrates that the site holds a place in students’ hearts. Our project team also has strong history of educational tours and events at the Yesler Swamp that we consistently document on our website: yeslerswamp.weebly.com.  
 
Our proposed project meets the requirements and preferences of the CSF in the following ways:
 
Environmental Impact
 
Upon completion, the YSTS will mix environmental and long term sustainable design elements. In doing so, the YSTS will be easily maintained and blend in with the surrounding environment.  We plan to build the YSTS out of reclaimed materials from a local vendor to lessen the University’s environmental impact. Possible businesses include Second Use Building Materials and Salvage, and the RE Store. These establishments salvage reusable materials from buildings that are going to be demolished and offer discounts to community projects.  Beyond the physical building of the observation station, this project creates a more sustainable campus because it gives people a way to invest in and enhance their appreciation for the natural world.  We hope to expand the possibilities for students to encounter wildlife at the UW campus, while simultaneously demonstrating the importance of the Yesler Swamp and its preservation.
Student Leadership and Involvement
Our project will incorporate student leadership and involvement during the design and construction phases through collaboration with the faculty and students in the College of Built Environments. One specific class we are considering working with is a design-build class taught by Steve Badanes to mix environmental and long term sustainable design elements. Ideally, our team would like to work with architecture and/or landscape architecture students to come up with a sustainable, ecological, and innovative shoreline viewing station.  We intend to involve talented students who care about environmental stewardship and advancing campus infrastructure.  As the project progresses from the design phase and into the construction implementation phase, we will incorporate a larger array of students who have the necessary skills and expertise. This project will cultivate an aware and engaged campus community because students involved in the process will feel a sense of ownership and pride in the swamp.  In addition, it will create future opportunities for students to engage with the natural landscape surrounding the UW.  
Education, Outreach, and Behavior for building the YSTS is to foster an environmentally conscious culture. In the beginning, our main goal will be to enlighten the student body about the various ecosystems that inhabit the land. This will take the form of posting fliers all around Seattle and holding informational sessions about volunteer opportunities on campus, at local high schools, and community colleges.  We also want to engage our classmates by participating in UW events such as Dawg Dayz, Martin Luther King Day, and Earth Day.  
Our project team will seek input from everybody who is passionate about sustainable design and wants to be involved in the development of the YSTS.  The other component of cultivating awareness involves our local community. By canvassing local neighborhoods and publishing an article in the local paper, we want to bring awareness to the weekly work parties that the Community, Environment, and Planning Program and the Friends of Yesler Swamp are currently hosting, and encourage Seattle residents to be actively engaged in the Yesler Swamp restoration process.  This financial investment will foster environmental stewardship for future generations.
Feasibility, Accountability, and Sustainability
The YSTS will be durable by design and require minimal maintenance to ensure its long term sustainability.  Additional facilities and grounds maintenance will be conducted by the Friends of Yesler Swamp and the work crews responsible for the boardwalk trail system through a matching funds program.  Fred Hoyt of the UW Center for Urban Horticulture fully supports the YSTS and has requested that we include and update him throughout this entire grant proposal process.  Both Fred Hoyt and the Friends of Yesler Swamp will be assisting our grant writing team with technical and experiential knowledge.  We’ve listed our anticipated stakeholder groups and partners below:
Expected Project Stakeholder(s) Include:
Fred Hoyt: Associate Director of UW Botanic Gardens.
 
Environmental Science and Resource Management Department at UW: Professors who might be interested in using the observation station for their research and/or class visits.
 
College of Built Environments at UW: Faculty and students who are willing to help design and construct the observation station.  Our current plan is to contact Steve Badanes about facilitating a design/build workshop for the YSTS.
 
Friends of Yesler Swamp Non-profit: Team members Tyler and Carolyn have a well established relationship with this organization as active board members.  Their mentorship is crucial to us because of their professional experience and their success with the boardwalk project.
 
Anna Stock, Property Rights Manager in the UW Real Estate office: To integrate the Yesler Swamp boardwalk project and the YSTS into one cohesive real estate asset to the University.
 
Kristine Kenney, University Landscape Architect: To collaborate on how the YSTS can contribute to the landscaping goals of the University.
 
Amy Van Dyke, Director, Physical Planning & Space Management at the Bothell Campus (Sarah Simonds Green Conservatory): To discuss the similarities between the UW Bothell wetland conservatory and the Yesler Swamp.  
 
Department of Planning and Development: To approve the wetland and building permits necessary to start construction at the swamp.
 
Martha Moritz: Primary contact for the Kincaid Ravine Restoration Project, an approved CSF project that has similar goals to our proposed project.
Expected Project Budget:
Anticipated Budget: Total Cost = $65,000

  1. Materials, labor, and maintenance expenses = $50,000
    1. (Site preparation and restoration): (Erosion and sediment control): (Drainage infrastructure): (Structural foundation support): (Wood materials): (Hardware): (Long term facilities and grounds upkeep)
  2. Permit and Licensing Fees = $15,000
    1. Following the Environmentally Critical Areas Code (Seattle Dept. of Planning & Development): Defined in SMC 25.09.020: ~$7500 (*Friends of Yesler Swamp*)
    2. Shoreline survey fees: $250/hour~$4000 (*DPD website*)
      1. Water table and lake survey (*Geotechnical Report)
      2. Erosion control/soil grading plan
    3. Engineering, legal, and administration fees: ~$1000
    4. Insurance contracts: ~$1200/year?
  3. Design/Build Course Fees = 0$
    1. Studio where students design and build projects for local nonprofits. It is funded by the Department of Neighborhoods, local businesses, and the Howard S. Wright Endowment Fund.

 
 

 

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Tyler Licata

Replacing Chemical Fertilizers with Compost, Compost Tea, and Biosolids

Project Size: Small, <$1,000
Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $1,000

Letter of Intent:

The University of Washington has over 161 acres of turf grass. In 2015, 8,620 pounds of fertilizer were applied on campus. Chemical fertilizers can be detrimental to the environment and to the long term health of soils. With global warming at the forefront of scientific research, it is imperative that alternative, environmentally friendly lawn care systems are implemented. Revising the fertilizer plan for the lawns is a potentially important step for grounds management to undertake.
There are multiple options that the University could use for fertilizers. Composting is a centuries old practice that has been found to increase the health of the soil and plants. Using compost extracts, such as ‘compost teas,’ can be a financially and environmentally favorable approach to lawn care.
A water based extract of compost, compost tea, is attracting gardeners worldwide for its supposed benefits to soil fertility and for plant disease suppression. Soils can be supplemented with this microbe and nutrient rich solution. Grounds management currently brews small batches of compost tea for use on the Roses.  
Other fertilizer options are to provide the lawns with biosolids. Biosolids are human excrements that have undergone extensive filtration processes. They are sold by the county and are deemed safe for the public to use. Biosolids have shown to increase the quality and production of grasses. The University could replace environmentally detrimental fertilizers with a usable product that was being wasted.
The managers of the grounds at the university are hesitant to apply any of these techniques to the lawns until there is evidence that it is equivalent or superior to the current practices. The money from this grant would be to evaluate the feasibility of replacing the chemical fertilizers with compost tea, compost or biosolids.
Trials will be conducted to evaluate the effectiveness of these different fertilizers. If they are successful grounds management will look into applying these fertilizers to the entire campus and end our reliance on environmentally detrimental chemicals.
The money from the grant will be used to evaluate the tea being applied to the lawns, pay for the biosolids and hire a student to help setting up and monitoring the project.
 
Thank you for your consideration!
Michael Bradshaw 

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Michael Bradshaw

Floating Wetlands Phase II

Project Size: Large, >$1,000
Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $16,000

Letter of Intent:

Summary The UW Floating Wetlands Demonstration Project is designed to occur in two phases: Feasibility Analysis (I) and Implementation (II).  The Campus Sustainability Fund accepted the Green Futures Lab’s Phase I proposal, which we anticipate to be completed during Winter quarter 2016.  Project goals currently achieved by our Floating Wetland Student Team include:  
• investigating optimal installation locations and conditions; • researching and classifying the habitat needs of juvenile migrating salmon;  • identifying permitting agencies and permit requirements; • building relationships with agencies, stakeholders, partners, and interested parties; • articulating design criteria responses to particular conditions and concerns; and  • developing preliminary conceptual designs.  
Phase II funding will enable the team to develop appropriate designs, create detailed drawings sets for required approvals and construction,  acquire  materials, obtain permits, and see the project through construction, installation, maintenance, monitoring, and evaluation. CSF assistance will also allow our Floating Wetland Student Team to co-lead a scheduled Spring 2017 seminar, bringing the detailed knowledge gained in Phase I to a larger group of interdisciplinary students who will develop possible alternative prototypes for further consideration.  We anticipate improvement of Union Bay aquatic habitat - especially for outmigrating juvenile salmonids - and moderation of pollutant loads through the deployment of these floating wetlands.  Furthermore, this project will provide a compelling educational example for our students while setting precedence for other Seattle water bodies, showcasing UW’s leadership role in green technology and public/community partnerships.  
Brief Explanation of the Phase II Floating Wetlands Project Water is an integral part of the University of Washington campus, and in our mission to be sustainable, its importance cannot be overlooked. In other parts of the world, floating wetland structures are being successfully used to reduce harmful substances in waterways such as metals, excess nutrients, and other pollutants. They sequester carbon, mitigate water temperatures, and provide habitat for aquatic biota. Here in the Pacific Northwest, floating wetlands are an emerging technology. The Floating Wetlands Demonstration aims to exemplify future aquatic sustainability in a visible and participatory manner, raising public awareness in an exciting new fashion.    
Floating wetlands are designed to increase vegetative cover and habitat for aquatic and avian species, especially where hardened shorelines limit habitat quality. They hold significant potential benefit in the greater Puget Sound region as extensive shoreline hardening has contributed to great decline of critical species and is a significant “Vital Sign” targeted by the Puget Sound Partnership.  However, as an innovative approach toward habitat creation and restoration, floating wetlands have little precedence in the Pacific Northwest.  As such, floating wetland implementation faces intense scrutiny prior to implementation.  This necessitates thorough research, forward-thinking design approaches, and clear communication.  Thus far, 
students working on Phase I of the Floating Wetlands Demonstration have succeeded in these categories and look forward to taking the next steps toward implementation of this valuable approach.  
Our conversations with permitting agencies and tribal representatives have drawn support and highlighted barriers toward installing innovative floating wetlands to improve shoreline habitat in the waters of the UW campus.  The Green Futures Lab hopes to apply 2017 CSF funding toward continued project development.  We will build upon current design and research as student staff members are retained to create and co-teach a Spring 2017 seminar.  Funding would allow our student Floating Wetlands Team to co-lead this course, applying their multidepartmental expertise while bringing in additional students as registered course participants. The course would also draw upon faculty and professional proficiency located at UW, City, and County, and State levels. Students in the seminar would gain knowledge and understanding of:    • occurrence, use, and diversity of floating wetlands in other parts of the world; • environmental conditions of Union Bay and Portage Bay and their relation to potential habitat and juvenile salmon migration patterns; • design criteria applied to understanding coastal zone policy and treaty rights within the Lake Washington-Lake Union fish migration corridor; • designs of floating wetlands created for other locales and their results; and • potential materials that might be used in appropriate new floating wetland designs for the UW campus.  
Application of this knowledge will result in designs for a range of floating wetlands suitable to conditions in UW campus waters. From this benchmark, the Floating Wetland Team will select a final site and design(s) for installation.  The subsequent implementation phases include:  
• final selection of sites and floating wetland prototypes to be installed (working directly with permitting agencies); • submission of permit applications for the specific prototypes and sites;  • detailed drawings and material selection for the floating wetland prototypes to be installed  construction and installation of the prototypes; monitoring and maintenance of the floating wetlands;  • development of a webpage interpreting the floating wetlands and their intended function, with a QR code linked to the webpage placed onshore near the wetland;  and  • creation of presentation(s) to be given to UW students in relevant wetland, ecology, fisheries, and ecological design courses.  
Estimated Phase II Costs We anticipate that Phase II of the project would operate through Fall term 2017 with a total cost of $16,000.  This would compensate our team of three students leading the Spring seminar, and over Summer and Fall 2017 with the team working part time to bring the demonstration project to full fruition.  We anticipate a materials and transportation (of materials) budget to be approximately $1800 of the total figure.   
The Phase I Floating Wetlands Demonstration Project funds have supported investigation, design thinking, and coalition-building to advance floating wetland installation along UW shorelines in Union Bay and Portage Bay.  Representing both the College of Built Environments and the College of the Environment, the GFL student staff of three have performed extensive research on and response to environmental conditions of UW waters; fish habitat needs and limitations; permit requirements and permitting pathways with the appropriate agencies; siting opportunities and constraints; and development of resulting design criteria for local floating wetlands, incorporating stakeholder needs and insights from the region. We have also cultivated awareness on the part of permitters of the technology, who are interested in considering our resulting design proposals. We are enthusiastic to continue the permitting, design, construction and education for these demonstration prototypes that may be scaled up to inhabit the Lake Washington-Lake Union basin to make a measurable difference in the aquatic health of our university and region.  
 
Primary Contact First & Last Name: Jackson Blalock

Electric Bicycle Mail-Delivery

Project Size: Large, >$1,000
Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $69,200

Letter of Intent:

 

UW Mailing Services Campus Sustainability Fund LOI

Electric Bicycle Mail Delivery Program

 

Define the campus environmental problem that you are attempting to solve:

 

University of Washington’s Mailing Services currently delivers mail and printed material to approximately 80,000 students, faculty, and staff on and off the Seattle campus. There are 12 conventional delivery vehicles performing 20 daily delivery routes that service the entire campus. These vehicles contribute to global warming by emitting carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxide. The vehicles burn on average, 4,000 gallons of diesel fuel per year and release 96,000 pounds of CO2 into the atmosphere (24 lbs. CO2 per gallon of fuel). Our research shows that replacing a vehicle with an electric assist cargo bicycle will have an immediate impact on the energy consumption, CO2 emissions, noise pollution, and vehicle congestion on the UW campus.

 

Describe your proposed solution to this problem:

 

Our goal is to make UW the first large university in the nation to address the issue of energy consumption reduction and climate change in mail services, by creating an E-Bicycle Mail & Package Delivery Program. We are proposing moving 210 daily mail stops, totaling 12 miles a day, to full bicycle delivery. This would involve the purchase of five electric assist bicycles, trailers, and all-weather bicycle shoes. After implementation of bicycle delivery on the main campus, we intend to incorporate the bicycles to expand the program to the entire campus and University District.

 

Vehicles currently in use are leased from UW Fleet Services at a cost of $50,000 per vehicle. As we reduce the need for diesel truck delivery, we will return the vehicles to Fleet Services. This will effectively free up extra money in the mailing services budget, and if unused, the money will be returned to the University’s central fund. UW Mailing Services has recently partnered with UW Creative Communications and UW Copy Services to provide delivery services of their printed materials as well. We would like to, whenever applicable, incorporate bicycles on these deliveries. If successful, we see eliminating one or two of the cargo vans currently in use for these routes.

 

What form and amount of student leadership will your project involve?

 

We will continue our collaboration with the students at UW Sustainability in creating an educational outreach campaign to inspire behavioral change within the UW community. This will involve the use of our metrics to create a "fun facts" media campaign to display on the sides of our new, highly visible electric cargo bicycles and trailers. These fun facts will include the current number of stops along the delivery route, the reduction in diesel fuel consumption, and the amount of CO2 saved as a result of switching to the bicycle delivery system. We hope to connect two UW students currently working for Mailing Services and Creative Communications with the ASUW Graphic Design Office. There they will receive assistance in creating eye-popping illustrations to display the project’s metrics.

 

Our project has an already established a partnership with the ASUW student-run Bike Shop to service and maintain the bicycles. This includes fixing spokes, rims, tires, and adjustments to the trailers holding the cargo boxes. We hope that once electric bicycles become more of the norm in the coming years, the shop will also be able to solve issues with the electric motors.

 

We are looking to make a connection with the Environmental Studies Department in order to include student involvement in tracking metrics for the project. Our goal is to conduct an ongoing carbon footprint analysis, detailing emission reductions from switching diesel trucks to electric bikes. This way we can keep track of the project’s success, and constantly update the metric graphics to display to the UW community.

 

Finally, the project has displayed student leadership with the help of a UW Senior majoring in Finance. After meeting with Douglas Stevens from Creative Communications and UW Mailing Services, he has helped to be the middleman between the time-pressed mailing services and other aspects of the project’s development. His work has involved obtaining more student engagement, working out the budget costs, and drafting up this letter of intent.

 

What amount of funds do you anticipate your project will require from the CSF?

 

We have already chosen the optimal model of the E-Bicycle we wish to implement based on range-per-charge and power necessary to support delivery cargo. The E-Assist Bullitt bicycles cost $6,000 per unit. The bikes would require an additional $6,000 in order to construct two alloy cargo boxes for the front and back of each bicycle[1]. With five bicycles in the fleet, this totals to $60,000.

 

All weather bicycle shoes would cost $100 a pair. We have a crew of 12 riders on our team, hence we would like $1,200 to fully prepare them for the elements.

 

Materials required to print and install graphics on the sides of the cargo boxes would cost $100 per unit. Again, this would be the mailing services logo, as well as fun facts about environmental footprint reductions. For the whole fleet, this would total $500.

 

The ASUW Bike Shop does not currently have the capability to repair motors on the bikes, so we are requesting additional funding for service warranties from the E-Assist Bullitt Company. Service agreements cost $500 a year per bicycle, and we would like to purchase three year warranties for the start of this project. This comes out to $7,500 to cover the entire fleet. We anticipate that the ASUW Bike Shop will have the capability to fully repair any problems with the E-Assist Bullitt bikes beginning in year 2020.

 

Adding up everything in our proposed budget, we are asking for a total grant of $69,200 to fully implement the E-Bicycle Mail Delivery System. We thank you for your consideration in our endeavor. 

 

[1] This price also includes construction and installation of trailers to hold the boxes. We are working on involving students with this construction process, but as of now have received these cargo construction quotes from a local metal-working business.

 

 

 

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Kellan J. Kinney

University of Washington Campus Sustainability Challenge: Feasibility and Design

Project Size: Large, >$1,000
Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $7,000

Letter of Intent:

More than ever, the onus is on individuals to identify and solve the sustainability challenges we face, while solutions to environmental problems will continue to be interdisciplinary and complex. We therefore need ways to integrate technological, economic, and social expertise across all disciplines, and gather the attention and ingenuity of all people. We believe that web or app-based games have a unique and enormous potential to help address this need across diverse user groups and geographic areas. Games offer an efficient package to educate and promote long-term sustainable behaviors, and can reach broad audiences. They are also interactive and fun, offering an alternative to a “doom-and-gloom” approach that can lead to apathy for conservation and sustainability. When played by large groups, games offer a pathway for individuals to collectivize not only their actions, but also their awareness of and attention to problems; that collective focus is a powerful source of long-term solutions. This is our vision.
Most app or web-based games are developed with one goal: to get many people to buy it. Games around social change have other goals, including delivering information, connecting groups, or encouraging new behaviors. Knowledge of how to design these kinds of games is not currently well developed, and needs to draw information from the fields of psychology, game science, computing, education, and conservation. Furthermore, for games to be impactful requires not only that people play them, but also that the design is tailored with producing certain outcomes. These potential outcomes are diverse and could include educational metrics (e.g., player knowledge about climate change), conservation outcomes (e.g., reduced water use in a dorm), or long-term behavioral change (e.g., increased bussing or biking).
Our proposed project is to conduct a feasibility and design study for an app-based (or mobile-friendly website) environmental challenge game that educates incoming student cohorts about sustainable practices on and around the UW campus. The challenge game that we envision will orient new students to the sustainability resources in their new community, and create incentives and rewards (tangible and otherwise) for taking actions and adopting behaviors that conserve resources. We believe a temporary game or challenge will be most impactful, but the end goal is to influence behavior during the entire time a student is at UW.
Although we have the knowledge and technological capacity to create a game right away, gaming and computer science professionals agree that a feasibility study that includes some creation of prototypes are critical to improving player participation and outcomes. Design options for games are vast, and even slight differences may propel a game to widely-played success or relegate it to obscurity; we are also still at the frontier of understanding what motivates people to play a game with sustainability outcomes. Furthermore, a feasibility study will allow outreach and pre-collaborations with other sustainability efforts across campus (e.g., Earth Day events), programs that could contribute expertise (e.g., Human Centered Design and Engineering), and local businesses. The point of a feasibility study is to take advantage of the creative potential on campus to explore and develop options that would best engage new students; however, some of our prospective design ideas include:
-          A weeklong carbon reduction challenge between University of Washington and Washington State University (or UW Seattle, Bothell, and Tacoma campuses)
-          A series of challenge-based activities that students can engage in for incentives or rewards at local and campus businesses
-          A competitive scavenger hunt during Dawg Daze that orients students to campus sustainability options and needs
The feasibility study will consist of meeting four objectives: 1) a review of existing environmental games or challenges (digital or otherwise), 2) a weekend-long Game Jam to engage students and staff across campus in creating multiple game prototypes, 3) multiple student focus groups or surveys to gain feedback on the game prototypes, and 4) creation of a formal business plan to develop and implement a final game design in a future project. The business plan will include recommendations for optimal designs based on the Game Jam and student focus groups, a timeline to implement a game within the UW academic year, projected costs, and how success of the challenge would be measured. Results of outreach with campus groups, departments, and the business community would be integrated into the business plan as well.
The feasibility study will be led by an enthusiastic and highly capable team. Lauren Kuehne is a Research Scientist at the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, who has been fascinated with the potential for gaming applications to environmental problems and has been developing this idea for many years. Rachel Lee is a graduate student at the Information School as well as a professional artist. William Chen is a graduate student in the Quantitative Ecology and Resource Management Program, who is also deeply involved in innovative science communication. Rachel and William were both part of the 2015 UW team that developed a nationally recognized climate change board game, “AdaptNation”. All three project leads are part of the EarthGames (https://earthgames.org/) group at UW, which supports students in developing environmentally-based games. The project leads will bring their collective expertise in communication, design, research, and project management to meet objectives and create deliverables.
We believe the University of Washington is an ideal place to develop this innovative concept. Regionally, we have access to immense expertise in computing and game design, as well as experts in relevant fields of psychology, education, and engineering. UW is also well recognized for sustainability efforts across many different programs. We believe that students, faculty, and staff would be eager to participate in designing, developing, and (ultimately) participating in an innovative sustainability challenge, which could easily serve as a model for other university campuses.

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Lauren Kuehne

Dual Flush Toilets at Women's Odegaard Restrooms

Project Size: Large, >$1,000
Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $15,000

Letter of Intent:

UW is a leading university in sustainability.  While being ranked top 5 in the world, we, as a school, have taken the initiative and responsibility to lead by example.  Vincent and I (Robert) have put much thought into the impact and financial benefits a flush free urinal can have on campus.  We want to focus on implementing Water-less urinals at Odegaard Library due to its high traffic.  It has around 15-20 urinals, making this a very feasible project, and is possibly the most used when it comes to bathroom usage.  If UW takes a step in water conservation in a place as rainy as Seattle, how can others ignore the beneficial impact of flush free urinals.
Water-less urinals are a step towards lowering water consumption and carbon footprints.  Water may not be thought of as a limited resource in Washington, but the statistics show that more wildfires and lower water supplies have been evident in this state in the past years.  The whole earth shares the same water supply, and the UW should take action to lower water consumption.  A typical Water-less urinal can save approximately 40,000 gallons of water a year.  At a school like UW, with 40,000 students and a plethora of bathrooms, the amount of water that could be saved is huge.  A typical urinal uses 3 gallons of water per flush.  The flush free urinal uses 0 gallons of water from the first use to the last use.  Imagine how much water could be saved in Odegaard library alone. 
A crucial point about the Water-less urinal is that it does not force users to do anything differently besides not pressing the flushing handle, and lets be honest many often don’t flush when using a urinal.  It is a way for all urinal users to easily lower water consumption, without having to change their lifestyle.  Adding on, these urinals come with a sign/plaque that explains how they work and the saving they do.  Every time someone uses one of these urinals, they will read that 40,000+ gallons of water is being saved because of it.  This constant reminder has the potential to influence people to do more and make a push to further lower their water consumption or carbon footprint.  Adding more signs on how to save water or be more environmentally friendly could further influence users to be more sustainable. 
The Water-less urinal is a pretty simple technology that looks just like a normal urinal minus the flushing handle.  It is uses gravity to send fluids to a trap chamber with a liquid sealant.  This sends waste cleanly down the drainpipes without any smell.  The liquid sealant is usually held in a replaceable piece that uses filters the waste through oil, which is lighter than water, thus trapping waste and smell to the sewage system.  This process is already used to keep the smelly odors from sewage lines re-appearing on the surface.   As for sanitation, urine is sterile and once it passes through the filter, the urine will not be exposed to air where bacteria would normally grow.  Still, this is a bathroom and will need normal cleaning, regardless of what urinal technology.
This project is extremely feasible.  In simple terms this would be a three-step process: purchasing of the urinals and necessary parts, installation, and finally letting the campus know about them with a simple explanation of how they work.  The first step would include finding which urinal brand and number would be the best.  These urinals retail at $250-$1000 per urinal with a $50 replacement piece, which should be replaced after a predetermined amount of uses (roughly 1500 uses, depending on the model).  The second step would be hiring contractors to install the urinals.  These contractors can be found by Vincent and myself or we could use previous contracts that have already worked with the UW.  The purchasing of a Water-less urinal also often comes with an installation option at an additional cost.  As for timing, the installation phase would be relatively quick.  In a place such as Odegaard, one bathroom could be done at a time, so that there would always be at least a few places to use the bathroom when one is being worked on.  The last step is simply placing informative signs on the urinals that explain their water saving effects, and letting students know about the urinal change.  The main potential issue is that if the pipes are pressurized and not gravity based, they would have to be adjusted for the urinals to work correctly.  There is also the possibility of there being conflict with approval, as UW is a public university of the state.  However, both of these issues can be dealt with appropriately if necessary.  These urinals have had large success in California as well as gained popularity worldwide.  It is time UW takes this step as well. 
Funding of this Odegaard Water-less urinal project would be roughly $20,000 for urinals and replaceable pieces for a year with the addition of installation fees, another $10,000-$20,000 (the possibility of having to redo pipeline that satisfy flush free urinals make this cost have such a large range).  Overall costs are subject to vary depending on the model used and installation prices.  This is a large funded project, but it has more benefits than just saving water.  Each flush costs money, so over time these urinals could pay themselves off plus more, including costs for replaceable pieces. In adding to how sustainable of a school it is, UW could benefit from tax reductions and rebates for taking actions to reduce water consumption, as appropriate to city policies. 

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Robert Chang

Friday Harbor Labs Composting Facility: A home for our Rocket 700 composter

Project Size: Large, >$1,000
Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $28,000

Letter of Intent:

Friday Harbor Labs Composting Facility: A home for our Rocket 700 composter

Friday Harbor Labs (FHL) has always prided itself on its sustainability and environmental stewardship, of both the many marine habitats associated with the Labs, as well as the 100s of acres of terrestrial biological preserve in the San Juan Islands administered by FHL. The natural maritime Pacific Northwest setting is a hallmark of the Labs experience for the thousands of students, researchers and other visitors that have short or long stays at FHL over a course of any year. Furthermore, the topics of many of the courses, research programs and student apprenticeships connect to ecology and environmental science, and it was therefore only fitting that FHL became part of the UW College of the Environment about 5 years ago. With the Labs as such a clear beacon of ecological connectedness and sustainability through its many programs, the lack of a fully sustainable solid waste disposal program at FHL represents a glaring disconnect, and a clear and easily addressable area for improvement. 

A composting program is not only desperately needed, but would be widely used. The volume of generated food waste from the cafeteria and residential kitchens is substantial. The cafeteria serves from scores to hundreds of students for 20 meals a week, more than 45 weeks a year, and provides food for many conferences, department retreats, and events throughout the year. Furthermore, 10s to 100s of other resident scientists and students prepare their own meals in campus housing every day. While city-wide composting is available on and around the main UW campus in Seattle, there is no publicly-available composting facility on San Juan Island where FHL is located. 

To address this need for composting, FHL acquired an industrial size composter that could be put to use on campus. In 2014, the Labs applied for and received Campus Sustainability Funds to purchase a state-of-the-art Rocket 700 composter (Figure 1). Unfortunately, it still has not been put into use due to inadequate facilities to house the composter and insufficient funds to build such a facility.

Figure 1. The Rocket A700 composter can process up to 700 liters of  of food waste each week, and requires electricity and a covered housing.

To address this final step required in bringing composting to Friday Harbor Labs, we propose to work with the FHL maintenance staff to design a central solid waste disposal facility at the Labs, purchase the requisite materials and build the structure, and then put it into use. Specifically we propose to do the following:

*Recruit interested FHL graduate and undergraduate students to work with the FHL maintenance staff to design a holistic solid waste disposal facility, that would not only house the Rocket 700 and protect it from the elements, but also contain attractive and user friendly bins for recycling, spent batteries, ewaste, and landfill waste.

*Purchase the materials needed for the new facility (estimated cost: $20,000).

*Develop detailed signage in the facility to indicate to users what waste goes where, and to explain the functioning of the Rocket 700 (using FHL computing and printing facilities; estimated cost: $0). 

*We will also provide information about other composting methods within the facility as a broader impacts effort, educating students, researchers and other visitors alike about the variety of possible composting methods that they can bring to their own homes and communities (as above, estimated cost: $0).

*Provide 5 hours of student support per week during the first year of use in order to maintain the functioning of the composting facility, and identify any issues that need to be addressed for better usability (estimated cost: $8000). 

*Give a two-minute introduction to the facility during the “all-FHL” event orientation that begins each quarter of instruction at the Labs.

*Conclude the year with a detailed report –authored by the students who received the student support– that can function as a guide to proper use of the facility, so that it can be used effectively and efficiently in perpetuity.

*Friday Harbor Labs would then dedicate other funds to continue the program beyond the first year, potentially redirecting funds saved from what will be substantially reduced solid waste (landfill) disposal fees and the availability year round of free compost for groundskeeping.

The benefits of such a facility will be numerous. The most obvious and immediate impact will be to lower the carbon footprint of the Labs by diverting thousands of pounds of food waste every year from the landfill, and help to ensure that ewaste stays out of landfills as well. The output of the composting facility will be usable compost that the FHL grounds crew will put into use in landscaping. Undergraduate and graduate students involvement in the design and maintenance of the facility will develop their management skills and knowledge of composting practices. The facility itself will be an educational experience for all who enter, and will inspire students, researchers and other visitors to enhance their sustainable practices in their own homes, communities and institutions. And, finally, it will bring the sustainable actions at the lab in line with the environmental stewardship that has been such an important component of the research and courses at Friday Harbor Labs for over a hundred years. The result will be a Friday Harbor Labs that is truly a paragon of sustainability in the Pacific Northwest.

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Molly Roberts

Sustainable Learning Space - Fisheries Courtyard

Project Size: Large, >$1,000
Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $75,000

Letter of Intent:

To: Campus Sustainability Fund, University of Washington
From: Julia Parrish, Rick Keil, Daniel Winterbottom, Ken Yocom, and Howard Nakase
Re: Letter of Intent – Wallace Hall, Sustainable Learning Space
 
In 2013, a proposal to build an outdoor classroom "sustainable learning space" for Environmental Studies (Program on the Environment) students on the north lawn of Wallace Hall (formerly Computing and Communications) was born out of the tragic loss of Tikvah Weiner, then PoE Administrator, to breast cancer.  At the end of her life, Tikvah spoke to the PoE community about her desire to see this area used for the benefit of students, as a demonstration of sustainable practices, and as a place where experiential learning would extend beyond classroom walls.
 
Following Tikvah's passing, a gift fund was established in her honor to help create the garden.  In 2016, students as well as faculty and staff from Landscape Architecture, Program on the Environment, UW Grounds and College of the Environment Dean's Office came together to create an exciting plan to bring Tikvah's garden to fruition.  We envision a garden that:

  • creates an outdoor classroom complete with hardscape elements allowing discussion sections of up to 20 students to use the space for learning "in the green."
  • showcases a series of sustainability features, including the use of "green" (e.g., local, recycled content, natural, sustainable) materials throughout, a rain garden that can accept roof run-off from Wallace Hall, and native and pollinator-based plantings providing habitat and ecosystem services.  Edible elements will be considered, based on input from the campus Landscape Architect and the UW Farm Manager.
  • demonstrates native, drought tolerant and low maintenance landscaping with the flexibility of a cistern-supplied irrigation system for supplemental summer watering.

 
Landscape Architecture students working with PoE Advisory Board member, Ken Yocom, completed early designs for Tikvah’s garden; thus there is already a basic plan from which to renew and finalize this effort.  Ken has worked with the Campus Landscape Architect, Kristine Kenney and the UW Grounds Manager Howard Nakase to ensure the design meets UW standards and guidelines.
 
Starting in Winter 2017, the Landscape Architecture Design-Build class taught by Daniel Winterbottom will be tackling the final design of this space.  The Program on the Environment students working under a special topics offering of Sustainability Studio will be working on the sustainable program elements of the garden, in conjunction with the Landscape Architecture students in the design-build program.  During Spring 2017, these students will actively construct the garden.  In total, we anticipate a minimum of 30 students will be directly involved in the creation of Tikvah's garden.  Once built, the garden space will be used by Program on the Environment classes meeting in Wallace Hall, experienced by hundreds of students daily as they circulate through the space during class changes, and serve as part of the "western gateway" onto the campus.
 
With CSF funding, this project, and these students, will have the ability to significantly add to the program as originally conceived by incorporating sustainable design elements that will feature cost effective stormwater management and water quality practices.
 
