UW Farm Wapato Pond

Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $5,000

Letter of Intent:

Through collaboration with the UW Solar RSO (Registered Student Organization) and the wǝɫǝbʔaltxw Intellectual House, I intend to combine my experience on the UW Farm as part-time staff and within theCollege of Built Environments as a landscape architecture graduate student to design and build an agricultural pond on the UW Center for Urban Horticulture (CUH) Farm site.The pond will fulfill a request from Lisaaksiichaa Braine, past Director of the Wǝɫǝbʔaltxw Intellectual House, who envisioned greater access to native food for food insecure First Nations students on campus. The project will be sited on the eastern side of the farm. A greenhouse dubbed the Resiliency Tunnel, which is under development by UW Solar, will be sited directly north of the pond and capture rainwater that will be used to irrigate the pond through Seattle’s summer months. Water overflow from this pond will pass through a swale to irrigate a fruit orchard downslope, which is under development.The pond will contain a culturally relevant resource in wapato (Sagittaria latifolia), an aquatic plant with tuberous roots that were an important source of carbohydrates before the introduction of the potato to thePacific Northwest. Wapato is already cultivated by the Wǝɫǝbʔaltxw Native Garden on the Farm, within two galvanized stock tanks. Wǝɫǝbʔaltxw uses these stock tanks as a nursery, with the intent of moving these plants to a more permanent growing space in the future. Moving the cultivation of wapato to this pond would create more public interest in the crop, increase biodiversity on the Farm, and create a more meaningful connection between the First Nations students and a deeply significant crop.I intend to construct the pond I have designed this quarter (Spring 2023). I am focusing on this project as an independent studio topic within the Department of Landscape Architecture and am in close collaboration with Perry Acworth, who is my boss at the UW Farm, and Carrie Cone, the Administrative Services Manager at UW Botanic Gardens. I have received $3,500 in funding from the Northwest Horticultural Society for this project and am in communication with UW Solar’s Resiliency Tunnel team to also repurpose their remainingCSF feasibility study funding. I have a detailed budget of the project, and a $5000 mini-grant would cover89% of the expected costs that are unmet. This project will not be possible without a CSF mini-grant. Thank you for your consideration!

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Kove Janeski

Keraton 2024

Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $10,000

Letter of Intent:

To whom it may concern,

ISAUW is a 501(c)(3) non-profit cultural organization dedicated to promoting the diverse Indonesian culture to the communities of the Greater Seattle area. ISAUW's vision is to become the leading Indonesian Student Association in the United States. We aim to achieve this by building a respectful, well-rounded, multifaceted, yet patriotic young Indonesian community in the Greater Seattle Area and across the United States. 

Throughout the years, ISAUW has always put a significant emphasis on creating great leaders in our community. Every year, ISAUW hosts a cultural event called Keraton to promote the unique and diverse Indonesian culture through different themes. Keraton is a massive event, hence, the amount of involvement and commitment delivered by our officers is extraordinary. 

With a shared vision to celebrate Indonesia's diverse culture and making Keraton a huge success, our 40+ members are involved in Event Organizing, Design, Creativity Management, Inventory Management, Sponsorship, Treasury, Fundraising, Marketing & Communication, Documentation, as well as Web Development. Ever since officers joined the organization in Fall, they have been committing their time and creativity to lead their teams successfully to gather what is needed for the success of Keraton; such as searching for funds, performances, food vendors, and many more. Established for over ten years, ISAUW would like to improve the legacy of our previous years and hold the most successful Keraton Indonesian Festival to date.

As the largest Indonesian cultural event on the West Coast and the second largest in the United States, Keraton has grown substantially, accumulating over 16,000 attendees since Keraton in 2019. ISAUW expects 5,000 visitors and will be showcasing the diversity of Indonesian culture through traditional food, dance, music, and art. Beyond ISAUW's purpose of entertaining and educating the community about Indonesia, we also wish to create a stellar and memorable Indonesian experience. This year's theme for Keraton is Indonesian Pasar, where we would get a glimpse of the authentic experience of Indonesian traditional markets, where the diverse culture and people of Indonesia interact in harmony. It will be an introduction to the cultural heritage of Indonesia. 

We are planning to have a Coffee-tasting booth and Batik Awareness and Creation booth that we have at the festival annually, and many more booths designed to enrich the visitors' knowledge about the diverse culture of Indonesia. With this, ISAUW would like to apply for CSF funding to make Keraton possible again this year.

Beyond ISAUW's purpose of entertaining and educating the community about Indonesia, ISAUW guarantees CSF that Keraton always has and will continue to foster a blossoming future of sustainability. This year, we have decided to take a greater step towards sustainability by collaborating with Solar Chapter, a 501(c), Indonesian, UW-registered student organization based in many parts of the world that aims to spread awareness on the environmental issues happening in Indonesia to educate our community on their projects of getting clean water to rural areas in Indonesia where resources are finite.

We will also continue to promote leadership, student involvement, education about Indonesian culture, reach out to the Seattle community, and encourage positive behavior change amongst our members and the campus community. Last but not least, throughout the years, Keraton has instilled important values and taught our members essential life skills such as accountability, teamwork, and respect, which we will continue to foster through this year's event.

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Jessica Fredlina

53rd Annual Spring Powwow

Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $14,000

Letter of Intent:

  • Who FN is and why we are asking for funding
  • Sustainable Impact
  • Student Leadership
  • Education and Outreach
  • Timeline
  • Basic Budget

First Nations is a Registered Student Organization that aims to promote Indigenous culture through events such as Taking Back the Dinner and the annual UW Spring Powwow. First Nations also advocates for Native students' interests, needs, and welfare, supplements and complements the formal education of Native students at UW, expresses our collective Native student opinion and interests to the University and community at large on issues affecting Native student life and culture, and implements the American Indian Retention and Recruitment (A.I.R.R.) Program. We are requesting financial support for the 53rd Spring Powwow occurring this year.

A powwow is a gathering of Native American, Alaskan Native, and First Nations peoples. Powwow consists of cultural Native American practices such as dancing and singing. People from all tribes and nations are welcome to partake in these cultural practices, and non-natives are welcome to join and watch the performances. Powwows are considered celebrations of culture for Native people. Historically, First Nations hosts our Spring Powwow at the Hec Edmundson Pavilion. It is a tradition we value as our families and communities local to Seattle and Washington had the privilege to attend previous powwows in Hec Edmundson and we desire to celebrate our culture in the same manner. In keeping with the Native American powwow circuit, First Nations hosts our Spring Powwow during the second weekend of April. It is attended by UW students, both Native and non-Native, and Indigenous communities within and outside of Washington State, resulting in over 4,000 attendees. First Nations also invites local organizations led by and committed to Native communities, such as the Urban Indian Health Institute and Urban Native Education Alliance, to share their resources and network within our community. The Spring Powwow is fully organized and supported by UW students and volunteers. This allows our members to develop their event planning, coordination, and communication skills.

We are requesting funding to support our remaining event costs, which include but are not limited to Culinary equipment rentals to prepare cultural concessions ($1,500); transportation expenses ($200); office and communication expenses ($300); materials to prepare our traditional Elder's Dinner ($6000); and honoraria for drummers, singers, and other performers who are a major factor in the Powwow's success ($6000). Based on the the 52nd Spring Powwow's actual budget, and our revised budget to reflect First Nations' appreciation of performers who attended the 52nd Spring Powwow at rates lower than their value to help the event return successfully from pandemic hardships, we estimate our remaining costs at about $14,000. Beginning in Winter quarter, First Nations' Powwow Committee will meet weekly to execute the planning and coordination of the event. This allows us four months to prepare for the event, held during the second weekend of April. We have attached a preliminary budget of the aforementioned expenses and will have a more detailed full budget after we begin our planning meetings this quarter.

Primary Contact First & Last Name: First Nations

Feasibility study to develop a societal embedding framework for community-engaged, socially impactful engineering at the University of Washington

Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $15,000

Letter of Intent:

The relationship between engineering and environmental sustainability and social justice has presented many challenges, which have been recognized almost since the inception of the engineering profession. As inventors and developers of technology, engineering professions are both criticized for exacerbating these challenges and sought after to solve them. Unfortunately, while many engineers are motivated to shape a more sustainable and just world, training in how to translate that into research, design, and development of technologies is not part of a typical engineering education.

Over time, there have been frequent and vehement calls to better educate engineers on the environmental and social implications of their work. Specific educational initiatives and frameworks developed to support these efforts include the UN-sponsored Education for Sustainable Development (Byrne et al. 2010, Desha et al. 2019), sociotechnical thinking (Johnson et al. 2022), corporate social responsibility (Smith et al. 2018), and societal embeddedness (Sprenkeling et al. 2022). Despite long recognition of the need, substantial research has shown that uptake of such initiatives has been uniformly slow and uneven (Gutierrez-Bucheli et al. 2022). The opposition to program reform is generally based on displacement of what are seen as essential technical training requirements, which are often based on industry priorities.

Based on the project team's experience, the University of Washington College of Engineering (COE) program faces similar constraints that limit students' ability to gain awareness and practical skills in the environmental and social implications of their work. To address this deficit, the proposed feasibility study will assess the current status of environmental and social impact awareness and training within the COE, and create recommendations to develop a societal embedding framework for sustainability and community oriented engineering at the University of Washington. The feasibility study will initiate with (i) an assessment of the existing education and training opportunities - both formal and informal - that are available to students. Formal opportunities include required or voluntary courses (e.g., sustainability, social impact, and ethics) offered for academic credit. Informal opportunities include extra-curricular activities that are sponsored or promoted by the University or student groups (e.g., DubHacks, Alaska Environmental Challenge). These opportunities will be researched and summarized for purpose, scope, the number of engineering students that engage, and reported learning outcomes. The feasibility study will (ii) conduct a survey to evaluate COE students' interest and current knowledge in environmental and social impact engineering, and whether there is unmet need for training. The final study component will (iii) conduct a survey of COE alumni to assess whether training at UW was and is sufficient for the environmental, sustainability, and social issues that alumni encounter in their careers after graduating.

The goal of the feasibility study is to identify specific gaps in engineering training, to support development of a societal embedding framework for sustainability and community-oriented engineering. The summary of current training opportunities can be compared against the frameworks listed above to assess the ability of students to access comprehensive training. Survey results will indicate student knowledge as well as interest in these areas, and whether these vary across engineering departments. The alumni survey will allow assessment of the sufficiency of current training opportunities. The results of the feasibility study and recommendations for program reforms will be shared with individual departments within and across the College of Engineering. They will also form the basis to develop subsequent proposals to pilot and test specific interventions for sustainability and community-oriented engineering. Such interventions could include (but are not limited to): development of a clinic or practicum program (e.g., School of Public Health, UW School of Law), development of new courses, updates or changes to curriculum requirements, development of new extra-curricular training opportunities (e.g., Hack-a-thons). The project team also intends to use the results of the feasibility study to support an application to PFE: Research Initiation in Engineering Formation, a National Science Foundation program geared toward engineering education reform.

The project team is comprised of a faculty PI and two graduate students with substantial experience in engineering education and research development in academic, government, and private industry labs. This includes experience with implementing a community-oriented research program in government labs. Importantly, the project team perspectives' are also informed by their direct experience of engineering programs in the Netherlands, where environmental and social learning is integrated throughout undergraduate and graduate curricula and research programs.

This work meets all four of the Campus Sustainability Fund Criteria and Preferences. The Sustainable Impact criteria are met in the goal of the feasibility study, which is to produce a strategic plan to realize a program where UW engineering students can gain improved training in the environmental and social impact of their work. The Leadership and Student Involvement criteria are addressed through strong student involvement in project design and implementation. A majority of the project budget will fund project time for two graduate students in the Illimited Lab, who will integrate the results into their PhD dissertation research. Students will also be broadly invited to participate in project components (i) and (ii). The focus of the project is on Education, Behavior Change & Outreach, which will include attention and awareness resulting from conducting the feasibility study. The project meets criteria for Feasibility and Accountability in multiple ways. The project team (a faculty PI and two graduate students) have the necessary skills and research experience to conduct the feasibility study. All surveys will be submitted for review by the UW Human Subjects Division. The project team is supported by other members of the research lab group (IllimitedLab), who are committed to engineering education for sustainability and social impact.

The feasibility study phase will be led by Ed Habtour, a faculty member in the Aeronautics and Astronautics Department, who was embraced in the Netherlands Societal Embedding at UTwetne. We will utilize resources available at the Illimited Lab.  Campus sustainability funds will support graduate and undergraduate summer students ($11,719) to conduct the research, outreach, and survey, as well as the lead summer salary (40hr/$3,281). The study will take six months. It will conclude by the end of September 2024 if we start in April 2024.

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Ed Habtour

Investigating stormwater runoff for tire derived anti-degradants from athletic fields

Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $20,000

Letter of Intent:

Each year since 1972, Lake Washington Salmon have been counted as they pass through the Ballard Locks by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Muckleshoot Indian Tribal Staff. Salmon runs through the Locks were once abundant with hundreds of thousands of salmon migrating each year. Now the salmon run population is down to tens of thousands in recent years with a small fraction traveling through Lake Washington to Cedar River each fall to spawn. There are many factors affecting local salmon populations from warming waters to increasing predator populations, but this doesn’t fully account for the severely decreasing population. One more piece of the puzzle was discovered in 2021 when researchers identified a tire-derived contaminant responsible for acute toxicity to coho salmon: N-(1,3-dimethylbutyl)-N’-phenyl-p-phenylenediamine-quinone (6PPD-quinone). 6PPD-quinone is classified as a very highly toxic pollutant to aquatic organisms, and many salmonid species (including coho, chinook, and steelhead salmon) are susceptible to acute toxicity from concentrations found in urban runoff. Salmon are of great ecological and cultural importance to this region, and their extinction would lead to the end of a way of life.

The University of Washington (UW) campus was built on the lands of the Duwamish, Squamish, Tulalip, Muckleshoot, and Coast Salish People. Today this land holds multiple turf fields filled with rubber derived from waste tires which drain into Union Bay, a part of Lake Washington. While these facilities provide important services, these fields pose a threat to environmental health and may be furthering the rapid decline in salmon populations. Most research has focused on the impact of tire wear particles generated on roadways; therefore, the impact of turf fields on the water quality and salmon populations is unknown. 

Due to the recent discovery of 6PPD-quinone as an acute toxicant, there are significant knowledge gaps that exist, especially in regard to the impact of turf fields on water quality. Projects on this topic have yet to be externally funded, and research projects rarely consider stakeholder priorities or feedback. This project seeks to investigate the impact of turf fields on water quality and understand mitigation options (i.e. product replacement and/or treatment) that would be accepted by project stakeholders and could be implemented on campus. This knowledge will help keep the University of Washington at the forefront of sustainability and leadership. This project has focused on CSF funding for three reasons:

  1. The unique location of the turf fields near a waterway of historic salmon spawning migration.
  2. The presence of retention basins under Husky Stadium that may treat the runoff before it enters Union Bay.
  3. The opportunity to work with interested stakeholders to develop realistic solutions.

We are proposing a student-led, two-phase project to monitor the impact of UW turf fields on water quality and to begin developing potential solutions with interested stakeholders. This project will start with a feasibility study, and if the feasibility study is successful, a full-scale monitoring project and evaluation of potential alternatives or treatments will follow. 

Goals for Phase I (Feasibility Study):

  • Collect turf infill samples from all outdoor fields on UW Seattle campus.
  • Conduct bench-top maximum and environmentally relevant leaching studies on rubber turf infill to quantitatively determine potential 6PPD-quinone concentrations. 
  • Work with UW facilities to identify catch basins and outflows from turf field runoff for sampling.
  • Generate a comprehensive report on the location, composition, and drainage of all outdoor turf fields on UW Seattle campus.
  • Develop a sampling timeline and procedure for Phase II.
  • Summarize stakeholder views and propose a project direction (i.e. product replacement and/or treatment) for Phase II.
  • Raise local awareness of the ecological and societal issues derived from 6PPD-quinone.

Tentative Goals for Phase II:

  • Collect samples from previously identified catch basins during storm events throughout the rainy season (October-March).
  • Test alternative infill options with bench-top studies to generate a list of product replacement options for facilities when considering routine replacement of surfaces or new installations.
  • Evaluate potential treatment options (e.g. retention basin or sorbent media filters).
  • Submit year-round stormwater monitoring results for publication.
  • Conduct a perception study of how athletes, community groups, facilities, and staff perceive the different treatment or product replacement options.
  • Engage with students and the broader community by speaking in classes and at symposiums accessible to the public (e.g.“The Living Breath of wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ: Indigenous Foods and Ecological Knowledge Symposium” at the University of Washington).

As a Doctoral student in Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE), I will lead this project. I will be advised by my faculty advisor Dr. Jessica Ray (UW Seattle CEE); my co-advisor Dr. Ed Kolodziej (UW Seattle CEE and UW Tacoma Sciences and Mathematics); and my thesis committee member Dr. Michael Dodd (UW Seattle CEE). Phase I of this project will include two paid UW Seattle undergraduate students to help with research and outreach. Ideally, we will partner with student-athletes who regularly participate in training on the field surfaces under investigation. 

This project plans to engage multiple stakeholders, including students throughout campus (particularly student-athletes), UW staff who manage turf facilities and purchasing, faculty with experience in environmental water chemistry research, Seattle and Pacific Northwest Communities especially indigenous communities, and researchers in Environmental Engineering. This education and outreach is important, especially for students who will go on to careers in environmental sectors and sports administration, so they can better understand the impacts of field installations and promote more sustainable and eco-friendly fields.

Phase I of this project will take place over 4 months during Spring and Summer 2024 (see timeline). For Phase I, I am requesting $20,000 to support graduate student salary/tuition and benefits, two hourly undergraduate students (6-7 hours a week for approximately two quarters), chemicals, sampling supplies, lab consumables, organic contaminant analyses, and crumb rubber procurement (see budget).

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Alanna Hildebrandt

SER-UW Native Plant Nursery - Cultivating Careers with Supportive Funding

Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $66,250

Letter of Intent:

Projects - Cycle 1
Contact: Lea Dyga (dygalea@uw.edu) or Joshua Kim (jkim07@uw.edu)

Summary of Project Proposal:

The Society for Ecological Restoration-UW Native Plant Nursery provides high-quality, local, sustainably grown native plants to the UW community. We work with UW undergraduate and graduate students in a variety of capacities and provide a unique educational experience that goes beyond the scope of the typical UW experience. The nursery provides an invaluable addition to students' academic journey through programs such as our for-credit undergraduate internship, our partnerships with the Community Engagement & Leadership Education Center and the UW-Restoration Ecology Network (REN) Capstone program, and by hosting tours and providing resources for UW classes (such as ESRM/ENVIR 362 and ESRM 412).