This is an ambitious endeavor, and with strong student leadership and mentoring from several faculty and senior staff, will be a successful and sustainable project.  To that end, the faculty and staff on this LOI have collectively pledged to:

  • directly mentor students involved in the design and creation of the garden (Winterbottom)
  • facilitate intern and sustainability capstone projects connected to the design and creation of the garden (Keil)
  • provide basic support services to the space so that students will be successful in achieving their design efforts (Nakase)
  • provide funding for a TA to assist students in the design-build process and act as a convener bringing all parties together (Parrish)

 
At this point, we estimate a very preliminary budget of $100K for the entire project, of which we have raised $25,000 in private funds to help cover materials, and potential funding to help cover the cost of TAs needed to help the students realize their work (CoEnv - guarantee of one TA; LA - will potentially cover a second TA).  We will be requesting the balance amount of approximately $75,000 in costs from the CSF for the materials, plants and vehicle rental needed to complete the work.
 
The current point of contact for the project is:
Julia K Parrish
Associate Dean, Academic Affairs, College of the Environment
jparrish@uw.edu
206-276-8665

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Rick Keil

Engineers Without Borders Sol Stations

Project Size: Large, >$1,000
Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $14,340

Letter of Intent:

 

The Local Projects sector of the University of Washington Chapter of Engineers Without Borders (EWB) will design and implement phone and computer charging stations powered by wind and solar energy. These stations will be located throughout The University of Washington Seattle campus. The goal of this project is to provide sustainable, and convenient charging for students, and to illustrate how clean, renewable energy can power student lives. This project will begin in a research and development phase.

 

1.     Environmental Impact

Part of the EWB mission is to create lasting, sustainable change following the ideal of “Teach someone to fish, they eat for a lifetime”, which follows the goal of sustainable building and growth. To achieve this ideal we are using renewable sources of energy: wind and solar. The UW is a part of Seattle City Light’s “Green Up Program”, which means 100% of the energy it buys is renewable energy, yet many students don’t know this. If students see a wind turbine, or a solar panel, charging their phones it changes the way they think about energy. It promotes this idea of using renewable energy to power their everyday lives. These stations will also provide technical knowledge and real world engineering skills to the members of the UW chapter of EWB, who will be designing this system.  

 

2.     Student Leadership & Involvement

UW Chapter of Engineers Without Borders, Local Projects Sector, will lead this project. This is a student run chapter that focuses on developing and honing technical engineering expertise. The local projects team, made up of Civil, Environmental, Electrical, Mechanical, and Human Centered Design Engineers, will design a working prototype. We have professional mentors who can assist this mainly student led project.

 

3.     Education, Outreach, & Behavior Change

Busy college students on the go need to use their digital devices for work and to keep track of their lives. Having a convenient way to charge these devices is critical to student success. If students realize that this power is  renewable it will promote the idea of sustainable power. UW EWB will promote our project at fundraising events, at meetings, and on our website. This will help to spread the word beyond our campus to the surrounding Seattle community. A section of the local projects team will also work on a poster and sticker campaign. We will put these posters up around the school which will teach and illustrate the way in which we used solar and wind power to charge their devices. The stickers can be a way to promote our ideas to students, who might paste them on their water bottles and computers, promoting sustainability everywhere they go. A monthly focus on any of the three pillars of sustainability, social, economic and environmental, could be illustrated on the stations. For example we could discuss how UW has composting facilities located around campus, and how to properly use them. We will also promote our project at events like the Earth Day Festival and the Sustainability Fair for CSF in October.

 

4.     Feasibility, Accountability, & Sustainability

To create a sustainable product, our team must first research and develop a “prototype” which works in the most efficient manner. Each station will consist of a high capacity battery pack to hold charges. Depending on location and design choice, a wind turbine or solar panel will be mounted atop the station. This power producer will be connected to a circuit system which will convert the mechanical energy of the wind, or the photovoltaic energy of solar light, into electrical power for storage in the battery. The circuit system at the station will be inside of a locked box which will be hidden from view. It will be accessible if repairs are necessary. Outlets for charging will be located on the outside of the station for student use. We might even provide Apple and Android charging plugs. The whole station will be protected by weatherproof casing, so as to block it from rain.

 

Another aspect of the project’s feasibility is to discover the best locations for these chargers. We will have some near buses, outside libraries, and in places like the quad or red square, where students charge while enjoying the outdoors. The goal is to provide convenient access for students. Phase one will test the product in the school environment to establish the most efficient design, and optimize the sustainability.

 

Our Local Projects team is lead by Maeve Harris, who has worked on wind turbine efficiency. The head of International Projects, Bryan Bednarski, worked on a project that set up charging systems for electric cars. Sage Berglund, Head of Fundraising, worked on solar cookstoves, and solar technology. EWB has mentors who can advise on large scale, technical questions.

 

We need to know where on campus we will be allowed to build, and place the stations. This will require us to meet and talk with UW Facility Services. We already have a relationship with them for the on campus Solar Kiln.

 

Engineers Without Borders is a longstanding club at UW. International Projects last at least 5 years so EWB has a record of staying with projects until they are finished. As a chapter of EWB we will finish our project and have a written analysis of the project describing how the goals have been met. As a campus community we must keep pushing forward to create sustainable systems. As part of EWB’s mission we will not only finish this project, but also keep it running sustainably. Part of our funds will be allocated to maintenance repairs.

 

Solar/Wind Charging Station Budget (Per station)            
               
Item Cost/Unit Units Total per Item      
High Capacity Lipo Battery Pack (20000 mAh) $150 2 $300.00        
Solar Panel (100 W) $100 4 $400        
Wind Turbine (450 W) $400 1 $400        
Microcontroller / power management $80 1 $80        
Printed Circuit Board / voltage divider $50 1 $50 * Can order for same price in sets of 3-4
Wiring, cabling, charge ports, connectors $100 n/a $50 * Will only need to purchase once in bulk
Analog Circuitry $20 n/a $20        
System stand $200 1 $150        
Weatherproof casing $100 1 $100        
Panel/turbine mount $150 1 $150        
Bolts and concrete adhesive $30 1 $30        
               
    Total: $1,730        

 

If we construct 8, which is the original plan, the total will be $13,840

$500 for any unforeseen maintenance costs.

 

Total Cost: $14,340   

 

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Andreas Passas (Project Lead)

Interactive Biogas Food Cart

Project Size: Large, >$1,000
Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF:

Letter of Intent:

UW Campus Sustainability Fund Letter of Intent
Project title: Biogas Cookout/ Cooking Class/ Food Cart
SafeFlame is a local startup, co-founded by Kevin Cussen - a Foster School of Business evening MBA student. SafeFlame empowers families in the developing world to have clean-burning cooking fuel by providing an affordable service that converts organic waste into fuel. SafeFlame’s digesters utilize biologic process that break-down organic waste in a closed environment. The byproduct of this digestion is methane, which can be used as a fuel source to power a cookstove. The SafeFlame team has developed three potential projects, all involving cooking with biogas.
One potential project involves constructing a cart that has a cookstove installed that runs on biogas. This stove could cook hot dogs or popcorn, which could be sold at events or at high foot traffic areas of campus. We expect the research, design, construction, and operation of this project to be less than $20,000 and to provide high visibility and “teachable moments” into alternative fuel sources such as biogas.
Another potential project is a cooking class utilizing biogas. Different cooks could come in to showcase international dishes or dishes made with local, seasonal, and sustainable ingredients. The SafeFlame team is in early discussions with the UW co-op as well as several local food co-ops and farmers on the execution of this plan. The cost for this project would likely be under $10,000.
The last potential project is a biogas barbeque or cook-off event. This would be an excellent chance to showcase the utility of biogas, while testing the efficiency in a real, event-style cooking situation. For this project, the SafeFlame team would heavily engage with different groups on campus to promote the cook-off. We would work with the CSF to scope an appropriate sized “cook-off” to achieve the goals of the CSF.

1. Environmental Impact
Burning biogas has the potential for reducing environmental impact. Human activities, especially the the developed world, cause organic waste to accumulate and rot. When this waste decomposes in anaerobic environments, such as in landfills, it produces methane and other greenhouse gases that contribute to climate change. Methane is a potent greenhouse gas that is 25 times more effective at trapping solar radiation than carbon. Furthermore, in many developing countries where wood or charcoal are primary cooking fuels, the use of these fuel sources is a primary driver of deforestation and serious health issues. If more organic waste was utilized in technologies such as biodigesters, we could reduce environmental impacts from both of these sources while also providing a valuable service. Furthermore, current cooking fuels, both in the global south and global north, can have hazardous effects on the environment. Specifically, in the United States, cooking with natural gas has dubious implications for environmental sustainability, as hydraulic fracturing is associated with numerous negative effects including methane leakage and ground water contamination. Based on the active environmental community at the UW, we believe the CSF is the perfect vehicle to raise awareness of the benefits of cooking with biogas and our goal at this point is to spread awareness and build community support. 
 
2. Student Leadership & Involvement
The CEO of SafeFlame is an evening MBA student at the Foster School of Business. Furthermore, a large team of interdisciplinary students ranging from engineers to geographers have committed significant efforts to the SafeFlame mission over the last 18 months. Dr. Mari Winkler from the college of civil and environmental engineering is the firm’s principal investigator and the organization has close ties to several schools and organizations at the UW.
3. Education, Outreach, & Behavior Change
All of our project proposals have a heavy focus on education and outreach. Though many students at the UW may have heard of biogas, they may not know the practical uses or limitations of the technology. With our project(s) we intend introduce or inform students on additional options in the cleantech space and encourage them to lead more sustainable lives. We expect this introduction may lead to a greater interest in biogas in future years and proposals focusing on sustained use of biogas at the UW.
Furthermore, the educational component of having students working with companies in the space cannot be understated.
1.     4. Feasibility, Accountability, & Sustainability:
SafeFlame is an on-going concern concentrating on the introduction of biogas as a viable business. These activities dovetail perfectly with supporting each of the above outlined projects. Business lead Kevin Cussen has years of management experience coordinating complex projects successfully and research advisor Dr. Mari Winkler has coordinated multiple research efforts in anaerobic and aerobic digestion.

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Kevin Cussen

University of Washington Sustainability Action Network (UW-SAN)

Project Size: Large, >$1,000
Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $50,000

Letter of Intent:

INTRODUCTION
Last Spring the Campus Sustainability Fund contributed $1,000 to the Next Systems Teach-in, which brought together more than 350 UW students, faculty, and community members interested in a sustainable campus, region and world. Over a series of discussions lasting eight hours we identified a key issue: many sustainability projects, initiatives, and groups, on campus and off, are not connecting messages and actions across projects, and therefore are not fully realizing their desired social and environmental impact. Better networking, coordination, and publicity would make a significant difference. By weaving sustainability projects into a campus network, we can grow student organizations, make them aware of each other, facilitate events that engage more students concerned about the environment, and help drive change at UW.

 
PROPOSAL
To create sustainable behavior change on campus at a meaningful scale we propose to build a network and resource center. The ‘SEED Center’ will offer resources to connect and catalyze sustainability groups and student activists to create collective impact beyond the sum of individual efforts. We request $50,000 for this two year social infrastructure project to support student staff in platform development, management, and organizational events. The funds will pay for development of a campus wide networking platform. The platform will have resources and contact information that link sustainability organizations, calendars of events, featured projects, news feeds, ways for students to become involved, and bridges between campus projects and the larger community. The center will provide a space to share and spread ideas, connect groups with overlapping interests, and create a living record of sustainability activities on campus. It will also host a social network map to assist groups in targeted outreach. The funds will also support convening and connecting promising leaders with other innovators working to improve social and environmental conditions,,connecting diverse student groups and departments in order to generate and share ideas across issue sectors.

 
IMPACT
The SEED Center will boost the impact of dispersed sustainability projects on campus by growing student-student and student-faculty cooperation, provide a platform for outreach and collaboration, educating community members about the importance and urgency of addressing the underlying connections between environmental and economic justice, and helping students develop paths for transformative action.

 
Environmental Impact: SEED offers a platform for student-led coalitions to amplify the message and actions of sustainability projects and groups, help them to be more effective in reaching their goals, and work with other groups that have overlapping interests. By combining policy with practice, the network has the potential to catalyze existing efforts and reach deeper goals in reducing the environmental footprint of UW.

 
Student Leadership & Involvement: There are over 50 sustainability-focused groups at UW, and over 50 social justice focused groups at UW. By providing an open access platform to bridge the gap between siloed groups, SEED will engage thousands of people in meaningful discussions and activities at the intersection of the economy, democracy, and the environment. The development and maintenance of the platform will rely on the continued involvement and outreach to campus groups, students leaders, and faculty, and will grow as campus movements gain momentum. Because SEED will be maintained by students involved in network building, SEED can evolve as needed, and remain flexible, accountable, and useful for years to come.

 
Education, Outreach, & Behavior Change: Similar to the grassroots campaign which created the campus sustainability fund, this project seeks to create meaningful large scale behavior change by empowering stakeholders to recognize the importance of intersectional networking and activity coordination as strategies to advance sustainability values on campus. Convenings, such as our spring teach-in, will bring together stakeholders to engage in meaningful dialogue around the intersections between issues of democracy, the environment, and the economy, with the aim of breaking silos and building interdisciplinary coalitions. The open access SEED platform will act as a vehicle for education, outreach, and behavior change, while building a living history of campus activities and their outcomes.

 
Feasibility, Accountability, & Sustainability: Rethinking Prosperity began as an undergraduate seminar and student blog aimed at understanding how to link environment, economy, and politics to create more effective understandings about sustainability.  The project has already drawn a unique mix of undergraduate and graduates students, community leaders, and faculty. This team is well positioned to make SEED a success. The Next Systems Teach-In revealed the timeliness of these topics and the broad campus interest, as reflected in sponsorship and collaboration among many diverse student and community groups such as Radical Public Health UW, United Students Against Sweatshops (USAS), Black Social Workers, MEChA, Urban@UW, Got Green, Women of Color Speak Out!, 350.org, Community to Community Development, and academic departments such as the department of History, Geography, Communications, Political Science, and Social Work. SEED will add new student leadership as funding permits, and continue to build community ties that promote accountability, grassroot support, and participation.

 
The Team:
Nathaniel Matthews-Trigg is a graduate student in Public Health and has been working on the design for SEED as part of his practicum project. He is a founder of Radical Public Health, Climate Justice Forum, and South Campus Organizers groups, and has identified dozens of UW organizations that will be invited to join SEED.
Lance Bennett, director of CCCE and Rethinking Prosperity, is professor of political science and communication, and has received the James A. Clowes award for development of learning communities at UW. His ties with many campus departments will help SEED grow into a sustainable learning community.
Deric Gruen, a community leader and graduate of the UW Evans School, he is a project manager for Rethinking Prosperity, and has connections to environmental groups throughout the greater Seattle area.
Caterina Rost is a political science graduate student who is writing her dissertation on how ideas about sustainability travel in society. She will help develop the SEED platform and create a publishing format and templates for affiliated organizations to use.
Emily Tasaka is an undergraduate communication major who has begun archiving publications and related projects to create a resource base for the center.

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Emily Tasaka

SER-UW Whitman Nature Walk: A Pathway Through Restoration

Project Size: Large, >$1,000
Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $14,712

Letter of Intent:

Summary: Designed by students and built by students for campus wide appreciation, the Pathways Through Restoration development plan will cultivate a community of successful leaders in environmental stewardship. The Society for Ecological Restoration UW Student Chapter (SER-UW) has been working for the past five years to locate areas of the University of Washington’s campus that have become degraded in different ways and to restore them into functioning ecosystems. As part of this, we have put a great deal of effort into restoring a north campus site near McCarty Hall to a native forest ecosystem. Our active restoration of the site is approaching an end as we near completion of invasive species removal and reestablishment of a native understory. However, it is important to remember that even as the McCarty Hall site becomes self-sustaining, the mission of restoration is ongoing. With the Pathways Through Restoration project we hope to communicate the importance of environmental restoration and consistently inspire advocates for a healthier world. As the plan develops, we will lead collaboration and open-discussion among environmentally-focused groups on campus and embolden the community towards establishing an ecologically healthy relationship between nature and culture. The Project: Our development plan entails completing restoration on the McCarty Hall site, an achievable goal over the next two quarters. This will involve a number of native plant salvages and student work parties to finish removing invasives and plant the salvaged native plants. As this work comes to a close, we will turn the site into a community space as a tool for environmental education, a setting for relaxation, and a place to contemplate human involvement in nature. This will be accomplished with a series of pathways, benches, interpretive signage and an art installation. To further promote SER-UW and our mission of restoration, we will also host several social and educational events over the coming year. We are planning a guest lecture from a professional with ties to restoration as well as several general meetings and discussions about restoration projects. Environmental Impact: Restoration of the McCarty Hall site has drastically improved the landscape and ecosystem functions of the area. Prior to our group’s work the site was overgrown with non-native and invasive plants including Himalayan Blackberry, English Ivy, and Holly Trees. By removing these invasives, we have encouraged greater biological diversity on the site. Furthermore, the native plant species that we have introduced have flourished and serve to support native wildlife. However the main goal is to go beyond turning the site into a native garden and create an interactive natural area through which we can raise awareness of the value of ecology, the effects of human impact, and restoration efficacy. Student Leadership and Involvement: There are few opportunities like ours that empower students to take part in molding their campus. Periodic work parties bring together more than thirty new members of the UW community each quarter. We have partnered with introductory environmental classes to offer service learning credit thus incentivizing active student participation in restoration efforts. By encouraging students to help with the restoration, we foster a sense of ownership in the project. Once a student works on the site, they’re more likely to care for the land, introduce it to other students, and recognize other human impacted ecosystems. We create a space that continually welcomes new contributors and restores a sense of community. Education and Outreach: The site itself has already helped to build a strong community around restoration by bringing together other environmental organizations as well as volunteers from a variety of backgrounds. With the Pathways Through Restoration development plan, we hope that it will also become a community gathering space around which environmental restoration can be discussed and witnessed firsthand. This site is not solely designed to raise awareness but also to encourage participation and inspire change. Interpretive signage will provide information on the benefits of our work and the native species that have become established on the site. Through meetings and discussions held on and off the McCarty Hall site, we will further inspire environmental consciousness. Feasibility, Accountability and Sustainability: SER-UW includes a diverse group of students committed to this project and its success. From undergraduates in the College of Engineering to PhD students in the School of Environmental & Forest Sciences, we all feel passionately about the continued impact of our site. We gratefully acknowledge that our success has been dependant upon a number of partnerships between other groups and organizations. With help from UW Grounds Management, UW Botanic Gardens, Union Bay Natural Area, and King County Native Plant Salvage, we have cleaned up much of the McCarty site thus far. It is well on its way to being a self-sustaining natural ecosystem. With these partnerships already in place, we will be able to finish the restoration work and move forward. Our partnership with students in the Landscape Architecture department will provide us guidance on the development of the site. Anticipated budget: In our preliminary budget, we estimate needing $7,000 *(Budget has been reevaluated since LOI submission) to cover the costs of our proposed expansions. We are working at a quicker pace than the group ever has in the past and our budget from SEFS no longer covers our needs. This money will help us in finishing the restoration of the McCarty Hall site, increasing the infrastructure there for community engagement (i.e. benches, signs, art installation), and hosting several social and educational events to promote environmental stewardship and collaboration.

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Cameron McCallum

Educational Signage + Benches for Kincaid Ravine

Project Size: Large, >$1,000
Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $3,385

Letter of Intent:

 
Educational signage and benches for Kincaid Ravine aims to install 2 benches handmilled from leftover timber cut down by the campus arborist, and 3 12"x12" educational signs designed by UW Museology students and produced professionally by Fossil Graphics. This educational "nook" is located on the eastern perimeter of the Kincaid Ravine restoration site, and borders the Burke Gilman Trail (BGT). 
 
Environmental Impact
An educational nook will directly amplify the environmental impact of the Kincaid Ravine restoration project. Passersby will be able to connect the visible vegetation changes and flower blooming in the site, with written text and images that explain the purpose of these changes. It is also a technique for drawing more volunteers into the project as a way to channel the enthusiasm of the local community. 
 
The specific environmental themes that the 3 signs will elaborate upon include
 
1) Title Sign: Includes A) title "Welcome to the Kincaid Ravine restoration project", B) <50 words of text explaining  the concept of forest restoration, native vs. invasive vegetation, C) partner logos including the CSF, Earth Corps, King Conservation District, UW Botanical Gardens, Friends of the Burke Gilman Trail
 
2) Wetland Sign: ~100 words of text explaining the importance and wildlife potential of restoring this hydrologic feature. 
 
3) Pollinator Garden Sign: ~100 words of text explaining the importance of native pollinators (native bees, hummingbirds, songbirds) and describing the pollinator gardens that were installed underneath the power lines (colorful spring flower bloom will be aesthetically complementary to this sign). 
 
Student Leadership & Involvement
 
This will be an excellent opportunity for students from multiple departments to work with Facilities to successfully fund, design, produce and install signage and benches.
 
The lead on this project will be Andrew Jauhola, a Project on the Environment capstone student that will be interning in Kincaid Ravine this winter quarter. Other students connected with the Society for Ecological Restoration (SER) will be involved in supporting this project and installing the benches and signage. Matt Schwartz, the current graduate student Project Manager at Kincaid Ravine will be supporting Andrew and SER volunteers in this effort. Mueseology students Angela Mele and Kate Nowell will be designing the signs and facilitating production. 
 
Education, Outreach, & Behavior Change

Signage at this high visibility location will be an impactful tool to A) spread awareness about forest restoration ecology B) publicly recognize the partners and funders who have made this project possible.  Elisabeth McLaughlin, Architect of the Forest Segment of the BGT reconstruction, is enthusiastic about incorporating this educational nook into design plans for the new trail to optimize the chance for pedestrians and bicyclists to take a rest off the trail and learn about the restoration project. 

Many Kincaid Ravine work party volunteers are used to students, local community members  and BGT users approaching to ask more about the project, or to comment on the visible success. Signage will legitamize the restoration by deeming it official, and the benches will be a chance to invite these curious passersby to become part of this natural oasis for a few minutes. This connection to nature can be invaluable for urban dwellers. 
 
 
Feasibility, Accountability, & Sustainability
 
Precedence for bench production and installation by SER at the Whitman Walk restoration site has facilitated the process for connecting with the UW Facilities Maintenance and Construction department to implement this project.  Ed Mckinley of UW Facilities has met with Matt Schwartz and is setting aside hazard tree timber that has been cut on campus for this project. The sustainability factor of keeping dead wood on campus is marked. Rather than importing produced benches, or selling this lumber off campus, these downed trees will live out there life span on campus. We aspire to further smooth out this process in order to encourage more student projects to utilize UW timber for benches around campus. 
 
This project was approved by Landscape Architect Kristine Kenney, with the parameters that sign size would be small, signs would remain low to the ground, and all installed items could be moved if need be. 
 
A continuity of signage and bench design for Whitman Walk and Prairie Rain Garden will create an educational flow of environmental concepts throughout the campus. All three projects will be working with the same designers and production company to achieve this flow. In the case of future 'green tours of campus' this will create a connected culture of outreach. 
 
The benches are fixed in the ground, each with 2 long galvanized metal stakes. The benches are extremely heavy but can be moved as necessary. A chain with I-hooks will ensure that they are not stolen. They will eventually decompose in their natural process but will maintain their function for decades.
 
The signage is made of phenolic resin with a 10 year graffiti proof warranty (Fossil Industries). The signs will be solidly mounted on a single post, and can be moved if needed.  
 
 




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Primary Contact First & Last Name: Andrew Jauhola

2017 TSA Night Market Recycling Program

Project Size: Small, <$1,000
Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $999

Letter of Intent:

Project Summary
The UW Night Market has been an event held in Red Square every year since 2001. It is one of the Taiwanese Student Association’s signature events and easily the largest in scale in terms of people. The event recreates traditional night markets in Taiwan and is centered around food. Last year, we had 24 total vendors. Every year, this event creates large amounts of waste that isn’t properly disposed of by guests; this year, we plan to create a recycling plan that alleviates this issue.
The plan is based on ZeeWee, a Zero Waste Event. The goal is to heavily reduce waste with a three-step process. First: replace all food containers with recyclable ones. Some containers are vendor specific and will require funds to replace in house. The second step is to eliminate bottled water and replace them with water stations and recyclable cups, which will also require funds. The third step is to assign waste reduction tasks to staff and volunteers. These tasks will include monitoring garbage disposal bins to ensure proper sorting, after event cleanup, etc. Most importantly, the plan will require a radical redesign that will ensure a greener Night Market but will severely strain our already tight budget.
Environmental Impact
With around 6000 people per year visiting the UW Night Market and 24 vendors, there is a large amount of waste being generated. By working closely with vendors and supervising trash containers, waste should be reduced by at least half and recycling increased by an even larger margin. This isn’t a plan that will be implemented once. The 2017 Night Market will set a precedent for all following Night Markets.
Student Leadership and Involvement
The UW Night Market is primarily run by the Taiwanese Student Association officers, a group of 45 dedicated students. There is also a sizable number of volunteers that help out with the event. These volunteers come from various backgrounds; some are members of other UW RSO’s or are students at nearby high schools. Overall, student involvement is prominent. Every year TSA is excited to see so many people participating in the creation of Night Market.
Education, Outreach, & Behavior Change
The hope is for event-goers and our officers to become more conscientious and aware of the consequences caused by the waste we generate. It is hoped that such a mentality will be adopted in the day-to-day lives of those involved in Night Market, and that the effects will extend beyond TSA events, but to the events of other on-campus organizations.
Feasibility, Accountability, & Sustainability
TSA is a longstanding organization (founded in 1946) that has received multiple RSO rewards. Besides its reputation, TSA is credited with holding multiple large events annually, including a singing competition, semi-formal, and the aforementioned Night Market. A zero waste event is a challenge that we are willing to take on and have confidence in fulfilling considering our vast experience in event planning. TSA is confident in its ability to use CSF monies in a responsible manner.
Budget
Seeing as night market serves 6,000 people, a conservative estimate for reusable water stations would be $500. Food containers would cost an additional $500. TSA requests $1000 to make this a reality.

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Anne Wu

Apiary for the UW Farm

Project Size: Small, <$1,000
Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $337

Letter of Intent:

Project Description:The UW farm has built a fenced off area near the new pollinator hedge rows with the purpose of maintaining an active, educational bee hive. The enclosure is complete and all that is left is to set up an apiary for the bees to live in. We are asking for $337.70 dollars to buy a complete apiary and bee keeping kit from a local vendor in order to house our hive. 
Environmental ImpactHoney bee populations are currently in steep decline. Between 2015 and 2016 alone, 44% of beehives were struck with colony collapse. There are a number of environmental factors that contributor to colony collapse such as the use of harmful pesticides on neighboring crops. As an educational farm that serves the larger UW community and interacts with thousands of students each year, the UW farm has the ability to inform students of this affliction. Moreover the UW farm has begun to provide educational opportunities to the greater Seattle community and has the ability to inform a large group of people a out bee-safe practices and hobby beekeeping. 
Student Leadership & Involvement: The UW farm currently holds student leadership roles for each operational aspect of the farm. For instance, there is a student in charge of mushrooms on the farm, a student in charge of chicken acquisition and so on. The addition of a bee keeping program on the farm would open a new leadership role on the farm of the "bee manager." This student would be in charge of coordinating care for the bees and maintaining their population on the farm. The bee manager would also be responsible for making sure the hive was available for educational purposes such as field/class trips.
Education, Outreach, & Behavior Change: The UW farm hosts class trips for a number of UW classes, as well as volunteer and student leadership positions. The addition of a bee hive at the farm would provide the opportunity to inform these students about one of the most serious environmental issues of our time first hand, bee population decline. Having giving students hand-on interactions with these insects helps to alleviate fears regarding bees and increase the understanding their incredible importance in the field of agriculture and beyond. 
Feasibility, Accountability, & Sustainability: This project is being backed by professor Evan Sugdan of the biology department. Prof. Sugdan is an entomologist who has been teaching and practicing beekeeping for many years. Prof Sugdan has offered to supply students who he has personally trained in beekeeping to teach UW farm workers how it is done. Prof Sugdan will also be utilizing the UW farm hive in his bee keeping classes, and will therefore be helping to maintain it. As mentioned before, the secured area and enclosure for the hive has already been built. If this grant money is received, there will be no follow up expenses, this is a one-time request for the funds to buy an apiary. As soon as funds are acquired, the UW farm will purchase and pick up the apiary from the Ballard bee company in Seattle, WA.
 
Budget:
Basic Beginner Kit – Ballard Bee Company - $307
Sales Tax – Washington State – $30.7

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Emily Schwartz

Greek Community Energy Challenge

Project Size: Small, <$1,000
Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $1,000

Letter of Intent:

The purpose of the Greek Community Energy Challenge is to make the Greek community an alternate living option that is just as sustainable or more sustainable than the dorms. As a Greek community, we are striving to make UW’s community be competitive nationally in sustainability. We hope to expand the Energy Challenge and in the future start a competition between dorms, campus buildings, and the Greek community, as demonstrated by Greek communities at other schools.

The students of the Green Greek Representative Program believe in taking the first step towards creating a sustainable and renewable community for the whole Greek community to share. We are an entirely student led organization containing of representatives of the 2300+ women in sororities, and the 2100+ men in fraternities here at the University of Washington. We believe in the education of all members of the Greek community in becoming more knowledgeable about the ways in which we can preserve our society for ourselves and future generations. One idea that we are focusing on is developing and implementing an IFC mandate that all houses must have an executive sustainability chair. This would help in encouraging all houses to participate in the push to become more sustainable for years to come.

Our project could educate up to 5,000 undergrad students at the University of Washington living in the Greek community about energy saving techniques. Our Greek community has a strong and prominent presence across campus and is capable of influencing and educating other students about lessons learned from the energy challenge. Education will lead to behavior change when people understand how their action might be costing them money that they could be easily saving. We would advertise the challenge via posters and in doing so create and gain awareness of how to use energy sources sustainably. It is time for the Greek community to have a larger involvement in environmental issues and how to solve them; the Energy Challenge would be a great starting point for gaining involvement in a new and innovative way. This project directly encourages behavior change through encouragement and keeping other members in check, and makes people rethink the unsustainable way we currently use energy in our chapter houses. We would also provide resources, tips and materials on ways that chapters could reduce their energy consumption.

Sean Schmidt, the sustainability specialist, is our main advisor, and we are receiving guidance from environmental staff at UW such as Kristi Strauss and other Seattle stakeholders such as Sally Hulsman from Seattle Public Utilities and Elizabeth Szorad from Recology. For this project, we need energy bills, consisting of electricity and heat, from each participating chapter house. We already have access to some heating and energy bills from certain chapters, so we can assume that we can get bills from other chapters with ease. Members of our team have already been working to implement sustainability changes in their respective chapter houses, including switching out faucets for low-flow alternatives, installing motion detectors for lights in common rooms, and switching out fluorescent lights for LED alternatives. Ten chapters will participate, so we expect to pay $120 per chapter per year for a total of $1200 for Wegowise, the utility tracking program, and then $300 for rewards for the winner of the competition. In addition to the grant, we are requiring chapters that want to participate to pay $50, for a total of $500 dollars that will go towards paying the rest of the Wegowise fund and the reward. After we get approved for the grant, we will go around to chapters who have aggreed to participate and collect their utility bills in the first week of winter quarter. The second week of winter quarter we will begin tracking the utility data and continue to monitor the data through winter quarter. The first week of spring quarter we will start the challenge by giving tips to participating chapters. We will update the chapters on how they are doing in the competition throughout the quarter, and we will wrap up the competition around the 8th week of spring quarter, by distributing prizes to the winners.

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Jane Green

Increasing drought tolerance of campus lawns with endophytes

Project Size: Small, <$1,000
Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $1,000

Letter of Intent:

University of Washington’s Sustainability Research:

 

Increasing the drought tolerance and nitrogen efficiency of the lawns on campus

Introduction:

In the United States turf grass has an estimated surface area three times greater than any other irrigated crop (163,812 km^2). Establishment and maintenance of turf grass require high inputs, especially in regard to nitrogen and water (Milesi et al., 1995). Chemical fertilizers can be detrimental to the environment and to the long term health of soils. With global warming at the forefront of scientific research, it is imperative that alternative, environmentally friendly lawn care systems are implemented.

The University of Washington has over 161 acres of turf grass.  Grounds maintenance, at the University applies a custom, slow release nitrogen fertilizer (F-6 Wil-Grow Wil-Cote Custom-CFM 25-0-5) for all turf applications. In 2015, 8,620 pounds of fertilizer were applied on campus. We are looking into the possibility of lowering this number as well as increasing its sustainability practices. Currently, one of the main goals of ground management is to review ways that can decrease the carbon footprint of the University. Revising the fertilizer plan for the lawns is a potentially important step for grounds management to undertake.

Endophytes, micro-organisms that live within plants, have the potential to lower the need for these chemical fertilizers. Two ways that endophytes can accomplish this are by fixing nitrogen and by producing plant growth hormones. Nitrogen gas is the main constituent of the atmosphere, but it is unattainable by plants in its gas form. Endophytes are able to convert this atmospheric dinitrogen gas into ammonium, a usable plant product (Knoth, Kim, Ettl, & Doty, 2014). Endophytes can also decrease the need for chemical fertilizers by producing the plant growth hormones indole acetic acid (Beyeler, Keel, Michaux, & Haas, 1999), and cytokinin (Timmusk, Nicander, Granhall, & Tillberg, 1999).

This research attempts to quantify the effects of endophytes on turf grass in the field. Biomass, photosynthesis, weed suppression, leaf color, and drought tolerance will be measured. After the research is completed, an evaluation will be conducted to assess whether the inoculation of the campus lawns with endophytes is a viable replacement for the current chemical fertilizer plan at the University of Washington.

 

Literature Review:

In the greenhouse, water stressed perennial rye grasses inoculated with endophytes were taller, stayed green and lived for longer than the non-inoculated control. The inoculated plants had 60% higher root and 48% higher shoot biomass than the non-inoculated control (Khan, Guelich, Phan, Redman, & Doty, 2012). A wild poplar (Populus trichocarpa) endophytic bacterium (WPB) was found to have an enzyme, nitrogenase, that is associated with nitrogen fixation. WPB inoculated and non-inoculated Kentucky bluegrass were grown in nitrogen-free mediums. The inoculated plants had 42% more dry weight and 37% more nitrogen than the non-inoculated control (Xin, Zhang, Kang, Staley, & Doty, 2009).

 

Materials and Methods:

This research will focus on answering the following questions about the effects of endophytes on turf grass:  1) What would be the economic and environmental costs for the University of Washington to inoculate their turf grass with endophytes?   2) Does endophyte inoculations effect the health and growth of turf grass? 3) Does endophytes inoculations help to suppress weed growth? 4) Does endophyte inoculations increase drought tolerance? 

There will be ten different treatments looking at the effects of applying endophytes on the lawns on campus. Each treatment will be completed in a 3’ by 3’ plot. Plots will be established at the Center for Urban Horticulture. If needed plots will be hand weeded and seeded in the spring of 2017.  Scotts Sun and Shade mix, the turf grass used on campus, will be utilized in this study. Endophytes will be applied using a back-pack sprayer immediately after mowing.

 

Budget and Timeline:

The research will begin in the spring of 2017. The majority of the 1000 dollars will be applied to hiring a student intern to establish the plots and take measurements throughout the year. Around 50 dollars will be spent on media to grow the endophytes on. The project will be undertaken for around two to three years. If the research shows promise we will apply for a new grant and grounds management will apply endophytes onto the lawns throughout the entire campus. Thousands of gallons of water and thousands of pounds of fertilizer could potentially be saved from being applied to the lawns.

 

References:

Beyeler, M., Keel, C., Michaux, P., & Haas, D. (1999). Enhanced production of indole-3-acetic acid by a genetically modi ¢ ed strain of Pseudomonas £ uorescens CHA0 a ¡ ects root growth of cucumber , but does not improve protection of the plant against Pythium root rot. FEMS Microbiology Ecology, 28, 225–233.

Khan, Z., Guelich, G., Phan, H., Redman, R., & Doty, S. (2012). Bacterial and Yeast Endophytes from Poplar and Willow Promote Growth in Crop Plants and Grasses. ISRN Agronomy, 2012, 1–11. http://doi.org/10.5402/2012/890280

Knoth, J. L., Kim, S. H., Ettl, G. J., & Doty, S. L. (2014). Biological nitrogen fixation and biomass accumulation within poplar clones as a result of inoculations with diazotrophic endophyte consortia. New Phytologist, 201(2), 599–609. http://doi.org/10.1111/nph.12536

Milesi, C., Elvidge, C. D., Dietz, J. B., Tuttle, B. T., Nemani, R. R., & Running, S. W. (1995). a Strategy for Mapping and Modeling the Ecological Effects of Us Lawns.

Timmusk, S., Nicander, B., Granhall, U., & Tillberg, E. (1999). Cytokinin production by Paenibacillus polymyxa. Soil Biology and Biochemistry, 31(13), 1847–1852. http://doi.org/10.1016/S0038-0717(99)00113-3

Xin, G., Zhang, G., Kang, J. W., Staley, J. T., & Doty, S. L. (2009). A diazotrophic, indole-3-acetic acid-producing endophyte from wild cottonwood. Biology and Fertility of Soils, 45(6), 669–674. http://doi.org/10.1007/s00374-009-0377-8

 

Thank you for your consideration! 

 

Michael Bradshaw

Ph.D. Student, School of Environmental and Forest Sciences

Center for Urban Horticulture, University of Washington

Integrated Pest Management and Sustainability Coordinator: Grounds Management

Mjb34@uw.edu

 

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Michael Bradshaw

Surviving Catastrophe: Public Health and Solidarity in an Era of Climate Change

Project Size: Small, <$1,000
Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $550

Letter of Intent:

Our Registered Student Organization, Radical Public Health, is planning an event titled "Surviving Catastrophe: Public Health and Solidarity in an Era of Climate Change". We are organizing this event because we believe that, in the current political context, it is more important than ever to have honest, unapologetic discussions about the root causes and myriad dangers of climate change while we, as students, prepare to inherit this future. The event, which is free and open to the public, is scheduled for 3/1 from 5pm-7:30pm in SCC 316, and will consist of a lecture by Rob Wallace, a scholar based at the University of Minnesota, followed by a panel discussion led by four speakers from the Seattle-based activist group Women of Color Speak Out. We are requesting $550 from CSF in order to increase the diversity of views presented and backgrounds represented at our event by inviting more speakers from Women of Color Speak Out.
 
Rob's lecture is titled "Capitalocene Park: Lucrative Risks in Neoliberal Public Health", and will focus on threats to public health and other dangers of climate change in the context of John Bellamy Foster and Jason Moore's debate over the effects of capitalism on nature (and more specifically on influenza and other pathogens). Rob is an evolutionary biologist and public health phylogeographer who has published dozens of articles on agriculture, infections, ecological resilience, and dialectical biology. In 2013 and 2014, he gave four popular seminars at UW’s Jackson School and Simpson Center.  
 
The Women of Color Speak Out discussion panel will be an interactive session focused on climate change, its connection to systems of oppression, and intersectional activism. The panelists from Women of Color Speak Out are Sarra Tekola, Afrin Sopariwala, Yin Yu, and Zarna Joshi. Sarra Teokla is a scientist and activist who works on the intersecting movements of Black Lives Matter, mass incarceration, and climate justice. Afrin Sopariwala is a climate justice activist who brings spiritual activism and an intersectional framework to the mainstream climate movement. Yin Yu is a systems practitioner who creates spaces that allow for connection and exploration. In her work, she searches for patterns, paradoxes, and leverage points in complex systems. Zarna Joshi is a writer, organizer and public speaker who has published books on Hindu spirituality, self-examination, and cross-cultural understanding. She frequently appears in the media to provide perspectives on climate justice and social justice. Women of Color Speak Out have presented at a number of public and private spaces around Seattle; their public events have each been attended by around 200 people.
 
Our event will provide a space for radical perspectives focused on the structural causes of the climate crisis, including our economic system and neocolonialism. We believe that audience members will come away from the event with a deeper understanding of the root causes of the crisis, as well as concrete steps for participating in climate justice activism in Seattle. This consciousness-raising effort may increase the sustainability of the practices of attendees, including UW students, by encouraging them to, e.g., re-examine their consumption patterns in light of this improved understanding of the role of economic systems in changing our climate.
 
Our specific goals for the event are to:

  1. Contribute to the debate on the root causes of climate change by incorporating diverse and radical viewpoints in order to inform the conversations on healthy and sustainable alternatives.
  2. Expand the discussion on the social determinants of health and their relation to economy, power and the environment under 21st century globalization.
  3. Create a creative and engaging space by students and for students, in collaboration with other members from Seattle and UW’s community.

Radical Public Health will leverage its broad base to draw students, faculty, and staff to the event from a variety of departments across campus; our listserv currently contains nearly 400 hundred members from UW and the broader Seattle community. We will be printing posters as well as attempting to include our event in newsletters such as the SPH News Catcher. Moreover, our sponsors GPSS and ASUW have offered to advertise the event through their networks.
 
Our RSO advisor, Phil Hunt, has supervised us throughout the planning process. We have already received a majority of our required funding from GPSS, ASUW, and the Alumni Association Fund, but are requesting $550 from CSF so we can invite four panelists from Women of Color Speak Out and rent two more microphones. Our complete budget is below:
 

Expense Cost  Notes
Rob Wallace $1,400  $1000 Honorarium and $400 flight
4 Speakers, Women of Color Speak Out $1,000  $250 per speaker
Event Space, SOCC 316 $300  $90/hr for room
 $120 for 2 wired microphones
Print advertising $100  
TOTAL COST OF EVENT: $2,800  
         Funding currently received $2,250  From GPSS, ASUW, and UWAA
Total requested from CSF $550  

As for our timeline, we have been planning this event since the beginning of the 2016-2017 academic year. It will take place on the evening of March 1st, 2017, from 5 to 7:30.

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Nicholas Graff

Ballo Conservatio: Dance Conservation (Photography Piece)

Project Size: Large, >$1,000
Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $7,000

Letter of Intent:

March 28, 2016

 

Campus Sustainability Fund Committee:

 

As the world evolves humans are slowly beginning to understand the disturbing impact their carbon footprint has on the planet’s resources. How can we grow this understanding? How can we lure individuals into thinking differently about the sustenance of our home, The Earth? I believe an effective way to increase the public’s awareness of sustainability is to change its perception of a person’s relationship to the planet. Art can do that. Art can change perceptions. It can create unexpected relationships. Art can take common notions and change them into evocative images.

 

The University of Washington is a gorgeous campus surrounded by the beauty of a wide range of ecosystems that require the care and attention of the university’s students, faculty, staff and organizations. The grounds are well maintained and respected. The educational activities that take place on the campus are held in highest regard. But how can we bring the inner workings of every day into sharper focus? Are all Huskies thinking as responsibly and thoroughly about recycling, consumption and more environmentally sensitive alternatives in their daily living activities?

 

The proposed project is a series of still photographic works that will be showcased permanently across campus in a variety of venues for the UW population to view. The exhibit will be a walking series that will reach beyond one building or one gallery––rather, reaching in all directions across campus. Celebrated local photographer, Steve Korn, and choreographer and graduate student, Joseph Blake, will team up to work with UW undergraduate dance majors to create powerful visual moments of humans interacting with renewable resources––such as paper, water, recyclable dishware, etc. As is clearly evident in the accompanying images by Korn, he knows how to make inanimate objects come alive and he masterfully engages the viewer on an intimate, human level with texture, light and shadow.

EXAMPLE PHOTOS PROVIDED ON SEPARATE FORM BEING SENT TO VERONICA.

ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT

Many individuals are extremely conscientious about the role they play in sustainability. Others are less engaged, or have never been galvanized to be actively involved. This project is aimed at the latter two groups of individuals–– the people who have been caught by the current arguments about the need for sustainability. This project puts a human face on the issue. It will be looking in a graphic, human language at how a person may be lured into thinking about recycling, consumption and environmentally responsible behavior.  This project literally looks at sustainability through a different lens.

 

STUDENT LEADERSHIP

During my initial three quarters as a graduate student the UW, I have been studying and pondering issues of cultural and economic inequity, dance for diverse populations and human anatomy. Both on and off campus, I have established liaisons with teachers and activists in several areas including Dance for Parkinson's disease, Yoga Behind Bars, Dance and Autism, and Dance and Disabilities. I am a humanist, and activist and an artist. I am an ardent believer in the importance of socially responsible actions and the sustenance of our environment.

 

EDUCATION

The final outcome of this proposed project is an aesthetic reminder of humans’ responsibilities to the planet, the campus and the community. The series will raise issues of sustainability that encourage recycling, connect the effect of humans’ involvement to nature and cultivate awareness our planet earth as home.

 

The culmination of the project will be a three set series of six photos that will be displayed at the Suzzallo Library, HUB and Meany Hall Theatre Lobby. These venues have been selected for the volume of students and faculty that travel through these establishments on a daily basis. For each series there will be an observational sheet and “drop box” that will allow for gallery strollers to reflect upon their interpretation of the work provided, as well as contribute solutions for why they feel the arts and community can better affect change in hopes of success for sustainability on campus.

 

Prior to the reveal of the photo series there will be a reception for university and community members to attend that will provide information about campus sustainability, a meet and greet with the photographer, Steve Korn, and graduate adviser/choreographer, jo Blake, as well as a performative collaboration with the dancers from the shoot about campus sustainability. This performance reception will unite many organizations and programs directly in hopes of sparking interests between the university/community members and the arts fields.

 

FEASIBILITY

The proposed project is absolutely possible and necessary to provide a new and unique way to collaborate the arts, community and the concept of sustainability. With the provided sponsorship from the Dance Program and faculty sponsor, Hannah Wiley, a statement of community effort comes into existence. The idea is not what will this change do for myself, but how will change effect the community and the resources that we, as products of the planet, use on a daily basis. The project will be an artistic endeavor that will span a period of a month considering the time it will take to shoot, edit and frame. The projected costs for an exhibit as such will cost approximately $7000 when taking into account photographer, dancers and the technical aspects for a photo shoot.

 

The project is to be finalized and ready for premiere by celebrations of Sustainability Month in October of 2016

 

PROPOSAL BUDGET AND TIMELINE PROVIDED ON SEPARATE FORM BEING SENT TO VERONICA.

 

If there are any further questions or inquiries, please feel free to contact me.

Joseph Blake (Choreographer/Dancer/Artistic Coordinator)

801.230.0449

jbblake@uw.edu

www.joblakedance.com

 

Steve Korn (Photographer)

stvkrn@comcast.net

www.stevekornphoto.com

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Joseph Blake

Engaging Students and Public in Marine Conservation Through Sustainable Shellfish Aquaculture

Project Size: Large, >$1,000
Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $20,000

Letter of Intent:

The UW School of Aquatic & Fishery Sciences (SAFS) is home to some of the world's leading experts in shellfish biology, genetics, and disease ecology. Faculty and students are actively engaged in applied research to inform and improve shellfish aquaculture and restoration. Shellfish aquaculture is major economic driver in Washington and the Pacific Northwest region, supporting over 3,200 jobs and contributing over $270 million per year to rural and coastal economies (http://www.ecy.wa.gov/water/marine/oa/2012report_summary.pdf). Shellfish, in turn, act as natural filters, improving water quality while creating habitat for other aquatic species. Unfortunately, despite the positive impacts of shellfish research at SAFS, there are few, if any, opportunities for students to experience shellfish farming first-hand. The goal of the proposed project is to establish a student-run shellfish farm at Big Beef Creek, a SAFS field research site on Washington’s Hood Canal. The proposed project specifically addresses all four criteria set by the Campus Sustainability Fund RFP.

Methods: The UW Shellfish Farm is modeled after the UW Campus Farm in Seattle, in which students rotate and share the responsibilities of operating a sustainable food production system under the guidance of experts. Shellfish “seed” –i.e. juvenile oysters and clams - will be acquired from partners at the Puget Sound Restoration Fund and Taylor Shellfish Inc., and deployed in the field. After approximately one year, market-size shellfish will be harvested and sold through campus eateries and a subscription service offered to the UW community. Like the UW campus, revenue generated through product sales will be directed towards maintenance, and the repayment of loans associated with start-up costs. It is our goal that the shellfish farm be self-sustaining. We propose to draw upon the cumulative expertise of SAFS faculty, industry and conservation partners to ensure the farm is properly designed, built and maintained. Support from the Campus Sustainability Fund will be directed towards the initial cost of grow-out equipment and shellfish seed, as well as the development of outreach and environmental monitoring programs.

Environmental Impact: The Farm will be located at Big Beef Creek Field Research Station, a 400-acre site owned by the University and administered by SAFS. Big Beef is comprised of a flowing freshwater creek, salt marsh, mud flats and other prime shellfish habitat. Wild populations of Pacific oyster, geoduck clam and other shellfish currently thrive at Big Beef, attesting to the suitability of the site for our project. The aquaculture system we propose to install is low impact, and poses minimal threat existing natural resources. Rather, enhanced shellfish populations in Big Beef Creek will result in reductions in turbidity, reduced nitrogenous wastes, and improved habitat for invertebrates and juvenile fish. We propose to implement a monitoring system to quantify the ecosystem impacts of shellfish aquaculture (see “Outreach”).

Student Leadership & Involvement: The UW Shellfish Farm was conceived by several SAFS graduate students, and will remain a student-led and -operated venture. The Farm will provide opportunities for multiple levels of student involvement, but will rely upon a sufficient base level of available labor. To minimize risk associated with under-staffing, the size of the Farm will be scaled appropriately to match the level of student participation. We are currently building our network of Faculty and Industry advisors to ensure we abide by business “best practices” in this regard.

Education, Outreach & Behavior Change: Shellfish aquaculture is sustainable as it requires no food inputs; shellfish derive nutrients by filtering phytoplankton from the water column. As such, shellfish aquaculture is intrinsically linked to estuarine health. The proposed project will serve as a natural teaching laboratory for topics pertaining to water quality, estuarine ecology and climate change impacts. We propose to conduct outreach through several channels. First, we will develop a monitoring system for estuarine health. Specifically, we will monitor bacterial levels, turbidity, dissolved oxygen, and other water quality metrics to quantify the long-term impacts of the Farm on Big Beef Creek. Data from our monitoring program will be incorporated into ongoing SAFS research and disseminated to the scientific community and general public.

Second, we propose to develop several experiential outreach programs for UW students, local K-12 schools, and the general public. Curricula will focus on estuarine biodiversity, marine pathogens, and the impacts of ocean acidification on marine invertebrates. SAFS graduate students and Faculty currently conduct research in these areas, and will lead educational outings on the farm during low tides. UW students volunteering on the farm will have a unique immersive opportunity to experience the estuarine environment.

Finally, the Farm will serve as a field site for ongoing SAFS shellfish research. Carolyn Friedman (SAFS), an advisor on the proposed project, is currently leading an investigation into the genetic basis for “resistance” to ocean acidification in the Pacific oyster.

Feasibility, Accountability and Sustainability: Establishing and maintaining a shellfish farm is a large undertaking, but one for which the applicants are prepared. Two of the graduate students leading the proposal have experience working in oyster aquaculture. In addition, the proposed initiative benefits from the technical supervision of four SAFS core faculty, one SAFS Post-doc, and several industry experts, including the 30-year owner/operator of a successful shellfish aquaculture operation. We will continue to meet with SAFS administrators and University personnel responsible for the use of Big Beef Creek, as well as Food Service personnel involved in the distribution of seafood products. SAFS currently employs a full-time caretaker at Big Beef Creek who will monitor the project when students are not present.

We are in the process of developing formal partnerships between the UW Shellfish Farm and Washington Sea Grant (WASG), Puget Sound Restoration Fund, and Taylor Shellfish Inc. We are seeking financial and material support from all three sources that will supplement awards received from the Campus Sustainability Fund.

Conclusion: The UW Shellfish farm will provide a unique opportunity for students and the public to experience a globally-important means of sustainable food production, while learning about the effects of human disturbance and climate change on the marine ecosystem.

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Daniel Gillon

A New Home for UW Biodiesel Cooperative: Construction of Permanent Lab Space

Project Size: Large, >$1,000
Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $89,682

Letter of Intent:

The University of Washington Biodiesel Cooperative is an undergraduate-led student organization that was established in 2010 as a way for students to become more involved in waste management and alternative energy through hands-on engineering experience. Currently, the UW Housing and Food Services sells their used cooking oil to the alternative energy company, Sequential Pacific, which transports the oil from Seattle to Portland, Oregon to be refined into biodiesel. The biodiesel is then transported to Seattle to be placed on the market. The UW Biodiesel Cooperative offers an alternative to this production method by the establishment of a closed loop system, in which the waste that is generated from on-campus restaurants is refined on campus, and then sold back to the campus community to be reused in transportation vehicles and other engines as an alternative to petroleum based diesel fuel. With the support of the Campus Sustainability Fund, the Biodiesel Cooperative aims to build a full scale biodiesel production facility on the grounds of Campus Motor Fleet property. This new facility will be modeled out of a large shipping container, and will contain a functioning biodiesel reactor that converts the waste cooking oil generated by the campus restaurants into biodiesel. In order to make this a reality, we will need financial support to cover the expense of building, permitting, and supplies. We will be in cooperation with Mark Miller and Ashley Kangas in the University Capitol Projects Office, and will also be collaborating with Mark Murray at the Environmental Health and Safety department to ensure that all safety codes and regulations are fulfilled. When compiled, these costs are substantial, and so we are proposing sponsorship of $85,000 to cover our startup expenses. Approximately $40,000 of this cost will cover the shipping container design and purchase, $20,000 will cover foundation and land preparation and the remaining costs will go to permitting and salaries for architects, inspections and planning services. Supporting the UW Biodiesel Co-Op will achieve the goals of the Campus Sustainability Fund by reducing emissions, eliminating waste, transitioning away from petroleum diesel and educating the community on alternative and green initiatives. The use of biodiesel relieves environmental impact on the University of Washington and the community as a whole by reducing carbon emissions, reducing fossil fuel use, and recycling waste oil into a useful resource. We aspire to increase recycling on campus by reducing reliance on pollution-generating modes of transportation. Biodiesel emits 78% less greenhouse gases than diesel fuel. Combustion of biodiesel additionally provides a 56% reduction of hydrocarbon emissions and shows a significant reduction in carbon monoxide when compared with conventional diesel fuel (EPA.gov), bringing the University of Washington one step closer to being a carbon neutral organization. The cooperative also provides University of Washington students with the unique opportunity to combine green energy management with engineering innovation. Built and driven entirely by undergraduates, the group promotes interest and education in the field of green energy engineering by involving students in a rich learning experience. Students proactively meet on a regular basis throughout the school year and engage in multiple activities that prepare them for future careers in the green energy field. Currently, the cooperative engages students by teaching them the basics to making and designing a functioning biodiesel reactor, and helps train them in lab safety procedures and experiment planning. In addition we have a team that works to help secure support and resources from various groups on campus and in the community. With a functioning lab, the student experience will be even further enriched by enabling them to run diagnostic tests, design processes from the ground up, and test procedures to ensure that our product is safe and environmentally friendly. In addition, by securing permanent lab space for the organization, we can ensure that waste oil produced by the university is handled responsibly and in an environmentally conscious way. The Biodiesel Cooperative will enrich the local community by providing education about the biodiesel industry and using waste vegetable oil as an alternative fuel source. In the past, the Cooperative has provided education to local high school science classrooms about the benefits of using biodiesel, and has reached out to local community colleges to provide a collaborative effort in alternative energy education. The Cooperative is also reaching out in an international context by connecting with a project in Jamaica that aims to produce biodiesel through the waste cooking oil generated by resort hotels. With a functioning reactor on campus, the cooperative can enhance this involvement by hosting informational sessions at our facility. Currently, we visit schools and tell them about waste oil conversion, but with a permanent space, we will be able to invite them to visit instead and actually see biodiesel made, from collection to engine. We believe that this type of hands-on experience is essential in building the future of environmentally conscious and green-thinking engineers. With the availability of a full scale lab space, the Biodiesel Cooperative will be able to inspire and enrich the undergraduate community by providing an impactful experience which will encourage students to pursue career paths in sustainable engineering. Students who are engaged in our project gain an understanding of alternative energy production, research, and commercialization, and leave our program better prepared to make a positive difference in the future of energy and sustainability. The UW Biodiesel Cooperative would be honored to receive the support of the Campus Sustainability Fund in their pursuit of a greener campus through the establishment of a permanent biodiesel production facility.

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Group Inactive

Sustainable Stormwater Coordinator

Project Size: Large, >$1,000
Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $15,102

Letter of Intent:

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
Creation of the Sustainable Stormwater Coordinator (SSC) position aims to designate a SEFS research assistant appointment to spread awareness about and physically improve stormwater treatment on campus. This will be accomplished by investigating the current quantity and quality of campus stormwater, analyzing a suite of suitable water management tools, and building a collaborative student-faculty-administration approach to this pressing issue. In sum, this project will seek concrete and actionable runoff strategies, informed by water quality testing of discharges from parking lots, rooftops and sports fields.
Presently, several campus stormwater projects have begun the conversation about responsibly handling our fresh water resource at UW.  However, the importance of unifying a campus-wide stormwater strategy is urgent, in line with the UW core value of “setting the bar well above merely complying with laws and standards”. The SSC will unite disparate stormwater efforts at UW and channel student efforts towards practical and feasible solutions. For example, the SSC will work directly with Husky Sustainable Storms (HSS) to expedite progress towards project implementation. Additionally, through the involvement of a supportive and engaged team of undergraduates, graduate students and faculty, the position will strongly emphasize educational and outreach aspects. This position has precedence for CSF funding, as set by the CPO “Sustainability Intern”, which compiled energy data to inform best practice LEED building certification for UW. The SSC position will likewise develop a baseline of information, which is critical to direct successful present and future student projects.    
A comprehensive feasibility study will analyze the most practical, effective and cost-efficient innovations that can be designed on campus to reduce stormwater quantity and improve water quality. The RA position and the study will be overseen by hydrology Professor Susan Bolton. The study will be executed in consultation with campus Engineer James Morin, Landscape Architect Kristine Kenney, and Grounds Manager Howard Nakase. Feasibility study specifically includes:
A. Preliminary assessment of stormwater hotspots through selective water quality and soil testing for organic and inorganic pollutants, at key stormwater drainages. Tests for pH, alkalinity, hydrocarbons, heavy metals, will be prioritized.
B. Campus wide stormwater web resource, summarizing pollution impact on Portage/Union Bays, analysis of current stormwater project strengths and pitfalls (including past/present CSF projects). Develop a GIS layer map of campus-wide pollution hotspots, impervious surfaces and potential future mitigation locations.
C. Design of a reproducible, best practice and cost-effective bio-retention model that can be adapted in multiple spots around campus. This can serve as a guiding example for the rising number of students aspiring to develop campus stormwater projects.
 
ENVIRONMENT
A total of 27,000 gallons of stormwater are produced as runoff from a one-acre parking lot, after one inch of rain. In UW parking lots, stormwater picks up oil, grease, metals and coolants from vehicles, and it proceeds largely untreated into Portage Bay and Lake Washington. Other impervious surfaces, like roofs, compound the quantity of overland runoff and inhibit on-site infiltration.
 Typical stormwater systems address water quantity and flooding concerns, but ignore water quality. This project will investigate the most pressing water pollution sources on campus and develop a reproducible model for treating polluted runoff from key parking lots and roofs.
 
STUDENT LEADERSHIP
The SSC is a permanent position that will provide a forum for students to develop the skill set and knowledge base to pursue projects related to water use and waste, including exposure to important local organizations and partnership opportunities in the Seattle restoration community. A multi-disciplinary core group of graduate students, which meets bi-weekly in Anderson 107-C, will provide support to the SSC, including communication and networking, outreach and education, and assistance in water and soil  testing.
The core student group has identified ‘Continued Accountability’ as a primary objective, and envisioned the student RA position through SEFS. Department administrator Wendy Star has agreed to serve as budget administrator for the SCC project should it be approved by CSF. The creation of this position has the written support of HSS, 12,000 Rain Gardens, Puget Soundkeeper, the Plant Microbiology Laboratory, and phytoremediation Professor Sharon Doty. Supporting letters from each will be included in the CSF proposal.
 
OUTREACH
Outreach via social media outlets and a blog will have a key place in communicating this project to the student body. Integration into classes for University credit through SEFS and graduate projects for the Masters in Environmental Horticulture are both possible.
The ongoing SSC position will help to coordinate student stormwater efforts over the long-term, channel communication between students and admin through one informed and capable liason, and collaborate with off-campus entities to establish UW’s leadership in the greater stormwater community.
By having this stormwater point person, combined with regular meetings, water projects around campus will begin to unite, heighten impact through symbiosis, and share information and resources.  With parking lot redesigns throughout campus, this RA can channel student voices of water related considerations with re-development.
 
ACCOUNTABILITY + SUSTAINABILITY
UW was recently certified as a ‘salmon safe’ institution as the beginning of a paradigm shift towards increasing consciousness about our water footprint and impacts on fish habitat. The certifying agency has endorsed the SSC to assist UW in meeting the Salmon Safe Certificate Condition 4: “The UW shall perform an integrated stormwater management plan for the UW campus that evaluates opportunities to provide additional quantity and quality treatment of stormwater runoff”. The SSC will work to generate an ongoing commitment of political will towards progressive stormwater policy and true environmental stewardship. 
Financially, the SSC will research fee-reduction for stormwater treatments (North Seattle Community College saves $60,000+ in annual stormwater fees, the direct result of a campus-wide collaboration where students applied for tax credits through Seattle Public Utilities). Since UW spends ~$1.3 million in annual stormwater fees, economic incentive is clearly justified.
9 months of CSF funding will serve as a kick start to inaugurate this position. SEFS will support SSC with ongoing funding options once position is established.
 
BUDGET
15,102  (figure based on $1678 Schedule A RA position x 9 months)
 

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Matt Schwartz

Husky Sustainable Storms: Bioswale (Phase 3)

Project Size: Large, >$1,000
Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $4,500

Letter of Intent:

Husky Sustainable Storms (www.huskysustainablestorms.org) is asking for $4,500.00 for our contingency budget for the construction of a bioswale on the Seattle Campus of the University of Washington.  The CSF has already contributed $84,220 to the project that will be used for construction and material acquisitions.  Campus stakeholders requested that the  contingency budget be at least 20% of construction costs. Currently, we are approximately $3,000 short in our contingency budget.

Money not spent during construction will first be allocated to signage and education after construction is finished in the Spring. We will be coordinating with CSF on a grand opening and signage details. Any money left over will be given back to the CSF.

We are also seeking plant donations and other grants to help with the extra costs for the finalization of the project.

Project Overview

Husky Sustainable Storms (HSS), an initiative launched by students, faculty, and staff of the University of Washington to mitigate stormwater runoff on-campus by designing and building a stormwater treatment structure that mimics ecological processes and reflects environmental values. Our goals are to:

  1. Improve the quality of surface water flowing from the UW campus;
  2. Advance student engagement in stormwater design, implementation, and education;
  3. Provide a demonstration for UW engineering and transportation services in addressing stormwater issues.

The project has been launched in two phases: (1) a ‘Feasibility Study” and (2) construction of the bioswale.

HSS has successfully:

  • Conducted the Feasibility Study;
  • Procured a project site – North of the Law Building and South of the Burke Museum;
  • Hosted a seminar series about the project;
  • Developed 85% construction documentation; and,
  • Procured approval from the University of Washington for construction in April 2013.

Student Involvement

The student team has fluctuated over the past year and a half during the main design phase of the project. Two student members have graduated and the final three members are finalizing construction documents with oversight from Huitt-Zollars, an outside engineering firm.

Stefanie Young – Ph.D. Candidate in Urban Planning and Design in the College of Built Environments with more than eight years of experience in sustainable design.

Erica Bush – Masters of Landscape Architecture and Master of Urban Planning Candidate in the College of Built Environments

Sunni Wissmer – Bachelors of Arts in Community, Environment, and Planning Candidate in the College of Built Environments

Recent Graduates:

Patrick Green – Graduated with a Masters of Urban Planning and Design and Masters of Public Affairs through the College of Built Environments and the Evans School.

Matthew McNair – Graduated with a Masters of Civil Engineering through the College of Engineering.

FACULTY SUPPORT:

Jan Whittington, MCRP, Ph.D. - Assistant Professor, Urban Design and Planning
Associate Director, Center for Information Assurance and Cybersecurity.

Peter Dewey

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Stefanie Young

Pipeline Project K-12 Education for Sustainability Student Outreach Coordinators

Project Size: Large, >$1,000
Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $4,050

Letter of Intent:

The UW Pipeline Project is requesting temporary funds to hire an undergraduate student staff member and a graduate student staff member as our K-12 Education for Sustainability Student Outreach Coordinators. The Pipeline Project seeks funding from the Campus Sustainability Fund at this time for two primary reasons: 1) to focus efforts on connecting with and partnering with UW departments and units that explicitly and implicitly serve a diverse student body, AND 2) to shift the Environmental Alternative Spring Break (EASB) program to a self-sustaining student leadership model. Our intention is for these two student staff to work in partnership with Pipeline staff to lay the groundwork for integrating these two new foci into the Pipeline Project without external funding in the 2013/2014 academic year. Specifically, CSF funding would support one undergraduate student to coordinate the 2013 EASB program while laying the foundation for program expansion and developing a self-sustaining student leadership program model. Funding will also support one graduate student to instruct a K-12 education for sustainability service-learning seminar during Winter 2013 and Spring 2013 and expand partnerships with K-12 classrooms and community organizations with an environmental education focus. Through these experiences, UW students develop the skills and capacity to promote sustainability through K-12 education. A major area of focus for these student positions will be to increase the diversity of UW students who participate in these K-12 education for sustainability experiences. As a result, we hope to diversify and increase the overall number of students engaged in K-12 environmental education and ensure continued opportunities for UW students to promote sustainability through K-12 outreach and education. Housed in the UW Center for Experiential Learning and Diversity, the Pipeline Project connects undergraduate students with academic mentoring and volunteer opportunities in K-12 schools and community organizations. One way UW students get involved is through Pipeline’s EASB program where students spend the Winter Quarter developing an experiential, inquiry-based environmental science curriculum, which they then facilitate in elementary and middle school classrooms at Brewster Elementary School in Brewster, WA and the Quileute Tribal School in La Push, WA. Currently, the program is heavily administered by Pipeline Project staff and could greatly benefit from a self-sustaining student-led model, similar to other UW sustainability efforts such as the UW Farm whose expansion and innovations were and are student-driven. Our hope is to develop the infrastructure and establish a student-led EASB program to increase the capacity of the Pipeline Project to not only ensure the sustainability of this program for future students but also to spur innovation and expansion. An additional pathway that UW students get involved with the K-12 community is through Pipeline’s Education for Sustainability service-learning seminar. Students in this seminar explore the field of environmental and sustainability education while gaining first-hand experience by volunteering in a K-12 classroom or community organization with an environmental education focus. As interest for this seminar grows, we aim to expand our partnerships with K-12 classrooms and community organizations with an environmental education focus so that more UW students have an opportunity to develop their environmental education and outreach skills and interests. Regarding the issue of diversity in sustainability efforts, research shows, and our observations in this work would agree, that the field of environmental and sustainability education, as well as the larger environmental movement, largely attracts white and more affluent people (Taylor, 2009; Enderle, 2007). If sustainability efforts are to be far reaching, it is critical that such efforts involve more diverse communities. Locally, on the UW campus, we aim to focus our efforts on diversifying the student body who participates in K-12 environmental education to broaden campus involvement in sustainability efforts and to develop a new generation of diverse student leaders with an interest in environmental issues and the skills to engage in environmental education efforts. Our vision is that these student coordinators will lay the groundwork for increased environmental partnerships and pathways to diversify our student participation in these programs, which will be sustained by current Pipeline Project staff and future student leaders without additional external funding. How Project Will Meet CSF Preferences Environmental impact We believe that for sustainability efforts to have a strong environmental impact, the public’s awareness and environmental ethic need to be raised. We believe that education is a powerful mechanism to inspire one’s interest and care for the environment. Thus, by diversifying, strengthening and expanding these K-12 environmental education programs, the two student coordinators will be making a strong environmental impact by developing the environmental ethic of both a diverse population of UW students and K-12 students, who will then influence their own families and communities towards environmental sustainable behaviors. Through our conversations with numerous students and faculty, there is a growing interest amongst students in the field of environmental education, but the campus is lacking in opportunities for students to cultivate this curiosity. Thus, we hope to support, promote and diversify this burgeoning interest as a strategy to promote sustainability. We will build on our existing partnerships with the Program on the Environment (which has now recognized Pipeline’s Education for Sustainability seminar as an elective), College of the Environment, Community, Environment, and Planning, and environment focused student groups as we recruit students. These student coordinators will also enable us to broaden our outreach and increase partnerships with other UW departments including OMAD, ECC, MESA and a wide variety of registered student organizations. Student Involvement This project has a large emphasis on developing student leadership and involvement. First, the funds we are requesting will be used entirely on student salaries, providing two students not only with an on-campus job, but with a unique professional development opportunity. Also, one objective of these two student staff positions is to increase the number of UW student volunteers engaged in K-12 environmental and sustainability education. Through these hands-on, service-learning experiences, UW student volunteers are developing real-world, tangible skills that they can utilize in future endeavors during their time at the UW and after they graduate. This project offers substantial student leadership opportunities as the goal of the EASB student coordinator is to establish a student-led EASB program. These students will develop critical leadership skills, including project planning, partnership building, teaching, fundraising, marketing, and collaboration skills. We will build on the interest of several returning students who participated in last year’s EASB program who have expressed their interest in this student-led model development. Similarly, the students enrolled in the Education for Sustainability service-learning seminars will increase their involvement and their capacity to lead through their volunteer work in the community, which will provide them with pathways for future involvement in sustainability education efforts. Education and Outreach These K-12 environmental and sustainability education initiatives are inherently educational, both for the university student volunteers (and potential student employees) and for the K-12 students impacted by the programs. The primary purpose of these programs is to cultivate an aware and engaged community that is knowledgeable about environmental issues, cares deeply about the state of our ecological systems, and have the skills to impact personal and policy level changes that impact our earth. Through this service and education work, UW and K-12 students will become more aware and engaged both with the community and about the important work of environmental and sustainability education. By having a focus on trying to diversify the students involved in this work, this project will bring together students from different campus communities to work together on sustainability education efforts. Lastly, this project serves an important function of bridging gaps between the UW community and the community at large by connecting UW students with K-12 students in Seattle and across the state to cultivate an interest in and care for the environment. Feasibility, Sustainability & Accountability We will not need recurring funding as the goal for EASB is to establish the infrastructure for a self-sustaining student-led model this winter and spring with the support of an undergraduate student coordinator. The graduate student instructor of the Education for Sustainability seminar will develop and solidify new K-12 classroom and community organization partnerships that the Pipeline Project will continue into the future. In addition, both the graduate student and the undergraduate student will develop pathways and partnerships for recruiting and involving a more diverse student body. This intensive thinking and planning will lay a foundation upon which Pipeline can build from in future years. Estimated Budget $4,050. This budget provides funding for: 1) one hourly undergraduate student at $11 per hour for 10 hours/week during Winter 2013 (10 weeks) and 5 hours/week for Spring 2013 (10 weeks) and 2) one hourly graduate student at $15 per hour for 8 hours/week during Winter 2013 and Spring 2013 for a total of 20 weeks.