The SER-UW Native Plant Nursery seeks $66,250 in supportive funding to aid in routine administrative costs and infrastructure repairs, as well as to enhance our basic infrastructure and expand our keystone programs. This funding would be administered over 3 years, ensuring the SER-UW Native Plant Nursery and its flagship programming's stability and success.

The nursery operations are overseen by a full time AmeriCorps member and a paid, undergraduate student assistant. The AmeriCorps member serves as the Nursery Manager, and is essential to all facets of its success. The undergraduate student assistant gains leadership experience along with professional development as a budding horticulturist. We are requesting $51,000 to provide partial staff funding for these positions. Securing partial support for three years will allow the team to focus their time and energy towards furthering our nursery's mission and enhancing our students' educational experiences. The remainder of the staff funding will be secured through plant sales, external grants, etc.

Each quarter, the SER-UW Native Plant Nursery hosts at least five UW undergraduate interns. These interns earn credit toward their degree and produce individual, hands-on projects that are published on the nursery website and displayed at the Miller Library Student Plant Research Exhibit. We would like to enhance the intern experience and quality of the projects by providing project/research funding. By providing a $100 project budget to each intern, the scope of each intern's individual project can be exponentially expanded and those credits will have even more meaning.

We also seek support for a short-list of priority infrastructure improvements and repairs. Our primary facility, an outdoor hoophouse, does not have access to electricity. Solar panels and associated batteries would provide a sustainable source of lighting and enable us to no longer be limited by short winter days. Further, our facilities are largely unmarked and thus underappreciated. We seek funding for navigational and educational signage to support self-guided tours of our facilities. In regards to repairs, we are due to replace our hoophouse polycover (wintertime plant protection) and shade cloth (summertime plant protection). Our facilities also need a handful of general repairs, mainly irrigation hoses and rabbit fencing, which are important to plant production.

Each of the items listed in our budget will increase our ability to meaningfully engage UW students in ecological horticulture, supporting their environmental education and building tangible horticultural career skills.

Sustainable Impact:

Projects must improve the sustainability of UW's campus and/or operations. Sustainable impact encompasses both social sustainability - cultural awareness & preservation, representation or engagement of underrepresented communities, diverse and interdisciplinary collaboration - and environmental sustainability - reducing carbon emissions, energy use, water use, waste, pollutants, and toxins, as well as improving living systems, biodiversity, environmental justice and equity. Projects focused on social sustainability should also include an environmentally sustainable component, although this part does not have to be the project's focus.

Our student assistant and AmeriCorps member are critical to the nursery's keystone role in ecological restoration on the university campus. Our nursery leads the production and procurement of native plants for contracts and orders with the SER-UW student organization and REN Capstone restoration sites, and supports UW Grounds. Nursery practices, including sexual propagation and integrated pest management, support principles of ecological horticulture, preserving biodiversity and fostering plant-wildlife interactions on campus. These practices cannot be sustained without relationships built with the broader restoration community on campus and in King County, including student organizations, student volunteers, faculty, other nurseries, and interested community members. These relationships are primarily and critically supported by, and cannot be expanded without funding longevity and staff stability through our student assistant and AmeriCorps member.

Leadership & Student Involvement:

Staff and student roles must be clearly outlined and reflected in the proposed project budget. Projects must demonstrate some substantial degree of student leadership or student involvement throughout the application and implementation process to be considered for funding. Additionally, projects initiated by students will be prioritized.

The nursery provides multiple avenues for student leadership and development. Our internship intentionally fosters leadership, with each intern undertaking a project of a topic of their own initiative, often having interns reaching out and collaborating or networking with, for example, other labs for guidance on research focused projects, or other nurseries for industry knowledge. Often, interns will stay for multiple quarters, allowing for expansion of responsibilities and peer teaching-a cornerstone to maintaining operations. Our student assistant position provides an opportunity for high-level student involvement and leadership on grant-funded research, horticultural operations, key partnerships with other organizations, and management of interns and volunteers.

Education, Outreach, & Behavior Change:

Projects must include educational and outreach components that help cultivate an aware and engaged campus community.

Our Nursery Internship offers UW undergraduates the opportunity to gain hands-on horticultural education while earning credit towards their degree. This unique experience is supported by our AmeriCorps member, who acts both as a nursery manager and an environmental educator. For several of our current/recent interns, their Nursery Internship project is their first experience with leading a research initiative. The requested funding for individual projects will also enhance the internship program by expanding the scope of the research interns may pursue.

Feasibility & Accountability:

Applicants must demonstrate that they have or can attain the technical knowledge, necessary approvals, and project management skills to complete projects successfully. The Fund encourages the use of a faculty or staff mentor, appropriate department support, and/or a line item in the budget for project management.  CSF monies must be used in a socially responsible manner--to be determined by the Committee.  Projects requiring ongoing maintenance or staffing not funded by the CSF should demonstrate a plan to meet long-term needs.

The SER-UW Native Plant Nursery's success and longevity is stewarded by SEFS professor Jon Bakker and is supported by the UW Botanic Gardens. Project management is the responsibility of the full time AmeriCorps member and is supported by the student assistant. The nursery can seek further technical knowledge and necessary approvals through existing communication channels at the Center for Urban Horticulture, including the UW Farm, or within the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences. Upon approval of the LOI, we intend to seek technical support for UW Solar as well. Our nursery has successfully completed three large CSF projects in the past and our key stakeholders are familiar with the process via other CSF funded projects.

Core Project Team

Key Stakeholders

  • Society for Ecological Restoration UW Student Organization
  • UW School of Environmental and Forest Sciences
  • UW Terrestrial Restoration Ecology Lab
  • UW Restoration Ecology Network Capstone Class
  • UW Botanic Gardens
  • UW Solar (upon successful LOI)

Itemized Budget - Initial Estimation

AmeriCorps Member (Full Time, 1700 hours/year) - Staff
$9,000 x 3 years

Student Assistant (Part Time, 3 quarters/year) - Staff
$8,000 x 3 years

Internship Project Funding (5 interns/quarter @ $100 each)
$500 x 10 quarters

Hoophouse Lighting (Solar Panels, Batteries, Lights) - Infrastructure Improvement

Navigational/ Educational Signage - Infrastructure Improvement

Hoophouse Polycover + Shade Cloth - Infrastructure Repair

General Repair Supplies -  Infrastructure Repair  


Timeline for Project Completion

[Spring 2024 through Spring 2027]

  • Spring 2024
    • Fund 5 Nursery Intern projects ($500)
    • Hire 2024/25 AmeriCorps Member ($9,000)
    • Hire 2024/25 Student Assistant ($8,000)
  • Summer 2024
    • Complete Hoophouse Shade Cloth Infrastructure Repair ($250)
    • Complete General Infrastructure Repair ($500)
  • Fall 2024
    • Fund 5 Nursery Intern projects ($500)
    • Research hoophouse lighting (ask UW Solar & UW Farm)
    • Begin drafting Navigational/ Educational Signage
  • Winter 2025
    • Fund 5 Nursery Intern projects ($500)
    • Finalize Educational Signage
  • Spring 2025
    • Fund 5 Nursery Intern projects ($500)
    • Finalize hoophouse lighting plan
    • Print + Instal Navigational/ Educational Signage ($750)
    • Hire 2025/26 AmeriCorps Member ($9,000)
    • Hire 2025/26 Student Assistant ($8,000)
  • Summer 2025
    • Begin installing Hoophouse Lighting Infrastructure Improvement ($8,500)
  • Fall 2025
    • Fund 5 Nursery Intern projects ($500)
    • Finalize Hoophouse Lighting Infrastructure Improvement
  • Winter 2026
    • Fund 5 Nursery Intern projects ($500)
    • Complete Hoophouse Polycover Infrastructure Repair ($250)
  • Spring 2026
    • Fund 5 Nursery Intern projects ($500)
    • Hire 2026/27 AmeriCorps Member ($9,000)
    • Hire 2026/27 Student Assistant ($8,000)
  • Summer 2026
    • --
  • Fall 2026
    • Fund 5 Nursery Intern projects ($500)
  • Winter 2027
    • Fund 5 Nursery Intern projects ($500)
  • Spring 2027
    • Fund 5 Nursery Intern projects ($500)
Primary Contact First & Last Name: Lea Dyga

ADA Approved Pathways at the UW Farm: Promoting the Intersection of Environmental Justice and Sustainability

Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $17,220

Letter of Intent:

Total amount requested   $17,220 for four separate Projects of ADA Pathways over two years.

Budget breakdown

(table or itemized budget), clearly indicating which budget items you are asking the CSF to fund


  • Pathway materials (includes commercial landscape fabric & gravel) $12/linear foot by 5’ wide
  • Wapato Pond Pathway - 5’ wide by 85’,  $12.00x85=$1020.00
  • Main Farm Pathway - 5’ wide by 250’ long, $12x250=$3000.00
  • Cultural Kitchen Pathway - 5’x125’, $12x125=$1,500.00
  • Heritage Orchard Pathway - 5’x100’, $12x100=$1200.00

Labor and Rental

  • UWBG Arboretum and UW Grounds crew labor only - 5 individuals 10 days (6 hours/day)  $33/hour = $9900.00
  • Equipment rental - electric compactor $120/day x 5 days - $600.00

Total Request from CSF $17,220

Other funding sources

(include the existing project assets and discuss potential other funding sources for the project, if any)


Labor, Management and Volunteers

  • Student Volunteers - student volunteer work parties, helping with gravel and laying out materials - 75x2 hours each x $18.69/hour = $2,803.50
  • Overall Project supervision - David Zuckerman and Perry Acworth, labor and volunteer management - 40 hours total at $28/hour = $1120
  • Student project manager, Heritage Orchard - Althea Ericksen - labor and volunteer management - 10 hours x $19/hour = $190
  • Student Project manager - Wapato Pond project - Kove Janeski - labor, volunteer management contribution - 20 hours x $19/hour = $380

Total Labor Value Donated $4493.50

Materials and Equipment - donated

  • Tools, wheelbarrows, shovels, rakes, gloves = $2,500
  • UW Grounds Compact Utility Loader = $1200/week
  • UWBG Equipment loan - tractor with scraper and hand roller - $1,200/week

Total Equipment and Materials Value  $4900.00
Grand Total contributed/donated - $9393.50

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Perry Acworth, UW Farm Manager

Cross-Cultural Collaboration at the Burke Meadow: Maintenance, Management and Education for a Living Exhibit.

Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $28,240

Letter of Intent:

see attachment

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Ken Yocom
Supplementary Documents:

Sustainable Stormwater Feasibility: The Historic ASUW Shell House

Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $31,959

Letter of Intent:

March 10, 2023

Dear Campus Sustainability Fund,

The ASUW Shell House sits on the south edge of campus along the shores of Lake Washington, just at the eastern end of the Montlake Cut. The waterfront site has always been a gathering space, and within its walls and on the waters of Lake Washington, generations of people gathered to collaborate, celebrate and connect to the water. Generations ago, the Duwamish people would come here to portage across the narrow isthmus that spanned the waters of Lake Washington. The site’s Lushootseed name, stəx̌ʷugʷił , translates to “carry a canoe,” indicating their reverence for the shores of the lake that supported their livelihood.  Today, on the site of the Historic ASUW Shell House, we continually strive to respect these indigenous traditions of stewardship for land and water, and have additive histories to add to the narrative. Following its short use as a a seaplane hangar for the U.S. Navy during WWI, the Shell House was the home for the UW rowing team for decades, including the boat building shop of George Pocock’s shop, the man sought after around the world for his exquisitely crafted rowing shells. Recently, it has garnered attention, due to the book (and soon-to-be-movie), The Boys in the Boat, that outlined the inspiring story of the UW men’s crew team who took home the gold at Hitler’s 1936 Olympic Games.

As the very first Seattle historic landmark on campus, the building and site will be redesigned and adapted into a dynamic space for the campus community, with gathering spaces for students, places for events, exhibits and a restored waterfront.  With proximity to the light rail, the stadium, and waterfront activity center, this building will become a destination for all of the campus community. As the Shell House begins to implement designs for building renovation and waterfront restoration, and in concert with the goals the UW established as a certified ‘salmon safe’ institution, this proposal seeks funding to develop a feasibility study for an onsite stormwater harvesting and treatment system at the Shell House building. Our goal is to create a system that will be educational, beautiful, and the ultimate expression of sustainability.

Sustainable Impact

The goal in sustainable water treatment in urban sites is to be like a natural ecological system, balancing intake with outflow of waters of similar or better quality – however,  that is rarely the case in urban environments.  For example, when it rains on campus, the rainwater runs into a network of storm drains that lead directly into local bodies of water. Along the way, rainwater picks up contaminants such as heavy metals, oil, toxins, pathogens, chemicals and trash, which goes untreated and flows directly into fish and wildlife habitat. This stormwater falls on various surfaces including buildings, roads, parking lots, sidewalks, loading docks, and landscaped areas. While some of the water may be absorbed by the soil, most of it ends up in the nearest storm drain, and ends up in Lake Washington. Additionally, stormwater runoff can cause erosion and sedimentation, which can negatively impact salmon habitat by filling in the spaces between rocks where salmon lay their eggs. This can prevent the eggs from hatching, and reduce the amount of available habitat for juvenile salmon. It can also increase the water temperature of streams and rivers. This can be harmful to salmon, as they require cool water temperatures to survive. Warmer water can reduce the amount of dissolved oxygen in the water, making it more difficult for salmon to breathe and survive. Untreated polluted water can also reduce the amount of available habitat for salmon, and can also make it more difficult for salmon to find food and avoid predators.

With the ultimate goal of treating all onsite water sustainability, we will study the feasibility of how the Shell House site can treat stormwater through:

  • Constructed wetlands- engineered marshlands that replicate the functions of natural wetlands by filtering pollutants and improving water quality and by the hydrology and vegetation of a natural wetland. They also provide a habitat for diverse plant and animal species while providing ecosystem services such as water purification and flood control.  
  • Bioswales - a landscape element designed to manage and treat stormwater runoff through shallow, vegetated drainage ditches engineered to slow down and filter stormwater as it flows through the landscape. Also designed to mimic the functions of a natural wetland, they are typically located in areas with high levels of stormwater runoff, such as parking lots, roadsides, and other paved areas.
  • Rainwater collection - a water cistern collection system involves the collection and storage of rainwater for later use by installing a cistern or storage tank, which captures rainwater from the roof of a building, then treated and filtered to remove any debris or contaminants before it is used for non-potable purposes such as irrigation, cleaning or toilet flushing.
  • Greywater systems: This is the use of a close-looped water system treating grey water used from sinks, dishwashers, water fountains, etc., for building uses such as toilet flushing.  By using a filtration and disinfection process to remove any contaminants and ensure that it is safe for use, reusing greywater to flush toilets can reduce water usage up to 30% in a building.

Student Leadership & Involvement

Student involvement and education is a high priority for all phases of this project. During this  feasibility phase,  we will have one graduate MLA/M.Arch student budgeted to assist in project feasibility management. This student, with knowledge in water management, will work with  along with the 12 students in Professor Merlino’s Spring undergraduate architecture design studio. The studio will be focusing on the adaptive reuse, preservation and landscape design of the Shell House. Students will be presenting their design proposals at the end of the quarter, showing projects and proposals to reviewers, stake holders, and the ASUW Shell House board as well as additional outreach presentations.

Education, Outreach, & Behavior Change

With the upcoming renovation of the ASUW Shell House and its prominent site on campus near the light rail, stadium and shore front, this building will be a destination for both the UW community, locals and visitors for years to come. As a dynamic student and event center, it has the capacity for educating visitors on the sustainable design of water management and ecological design.  Currently, the site already gets plenty of traffic both on foot during stadium events and by boat during the spring and summer months, yet the renovation of the building will increase this tenfold. By creating a visible, sustainable onsite water treatment and educational display, we will be showing visitors how both saving an existing building and treating its onsite water in a way that respects the environment and salmon is the highest level of sustainability.

Feasibility & Accountability

The feasibility study phase will be led by Kathryn Merlino, a faculty member in Architecture and Director of the Center for Preservation and Adaptive Reuse.  We will also be using the resources of the CBE and the Green Futures Lab, as well as UW project staff on the shell house team. Grant funds for this phase. will be used for a Licensed Landscape Architect Consultant (approx. $20,000), a graduate research summer assistant (200 hours/ $8000) and studio supplement ($1000) for a total of $29,000 (est). We are excited to launch this project, and appreciate your consideration for the Campus Sustainability Fund grant.


Kathryn Rogers Merlino
Associate Professor, Department of Architecture
Scan Design Foundation Endowed Chair in Built Environments
Director, Center for Preservation and Adaptive Reuse
Department of Architecture, College of Built Environments
University of Washington, Seattle, Washington

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Kathryn Rogers Merlino

Sustainable Stormwater Feasibilty @ the ASUW Shell House

Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $29,000

Letter of Intent:

March 10, 2023

Dear Campus Sustainability Fund,

The ASUW Shell House is located on the edge of campus along the shores of Lake Washington at the eastern end of the Montlake Cut. The site has always been a gathering space. Within its walls and on the waters of Lake Washington, generations of people gathered to collaborate, celebrate and connect to the water. Generations ago, the Duwamish people would come here to portage across the narrow isthmus that spanned the waters of Lake Washington. The site’s Lushootseed name, stəx̌ʷugʷił , translates o the place to “carry a canoe,” indicating their reverence for the shores of the lake that supported their livelihood.  Today, on the site of the Historic ASUW Shell House, we continue to respect these indigenous traditions of reverence for land and water, and have new histories to add to the narrative. Following its short use as a a seaplane hangar for the U.S. Navy during WWI, it housed the UW rowing team for decades, including George Pocock’s shop, the world-renowned boat builder who built rowing shells for teams across the world.  It recently has become a legend, thanks to the book (and soon-to-be-movie, “Boys in the Boat”) that chronicled UW men’s unlikely gold victory at Hitler’s 1936 Olympic Games.

As the very first Seattle historic landmark on campus, this building with its glorious location on the shores of lake Washington will soon be renovated into a dynamic space for the campus community, with gathering spaces for students, places for events, and exhibits to illustrate its characteristics of history, sustainability, beauty and community. As the UW Historic Shell House begins to implement designs for building renovation and landscape design, and in concert with the goals the UW established as a certified ‘salmon safe’ institution, this proposal seeks funding to develop a feasibility study for sustainable onsite stormwater harvesting and treatment at the Shell House site.