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Christine Stickler

Real Food Calculator Food Procurement Assessment

Project Size: Large, >$1,000
Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $3,000

Letter of Intent:

The Real Food Challenge is a grassroots national movement of students working to harness the purchasing power of their academic institutions in order to transform the national food system into an equitable and just food system for all. By shifting 20% of our country’s total annual university food budget of $5 billion to “Real Food” by the year 2020, students can influence food companies to improve their practices for the sake of the planet’s ecosystems, human health, and social justice.

Real Food Challenge (RFC) at UW is a Registered Student Organization whose mission is to take an active role in affecting this positive change. We will propose the Campus Commitment food policy to University of Washington administrators during the 2013-2014 academic year. The Campus Commitment is a university and college campus food policy created and proposed by students of the Real Food Challenge to commit academic institutions to procuring “Real Food” that meets criteria in one or more of the following genres: ecologically sound, local- and community-based, humane, and/or fair. Third party certifications ensure that these criteria are sufficiently met on the basis of individual food products, or even at times, entire companies. Sufficient research of products and food producers must be conducted in order to verify these certifications; the Real Food Calculator assessment is designed specifically to accomplish this. To substantiate a student-initiated proposal of the Campus Commitment, RFC at UW will complete its second fully-fledged food procurement assessment using the Real Food Calculator Web Application. RFC at UW completed a Real Food Calculator audit in 2011 using the pilot version of the Calculator. This was a collaborative project of students and Housing and Food Services staff, and yielded a Real Food Percentage of 24%. This percentage represents, by annual budget fraction, the amount of money spent by HFS on Real Food products. As a result of its development, the Real Food Calculator has become a more rigorous research standard in the past two years. We anticipate that we will actually see a decrease to the University of Washington Real Food Percentage. It is crucial that we test this hypothesis in order for our potential for improvement to be well-defined.

The proposed project for 2013 will be a collaboration of students and dining managers involved in sustainable food procurement and will be an essential element to advancing the goals of our campaign for a formalized food policy. Environmental Impact In regards to the environmental impact of food system reform, the Real Food Calculator audit produces an indirect and long-term effect. This effect is an annual investment of up to $8.5 million (approximate UW food budget in 2011) in a national green food system. Two of the criteria that define “Real Food” are met by foods with the USDA Organic food label, and foods that are produced within 250 miles of the retail destination. Foods that are produced according to these qualities contribute less to environmental degradation. This year, Housing and Food Services made an amazing leap forward by introducing the District Market as a retail facility proximate to the residence hall community. We hypothesize that the increase in the volume of organic and local foods purchasable with resident student dining plans has led to a measurable change in how students are using their dining plans to support sustainable food procurement. The validity of this assumption will be reflected in the results of the Calculator project.

Student Leadership and Involvement
There are many facets of running the Real Food Calculator which involve student leadership and involvement. To begin with, the audit is a student-led project. The students contact dining services when they want to conduct the audit with a request of access to vendor invoices. A dining service administrator assists the students in the audit procedure by providing inviting discussion and providing guidance. The actual process of data analysis, presentation and report preparation is completed entirely by students. The research and learning opportunity presented in this project is an enormous springboard for growth and leadership development. Students develop communication and technical skills while simultaneously characterizing the campus food system. Real Food Challenge students represent the portion of the student population who want to be involved in food procurement decision-making, and are always seeking ways in which to more meaningfully engage the student body.

Education, Outreach, and Behavioral Change
Housing and Food Services students, who are required to purchase a quarterly meal plan, have little knowledge of how foods are procured for sale in campus dining and retail facilities. We also recognize there may be a sense of powerlessness among students to influence the types of foods sourced in campus facilities. One of the principal objectives of the Calculator audit is to engage the student body in the research and analysis of the UW campus food system, providing opportunity for them to generate quantitative and useable results. Utilizing the Calculator is a fundamental step in proposing a meaningful real food campus policy because it can give students, Housing and Food Services, faculty members and administrators a sense of what goals and timeline the Campus Commitment policy will need to entail. The Campus Commitment establishes a time-sensitive sustainable food procurement goal and institutes an interdisciplinary, interdepartmental Food Systems Working Group to make it happen.

Feasibility, Accountability, and Sustainability
Several students were part of the first Calculator project, and a few have returned to be leaders in this endeavor. Experienced dining staff have been eager to contribute thus far. Judging by the experience and number of students comprising our audit committee, this project realistically fits in the context of a quarter-long project.

Estimate of Project Budget
Our organization estimates a need of $2,000. This will go towards a very small stipend for the hours contributed by students needed to complete the audit. The project will consume 2-3 hours per week for 8-10 students for the entire duration of the spring 2013 academic quarter. The remaining sponsorship would be diverted into a brand new fund for the Real Food Challenge as a student organization for the purpose of longevity as our on-campus presence and degree of influence continues to grow. The principal use of funds will be used to mobilize students, with emphasis on influencing campus administrators to sign the Campus Commitment food policy. 

 

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Dani Gilmour

Husky Sustainable Storms: Bioswale (Phase 1)

Project Size: Large, >$1,000
Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF:

Letter of Intent:

This LOI introduces Husky Sustainable Storms (HSS), an initiative launched by students, faculty and staff of the University of Washington to mitigate stormwater runoff on-campus by designing and building a stormwater treatment structure that mimics ecological processes and reflects environmental values. Husky Sustainable Storms hopes to achieve this goal in the 2011-2012 academic-year with the assistance of the UW Campus Sustainability Fund. The goal of this LOI is to outline its intent for funding in the winter quarter, but it hopes to apply for full funding of a project in the spring quarter.

In the winter quarter, HSS requests $10,500 to conduct a “feasibility study” of a water treatment project in a UW parking lot. The purpose of the feasibility study is to prepare the project for actual construction. Funding will cover the following three items:

  • Mentorship with a licensed engineer;
  • Stipends for HSS students;
  • Sponsorship overhead;
  • Incidental costs.

This funding would provide the resources needed to accomplish the following objectives: 1) improve environmental quality by researching and designing a stormwater treatment project; 2) solicit professional engineers needed to approve the project; 3) outline a plan for navigating bureaucracy, permitting systems, and budgeting approaches.

The timeline for feasibility funding would be winter quarter 2012, and it would facilitate implementation or finalization of a project in spring quarter 2012. Please note that the specific sponsoring agency for this project is not included in the following LOI. Several sponsoring agencies have been contacted, included the Green Futures Lab, Engineering Services, and Transportation Services. Transportation Services is the ideal sponsor, but campus staff has had little time to meet with our group. HSS has a meeting with staff from Transportation Services on November 10th, and sponsorship will be discussed then.

Not only are these critical components of implementing an infrastructure project, they are critical to advancing the values of the CSF grant. HSS has planned for significant student involvement and improving the environmental quality of University infrastructure. These objectives assist in accomplishing these goals. The specific dimensions of these objectives have been articulated below.

Objective One: Address Climate Change by Improving Surface Water Quality
All UW stormwater flows directly into Portage Bay, adversely impacting local ecology, public health, and the climate. Stormwater runoff carries harmful nutrients, pesticides, oils, and metals into our local waters. It devastates local wildlife, including migrating anadromous fish and native plant species. As the quality of local ecology diminishes, so does its ability to process chemical compounds, nitrogen, and phosphorus. Eventually, the breakdown of this capacity decreases the rate at which carbon is absorbed by aquatic plants. It even increases the methane released by harmful bacteria and algae.

Now is a critical time for UW to invest in green infrastructure methods of stormwater treatment. Specifically, NPDES permits will increase in severity and influence, further restricting the harmful pollutants that UW is allowed to convey to local waters. As a result, the University will be forced to upgrade its stormwater treatment. From interviews with UW staff, HSS has learned that parking lots are a portion of University property that harms water quality. If UW is considering water quality treatment approaches, then now is a critical time to advance green infrastructure alternatives.

Feasibility funding will allow HSS to accomplish the following goals:

  • Complete the site selection process. HSS has initiated conversations with UW staff in Engineering Services, Environmental Health and Safety, and Landscape Architecture. Many staff have suggested sites where green infrastructure could improve water treatment. However, each site places new criteria demands a new design with different impacts on water quality. HSS has designed criteria, and it needs time to examine them.
  • Feasibility funding will demonstrate to campus departments that HSS is serious and intends to aid them in their work. Without demonstrating a source of funds, campus departments cannot incorporate HSS ideas into their infrastructure plans.
  • Research appropriate stormwater designs that treat water and engage students. There are many infrastructure approaches and designs, but HSS must work within restricted resources and it must educate students. Feasibility funding will allow students to conduct the appropriate water quality tests and research that will maximize the project’s impacts environmental and educational impacts.

Objective Two: Involvement of a Professional Engineer
Any change to UW’s stormwater system will need a permit issued by the City of Seattle (COS), and any infrastructure that requires a permit will require a stamp of approval by a licensed Professional Engineer (P.E.). In working with a P.E., HSS plans to accomplish the following goals:

  • Students in engineering, architecture, and landscape architecture will collaborate with a licensed engineer in identifying codes, guidelines, and permit requirements.
  • The nature of this mentorship will be of collaboration. The P.E. will assist students in identifying the correct guidelines, but applying those guidelines and rules will be in the hands of the students. This ensures that infrastructure is designed according the appropriate rules as well as involves the work of UW students.
  • The winter quarter will serve as a timeline for working with the P.E.

If this component is not funded, then HSS will have to solicit volunteer P.E.’s for assistance. This is not ideal. Time constraints prohibit HSS from conducting extensive outreach for volunteer engineers. Additionally, it will compromise the quality of the collaboration.

Objective Three: Finalize Plans Necessary for Implementation
Feasibility funding will develop concrete outputs necessary for the actual building of the project. These outputs have been listed below.

  • Develop engineering drawings;
  • Finalize authorization with Transportation Services or other department;
  • Design an outreach plan to UW students. This is a critical component of the HSS project, which it hopes to outline in its grant application;
  • Articulate a plan for compensating contractors;
  • Outline a specific budget for the project.

Conclusion
Husky Sustainable Storms requests $10,000 to perform the feasibility study. HSS is prepared to return unspent funds to the CSF should expected costs of the project fall. Specifically, costs could fall in locating a licensed P.E. Firms may charge different rates for overseeing the design and conducting the senior review of a stormwater project. HSS plans to conduct outreach to many firms in the Seattle area as well as appeal to the UW Engineering Services for assistance.

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Patrick Green

Husky Sustainable Storms: Bioswale (Phase 2)

Project Size: Large, >$1,000
Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF:

Letter of Intent:

Husky Sustainable Storms (HSS) warmly thanks the CSF for its generous contribution to the stormwater treatment project. Thanks to its funding, the project is on-track to apply for Phase Two in improving water quality runoff. This project brings students and staff together towards solving stormwater issues on the University of Washington campus. We estimate that HSS will have all documents and approvals necessary for construction in April of 2012, but construction funds for this project are necessary for its implementation.

Request
HSS requests to submit a full application to the CSF for construction funds in the second round of funding. It plans to request $60,000 to build the stormwater project. Without this sum, the design will cause limited impact to stormwater remediation.

This project is a priority for the University of Washington. Students collaborate with Kristine Kenney (Capitol Projects Office), Rebecca Barnes (Capitol Projects Office), Jim Morin (Engineering Services), Peter Dewey (Transportation Services), and Howard Nakase (Grounds Shop). These authorizers assist HSS in developing and approving design alternatives. Moreover they inform students of cost and landscape constraints. Their role and support expedites the project’s construction preparation.

The N-5 parking lot is an ideal site to remediate stormwater. It drains into the combined sewer system. A treatment facility will lower the severity of water runoff in high storm events, and lower the risk of a combined sewer overflow event. The site offers high visibility to pedestrian and car traffic. Finally, the project area features enough area to make a meaningful improvement to water quality.

In January, CSF suggested that HSS keep the cost of the project to $30,000. HSS consulted with UW staff and engineers for estimating the cost of the project. All engineers stated that $30,000 covers very limited construction costs. A greater sum will pay for construction of facilities that adequately remediate the site, the construction team, potential permits, and potential cost overruns. A greater sum is critical to moving the project from design and research (Phase One) to implementation (Phase Two).

This estimate has been advised through the following:

  • UW Staff and Mentor Advice: Jim Morin (UW stormwater engineer) Kristine Kenney (UW Capitol Projects Office) and Peter Dewey (Transportation Services Director) as well as mentoring engineers advise the cost estimate. They note that costs add up quickly, and the scale of the facility will improve cost efficiency. For example, if the project requires cutting concrete, costs will rise without commensurate increases in stormwater remediation.
  • Capitol Projects Office Advice: Mentors in the UW Capitol Projects Office suggest HSS set 10% of the cost aside to pay for the review and oversight of construction. Additionally, they state all projects must set aside 15% of construction costs for potential cost overruns. If the maximum budget were $30,000 then only $22,500 could be allotted for actual construction for remediation. Curb cuts alone can cost up to $10,000.
  • Low Impact Development Research: The impact of bioretention facilities is contingent on the size of project and the quality of materials. Therefore, meaningful impact requires a higher budget to pay for a project that is sized for optimal remediation.

CSF requested that HSS explore cost-saving options. HSS pursues these options seriously. It works towards this goal in the following ways.

  • Donations: HSS receives pro bono services and mentorship from Huitt-Zollars. This mentorship is valued at $15,000. Additionally, Huitt-Zollars will be liable for the project design at double the construction cost, with construction cost estimated at $60,000. This is a tremendous donation for the students as well as the University of Washington.
  • Cost Efficiency: The team stays cost efficient through careful budget and time planning. Close collaboration with University staff facilitates efficient use of grant funds, especially in the design review process. HSS hopes to finish Phase One under budget and rollover savings to Phase Two.
  • Matching Funds: HSS researches matching funds; however, the end of the year (September through January) provides the best opportunity for government and non-profit matching funds. Funds typically require a minimum match, and the funds must be granted to HSS before HSS can apply for the match. By these standards, HSS qualifies for matching funds at the end of 2012.
  • University Funds: Additional funds could be generated from University departments. The opportunity for these funds will depend on the final design of the project, and no commitment has been made.
  • Materials and BMPs: HSS collaborates with an experienced engineer so they can learn best practices at the least cost. As they continue the project design process, cost savings remains a theme to all design development steps.

Project Report: Brief Chronology

Through Phase One, HSS makes meaningful steps towards preparing the stormwater project for construction.

  • January: HSS meets four hours per week regarding design review, engineering support, and approval processes. Each member works independently for five additional hours per week. The team begins student outreach, increasing knowledge of water quality issues. They identify five firms willing to offer reduced cost or pro bono services. They negotiate a contract with a firm that optimizes the CSF’s investment in HSS. HSS identifies sources for potential funds.
  • February: HSS navigates approval for the project through the Capitol Projects Office. The team narrows its design alternatives. They author case studies on design alternatives. They draft landscape initial conditions. They locate acquire as-built drawings from Facilities Services records and Engineering Services. They expand community outreach to students interested in water quality improvements as well as prepare for community design critiques.
Primary Contact First & Last Name: Patrick Green

UW Campus Salvage Wood Program

Project Size: Large, >$1,000
Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $43,603

Letter of Intent:

Brief Summary:

UW Grounds Management and UW Facilities Construction (Facility Services) seeks to create the necessary infrastructure to augment the products from trees that are removed from the campus landscape. Currently wood chips and limited lumber pieces are the only products that are produced with campus trees. This project will create the infrastructure to process trees creating lumber to be utilized across campus for a variety of users; student, staff, and faculty. Any product made from University lumber will hold more value than the product itself since it will also include the story and history of that tree. This would result in a reduction of costs associated with disposal of tree, reduction of cost associated with purchasing building material for certain projects, and an increase of waste diversion by keeping these out of the waste stream. In addition, this project seeks to protect the investments and maintain the value that the trees have, as assets of the University of Washington.

 

Define the campus environmental problem that you are attempting to solve:

 

The University of Washington Seattle campus grounds management staff manages about 10,000 trees. At some point in time these trees will be removed as a result of natural decline or death, due to disease issues, as a preventative measure to avoid potential hazards, or as part of a construction/capital project. The problem of removing and disposal of campus trees is twofold.

 

Currently, trees that are removed from the campus landscape are either chipped or reduced in size, so it can be disposed of in a green waste container. Any tree material being disposed of in the green waste container represents a cost to the University without any benefit. The costs of this disposal system are both monetary and environmental: the university spends thousands of dollars annually on removal of campus tree material and purchasing lumber for projects. Transportation of these materials to and from Cedar Grove uses of fossil fuels and causes carbon emissions.

 

Grounds Management is charged with the task of protecting campus assets in the landscape.  Campus trees are a significant asset in both actual value and investment over time. In 2008 the total annual benefits provided by tree on campus was $736,385.00 and the total annual cost of those trees were $265,100.00. (Vale 2011) The net benefit in dollar value is then approximately half a million dollars, in which a portion is lost when a tree in cut up and removed from campus.

 

The current infrastructure can only process a small number of trees using the chainsaw mill to cut wood for air drying utilizing our outside facilities. However, most of the tree material that is small enough, is processed using the wood chipper for mulch that can be utilized on campus. Still, with both of these items, Grounds Management is sending 50% of the accumulated tree material off campus for disposal. In addition, to produce wood that can be used for indoor applications, the wood needs to be under a certain moisture content, which is often lower than the relative humidity. The preferred moisture content is hard to achieve when air drying the milled limber in our outside facilities, given the marine climate of this area. A drying facility, most commonly a kiln, is used to achieve the target moisture content.

 

Describe your proposed solution to this problem:

Facilities Maintenance & Construction seeks to obtain and build infrastructure that increases the capacity for staff to process tree material in ways that protect University assets and investments related to our campus trees. This infrastructure will include a portable lumber mill and the design and construction of a solar powered kiln for drying the lumber in order to make it usable for wood working products. The processed wood material will be used for student, faculty and administration projects, with emphasis on the College of built Environments programs, requests related to Capital & Facilities Construction projects, and the potential for Annual Giving donor gifts. These requested items compliment already purchased items of a wood chipper and chainsaw mill to process tree material on campus. By keeping the tree material on campus, money is saved in disposal cost, less energy is used in waste transportation, some of the asset value of the tree is retained by being incorporated into campus projects and the investments made into that tree over time is preserved, especially if the final product becomes a permanent feature on campus.

 

What form and amount of student leadership will your project involve?

  • A graduate appointee (The Integrated Pest Management and Sustainability Coordinator) will coordinate with Grounds Management, Facilities Construction staff, and faculty from the College of Built Environments to develop and implement this program.
  • The student will develop the educational and outreach components of the program.
  • The student will also be responsible for records keeping, tracking costs, quantities and procedures related to this project.
  • The student will be work with multiple partners (including other students) to ensure products from campus trees that are benefiting students, staff, and faculty.

 

What type and amount of outreach and education will your project involve?

  • Grounds Management will feature this Salvage Wood program on their website and at outreach events.
  • Outreach and education through partners in the College of Built Environments will involve numerous student projects over time.
  • Any products created from this project could potentially be branded with the Campus Sustainability Fund logo creating a lasting outreach impact. 
  • As trees are removed from the campus landscape and incorporated into campus-wide projects, the story of that tree (its narrative) will hopefully become part of the project narrative.
  • Through education and outreach efforts, the perception of trees on campus and urban trees in general will change to reflect the understanding that they have value beyond their time in the ground.

Feasibility, Accountability, & Sustainability

  • Several demonstration products have been produced including a conference table and outdoor benches.
  • Both Grounds Management and Construction operate within the Facilities Services department of University of Washington. These entities have oversight mechanisms in place already to ensure projects are completed. The student position is supervised by the Manager of Ground Operations and will work closely with the Facilities Construction Lead carpenter to ensure project success.
  • Implementation of this project will demonstrate several sustainability practices including narrowing the waste stream by keeping more wood material on campus and creating the opportunity for locally grown wood to be utilized on campus.

 

What amount of funds do you anticipate your project will require from the CSF? :

Portable mill: $50,000.00

In-house design/build solar kiln: $6,000.00

Outreach and educational materials: $1,500.00

Total funding amount request:  $57,500.00
 

Cited

Vale, Karen. 2011. University of Washington Seattle Campus Forest Resources Analysis.  Master’s Project, University of Washington Botanic Gardens. Seattle Washington.

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Daniel Sorensen

UW Water Recapture

Project Size: Large, >$1,000
Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF:

Letter of Intent:

Project Summary This project will capture wastewater generated by a reverse-osmosis (R/O) machine and use it to supply the needs of a cooling tower. All work will take place in the Mechanical Room of the Magnuson Health Science Building, BB-Wing. This project can be completed in as little as 5 weeks. We are working with Dennis Garberg to determine the exact timeline of the project. Project Impact and Goals Definition of Terms • Reject water – Wastewater generated through the reverse-osmosis water purification process. This is measured in gallons and cubic feet. • Make-Up – This is the term for water used in the cooling tower. Also measured in gallons and cubic feet. Environmental Impact – Currently the R/O water purification unit located in the BB-Wing of the UW Medical building disposes all of the reject water produced through a drain to the city’s wastewater system. Over an 8-month period, in 2012, the system measured to be 81,978 gallons of wastewater generated from the R/O unit. Over a similar period in 2011 the system measured 51,545 gallons of wastewater produced by the R/O unit. Give to give this some perspective that is enough water to meet a single individuals needs for nearly two years. Using this wastewater in the cooling tower would offset the need of nearly 66,000 gallons annually. This would also save the University of Washington roughly $1,600 per year. There is also potential to replicate this project at two or three other sites across campus, should this project perform as expected. Student Involvement – Students cannot undertake the actual modification process. However, this team developed the project and is coordinating and planning out the entire process with input from campus alterations. We have also been invited to oversee the project as it goes through construction and have been involved with the development of cut-sheets identifying the materials needed to complete the project. Furthermore, a team, led by Alex Chin, developed this project over the previous year. That team had graduated and moved on before the project was able to completed. Through collaboration the project has been reinvigorated with new leadership furthering the amount of student involvement with this project. Education & Outreach – This is a permanent, enduring project that will have measurable impact long into the foreseeable future. While it is not as out there as say the UW Farm or Green Wall this project will generate resource savings that are easily understood and can be publicized by the University of Washington through the Earth Day or Sustainability Summit celebrations. There is an additional opportunity for long-term student involvement for future phases of this project. Feasibility, Sustainability & Accountability – This project does not utilize any new technologies. All components are “off-the-shelf.” We have been in discussion with UW F&M project managers and they have are excited about this project. They estimate that at the very most, from obtaining financing to full completion, the project would take a maximum of 3 months. UW alterations has the technical know-how either in house or through contract to undertake all of the necessary step to complete this project. We have yet to determine a true budget and whether all or some of the work can be done in house by the UW. Due to the financial structure of the UW F&M division (which would be responsible for actual construction and realization of the monetary savings), there would be no possibility of savings being paid back directly to the CSF. However, there is a remote possibility of a grant to cover 30-50% of the project costs through Seattle Public Utilities. This option needs to be explored further but either way is a retroactive credit once the project is completed. Budget Estimate We estimate a budget of $10,000. This includes a buffer for cost overruns. This is an early estimate that will be explored and explained in much greater detail as we continue to work with the UW in determining the costs associated with this project.

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Duncan Clauson

Project: Zimtervention

Project Size: Large, >$1,000
Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $8,520

Letter of Intent:

Project Summary:
This project will reduce carbon emissions and promote sustainable behavior change at the University of Washington through community-based social marketing (CBSM) in support of Zimride, an online ridesharing system. The project is being developed and carried out by a team of graduate students through the Program on the Environment’s Environmental Management Certificate. The outcomes of the project will provide valuable information for ongoing implementation of the rideshare program, as well as insight into applying CBSM to achieve additional forms of sustainable behavior change within the UW community.

Define the campus environmental problem that you are attempting to solve:
In 2007, the UW became a founding signatory to the American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment, pledging to work toward carbon neutrality and sustainability. This led to publishing a Climate Action Plan (CAP) in 2009, outlining the broad goals and three strategies to achieve these commitments, including adopting better technology, purchasing carbon offsets, and changing behavior. The University has already implemented a variety of CAP recommendations, but further action is needed to achieve carbon neutrality and sustainability goals.

The UW CAP identifies transportation as the area with the greatest potential for reducing carbon emissions through behavior change. In particular, commuting contributes the equivalent of over 50,000 million grams of CO2 each year. Single occupancy vehicle (SOV) commuting is responsible for a large share of commuting emissions. Among the UW-Seattle campus community alone, 21% of all community members (11,480) commute by SOV; this breaks down to 34% of staff (4,632), 47% of faculty (2,625) and 12% of students (4,223). At UW-Tacoma and UW-Bothell, the proportion of SOV commute trips is much higher, with 59% and 67% of those campus communities traveling by SOV, respectively.

For many years, the University has made progress reducing the number of SOV commute trips at all campuses, in large part by promoting the use of public transit. However, system capacity and budget realities constrain the transit system’s potential as an alternative for all SOV commute trips. In order to make further progress, additional options for commuters are vitally needed.

Describe your proposed solution to the problem:
With only 4%-12% of all UW commuters currently utilizing ridesharing, there is considerable room for the University to encourage and expand this commute alternative. This project will launch Zimride, a new ridesharing program, on behalf of the Office of Transportation Services and will use community-based social marketing (CBSM) to promote the use of Zimride to reduce carbon emissions and promote sustainable behavior change at the University of Washington. Zimride is a ridesharing system that helps organizations establish easy to use, private, social networks for ridesharing. It has been used by over 40 academic institutions, including a recent introduction at the UW Bothell campus. With an online platform that is integrated with social media, Zimride has the potential to greatly increase the number of students, faculty, and staff using ridesharing as a commuting option.

The goals of our project are:
1) Use CBSM to reduce SOV trips by influencing staff, students and faculty to participate in the Zimride rideshare program, and,
2) Provide valuable information for ongoing implementation of the rideshare program, as well as insight into applying CBSM to achieve additional forms of sustainable behavior change within the UW community.

We can achieve these goals by accomplishing the following objectives:
 Identify barriers to and benefits of ridesharing among the target population;
 Design and implement an innovative CBSM approach based on best practices that uses the convenience of an online interface and the normative power of social networks to foster sustainable behavior;
 Increase Zimride participation (i.e. signing up, actively seeking/offering rides, and successfully ridesharing) among the target population;
 Evaluate the effectiveness of CBSM and compare impacts across segments of the target population.

What form and amount of student leadership will your project involve?:
This project is being developed and carried out by a team of seven graduate students from the Evans School of Public Affairs through the Program on the Environment’s Environmental Management Certificate. The team is leading the design and implementation of all aspects of this project, from conducting focus groups with representatives of the target populations to inform social marketing campaign design, to working with Zimride to customize the user interface for the UW community.

What type and amount of outreach and education will your project involve?:
This project uses community-based social marketing (CBSM) to promote sustainable behavior. The rationale for CBSM lies within a critical analysis of alternative strategies for influencing behavior. Existing research reveals:
 Information, education, and awareness strategies alone are proven to be ineffective at leading to behavior change related to sustainability. Lack of information, in other words, is not the primary barrier to behavior change, and, conversely, providing more information is not the solution.
 Economic and self-interest strategies are also not always effective in changing behavior. In other words, and as we know from economics, people don’t always behave rationally.

In contrast, CBSM has been shown to be effective at bringing about behavior change for sustainability. The common “toolbox” of CBSM includes: getting participants to commit to change their behavior; developing prompts and appealing to community norms to sustain behavior change; implementing targeted, evidence-based communication strategies; and providing carefully constructed incentives.

This project will use information gathered through focus groups and surveys to develop a CBSM strategy. We anticipate preparing multiple tools, which we will implement across different segments of the target population. Because CBSM is inherently about social connections, we believe that engaging representatives from various communities within the target population will be integral for successful CBSM implementation. We will develop this approach more fully in the coming weeks.

What amount of funds do you anticipate your project will require from the CSF?:
Because we plan on developing our specific CBSM strategy in response to our findings from the focus groups, it is difficult to estimate how much our chosen CBSM approaches will cost. Given the uncertainty, however, we anticipate that project costs for any possible approaches will be less than $2,500. The bulk of this funding would go toward specific CBSM expenses, such as the use of publicity materials (posters, pins, car decals) to prompt and remind people to use Zimride, or for financial incentives and rewards. Purchasing the materials to market-test various CBSM approaches will help us identify the most effective approaches, reducing the costs of taking CBSM strategies to scale in future projects to effect lasting behavior change for sustainability at the University of Washington.

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Chris Hoffer

Real Food Challenge (RFC) UW Housing and Food Services (HFS) Audit

Project Size: Large, >$1,000
Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $2,000

Letter of Intent:

The UW Housing and Food Services (HFS) spends $8.5 million annually on food from 40 vendors. This is a huge fiscal sum that has a major impact on Washington State food economy, especially producer and process sectors. HFS currently lacks clear measurable definitions and standards to qualify “sustainable” and “local” food. When our RSO, Real Food Challenge (RFC), conducted a preliminary review of HFS purchases, we found ambiguity in definitions of local, when Coca Cola products were labeled locally based because processing plants are in King County. This audit will refine standards qualifying foods as local, ecologically sound, fair and humane, and will help clarify which specific food items HFS purchases really are local and sustainable. This will address another concern: lacking student awareness of the magnitude of the impact UW and HFS have on the food economy. Customers are not offered many transparent choices or sufficient information to eat locally or sustainably on campus.

The project purpose is to work with HFS long-term to improve food purchasing from sources that are locally based, ecologically sound, humane to animals, and fair to humans, in all points of the food value chain. Another objective is to increase student awareness of local sustainable food purchasing and options on campus. It is essential to include students in this process to improve student engagement with HFS staff and to help voice student opinion and strategize marketing of campus local sustainable food.

This project is the preliminary step to address these concerns. We will first conduct an audit of current HFS food purchases modeled after the Real Food Calculator, see realfoodchallenge.org/calculator. This audit will help identify which foods currently purchased are local and sustainable, and opportunities to improve. Creating this measure and producing a statistic of percent sustainable food at UW will give HFS and RFC a number for advertising and to improve upon in the future.

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Samantha E Ryder

Green Square: UW Tower Urban Garden Demonstration

Project Size: Large, >$1,000
Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $59,730

Letter of Intent:

The UW tower is the gateway to the University, it hosts the office of accounting, advancement, international exchanges, and many others.  Furthermore, the new link rail station is being build on the other side of the street, making it the first building many strangers will see when they come to the U-District.  It is important that the building reflect the sustainable mission of the University, and currently is does not. 

The University of Washington Tower plaza has a potential to become an example of the transformative power of greenery in turning a harsh urban environment into an oasis of life and beauty.  The tower plaza is surrounded by bare concrete walls, covered in brick and contains a few bulky concrete planters.  A few years ago, the green team started an urban garden project in the plaza.  It was small scale, but very successful in engaging coworkers by organizing movie events and giving out fresh produce.  We want to build on the project started by the Green Team and make it bigger and better.

We want the new edible garden to incorporate more vertical space, such as green screens.  We want it to be more educational and involve the community in creative ways.  We plan on designing a temporary urban garden that includes green screens, planters with a variety of edible and native plants, and a place for people to relax and enjoy the outdoors during their lunch break or after work.  The idea is to design something is the style of a parklet; a temporary platform that incorporates benches, planters, and green screens all in one structure.  It is somewhat of an art installation which calls for creativity and ingenuity.  The end result will be aesthetically pleasing and vibrant, a place for people to learn about growing edible plants and enjoy the outdoors.  Most importantly, it will advance to the University of Washington’s reputation in sustainability and innovation.

Explanation of how the project will meet the requirements and preferences of the CFS:

1)  Environmental Impact:  The main focus of the project is to educate people of the potential of growing food in a strictly urban environment.  It would connect people to the food system and entice them to start their own edible gardens at home.  The urban garden could potentially provide food for the UW tower and help localize the food system.  It would furthermore provide a habitat for animals and pollinators, leading to an increase in biodiversity.  The garden would also incorporate a water-capture system.

2)  Student Leadership & Involvement:  We foresee three phases of this project: design, construction, and maintenance.  Student involvement is critical for each.  We want this to be a multidisciplinary project which will involve students from many different majors.  Landscape Architecture and Environmental Science students would be involved in the design, construction would be carries out by Industrial Design and Construction Management students (with oversight of a contractor).  Students from any major can be involved in maintenance, preferentially it would be someone who is working at the UW tower.  Since there is no complicated technology involved, and the project can be constructed in a studio and then transported in part to the plaza, we believe that students can be the primary designers, constructors, and leaders in this project.

3)  Education, Outreach, & Behavior Change:  As mentioned above, the main aim of the garden is to showcase the potential for growth in harsh urban environment.  A secondary educational aspect is that of the food system, and the importance of urban agriculture in localizing the food system and decreasing carbon footprints.  Passerby’s will be inspired and hopefully try to start their own gardens at home.  In addition, we hope that people realize the benefit of urban agriculture and support such projects in the future.  Once the garden starts growing enough produce, we plan to organize a little farmer’s market on the plaza which could also incorporate produce from the UW farm.

4)  Feasibility, Accountability, & Sustainability:  The yearly budget that the green team received is not enough to design and construct a project of the scope we have in mind.  This is where we need most assistance.  It is enough to hire a student to maintain the area after it it constructed.  Furthermore, this project is part of the Carlson Center, and receives quarterly service learners (such as myself) to help in any way possible.  We can thus assure the sustainability of the project.  We have reached out to faculty around the campus, and have already received interest in the project.  We plan of having students work on the design and construction either for extra credit, as a capstone project, or as an internship.  The green team at the UW tower will play a big part in this project, they are familiar with the requirements of the UW Tower for such project, and have experience with projects in the past.

We are asking for $59,730 in total.  $5,700 will be spent on the design phase, $44,530 on construction, and $8,500 for maintenance. 

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Michael Lewis

Conservation and Sustainability at Manastash Ridge Observatory: Planning For the Next Forty Years

Project Size: Large, >$1,000
Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $40,000

Letter of Intent:

Forty years after its dedication, it's time to make changes at the University’s Manastash Ridge Observatory (MRO) that reflect the realities of how we use the facility, and respect our impact on natural resources, particularly our water and energy consumption.

 

The UW Astronomy department built MRO in 1972 at a location outside of Ellensburg, Washington, chosen for its good weather, proximity to Seattle, and because electrical and telephone utilities could be brought in. However, it was far too remote for city water service, so the architects incorporated a water storage tank, which is regularly filled by deliveries from a water pumping truck. The system has worked well, but current reality is that the water tank supply is not as sanitary as city water, and the deliveries are expensive at roughly one thousand dollars per visit. As a result, we ask each observing team to carry their own drinking and washing water up with them, but water and electricity remain MRO’s second and third largest budget items.

 

We seek to both conserve the resources we use and sustain the observatory for the future by reducing our reliance on outside resources. Our plan for conservation is to construct a kitchen that is not plumbed to running water, to replace the previous kitchen’s energy inefficient fridge and range as well as our original “maximum flush” toilets, and to install LED lighting for our working and living areas. In order to reduce our overall environmental impact, and to demonstrate the possibilities for sustainable construction, we also propose to construct a rainwater catchment system and solar grid-tie system with battery reserve. The latter option could potentially make us the first observatory capable of solar-powered astronomical observations.

 

The four components of this proposal (conserving water, conserving energy, capturing rainwater, and solar power) are relatively independent upgrades, but together they complement each other and maximize the effect each has individually. The budget for each part does not necessarily correspond to the magnitude of the improvement we expect from each aspect, and we do not expect each to pay-off financially on a short time scale. However, each component will play a unique role in making our astronomical observatory (MRO) a demonstration site and amplifying our educational goals. We submit this proposal as four parts that stand alone and can be funded independently, but submit together to increase their impact.

 

Campus Sustainability Fund Requirements and Preferences

Environmental Impact

 

Conservation of water and energy are the primary goals of our proposal. In particular, we estimate that the installation of low-flow toilets will cut the number of water deliveries in half. Fewer water deliveries mean fewer diesel emissions from the water truck we hire to bring river water up to our remote observatory. The use of LED bulbs, which are much more efficient than our current incandescent lighting, will also reduce heat in the living spaces of the observatory during the Central Washington summer when the observatory is open. We predict that the rainwater catchment system, for a modest cost, will further eliminate another thousand dollar water delivery each year, and the solar system we are designing should be sufficient to effectively take the observatory off the grid during our summer observing season.

Student Leadership & Involvement

 

The UW’s astronomy club, the League of Astronomers, has contributed their expertise to this proposal as representatives of the people who spend their nights working there each summer. These students, many of whom spend over a week’s worth of time at MRO each summer, know the needs and patterns of observing at MRO better than anyone else.

 

In addition many projects at MRO are already carried out by volunteer work parties drawn from our awesome undergraduate users. The observatory would not be the vibrant and special place it is today without the energy and ideas of the undergraduates who stay there each summer. We’re lucky that MRO has been adopted as a special place for the undergraduate astronomers, and we know we couldn’t propose and implement this work without their support.

 

Education, Outreach, & Behavior Change

 

Observing at MRO has always meant taking care of the facility and its land. We will build upon the expectation of care for the observatory, and make daily measurements a part of our procedures. It seems that awareness of consumption is often used to promote conservation (like cars that display their instantaneous mpg, or buildings that display their energy use). MRO users will be expected to post daily reports noting, among many other telescope or facility issues, the level of the water tank and the status of the solar array’s battery bank. We anticipate that bringing light to each group’s water and power consumption will lead to some good natured competition to conserve.

 

Additionally, these systems will make MRO a leading demonstration site in sustainable practices. While some systems in this proposal are highly visible (solar arrays), others will be unfamiliar (the foot pump kitchen sink, which comes from marine systems), but each will create a facility that incorporates our commitment to conservation and sustainability.

 

Feasibility, Accountability, & Sustainability

 

Facility work such as this is well within the expertise of our network of volunteers, some of whom are facilities maintenance professionals, or represent tasks that can be contracted out to professional tradespeople. The equipment we propose to use is readily available for our purposes. They are well tested and long lasting, combined in a way to achieve our goals.

 

Budget Estimates

 

Water and Energy Conserving Kitchen, parts and labor: $3,000
White and red LED lighting Systems, parts: $1,000
Rainwater Catchment, parts: $ 1,000
Solar Powered Telescope Operations, parts and labor: $30,000
Project Management: $5,000

 

Total: $40,000 parts & labor

 

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Oliver Fraser

Mobile Maintenance Trailer for the ASUW Bike Shop

Project Size: Small, <$1,000
Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $981

Letter of Intent:

Proposal for Mobile Maintenance Trailer by the ASUW Bike Shop
June 6, 2016
 
Sustainable mobility practices have a large positive impact both on the community and the environment, and cycling is the poster child for sustainable mobility. Not only is biking much cheaper than driving, making it ideal for college students on a budget, but it has a net zero carbon footprint, making it ideal for the environmental well-being of our community. It also gives cyclists a better understanding of, and connection to, the environment they inhabit. The easier it is for people to ride their bikes on and to campus, the fewer cars there will be, and everyone’s experience will be improved. With our mobile maintenance trailer we will be able to strengthen UW’s bike infrastructure by offering on demand bike maintenance wherever it is needed, and wherever our student mechanics directing the program determine it will be most beneficial.
 
In 5-10 minutes, with the proposed mobile toolkit, we could perform the following safety checks and services to most bicycles:
·         Adjust brakes & shifting
·         Clean and oil the chain
·         Evaluate wear on brake pads, tires, chains
·         Check tire pressure, wheel alignment, derailleur alignment
·         Advise whether any further maintenance is needed, or just what to watch out for
·         Supply pamphlets about rider safety, bike registration stickers, and  information about programs by transportation services, such as commute planning consultation or the bike buddy program, and the IMA’s UWild bike rental
A mobile bicycle repair program will directly support our on-campus cycling community, be entirely managed and run by student mechanics at the ASUW Bike Shop, and result in direct engagement between the ASUW Bike Shop and UW bicycle commuters. It will be an opportunity to increase the presence of the ASUW Bike Shop on campus, while providing a direct and tangible benefit to those riders who our programs are here to serve.
 
The performance difference between a bicycle that has not been maintained and a freshly serviced bicycle is noticeable. Yet, the cost and hassle of having to come to the bike shop to get that service is enough to prevent many bikes from receiving the regular maintenance they need to operate most efficiently. People riding up to a mobile bicycle safety check station, then riding away a few minutes later with a bicycle that stops easier, shifts better, or doesn’t make that annoying noise anymore will be more likely to enjoy their ride, increasing the likelihood they will opt to ride their bike in the future and seek repair services when needed.
 
Environmental Impact, Education and Outreach
Passenger car trips account for 45% of carbon emissions in the Seattle area, according to the 2012 Seattle Community Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory. Many of those car trips might be replaced by bike trips if the incentives to ride a bike are high and the barriers are low. The incentives for cycling are already high – it is a healthy, affordable, effective, reliable, and fun way to get around. The barriers for regularly riding a bike for most people are, unfortunately, even higher. Two barriers to cycling people might face include: (1) mechanical issues with their bikes, and (2) insufficient knowledge of how to safely operate and maintain a bike. Our mechanics are not only capable of quickly fixing or diagnosing mechanical issues, but are also experienced cyclists who are knowledgeable enough to answer most questions beginning cyclists have about their ride. While we work every day within the walls of the Bike Shop to make cycling more accessible and safe for the UW community, we can more effectively address both of these barriers by refusing to limit ourselves by the physical walls of our shop. We can expand our impact by having regular mobile maintenance events around campus.
 
Student Leadership and Involvement
All of the mechanics at the ASUW Bike Shop are current students at UW, and one of them would be put in charge of the mobile maintenance program. This position would require additional organization, discretion, and leadership than what is required of a mechanic position alone, and would be a good stepping-stone for students interested in becoming manager of the bike shop. The director of the mobile maintenance program will be given the responsibility of determining the most effective schedule, location, and ways to publicize the free service. They will coordinate with other mechanics so that at least two mechanics will be out whenever we are offering mobile maintenance.
 
Feasibility, Accountability, Sustainability
The program was test-run last summer and autumn to determine what to expect from offering free safety checks and tune-ups. It was determined that several factors will be critical to the success of this program: set-up and take-down efficiency, safety check/tune-up efficacy, and station visibility. Having the proper equipment, so the mechanic will only have to hitch up the trailer in the morning to be ready to go, will greatly improve the efficiency of the set-up and take-down process. Proper tools and training will ensure our mechanics operate at peak efficacy. A professional looking set-up, including a sign that communicates that the service is “FREE,” as well as the alluring possibility of free trinkets, will maximize our visibility and encourage people to stop.
 
By placing responsibility on the student mechanics involved in the program to determine how to best allocate their time and the Bike Shop’s resources to achieve their goal, we will ensure that the program is implemented by students who are excited, empowered, and actively invested in making it as successful as possible.
 
If we are properly prepared, and prudent about what we are and aren’t able to fix while mobile, this will be a very fun and effective way to engage the cycling community, do more good work for their bicycles, and support our partners on campus who provide services and resources for UW cyclists.
 
Very respectfully,
 
Kris Skotheim
Current Manager, ASUW Bike Shop
 
Chet Merklin
Incoming Manager, ASUW Bike Shop
 
Adam Witzel
Mechanic, ASUW Bike Shop
 
 
 
 
 
Timeline: In 4 weeks or less from the allocation of funds, we will be able to order, assemble, and prepare the mobile maintenance program. If we are able to purchase the equipment by July 1st, we will be able to run at least one or two mobile maintenance events this summer in preparation for the rush of students and cyclists returning to campus in the fall. 
 

Tool Qty Indiv Cost Qty Cost    
Park screwdriver set 1 $9.40 $9.40    
Park hex wrench set 2 $12.50 $25.00    
Park wrench set 1 $41.95 $41.95    
Park adjustable wrench 1 $19.50 $19.50    
Park needle nose pliers 1 $13.50 $13.50    
Park magnetic parts bowl 1 $3.95 $3.95    
Park derailleur alignment tool 1 $37.95 $37.95    
Park cone wrenches, 13 - 17 mm 5 $4.50 $22.50    
Dualco grease gun 1 $10.95 $10.95    
Park spoke wrenches (3.2, 3.3, 3.45, 3.96) 4 $3.85 $15.40    
Park chain tool 1 $18.75 $18.75    
Park chain wear indicator 1 $15.45 $15.45    
Park chain link pliers 1 $8.30 $8.30    
Park small pedal wrench 1 $6.25 $6.25    
Park Pin Spanners 2 $4.75 $9.50    
Pedro's cable cutter 1 $17.50 $17.50    
Pedro's cable puller fourth hand 1 $15.00 $15.00    
Hozan Lock Ring Wrench 1 $16.50 $16.50    
Finish Line Chain Cleaner 1 $13.50 $13.50    
        Tools Sub-Total: $320.85
Surly Ted long-bed bike trailer   $475.00      
Surly trailer hitch   $185.00   Trailer Sub-Total: $660.00
           
        Tools & Trailer: $980.85
           
Approximate Labor Cost
(to be covered by ASUW Bike Shop):
hrs mechanics wage sessions/month total/month
           
Low estimate: 3:30 - 6:30 (on the trail from 4 pm - 6 pm) 3 2 $14.00 1 $84.00
High estimate: 3:00 - 7:00 (on the trail from 3:30 pm - 6:30 pm) 4 2 $14.00 2 $224.00

 

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Kris Skotheim

Commuter Profile

Project Size: Large, >$1,000
Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $30,000

Letter of Intent:

Define the campus environmental problem that you are attempting to solve:
The primary campus environmental problem this project addresses is carbon emissions. It also addresses problems of resource consumption and pollution produced by the operation of vehicles and creation and maintenance of roads and parking lots.

According to the UW Climate Action Plan, 24.4% of our campus carbon emissions are attributed to commuting. UW Transportation has done an impressive job, particularly with the U-Pass program, and our current mode-split is commendable by US standards. But there is plenty of room for improvement. For example, about 1/3 of UW commuters currently walk or bicycle for their commute but twice that many (about 60%) of the campus population lives within
5 miles of campus which puts them within comfortable bicycling/walking distance (bicycling is generally the most cost and time-efficient form of transportation for distances between 2 and 5 miles according to the Cascade Bicycle Club, and walking is very viable at shorter distances).
Not only will a switch to lower-impact forms of transportation reduce our environmental impact, but they will reduce traffic congestion, improve health and create a more humane campus environment (some interesting research shows positive effects of reduced vehicle
traffic on quality of life: http://www.streetfilms.org/revisiting-donald-appleyards-livable-streets/ )

Describe your proposed solution to this problem:
The proposed solution is a web-based tool which allows people to indicate the start and endpoints of their commute and be provided with a “Commuter Profile” which gives them information about their commuting options including suggested routes (provided by Google Maps), estimated costs and benefits (money spent, calories burned, carbon emissions produced), resources available to UW commuters (e.g. UPass, bike facilities, ride-sharing
resources, telecommuting policies, etc) and other motivational/inspirational information about the benefits of more environmentally friendly commuting options (e.g. profiles of commuters and expert advice offered by UW researchers and professionals).

Changing commuting behavior is not easy. People have logistical, health, and practical reasons for choosing their commute option. There are real hurdles to switching. Enabling a switch requires the alignment of many factors in an individual’s life. This proposed project doesn’t address all of those factors, but it does address the information/education.

To see an early design mock-up, go to http://staff.washington.edu/ostergrn/Commuting/CommuterInterface2.swf

My vision is that a link to this tool would be provided to all students/faculty/staff to accompany the information that is sent out each quarter with the UPass (this is something that Transportation Services would help determine). It could also be available from MyUW.

What form and amount of student leadership will your project involve?
This project will be overseen, managed and carried out by students who will coordinate their efforts with UW staff (Transportation Services). Students will not only do the design and technical work, but also interact with staff and faculty to gather feedback and support, conduct usability testing, and identify the substantial resources the UW community can provide (e.g.expertise on relevant topics ranging from the health impacts of different commuting modes to
urban planning and policy-setting to support commuters).

What type and amount of outreach and education will your project involve?
The finished project will provide education/awareness about the environmental impacts and personal/social impacts of various commuting options to everyone who uses it (potentially the entire UW community).
The process of creating the project will involve outreach to UW staff and faculty to garner their support and, in the process, create mutual awareness of the resources the UW has to address and minimize its own environmental impacts.

What amount of funds do you anticipate your project will require from the CSF?
The funds required for this project include money to pay students for their work and money to reimburse participants in focus groups and usability testing. The funds will support the UW (i.e.by helping to fund UW students, by using UW catering and by reimbursing via the Husky card to encourage on-campus purchasing). 

What you see below is a very rough estimate of the magnitude of funds needed to make this project successful:

Approximately $30,000

$1,600-12,000
2 quarters, Half-time Graduate or undergraduate student:
Coordinator: An individual who will oversee the work of the developers, conduct the focus groups, and gather information about UW research and professional expertise.

2 quarters, $1,600-8,000
10-20hr/week graduate or undergraduate student for 2 quarters
($8.00-$20.00/hr):
Communication designer: Craft and frame the messages to be compelling and relevant.

2 quarters, $1,600-8,000
10-20hr/week graduate or undergraduate student for 2 quarters
($8.00-$20.00/hr):
Visual designer: Design a visually appealing and effective site.

2 quarters, $1,600-8,000
10-20hr/week graduate or undergraduate student for 2 quarters
($8.00-$20.00/hr):
Web designer: Design and implement an effective interactive interface.

2 quarters, $1,600-8,000
10-20hr/week graduate or undergraduate student for 2 quarters
($8.00-$20.00/hr):
Coder: Address the technical challenges of working with Google Maps and other online
resources to produce the recommended routes.

$300 focus groups (4, 5 people each) – buy lunch from Bay Laurel Catering
($15 each)
$300 usability testing – 4 rounds, 5 people each time, give $15 to Husky card

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Marilyn Ostergren

Biodiversity Green Wall, Edible Green Screen + Water Harvesting Demonstration Project Phase I‐ Feasibility and Design

Project Size: Large, >$1,000
Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $10,185

Letter of Intent:

The Biodiversity Green Wall, Edible Green Screen and Water Harvesting Demonstration Project is a two-Phase project to be constructed at Gould Hall. Phase I is a Feasibility and Design Study and Phase II is Construction and Documentation. This proposal is to fund Phase I with work to be completed by the end of August, 2011. A student Design Team will lead the project from initial building assessment through construction and monitoring stages. As a Demonstration Project, students will transform a blank concrete wall into a showcase of improved habitat that fosters diverse native species, a rainwater harvest method, local food production, and systems that reduce building heating and cooling energy demand that can help the campus reduce its carbon footprint and achieve its sustainability goals. A student-led design and construction effort, the Demonstration Project will provide numerous campus benefits as well as enhanced hands-on education opportunities.

The Biodiversity Green Wall, Edible Green Screen and Water Harvesting Demonstration Project will address several aspects of sustainability outlined in the UW Climate Action Plan including water recycling, sustainable land use planning, sustainable and local food production, energy and carbon footprint reduction and UW green marketing and branding efforts.

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Leslie Batten

Sustainability Service-Learning Liaison

Project Size: Large, >$1,000
Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $3,588

Letter of Intent:

The Carlson Leadership & Public Service Center is actively working to develop service-learning opportunities related to sustainability and environmental stewardship on and off campus, particularly for students in the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) disciplines. The Center is applying for $3588 to fund a graduate or advanced undergraduate student to work as the sustainability service-learning liaison during Summer 2011. Please note, our letter of intent indicated a request for $3100.00. The slight increase is due to the increased number of weeks of funding needed to fund a student throughout the summer.

The current student service-learning liaison has seen success in the past two quarters, developing seven new partnerships with sustainability focused organizations, as well as starting a collaborative relationships with the Environmental Stewardship & Sustainability Office and the UW Farm. Funding from the CSF would enable the Carlson Center to keep the current momentum that has developed this academic year towards sustainability focused service-learning opportunities. The student will take a leadership role in implementing three concurrent goals that will build the Carlson Center’s capacity to offer service-learning opportunities to students in the STEM disciplines:

Goal 1. Develop and expand partnerships with local non-profit organizations that address sustainability issues. The Carlson Center already has long-standing relationships with numerous environmentally focused organizations. In order to support an increased number of students involved in service-learning, it is important to develop opportunties at local organizations that will offer students diverse opportunities to volunteer in the community. It is our hope that students in the STEM disciplines will be able to bring different skill sets to the organizations than traditional service-learners have previously. The student will serve as a way for local environmentally focused organizations to connect with the University and for them to be aware of the sustainability efforts happening at UW currently.

Goal 2. Identify outreach and community engagement activities already occuring on campus, particularly in the STEM fields. Many programs on campus offer outreach to K-12 students in the form of assemblies, field trips, or more extensive summer programs. In order to better understand what types of programs are being offered to the community by UW, we plan to reach out to faculty members running these programs. We also plan to discuss the possibility of incorporating service-learning into the programs or related courses taught by the faculty members.

Goal 3. Build relationships with on campus entities that are dedicated to improving environmental awareness and sustainable practices at UW. Among the many groups working to improve campus sustainability, we have identified the Environmental Stewardship & Sustainability Office and the Campus Sustainability Fund campus groups that are crafting a campus culture that is environmentally conscious. We hope to partner with these and other student groups across campus to provide students participating in service-learning opportunities to make a positive impact on campus sustainability.

Goal 4. Improve outreach efforts to sustainability focused Registered Student Organizations (RSO’s). Student groups across campus are demonstrating dedication to diverse issues in sustainability. We already have partnerships with various student groups, such as WashPIRG and the UW Farm. By connecting with more student groups, we hope to develop additional on-campus service-learning and volunteer opportunities and also link these groups with the environmental organizations in the broader Seattle community.

The new student liaison will address the goals listed above using the following strategies during Summer 2011:

Strategy 1: Develop Partnerships. The new student liaison will reach out to the organizations listed by the current liaison as organizations that would be suitable for service-learning partnerships, as well as research other potential organizations. This will involve site visits to organizations across Seattle to discuss the goals of the organizations and ways that students could provide support through service- learning. Specific organizations to reach out to include Sustainable Seattle, Sustainable Northeast Seattle, and Environment Washington.

Strategy 2: Identify Campus Activities. The current liaison has developed a list of summer outreach programs conducted by faculty in the STEM disciplines. Over the summer, the new student liaison will contact the leaders in these programs to learn more about what they offer to students in Seattle and also determine if service-learners could participate in the program during the academic year.

Strategy 3: Build Relationships with Campus Offices. The Carlson Center hopes to host a service-learning round table event during the Environmental Stewardship & Sustainability Office’s “Sustainability Summit” held in the fall. At this event we plan to bring together faculty, some who have participated in service-learning and some who are interested in service- learning but have not used it in the classroom, and representatives from community environmental organizations who are familiar with service-learning to facilitate discussions about service-learning opportunities. The student liaison would take part in much of the planning of the event during the summer in order for it to occur in October.

Strategy 4: Build Relationships with Student Groups. The Environmental Stewardship & Sustainability Office has already identified a list of Environmental RSO’s at UW. We plan to contact these groups during the early summer and late summer in order to talk about ways to provide support to them, as well as collaborate with them in the fall and throughout the year. We would also like to invite representatives of these groups to the round table event in the fall to discuss ways to incorporate on-campus service-learning and volunteer positions into the organizations.

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Rachel Vaughn

Biodiversity Greenwall, Edible Green Screen, and Water Harvesting Demonstration Project

Project Size: Large, >$1,000
Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF:

Letter of Intent:

Project Summary:
The Biodiversity Green Wall, Edible Green Screen and Water Harvesting Demonstration Project is a two-Phase project to be constructed at Gould Hall.  Phase I is a Feasibility and Design Study and Phase II is Construction and Documentation.  Phase I was awarded funding by the Campus Sustainability Fund in the summer of 2011 and will be completed by the end of the year.  This proposal is to fund Phase II, with work to be completed by August 2012. 

A student Design + Construction Team will lead the project from the design stage through construction, documentation and education and outreach.  As an integrated Demonstration Project, students will transform a blank concrete wall into a showcase of improved habitat that fosters diverse native species, innovate rainwater harvesting methods, utilize solar power for lighting and irrigation pumping, try new methods of local food production, and test green systems that will potentially reduce building heating and cooling energy demand to help the campus reduce its carbon footprint and achieve its sustainability goals.  A student-led design and construction effort, the Demonstration Project will yield numerous campus benefits as well as provide diverse  hands-on education opportunities. Successful implementation of the Demonstration Project may lay the groundwork for the construction of other green walls on campus, helping the campus achieve its multiple sustainability goals.

CSF Requirements + Preferences:
Environmental Impact
This integrated demonstration project will have positive environmental impact in numerous ways, showcasing the additive benefits of taking an integrated green infrastructure approach:

  • It is expected that the Green Wall and Green Screen will increase building performance, with the potential for long term energy and cost savings with reduction in heating/cooling energy demands
  • The Biodiversity Green Wall, populated with native vegetation, will provide native habitat for plants, insects and birds.
  • The Edible Green Screen will investigate the potential for using vertical surfaces to produce local food.
  • Water harvesting for irrigation use will reduce potable water consumption and remove water from the waste stream by reusing it through irrigation.  The process will also cleanse pollutants through phytoremediation by plant material, thereby addressing water quality and quantity issues.
  • The Demonstration Project will examine the role of aesthetics in promoting sustainability.  When people are excited about green technologies they are more likely to adopt sustainable practices themselves.  When campus departments become interested in green technologies, they are more likely to implement them in other places around campus.
  • The Demonstration Project will also contribute to noise pollution absorption, air quality and carbon sequestration, and urban heat island reduction.
  • The use of low energy LED lighting will demonstrate the viability of new photovoltaic solutions in reducing energy use, while also improving safety within the Varey Garden and at the adjacent bus stop at night.
  • The Demonstration Project will address several aspects of sustainability outlined in the UW Climate Action Plan including water recycling, sustainable land use planning, sustainable and local food production, energy and carbon footprint reduction and UW green marketing and branding efforts.
  • The Demonstration Project will address the criteria of the CPO SustainAbilities Scorecard.
  • Because the Green Futures Lab overlooks the Demonstration Project, the project will be a direct connection to this valuable campus resource.  Additionally, the project will highlight the expertise of multiple campus departments and offices, cross pollinating environmental design knowledge on campus.

Student Involvement

  • Phase I of the Demonstration Project was entirely student-led.  Students have already logged over 650 hours of design and coordination efforts.
  • Phase II will potentially provide 3-5 paid student jobs and 10-15 student volunteer jobs, providing an estimated 600 hours of student work.
  • Because of liability reasons, students will work directly with a contractor and Capital Projects-appointed PM for Green Wall installation, however students will have the opportunity to fabricate and construct the Green Screen as well as install Green Wall plants.
  • The Student Design Team will document construction (potentially in a time-laps video/photos), design, construct and install educational signage, lead student workshops, present in applicable classes, and monitor and disseminate project results.
  • Students will develop skills in project management, construction, campus coordination, maintenance, research, and leadership of their peers, UW staff and a contractor.
  • Students will build their personal portfolios and increase their post-college job marketability by having been involved in a sizeable installation- from project inception and grant writing to construction and monitoring.

Education + Outreach

  • The project is housed at Gould Hall in the Varey Garden and will be visible from 15th as well as the bus stop in front of Gould Hall.  The Varey Garden is an already beloved public garden and the Demonstration Project will help to further activate the space.
  • The College of Built Environments houses over 700 students and 185 faculty/staff in Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Urban Planning and Construction Management- all disciplines that would directly benefit from the educational and research components of the Demonstration Project. Because of its ecological and stormwater benefits, the Demonstration Project also has the potential to appeal to the Engineering Departments as well as the College of the Environment.
  • With its close proximity to main campus and Schmitz Hall, the Demonstration Project has the potential to be a stopping point along guided Campus Tours, reaching out to prospective students as well as demonstrating UW’s commitment to sustainability.
  • Students will have the opportunity to research and monitor the Demonstration Project.  Temperature sensors will be installed on both sides of the green wall to test building performance and water gauges will be built into the irrigation system to measure water use.  Students will perform species counts (plants, animals and insects) and plant growth will be documented + monitored.  Because the Demonstration Project is within view of the Green Futures Lab, students will also have the opportunity to measure human use.
  • The Phase I Feasibility and Design document as well as the construction documents will be published online and available in the Green Futures Lab.  Documentation of construction (potentially in a time-laps video/photos) as well as future?? monitoring outcomes [as part of Phase II] will also be published online through the Green Futures Lab.
  • Students will also have the option to present their findings and designs in various university courses such as LARCH 498: Soils and Hydrology, ARCH 532: Sustainable Construction Materials, CM 313: Construction Methods and Materials, and other applicable engineering, horticulture or ESRM courses.  The Demonstration Project also has the potential to be a living lab for design studios, inspiring further design ideas.
  • Post construction, students will be invited to conduct research on the walls and water harvesting systems and to co-publish and present this research in courses, conferences, and academic publications. Potential opportunities for publicizing in local print include the UW Daily, UW Today e-newsletter, and the UW Botanic Gardens e-newsletter.
  • Because the Demonstration Project is a highly public "green" structure, it could appeal to professional publications or blog entries for the Cascadia Green Building Council, American Society of Landscape Architecture, American Institute of Architects, and Green Roofs for Healthy Cities.
  • Students will present the project at a Green Infrastructure Partnership monthly meeting as well as the Washington ASLA Committee on the Environment monthly meeting.
  • Students will present the project at next year’s Sustainability Fair + Summit  and posters will be available for display within the CSF office.
  • Because of its online documentation, the Demonstration Project has the potential to be a role model for other Design Colleges and Universities across the country as a showcase of sustainability and a display of integrated inter-disciplinary student work.
  • Additionally, interpretive signage will provide passive educational opportunities for visitors to the walls in the Gould Hall Varey Garden.
  • The Demonstration Project aligns with the goals of the College of Built Environment to integrate sustainability for a “tangible improvement of built and natural environments.”  Because both its design process and physical product breaks disciplinary boundaries, the Demonstration Project displays the “strong interest in interdisciplinary exchange” within the College.

Feasibility, Sustainability + Accountability

  • In Phase I, students coordinated with over 19 faculty and staff on campus to determine project feasibility and develop partnerships for long term maintenance and sustainability.
  • Students presented the Demonstration Project to the Campus Design Review Board in September 2011 and will potentially present the project again for feedback at the University Landscape Advisory Committee or Design Review Board meetings in December.
  • Since the project is housed at the College of Built Environments, students coordinated a design session with the CBE Dean, CBE Department Chairs, and Varey Garden designer to get design and technical feedback, gain project momentum, and align the design with the goals of the College.
  • UW Farm and UW Grounds and Maintenance expressed their excitement about the project and verbally agreed to be a part of long term maintenance.  More defined commitments will be coordinated at the end of Phase I.
  • The student lead on the project is a licensed Landscape Architect and has several years experience of overseeing landscape construction projects.  She will work directly with the CPO-appointed Project Manager to assure the schedule and timeline of construction is reasonable and accurate.  The GFL Director is also a licensed Landscape Architect and will continue to provide leadership and advising for the student team.
  • The Green Futures Lab  (GFL) has an impressive project portfolio, attesting to the capability of the unit.  The GFL is well respected in the design field and has a strong relationship to design professionals and academics. Following construction, the GFL will ensure the Demonstration Project has the faculty guidance and student stewardship needed to sustain the full life of the living structures.

Estimate of Project Budget:

We are requesting $80,000 from CSF to complete Phase II of the Biodiversity Green Wall, Edible Green Screen and Water Harvesting Demonstration Project.  We estimate the total project cost to be about $115,000 and anticipate receiving 30% in match funds.

The Green Futures Lab has committed to contributing $2,000 towards the project and students are currently in dialogue with the College of Built Environments, Capital Projects, Services and Activities Fee and UW Grounds and Maintenance for potential further teaming.

This cost includes construction + maintenance materials and installation as well as student management, installation, documentation and monitoring hours.  See the ‘student involvement’ section for more details about student roles in the project.  A detailed cost estimate will be provided for the full proposal.

 

Current Design:
Please see the following pages for renderings of the current design.  

Daytime rendering of Green Wall + Green Screen Demonstration Project


Nighttime rendering of Green Wall + Green Screen Demonstration Project


The Demonstration Project will incorporate Water Harvesting as well as Solar Panels to power irrigation pumps and lighting elements. Location options are below.