Sustainable Impact

The ultimate goal in sustainable water in urban sites is to be like a natural ecological system, balancing intake with outflow of waters of similar or better quality – but that is rarely the case in urban environments.  For example, when it rains on campus, the rainwater runs into a network of storm drains that lead directly into local bodies of water. Along the way, rainwater picks up contaminants such as heavy metals, oil, toxins, pathogens, chemicals and trash, which goes untreated and flows directly into fish and wildlife habitat. This stormwater falls on various surfaces including buildings, roads, parking lots, sidewalks, loading docks, and landscaped areas. While some of the water may be absorbed by the soil, most of it ends up in the nearest storm drain, and ends up in Lake Washington. Additionally, stormwater runoff can cause erosion and sedimentation, which can negatively impact salmon habitat by filling in the spaces between rocks where salmon lay their eggs. This can prevent the eggs from hatching, and reduce the amount of available habitat for juvenile salmon. It can also increase the water temperature of streams and rivers. This can be harmful to salmon, as they require cool water temperatures to survive. Warmer water can reduce the amount of dissolved oxygen in the water, making it more difficult for salmon to breathe and survive. Untreated polluted water can also reduce the amount of available habitat for salmon, and can also make it more difficult for salmon to find food and avoid predators.

With the ultimate goal of treating all onsite water sustainability, we will study the feasibility of how the Shell House site can treat stormwater through:

  • Constructed wetlands- engineered marshlands that replicate the functions of natural wetlands by filtering pollutants and improving water quality and by the hydrology and vegetation of a natural wetland. They also provide a habitat for diverse plant and animal species while providing ecosystem services such as water purification and flood control.
  • Bioswales - a landscape element designed to manage and treat stormwater runoff through shallow, vegetated drainage ditches engineered to slow down and filter stormwater as it flows through the landscape. Also designed to mimic the functions of a natural wetland, they are typically located in areas with high levels of stormwater runoff, such as parking lots, roadsides, and other paved areas.
  • Rainwater collection - a water cistern collection system involves the collection and storage of rainwater for later use by installing a cistern or storage tank, which captures rainwater from the roof of a building, then treated and filtered to remove any debris or contaminants before it is used for non-potable purposes such as irrigation, cleaning or toilet flushing. Greywater systems: This is the use of a close-looped water system treating grey water used from sinks, dishwashers, water fountains, etc., for building uses such as toilet flushing.  By using a filtration and disinfection process to remove any contaminants and ensure that it is safe for use, reusing greywater to flush toilets can reduce water usage up to 30% in a building.

Student Leadership & Involvement

Our proposal during the feasibility phase for students will include a graduate Master of Landscape hired to assist in project feasibility management, along with the 12 students in Professor Merlinos Spring undergraduate architecture design studio. The studio will be focusing on the adaptive reuse, preservation and landscape design of the Shell House. Students will be presenting at the end of the quarter their projects and proposals to reviewers, stake holders, and the ASUW Shell House board as well as additional outreach presentations.

Education, Outreach, & Behavior Change

With the upcoming renovation of the ASUW Shell House, and its prominent site on campus near the light rail, stadium and shore front, this building will be a destination for both the UW community, locals and visitors for years to come. It will be a dynamic student center, and already gets plenty of traffic both on foot during stadium events and by boat during the spring and summer months. By creating a visible, sustainable onsite water treatment and educational display, we will be showing visitors how both saving an existing building and treating its onsite water in a way that respects the environment and salmon is the highest level of sustainability.

Feasibility & Accountability

The feasibility study phase. will be led by Faculty member in Architecture and Director of the Center for Preservation and Adaptive Reuse, collaborating with the Green Futures Lab and students of the College of Built Environment. Funds will be used for a Licensed Landscape Architect Consultant (approx. $20,000), a graduate research summer assistant (200 hours/ $8000) and studio supplement ($1000) for a total of $29,000 (est).

Thank you for your consideration,

Kathryn Rogers Merlino

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Kathryn Rogers Merlino

Energy, Information, and the New Work of Building Operations in the Digital Age

Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $93,288

Letter of Intent:

Project Lead: Daniel Dimitrov (PhD Student)

My name is Daniel Dimitrov and I am a second year PhD student in the College of Built Environments at the University of Washington. My research interests are in sustainable facility maintenance and innovative sustainable technologies for building operations. I am writing this letter of intent with the hopes of receiving funding for my doctoral research project titled "Energy, Information, and the New Work of Building Operations in the Digital Age".

 Within the United States, buildings are some of the leading consumers of energy as they account for over 40% of the energy consumption nationwide (energy.gov), impacting both humans and the environment in which we live. On a campus as large and complex as the University of Washington, buildings vary in age and technology making it difficult to manage the campus energy consumption and reach sustainability benchmarks. At the UW, new digital twin/energy modeling technologies have been integrated into many of the University buildings, however it is very difficult to achieve energy efficiency if work practices and building operators do not change the way they do "work" around these new and more complex technologies. With an excess of data that can be used to increase campus sustainability coming from such technology, it is essential that we understand how to make this data actionable by the technicians and operators who are interacting with the technology regularly. The aim of this project is to understand how organizations/operations will need to change and adapt in order to leverage modern and advanced building automation systems, such as digital twin technologies/strategies, to achieve lower energy consumption and better performing built environments. An example of such a University building technology initiative that we would like to investigate is the UW Energy Meter Monitoring Program which aims to assist in achieving long-term carbon reduction goals, making this study timely and relevant to reaching the sustainable potential of the University.

This project seeks to understand the evolution of "work" with the implementation and use of technology promoting sustainable energy operations as the main driving force. Our team would like to develop a guideline, or practice memo, which can be used by managers with specific recommendations for things like training, team formation, technological guidelines, routine formation, and collaboration in order to accelerate the sustainable transformation of this university and help ease the burden of technological adoption. The traditional methods of data management in the facility maintenance sphere will need to change as modern technology calls for new methods of data collection, governance, and analysis in order to make data actionable for sustainable operations. The outcome of this project will guide operations managers in sustainable technology adoption and therefore address the needs and goals of reducing their facilities' energy consumption and carbon footprint.

The research questions are outlined below:

  1. How will the existing work (roles, responsibilities, teams, practices) change for facility managers/operators on the UW campus when transitioning from a traditional BAS to a modern energy management system to promote energy efficiency on campus?
  2. What new work will emerge when transitioning from a building operated by a BAS to a modern energy management system such as a digital twin?  

The University of Washington will serve as a perfect site for this study due to its abundance of campus buildings at different levels of technological implementation for sustainable energy management in addition to its extensive and active facility management teams. To complete this research we propose a series of case studies centered around UW facilities at different stages of technological implementation in order to compare older practices with new ones. Using a comparative case study strategy for this research will allow us to see and explore the organizational changes which will need to accompany a building that is managed using a modern energy management system and strategy. As part of this case study process we intend to use a qualitative approach including methods such as participant interviewing, participant observation, and document collection. Participant interviewing will focus on members of the facility management team including facility managers, technicians, University sustainability strategists, IT professionals, and any other facility operators. We would also like to leverage our professional network of building technology professionals from both the technology and management side of operations for interviews in order to validate our results and compliment our case studies. Participant observation will include spending time with the facility management/maintenance team and shadowing them for an extended continuum of time during their regular operations and meetings. Our team has already had the opportunity to speak to a facility manager at UW and have determined our proposed study to be very fitting to the University's current sustainable energy management position due to the general lack of organizational understanding and integration of modern energy management technologies being implemented on campus.

Our project team for this research study will be student led by me, Daniel Dimitrov, with the guidance of Prof. Carrie Dossick from the College of Built Environments. We will also be supported by the help of a UW graduate student from the Department of Construction Management. This graduate student's role will be to support in interviewing, data collection, observation, and analysis. We intend to disseminate our adoption guideline/practice memo as well as our research findings to be used by the facility maintenance teams at UW as well as in industry and academic journal articles to build awareness of the research results. For examples of similar research led by our research lab please visit https://cerc.be.uw.edu/ctop-lab/ , and focus on projects such as  Integrated Project Delivery: An Action Guide for Leaders. Through this project partnership with the University of Washington, we hope to be able to fully immerse ourselves into the facility management sphere of the University and pinpoint just how the campus facility management organization needs to evolve how they do "work" in order to reduce the energy consumption of our campus buildings and utilize modern technologies to their full potential.

Thank you,
Daniel Dimitrov, Ph.D. Student

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Daniel Dimitrov

52nd Spring Powwow

Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $9,078

Letter of Intent:

First Nations is a Registered Student Organization who aims to promote Indigenous culture through events such as Taking Back the Dinner and the annual UW Spring Powwow. First Nations also advocates for Native students’ interests, needs, and welfare, supplements and complements the formal education of Native students at UW, expresses our collective Native student opinion and interests to the University and community at large on issues affecting Native student life and culture, and implements the American Indian Retention and Recruitment (A.I.R.R.) Program. We are requesting financial support for the 52nd Spring Powwow occurring this academic year.

A powwow is a gathering of Native American, Alaskan Native, and First Nations peoples. Powwow consists of cultural Native American practices such as dancing and singing. People from all tribes and nations are welcome to partake in these cultural practices, and non-natives are welcome to join and watch the performances. Powwows are considered celebrations of culture for Native people. Historically, First Nations hosts our Spring Powwow at the Hec Edmundson Pavilion. It is a tradition we value as our families and communities local to Seattle and Washington had the privilege to attend previous powwows in Hec Edmundson and we desire to celebrate our culture in the same manner. In keeping with the Native American powwow circuit, First Nations hosts our Spring Powwow during the second weekend of April. It is attended by UW students, both Native and non-Native, and Indigenous communities within and outside of Washington State, resulting in over 4,000 attendees. First Nations also invites local organizations led by and committed to Native communities, such as the Urban Indian Health Institute and Urban Native Education Alliance, to share their resources and network within our community. The Spring Powwow is fully organized and supported by UW students and volunteers. This gives our members the opportunity to develop their event planning, coordination, and communication skills.

We are requesting funding to support our remaining event costs, which include but are not limited to: Culinary equipment rentals to prepare cultural concessions ($1,328); transportation expenses ($200); office and communication expenses ($400); materials to prepare our traditional Elder’s Dinner ($4,000); and honoraria for drummers, singers, and other performers who are a major factor in the Powwow’s success ($3,150). Based on the 51st Spring Powwow’s actual budget, and our revised budget to reflect First Nations’ appreciation of performers who attended the 51st Spring Powwow at rates lower than their value to help the event return successfully from pandemic hardships, we estimate our remaining costs at $9,078. Beginning in Winter quarter, First Nations’ Powwow Committee will meet weekly to execute the planning and coordination of the event. This allows us four months to prepare for the event, held during the second weekend of April.

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Annicette Gilliam

Dynamic Interpretive Signage at the UW Farm

Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $2,200

Letter of Intent:

We need funding to make and install three interpretive signs at the UW Farm's Center for Urban Horticulture site: an entryway sign with a map and a history of the farm, a "Where Does UW Farm Food Go?" sign, and a sign for the new vermicomposting facility.

This project should be finished by the end of Fall Quarter 2022. The signs are already designed and sent to the UW Botanic Gardens Sign Committee for printing.

We plan on installing three signs, two of which need steel signposts ($1212 total). The UWBG Sign Committee outsources sign printing ($645 total). We will put braille on the signs ($50). We will attach interactive ceramic elements to the signs ($200).

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Oliver Norred

Menstruation Station

Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $3,000

Letter of Intent:

The University of Washington Q Center is requesting an additional $3,000 from the Campus Sustainability Fund Mini-Grant to purchase and distribute sustainable, eco-friendly menstrual products to 100 UW students in need. The products—reusable cotton panty liners, reusable cotton pads, and menstrual cups—will be purchased from GladRags as part of the Q Center’s continuing initiative called the Menstruation Station, whose launch was generously funded by CSF. The Menstruation Station program, led by Graduate Program Coordinator Joie Waxler, has been successfully advancing menstrual justice for over a year by providing wraparound services that center the experiences, needs, and desires of bodies that bleed. The Q Center’s Menstruation Station program aims to undo and mitigate the structures of oppression that impact menstruating bodies with a focus on the needs of queer and trans folks who are often left out of menstruation discourse and care. Our goal is to re-empower bleeding and alleviate the financial and emotional burdens experienced by people who menstruate. The funding we received to from CSFto launch this initiative, as well as the support we received from the UW DEI Blueprint to maintain this program as allowed us to meet this community need and fulfill many of our programmatic goals. As we have this program grow and flourish thanks to the generosity of grant programs like CSF, we have also seen a steady increase in engagement and need. We are requesting these funds in order to keep up with student need, and ensure that all bodies that bleed are able to access the care they need through sustainable methods and community care.

Menstruation is a nearly ubiquitous experience for people who have uteruses, but it is often not discussed or tended to in the ways people with uteruses may need in order to thrive alongside this bodily process. Everybody experiences the menstrual cycle differently, but menstruation and ovulation can often be painful, fatiguing, emotional, and expensive. Over the course of their life, a person who menstruates will have around 456 periods and will spend upwards of $18,000 on menstrual care. And the issue is not just financial, it is also deeply environmental. Each year, menstrual products account for 200,000 tons of plastic, and most menstruators will generate anywhere from 250-300 pounds of plastic waste over the course of their lifetimes. As we continue moving through the social and physical consequences of Covid-19, the stigmatizing ramifications of the current outbreak of Monkeypox (MPV), and the historical and present the burdens of White Supremacy, colonialism, and hetero-patriarchy, queer and trans menstruating bodies continue to be disproportionately impacted. Menstrual wellbeing remains under-funded and menstrual stigma continues to create hostile environments for bodies that bleed. Providing free and environmentally-conscientious menstrual products to menstruators is an important step towards eradicating the economic and environmental burdens of menstrual care.

The Q Center has continued fostering our partnerships with GalPalz, Hall Health, the Counseling Center, the D Center, and the UW Food Pantry. Our partnerships ensure that our menstrual health initiatives reach a diverse swath of the UW community, and that our programming compliments already existing resources, such as UW Food Pantry’s disposable menstrual product distribution services. Our partnerships have also allowed us to collaboratively build out our supportive programming; we are continuing to work with Hall Health and the D Center on our Reproductive Justice Programming, launched last year with our ‘Abortion Care for Queer and Trans Bodies’ workshop. These partnerships are vital to the wellbeing of our programming, and more importantly, to the wellbeing of our community. Our collaborations through the Menstruation Station have helped nurture a supportive network for the community we serve, and we are looking forward to advancing sustainable menstrual equity through these community oriented collaborations.

Joie Waxler has been overseeing the creation, implementation, and maintenance of the Menstruation Station program since 2021. They are a professional sexual health educator, and have been published on both national and local stages on the topic of building effective means to provide affirming and accessible health care to queer and trans individuals and communities. They successfully built the first menstrual equity and access program for the Ryan Health Network, a major Federally Qualified Health Center in New York City, as well as one of the first pregnancy and parenting programs that centers queer and trans homeless youth in NYC. Their experience building sexual health equity programs that center the experiences, identities, and voices of communities that are often overlooked in this field are continuing to flourish as a Graduate Program Coordinator at the Q Center.

The Menstruation Station initiative is in part inspired by, and deeply aligned with the Q Center’s mission to engender a brave, affirming, liberatory, and celebratory environment for UW community members of all sexual and gender orientations, identities, and expressions. We approach our work with intentional interpersonal processes that strive to create holistic, culturally embedded, and appropriate services. Menstrual health and equity is imperative to maintaining emotional and physical wellbeing, and the funds from this CFS Mini-Grant will help the Q Center continue to engender equitable, sustainable, menstrual wellbeing for all bodies that bleed. Thank you for your consideration, and for the sustainable community you are helping to build with this funding. Please reach out to Joie Waxler at jwaxler@uw.edu or budget administrator Lindsey Mitchell at lchale@uw.edu with any questions regarding this application.
Joie Waxler
Graduate Program Coordinator
Q Center, University of Washington
They, them, theirs

Budget Proposal and Timeline

  • Amount Requested: $3000
  • Q Center Contribution: $1500

Description: Our partnership with GladRags allows us to purchase reusable menstrual products at wholesale prices. We are currently providing each participant with either one menstrual cup and one reusable menstrual pad, or three reusable menstrual pads of any variety. The maximum amount per student we are currently allocating for each student is $40.00 in products, not including shipping and tax costs. The aggregate average cost per student we have provided menstrual products for thus far is $35.00 including tax and shipping. The minimum possible cost per student is $6.25. Based on the aggregate average of costs over this past year, we estimate we will be able to provide about 125 UW community members with menstrual products with the funds from this grant and the additional funds from our discretionary budget.

We are currently working from a separate grant which we anticipate will finish in December 2022. With a projected 35% increase in engagement, we anticipate these funds will allow the Menstruation Station to serve the UW community from January 2023-July 2023.

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Joie Waxler

Evaluating Campus Bird Building Collisions

Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $107,002

Letter of Intent:

Each year, up to one billion birds are lost to bird building collisions in the United States (Loss et al., 2014). This enormous yearly loss is one of the four top anthropogenic threats birds face leading to a 29% net loss of avian populations in North America (Rosenburg et al., 2019). Additionally, this critical conservation issue threatens biodiversity locally, regionally, and for migrating bird, throughout the Americas. Protecting biodiversity such as birds also increases overall human well-being through visual and audible connections to nature.

Birds are unable to perceive transparent glass surfaces as solid or distinguish between reflections of habitat space or flight paths in the glass. Birds collide head-on into transparent and reflective glass surfaces, killing them, in most cases, instantly. To date, the majority of bird building collision studies focus on fall and spring migration in the central and easter areas of the United States. A 2021 study by DeGroot et al. monitored collisions on the University of British Columbia Campus for five seasons (two winters, fall, spring, and summer), indicating bird building collisions are a year-round problem and collision patterns can vary regionally. College campuses are a hot spot for bird-building collisions, with the University of British Columbia estimating a loss of 10,000 yearly. However, collisions can be prevented through gathering local collision data, bird protecting designs, and education strategies.

This letter proposes the intent to conduct a two-phase, two-calendar year monitoring of a set of University of Washington Seattle campus buildings that have reported collisions. The first phase will monitor campus buildings for collisions beginning in September 2022 during the most fatal season, fall migration, followed by winter, spring, and summer for 45 days each. The collision victims will be collected by student volunteers who will enter the details of the site and species in a data collection file. The deceased birds will be donated to the Burke Museum, which has approved their addition to their collection.
The goal of the first year of monitoring is to provide a year-long set of data to determine the vulnerable species and indicate deadly designs for retrofitting. The first deliverable is a document outlining the collisions monitoring results to be submitted for publication.

With the data gathered from the first fall season, the project can begin to identify buildings to retrofit. Phase 2 of the project will monitor retrofitted buildings for effectiveness. Two issues prevent widely implementing bird protecting designs. First, when comparing current product testing methods such as flight tunnels to case studies, Judy found they overestimate the product’s effectiveness. This will be the first study monitoring bird protecting designs for their effectiveness in an ecologically salient setting. And second, though a few building guidelines advocate protecting biodiversity through preventing collisions, it’s not required, nor do any standards exist. Based on the data gathered in the second year, Phase 2, the second deliverable will provide architects and designers with a set of standards to implement effective bird protecting designs. The data will also be documented and submitted for publication. Further, in the second phase, the project will conduct a perception study of how students, staff, faculty, and campus visitors perceive the bird protecting designs by asking if their site or campus experience is impacted by the addition of these designs. This data will also be documented and submitted for publication, the first on this topic.