Preliminary Construction Drawings of the Demonstration project:

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Leann Andrews

Biodiesel Cooperative Vapor Characterization

Project Size: Large, >$1,000
Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $1,620

Letter of Intent:

The Biodiesel Cooperative is seeking funds to perform a vapor characterization analysis to determine the quantity of methanol vapor released from the Biodiesel Cooperative’s production process. Characterizing the vapors released from the reactor is important, because the biodiesel conversion involves methanol. Methanol can cause health effects when inhaled. The OSHA permissible exposure limit for methanol vapor exposure is a time-weighted average of 200ppm over an 8-hour period. The Cooperative uses liquid methanol, but since the reactor is heated during the conversion some of the methanol may vaporize during reaction. It is important to know if any of this vaporized methanols is released, because it could have health effects. The Cooperative will also be determining the flammability risk with the vapor. This research has impacts that are potentially broader than just the Cooperative. The vapors released from small-scale biodiesel reactors have not been well characterized. The vapor characterization will help to keep small-scale biodiesel producers like the Cooperative safe. The characterization will be performed in a temporary lab space allocated to the Cooperative by Engineering Facilities Services for the purpose of the vapor characterization. This project will be done in cooperation with Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S). The ultimate goal of the project is to determine the Cooperative’s lab requirements. Once EH&S agrees to the lab requirements, the Cooperative will be able to find a lab space that meets the Cooperative’s long term needs and insures its viability. The Cooperative will be in a much stronger position to fulfill its main goals after this characterization is complete. It will be able to begin to educate individuals in a small-scale alternative energy production, while also increase sustainability on campus by repurposing a waste stream into fuel for on-campus vehicles.

The Cooperative helps students gain both engineering and business experience through operating a small-scale biodiesel plant. On the business side this experience stems from satisfying stakeholders, performing outreach, and managing the Cooperative’s financials. On the engineering side this experience involves process improvements, plant operation and research. The cooperative also provides mentorship opportunities for students in the form of more experienced students and industry professionals. The Cooperative works with its mentors and stakeholders to educate the community about alternative energy. Since its founding last December the Cooperative has participated in several on campus outreach events. These included Engineering Discovery Days in Spring 2011, the ENGAGE event the day before the SEBA sponsored Autumn Science and Engineering Career Fair and the Sustainability Summit this October.

Student volunteer opportunities of this project can be divided into two categories: logistics and engineering. Each of these leaders is currently involved in the vapor characterization project. There will be further opportunities for student involvement for more junior members. These junior members will help to implement the project and work directly under one of the project leaders on specific tasks, such as running the reactor or helping to write grants for the project.

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Kathryn Cogert

Putting the Green in Greenhouse

Project Size: Large, >$1,000
Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF:

Letter of Intent:

The University of Washington Botany Greenhouse is a prime candidate for rainwater reclamation. Capturing rainwater that flows through the existing gutter system and re-routing it to storage tanks located within the confines of the greenhouse would save from purchasing city water, increase the quality of water used for irrigation, save energy currently used to warm irrigation water, and dramatically increase the thermal mass of the enclosed greenhouse space which would save on space heating energy demands.

The greenhouse demands approximately 350 gallons of water per day (corresponding to 128,000 gallons of water annually). In order to adequately meet this demand there must be a balance between the quantity of rain falling on the roof and the physical storing capacity of the greenhouse. It turns out that the limiting factor is the storing capacity of the greenhouse. To date there is available space underneath six of the tables to store six, 3ft diameter by 32ft long water tanks, allowing for a maximum storing capacity of 7050 gallons at any given time. These tanks would not impose a spatial burden on the greenhouse and could be connected to existing plumbing systems with relative ease. A volume calculation that took into consideration the average monthly rainfall rates in Seattle (in ft) and the available roof area that projects onto the floor of the greenhouse (in ft^2) gave the volume of rainwater supplied equal to 92,800 gallons/year. This accounts for 73% of the total water demanded, or in other words, 265 days of irrigation. As stated above, physical restrictions within the greenhouse are limiting the number of tanks to six. However, a year or two from now if it is decided that the rainwater reclamation system is effective enough to warrant an increase in storage capacity, it would be very possible to relocate materials currently located underneath the tables to a new location, freeing space for additional tanks. This proposal focuses on six tanks because it utilizes the space that is currently available, and also because inherent in any rainwater collection system is uncertainty in rainfall rates and overall system functionality. At this point in time 73% is a happy medium between available space, adequate irrigation supply, and reducing overflow potential on a high volume rain day.

Environmental impact: The first benefit of this system is the reduction in city water usage. The proposed system is expected to save the university 92,800 gallons of water/year, with the potential for even more savings further down the road. Rainwater is healthier for the plants than city water because of its lower pH and reduced TDS (Total Dissolved Solids count). A second advantage is the added thermal mass that the six tanks would bring to the greenhouse. Greenhouses are notorious for heating up quickly when the sun is out and losing heat when the sun is gone. This results in the venting of warm air during the day, and the consumption of energy (steam) at night. Right now there is a deficiency of mass capable of storing heat in the greenhouse. By dramatically increasing the thermal mass of the structure, we can reduce the venting of energy by day and reduce the addition of energy at night. Additionally, since the water from the roof will acclimate to room temperature, it will no longer be necessary to add warm water prior to irrigating. One last, but far from trivial benefit would be the reduction of run-off going into the city sewer system. Seattle faces significant challenges to water-treatment facilities by the fact that our storm water is combined with our sewerage.

Student Leadership and Involvement: This project is simple enough to be handled and managed almost entirely by dedicated students who are willing to put the time and effort into seeing each step through to its entirety. It doesn’t require vast technical knowledge on any one subject and it also provides students with real life project management experience under the supervision of professionals. Doug Ewing, the greenhouse manager, is highly knowledgeable with everything relating to the greenhouse and what it needs to run properly. Depending on how much freedom we are granted by facility services, there should be ample opportunity for a number of interested students to help with the installation process as well as routine maintenance checks once the system is in place. I can personally list 10 underclassmen (mainly pre-engineers) that have expressed interest in helping with the project.

Education, Outreach, and Behavior Change: One of the main goals of this project is to spread the concept, methods, and benefits of rainwater harvesting. At this writing, similar systems exist in Seattle but are more focused on turning rainwater into a potable source of drinking water. Very few systems, if any, use rainwater for the irrigation of greenhouse plants. The results of this project will serve as a guideline for systems of a similar nature located in a similar climate. Once the system is in place a continuous stream of data may be collected and interpreted as the seasons progress. Gallons of city water saved, heating energy saved, plant health before/after implementation, consecutive days with/without rainfall, etc. This data could then be used as a compelling argument to spread the use of similar systems in various regions around the Northwest.

Feasibility, Accountability, and Sustainability: The greenhouse manager Doug Ewing has been in direct contact with a few representatives from facility services in the capital projects department. The senior project estimator John Barker is currently on vacation but has agreed to bid the project. He gets back March 11th. We have already received an estimate on material costs that includes the tanks, pump, pressure tank, and piping. This figure came out to be $24,500. What remains to be priced is the cost of labor, which will be forthcoming upon the arrival of Mr. Barker.

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Robert Goff

Kincaid Ravine Restoration Project

Project Size: Large, >$1,000
Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF:

Letter of Intent:

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY We seek to restore Kincaid Ravine, transforming this forgotten space from a declining and unsafe area to an ecologically healthy campus forest. This work will increase native species biodiversity, and enhance the ravine’s ability to perform important ecosystem services. Additionally, it will create an outdoor laboratory for academic exploration on campus, and a space for students to engage with the natural world just steps from their residence halls. This project is being developed through a partnership with Professor Gordon Bradley, UW Grounds, and EarthCorps.

THE PAST, PRESENT, & FUTURE OF KINCAID RAVINE Kincaid Ravine, a plot of land in the northeast corner of the UW campus, is one of the last pieces of forested open space on campus. Preserved from development at the urging of the first student environmental activists in the early 1970s, the ravine is a living testament to the power and prescience of students. Unfortunately, a variety of human impacts (historic logging, nearby development, and the introduction of invasive species) have altered the ravine’s ecological character, leaving us today with a landscape in decline. The existing trees are coming to the end of their natural lifespan, and the dominance of invasive species on the forest floor has choked out new trees and prevented the regeneration of the canopy. The space is also frequently the site of homeless encampments, and is not perceived to be accessible or safe for students. Without restoration, we will watch the forest die over the next generation, and lose the opportunity to reclaim the space from negative uses. We seek to perform major ecological restoration in the ravine to enhance the ecosystem services it provides, increase native species biodiversity, and provide a safe space for students to learn and explore. We envision one year of intensive work to reset the ecological trajectory, coupled with three years of declining maintenance.

This project will take place over two phases:

Phase I involves major removal of invasive species, installing more than 1,100 native plants, and other restoration work. To maximize student involvement, this will occur over the academic year of 2013-2014.

Phase II involves three years of maintenance, including monitoring, removing invasive species regrowth, and care for native species. This phase will be performed in partnership with UW Grounds, academic units, and other RSOs. After Phase II, we expect the project will be established enough that it can be maintained by UW Grounds at little additional expense.

ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT. The project provides for a variety of environmental benefits. Restoration will sustain and enhance the ecosystem services provided by the ravine, including stormwater retention, air filtration, and carbon sequestration. By increasing native species biodiversity, the project will provide habitat for appropriate native wildlife, and by substantially increasing the number of evergreen trees, the project will be contributing to UW’s and the City of Seattle’s efforts to increase the urban tree canopy.

STUDENT INVOLVEMENT. We anticipate that a student, in collaboration with project partners, will serve as the project manager. Ongoing stewardship will be conducted through unique partnerships with academic units and RSOs. For example, UW fraternity Phi Kappa Theta will reorient their philanthropy work to provide stewardship through quarterly work parties. We anticipate that by the time we present you with a full proposal, we will have identified additional partnerships for long-term student involvement in the project.

EDUCATION & OUTREACH. The project will be highly visible – it takes place on the Burke Gilman Trail, the highest-use pedestrian facility in the city, as well as immediately adjacent to the north campus residence halls. During the implementation of the project, we will engage appropriate academic classes to do formal environmental education, as well as utilize volunteer events to engage hundreds of students in informal education. Finally, once the project is completed, the ravine can serve as an outdoor laboratory for classes focused on restoration, forestry, botany, and more.

FEASIBILITY & SUSTAINABILITY. Restoration requires thoughtful planning, technical skill, and a long-term commitment. We believe our project is set up for success both in the near- and long-term. The project partners have a demonstrated history of successful restoration projects throughout the Puget Sound over two decades. We will bring this skill to our work in Kincaid Ravine.

KEY PROJECT PARTNERS: • Gordon Bradley, from the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences, has extensive experience in natural resource management. He sees the potential to create an outdoor laboratory on campus for restoration. • UW Grounds is the official manager of the ravine and supports its restoration. Over the long term, restoration will decrease maintenance costs and increase the safety and aesthetics of the land; however, at this time UW Grounds is unable to invest the substantial upfront costs associated with restoration. Hillary Burgess, the IPM and Sustainability Coordinator, will serve as the liaison between UW Grounds and the project. • The project is being undertaken in partnership with EarthCorps, a local non-profit organization dedicated to community-based ecological restoration. Each year, hundreds of UW students perform service-learning hours with EarthCorps at parks across Seattle – and this project provides the opportunity to engage those students in stewardship of their own campus. Justin Hellier, a UW alumnus and former CSF Committee member will serve as the liaison between EarthCorps and the project.

ANTICIPATED BUDGET: We anticipate requesting a budget of approximately $62,000, which includes the following line items: Outreach Materials for Student Involvement $2,000 Salary for Student Project Manager $10,000 • Part-time position for three quarters Phase I Restoration Expenses $35,000 • Invasive removal • Planting • Materials Phase II Maintenance Fund $15,000 • Set-aside for three year maintenance costs • Includes replacement plants, monitoring, and other unanticipated expenses.

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Matt Schwartz

Campus Green Labs: Sustainable Oceanography Lab Pilot Project

Project Size: Large, >$1,000
Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $2,247

Letter of Intent:

Goal:  To investigate the viability of implementing sink aerators and LED or compact fluorescent lights in growth chambers in UW labs. Our first goal is to implement a case study examining the efficacy of replacing current growth chamber lighting systems with energy efficient LED growth lights. Although LED lighting may be a simple way to reduce energy usage in labs, there is limited research available on the reliability of such growth lights in a lab setting. This often leads to apprehension from researchers due to concern for the quality of their results when using this technology. Additionally, some researchers may not even know this technology is available. Our case study will provide information that can be used by campus organizations (e.g. Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability Office, individual labs, etc.) to evaluate the viability of introducing LED growth lights to their own facilities. The second goal of this project is to install as many faucet aerators in the University of Washington’s Oceanography building and monitor the reduction of water usage in the facility. If results demonstrate a reduction in water usage, we aim to present this study to the Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability Office, who could then use this study to encourage other departments to install faucet aerators as well. This information could also be used to update building codes for all buildings on campus. Research Questions: How do faucet aerators affect water usage in the Oceanography building? Are LED growth lights a viable alternative to current lighting systems in growth chambers within the Oceanography building?   Requirements/Preferences: Kate and I, as students in Sustainability Studio, hope to implement this project as soon as possible. In order to accomplish our project for this course, we would prefer to receive funding as soon as possible. We are also pursing funding from Seattle City Light, and have contacted their rebate program facilitators to see if our project can qualify for rebates from them.   Budget: LED Growth Lights Replacement Project One LED grow light, produced by the manufacturer AgroMax, costs $7.95 before shipping. Kate and I hope to implement this project in at least one growth chamber, which has 16 bulbs. The cost for replacing the lights in the one growth chamber would amount to $127.02. We have the opportunity to replace current fluorescent growth lights in four growth chambers, however. To fund this endeavor, there are 39 lights and the cost (before shipping) to replace them with LED growth lights would amount to approximately $310.05. The ordering page for growth lights can be found at http://www.htgsupply.com/Product-6400K-AgroMax-4ft-T5-Grow-Bulbs.asp   Faucet Aerator Replacement Project Faucet aerators range in price, depending on the need of a male or female component. After touring the Oceanography department’s laboratories, we found that the faucets were not standardized in size or composition. Most faucets were outfitted with plastic tubing attached by clamps to reduce splashing. In order to complete this project, we will need to purchase faucet aerators, plastic tubing, and materials to clamp the tubing over the faucet. Aerators range in price, generally between $2.50-$8.00 each before shipping. See http://www.amazon.com/Faucet-Aerators-Kitchen-Bathroom-savers/lm/R13VLP9... or http://www.lowes.com/Faucets/Faucet-Repair-Parts/Faucet-Aerators/_/N-1z1... for examples. We hope to outfit as many faucets as possible with aerators in the Oceanography building. Receiving between $50-$100 would allow us to update a significant number of faucets with these energy saving devices.

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Kate Stevenson

After Hours @ The Burke

Project Size: Large, >$1,000
Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $2,335

Letter of Intent:

The student advisory board of the Burke Museum will collaborate with SEED's Reduce, Reuse, Recycle committee to present an "After Hours @ The Burke" event for UW students in conjunction with the Burke's upcoming exhibit, "Plastics Unwrapped."

THE EXHIBIT: "Plastics Unwrapped" will be on view at the Burke Museum from December 20, 2012, through May 27, 2013, and then travel to other museums around the country. It introduces visitors to the history, science, and engineering of plastics; impacts on human health, wildlife, and environments worldwide; and what we can do to make a difference as responsible consumers and recyclers.

The displays include:

• Wall-size installations of plastic waste, such as: the number of plastic water bottles used every second in the US, the pounds of e-waste discarded in a similar time, the amount of plastic collected on a Washington beach in a single afternoon, plastic bags consumed in a quarter-second—and more!

• Information on how plastics are made from fossil fuels.

• Large-format video of plastic waste in world environments

• Objects from the Burke collections, from pre-plastic raingear to wildlife killed by plastic pollution

• “Cracking the Code,” display on the meaning of recycling-code numbers on plastic containers

• A wall of “Better Choices,” including reusable bags and water bottles, biodegradable plastics, products made from recycled plastic, those with no plastic packaging, etc.

• A Learn-More Lounge, with information to explore on composting, recycling, and other steps that visitors can take to reduce their plastic footprint

• A Studio Lab space for hands-on activities, including trash-sorting challenges presented by SEED and the UW Garbology Project

THE EVENT “After Hours @ The Burke” is a quarterly evening event for UW students and their friends, hosted by the Burke Museum’s student advisory board. Each event includes a variety of creative, educational, and social activities organized around a central theme.

This proposed event will be held in Spring quarter, 2013, and focus on plastics and recycling. Activities will be presented by students involved with the Burke, SEED, and other campus partners, such as:

• Trash/recycle/compost sorting game, presented by SEED

• Making art from plastic trash, presented by SEED and students enrolled in Burke 101 (earning UW credit for leading visitor activities in the museum)

• Information on other campus resources related to plastics and recycling

• Refreshments

• Other activities, TBD by student advisory board (The final program will be developed over the coming months.)

THE IMPACT This event, and the associated Plastics exhibit, will be widely publicized across the campus through posters, e-lists, UW media, departmental mailings, and networking with campus groups. By attending the event, students will gain an increased awareness of the environmental issues surrounding plastics and recycling and leave with increased knowledge about how to make changes in their own lives and on campus, promoting a more sustainable community. It will also increase visibility and awareness of sustainability activities on campus among student audiences, boost student attendance for the Burke's educational exhibit, and build mutually beneficial partnerships between the Burke and student organizations that share the museum's sustainability goals.

In the past, "After Hours @ the Burke" Events have been funded by UW Undergraduate Affairs and an IMLS grant, both of which are no longer available. The Burke can cover some costs of these events but routinely seeks outside contributions for programming and publicity. Since this subject matter seeks to increase student engagement with sustainability efforts within the campus community, applying to CSF seemed like a logical funding option.

THE CONTACTS Danielle Acheampong, primary contact, is a member of the Burke Museum Student Advisory Board and is focusing on the Plastics exhibit for her thesis in Museology. Cassandra Sandkam is a program manager in the Burke Education office; her duties include coordinating the student advisory board and their events. Primary contact at SEED is Rachel DeCordoba, the Reduce Reuse Recycle committee chair

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Danielle Acheampong

Green Wall Interactive Educational Elements and Habitat Structures

Project Size: Large, >$1,000
Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $5,500

Letter of Intent:

This proposal will build upon the previously funded CSF project—the Biodiversity Green Wall, Edible Green Screen, and Water Harvesting Demonstration Project—to include enhanced habitat and interactive educational elements that will reveal the functions and benefits of the project to the public. This proposal is for the design and installation of the following:

1) Interactive educational elements to reveal the hidden water harvesting components and explain the benefits of vegetated walls. Such elements could include a display that tracks current water levels in the cisterns and signage that uses QR (Quick Response) codes to allow visitors to look up monitoring data on the Green Future Lab’s website. In addition, a plaque that announces the project and lists project partners, including CSF, could help to inspire future campus sustainability projects by raising awareness about the funding opportunities provided through CSF.

2) Bird perches and nesting pockets to provide resting places for animals and to reveal the biodiversity benefits of the wall to the public. Our preliminary research revealed many hummingbirds, songbirds and insects that frequent the wall, however their foraging time is limited due to the lack of resting places. Bird perches would enhance both the biodiversity of the wall and the human viewing and educational experience.

Visual examples of these ideas can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.792670154082576.1073741834.701....

SUSTAINABILITY BENEFITS AND EDUCATIONAL OUTREACH COMPONENTS

The interactive educational elements will be designed to engage the public with the green wall, while educating them about the multiple benefits of vegetated walls and water harvesting systems (i.e. water quality, water recycling, air purification, noise attenuation, biodiversity, urban heat island reduction, enhanced building performance). These benefits will be monitored and posted regularly to our website and be accessible to visitors through the use of a QR code.

A more informed public is more likely to modify their behavior in their daily lives and professional paths to support sustainability. Because the Green Wall is on Gould Hall which houses architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, real estate and construction management, the Green Wall has the potential to impact future building of sustainable systems in budding built environment professionals. Bird perches and nesting pockets integrated into the Green Wall will attract attention to the wall through bird songs and activity, encourage public awareness of the importance of biodiversity, and enhance the needed habitat benefits of the wall.

STUDENT LEADERSHIP

The design, fabrication and installation of these components would be done primarily by students, with faculty and staff oversight. A team of students (2-3) would be hired through the Green Futures Lab, directed by Professor Nancy Rottle. Many students have already approached the lab to express interest in working on the project. The team would get approval for the designs by UW Grounds, UW Facilities, CSF, the College of Built Environments, and any other required departments. Elements would be purchased using local materials, and fabricated using the shop at the College of Built Environments. The Green Futures Lab and its students have proven their ability to manage a complex design and construction project through the implementation of the Green Wall project, which navigated through over 50 faculty and staff and obtained all the necessarily approvals needed to move through each stage of the project. Additionally, the Green Wall has been advertised through numerous UW, local, regional, and national media outlets, displaying the capacity for this project to educate and bring awareness to student led sustainability.

BUDGET DETAILS

CSF Funded:

Equipment + Construction:

Installation of Water Level Measuring Pole ~$1,000

Interpretive Sign Printing/ Fabrication (2) ~$500

Materials (Steel, piping, float, etc) ~$500

 

Personnel and Wages:

Design, Fabrication and Installation by students ~$2,350 (136 hours x $17.3)*

Project management by student ~$280 (16 hours x $17.3)

Website design and maintenance by student ~$870 (50 hours x $17.3)

Total Budget: $5,500

                                    

*Department standard hourly graduate student rate of $15 plus required benefits of 15.3%

Non-CSF Sources:

Student volunteer hours ~ $1,700 (100 hours)

Faculty oversight volunteer hours ~ $2,400 (40 hours)

Total estimated volunteer value: $4,100

 

Project Completion Total: $9,600

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Cayce James

UW Night Market

Project Size: Small, <$1,000
Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $400

Letter of Intent:

Dear University of Washington,

We are the Taiwanese Student Association (TSA). TSA contains 40 active officers, and each year we host the annual UW Night Market on Red Square, where we invite over 15 vendors and attracts more than 6,000 attendees. This year we will be hosting the Night Market on May 9th, 5:30 PM - 10:30 PM. Every year TSA always encounter recycling and waste issue, where our attendees are not aware of the trashcan they are throwing, as well as how to sort their trash.

This year, TSA is aiming at providing 1 - 2 workers at each garbage station to ensure participants are sorting their garbages correctly. We will also include a slide of garbage waste and recycling information. In addition, we will film a short video educating the public of recyle waste and share it on our website as well as providing it at our will call booth station.

Each year TSA had spend $200 out of $15,300 facility budget on recycling and waste (garbage stations), and last year we were fined $180 because of poor waste control.

This year's budget breakdown for recycling and waste is as follows:

Recycling and waste (garbage stations): $200

Director/Filming: $100

Recruting garbage station workers: $50

Craft/printing/miscellaneous: $50

$200 + $100 + $50 + $50 = $400

 

This year's program rundown is as follows:

7 AM - 5 PM: Set-Up

5 PM: All Tents/Vendors set. All garbage stations set. Workers set.

5:30 PM: Event starts

6:10 PM: Guest Speaker

6:30 PM: Performances  

7:30 PM: 2nd Shift Volunteers/Workers.

10:15 PM: Vendors check out.

10:30 PM: Event ends.

10:30 - 12:00 AM: Clean-Up.

 

Any level of support will greatly help reduce the financial burden on us as a student organization, especially that this year's school funding had been reduced dramatically. 

Thank you very much for your time and consideration.

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Helen Yang

Understanding Pro-Environmental Behavior

Project Size: Small, <$1,000
Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $700

Letter of Intent:

Environmental Impact:  According to the US Energy Information Administration, Annual Energy Outlook 2015, it is estimated that the delivered energy intensity for residential and commercial sectors will see the greatest increase in the end uses that individual behavior has a direct influence over.  By 2040, miscellaneous electric loads (plug loads) will increase nationally by 5% in residential use and 10% in commercial use.  Fully one quarter of the energy use intensity of educational facilities is ascribed to user behavior.  Increasingly, behavioral and lifestyle choices that an individual person engages in are seen as behaviors that support or hinder sustainable energy use patterns.  Lifestyles (in the home, neighborhood, community, and beyond) have become central to the design and functionality of sustainable performance levels of buildings and communities (e.g. energy targets and transportation use) and taken together, in the aggregate, user behaviors have a significant impact on U.S. and global carbon emissions. As an architect and PhD student, my interest is to investigate the integration of a theoretical framework based in environmental psychology and the design of buildings and neighborhoods that promote well-being (people and planet) and abundance (resources and technologies) in the environment. In other words, by linking high performance energy efficient technologies in the built environment with a deep understanding of pro-environmental human behavior, architects and planners can design in a way that affirms and reinforces pro-environmental behaviors in the context of the built environment. This research seeks to understand the relationship between values, goals, situational factors and the influence of place attachment in the context of an integrated framework for the design and planning of high performance buildings and neighborhoods. This work is particularly salient in meeting the UW Climate Action plans goals to reduce carbon emissions and engage students, staff and faculty in the endeavor through behavioral choices.

Student Leadership & Involvement:  As an architect and PhD student, my interest is to investigate the integration of a theoretical framework based in environmental psychology and the design of buildings and communities that promote well-being (people and planet) and abundance (resources and technologies) in the environment. In other words, by linking high performance energy efficient technologies in the built environment with a deep understanding of pro-environmental human behavior, I believe that architects and planners can design in a way that affirms and reinforces pro-environmental behaviors in the context of the built environment. My research seeks to understand the relationship between climate change and actual energy use, values, goals, situational factors and the influence of place attachment in the context of an integrated framework for the design and planning of high performance buildings and communities. To accomplish this research, I am bringing together and ollaborating with an interdisciplinary and international team of researchers.  Dr. Manzo, Dr. Steg and Professor Loveland all serve on my PhD committee.

Dr. Lynne C. Manzo,  is an environmental psychologist and Associate Professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture at the University of Washington, Seattle. Dr. Manzo’s work focuses on place attachment, place meaning, identity and social justice as applied to affordable housing, cultural landscapes and community participation.  We are investigating the relationship between place attachment and place identity on fostering pro-environmental behavior to reduce energy use and carbon emissions.

Dr. Linda Steg is a professor in environmental psychology at the University of Groningen. Her research focuses on factors influencing pro-environmental behavior, in particular household energy use. She studies the effectiveness and acceptability of environmental and energy policies, and how environmental conditions and policies affect individual quality of life.   We are investigating the empirical evidence for pro-environmental behavior including the sequence beginning with biosphere values, environmental self-identity and promoting environmental preferences, intensions and behaviors.

Joel Loveland is the Mithun/Russell Professor of Sustainability in Architecture and the Director of the Center for Integrated Design in the School of Architecture, College of Built Environments, and University of Washington.  Professor Loveland is grounding the theoretical work in the realities of National, regional and local energy use databases, and studies on energy systems.

 

Education, Outreach, & Behavior Change: As a part of our research work and as an actionable part of the work, my committee and I are engaging in several outreach and educational events to foster behavior change.  Beginning on May 26th, we will share information on pro-environmental behavior with students, faculty, and professionals both on and off the campus.  The first event is a free public lecture on the UW campus in Alder Auditorium on May 26th from 6:00 to 8:00 where Dr. Steg will speak on “How to inspire pro-environmental actions.” The second event is a small group discussion with faculty and students from the College of the Built Environments and the College of the Environments in the afternoon of May 26th. The third event is a panel discussion to take place at the national EDRA (Environmental Design and Research Association) conference in LA.  This panel will consist of the entire interdisciplinary team.

Feasibility, Accountability, & Sustainability: We estimate that the costs involved in assembling the panel in Seattle to conduct outreach and education at the University of Washington will be approximately $4000. We have already raised $3,300 of these funds through the College of the Built Environment, the College of the Environment, Seattle based professional practice architectural and construction firms, and King County Green Tools.  We are asking the CSF to support $700 to be put toward expenses for Dr. Steg who is traveling from the Netherlands.

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Julie Kriegh

Tap That

Project Size: Large, >$1,000
Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $12,175

Letter of Intent:

Project Tap That's goal is to educate UW students about the harmful effects of single-use plastic water bottles on the environment and promote the use of reusable water bottles and fountains. Many students do not equate their food and consumption choices with real world problems because the effects are not immediately (or ever) felt or seen by the consumer. Project Tap That aims to bridge the educational gap between student consumption and environmental impacts by starting a conversation on campus about plastic bottles and the importance of reusable bottles. The project will achieve this by producing and distributing educational materials, such as posters, signs, and stickers, raising awareness of the campaign by distributing water bottles, hosting documentary screenings, and working with the UW School of Art to create a striking art piece made entirely out of recycled plastic bottles. These events will stimulate student thought about the impacts of their choices.
 
Single-use plastic water bottles are extremely harmful to the environment in every stage of the product's life cycle. It takes approximately 17 to 20 million barrels of oil just to manufacture the plastic bottles each year. A more comprehensible figure is that it takes roughly 1/4 bottle of oil to produce just one plastic bottle. When the oil used to transport water bottles is added to the manufacturing estimate, the figure jumps to over 50 million barrels of oil each year. When plastic bottles are transported, carbon emissions are pumped into the air, which exacerbates the effects of climate change. In addition to oil, it takes three liters of water in order to produce just one liter of bottled water. After bottled water is purchased and consumed, the bottle becomes yet another challenge. Two million tons of plastic water bottles end up in landfills, where they never truly degrade. Plastic bottles that are incinerated produce toxic fumes, and bottles that end up in the ocean break into tiny pieces that are ingested by marine wildlife. Plastic water bottles contribute to climate change, overconsumption of natural resources, and the deaths of thousands of marine wildlife. Reducing and eventually eliminating plastic water bottles from UW’s campus will reduce the university’s indirect consumption of oil, energy, and water. It will also lead to important social change that is necessary for more sustainable consumption choices.
 
Studies have shown that tap water is the same as, or higher quality, than bottled water. In fact, more than 25 percent of bottled water is just tap water in a bottle. Tap water is highly regulated, whereas bottled water regulations can be more lax. The University of Washington can make real strides towards sustainability by strongly discouraging the purchase of bottled water on campus.
 
This project was inspired by the ban of plastic water bottles on several prominent Washington university campuses, namely Seattle University and Western Washington University. While currently it would be very difficult to initiate a ban on selling plastic water bottles on UW’s campus due to the contract that is in place with the Coca-Cola company, the formerly mentioned universities were able to overcome this same issue by creating an educational campaign centered around the importance of reusable water bottles. These campaigns eventually lead to widespread student support followed by faculty support of the initiative. After the student’s and faculty were all in agreement, the campuses were able to start the conversation with Coca-Cola and renegotiate their contract to exclude single-use plastic water bottles. These campuses have provided the framework for us to start a similar campaign as well as the precedence for our long-term goal of banning the plastic water bottle to succeed. Both of the campaigns launched by these schools started with just a few students looking to make a difference and they slowly evolved into great projects that led to important social change.

The first leg of Project Tap that will focus on spreading educational materials about the social, environmental, and economic impacts of single-use plastic water bottles, the importance of reusable water bottles, as well as information about how to properly dispose of plastic materials. Educational materials will consist of posters and signage that will be placed in high volume buildings on campus, as well as pamphlets and signage for a campaign table. We are working with graphic design students to design visual media, but our rough estimate for educational materials at this point is $500. We would also like to purchase 1,000 wholesale stainless steel water bottles with customized “Project Tap That UW” logos as a promotional give-away to students who attend documentary screenings. This will stimulate the use of reusable bottles on campus. The bottles will also potentially be used as free prizes for participating in campaign booth events. Wholesale bottle prices are widely variable but we have chosen a BPA-free aluminum bottle that is manufactured in Washington in order to support sustainable, local investment. The bottles are estimated at $11.50 each, so 1,000 would come out to $11,500. We are in the process of obtaining more specific information about tax, shipping & handling, and other potential charges. Our current vision for the art project is a large 3D art piece made from plastic water bottles, which would be temporarily displayed in the HUB with permission from Lincoln Johnson, director of the HUB. This visual statement would be created in collaboration with students from the UW School of Art and would feature an educational component by showing and informing students about the large amount of plastic bottles that are consumed. Project Tap That has been granted permission by UW Recycling to collect plastic bottles for the art piece in designated bins during spring quarter, which will be placed in cafes and other locations on campus. Our current estimate for art supplies to create this piece is $174.09, but will likely change depending on the artist’s vision after we recruit students willing to work on the project. Our total cost estimate at this stage in our project for education materials, art supplies, and reusable water bottles is $12,174.09.

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Lauren Rowe

Sustainable Lighting for UW Farm, Phase 1

Project Size: Large, >$1,000
Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $10,000

Letter of Intent:

The Campus Sustainability Fund should consider the high energy consumption from horticulture lights used in future and current UW greenhouses. While speaking with UW farm manager, Sarah Geurkink, it was made apparent that the addition of an indoor lighting system would provide a significant benefit to plants grown in the University of Washington’s new greenhouse. The Campus Sustainability Fund has already funded the new greenhouse, which will soon be under construction. Traditionally, the UW uses high-pressure sodium (HPS) lighting systems for new plant starts, and mature plants in the large UW Botany Greenhouse, because in the Pacific Northwest, supplementary lighting is necessary to grow plants during the winter months. A rough count shows the use of over 100 of these highly consumptive HPS fixtures in the UW Botany greenhouse. These HPS lights waste energy by producing excessive amounts of heat and light that is outside of the photosynthetically active radiation spectrum (the part of the light spectrum that grows plants).
Over the summer, I learned about and worked with a company called IUNU, a Seattle-based company largely composed of UW graduates. IUNU designs and sells energy efficient plasma lighting and control systems for horticulture applications. Compared to a 1000 watt HPS lighting fixture, IUNU’s plasma lights consume 50% less electricity and produce 70% less heat, all while producing a lighting spectrum that is better for plants and more similar to the sun. IUNU’s lights have received a lot of attention, installing fixtures in companies such as Microsoft, which are saving money by growing produce in-house for their employees. The addition of IUNU’s energy efficient plasma lights would not only result in a significant reduction in energy consumption, but it would also provide higher quality produce at a lower cost.
My proposal can be summarized in two phases.
In phase one, I will conduct a ten to twelve week feasibility study comparing the two lighting systems (HPS and plasma). A side-by-side comparison will compile data on energy usage and plant output. This feasibility study provides the due diligence necessary to demonstrate the efficacy of plasma lighting fixtures, both in terms of energy efficiency and crop yield. This information will be invaluable for the UW Farm’s outreach efforts. Devising an energy efficient alternative to traditional lighting technology is critical to advancing the benefits associated with indoor horticulture including, decreased water consumption, protection against diseases, and avoidance of high transportation costs. Additionally, plasma lighting technology is a new technology in a rapidly growing industry. An exercise experimenting with this technology may provide more research and revenue opportunities for the UW.
           The second phase of this project would implement the lighting systems, installing them into the newly constructed UW Farm greenhouse. This would entail UW Farm and myself working in collaboration to install the lighting systems and ensuring their proper operation. Fortunately, these plasma fixtures are very simple to use and require less maintenance than the HPS lights being used currently.
           Throughout the project, I intend to work closely with both Sarah Geurkink and her staff who are all leaders in UW sustainability. The feasibility study does have some start up costs. Approximately $300 will pay for isolation tents, which remove variables in plant growth, and $2,000 will cover the cost of a IUNU Dual Plasma lighting system. After hearing about my proposal, IUNU provided a 20% research discount, taking the normal cost of the system from $2,500 down to $2,000, to incentivize its use in educational institutions.
Additionally, this project would require time intensive monitoring in order to gather data and maintain the plants in the feasibility study. The feasibility study requires an average weekly pay of $14 per hour for 10 hours a week to complete the research. This equates to a maximum of $1,700 in labor costs. There would be an additional cost of $6,000 for an additional three IUNU Dual Plasma systems, which would be installed into the new UW Farm greenhouse once it has been finished and the feasibility study to gather information to give to the UW Farm has been compiled.
I believe that this project advances the objectives of the University, as our University is a leader in the energy efficient campus sustainability movement. Also, I think it is important to support IUNU, because our university ought to lend support to the entrepreneurs that UW has created. Additionally, this project is the first step to retrofitting the UW Botany greenhouse, which has a significant contribution to the 35% of UW’s energy consumption attributable to lighting. This opportunity provides a clear pathway to address one of the UW’s major energy consumers. We have been sacrificing higher upfront costs for the benefits of future savings in numerous UW sustainability projects. I hope horticulture is no exception.
           Thank you for your consideration.  

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Shane McLaughlin

SER-UW Nursery Expansion

Project Size: Large, >$1,000
Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $40,114

Letter of Intent:

SER-UW Nursery Expansion

 

Since its establishment in 2013, the Society for Restoration Ecology (SER) native plant nursery has housed over 1500 native plants, 500 of which have been installed in Whitman Walk and Kincaid Ravine, both CSF funded restoration projects. The nursery involves over 50 students each quarter in work parties that educate participants about horticultural practices and the value of native plants in our urban and wild landscapes.  This March, the nursery successfully held its first plant sale, which demonstrated both a demand for native plants in the UW community, and our ability to reach out to that community.

Currently, the SER nursery has one table within a shared hoop house and most of the plants are kept outside. This is not an ideal situation for many of our salvaged plants, which need low light conditions. In order to scale up and provide better care for our plants we need a larger growing space and more shaded space. We would like to expand the nursery by building a new hoop house and creating more programing opportunities that would directly benefit MEH and ESRM students, and the greater UW community.

Our specific goals for the expansion of the nursery program in the 2015-2016 academic year are as follows:

1) Grow plants for a selection of targeted projects, including one MEH student project, one campus capital development project, and a general suite of natives for the UW-REN Restoration Capstone course, the North American restoration course, Yessler Swamp, Kincaid Ravine, and Whitman Walk.  

2) Manage quarterly interns as they assist us with marketing and outreach, collating propagation protocols, and general nursery upkeep.  

3) Develop a long term plan to support the nursery and associated positions by identifying additional sources of funding.

In order to accomplish these goals, the SER nursery would like support from the Campus Sustainability Fund to:

1) Build a hoop house for our native plant stock.  The design will incorporate a rainwater collection system to supplement water needed for irrigation, and will also double as a shade house during the summer months.  

2) Provide a 9-month stipend for two part-time nursery managers.

3) Acquire additional plant production materials to supplement the resources already available at the Center for Urban Horticulture.

Environmental Impact

The SER nursery will facilitate the installation of planting projects throughout campus by providing high quality, easily accessible, and affordable plant materials.  These projects provide valuable ecosystem functions to our urban landscape; the CUH rain garden, for example, will improve stormwater filtration and groundwater recharge.  Growing plants in house for this and similar projects closes an important loop in both plant material acquisition and CSF funding, allowing these projects to become mutually supportive.   Locally grown plants also reduce the greenhouse gas emissions and other costs associated with plant acquisition.

The SER nursery will also work carefully to limit the amount of inorganic nitrogen and phosphorous applied to plants, which could have a negative impact on surrounding aquatic ecosystems through nutrient runoff.  When available, alternative methods will be used to ensure that plants nutrient levels are sufficient.  

Student Leadership & Involvement

SER-UW is a completely student run organization with a mixture of undergrads and graduate students as officers and members. At the plant nursery, students participate by potting plants, organizing our stock, watering, and starting seeds. A CSF grant would allow us to increase the frequency and variety of work parties.

Each quarter the nursery managers will coordinate an internship for one undergraduate student looking to get more involved in nursery management and plant production.  Each internship will have a different focus: marketing in the fall, creating a protocol manual in the winter, and plant production in the spring.

Education, Outreach, & Behavior Change

The nursery managers will directly benefit from the ability to experiment with different plant production protocols and fulfilling contracts. A valuable mentor-mentee relationship will also be fostered between the quarterly interns and the nursery managers.

Weekly drop-in work days will increase our visibility on campus, teach volunteers about the benefits of native plants in both urban and wild landscapes, and challenge participants to learn new horticultural skills.  Volunteers will learn that native plants require less water and fertilizer than many ornamental plants, and might consider using them in their own backyards.  Yessler Swamp, UBNA, a rain garden, and the UW Farm pollinator project are all within short walking distance of the SER nursery, and will be used to demonstrate the potential applications of native plants.  

Feasibility, Accountability, & Sustainability

The project will be managed by two part-time nursery managers. The Education and Outreach Coordinator will maintain our social media presence and organize volunteer events. The Nursery Coordinator will secure plant contracts and develop our planting plan.  Both will collaborate on weekly work parties, managing interns, and maintaining our plant stock.  

Kelly Broadlick and Anna Carragee will fill these two positions. Each has previous professional experience working in native plant nurseries, with specific experience in plant propagation, seed collection, and nursery maintenance.  Currently, Anna is the SER native plant salvage coordinator and Kelly is the production assistant at Oxbow Nursery, and one of the co-managers of the SER nursery. Both Anna and Kelly are enrolled in the spring ESRM courses Native Plant Production and Plant Propagation.

Approval from CUH faculty and UWBG staff will be submitted at the time of the full proposal. Potential project partners are Dr. Kern Ewing, Dr. Sarah Reichard (Director of UWBG), Dr. Jon Bakker (SER advisor), David Zuckerman (Manager of Horticulture at UWBG), Fred Hoyt (Associate Director of UWBG), Matt Schwartz (Sustainable Stormwater Coordinator and Kincaid Ravine Project Manager), Yessler Swamp, UW Grounds, ESRM 100 students, and SER members.  A Memorandum of Understanding will be drafted between the SER nursery and UWBG, outlining responsibilities and liabilities between the two parties.

Budget Estimate

In total we request $40,114. This will allow $16,614 for manager stipends (based off Schedule 1 RA position for 9 months, split equally between the two managers), $3,000 for plant production materials and $20,500 for hoop house installation.

 

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Kelly Broadlick

ReThink- Student Resilience Challenge

Project Size: Large, >$1,000
Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $1,726

Letter of Intent:

Our project is an event modeled after the recent PNW Resilience Challenge, hosted at UW on October 2nd. A link to that website can be found at: http://pnwresilience.org. The PNW Resilience Challenge defines resilience as "…the ability not only to bounce back, but also to ‘bounce forward’ – to recover and at the same time to enhance the capacities of the community or organization to better withstand future stresses." ReThink was the featured, and only, RSO at the event. One of the co-founders, Kelci Zile, also acted as a co-coordinator of this event, which is part of a series of Resilience Challenges that take place across the United States. At each challenge, one of the goals is to have an attendance that represents all sectors of the of the world economy. Some examples include NASA engineers, water safety scientists, professors, financial advisors, business consultants, climate change action committees, political figures, food experts, and more. This allows many voices and opinions to be represented at the events.

A Resilience Challenge has four parts. First, the introduction includes breaking news, inspirational topics, and innovation in sustainability. Second, a panel of experts in specific fields of sustainability gives a presentation and holds a question and answer session. The third stage is called a planning session. This gives time for all in attendance to discuss major environmental issues, where and why they originate, and all possible solutions. Afterwards, teams select the best solution and create steps for implementation. Finally, the last stage involves the creation of a plan of action, including one, three, five, and ten-year goals, with action items and an execution plan. Ultimately, the Resilience Challenge aims to create a daylong event in which nothing is discussed but sustainability. The challenge provides inspiration, collaboration, and innovation through an incredible learning experience, and turns today’s issues into problems that require and possess solutions. It creates a place wherein alliances can be made, plans of action can be formed, and the most effective solutions can be born.

ReThink would like to host a version of this event for University of Washington Students that focuses on Seattle and UW-specific sustainability issues and solutions, while also educating the audience on national and global issues. Our goal is to transform students from bystanders into doers. It will empower our student population, enabling them to make changes, set trends, and help improve the world. Moreover, the event will provide UW students with a networking opportunity, as they will be working closely with each other and industry professionals that make up speaking panels and directors.

The execution of the University of Washington Resilience Challenge will be accountable as well as professional. Ms. Zile has established a close connection with Terri Butler, who works for Sustainable Seattle and acted as a lead planner for the PNW Challenge. Ms. Butler will be able to work out event logistics and detains before making any expenditures or signing contracts. We intend to use the HUB for the event, and aim to include as many environmentally focused RSO’s as possible. The ReThink team has had experience planning a multitude of events, and will be invigorated, not fazed, by one of this magnitude. We at ReThink are very thankful for your consideration, as well as the opportunity, and we deeply appreciate the objectives and values upheld of the CSF.

Our approximate cost breakdown is as follows:

Hub- Free

Speaker compensation- $500

Food- $1000

Beverages- $300

Advertising Material- $500

Takeaway material -$300

Shirts- $300

Reusable water bottles- $500

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Will Fantle

Prairie Rain Garden

Project Size: Small, <$1,000
Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $398

Letter of Intent:

Summary

The Prairie Rain Garden is a student installation project currently under construction at the University of Washington Botanic Gardens along Wahkiakum Lane. The currently unfunded, low-resource student project aims to make the UW Campus more sustainable by turning an underutilized and problematic site into a functional native plant garden. Previously, the site was covered with non-native weeds and excess stormwater runoff from an adjacent parking area frequently ponded on the gravel trail. After heavy rainfall, a portion of the trail would often need to be re-routed due to muddy and unsafe conditions. The unmanaged runoff created a trail hazard during winter months when puddles on the trail freeze and turn to ice. Goals of the installation include mitigating urban flooding, improving runoff water quality and demonstrating sustainable stormwater management.

Funding for the garden from CSF will allow the project to meet its goals by providing materials to increase functionality. Funds will also reduce maintenance needs, increasing the resiliency of the installation by creating a larger denser native planting, increasing infiltration and reducing erosion, which will create a better end product.

 

Environmental Impact

The Prairie Rain Garden offers measurable impacts on biodiversity and water quality. The garden aims to reduce negative impacts of stormwater by conveying and infiltrating the runoff through a series of planted depressions. Previously, the site had little topographical diversity and was covered with non-native grasses and weeds. The project will convert the site into a structurally and biologically diverse wet prairie habitat. Mounds and depressions mimic the varied topography of western Washington prairies while infiltrating and conveying runoff. Establishing this “microtopography” also increases soil moisture gradients, supporting a diverse plant palette.  

The garden is currently planted with six plant species including native perennial grasses and forbs. Malcolm Howard, project leader, has seeds from an additional eighteen native species that will be added to the site in Spring 2015. The native vegetation utilized in the project provide numerous benefits over the non-native vegetation previously established on the site. Native grasses have deep roots that are able to uptake large amounts of water and stabilize the soil. Bunch grasses filter out sediments while maintaining growing space for native forbs. Further, these species create habitat for wildlife including native pollinators, aquatic insects and amphibians.

The garden has multiple positive impacts on water resources. It reduces stormwater quantity via soil infiltration and evapotranspiration. Additionally, the garden can improve water quality via sediment capture, pollution degradation and nutrient uptake. Pollutant reduction will be achieved through the use of plants and soil microbial communities, which can degrade pollutants (e.g. motor oil) contained in runoff. Plants used in the installation can also uptake excess nutrients contained in runoff from fertilizers used in adjacent ornamental gardens.

 

Student Leadership & Involvement

The Prairie Rain Garden was planned and designed by graduate student Malcolm Howard as part of the Master of Environmental Horticulture program. Malcolm had two student volunteers help him install the project over the summer of 2014 and has received other student support for the project in the form of donated plant materials. Malcolm is working with Sustainable Stormwater Coordinator Matthew Schwartz, who has provided consultation support for the project and is currently discussing a potential collaboration with the Society for Ecological Restoration UW Chapter for long term maintenance of the site. Once the installation is completed, a written report will be created. The written report will include an as-built report and stewardship plan. The project will be presented to students and faculty in Spring of 2015.

 

Education Outreach and Behavior Change

The Prairie Rain Garden aims to be a publicly visible and accessible example of a low-resource green infrastructure project. Located at the entrance to the Union Bay Natural Area, the project offers many opportunities to influence and inform both students and the public. The project is in a high pedestrian traffic area, which provides multiple outreach and education opportunities. While working on the site, Malcolm has had dozens of informal conversations about the purpose and progress of the rain garden with students, staff, faculty and UBNA users. These informal interactions have allowed for numerous opportunities to engage the public on topics related to native plants, stormwater management and ecological restoration. Malcolm presented the rain garden to an Intro to Restoration Ecology class in October 2014, in which he explained the problem being solved, goals and scope of the project. Additionally, he is in contact with an undergraduate student who is interested in assisting with planting the rain garden in spring of 2015.  

 

Feasibility, Accountability & Sustainability

Malcolm formally proposed and presented the project to UWBG Director Sarah Reichard,  Assistant Director Fred Hoyt and Manager of Horticulture David Zuckerman, and the project was approved in June 2014. Malcolm has been receiving guidance from  David Zuckerman, along with faculty advisors Professor Kern Ewing and Jim Fridley. Up until this point, Malcolm has installed the project using volunteers, salvaged plants and personal funds.

Resources requested using funds from the CSF small project grant include drain rock and plants. The drain rock will reduce erosion and sedimentation of the garden and overflow trench, while improving drainage. Adding established plants will allow the rain garden to uptake more water, reduce sedimentation, create more biodiversity and will enable the site to better outcompete weeds. These resources will create a more sustainable and permanent installation that requires less maintenance and will increase likelihood of project success, maximizing overall project sustainability.

 

Budget

Item                                Source                          Cost/Item       Quantity           Delivery     Tax (10% Default)   Total Cost

plants: plugs                Sound Native Plants    $1.50                72                                              $10.80           $118.80

plants: 4" pots              Sound Native Plants    $2.65                10                                              $2.65             $29.15

plants: 1 gallon pots   Sound Native Plants    $6.00                10                                               $6.00             $66.00

drain rock                      Pacific Top Soils           $40.85              2 (yards)        $85.00              $16.67         $183.37

                                                                                                                                                                                  $334.89

Timeline

Install plants: January - March 2015

Spread drain rock: March 2015

Write report: March - May 2015

Present project: May 2015

 

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Malcolm Howard

Kincaid Ravine Bioswale Hydrological Assessment

Project Size: Large, >$1,000
Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $4,925

Letter of Intent:

Summary

            Funding for the assessment of hydrologic modifications and potential designs for a bioswale in Kincaid Ravine will not only help address the issue of flooding on the Burke-Gilman Trail at the edge of Kincaid Ravine, but will also add to the ongoing efforts to restore the habitat and ecological functions of a previously underutilized open space on campus.  The initial assessment will focus on characterizing the quality and quantity of the water moving through Kincaid Ravine.  This will require lab testing for soil and water quality and some hydrologic monitoring and modeling to determine the amount of water moving through the ravine during the wet months.  Once this assessment is complete, the goal is to develop a design for a bioswale in the lower reaches of the ravine that will capture water and filter out sediments and pollutants from flowing into Lake Washington.          

            Bioswales are landscape features designed to slow down the flow of surface and storm water runoff.  This process, along with the help of wetland vegetation, allows for the removal of sediment and contaminants.   Currently, Kincaid Ravine has an incised channel that collects surface and storm water and flows quickly toward the edge of the ravine and frequently ends up covering the Burke-Gilman Trail.  A small depressional bioswale could help slow the flow down and remove sediment and pollutants from the water with the help of a diverse planting of native sedges, rushes, grasses and shrubs in and on the edges of the bioswale.  A thorough site assessment and a strong bioswale design are crucial first steps in achieving the goals of restoring and enhancing wetland ecological functions, limiting flooding and providing an opportunity for education due to the Kincaid Ravine’s high visibility near the entrance of campus. 

 

Environmental Impact

 

            Wetlands are considered the “kidneys” of the landscape due to their excellent ability to store and treat water from contaminated sources.  However, a key component that allows for this ecological function to be beneficial is the amount of time it takes the water to pass through the wetland system, which is called the hydroperiod.  At Kincaid Ravine, storm water flows have created an incised channel that quickly funnels water down from the ravine where it spills out along the the Burke-Gilman Trail.  Slowing down this hydroperiod would allow for more groundwater recharge, sediment deposition, phytoremediation and more diverse wetland habitat for a variety of plant and wildlife species.

 

Student Leadership

 

            The restoration work at Kincaid Ravine already involves multiple graduate students from the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences, undergraduate classes in the School of Environmental Science and Resource Management and the University of Washington chapter of the Society for Ecological Restoration.  There are regular volunteer work parties held in the ravine and the site will continue to serve as a laboratory for graduate and undergraduate students to work with and study hydrology, soils, habitat restoration and wildlife.  Students in SEFS will continue to lead these opportunities and work to further develop relationships with project partners on campus, such as the UW Transportation Services, UW’s landscape architect and grounds crew and off campus groups such as EarthCorps who have been helping in the restoration efforts in Kincaid Ravine.  A creation of a bioswale will only diversify the opportunities for people and groups to get involved. 

 

Education and Outreach

 

            Restoring the habitat and ecological functions in Kincaid Ravine is a major priority, but one that must go hand in hand with the need to educate people about the importance of these ecological restoration efforts and also let them know how they can get involved or use similar practices to solve environmental problems throughout the region.  The design and creation of a bioswale will only give further opportunity to use Kincaid Ravine as a laboratory and possibly serve as a model of how to create bioswales in urban forests.  The bioswale will give opportunities to study wetland hydrology, soils and the effect plants have on removing pollutants from water and soils.  Kincaid Ravine will also be used to host interpretive signage about the restoration achievements and goals.  The site already has the advantage of high visibility next to the Burke-Gilman Trail and this visibility will be used to make sure that Kincaid Ravine is an example of how to re-establish healthy forest ecosystems. 

 

Feasibility and Sustainability

 

            The need for the site assessment and the development of a bioswale design for Kincaid Ravine is necessary in determining a plan for a project that will fit within the landscape and be sustainable with limited maintenance over a long period of time.  It is important to spend this effort on the assessment and design phase to ensure the bioswale functions properly, limits flooding, is suitable for the average amount of water on site, and matches the goals and objectives from other University of Washington interests.  We have met with and have support from the UW Transportation Services as they continue to work towards an expansion of the Burke-Gilman Trail along Kincaid Ravine and the west side of campus.  Burke-Gilman Trail expansion architect Elisabeth McLaughlin has also expressed interest in incorporating the bioswale into an educational nook along the trail.  The development of a bioswale assessment study also has support from UW Landscape Architect Kristine Kenney, and Grounds Manager Howard Nakase.  We will continue to meet with these groups and other interested parties to achieve consensus on any potential bioswale designs.     

 

Budget

 

Water quality testing:  All costs are for samples to be analyzed at the SEFS Research and Analytical Lab at Bloedel Hall.

 

Metals - $12.50 per sample X 10 samples = $125

Carbon - $23.50 per sample X 10 samples = $235

Soils - $17 per sample X 20 samples = $340

Sample Prep - $45 per hour X 5 hours = $225

 

Total Cost: $925

 

Bioswale Assessment and Design:

 

$4,000 for outside consulting on hydrological assessment and bioswale design options. 

 

Estimated Total Budget: $4,925

 

*This project is sponsored by Dr. Susan Bolton of the School of Environment and Forest Sciences.

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Daniel Hintz

HydraPower

Project Size: Large, >$1,000
Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $12,000

Letter of Intent:

2 March 2015

CSF Coordinator

Campus Sustainability Fund

University of Washington

 

Dear CSF Coordinator:

 

We are writing to gauge the Campus Sustainability Fund’s (CSF) interest in supporting the development and implementation of a new, unique renewable energy device in buildings on the UW campus. Our device, HydraPower, generates clean, renewable energy to power basic building appliances, such as wireless sensors and motion detectors on hand dryers.

 

HydraPower began in 2010 as a research project developed by Kurt Kung, a PhD candidate in Electrical Engineering and Bioengineering. The initial idea for this technology stemmed from basic water research in Dr. Gerald Pollack’s laboratory. Upon realizing the technology’s potential, Kurt began to develop an initial prototype which generated one nano-watt of energy. Currently, the technology can produce up to one milli-watt of energy output.

 

Despite the relatively low power output, we’re extremely optimistic about this technology’s potential. The output has increased to create 1,000,000 times the energy since its first iteration, and our current research suggests that similar increases in energy output are feasible. With support from the CSF, we aim to complete three fully functional prototypes by September and install them in UW campus buildings during the 2015-16 academic year. We will begin by using these devices to help power wireless sensors in several campus buildings. Specifically, our device will be placed alongside current remote sensors in these buildings, where they will initially help generate power needed without being the sole power source. As our prototypes prove their consistency, they will then become the main power source for these sensors.

 

HydraPower functions by capturing and generating energy from light, specifically infrared (IR) light. Because the device collects energy from ambient IR light, it provides stable power at all times of day without needing additional power supplied by rechargeable batteries. This is a stark improvement from current alternative energy sources, which are limited by sunlight, such as solar photovoltaic technologies. The CSF has expressed a special interest in the installation of energy efficiency retrofits on existing campus buildings. Our device will fulfill that goal while also engaging the campus community around this cutting-edge technology.

 

HydraPower will meet the requirements and preferences of the CSF in several additional ways. First of all, our device is specifically designed to reduce the University’s environmental impact while simultaneously making campus more sustainable. We will measure the performance of this prototype in several ways upon its implementation in UW buildings. For example, our remote sensor will keep a running tally of the amount of energy generated, allowing us to measure the amount of energy saved by utilizing the device. This also serves as an educational tool for the student body, which will be able to see unique developments in alternative technology firsthand.

 

In addition to being designed by a group of UW students, this project will also engage the campus community by being visible in prominent campus buildings. We are currently conducting outreach to over a dozen UW building managers to form partnerships to utilize the device in their buildings. Buildings we’re targeting include the Alaska Airlines Arena, Suzzallo Library, among others. There will be small informational cards near each remote sensor for students to read, allowing them to learn more about this unique, homegrown technology and how they can get involved in our project.

 

Our team is well equipped to complete this project successfully. Kurt, our team leader, has worked on developing this technology 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 team throughout the duration of the project timeline. Jason Huang, an undergraduate civil engineering student, also works closely on the technical aspects of the device. Lucas DuSablon, Forrest Howk and Xinying Zeng also bring extensive project management skills to our team. Our budget includes a line item for project management to ensure that it receives necessary attention and financial support.

 

We estimate the cost of this project to be $10,000. These funds will be used specifically for the development of three prototypes to be installed on the UW campus. We will provide a more detailed budget if we are selected to submit a full proposal.  In addition to funding from the CSF, we are also currently in the process of applying for additional funds for this project. We currently have a pending application for the UW Environmental Innovation Challenge (EIC), and we are working on an application for continued research funding from the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program. Our team emphasizes the importance of diversifying our funding sources, and will continue our ongoing search for funding opportunities throughout the entirety of our project timeline.

 

Funding provided from the CSF will go directly toward the development of our product. In the immediate term, we’ve broken our project’s timeline into two phases. The first phase includes the physical development of three prototypes over the next six months. The second phase includes the physical installation of these devices on the UW campus, as well as continued development of prototypes that provide increased energy outputs. Funding from the CSF is intended for phase one, which allows us to create the technology to utilize in UW buildings to begin phase two. Although there is still additional research to be completed, we have done our due diligence and are seeking funding from the sources listed above explicitly for such research funding.

 

We hope to have the opportunity to submit a full proposal with additional information for your further review. Please feel free to contact us with any questions or comments in the meantime. Thank you very much for your time and consideration, we look forward to hearing from you.

 

Sincerely,

 

Kurt Kung

Ph.D. Candidate

Electrical Engineering and Bioengineering

206-685-2744

ckung@uw.edu

 

Lucas DuSablon

M.P.A. Candidate

Evans School of Public Affairs

614-984-7408

ldusab@uw.edu

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Kurt Kung

Expanding Education and Outreach at the UW Farm

Project Size: Large, >$1,000
Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $9,500

Letter of Intent:

Statement of Need: 

The mission of the UW Farm is to “be the campus center for the practice and study of urban agriculture and sustainability, and an educational, community-oriented resource for people who want to learn about building productive and sustainable urban landscapes.”  As the UW Farm and its reputation has grown in recent years, the number of requests for educational tours and field trips from local schools has increased.  

Currently school field trips are carried out in the garden beds that are devoted to food production. While the interactive component of field trips is vital to student engagement and essential for assimilation of new skills and knowledge, it is not sustainable to have large numbers of children sowing and harvesting in the Farm’s production beds without adversely impacting the Farm’s production.  Increased demand for field trips coupled with the desire to offer rigorous, curriculum-driven field trips with engaging and interactive educational activities creates the need for a formal education and outreach program at the Farm.

 

Proposed Solution: 

To meet the need for educational programming, without negatively impacting current production rates, we propose to expand the UW Farm by creating a new series of garden beds that are set aside for the purpose of education.  This “Children’s Garden” will be separate from but near the existing production beds, providing a place where children and other visitors can implement what they observe on their tour of the production beds at the UW Farm. The Children’s Garden will consist of four 4’ x 10’ x 2 1/2” wheel chair accessible raised cedar beds.  The periphery of the Garden will be planted with fruit trees and berry bushes. Once the raised beds are built, they will be filled with soil and irrigated to survive the dry summer months when schools are not in session.  At the same time, a formal education and outreach program will be developed which will include creating logistical and administrative systems for organizing field trips, purchasing necessary supplies for educational activities, and developing curriculum.  

 

Partners and Student Involvement: 

The UW Farm education and outreach program is a close collaboration with UW Farm manager Sarah Geurkink, the student volunteers of the UW Farm, and the UW Botanic Garden (UWBG) education department. Construction of the Children’s Garden will also involve the King County Master Gardeners, who will provide a weekend workshop to UW student volunteers on the design and construction of raised garden beds. Participants of Seattle Youth Garden Works, an urban agriculture program providing job and life skills to homeless and underserved youth, will be invited to attend the workshops and help construct the Children’s Garden.  UW student volunteers working alongside UWBG educational staff will develop curriculum that is adaptable for different age ranges and different seasons. UW student volunteers will also take primary responsibility for leading school field trips, however, in order to ensure continuity and reliability, UWBG education staff will be available to provide back up support and lead field trips when needed.

 

Feasibility, Accountability & Sustainability:

 

The UW Farm and the UWBG have approved the proposed education program, delineated a site for the Children’s Garden, and committed education staff to help develop the Farm education program.   Currently there is more demand for school field trips than the Farm can sustain.  This demand has precipitated the need to create a Children’s Garden and to develop a formal educational and outreach program.

To ensure that the program is meeting school curriculum needs and offering a high quality program, the UWBG education staff is developing surveys to hand out to teachers after field trips to solicit feedback on their experience at the Farm.  The UWBG’s online field trip registration site, to which the UW Farm field trips will be added, tracks the number of field trips per year, the number of students per field trip, and volunteer hours.  In the short term, UWBG has committed the partial support of one of its education staff to help launch the education program. However, the objective is for it to be self-sustaining by 2017 when the support of the UWBG education staff position ends.  For this reason, a student intern is built into the budget to ease the transition to self-sufficiency. The student intern will work one quarter with UWBG staff to develop a self-sustaining system.  The following quarter the intern will work independently to implement the plan. Once the program is operating smoothly, the Farm education program will charge $7/student for field trips, which will cover the operating costs of the Farm’s education program. Between now and April, UWBG staff will pursue other sources of funding for the program (including the Sustainable Paths, University Sunrise Rotary Club and the PCC Community Grant).

 

Budget Estimate:

 

The total estimated budget for this project is $9,500.  Building the 4-raised beds is projected to cost $4000, which includes materials for the beds, soil, irrigation supplies and construction tools.  Seeds and plants including fruit trees, berry bushes, and herbs for the new beds and the perimeter of the Children’s Garden are projected to cost $520.   The basic supplies needed to establish the education program are projected to be $2,050, which includes tables and chairs, art supplies, children’s gardening tools and criminal background checks for volunteers who will be working with student groups.  Lastly, this budget includes two quarters of funding for a student intern in 2016/2017 (which will cost roughly $2,900). 

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Amy Hughes

Sustainable Shellfish Aquaculture (Phase 2): Engaging Students and Public in Marine Conservation

Project Size: Large, >$1,000
Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $25,000

Letter of Intent:

The UW School of Aquatic & Fishery Sciences (SAFS) is home to some of the world's leading experts in shellfish biology, genetics, and disease ecology. Faculty and students are actively engaged in applied research to inform and improve shellfish aquaculture and restoration. Shellfish aquaculture is major economic driver in Washington and the Pacific Northwest region, supporting over 3,200 jobs and contributing over $270 million per year to rural and coastal economies (http://www.ecy.wa.gov/water/marine/oa/2012report_summary.pdf). Shellfish aquaculture, in turn, has been shown to improve local water quality via the filter-feeding of cultured organisms, while simultaneously creating habitat for other aquatic species.
The UW Shellfish Farm represents a unique and exciting opportunity for students to experience shellfish farming first-hand. Consequently, the proposal has been enthusiastically endorsed by the College of the Environment, and has brought in advisory expertise from SAFS, the School of Marine & Environmental Affairs (SMEA), Department of Biology, and notably the shellfish industry. In 2014, with a generous grant from the UW Campus Sustainability Fund, we began work on Phase I, a feasibility study for the Farm. A majority of grant monies supported a graduate Research Assistant from the UW SMEA, who has incorporated this work into a Masters thesis. The feasibility study has thus far produced the following: 1) A guideline to the regulatory and permitting requirements for shellfish aquaculture in WA; 2) Thorough cost-benefit analysis of multiple options for structuring an aquaculture enterprise, including formal partnership(s) with a non-university industry stakeholder; 3) A live blog (http://www.uwshellfishfarm.wordpress.com) highlighting our progress and challenges as we navigate the planning process. We are on track to complete Phase I by the end of Spring quarter and to deliver a final report with recommendations for implementation.
As we prepare for Phase II - Implementation, a next step will be to get shellfish deployed at Big Beef Creek (BBC) to optimize conditions for successful production. Local variation in environmental conditions like dissolved oxygen, salinity/freshwater input, and algal growth, may significantly impact aquaculture yield and product quality. These conditions are known to vary latitudinally in Hood Canal, but more importantly may vary even within the 9.7 acre tideland parcel at BBC.
We propose to growout three shellfish species: 1) Pacific Geoduck (Panopea generosa); 2) Pacific oyster (Crassostrea gigas); and 3) Manila clam (Tapes phillipinarum), at multiple sites across the BBC tideland parcel. These three species are viable options for commercial-scale aquaculture once the Farm is permitted. This pilot grow-out will provide essential information for potential partnerships. Funds will be used to purchase culture supplies (re-usable cages), seed and support a graduate student to grow-out shellfish at BBC. In addition, a graduate student would continue to enable the establishment of a sustainable farm by continuing with the permitting processes and developing educational outreach material.  
Methods: In addition to finalizing the final logistical aspects of establishing a shellfish farm, shellfish seed will be planted at multiple sites across the BBC tideland using methods appropriate to each species. Planting will be done in replicate arrays within each site. Monitoring and sampling will be conducted at regular intervals, recording ambient environmental conditions as well as shellfish growth and survival. This activity will be critical in meeting our educational goals. 
Environmental Impact: Shellfish aquaculture is sustainable as it requires no food inputs; shellfish derive nutrients by filtering phytoplankton from the water column. As such, shellfish aquaculture is intrinsically linked to estuarine health. Regular sampling of environmental conditions at BBC over the course of this project will inform the development of an environmental monitoring system for estuarine health, as detailed in our initial CSF proposal (as part of Phase II). Data from our monitoring program will be used for education and will be incorporated into developing appropriate partnerships to make the shellfish farm a success.

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Steven Roberts

Earth Day 2015 Celebration

Project Size: Small, <$1,000
Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $1,000

Letter of Intent:

·       Project title: Earth Day 2015 Celebration

·       Summary of his/her project proposal

·       Earth Club is requesting $1000 from the CSF Small Projects Fund for the Earth Day 2015 Celebration. The purpose of Earth Day Celebration is to come together and celebrate 45th Earth Day here on the University of Washington Seattle campus. It will create opportunity for interdisciplinary attendance including undergraduate, graduate and professional environmental active UW students to meet and network with local sustainability focused businesses and vendors, present their original work and come together to connect with campus environmental and sustainability groups, therefore contributing to a more sustainable campus. On April 22nd 2015, on Red Square there will be exhibitors fair for various environmental groups, as well as environmental keynote speeches from Dean of College of Environment and music performances. Another notable feature of the celebration is that all the stage performances will be solar-powered, thus reinforcing the sustainable idea of the celebration.