Throughout both phases of the project, education and outreach about the importance of preventing bird building collisions will be crucial. A third reason preventing bird building collisions is not widely implemented is the lack of awareness. By reaching students who will enter careers in many of the fields that contribute to collisions, this project will create no stewards for protecting birds and biodiversity. This can be achieved through campus events such as art installations, volunteering opportunities, and informational signs near retrofitted buildings. Local firms and campus architects will be included in the drafting of collision standards. Further, through publication, the data and standards have the potential to educate a global audience of researchers and designers. Through education and outreach, this project will engage with the four main stakeholders:  students on campus, the community on campus, in Seattle, and the Pacific Northwest, researchers in avian conservation, and designers or architects.

Conducting a large two-year project requires a project lead who has experience in project management and research. Judy Bowes is a Ph.D. student in the College of the Built Environments and has been a researcher and project coordinator for five years at Penn State University on two NSF projects. The budget reflects a full RA position for two years as the demands of the project do not allow for other RA positions. Judy’s estimated contribution is 800 hours per year ($25,652). Student volunteers are crucial to this project and will require 10-35 volunteers. The students will not only benefit from contributing to campus research but will build a foundation of knowledge of sustainability, bird biology and identification, active stewardship, and increased well-being through campus walks. To support Judy and the volunteers, the budget includes an undergraduate research assistant (160 per year/$2,720) who will assist with entering data, cleaning data sets, and filling in for volunteers as needed. The project requires a faculty member researching daylighting and views for 40 per year ($2,773), Judy’s mentor, a faculty member in architecture (30 hours per year/$2,080), a faculty member (ornithologist or wildlife sciences) to review the publications (12 hours per year/$951), and a collision research consultant (4 hours per year/$800). The material costs to collect the deceased birds are estimated at $3,000 a year. The total yearly budget for the project is $37,975, with a total budget of $75,950.

As humans build with large amounts of glass surface area to increase human well-being through views of nature and natural daylight, we are placing birds in danger threatening local and continental biodiversity. This project asks to consider its funding to further collisions to protect local biodiversity and reach a large audience of researchers and designers.

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Judy Bowes

Student Athletes of UW for Sustainability (SAUWS) Union Bay Restoration Project

Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $1,000

Letter of Intent:

UW Athletics has an active sustainability program that engages with the campus and surrounding community on many levels. This includes UW student-athletes, who use their voices and outreach to promote sustainability though a variety of platforms.

The Student Athletes at UW for Sustainability (SAUWS) group was formed in 2019 with the intent to organize student-athletes to complete projects that make an impact in the athletic village, on campus or in our surrounding community. Sustainability has become a priority of UW student-athletes, and this group provides a framework to work together on projects they are passionate about.

This year, SAUWS is planning a restoration/education project along the waterfront next to the Conibear Shellhouse and Dempsey Indoor Facility. The project encompasses wetland restoration and removal of invasive species and garbage.

The project also provides an opportunity for UW’s student-athletes to create an educational program to share their knowledge and passion. We plan to partner with Pine Lake Middle School’s YESC group to take on this restoration project and create a fun, interactive education sessions for the middle school students presented by the student-athletes and supported by experts in the field. SAUWS is especially interested in connecting with youth in the community on environmental education, and this is a unique opportunity for them to share mutual interests in sports and the environment.

We also plan to create a video summarizing the event that can be shared on UW, Pac-12, and student-athletes’ media platforms. Our hope is that the video demonstrates our athletes’ commitment and passion for sustainability, and that others will be inspired to do similar work and create programs like these in their communities.

UW student-athletes are invested, and want to be leaders in sports sustainability, and foster healthy and sustainable communities where we live, learn and play. This project is hopefully the first of many collaborative community projects lead by UW student-athletes.

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Sara Matovina

Biomedical Engineering Society Mentorship Program

Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $5,000

Letter of Intent:

Dear CSF Committee,

We are the Biomedical Engineering Society at the University of Washington, and we are writing to express our desire to obtain the support of the Campus Sustainability Fund to fund our novel mentorship program centered around educational equity. Our mentorship program aims to not only create a mentorship ecosystem centered around underserved and underrepresented communities, but also aims to increase awareness of equity issues throughout society.

Sustainable Impact

The main goal of our mentorship program is to give prospective first and second-year engineering students, especially those from underrepresented communities, equitable access to opportunities at UW by pairing them with a junior or senior in the bioengineering department. Through our recruitment process, we tabled at large-scale events such as the 1000+ person Engineering Launch and also reached out to identity groups such as the Engineering Dean’s Scholars Program. Programs like these specifically provide academic support to engineering students from low-income neighborhoods, which is the same demographic that our mentorship program aims to support.

Data from Autumn 2021 indicate that within the College of Engineering, women and underrepresented minorities only constitute 30% and 13% respectively of all BS degree recipients, and they only make up 22% and 6% of all PhD degree recipients. Oftentimes, students from these backgrounds are systematically barred from opportunities that prepare and enable them to pursue a career in engineering due to a number of factors. For example, women were traditionally discouraged from a career in STEM because of deeply-rooted gender expectations (Xu, 2017). Underrepresented populations often coincide with socioeconomically disadvantaged populations, and students are subsequently raised in neighborhoods that simply lack the institutions that can provide professional development opportunities. From a pool of 50+ mentee applicants, our committee of four diverse BMES officers across all three bioengineering cohorts hand-picked over 30 mentees hailing from underserved and underrepresented communities. Through this selection process, we not only aimed to increase future representation of these communities in the Department of Bioengineering, but also throughout the College of Engineering as a whole. Through our year-long mentorship program, mentees have biweekly meetings with their paired mentors, and will gain their mentors’ perspectives into engineering major placement, bioengineering research, and extracurricular leadership. These are all areas that have traditionally favored students of higher income strata. Socioeconomically advantaged students are more likely to afford and hire private tutors or counselors that support students in their coursework as well as career planning decisions. They also enjoy the privilege of a broader selection of research opportunities to choose from, whether or not they are paid or volunteer-based, whereas their socioeconomically disadvantaged counterparts have to worry about securing an income to sustain themselves and can thus only consider paid opportunities, which are already rare and more competitive to begin with. Therefore, our goal is to provide students of lower income brackets and underserved communities with these same educational enrichment opportunities as their peers free-of-charge and to enhance their careers in bioengineering, competitiveness for research opportunities, and leadership potential in the future. Through these mentorship pairings, we also hope to spread awareness of equity issues such as environmental equity throughout the bioengineering department.

Leadership and Student Involvement:

The BMES Mentorship Program is completely driven and run by students passionate about enhancing the accessibility of selective engineering majors to underrepresented student bodies. The program is primarily led by the Mentorship Chair, President, and VP of Community Engagement of BMES at UW. The other 14 BMES officers provide assistance accordingly along with professional development, outreach, and wellness programs to our mentors and mentees. We created this program over the summer and have since been involved in driving the program and seeking partnerships with other organizations to broaden the reach and impact of our mentorship program to other departments. As of November, we currently have over 50 mentors and mentees, with over 20 more mentees on our waitlist. Mentors consist of third- and fourth-year undergraduate bioengineering students with diverse academic, socioeconomic, and cultural backgrounds, as well as career aspirations. The mentees consist of first- and second-year undergraduate pre-engineering and pre-major students from similarly diverse backgrounds mentioned above. Our leadership team provides these students with a wide variety of enrichment opportunities by leveraging our network with other BioE-related student organizations such as BioEngage, BioE Justice Equity Diversity Inclusivity (JEDI) Committee, and Bioengineers without Borders. Our faculty advisor, Dr. Wendy Thomas, also helped us tailor our mentor/mentee selection process to specifically reach and serve underrepresented student populations. The JEDI committee that she chairs is also working closely with us to integrate our mentorship program into a larger mentorship ecosystem within the Department of Bioengineering, including monthly informal “Coffee Chats” with bioengineering faculty, industry and research-based mentorship, and graduate student mentorship within the department.

Education, Outreach, and Behavior Change:

The mentorship program fulfills both the educational and outreach components through a cohesive combination of discussion prompts and large-scale events. Every month, the BMES and graduate JEDI committee create a monthly list of 10 discussion prompts centered around both educational and equity themes. For example, themes such as “Dead Week December” (finals) and “No-Reply November” (research/internships) these past few months have provided light-hearted guidance for mentors and mentees alike about academic-related topics that are of high priority to them. Simultaneously, themes such as “(Environmental) Justice January” (environmental justice) and “Fairness February” (equity in education) help to build up a more aware and understanding community about current issues in social and environmental sustainability. Through our emphasis on environmental justice, we hope to not only spread awareness, but also allow for mentors and mentees to take direct action for environmental justice by empowering them to make the bioengineering department and other engineering departments more sustainable for future research.

Through the discussion guide that we will be sending out at the beginning of each month, we will include prompts about the dire environmental issues that biomedical research generates; for example, the overreliance on single-use, disposable plastics (such as pipette tips) that are responsible for 5.5 million tonnes of plastic waste in 2014 (Urbina, Watts & Reardon, 2015). Besides plastic waste, laboratories also produce infectious, cytotoxic, and radioactive waste that end up in landfills and incinerators, which then contaminate water sources and release heavy metals and other toxic particles into the air (World Health Organization, 2018), which disproportionately impacts minorities and underserved communities. Mentors and mentees will be encouraged to discuss these current issues, brainstorm potential solutions, and connect with leaders on or beyond campus that tackle these issues. Some of the funds will be spent on hiring and paying students who are passionate about environmental issues to create informative and illustrative visual-audio presentations and also compile a database of contacts that students can reach out to should they want to pursue this direction even further. Through these one-on-one discussions between mentors and mentees, we hope to foster an active approach to tackling environmental justice and sustainability within bioengineering and throughout the College of Engineering.

In addition to one-on-one discussions between mentors and mentees, we also plan to use our budget to schedule program-wide guest speaker events for group networking and awareness across participants of our mentorship program. These events will host environmental justice educators and other prominent figures in higher education, and will be held in conjunction with current events such as the BMES/JEDI “Coffee Chat” series focused on informal mentorship with bioengineering faculty members. For example, Dr. Kelly Stevens hosted our November “Coffee Chat” and covered the topics of inclusivity and diversity in our communities. As such, bringing in prominent environmental justice proponents will help to not only supplement this informal networking between mentors, mentees, and experts in the field, but will also spread awareness of current environmental justice initiatives that they can apply their knowledge of bioengineering toward in the near future.

Feasibility and Accountability

As part of BMES, we have a diverse team of 17 officers that work together to support initiatives like the BMES Mentorship Program. With the support of this established leadership structure, as well as our affiliation with the national BMES program, we believe that we have the networking necessary to build a diverse and effective coalition of bioengineers for both educational and environmental justice. In addition, our close collaborators in the graduate JEDI committee and meetings with Dr. Wendy Thomas have helped to establish a broader view of our long-term impacts across the university. We meet with the JEDI committee every month, something that helps us with not only our financial outcomes and budgeting goals, but also our goals with growing our program across the College of Engineering as well. We aim to expand this mentorship program to different engineering departments and we believe that our own networks, such as the Engineering Peer Educator Program, the General Studies 199 class, and our close collaboration with the BMES Outreach Program are key cornerstones to this plan.

Similar to our expansion plan, we also believe that our experienced financial team has the capability to manage and organize a budget necessary for this plan. The current Treasurer of BMES at UW works closely with Elizabeth Mounce, the current Fiscal Specialist Supervisor of the UW Bioengineering Department, to track and manage our spending throughout the year. In addition, our current treasurer has held multiple treasurer positions in the past, managing annual budgets of over $400,000 in the past. Combined with the oversight from our faculty and graduate student collaborators, we believe that we will be able to manage funds granted to us both efficiently and responsibly.


Primary Contact First & Last Name: Joey Liang

Indonesian Student Association at the University of Washington, ISAUW's Annual Event, KERATON

Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $10,000

Letter of Intent:

To whom it may concern,

ISAUW is a 501(c)(3) non-profit cultural organization dedicated to promoting the diverse Indonesian culture to the communities in the Greater Seattle area. ISAUW’s vision is to become the leading Indonesian Student Association in the United States. We aim to achieve this by building a respectful, well-rounded, diverse, yet nationalistic young Indonesian community in the Greater Seattle Area and in the United States. Established for over ten years, ISAUW would like to carry on and improve the legacy of our previous years and hold the most successful Keraton Indonesian Festival to date.

As the largest Indonesian cultural event on the West Coast and second largest in the United States, Keraton has experienced high growth, culminating in 2019’s event that attracted over 12,000 people. ISAUW expects 13,000 visitors and will be showcasing the diversity of Indonesia’s many islands through traditional food, dance, music, and art. Beyond ISAUW’s purpose of entertaining and educating the community about Indonesia, we also wish to create a memorable Indonesian experience. This year, the theme for Keraton will be Indonesian Retro Films. In addition, we are planning to have a coffee-tasting booth and batik awareness and creation booth that we have at the festival annually and many more booths designed to enrich the visitors’ knowledge about Indonesia and Indonesian retro films. With this, ISAUW would like to apply for CSF funding to make Keraton possible again this year.

ISAUW guarantees CSF that Keraton always has and will continue to deliver a sustainable impact. We will also promote leadership, student involvement, education about Indonesian culture, reach out to the Seattle community and encourage positive behavior change amongst our members and the campus community. Last but certainly not least, throughout the years, Keraton has instilled important values and taught our members essential life skills such as accountability, teamwork, and respect.

Sustainable Impact

Social Sustainability

Keraton promotes volunteerism and community engagement between ISAUW members tasked with planning Keraton and the Seattle community. In preparation for this annual event, ISAUW has created many different opportunities throughout the academic year for volunteering and engaging the Greater Seattle community to make this event possible.

Keraton aims to build awareness of Indonesian culture and showcase the diversity of the University of Washington. Through the celebration of Indonesian Culture at Keraton, ISAUW can empower and educate the Seattle community, paving the way for empowerment, equity, and inclusion which are foundational for social sustainability.  

Environmental Sustainability

ISAUW members are also highly concerned about the environment, thus making environmental sustainability a top priority for our organization and this event. Following past years, Keraton will be held in an outdoor location, Rainier Vista, to utilize less energy than an indoor space. This location would also encourage the use of public transportation such as the bus, metro, and bikes due to the location’s accessibility to the metro station, bus stations, and the availability of bike racks close by to the location. Moreover, ISAUW assures CSF that Keraton is 99% compostable. We require all of Keraton’s food vendors to use compostable and sustainable packaging supplies and limit food waste at the event. We would also reduce waste by providing recycling, composting, and landfill bins to collect waste. Therefore, in preparation for Keraton, ISAUW members will focus their efforts on reducing carbon emissions, energy use, water use, and waste in this event.

Leadership and Student Involvement

Throughout the years, ISAUW has always put a huge emphasis on creating great leaders. The enormous commitment expected of our members prepares them for real-life work experiences. Not only are they involved in initiating events to promote Indonesian culture, but members are also involved in marketing communication, information technology, creativity management, and many more. Beyond this, students in ISAUW have the opportunity to learn to communicate and partner with small and big businesses in the United States and Indonesia, allowing them to hone excellent interpersonal skills. In Keraton, ISAUW receives volunteers who are students from diverse community colleges and universities in the Greater Seattle Area, including Edmonds Community College, Shoreline Community College, Bellevue Community College, and more. Moreover, almost half of the food vendors in Keraton are contributed by other Student Organization Bodies from various Community Colleges and Universities, such as The Indonesian Student Association of Seattle University (ISASU), Bellevue Indonesian Club (BIC), Indonesian Student Association of North Seattle College (ISANS), Indonesian Student Association in the United States in Seattle (PERMIAS Seattle), and more. Hence, ISAUW members can expand their channels and meet new people from various backgrounds and create new experiences for students that would be useful for their future endeavors.   

Education, Outreach and Behavior Change

Keraton has consistently received critical acclaim from Indonesians who attend Keraton and non-Indonesians who took home knowledge about Indonesia’s diversely rich culture from Keraton. Beyond that, ISAUW members and volunteers have also been more active in the campus community as we enlist their collaboration and help while preparing for Keraton.

Feasibility and Accountability

ISAUW expects each member to fulfill their significant roles. We encourage our fellow ISAUW members to showcase their project management skills continuously. Members in different departments must work together and collaborate with other departments to achieve the vision and mission of ISAUW. They complete numerous challenging tasks, engage with real professionals, and are committed to lobbying for funds put into Keraton, allocating the fund appropriately, and using it as wisely as possible to make the execution of Keraton successful.