·       Brief explanation of how the project will meet the requirements and preferences of the CSF:
1. Environmental Impact

  • On the Earth Day, the exhibitors fair and stage performances plan to attract more than 10,000 students and community members on campus who will find the opportunity to explore the environmental stewardship on campus and learn what they could do to contribute to reduce the school’s environmental impact. Among the groups who will come to present their ideas, there are various focuses of them including reducing carbon emissions, effective usage of solar power, reducing pollutants and so on. Visitors will be able to help with signature gathering for certain groups as well as participating in creating a sustainable campus on a daily life basis.

·       2. Student Leadership & Involvement

  • Earth Day 2015 Celebration is primarily organized by student-oriented Earth Day planning committee and facilitated by UW Sustainability staffs. Coordinated by Lysia Li, an Earth Club officer, the planning committee consists of around 8 student leaders from various environmental groups on campus, including Earth Club, SEED, CSF and EcoReps. The leadership of the planning committee and generous help from UW Sustainability contribute and determine the occurrence of Earth Day 2015 celebration, which also addresses the leadership preference of CSF.

·       3. Education, Outreach, & Behavior Change

  • Since the celebration plans to attract more than 10,000 visitors, the exhibitors’ fair allows itself to be an environmental educational outreach for the campus community. Visitors that are mainly composed of students will be able to connect with various campus sustainability groups and thus increasing their awareness of the environment.

·       4. Feasibility, Accountability, & Sustainability:

  • The UW Sustainability staff members who have experiences of Earth Day celebrations planning facilitate the planning process. They helped the committee to connect with College of Environment, UW Recycling, HFS and other departments in school. They also offer help with acquiring permits and logistics process. At the same time, since the committee is consisted of student leaders from various environmental groups, they are already equipped with outstanding leadership and project management skills that can contribute to the successful completion of the celebration. We have already obtained approval for using Red Square for April 22nd, permit for outside sustainable vendors giving out food on campus and so on. Our committee along with UW Sustainability is equipped with skills that enable us to plan the celebration successfully.

·       An estimate of the project’s budget

  • Our total Earth Day budget is $4504 and the $1000 from CSF will go towards the rental charge of tents, tables and stages as showed below.
2015 Overall Expenses  
Event Costs Amount
Sustain Cups $767
Solar Rover $191.93
PA System  
Tents & Tables Rental from AA Party Rental Co. (where CSF money would go into) $3,265.29
Marketing/printing $250
Decorations $30
Prizes  
Total $4,504
   
Sponsors Amount
ASUW Special Appropriations $1000
College of Environment $1000
Campus Sustainability Fund (Unconfirmed) $1000

 

·      Timeline

  • Exhibitors Fair: 10 am-3 pm
  • Stage performance

§  11:30 AM: Music

§  12:00 PM: Earth Day Celebration Welcome

Opening Remarks 5-10 mins, Lisa from College of   Environment                               

                                          Keynote Speakers’ Speech

§  12:30 PM: Music Performance

                                          Environmental verses,

§  1:00 PM: (saved for Husky Green Awards, could alter)

§  1:15 PM:  More Music

·       Primary and secondary contact information

  • Lysia Li, UW Earth Club, Earth Day Coordinator: (323) 916-3046, lysialee@uw.edu
  • Aubrey Batchelor, UW Sustainability: (206) 370-1463 cell, (206) 616-9471 office, aubrey24@uw.edu

 

 

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Lysia Li

A rainwater system for the Construction Materials Laboratory in More Hall

Project Size: Large, >$1,000
Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $16,000

Letter of Intent:

The Construction Materials Laboratory (CML) at More Hall functions primarily as an instruction lab for the Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) and the College of Built Environments (CBE) students. In this laboratory, all undergraduate students of these two departments learn about materials such as steel, aluminum, wood, aggregates, Portland cement concrete and hot mix asphalt. The CML is a great example of the CEE teaching philosophy that focuses on providing students “hands on” learning environments and putting their theoretical skills into practice. In addition to this experience-based  learning experiences, we propose installing the CML with a rainwater-fed handwashing station that would be used, operated and maintained by the students of CEE and CBE departments. The students could also put their engineering skills to practical use by taking part in the design process of the rainwater harvesting system. This system would serve as a campus wide educational tool and give UW students, faculty and staff a possibility to learn more about sustainable water management practices. Moreover, by supplementing part of the CML’s clean water demand by rainwater, the overall tap water consumption of the More Hall could be reduced. Given the monthly rainfall in Seattle and the More Hall roof area during the academic year (September –June), the rainwater system could provide the laboratory up to 20,000 gallons of water per month, which is equivalent to over 40,000 monthly handwashes.

The primary contact has already designed a similar small-scale rainwater harvesting project in the Perkins elementary school's science building in Seattle, Washington as a voluntary project. The Perkins school science building is the first school facility in Washington to be certified as "Living building".  Their rainwater harvesting system is not only to reuse water and save resources but also to concretize the concept of sustainability to the young students. We believe that the concepts and technical solutions used in the Perkins rainwater harvesting system could be modified and tailored in our proposed More Hall project. Professor Amy Kim would supervise the project that would be mainly managed by CEE and CM graduate students. Undergraduate and graduate student volunteers would conduct the design, operation and maintenance work.

The estimated project budget is presented below.

Rainwater cistern                                  $12,000

Pipes, gutters, equipment                    $ 3,000

Handwashing station (sink, faucet)    $ 1,000

Treatment system                                   $ 1,000

Total                                                          $16,000

 

Primary Contact Information:

Heta Kosonen

Graduate Student

Civil and environmental engineering

hetak@uw.edu

 

Secondary Contact Information:

Amy Kim

Assistant Professor

Civil and Environmental Engineering

amyakim@uw.edu

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Heta Kosonen

Rainwater Catchment: Educational System on the UW Farm

Project Size: Small, <$1,000
Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $465

Letter of Intent:

We are looking to implement a rainwater harvesting system on the UW Farm for farm use and campus wide education. This system would be located beside the Burke-Gilman on the UW Farm and will be installed on a renovated sign roof. We estimate this project to cost $465.00, and is estimated to save approximately 250 gallons of water per year. This project is designed to educate people on rainwater harvesting as well as inspire them to imagine future capabilities.Our small system has the ability to save around 250 gallons of water per year. This information is based off of a 15sq. ft. roof and 36 inches of annual rainfall; our formula accounted for the fact that only approximately 70% of the water would be harvested.

 

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Erica Isomura

Yard Waste Composting Program for UW

Project Size: Large, >$1,000
Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $78,637

Letter of Intent:

Grounds Management of the UW Seattle Campus seeks to implement a green waste composting program; waste that currently goes to Cedar Grove will be composted and used on-site to maintain the soil health of the UW landscape. Benefits of this program will include long term cost savings, greenhouse gas emissions avoided, student opportunities for engagement and leadership and composted material will be available to campus organizations, such as the UW Farm, SEED and UW Botanic Gardens. Estimated total cost is $153,637.00 and the compost committee is requesting $78,637 from the Campus Sustainability Fund, with the rest of the costs being matched by Grounds Management.

Maintenance of campus grounds results in the accumulation of large volumes of organic waste, with the greatest amount during autumn leaf drop. The current system for handling these materials is to transport them to Cedar Grove where they are composted; to maintain planting beds and lawns Grounds Management applies compost, which is ironically purchased back from Cedar Grove. Transportation of these materials results in unnecessary carbon emissions, use of fossil fuels, and additional costs.An in-house composting program would address these issues, but the site best suited to accommodate this operation requires modification in order to meet both operational and regulatory needs. This site would also serve as a staging area for recycled timber and wood chip mulch from campus tree pruning. The current site where green waste is accumulated and disposed of could be modified to accommodate a permit exempt composting site. This would involve grading and paving the site to properly address moisture and runoff concerns, constructing bins to house the composting operation, and installing a fence around the site to maintain a secure and uncontaminated environment.

Information about sustainable practices will be incorporated into the Grounds Management website presence, which will include details about our composting program, advice on composting practices, as well as links to composting resources.

Grounds managment will work with organizations such as SEED, a UW Landscape and Architecture graduate student, the UW Grounds IMP & Sustainability coordinator, and a UW Design student.

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Hillary Burgess

Bicycle Repair Stations (Phase 2)

Project Size: Large, >$1,000
Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $3,085

Letter of Intent:

This project will build on the success of an earlier CSF project that installed five bicycle repair stations on campus by installing two additional Dero Fixits at strategic locations on campus. The new repair stations will allow students, employees, and visitors to fill their tires and perform basic repairs quickly, effectively removing maintenance and uncertainty as barriers to bicycling. Repair stations will be installed in the Marine Studies/John Wallace Hall building cluster and at residence halls along Whitman Court. These areas were not served in the first round of installations but have since requested repair stations.

Phase 1 of this project initially proposed ten repair stations but was scaled back to five at the recommendation of the CSF selection committee. This was so we could gain experience with the repair stations on campus and see how they would be received by students and employees. Because they have been so well-received and heavily utilized, expanding to the remaining areas of campus is prudent. To measure this project’s success, a student intern will conduct user counts and a satisfaction intercept survey at each of the new and existing locations once the new equipment has been installed. We will also monitor visits to the Repair Station website and track emails and press related to the repair stations.The project will be coordinated with UW Housing & Food Services (for installations at residence halls), the University Landscape Architect, Maintenance & Alterations, and Commuter Services.

This project contributes to UW Commuter Services’ goal of achieving a 20% bicycle mode share by the year 2020. Currently, 8% of students, staff, and faculty bike to campus, compared with 19% who drive alone. These drive alone trips contribute to our campus-related greenhouse gas emissions, lead to potential conflicts with pedestrians, bicyclists, and other drivers, and detract from the overall livability of the UW campus and the greater University District.
Providing bicycle repair stations is one way that the University can encourage the UW community to bike to and around campus rather than driving.

This project creates one 60-hour student job. The student will be responsible for planning and siting the repair stations using a set of criteria developed by the previous student intern during the project’s first phase. She or he will work closely with Commuter Services and Housing and Food Services staff, as well as the University Landscape Architect, the Grounds Manager, and building coordinators to identify optimal locations for each station. After reaching consensus on installation sites, the intern will then coordinate with Facilities Services and oversee the installation of each unit.

The outreach and education goals for this project:
1. To expose all students and employees to basic bicycle maintenance. At a minimum this means knowing how to pump up a low tire.
2. To ensure that all students and employees have access to the necessary tools for performing simple maintenance and repairs, and that they are aware that they have access to those tools.

To publicize the bicycle repair stations to the campus community:
1. The repair stations are highly visible, and the 2012 design includes bicycle “branding” on the station itself. Because of this, they market themselves nicely. The 2012 stations also include a QR reader that links to a series of “How To” videos for a variety of basic repairs (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sAtoXZV3Fhs&feature=youtu.be).
2. As with the first phase of the project, we will market the repair stations on the Commuter Services Bike Repair website and other online locations (the existing repair stations were featured on the CSF website, The Daily, the Cascade Bicycle Club Blog, and Examiner.com).
3. We will work with the Building Coordinators where repair stations are installed to distribute information to building residents and tenants.
4. We will publicize the repair stations during our popular Bike to Campus Month and Ride in the Rain events, through Commuter Services’ Bicycle Interest list serve, and as part of our comprehensive bicycle branding program (slated for rollout in summer 2012).

Primary Contact First & Last Name: David Amiton

Expansion of The UW Farm

Project Size: Large, >$1,000
Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $80,000

Letter of Intent:

The UW Farm is applying for $80,000 to support its expansion on ground near the Center for Urban Horticulture. This expansion will allow us to meet our goals of developing community (in UW and beyond), building connections (between people, land, and our future) and achieving a more sustainable food system. In its expansion, the farm will provide the campus with sustainably grown produce through programs such as a student-run cooperative kitchen, dining facilities run by Housing and Food Services (HFS), and donations to local food banks.

The expanded farm will serve as a tool in academic curricula spanning numerous disciplines from anthropology to biology to urban planning. And most importantly, the new farm will make a permanent, positive contribution to the University of Washington and to the city of Seattle.

With support from the CSF, we will expand our practice to an additional full acre of land on campus, adjacent to the Center for Urban Horticulture. Expanding the production capacity of the UW Farm will allow us to amplify our contribution to the UW‟s sustainability mission in several ways. First, it will enable us to solidify a relationship with Housing and Food Services (HFS). HFS is interested in purchasing farm produce to use in campus dining halls and small cafeterias. Second, the UW Student Food Cooperative will be operating in full capacity next year, running a cafe space in the South Campus Center and a food cart for Red Square. They plan to source a substantial amount of their produce from the UW Farm. A strong relationship with the Student Food Cooperative will help generate awareness on campus about the social, economic, and political issues surrounding food, from farm-to-table. Third, we will create a community-supported agriculture (CSA) program, which will teach farmers tangible and realistic business skills associated with the production of food.

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Nina Arlein

Engaging Students in Discussion and Action around the Food, Land Use, and the Farm Bill

Project Size: Small, <$1,000
Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $500

Letter of Intent:

We will host nationally renowned author and farmer Dan Imhoff speak about the 2012 Farm Bill.

The environmental problem we want to solve is lack of student awareness and involvement in the Farm Bill and in overall issues of land use and food. By engaging students in action around the Farm Bill, they will also be more knowledgeable and capable of action about food on the UW campus.

ABOUT THE FARM BILL: The Farm Bill is perhaps the single most significant land use legislation enacted in the United States, yet many citizens remain unaware of its power and scope. With subsidies ballooning toward $25 billion dollars per year, the Farm Bill largely dictates who grows what crops, on what acreage, and under what conditions--all with major impacts on the country's rural economies, health and nutrition, national security, and biodiversity. As debate and wrangling over the 2012 Farm Bill intensifies, Dan Imhoff will offer a highly informative and engaging overview of the legislation that literally shapes our food system, our bodies, and our future.

We will host speaker Dan Imhoff on March 1st for a campus-wide speaking event. In addition to the main event, there will be opportunities for students (those coordinating the event and also those active in food issues on campus) to have more intimate conversations with him at a dinner party. Professors may also be able to host him in class. Dan will be linking Farm Bill discussion to talk about how students can engage on their campus in food issues.

Here is how the NW Farm Action Bill describes the event:
The Northwest Farm Bill Action Group invites you to come to learn about local efforts to organize for a more just Food Bill! The NW Farm Bill Action Group is undertaking innovative research and outreach efforts to help those wanting to shape the next Food and Farm Bill.

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Travis English

Trashing our Food: The Costs of Food Waste in America and What We Can Do About It

Project Size: Small, <$1,000
Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $250

Letter of Intent:

The U.S. produces almost 600 billion pounds of food each year and a 25-50% of it is wasted — left in fields, thrown out at the grocery store, left in the fridge until it spoils, or scraped into the garbage at the end of a meal.

Wasted food costs farmers, consumers and businesses hundreds of billions of dollars every year, and the environmental costs are just as steep. It is estimated that 2% of all U.S. energy consumption goes into producing food that is ultimately thrown out. Because America’s energy economy remains highly dependent on fossil fuels, this translates into significant unnecessary greenhouse gas emissions. In addition, food that is discarded in landfills creates methane emissions, itself a potent greenhouse gas.

As an institutional provider of dining and food services, food waste is an issue for the University of Washington. And all members of the UW community are affected by the environmental, social and economic consequences of food waste.

The panelists at this event will discuss the problems associated with food waste, as well as the solutions. The approaches to be discussed follow the same “Reduce/Reuse/Recycle” paradigm as other waste prevention strategies. Food waste can first be reduced through programs that help food producers and food retailers better understand and efficiently meet demand without excess. When there is excess food, it can be reused or reallocated through food rescue programs and other services that match food surpluses with those in need. Finally, food waste that cannot be avoided, such as inedible components or post-consumer food scraps, can be recycled into a useful soil amendment through composting, or turned into electricity or biogas through anaerobic digestion.

Panelists will discuss how these solutions are being employed here in Seattle, including on the University of Washington campus, and throughout the U.S.

Primary Contact First & Last Name: McKenna Morrigan

Tapped for Earth Day

Project Size: Small, <$1,000
Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $295

Letter of Intent:

We will be playing the movie "TAPPED" in the residence hall to inform people about drinking water & the nature.

By playing the movie TAPPED, we hope to address the issue of bottle of water and its impact on the environment. It would be an interesting experience for many people since it is a topic that does not get discuss in depth in people’s lives. It provides intriguing information about bottle of water and could raise people’s awareness about the issue. By watching this movie, people have a chance to evaluate their usage of bottle of water if any and potentially make a change and take some actions in their lives regarding to the issue. Their change in behavior will make our environment a better place. 

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Martin Su

Husky Neighborhood Tree Planting

Project Size: Large, >$1,000
Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $1,477

Letter of Intent:

This project is being run by the Husky Neighborhood Assistants, an organization run out of the University of Washington’s Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards that works with students to work on issues in the greater University District Community. The tree project is meant to beautify the neighborhood, improve the canopy habitat, improve water drainage in the planter strips, and to provide students both as residents at planting sites and as volunteers at the planting event an opportunity to connect with nature in the urban environment.

Trees are going to be purchased from NurseryTrees in Monroe, which is generously offering us discounts and free delivery. The trees will be bagged in burlap bags, and the Snowbells will be roughly 5 feet tall upon planting and the Jacquemontii Birch will be roughly 7 feet tall. The planting is set to take place on April 23rd bringing together residents and student volunteers to plant and stake the trees. Husky neighborhood assistants will also be providing tree gator bags and instructing residents on watering the trees with the bags.

The trees will be purchased from NurseryTrees, a family tree farm in Monroe Washington. The hammers, shovels, stakes, chainlock, and nails will all be purchased from the Home Depot, and the Gator Bags will be ordered from amleo.com, a garden supplier recommended to me by the city of Seattle.

The shovels and any other leftover materials will be donated to the UW farm, which should be timely if they are planning an expansion. Also, 2 extra gator bags will be retained in case bags are damaged or removed in their first year considering that the trees are being planted in a very public space that has a history with tree damage.

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Kyle Murphy

LEED Performance Analysis Intern

Project Size: Large, >$1,000
Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $14,080

Letter of Intent:

Define the campus environmental problem that you are attempting to solve:                                                                                                     The U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) LEED rating and certification program for buildings emphasizes energy efficiency through conservation and innovative technologies. Points toward certification are earned on the basis of designed building performance compared to a baseline model. While there are performance models for all LEED buildings, there is currently no comparison of predicted results with actual performance for the LEED projects. In order to have an effective adaptive management approach to capital projects at the University, this comparison must be made. In addition to energy, there are opportunities to work on other comparisons and challenges related to the certification of LEED projects.

Describe your proposed solution to this problem:
Interns will be hired to perform the energy use analyses of University LEED projects. The project will entail the collection of actual energy performance data for the University’s completed LEED projects, and the predicted performance data for planned projects. Other comparisons of design baselines to actual performance will be included in this position (i.e., water, product performance comparison, etc.). Creation and maintenance of a database from this information will serve as the basis for evaluation of the effectiveness of LEED building standards on campus. The interns will work in the Capital Projects Office, and fall under the guidance of the Sustainability Manager, Clara Simon. The internship will be open to any student with a suitable educational background and personal interest, and will be available for four quarters, preferably filled by a new student each quarter.

What form and amount of student leadership will your project involve?
The position, if used to provide opportunities for Capstone Experiences or similar student projects, will provide 4 students with intimate working knowledge of the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED rating and building certification system as it is practiced and implemented on current University projects. The compilation of data will be an ongoing project, but each student will be responsible for maintaining the database and making necessary analyses. When their quarter is completed, the students will have resume-building experience in energy efficiency analysis in an office that is unique in its involvement with so many large LEED projects in the design, construction, and operational phases. Students will also become intimately knowledgeable as to the LEED process during building design, construction and into building operations. Students will be encouraged to study for and obtain LEED Green Associates or LEED Accredited Professional’s exam, as applicable, while working in the Capital Projects Office. Interns will have the opportunity to gain USGBC-required experience necessary to achieve accreditation that is usually only available to working professionals in the architectural, engineering, and consulting fields.

What type and amount of outreach and education will your project involve?                                                                                                         The Sustainability Internship will be an opportunity for students to create projects that share the experience and the work of the University administration with the student body as well as create a conduit for sharing classroom experience with the staff that is responsible for sustainability at the institutional level. There is a separation between administrative operations and educational programs that hides the very good work being done on both sides to build a more sustainable campus. This internship will make more porous the perceived barrier between students and staff. Ideas about sustainability that are fostered and encouraged in the classroom are also present in the discussions that take place in the Capital Projects Office, but the intellectual resources are not shared as freely as they could be.This internship will provide a very direct interface between students and staff that will foster the interactions that make innovation possible.

What amount of funds do you anticipate your project will require from the CSF?
A student intern is allowed to work 19.5 hours per week, and a suitably experienced candidate will be paid $16 per hour. There will be an intern working for 10 weeks per quarter, including an intern working for 10 weeks during the summer, for one year. The total required funding will be $12,480 for compensation, plus $1,600 for LEED Green Associate and/or LEED Accredited Professional application and exam fees, totaling $14,080.

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Clara Simon

Do It Yourself Bicycle Repair Stations

Project Size: Large, >$1,000
Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $13,242

Letter of Intent:

Define the campus environmental problem that you are attempting to solve:
Commuter Services actively promotes non-automobile trips to campus in efforts to:
 Reduce greenhouse gas emissions associated with fossil fuels-based transportation;
 Minimize the negative impacts of congestion in and around the University District; and,
 Create safe and convenient transportation options for all members of the UW community.

As a result, just 21% percent of all commute trips to the UW Seattle campus are drive-alone. These trips, however, account for a significant share of the University’s commute-related and total greenhouse gas emissions. In order to meet the Climate Action Plan’s aggressive goal of an additional 30% reduction in commute-related greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, further reductions in drive-alone trips will be necessary.

Describe your proposed solution to this problem:
A major component of Commuter Services’ strategy to reduce drive-alone commute trips is encouraging trips by bicycle. In addition to providing incentives and end-of-trip facilities like bike racks, lockers, and showers, Commuter Services seeks to encourage bicycling by reducing uncertainty – what happens if I get a flat? Where do I go if something comes loose? – associated with riding to and around campus. Commuter Services intends to accomplish this by providing DIY bicycle maintenance and repair stands at convenient and strategic locations throughout campus, such as at dorms, high bicycle traffic locations, and heavily-utilized bicycle parking areas.

In addition to meeting the needs of the UW bicycle community, Commuter Services also intends for these repair stations – which will be UW “bike program” branded – to be visible indicators of the University’s commitment to encouraging bicycling and environmentally-friendly transportation.

What form and amount of student leadership will your project involve?
Commuter Services plans to use CSF funding to hire a student intern to assist in all phases of the project’s implementation. This would include working to identify potential installation locations for the Fix-It stands, collaborating with University building coordinators, and preparing materials for review committees prior to installation. The student would also be responsible for creating an online Bike Repair Stand Google Map consistent with other Commuter Services online maps. The student intern would gain firsthand experience working on a small-scale infrastructure project start-to-finish, and would be playing a significant role in making the UW more bicycle-friendly.

What type and amount of outreach and education will your project involve?
This project contains several outreach and education components. The student intern would be responsible for creating an online Bike Repair Stand Google Map to serve as a point of reference for the UW community. Commuter Services could also use one of the Fix-It stands, modified to make it portable, during events and at quarterly bike maintenance classes. Finally, Commuter Services is open to the possibility of partnering with the ASUW Bike Shop on maintenance education programs that utilize the Fix-It stands.
What amount of funds do you anticipate your project will require from the CSF?
The funding for this project will be directed at two different areas: hiring and maintaining a student intern, and purchasing up to ten Fix-It stands.

These program costs are roughly estimated to breakdown as follows:
Student Intern (at $10/hr wages - adjusted to $11.39 for cost to Commuter Services):
80 hrs * $11.39 = $911.20
Fix-It Stations: 10 units * $900 = $9,000
Shipping: $500
Installation: $2,000
TOTAL: $12,411.20

Primary Contact First & Last Name: David Amiton

Owl Boxes

Project Size: Small, <$1,000
Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $1,000

Letter of Intent:

Define the campus environmental problem that you are attempting to solve:
We are attempting to expand diversity on campus through the implementation of barn owl boxes around campus. Many urban sites have lost species such as barn owls due to loss of habitat and construction. Today we see a strong push for habitat to be brought back to these urban areas. At the University of Washington we have many acceptable areas for barn owls to nest and forage. This project was developed in Justin Hellier's class and would be a fantastic example of sustainability projects extending past the classroom and into action.

Describe your proposed solution to this problem:
We propose the incorporation of several owl nesting boxes on conifer trees located near Denny Field, William H. Gates Law Library, and the Union Bay Natural Area. Through a physical survey of campus, we found specific trees in these areas that meet the necessary criteria for barn owl habitat. The boxes will be anchored to the trees using rings that will wrap around the circumference of the trunk, and can be loosened periodically to accommodate the growth of the tree. It is our hope that within two years, one or more barn owls will encounter these boxes and take up residence on campus. We chose barn owls because they are commonly found in the Pacific Northwest, provide natural pest control, can easily live in human-modified environments, and they are a dynamic “charismatic mega-fauna” that will add complexity to biodiversity at UW.
 
What form and amount of student leadership will your project involve?
Because the owl boxes require maintenance, the majority of student leadership will come from the students involved in executing the project. We will require knowledgeable student volunteers to aid in the construction and placement of the boxes. We will also be coordinating with the Burke Natural History Museum student committee to arrange for the required annual cleaning of each box.
 
What type and amount of outreach and education will your project involve?
We believe this project has the potential to provide numerous educational opportunities to the UW community. With involvement through the Burke Museum Student Committee, and outreach to multiple classes we would like to think that UW students will become involved. Making the boxes known will include an article in the UW Daily, and by contacting environmental RSOs on campus to tell their members about the project. This project was also conceived in Sustainability Studio, an upper level environmental class that focuses on making our campus more sustainable. It would be a fantastic opportunity for the class to have a real life project come out of it.
 
What amount of funds do you anticipate your project will require from the CSF?
We anticipate that this project will be fairly inexpensive relative to the benefits it will provide to the University of Washington. We are asking for an initial grant of $2,000 for the construction and placement of three-four boxes, including the first two years of upkeep and cleaning. We plan on keeping track of the boxes throughout the rest of our time at college, and will work hard to pass the project on before we go.

 

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Jessica Kang

Identifying Effective Communication to Promote Composting

Project Size: Large, >$1,000
Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $11,558

Letter of Intent:

Define the campus environmental problem that you are attempting to solve:
The University’s Climate Action Plan identifies the importance of waste reduction in order to reduce green house gases. One area of interest is promoting food composting. In recent years, the availability of composting bins has increased on campus; yet, it you look inside a bin it is obvious that there is confusion about composting. Many items that are not compostable end up in the compost bin and many items that are compostable end up in the garbage. The main problem is that people are not using compost bins appropriately.

Describe your proposed solution to this problem:                                                                                                                                                     We are interested in using signs as a communication method to promote the appropriate use of compost bins – this requires changing an individual’s behavior. Changing an individual’s behavior is essential to achieving a sustainable future. UW’s Climate Action Plan reflects the importance of behavior change, stating that about 20% of the necessary green house gas reductions are planned to be achieved through behavior change. Changing an individual’s behavior can influence the desired goal of increasing the appropriate use of compost bins and reducing waste.

We propose to work on engaging students, faculty, and staff to foster composting by using community-based social marketing. Community-based social marketing has been shown to be effective at bringing about behavior change. This approach involves: identifying barriers to a sustainable behavior, designing a strategy that utilizes behavior change tools, piloting the strategy with a small segment of a community, and finally, evaluating the impact of the program once it has been implemented across a community. We are interested specifically in testing the effectiveness of various sign messages at influencing composting behavior. After identifying the audience’s motivations and barriers to composting, we will design three communication messages on signs using three different approaches. These signs will then be placed in areas with compost bins. By monitoring the levels of composting before and after the signs are installed, we can begin to identify which message is fostering composting behavior. Furthermore, after a period we will remove the signs and continue monitoring. This will provide information on which of the messages promoted long-term composting behavior that lasts even without the signs presence. At the end of this approach, we will be able to provide the University with an effective communication approach for fostering appropriate composting campus wide.

What form and amount of student leadership will your project involve?                                                                                                               This project will be led by three students: two graduate students and one undergraduate. Professor Stanley Asah, from the School of Forest Resources, will act as an advisor and provide support about the methodology behind fostering behavior change. We also plan on working closely with other stakeholders in increasing the appropriate use of composting such as ESS, Facilities, HSF, and SEED.

What type and amount of outreach and education will your project involve?                                                                                                         This project will look to gain input from campus organizations that are currently interested in promoting the use of composting. These organizations include: ESS, Facilities, and SEED. The greatest strength of using a community-based social marketing approach with behavior change is the emphasis on understanding the target audience of the resulting communication method. We will gain understanding of the University’s community attitudes and reasons for composting and use these to inform the communication methods we devise. This will engage a wide variety of people on campus and will ensure that communications are designed based on their perceptions of composting. This will ultimately ensure a more effective communication strategy.

What amount of funds do you anticipate your project will require from the CSF?
We anticipate our project will require about $5,000 dollars from CSF. This funding will go towards a small stipend for the three students implementing the project (about $4,500 or $1,500 per student over two quarters), and the cost of producing a survey and developing the signs (about $500).
Primary Contact First & Last Name: Daniel Brody

UW-Solar (Phase 2)

Project Size: Large, >$1,000
Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF:

Letter of Intent:

UW-Solar is an interdisciplinary student-led project. Our fifteen students, representing all substantive disciplines required to carry out the project, hail from five colleges, range from the undergraduate to doctoral level. We are asking for $85,000 to procure and install a pilot solar project on a Housing and Food Services building on West Campus. This supplements our initial request of $4,500 for our feasibility study, which explores solar feasibility throughout UW Campus sectioned into:

  • Siting and Infrastructure
  • Institutional Frameworks
  • Financing and Policy
  • Electrical Engineering
  • SCADA Systems
  • Education and Outreach

UW-Solar has two key objectives: (1) Conducting a feasibility study looking at the placement of solar panels on UW buildings and (2) Installing a solar panel array on a Housing and Food Service building. We plan to move forward in three phases: (1) Design and Implementation, (2) Financing; and, (3) Control and Monitoring. Our Education and Outreach plan runs through all three phases and contributes and facilitates learning for those inside and outside the group.  Each sub-section, listed earlier, leads in one or more phases of the project. Design and Implementation is led by Siting and Infrastructure, Institutional Frameworks, and Electrical Engineering; Financing by Institutional Frameworks and Financing and Policy; Control and Monitoring by Electrical Engineering and SCADA Systems.

Timeline

We will be completing the Feasibility Study in the next month and will begin working towards procurement, with installation planned for the Summer of 2013.

Feasibility Study

The feasibility study is well underway. Each section hits the interests of the Campus Sustainability Fund: Environmental Impact; Student Leadership and Involvement; Education, Outreach, and Behavior Change; and, Feasibility, Accountability, and Sustainability. We describe the parameters of each section below.

Siting and Infrastructure

The outcomes for Siting and Infrastructure are to develop a location decision tree to use as an aid in siting solar arrays on campus in this and future projects; articulate a preferred option for a west campus HFS building (one of Elm, Alder, Poplar, Mercer, Lander) for the pilot project; and, develop a list of preferred equipment and vendors.

Institutional Frameworks

Regulatory Frameworks, as it pertains to design, construction, maintenance, will be managed alongside with Siting and Infrastructure. We have formed an Advisory Group of key stakeholders to identify regulations, approvals, and schedules, associated with implementing the project. Operations and maintenance responsibilities will be determined among with Housing and Food Services and Facilities, looking at identifying appropriate contact design and plan structure for the project’s long term operations and maintenance. The Advisory Group will meet monthly to review and approve the study, plans, and implementation. Furthermore, we are assessing the UW Power usage framework along with the Financing and Policy group.

Financing and Policy

Financing and Policy explores contract mechanisms and carbon equivalent comparisons looking at how the UW will be able to fund solar throughout the campus. A benefit cost analysis and budget will explore each business model developed through these contract mechanisms. The purpose of the benefit cost analysis is to examine potential contract cost savings; assess average timeline for return on investment; evaluate full cycle costs; and, explore potential for return of capital to CSF and HFS for additional installations. These questions will be answered through our research and meetings with HFS. We also meet with other professionals that help inform the options that we will present in our final recommendations.

Electrical Engineering

We are creating a reference to compare available solar panels by power output and price, and determine the necessary components to go along with the panels. These components will include inverters, transformers, fuse boxes, wiring, and any other equipment necessary to incorporate the panels into a building’s electrical system. We will produce a list of possible configurations of equipment to serve functions defined in our feasibility study. To accomplish this, we  are researching the electrical infrastructure of campus buildings and become more familiar with the connection between the building and the electrical grid, and the feasibility and price of installing backup power capabilities and making the system uninterruptible. This information will be organized so that it may be reused for outfitting other projects, though we will coordinate with our Advisory Group to select the preferred arrangement for the pilot project.

SCADA Systems

The UW-Solar Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) lab will perform two distinct functions. Firstly, the computerized system will allow remote physical control of the solar panel array. This will offer students and participants a chance to explore the factors that optimize solar systems for sustainability and power generation. Secondly, the system will collect data in real-time from sensors mounted on the solar array. This data can then be analyzed and used in research projects within a wide variety of disciplines. Additionally, the lab where SCADA will sit will function as a site for training future students and professionals in cyber-security, and particularly the security of Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) – a crucial factor in securing critical infrastructure against digital threats.

Education and Outreach

Our objectives are to develop educational objectives for an on-campus, for-credit seminar class; assess potential for online webinars and social media for off-campus and general public use; evaluate potential for continuing education programs/partnerships with professional organizations (American Institute of Architects, US Green Building Council, American Planning Association); develop paramet