Estimation of Project Budget

  Event Reservation                                                  $3,580
  Event Insurance                                                      $435
  Honey Bucket and Water                                        $2,000                                                               
  Events Staff                                                            $2,400
  First Aid                                                                   $100
  Recycling                                                                $145
  Electricity                                                                $5,000
  Fire Extinguisher                                                     $300
  Transportation(U-Haul)                                           $250

Staging and Sound
  Stage, Lighting and Sound System                        $14,000

Food Vendors Area
  Equipment                                                            $1,000        
  Canopies                                                              $100
  Decorations                                                          $2,500
  Assembly Permit and Propane Permit                 $4,500

Volunteers and Performers
  Guest Star Fee                                                     $7,000
  Event T-Shirt                                                         $500
  Committee, Volunteers and Performers Consumption    $2,000

  Newspapers                            $700
  Balloons                            $200
  Posters Printing                        $300

Total                                $47,010

Key Stakeholders and Core project team

Key Stakeholders

  • Local Communities
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Registered Student organizations
  • University of Washington
  • Business partners, suppliers, and vendors
  • Organization members
  • Volunteers
  • International and local students in Seattle

Core Project Team

Operations: Event Organizer, Creativity Management, Inventory
Finance: Sponsorship and Treasury
Communication Outreach: Information Technology, Marketing Communication, Design & Documentation

Project Timeline

Autumn 2021

  • Event Organizers:
    • Start reaching out to artists to perform in Keraton (minimum 2 emails per week)
    • Planned to have a few known Artists to headline, and student performers from all over Seattle. Previous guest artists include: Andrew Garcia, Jeremy Passion, Leroy Sanchez, and more
  • Creativity Management:
    • Decided the theme for Keraton 2022: Indonesian Retro Films (1960s - 1970s)
  • Treasury and Sponsorship:
    • Start Fundraising events to raise funds for Keraton:
      • Boba Tour: City tour event, orientation for new students at UW
      • Seathrough: Social event for new and current UW students alike, primarly targeted towards Indonesians
      • Friendsgiving: Thanksgiving event, providing food, drinks, games, photobooths, and karaoke place
    • Sold ISAUW merchandise and food fundraising for Keraton:
      • Hoodie: 100% cotton hoodie designed by our design and documentation team.
      • Tote bag: Canvas tote bag designed by our design and documentation team.
      • ISAUW card: a student discount card which partners with over 25 restaurants around the Greater Seattle area.
      • Banana Pudding: Creating our signature dessert that is packaged in an environmentally friendly mason jar and sold to the student population around the Greater Seattle Area
    • Draft Keraton Sponsorship proposal
    • Draft rough budget plan to estimate the budget breakdowns for Keraton
  • Information Technology:
    • Created a website to hold information about us, our events, our merch, and promote our sponsors

Winter 2022

  • Event Organizers:
    • Continue reaching out to artists for Keraton
    • Finalize artists and performers for Keraton by the first week of February
  • Creativity Management:
    • Draft designs for Keraton
  • Treasury and Sponsorship:
    • Create a detailed budget plan of Keraton
    • Finished drafting Keraton sponsorship proposal
    • Look for sponsors from small and big businesses in Indonesia and the Greater Seattle area
  • Fundraising:
    • Banana Pudding, Authentic Indonesian savory dish, ISAUW card
  • Marketing Communication:
    • Create marketing campaigns for the event in social media and real life
  • Design and Documentation:
    • Create T-shirt designs for Keraton
    • Create Instagram posts, poster designs, and video promotions for Keraton
  • Information Technology:
    • Create a paying platform to be used in Keraton by our vendors

Spring 2022

  • Executes Keraton on May 7th, 2022
  • Event Organizers:
    • Finalize all logistics for Keraton by the end of April (equipment, set up, layout, artists, etc.)
  • Creativity Management:
    • Complete Keraton décor by the end of April
  • Treasury and Sponsorship:
    • Fundraising
    • Banana Pudding
    • Authentic Indonesian savory dish
    • Finalize list of sponsors for Keraton and communicate about their plans for Keraton
    • Create an actual budget breakdown of expenditure for Keraton
    • Handle all reimbursements in preparation for Keraton
    • Develop a payment system for Keraton
  • Inventory:
    • Take count of inventory in office and other locations, gather items needed for Keraton
  • Design and Documentation:
    • Finalize T-shirt designs for Keraton (Sponsors at the back of the shirt)
    • Create Instagram posts, TikTok videos, promotional videos and poster designs for Keraton
    • Print T-shirts for officers and volunteers
    • Print posters to be passed around campus
    • Document Keraton to be posted in all ISAUW’s social media and website
  • Marketing Communication:
    • Market Keraton actively on all social media platforms such as Instagram and Tiktok, and on ISAUW’s website
    • Collaborate with other colleges in the Greater Seattle area to promote Keraton
    • Tabling to promote the festival at community colleges in the Greater Seattle Area (one week before Keraton)
    • Tabling to promote the festival at Red Square at the University of Washington (week of Keraton)
  • Information Technology
    • Finalize the payment system and prepare a plan B

Primary Contact information

ISAUW President 2021-2022
Name: Amy Dharmawan
Contact number: +1 (206) 475-5141
Email: amyjd125@uw.edu

Secondary Contact information

ISAUW Director of Finance 2021-2022
Name: Natasha Valerie Sumarta
Contact number: +1 (541) 286-8727
Email: nvs8@uw.edu

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Amy Dharmawan

Queer and Trans BIPOC Artist-Scholar Graduate Student Collective

Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $29,950

Letter of Intent:

The Project's Impact on the Sustainability of the Campus:

The University of Washington defines sustainability as the “capacity to create and maintain healthy, equitable and diverse communities now and into the future.” To achieve this capacity, we need present collective understandings of how we commune with each other, other beings, and our environments to build this future. This proposal asks for funding to provide space, materials, and community for a collective of queer and trans Black, Indigenous, and other people of color (BIPOC) creative graduate students at UW for the sake of maintaining our own well-being and the well-being of our communities at this institution. Funding this project will allow us to demonstrate that one of the ways personal and communal sustainability in academia can be implemented is by building a community where our arts, which are tied to our self-expressions and how we move with the world and our communities, and our scholarship, which seeks to add to ongoing conversations about our knowledges, cultures, and beings, are not forced to be separated because of academic discipline standards— standard, we might add, that are rooted in hegemonic and colonial ways of producing and sharing knowledge. Furthermore, funding this project will allow us to impact this larger need to build healthier, more equitable and diverse communities in academia because we can offer support to undergraduate artist-scholar who early on in their academic career and don’t have adequate support and understanding for how to infuse their arts into their scholarship or the other way around.

The starting group for this collective are graduate students in the humanities, social sciences, and DX Arts and have already been in conversation with each other as we hold frequent meetings, shows, and viewings to witness and talk with each other about our artistic practices and how they respond to the scholarship we engage in. However, we are at a point where we realize that in order for our artistic crafts to be more intertwine with our scholarship, we need more support that we aren’t receiving from our disciplines— like the knowledge of both our crafts and scholarship, adequate materials and education to work on arts and studies, and time and space to dedicate to both. We are also at a point where we can see the power in our conversations through the works we create, and we want to expand these conversations to the wider public and community by offering showings, workshops, residencies, and supporting other artist-scholars’ projects.

Many of our disciplines are focused on teaching us to produce our research findings in academic style writings; however, this collective realizes such restrictions are detrimental to our learning processes, our creativity, and how we intend to contribute to our respective fields of study. This collective addresses a trend in academia of wanting more creative, interdisciplinary projects, and although we often have encouragement from our departments to explore more creativity and theory in our disciplinary works, we lack the education and learning communities necessary to adequately contribute to our fields of research with our creative mediums. Therefore, this collective seeks to fill this gap by offering a space for dialogue and group critique by other scholars in our fields, who also understand the artistic mediums that we work within, as well as, inviting instructors of creative medium to lead workshops to help us hone in our creative mediums as responses to academic conversations.

Another goal of this collective is to build community with other artistic Queer and trans BIPOC graduate students for us to build safer spaces for us to discuss concerns that are salient to our identities. So much of our creative work stems from our cultural backgrounds; therefore, this collective seeks to build a community where we are not holding each other’s works against a colonial background for critique. Rather we are able to see our work as valid, understandable, and valuable contributions to our fields in their own right.

This collective seeks to build a sustainable community for those who’s identities, scholarly interests, and creative mediums are not adequately supported in our disciplines, yet our creative mediums and identities are intricately tied to the contribution we intend to make in our fields; thereby, calling attention to a need to build a space for us to imagine what a new wave in academia can look like when queer and trans BIPOC peoples are able to contribute with our imaginations.

What we will do and educational elements:

  • Peer to Peer Opportunities-- As a collective of graduate students and creatives, we will be providing peer-to-peer opportunities through: Graduate to undergraduate mentorship by assisting selected undergraduate students in supporting their creative endeavors and offering guidance on proposed projects and residencies for spaces to work through proposed projects.
  • Group Critical Feedback-- collective comes together on a bi-monthly basis to offer peer feedback on in-process creative projects.
  • Community Education Opportunities-- Following the trend of various disciplines encouraging creative liberties in academic work, we will encourage community educational opportunities through inviting working artists and creatives to facilitate workshops on the praxis of fusing academic and creativity in their respective fields.
  • Funding Opportunities-- Recognizing the barrier of resource accessibility to the materialization of creative projects, we will provide funding opportunities through: Accepting applications from undergraduate students for resource support for their proposed create projects and material/supply grants; Allocating funds to support members of collective to fund their own respective projects; Offering employment and compensation to contracted creative contributors to undergraduate and cohort projects.
  • Exclusive Collective Opportunities-- Recognizing the need of physical space to collaborate and produce meaningful work, we will offer studio space where members of the collective can collaborate or individually draft or produce intended creative projects.
  • Residencies-- Recognizing a need for cultivating a safe space to work through our artistic practice, we will offer a residency during the year as 2-daylong intensives for creatives to work on collaborative projects while also receiving peer feedback and support.
  • Group Showings-- One of the results of our collaborative process will be group showcases of the work in process and fully produced. Our work will be featured collectively in spaces such as the Henry Art Gallery, Wa Na Wari cultural center, or other art institutions/ galleries.

Our roles and how it speaks towards student leadership:

It is our intention to foster and facilitate a collaborative community lead environment, which will function through a student governed committee structure. Based on the scope of our proposal, we have identified the need for the following positions to be filled by members of the collective:

  • Residency Coordinator-- Responsible for managing project requests for creative sustainability funding submitted by students via proposal for support with supplies, space, and other resources needed.
  • Internal Outreach Coordinator-- Will act as liaison for undergraduate mentorship programs, by connecting with university creative arts schools across campus. Will organize and facilitate mentorship opportunities for undergraduate candidates.
  • External Outreach Coordinator-- Will coordinate with creatives, organizations, and facilities outside of the university to facilitate regular opportunities for learning workshops, collaborative creative opportunities, and public work presentation.  
  • Administrative Coordinator-- Undergraduate artist-scholar who will support operations with administrative tasks as needed.
  • Treasurer-- Will oversee management of financial affairs.


In order to ensure that the project is organized and functions according to projections, we plan to implement the following structural elements within the program:

  • Budget Creations & Maintenance-- The development of a programmatic budget that will be regularly reviewed, and adhered to for project stability.
  • Development of Selection Criteria-- The development of a criteria for residency proposals acceptance, as well as internally and externally coordinated resources.  
  • Monthly Organizational Meeting-- All members of the committee will meet monthly to review and discuss proposals, events and workshops, budget projections and day to day operational functioning.
  • Bi-Monthly Budget Forecasting-- We will review the budget twice a month to consider any re-forecasting needs.


Spring 2022: For initial planning; outreach; placing events on calendars

  • 3 Monthly meetings to plan and discuss how we’d like to use each quarter. Plan of actions to be implemented after each meeting. Planning Spring quarter in detail while having malleable ideas for Summer, Fall, and Winter quarter.
  • Plan for collective additions: solidify who will be a part of the collective. Ideally, at least 7 dedicated members.
  • Plan for residency for the year: discuss who we’d like to lead the residency, who can host us, ideal dates, and budgets.
  • Plan for regular peer-to peer activities: brainstorm how we can facilitate group critique, collaborations, and group showings
  • Plan for workshops: compile lists of people for workshops; the types of creative and scholarly practices for the workshops, dates, and frequencies
  • Plan for undergraduate support: develop applications for funding undergraduate projects and discuss funding max
  • Studio Space: Start looking for affordable studio spaces and equipment needed for arts and space
  • Start an official, shareable calendar of events
  • Funding: brainstorm other grants and fellowships to apply for funding so that we can keep this project going

Summer 2022: The start of activities for collective

  • Studio Space: move into one and place equipment
  • Undergraduate Support: put out calls, vet applications, and send out acceptance. Start mentorship process, for every 2 members of the collective mentors, one undergraduate student to support
  • Residency: host quarterly residency
  • Workshops: host 2 summer workshops  
  • Group Feedback Critique: host 4 session of feedback group dialogue
  • Studio Visit: host a studio visit where at least 2 member of the collective show their works-in-progress to public  
  • Group Show: work on application and proposal for end-of-year group show.
  • Funding: develop applications for found grants and fellowships for funding

Fall 2022: Continue quarterly activities

  • Undergraduate Support: work with mentee to help develop project
  • Workshops: host 2 fall workshops  
  • Group Feedback Critique: host 4 sessions of feedback group dialogue
  • Studio Visit: host a studio visit where at least 2 other members of the collective show their works-in-progress to public  
  • Group Show: send out application and proposal for end-of-year group show and beginning of quarter. Do site visits at the middle-end of the quarter. Confirm gallery by end of quarter  
  • Funding: apply for second round of funding from Sustainability grant and other grants/ fellowships

Winter 2023: Finish up year of the collective

  • Undergraduate Support: work with mentee to finalize projects and put them out to the public  
  • Workshops: host 2 winter workshops  
  • Group Feedback Critique: host 4 sessions of feedback group dialogue
  • Group Show: collaboratively work on finalizing our project, plan the layout of the show, prep the gallery space, hang works, put on show  
  • Funding: secure funding for next year around and re-visit budget and activities


  • Funding Undergraduate Students’ projects: $900 ( 3 projects at $300)
  • Funding the collective projects and materials: $7,000 ($1,000 per collective member)
  • Studio Space and equipments: $16,400 ( $1,000/month and $2,000 equipment)
  • Compensation for workshop collaborators: $1,800 ($300 per workshop (6))
  • Compensation for collective members: $3,150 ($450 per collective member)
  • Residency: $700

Total: 29,950

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Brittney Frantece

Resiliency Tunnel

Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $5,000

Letter of Intent:

Summary of Project Proposal:

The UW Farm’s efforts to engage the community and meet the demands of HFS, the Community Supported Agriculture Program, and the UW Food Pantry in particular are currently constrained by inadequate facilities and increasingly frequent and intense inclement weather. The Resiliency Tunnel team proposes a modified high-tunnel for the UW Farm to create conditions more stable than the natural environment as a means of providing more reliable, plentiful, and nutritious food to fill the pressing supply chain challenge. This system would include a solar installation and rainwater catchment system to limit inputs and provide cost-effective and renewable sources of energy and water. To enhance the community benefit of the system, the tunnel would be outfitted with furnishings to support UW faculty in offering opportunities to study a model agroecosystem to UW students and the general public alike. By conducting outreach within the UW community and beyond, our team is involving experts to inform our approach. We are looking for support from CSF in the form of $5,000 of funding to conduct a feasibility study as we continue to develop the project. This funding would permit our team to, if necessary, hire expertise such as a structural engineer in order to answer critical questions in the feasibility study. More thorough and informed estimates of the full cost of the project will be developed as well as a complete feasibility study to be provided at a future date.

Meeting CSF Requirements and Preferences:

Cultural Awareness & Preservation:

We consider this project a unique opportunity to strengthen the relationship between the UW Farm and local tribes by integrating feedback from meetings with Polly Olsen, the Tribal Liaison of the Burke Museum. Acknowledging that the site of our project is on unceded land of the Coast Salish and Duwamish people, our team intends to collaborate with members of indigenous communities on design and planning for produce. The UW Farm itself currently partners with many groups within the campus, such as the wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ Intellectual House as well as others from various cultures and communities to come together in a welcoming environment to share knowledge.

Engaging Underrepresented Communities:

The UW Farm struggles to meet community demand for produce, and the UW Food Pantry in particular receives exorbitant quantities of viable produce from the UW Farm during summer months when growing conditions in the natural environment are most conducive to successful and fruitful harvests, though its aim is to serve the food insecure members of the UW community primarily during the academic year. This results in a mismatch between the volume and timing of viable produce that the UW Farm produces and which the UW Food Pantry needs. Building the Resiliency Tunnel on the UW Farm would increase produce output by extending the growing season while simultaneously protecting crops from unpredictable and threatening weather.

Diverse and Interdisciplinary Collaboration:

The development of the Resiliency Tunnel brings together a wide range of disciplines. Our core team was formed by members of the RSO UW Solar, though we greatly expanded by conducting outreach through classes, professors, and LinkedIn to gather students from different areas of study, which has permitted us to engage 26 UW undergraduate and graduate students from the programs listed below:

  • Architectural Design
  • Electrical, Chemical, and Computer Engineering
  • Environmental Science, Atmospheric Science, Chemistry, and Biology
  • Construction Management
  • Finance, Information Systems, and Business Administration
  • Urban Planning
  • Evan’s School Environmental Policy

These students are divided into smaller teams focused on design, outreach, funding, and finance. The design team collaborates on architectural design, energy generation, and hydrology, assisted by students from Construction Management specializing in feasibility. The outreach team has been in contact with far-reaching members of the UW community and beyond to gather sponsors and communicate with stakeholders, as well as to gather insight during the design phase. Once in service, the tunnel will provide opportunities for the UW Farm to increase overall campus awareness of an agroecosystem, and serve as a center for innovation, research, leadership, and access to organic fresh vegetables and a healthy lifestyle.

Environmental Footprint and Justice:

In 2020, over 1,800 pounds of produce at the UW Farm - roughly 15% of annual production - were spoiled by rainstorms and unexpected frost, conditions which are becoming increasingly frequent and intense due to climate change. During heavy rain events, for example, tomatoes absorb enough water overnight to swell and split open, deeming them no longer marketable. The short term solution is to quickly harvest produce and deliver it to the pantry in single-serve plastic bags, but this results in excessive use of plastic and produce that spoils quickly. Establishing a high tunnel will protect tomatoes and other crops from weather events, and control soil and crop moisture. This structure will prevent the use of over 1,000 plastic bags that go to waste after a single use each year on the farm.
This solution revolves around the structure of a high tunnel, which are USDA-approved methods for season extension, constructed on the farm, that protect crops and extend the production season by multiple months. Diverting the UW Farm’s spoiled produce from disposal in compost highlights one of the most ecologically-sustainable features of this project. Capturing produce with higher nutritional value in greater quantities, and ensuring it reaches food-insecure populations exercises a commitment to all individuals' right to fresh, healthy, and reliable food sources.

The inclusion of a solar installation and rainwater catchment system creates a net zero or even net negative impact from the structure, going beyond the efforts of carbon mitigation into true carbon reduction. This is a cost-effective solution that allows funds previously allocated to utilities to instead be utilized for improvement of the function and services offered by the farm, further promoting community well-being. The solar installation will provide power for electrical needs, and a surplus of energy that may be sold “back to the grid” in a practice known as net metering. The rainwater catchment system will mitigate the structure’s demand on natural resources for irrigation of crops, and provide resiliency during droughts when water savings are critical. Finally, the UW Farm produces locally-sourced produce for the Greater Seattle area, thus providing food with a higher nutritional value and a cleaner environmental footprint than traditional supermarket sources. Locally-sourced food reduces much of the supply chain emissions in food production as transportation, processing, packaging, and retail sourced emissions are reduced (Ritchie, 2019).

The execution and operation of this plan will notably contribute progress primarily towards action VI of the UW Sustainability Action Plan, involving a target that 35% of food is from local sources by 2025 (UW Sustainability). It additionally assists the campus in reaching actions VIII (15% lower energy usage intensity by 2025), IX (10% less solid waste by 2025), and X (45% reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by 2030). Produce from the farm is even desirable beyond that from local industrial farming as it does not involve unsustainable monoculture, and rather is NOP certified organic and salmon safe. Beyond that, the UW Farm received CSF funding in 2016 for a project titled the “Composting Toilet at the Center for Urban Horticulture”, which involves on-site vermicomposting and would provide soil amendments for the agriculture within the Resiliency Tunnel.

Leadership & Student Involvement:

The Project Manager for the project is undergraduate Emma Maggioncalda of Environmental Science & Resource Management and Urban Design & Planning. Emma is a fourth-year who originally partnered with Perry Acworth to identify several pressing needs of the UW community and associated proposed solutions as they pertain to the UW Farm. Student involvement greatly expanded this fall quarter as described above to constitute a highly interdisciplinary team, of which members are compensated with class credit. All team members attend Monday team meetings, share ideas, information, and responsibilities with team members, and participate in team meeting reports. We engage in ongoing efforts to involve even more students from different spheres on campus, with potential for paid positions through the UW Farm.

Directing UW Solar is Professor Jan Whittington of the College of Built Environments, who provides guidance and advice essential to using best practices in our project development process, outreach communications, grant applications, and team structure. Professor Jim Fridley of the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences serves as an advisor to Project Manager Emma Maggioncalda, providing key insights into helpful resources, alternative approaches, and case studies. UW Botanical Gardens Liaison Wendy Gibble serves as the point of contact between the Resiliency Tunnel team and the Botanical Gardens, and facilitated the arrangement of an introductory presentation to the committee that resulted in ear-marking the site for the development of this project in particular. The site recently became available for use by the UW Farm after another party’s lease expired.

The UW Farm currently utilizes over 400 student volunteers every year that assist in all areas of farm labor, especially field work, planting, and harvesting, nearly year-round. Given the opportunity to increase the amount of usable crop produced at the UW Farm, this project may divert more student labor to harvesting and packing produce, and mitigate volunteer efforts spent on the disposal of unusable produce. The farm has an existing system with capacity for increased production within the current capabilities of the “wash pack” and dry storage areas. The farm also has an electric bike with cargo attachments for produce delivery, as well as a farm delivery truck for transporting larger produce deliveries. At this time, the storage and delivery systems are under-utilized. The farm has a permanent full-time manager and a seasonal full-time AmeriCorps member. Our partner Perry Acworth, the current UW Farm Manager, has a positive track record for receiving grants and completing grant reports that are well-documented, with support from an accountant and financial administrators. The farm also hires seasonal student farm staff every year and supervises up to twenty interns. One of the students will be assigned the waste reduction focus and will be in charge of tracking progress.

Education, Outreach, & Behavior Change:

The UW Farm as a whole engages the UW community through its demanding and rewarding culture of community. Students, community members from the surrounding neighborhoods, and visitors from outside the area all have the opportunity to volunteer at the UW Farm and engage in learning about sustainable agriculture, food systems and their role in the community when it comes to reducing produce waste.
This project would assist in strengthening connections between our growing spaces and academics on campus by supporting the over two-dozen courses and volunteer programs that already utilize the farm as an outdoor learning space, as well as educational opportunities including supporting the Nutrition Science Program, Environmental Studies Capstone Internships, Public Health Internships, and Biology Internships. The UW Farm hosts and instructs over 300 service learners per academic year, and is connected to many UW courses linked to farm-based work.

However, there are currently no truly accessible or sheltered large meeting spaces on the UW Farm where students or other community groups can gather and learn together, which highlights the need for a project of this nature and has led us to take ADA specifications into consideration during our design process. The Resiliency Tunnel would be outfitted with furnishings to support UW faculty and students in running labs and experiments while gathering to generally study innovative sustainable agricultural practices, and these courses would be open to students and the general public alike. We are reaching out and teaching a wide group of people growing and consuming a healthy diet.

Feasibility & Accountability:

While we remain in the planning stage of the project for the time being, by having frequent and ongoing conversations with advisors and other UW Faculty, we are utilizing an informed and adaptive approach to designing, funding, and implementing the tunnel. Our team is engaging necessary stakeholders by contacting UW Facilities, the Design Review Board, and other relevant departments to investigate site conditions, tribal relations, innovative system design, and groups involved in alterations to the physical composition of campus. The UW Botanical Gardens has offered the necessary approvals for this project to move forward as planned. Our overview of the diverse and interdisciplinary collaboration involved in this project is outlined above, with references to the range of expertise we have drawn.

The proposed site was selected partly due to its close proximity to a utility pole which we would pull from and contribute energy back to, water sources which would supplement additional irrigation needs, and a paved road that ensures it is accessible year round, even when much of the farm is waterlogged in winter months. Our pre-feasibility study informed us that we would need two 500 gallon cisterns, totaling to 1000 gallons. The main energy needs of the Resiliency Tunnel are germination lighting for the crops and a basic irrigation system. To fully meet those needs, we plan on installing around 20 solar panels. These would be roof mounted and installed on the archway at the entrance of the Resiliency Tunnel. At roughly 300W each, this would provide us around 6kW of power, with excess power being fed back into the grid through the utility pole next to the site. We estimate an installation cost of around $15,000. On Helioscope we created a design for the Resiliency Tunnel to account for shading and other obstacles that could be generated on site. A power production graph was created using that information. This information is provided in an attachment over email titled “Resiliency Tunnel Pre-feasibility Study”. During the formal design and construction phases of this project we will utilize early funding to access services of a formal feasibility study, project management, and detailed design work.

Key stakeholders

UW Solar - Working with a diverse group of students from across majors and grade levels to design and organize the Tunnel Project. Students joined the Registered Student Organization for the first time to work on this project, bringing different perspectives and ideas to the planning of the project. Students are compensated with academic credit and develop strong research, communication, and collaboration skills.

UW Food Pantry - Communicating with Sean Ferris to design the Resiliency Tunnel to best serve underserved students on campus with a sustainable and reliable produce source. Will be collaborating with the Pantry to determine plant selection and transportation of produce.

UW Farm - Receiving information and guidance regarding the existing site and nearby resources. Working closely with the UW Farm Manager to learn how to design efficient agricultural systems and on recommended components to use to achieve project goals.

UW Botanical Garden (UWBG) - Ongoing communication was established early on with our project liaison Wendy Gibble. Presented to the UWBG, receiving positive feedback and gaining approval for site use. The planned site has been ear-marked for this particular development.

UW Irrigation - Communicated with James Boeckstiegel to discuss existing irrigation systems and water pipes on site. Future communication is anticipated to receive feedback on our design and information on the process for contracting out components.

UW Sustainability - Notified of project as it pertains to a physical change to UW campus and an improvement to sustainability. Will engage further in the process as needed.

Planned Outreach

Eli Wheat, UW Farm Advisory Council -  We are currently in the process of scheduling a meeting to discuss how the tunnel and the future plans for the farm can be synced to mutually benefit each other.

David Zuckerman, Manager of the Center for Urban Horticulture (CUH) - Will engage after our initial meeting with the UW Farm Advisory Council once we are more informed on necessary proceedings.

Jeremy Parks, UW Electrical Utilities & Power Systems Manager -  Plan to hold a meeting to discuss our electrical design and advice for the implementation of our project, particularly with the integration of our electrical systems with each other. This also includes receiving information on the process for contracting out components.

Steve Tatge, Executive Director in UW Facilities Project Delivery - Will contact to discuss and review our cost-estimate and financial organization of the project, as well as to connect with other individuals that will be valuable in moving forward in our project design and construction phases.

UW Design Review Board - Presenting to the Design Review Board in late winter to review and receive feedback on the interior and exterior design of our tunnel and site for final revisions to the project.

Core Project Team

This information is provided in an attachment over email titled “Resiliency Tunnel Team Contact Information”, with team leads denoted with an asterisk.

Itemized Estimate of the Project’s Budget

This project is considered large (> $1,000), and for this cycle we are requesting $5,000 for a feasibility study as we continue to develop the project. This funding would permit our team to, if necessary, hire expertise such as a structural engineer in order to answer critical questions in the feasibility study. More thorough and informed estimates of the full cost of the project, including line budget items dedicated to project management and detailed design development, will be developed in this feasibility study and provided at a future date. We have, however, attached our best estimate of projected costs for your consideration in an attachment over email titled “Resiliency Tunnel Cost Estimation”.

Timeline for Project Completion

PHASE 1: Planning and Funding / Finance

  • September - October 2021: Investigate proposed location and conduct site analysis
  • Identify:
  • Services we need aim to provide
  • Stakeholders and possible sponsors
  • Brainstorm system components to deliver services
  • Conduct pre-feasibility study
  • October - December 2021: Identify potential funding sources
  • Request funding for a feasibility study during Cycle 2 of CSF funding (by December 1st, 2021)
  • November - December 2021: Massing and defining purpose
  • Use constraints (site, funding, etc.) for massing
  • Name system components matched with purposes
  • Identify how we are doing something different to solve a particular problem
  • Consider how construction can be staged

PHASE 2: Design

  • December 2021 - January 2022: Conceptual Design and Systems Diagram
  • Use site information and general massing of structure to evaluate the variety of alternative system components in combination
  • Utilize faculty to discuss ways to deliver different services
  • Brainstorm possible arrangements of technology to satisfy purposes at appropriate scale
  • Generate 2 or 3 scenarios of how system components can fit together to develop the first design
  • Utilize faculty again to evaluate these proposed systems
  • January 2022: Feasibility Study
  • Describe a rough order of magnitude
  • Further develop cost estimate accordingly
  • Input into full proposal to CSF
  • Spring 2022: Design Review
  • Meet with the Design Review Board at UW
  • Spring - Summer 2022: Schematic and Detailed Design
  • Speak with UW Facilities and other UW administrative bodies for:
  • Comments on the application for full project cost funding
  • Investigating prospects for funding operations and maintenance
  • Making “Make or Buy” decisions (in-house or contracted services)
  • Defining UW Facilities role in contracting out
  • Creating a scoring system for evaluating proposals
  • Accepting bids and choosing award by ranking bidders
  • TBD: Apply for funding for full project costs
  • Expand and update proposal from January 2021 to submit during Cycle 3 of CSF funding

PHASE 3: Construction - GOAL: Late Summer 2022 (at the earliest)

  • Receive an assigned UW faculty Project Manager
  • In-house or contracted services serve to implement construction of system
  • UW students shadow UW faculty and contracted bodies as further learning opportunity

PHASE 4: Operations and Maintenance (TBD)

  • Utilize data collection services to evaluate functionality and impacts of system
  • Third-party hired to check functionality of deliverable


Primary Contact First & Last Name: Emma Maggioncalda

Eat Local Food Fair

Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $1,000

Letter of Intent:

Project Summary

Established in 2016, the Supplier Diversity Program is a student-run organization that is dedicated to ensuring the equality of UW business opportunities for small, minority-owned, women-owned, veteran-owned, LGBT-owned, and historically underutilized businesses. This includes educating the student body on the importance of Supplier Diversity and the types of businesses that are contracted by UW as suppliers of goods and services. We are planning our third Eat Local Food Fair, our largest outreach project. This will be the first Eat Local Food Fair since 2019, as 2020 and 2021 efforts had to be cancelled due to COVID (our CSF Grant for the 2020 Food Fair was approved but not paid out after we were forced to cancel the event). The Eat Local Food Fair invites local vendors from the Seattle community to campus (HUB Walkway) during May and helps them to be further exposed to UW, both students and staff. Thanks to the support of Campus Sustainability Fund, the most recent Fair saw huge success. It hosted eight catering vendors and thousands of students who visited the booths. This unique and interactive opportunity gets to the heart of what the Supplier Diversity Program works toward daily – advocacy for diverse-owned business, education of our student body, influencing sustainable decision-making by the University, and creating a more equitable community.

Sustainable Impact

Our project strives to improve both social and environmental sustainability of the UW community. From the social perspective, Supplier Diversity promotes diversity, inclusivity, and equality on campus. Small businesses present new employment opportunities and spur innovations in the community. However, these historically underutilized businesses often face various challenges including lack of access to money, markets, exposure, and opportunities. Therefore, by providing a space where these local businesses can generate revenue and be exposed to a larger consumer base, we believe it will help expand the diversity of businesses being affiliated by UW and support the local economy.

On the other hand, purchasing more local food provides positive environmental benefits as well. The production of food accounts for 68 percent of greenhouse gas emission in the world, while its transportation accounts for 5 percent. Eating locally helps prevent global warming because local restaurants often use food grown closer to home which requires less fuel to transport. In addition, local farms are more likely to adopt environmentally friendly practices including using less pesticides, preserving genetic diversity, and enriching the soil with cover crops. Furthermore, to minimize the environmental externalities of the Eat Local Food Fair, we will encourage garbage classification by having different types of garbage bins and creating signages with instructions. We will make sure that participants of the Fair are environmentally conscious and educated on how to dispose of food waste correctly.

Student Leadership & Involvement

Student Leadership and Involvement is the driving force behind the Eat Local Food Fair. The Supplier Diversity Program is a student-run organization, which means that students are the ones who propose and organize projects. Currently, the program has 10 members from 7 different majors on campus. The Executive Board of the program is comprised of 4 students, who take roles of the Director of External Relations, the Director of Internal Relations, the Director of Funding, and the Director of Recruiting. The members are divided into three different committees: Brand Awareness, Education, and Community Engagement, each with a committee lead and other members. The Eat Local Food Fair is led by the head of the Community Engagement Committee and the Executive Board, who together manage the Fair logistics, funding, and vendor recruitment. The Brand Awareness committee is in charge of creating promotional materials and social media campaigns to advertise the Fair. The Education committee will be tasked to educate Fair participants on the importance of Supplier Diversity and ask them to sign the Supplier Diversity Pledge Card. In addition, we will recruit more student volunteers to promote the event, collect feedback, and aid set-up the day of the Fair. The audience of the Fair will primarily be students as well.

Education, Outreach, & Behavior Change

The Eat Local Food Fair strives to reach out to diverse groups on campus and educate them about the importance of Supplier Diversity, with the end goal of increasing diversity of the University supply chain and influencing students to make more conscious buying decisions. We have brainstormed multiple ways to improve the Fair this year to reach a wider audience and better engage the participants:

  • Vendor Selection Process: We would like to share this wonderful opportunity with more local businesses this year. Therefore, we developed a vendor application form that is currently being distributed with small businesses in our network and the Foster School of Business. We will prioritize vendors that have high potential and interest to be a supplier of UW.
  • Student Outreach: We will advertise to students heavily on social media including our Facebook and Instagram pages. We will then reach out to student organizations through the Foster School of Business and HUB.  We will also design poster boards and flyers that will be placed and distributed around campus.
  • Staff Outreach: We are planning to invite staff from UW Procurement and other campus departments that would be interested in using catering services. We will then create a handout that lists the vendors present, their stories, and their products to share with the UW staff.
  • Feedback Cards: We plan to partner with Chef Tracey, the Campus Executive Chef to gauge interest in some of the most exciting and diverse-owned businesses in our community. Fair participants will be given rating cards to provide feedback on selected vendors. We will then analyze the results and assist Chef Tracey with her team's vendor selection process for UW Housing and Food Services. This would have a direct impact on diversifying the supply chain of the University.
  • Gallery: We believe in the power of stories. Therefore, we will design poster boards for each vendor to share their entrepreneurship path and the adversities that they overcome. In addition to trying the products, we hope UW students and staff can also be inspired by these stories and change their buying behaviors.
  • Supplier Diversity Pledge: The Supplier Diversity Pledge was created to gain feasible metrics that will allows us to measure the support for our program mission. This year, we will have printed pledge cards, QR codes for participants to sign online, and a signing board. The Pledge will include statistics showcasing the importance of Supplier Diversity and actions that participants can take to support the movement.

Feasibility & Accountability

Spring 2022 will serve as the third Eat Local Fair in which the Supplier Diversity Program aims to again showcase a diverse group of vendors to the campus community. We have built a solid planning and execution plan to sustain this event and for years to come. Historically the program has received guidance from advisors from CBDC, UW Athletics, Student Activities Office, Northwest Mountain Minority Supplier Development Council, and Microsoft. We are confident that with CSF’s help, we will be able to bring another successful Eat Local Food Fair to campus and support diverse-owned businesses in the community. Thank you very much for your consideration.

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Michael Kelleher

Brockman Memorial Tree Tour Renovation

Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $925

Letter of Intent:

Dear Campus Sustainability Fund Committee Members,

During the past year, the historic Brockman Memorial Tree Tour, a campus tour of significant trees meant to promote interaction with the Universities green spaces and increase appreciation of said resources, has been undergoing a redesign process. The University of Washington has over 480 different species on the grounds, a valuable and generally unknown resource for our student body. The current renovation of the tour has already increased accessibility of the tour with a new updated website, reviewed the original trees to determine whether any specimens are missing, and submitted intent to lead guided tours during this year’s Dawg Daze Event as a means of increasing awareness about the tour. All this has been done with the intent of allowing greater access and education value of the campus grounds for students, professors and faculty, and the general public.

Our purpose for applying for a CSF Mini-Grant is to obtain the funds necessary to purchase high quality Arboretum Labels for each of the 80 trees on the tour, as well as a small amount of funds to create new signage at the starting point of the tour, the Anderson Hall Bus Shelter. Previous students working on the tour have included laminated tree labels, however these are difficult to read and the vast majority break down within a few years, making them unreadable and creating a source of litter. Our intention is to utilize high quality professional aluminum labels which attach via a wire or small nails to each tree. The labels will include the name of the tree, “Brockman Memorial Tree Tour”, and a QR code linking to the new tour website (which contains in depth information about each species on the tour).

In terms of project Criteria, we believe this project will meet the goals of CSF in the following ways:

Sustainable Impact:

The project leaders believe that this tour serves as a means of more intimately acquainting members of the University of Washington community with the natural world. Evidence suggests that opportunities to interact with and appreciate natural creations lead to a more sustainable mindset throughout life. It is our belief that these trees can provide students and others visiting the campus with meaningful outdoor experiences that will help them empathize more with efforts geared at protecting and restoring green spaces and human nature interactions. The new Brockman Tree Tour is also geared more towards cultural awareness than previous versions and includes local uses for each of the trees with a particular emphasis on indigenous usage for those trees native to the Pacific Northwest. The purchase of Arboretum tags would increase awareness of the tour, amplifying the afore mentioned effects, increasing awareness of native species and cultures, and providing greater access to more of the tour’s resources.

Leadership and Student Involvement:

The Brockman Memorial Tree Tour is overseen by the School of Environmental and Forestry Sciences SEFS. UW Grounds manages the landscape on which the tour is based. The work completed on this project has had the oversight of Dan Brown and Molly Hottle of SEFS, who have acted in an advising capacity. All of the work itself (the new design and construction of the updated tour) has been undertaken by Thuy Luu and Theodore Hoss, both students in the College of the Environment. Thuy Luu is a recent graduate but helped formulate the plan for labeling with tags while still enrolled and was instrumental in all the other completed components of the tour as well. Theodore Hoss is continuing the project on his own with the intention of concluding work by the end of December 2021.

Education, Outreach, and Behavior Change:

The newly revised Brockman Memorial Tour was created using input from a survey conducted prior to renovation work. This outreach provided the designers with an idea of what changes the student body would benefit most from. Additionally, the new tour was also designed with inputs from professors on how it may better serve as an educational resource for them in their classes. Thus, the new tour has added information which may allow it to be used as a physical resource for actual classes on campus. The tour website includes a survey and contact information whereby visitors to the tour may leave feedback and suggestions. As well as the outreach incorporated into this feedback survey and the original sent out prior to renovation, the tour designers’ intent to increase awareness of the tour via outreach at this year’s DAWG DAZE event with an in person guided tour event as well as through signage and possible display in the UW libraries. In addition to the education aspect achieved by designing the tour to appeal to professors as a class resource, the newly designed tour provides far more identification feature information and in-depth historical information for most of the trees on the tour. The proposed inclusion of tags on each tree would make each readily identifiable and allow a passerby to become aware of the tour when they might otherwise not notice it.

Feasibility and Accountability:

The majority of the renovation on this project has already been completed and the purchase and affixing of Arboretum tags is one of the few major tasks remaining to undertake. Contact with the most reasonably priced tag company has already been established, as has the discussion with a department budget advisor. The purchasing of tags will follow approval of this mini-grant and the tags will be affixed by Theodore Hoss with oversight by UW Grounds, as task which is estimated to take 2 to 4 hours which will be extremely feasible. Theodore Hoss will continue to work with all parties involved to ensure the work continues smoothly. The tags are designed to last long term; however, a plan is currently being compiled as part of this project to establish who within SEFS will have continued oversight on the project once Theodore Hoss is graduated. Once we hear back on whether we have been approved on this application we expect about a 3-week period after ordering the tags for them to be delivered. After this point affixing the tags can be completed in one day. The price of tags is expected to be about $845, with the required wire and nails for affixing them an additional $30. We also intend to create new signage at the tour initiation site which we expect to cost about $50.

Primary contact for this project is Theodore Hoss, who can be reached at tdhoss@uw.edu or at (661) 494-9585. Secondary contact is Molly Hottle, who may be reached at mehottle@uw.edu.

We hope you will consider funding this project and increasing our community’s ability to engage with the green spaces on campus, we appreciate your time on considering this proposal and look forward to your response.


Theodore Hoss
Environmental Science and Terrestrial Resource Management and Biology
University of Washington

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Theodore Hoss

Racial Justice and Equity in Environmental Science and Beyond

Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $1,000

Letter of Intent:


Amid the ongoing protests that followed the death of George Floyd, the student-led Diversity and Inclusion Group (DIG) in the Department of Atmospheric Sciences organized a department-wide conversation on race. Participating graduate students, faculty, postdoctoral researchers and department staff discussed problems and solutions within small groups and a consensus emerged that, as a precursor to becoming more anti-racist, we must educate ourselves about the history and the present day manifestation of racism within our field. Following this meeting, a smaller group of department members participated in a student-led reading group about race in academia. Motivated by the fruitful discussions in this reading group and a desire to engage a larger portion of the department in this conversation, we created a special topics class for Autumn quarter For the first time in its history, our department will offer students academic credit for learning about issues of racism and equity as they relate to our field. DIG recognizes that as atmospheric scientists we can practice anti-racism in two primary ways. First, we can work to make a more inclusive environment within our own field. Second, we can take into account the systemic inequities that exist when developing our studies and when we inform policy decisions. The latter mission is consistent with goal 10 of the UN sustainable development goals, which states that, “To reduce inequalities, policies should be universal in principle, paying attention to the needs of disadvantaged and marginalized populations.” We have identified five main topic areas for our course: 1) Indigenous rights 2) Environmental justice in cities 3) The history of scientific racism 4) Climate Justice and the global south 5) Whiteness, science, and academia Our course will focus on guest speakers and will be made broadly accessible to the entire Department of Atmospheric Sciences. We are currently recruiting at least one guest speaker to speak to each of our five focus areas. Some of these topics are best addressed by non-academic speakers, such as climate justice activists or employees at non-profit organizations. Giving an honorarium to speakers not only shows our appreciation for their work but also compensates them for their time. Moreover, it allows us to recruit more diverse speakers who may not have community outreach and service built into their salaries as many academics do. With the support of our department chair, we have leveraged virtual learning to our advantage to ensure that all interested department members will be able to participate in this course. In a typical quarter, the Atmospheric Sciences department has two seminars each week, which are consistently attended by much of the department. The chair has allowed us to use the time slot of one of these science seminars for our course. Additionally, a virtual platform allows us to recruit a more diverse set of speakers as the burden of traveling to the department to deliver a talk in person is removed.


The immediate impact of this project will be realized within the Atmospheric Sciences department. Initial evaluations of success will be based on the number of attendees and the level of engagement from department members. Another short-term goal will be to foster broader faculty and community participation in DIG. DIG is student-led and has primarily been a graduate student group, but is open to all department members. Our short-term goal is that this course increases the number of people regularly attending DIG meetings, and doubles the number of faculty and administrative staff attendees (2-3 additional attendees). A medium-term measure of impact is an increased focus on anti-racism in the Atmospheric Sciences curriculum in future quarters. This is the first time that the Atmospheric Sciences department will offer a formal course on race and equity. The materials that we develop for this course can be used again for future courses on this topic and components of the course can also be interwoven into the required science curriculum. Thus, our medium-term goal is to create an accessible archive of our materials (including slides, readings and recorded lectures) at the conclusion of the course. Our long-term goal is that this course and the discussions and actions that follow it lead to higher representation of underrepresented groups within the student body and the faculty of the Atmospheric Sciences department. However, due to small sample sizes and slow turnover, we will only be able to evaluate changes in racial diversity on the timescale of multiple years. If this project is funded, we will use departmental funds to invite a keynote speaker in addition to our other five speakers, such as Dr. Robin Wall Kimmerer, that will likely solicit broad interest throughout the College and university. We plan to open and advertise the keynote speaker to a broader audience so that members of our College and the university at large can participate. Additionally, this course will provide a template that other departments can follow if they wish to design a similar course in future quarters. Our best quantitative tools for measuring the impact that this course has had on the culture of the Atmospheric Sciences department, the College of the Environment, and the University of Washington, are the University Climate Survey and the College of the Environment’s Culture Survey. Finally, we have invited academics and activists from the Seattle area who have not engaged with our department before to be guest speakers for our course. We hope that our discussions with these speakers initiate more longstanding communication and collaboration between our department and other academic departments as well as activists in the Seattle area who focus on climate justice, urban environmentalism and anti-racism.


  1. $200; Honorarium; Guest speaker on the topic of indigenous rights
  2. $200; Honorarium; Guest speaker on the topic of environmental justice in cities
  3. $200; Honorarium; Guest speaker on the topic of the history of scientific racism
  4. $200; Honorarium; Guest speaker on the topic of climate justice and the global south
  5. $200; Honorarium; Guest speaker on the topic of whiteness, science, and academia

Matching funds

Our department chair has pledged up to $500 for speaker honoraria. If this proposal is funded, we will use the departmental funds to support additional speakers not included in the five listed above.

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Rachel Atlas

BEEducated Smart Sensor + Hive

Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $3,910

Letter of Intent:

This project is led by Adithi Raghavan and Annalisa Mueller-Eberstein, freshmen at UW who have been tackling the pollinator crisis for the past 3 years. In January 2021, they joined the incubator program Dubhacks Next, part of the UW RSO Dubhacks with this project. Together, Adithi and Annalisa are part of an organization called BEEducated (www.thebeeducated.org) which Adithi founded her sophomore year of high school to raise awareness about the pollinator crisis. Adithi’s journey began in 2018 when she worked with Washington Native Plant Stewards to plant a sustainable pollinator garden at Ebright Park. Inspired to teach other students about the amazing effects of bees, Adithi then created an informative mobile application in partnership with MIT App Inventor developers. From there, both Annalisa and Adithi created a launch kit with a list of steps and resources that would help other schools plant pollinator gardens at their own schools.

Now a freshman at UW, and also a Presidential Scholar who was recognized for her work with BEEducated, Adithi is looking to pursue the research route by working with a team of UW students to mitigate the effects of a phenomenon known as Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD). The proposed idea is to create a low-cost BEEducated Hive Sensor for beekeepers which will increase bee health by using Computer Vision to monitor the hive condition, detect hive stressors, and alert beekeepers to intervene before colony collapse. As part of this project, they will also be developing a low-cost SMART bee hive and distributing free pollinator garden kits to underserved communities in the greater Seattle area, especially in communities prone to food deserts, to help members of these communities better engage with beekeeping and community gardening practices. By doing so, they hope to increase access to homegrown, fresh produce that the entire community can benefit from. At the core of their initiative, they hope to empower youth to work with their communities to help bees thrive once again, for every single individual on Earth is a stakeholder in the pollinator crisis. Bees are the backbone of the agricultural system. Without bees, no one would have access to a third of the food supply. Honey, apples, peppers, almonds, and so many more products would disappear.

In fact, pollinators contribute over $24 billion to the U.S. economy by pollinating 71 of the top 100 crops. However, bees have been facing declining numbers since the mid-1900s. In fact, the leading causes of death include insecticides (especially Neonicotinoids), parasites/pathogens (incl. “Varroa Mite” and “Israeli Acute Paralysis Virus”), industrial agriculture, climate change, and human mistreatment. Combined, these factors incur a phenomenon known as “Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD),” characterized by the mass departure of worker bees from a colony. At BEEducated, we’re building a hive sensor to monitor the conditions of beekeeper’s hives, analyzing photos of bee behavior to identify possible mite infestation, abnormal behavior due to insecticides, and monitor hive temperature, humidity, and other environmental factors that are possibly influencing the bees’ health (symptoms of climate change and other weather concerns). We are in the process of building a research team and engineering team while establishing partnerships with nonprofits and beekeeping organizations who will help us gather data.

Currently, we have 13 engineers, the majority of whom are UW students, working on the research and design phase of our project. Our core team includes our founder, Adithi Raghavan, Audrey Anderson (Research Lead), Tanner Poling and Andrey Risukhin (Computer Engineering Leads), Terry Jung (Electrical Engineering Lead), Mojin Yu (UX Engineering Lead), and Annalisa Mueller-Eberstein (Project Manager). With the exception of Audrey, the team leads are all based at the University of Washington.

Our timeline is the following: 

  • Now - End of April (Finalize Recruitment)
  • Now - End of June (Research & Design Phase)
  • June - August (Build Phase/Secure Additional Investments as Necessary)
  • August - January (2022) (User Testing/Refining the Product)
  • January - March (2022) (Deployment)

During the Recruitment and Research and Design Phase, we will be conducting outreach efforts by presenting virtually (and eventually in-person) to students in the Seattle School District and Lake Washington School District about establishing pollinator gardens in their own backyard or community spaces. Pollinator gardens not only provide pollinators with a safe space, but also encourage pollinators to pollinate nearby flowers in gardens. In addition to these presentations, we will also coordinate efforts with these schools to distribute free pollinator garden kits to students such that they can physically engage and learn about the gardening process. 

Our basic budget is below:

  1. $2000: Outreach and pollinator garden kit materials (incl. seeds, tools, growth medium) 
  2. $560: Technology + Licenses (incl. Google Suite Basic Plan ($360 per month); Wix ($200 per year))
  3. $1000: Honorarium for research development for Audrey Anderson
  4. $500: User Research compensation ($25 per participant)
  5. $200: Microcontrollers for the electrical engineering team
  6. $500: Additional necessary hardware components (incl. miscellaneous items for design and build)
  7. $2500: Raspberry 3 Pi Computers in beehives which will use the Google Artificial Intelligence Yourself (AIY) kit. Each kit costs about $100, implicating 25 possible beehive usage
  8. Total: $7260
Primary Contact First & Last Name: Annalisa Mueller-Eberstein

Q Center Menstruation Station: Making menstrual wellbeing sustainable and accessible

Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $1,000

Letter of Intent:

The University of Washington Q Center is requesting $1,000 from the Campus Sustainability Fund Mini-Grant to purchase and distribute sustainable, eco-friendly menstrual products to 100 UW students in need. The products--reusable cotton panty liners, reusable cotton pads, and menstrual cups--will be purchased from GladRags as part of the Q Center's upcoming initiative called Menstruation Station. The Menstruation Station program, led by Graduate Program Coordinator Joie Waxler, will advance menstrual justice by providing wraparound services that center the experiences, needs, and desires of bodies that bleed. The Q Center's Menstruation Station program aims to undo and mitigate the structures of oppression that impact menstruating bodies with a focus on the needs of queer and trans folks who are often left out of menstruation discourse and care. Our goal is to re-empower bleeding and alleviate the financial and emotional burdens experienced by people who menstruate, particularly during the Covid-19 pandemic. Purchasing and distributing free of cost sustainable menstrual products for UW students will meet this need and fulfill important program goals.

Menstruation is a nearly ubiquitous experience for people who have uteruses, but it is often not discussed or tended to in the ways people with uteruses may need in order to thrive alongside this bodily process. Everybody experiences the menstrual cycle differently, but menstruation and ovulation can often be painful, fatiguing, emotional, and expensive. Over the course of their life, a person who menstruates will have around 456 periods and will spend upwards of $18,000 on menstrual care. That is an enormous amount of money. And the issue is not just financial, it is also deeply environmental. Each year, menstrual products account for 200,000 tons of plastic, and most menstruators will generate anywhere from 250-300 pounds of plastic waste over the course of their lifetimes. Covid-19 has wreaked financial havoc across the globe this year, and even in non-pandemic times, the impacts of White Supremacy, colonialism, and hetero-patriarchy disproportionately impact menstruators. Menstrual wellbeing remains under-funded and menstrual stigma continues to create hostile environments for bodies that bleed. Providing free and environmentally-friendly menstrual products to menstruators is an important step towards eradicating the economic and environmental burdens of menstrual care.

The Q Center is partnering with GalPalz, Hall Health, LiveWell, the Counseling Center, and the UW Food Pantry to ensure our menstrual health initiatives reach a diverse swath of the UW community. The UW Food Pantry will be supplying disposable menstrual products to anyone whose access needs require disposable products, allowing the Q Center's Menstruation Station to focus our efforts on sustainable menstrual products and wellbeing. Additionally, these campus partners already helped facilitate outreach for an early needs survey put out by the Q Center to gauge the specific menstrual product needs for folks who menstruate, as well as the best methods of getting sustainable menstrual products to participants. Follow-up surveys and future promotion through the Q Center and our partners will expand the initiative's contact with the UW community. All promotional material will be explicit in its subversion of menstrual stigma, homophobia, and transphobia.

Joie Waxler will oversee the Menstruation Station program as well as the distribution of any products purchased with this grant. They are a professional sexual health educator, and have been published on both national and local stages speaking to building effective means of providing affirming and accessible health care to queer and trans individuals and communities. They have successfully built the first menstrual equity and access program for the Ryan Health Network, a major Federally Qualified Health Center in New York City, as well as one of the first pregnancy and parenting programs that centers queer and trans homeless youth in NYC. Their experiences building sexual health equity programs that center the experiences, identities, and voices of communities that are often overlooked in this field will be put to good use in building this new initiative for the Q Center.

The Menstruation Station initiative is in part inspired by, and deeply aligned with the Q Center's mission to engender a brave, affirming, liberatory, and celebratory environment for UW community members of all sexual and gender orientations, identities, and expressions. We approach our work with intentional interpersonal processes that strive to create holistic, culturally embedded, and appropriate services. Menstrual health and equity is imperative to maintaining emotional and physical wellbeing, and the funds from this grant will help the Q Center engender equitable, sustainable, menstrual wellbeing for all bodies that bleed. Thank you for your consideration, and for the sustainable community you are helping to build with this funding. Please reach out to Joie Waxler at jwaxler@uw.edu or budget administrator Lindsey Mitchell at lchale@uw.edu with any questions regarding this application.


Joie Waxler
Graduate Program Coordinator
Q Center, University of Washington They, them, theirs

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Joie Waxler

UW Farm Interim Development Coordinator

Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $143,430

Letter of Intent:


This strategic, short-term position - the UW Farm Interim Education Coordinator - is available for a Graduate Student to learn, build capacity for, and advance the community-building, academic support, and food sustainability capacity of the UW Farm on the University of Washington campus.

The purpose of applying for CSF Funding is to expand the capacity for the UW Farm to support existing educational programs and to research potential partners to aid in the expansion of the UW Farm offerings, both academic and production. The UW Farm is creating this interim position for three years to support the continued development of UW Farm programs and reach more populations that are not included currently.

This 3-year proposal is designed to help the UW Farm develop the strategic capacity to permanently fund an Education Coordinator. This position is essential to the sustainable functioning of the UW Farm as to further support multidisciplinary academic, production, and community outreach programs which center inclusion and equity.

UW Farm Background

The UW Farm works to create and sustain farming activities on the UW-Seattle campus by prioritizing the following goals:

  • Providing students with practical urban farming experience, from planning to production to the table.
  • Creating a model of sustainable and resilient urban food production at the UW.
  • Providing reliable, predictable, certified organic, and quality food-safety certified produce for sales, including but not limited to the UW Farm Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), and UW Housing & Food Services (HFS).
  • Providing produce free of charge for other uses such as the Humblefeast, UW Food Pantry, student gleaning teams, UW Farm events, and fundraisers.
  • Facilitating the growing of traditional foods and preserving of farming practices in cooperation with wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ, the UW Intellectual House under the Office of Minority Affairs, including the Native Garden Plot at the Center for Urban Horticulture.
  • Linking the practice of urban farming directly to interdisciplinary academic programs in the study of food, including but not limited to coursework, independent research, capstone and culminating experiences, and other experiential-learning opportunities.
  • Being a positive neighbor to the immediate community by engaging with visitors and offering volunteer programs to both UW and non-UW individuals.

Sustainable Impact

Currently the UW Farm prioritizes building an inclusive program - all students regardless of discipline are welcome at the student farm to learn and volunteer. As a consequence, students from all over campus participate in the farm! With the growth of academic programs which highlight food production, equity, sustainability, and population health across our campus, there has been a surge in student activity at the UW Farm. In addition to classes utilizing the farm directly, students are approaching the farm for independent study opportunities, and outreach activities through RSO’s like UW Farm, Dirty Dozen, ASUW Food COOP, Green Greeks, and Eco-Reps. Through these formal and nonformal pathways, the Farm provides a living laboratory for the campus community to learn, experiment with, and advance transdisciplinary sustainability.

In an average year, the farm hosts over 2000 individuals. These are students primarily, but also faculty, and even alumni and neighbors who share community pizza bakes utilizing farm fresh produce, attend workshops with no fees, and learn how to grow food sustainably through hands-on education at the farm.     

With the continued growth of UW Farm programming, members of the farm staff and the Farm Advisory Committee - composed of faculty, staff, and students - have identified the need to hire another staff member. This person will help integrate and coordinate educational activities across the farm, allowing students, staff, and faculty to get the most out of our campus farm and the learning opportunities it offers.  In this, the proposed position will support the environmental sustainability of the farm as a system. At this moment, the UW Farm and its single permanent staff member are overtaxed trying to meet production goals, partnership commitments, community outreach events, integration with existing UW course partnerships, and the steep increase in student interest and involvement. This position will allow farm staff the time they need to continue to develop and strengthen the regenerative farm practices that help make the UW Farm a shining example of sustainability on our campus.        

Funding an Interim Education Coordinator at the UW Farm would bolster social sustainability by improving environmental learning, coalition building, and communication capacity across the university. The position would focus on inviting units across the university who might not be aware of the UW Farm and for whom the farm could provide services. Units that could be engaged would be: College of Built Environments, Arts and Sciences, Office of Minority Affairs, and others.

We envision that this position will help build a strong base of support across the university for the creation of deeper educational and curricular integration at the farm. In the pursuit of this, we will use this position to engage with multiple academic units and RSO’s to create a strong, interdisciplinary collaboration with new partners. These new partners will help us build a coalition of supporters deepening both our resources and our potential to develop new partnerships.

The UW Farm was certified organic and Salmon-Safe certified in 2020 and also practices regenerative agriculture practices.  With the additional support of this graduate student position, these urban farming practices and food production methods will reach more students and engage more faculty in the possibilities of using the UW Farm as a practical demonstration of environmental sustainability. As a consequence, we envision that our work in food waste recycling, biodiversity enhancement, organic food production, environmental justice, and equity will be increased in visibility and impact.

Leadership & Student Involvement

One graduate student will be hired part-time 10-20 hours per week. This student will report to the UW Farm Manager.  This student will write the CSF quarterly reports for the UW Farm CSF grant and help mentor student interns, student staff, and RSO’s. The Education Coordinator may also lead field trips, be a guest speaker for courses and other entities, and work with faculty to coordinate labs on the farm. It is essential that the student understand the educational programming of the UW Farm. However, the primary job of the student in this role will be to help strategize and support the creation of a coalition of departments willing to help create a longer term position to integrate academics more strongly into the UW Farm program.      

Education, Outreach, & Behavior Change

In our vision, this position will help support educational efforts at the UW Farm with the goal of creating a deeper and more comprehensive plan for education and meaningful student involvement in this unique campus resource. As we see it, this position will allow the farm some additional spaciousness from which to approach its educational mission. The position will allow the farm to move from a reactive space - responding to need - to a proactive relationship with students, faculty and community members. In this proactive space, the farm will be well-positioned to sustainably extend learning opportunities with deeper mentoring for students and tighter long-term relationships with faculty and departments across campus.

Feasibility & Accountability

A key deliverable will be that each quarter the Interim Education Coordinator will write a written report to the Farm Advisory Committee, Deans, and Directors. This report will outline the progress made in the pursuit of a coalition to aid the addition of a permanent position at the UW Farm to support academic, community-building, and campus food sustainability programs. Additionally, the Education Coordinator will research and report on funding sources to sustain this new, permanent position at the UW Farm.

Position Details

This is a multi-year proposal:

  • Year 1: June 2021 - December 2021
  • Year 2: January 2022 - December 2022
  • Year 3: January 2023 - December 2023

Hours: 10-20 hours/week on average

Position Start Date: 6/1/2021         

Compensation: Master’s Student Research Assistant (RA) pay scale


A Master’s RA would make $2,436 per month at 50% FTE and have a benefit rate currently at 22.4%. The total cost would be $8,945 for salary and benefits for the quarter at their full 50%. The current on-campus tuition rate is $5,398/quarter.  

Total Amount:

  • Year 1: 2 quarters ($8945 + $5398) x 2 = $28,686.00
  • Year 2: 4 quarters = $57,372
  • Year 3: 4 quarters = $57,372

Total request for the three year grant:

$143,430 over three years

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Madison Bristol

Solar-Powered Electric Bicycle Charging Station Network

Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $6,000

Letter of Intent:

With the growing popularity and evolution of electric bicycle technology, we believe that college students will soon turn to electric bikes as an alternative mode of transportation to and from campus, due to both a cost efficiency and sustainability standpoint. Through a partnership with UW Solar and PotentiaLi, a student led company participating in the Alaska Airlines Environmental Innovation Competition, we will build a solar powered electric bicycle (e-bike) charging station to demonstrate and spark a means for meeting this future demand for e-bikes on campus. If granted support from CSF, we will be able to develop, assemble, and test a network of charging stations on the UW campus supported by a battery and solar canopy. The stations will incorporate repurposed second-life electric vehicle (EV) batteries for storage so that the system can be independent from the electrical grid. Our project team includes UW Solar members, who are currently conducting a study of the solar power viability of existing bike canopies on campus based on how much sunlight each canopy receives. Based on initial calculations, one charging station can charge up to ten e-bikes using only one second-life EV battery, five solar panels, and a maximum power point (MPPT) charge controller.

Prior to implementing the physical system, we will conduct a feasibility study. This involves the previously mentioned solar power site capacity study as well as discussions with UW Transportation and UW Facilities to assess and gain approval for the location of the charging stations. UW Solar already has a partnership with UW Transportation through a Seattle City Light sponsored project for managed electric vehicle charging in conjunction with the ECE capstone course. We can leverage that relationship to extend to this project. Additionally, we are aware that UW Mail Services uses e-bikes (due to a CSF grant) and will reach out to them as a potential first use-case. Another consideration is that the system may require maintenance. We plan to talk to the team that initiated the bike repair stations at UW to gain insight as to how a similar system can be set up for the charging stations. After conducting a feasibility study and gaining approval for a location, we will purchase off-the-shelf components for the system. The appropriately sized components are shown in Table 1 along with an estimated cost. Therefore, to implement the first prototype of the charging station, we are requesting approximately $6000. Since this is a mid-sized project, we would like guidance from the CSF to determine whether this project should be funded in one or two stages. We are also aware that construction will require approval from and participation of UW capital projects and engineering personnel. Therefore, we anticipate working with them as well as with UW Transportation for a feasibility study, approval, design review and support, construction, and maintenance.

The solar-powered electric bicycle charging station is the ideal project to showcase UW’s commitment to sustainability and to clean technology innovations. Since the system is solar powered and off-grid, there are no emissions associated with using the system. Additionally, the use of a second-life electric vehicle battery not only eliminates grid dependency, but also provides a use for Lithium-ion batteries that would likely otherwise go to a landfill. Additionally, this project can demonstrate to UW Transportation (which currently has 39 Chevy Bolts in the fleet) an application for downcycling (reuse) of batteries. At the end of their useful life in a vehicle, EV batteries still contain about 80% charge capacity. Once repurposed, these batteries are ideal for small-scale energy storage systems. The idea of repurposing is at the forefront of technology and several pilot projects have been implemented with second-life EV batteries at universities such as UC San Diego and the University of Delaware. Finally, the system encourages the use of sustainable transportation; electric bicycles are sustainable alternatives to a conventional vehicle and thus every electric bicycle that is used can be thought to replace a conventional vehicle on the road. Each charging station will be equipped with an interface to display the state of charge for each bicycle that is plugged in. These interfaces can also be used to display solar power production. In order to provide even more publicity on campus regarding the system, we will place signage near the canopies describing the system and its environmental benefits. Finally, we plan to choose the first locations based on not only solar power feasibility, but also visibility to people walking through campus. For example, one potential site we have identified is outside of the electrical engineering building near Red Square, which is a heavily trafficked area. Long-term, we hope to create an entire network of charging stations and provide a model for such a system that can be replicated at other universities or businesses that have large campuses.

Table 1: Estimated Cost of one Solar Powered E-bike Charging Station

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Kelsey Foster

Biodiversity Green Wall Restoration

Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $7,500

Letter of Intent:

Spearheaded and designed by the Green Futures Lab with funding from the CSF, the UW Biodiversity Green Wall was completed in the fall of 2012, transforming two blank concrete walls into lush urban habitat. Located in the southeast corner of Gould Hall on 15th Avenue and NE 40th Street, the award-winning project has been widely publicized and has the potential to provide numerous benefits such as reducing building energy needs, mitigating heat island effects, conserving potable water, reducing stormwater pollution, and increasing urban biodiversity.

Early 2019, the required irrigation system for the Biodiversity Green Wall malfunctioned and has not been able to be repaired. Consequently, there has been 100% mortality of the plantings on the wall, despite considerable effort to keep them alive over the summer by hand watering. Most recently, Covid-19 has barred progress and efforts to get the Green Wall up and running again.  

There is renewed interest in getting the irrigation system functioning again, and the Green Wall planted before Autumn term. We have requested repairs on the potable back-up system and the irrigation controller and anticipate repairs in Spring 2021. We are actively following up with PAE Consulting Engineers, UW Facilities, and UW Grounds and hope that CSF will be able to meet with us again to identify needed actions for irrigation system repair, after which we hope to be able to replant the wall. The Biodiversity Green Wall has proven to be an invaluable resource and asset to the College of Built Environments, the University of Washington, and the surrounding community but right now the Green Wall is not able to serve any of its prior sustainable and educational services. It is our sincere hope that we will be able to repair the irrigation system this spring, and with funding from the CSF, we will be able to replant the wall before students return to in-person instruction in the fall.

We are therefore requesting funding for plant purchase and labor to successfully replant the wall. With this restoration, the Biodiversity Green Wall will continue to meet the CSF’s project criteria in the following ways:

Sustainable Impact

  1. Increased building performance, long term energy and cost savings with reduction in heating/cooling energy demands.
  2. The Green Wall, populated with native vegetation, will provide native habitat for plants, insects and birds.
  3. 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.
  4. Sustainability promoting aesthetics - when people or campus departments are excited about green technologies they are more likely to adopt sustainable practices themselves.
  5. The Green Wall will also contribute to noise pollution absorption, air quality and carbon sequestration, and urban heat island reduction.  
  6. The Green Wall addresses 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.
  7. The Green Wall will continue to address the criteria of the CPO SustainAbilities Scorecard.
  8. Because the Green Futures Lab overlooks the Green Wall, the project is a direct connection to this valuable campus resource.

Leadership and Student Involvement

  1. Current graduate student and GFL Student Manager Emma Petersen will be leading the effort to replant the Green Wall over Spring and Summer 2021. This offers her a chance to develop skills in project management, construction, campus coordination, maintenance, research, and leadership of their peers, UW staff and a contractor.
  2. Students will be able to take part in installing Green Wall plants this spring and summer following all UW Covid-19 protocols.

Education, Outreach, and Behavior Change

  1. The College of Built Environments houses over 700 students and 185 faculty/staff in Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Urban Planning, Construction Management, and Real-estate - all disciplines that directly benefit from the educational and research components of the Green Wall. Because of its ecological and stormwater benefits, the Green Wall also has the potential to appeal to the Engineering Departments as well as the College of the Environment.
  2. With its proximity to main campus and Schmitz Hall, the Green Wall 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.
  3. Students will have the opportunity to research and monitor the Biodiversity Green Wall and present their findings in various courses as well as co-publish and present this research at conferences and in academic publications.
  4. Because of its online documentation, the Biodiversity Green Wall 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. https://greenfutures.be.uw.edu/2019/07/25/biodiversity-green-wall-system/
  5. The Green Wall aligns with the goals of the College of Built Environment to integrate sustainability for a “tangible improvement of built and natural environments.”

Feasibility and Accountability

  1. With the support of the Chair of the Department of Landscape Architecture, the GFL is again reaching out to coordinate meetings between all parties involved with the Green Wall, to ensure that the irrigation system is repaired before planting. The wall’s irrigation system has functioned adequately in the past so we are confident that it can be repaired.
  2. The student lead on the project is graduating from the Masters of Landscape Architecture program this Spring and has project management experience from other GFL projects. The GFL Director is a licensed Landscape Architect and will continue to provide leadership and advising for the student team.
  3. With anticipated return to in-person instruction in Autumn 2021, GFL staff and Director will be able to regularly monitor both on-line documentation of wall watering as well as live inspection of soil moisture and plant health.

The GFL has an extensive project portfolio with successful projects and is committed to the long-term success of the Biodiversity Green Wall.


  • Soil and Plant Replacement:  $6,000
  • GFL Design, Organization, Communication, and Oversight: $1,500

Tentative Timeline:

  • Design, Ordering - Late Spring and Early Summer 2021
  • Planting - Summer 2021
  • Monitoring - Autumn 2021
Primary Contact First & Last Name: Emma Petersen

Rhizomet (Environmental Heavy Metal Bio-Extraction Project)

Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $20,000

Letter of Intent:

Dear CSF Committee:

We are Washington iGEM: a team of undergraduates at the University of Washington dedicated to solving problems in medicine and the environment by using synthetic biology. We are writing to determine the Campus Sustainability Fund’s interest in supporting our synthetic biology project centered around wastewater pollution.

Environmental Impact

Our goal is to engineer E. coli to extract lead and arsenic from wastewater with target proteins, and construct a biofilm-based filter. We expect to present at the iGEM Jamboree in Fall 2021 upon its completion.

Heavy metal toxicity is responsible for many health crises. It interferes with blood, bones, and the nervous system, resulting in anemia, osteoporosis, and cognitive defects. The true extent of damage is difficult to quantify due to the many effects, but lead poisoning alone accounts for half a million deaths a year and 9.3 million disabilities (WHO).

Thus, this is a prevalent problem and affects many stakeholders. Smelters have historically been huge contributors to heavy metal pollution in the environment. However, their cleanup efforts have been extremely expensive. Our solution will be much more cost-effective and efficient in preventing heavy metals from entering the environment, benefitting both the smelters and the people affected. For example, Teck is upstream of many cities that are found along the Columbia River and has the potential to affect large populations of people in Eastern WA.

With the support from CSF, our team can design a sustainable biological solution to treat water pollutants. This may include sources of water used in UW’s daily operations, and can be further expanded into other local/state-wide bodies of water that are harmed by toxic pollution.

Student Leadership and Involvement

Our team is composed of and primarily run by UW undergraduate students who are strongly motivated to induce environmental change. There are 24 undergraduate students divided into teams: Dry-Lab, Wet-Lab, Human-Practices, Web-Development, Fundraising, and Design. The team is assisted by three advisors who are UW graduates. In addition, Dr. Frank DiMaio is a UW professor from the Biochemistry Department who provides our team with his expertise in protein modeling, while Dr. Mari Wrinkler from the Civil & Environmental Engineering Department mentors us in the kinetic modeling.

Education, Outreach, Behavior Change

In addition to requesting support from CSF, our team aims to participate in the Alaska Airlines Environmental Innovation Challenge, apply for the Husky Seed Fund, and the EarthLab Innovation Grant in near future. Our project is very locally focused so we hope that UW can provide necessary support for our goals. We believe that participating in competitions will give our project exposure and honest feedback which can be used to further its development.

Our team is devoted to educating the UW and local community on pollution. Spreading awareness is one of our goals and helps our team form partnerships with other organizations when our interests align. We want to partner with companies conducting similar research to host events to teach the general public about local pollution and how synthetic biology is the long-term solution.

Due to the pandemic, opportunities for UW students to gain research experience are fairly limited. We provide students who are interested in applications of synthetic biology to harness their passions for scientific research to learn and explore. Our sister group, Synbio for Everyone, focuses on spreading knowledge on synthetic biology to younger children. We made a 200-page curriculum, which has been translated into 20+ languages, and won the Best Education and Public Engagement Award in the international competition last year.

Our team is composed of members from various majors such as engineering, biochemistry, computer science, biology, and business. All of these sectors are essential in executing a successful project, allowing collaboration of students from various backgrounds. Anyone with a passion for synthetic-biology, environmental sustainability, and health is welcomed to our team because we want to create an inclusive environment for UW students who want to make a difference.

Feasibility and Accountability

The CSF has a huge interest in contributing to solutions for environmental issues. This also aligns with UW’s goal of minimizing waste and sustainability. Our project aims to satisfy both CSF’s and UW’s interests by filtering harmful heavy metals in local waters.

Our project focuses on developing a biofilm-based filter that is sustainable to treat the local bodies of water in the UW/Greater Seattle area, and expand to affected areas in Washington state and beyond. With the support from CSF, we hope to be able to conduct a feasibility study as our first course of action to determine effectiveness of the currently used filtration systems. This will provide our team with necessary information on what needs improvements and how we should design our engineered biofilm filters.

The project timeline will proceed in the following phases: conduct feasibility study, perform lab experiments, and develop a usable prototype. A majority of the funding provided from the CSF will go towards experiments and purchasing reagents and hardware for building the models. Our goal is to finish the project by Fall 2021 to participate in the iGEM Jamboree and Environmental Innovation Challenge. Depending on our research during our feasibility study, success in competitions, and feedback, it is also likely that we will continue this project and build it up into a startup.

We estimate the total cost of our project to be $25,000-$30,000. We have already raised $8,000, thus we would need CSF to provide the remaining $17,000-$22,000, which would support our team’s efforts in conducting extensive research locally and experimentally.

We hope to get the chance to provide you with our full proposal detailing our project timeline and full comprehensive budget for further review. Until then, we are happily available to answer any questions that arise in reviewing our application. Thank you for the opportunity and your time.


Washington iGEM

Arnav Jolly
Bioengineering - Data Science

Conrad Yee
Business - Finance

Christina Chen

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Conrad Yee

Racial Justice and Equity in Environmental Science and Beyond

Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $1,000

Letter of Intent:


Amid the ongoing protests that followed the death of George Floyd, the student-led Diversity and Inclusion Group (DIG) in the Department of Atmospheric Sciences organized a department-wide conversation on race. Participating graduate students, faculty, postdoctoral researchers and department staff discussed problems and solutions within small groups and a consensus emerged that, as a precursor to becoming more anti-racist, we must educate ourselves about the history and the present day manifestation of racism within our field. Following this meeting, a smaller group of department members participated in a student-led reading group about race in academia. Motivated by the fruitful discussions in this reading group and a desire to engage a larger portion of the department in this conversation, we created a special topics class for Autumn quarter For the first time in its history, our department will offer students academic credit for learning about issues of racism and equity as they relate to our field. DIG recognizes that as atmospheric scientists we can practice anti-racism in two primary ways. First, we can work to make a more inclusive environment within our own field. Second, we can take into account the systemic inequities that exist when developing our studies and when we inform policy decisions. The latter mission is consistent with goal 10 of the UN sustainable development goals, which states that, “To reduce inequalities, policies should be universal in principle, paying attention to the needs of disadvantaged and marginalized populations.” We have identified five main topic areas for our course: 1) Indigenous rights 2) Environmental justice in cities 3) The history of scientific racism 4) Climate Justice and the global south 5) Whiteness, science, and academia Our course will focus on guest speakers and will be made broadly accessible to the entire Department of Atmospheric Sciences. We are currently recruiting at least one guest speaker to speak to each of our five focus areas. Some of these topics are best addressed by non-academic speakers, such as climate justice activists or employees at non-profit organizations. Giving an honorarium to speakers not only shows our appreciation for their work but also compensates them for their time. Moreover, it allows us to recruit more diverse speakers who may not have community outreach and service built into their salaries as many academics do. With the support of our department chair, we have leveraged virtual learning to our advantage to ensure that all interested department members will be able to participate in this course. In a typical quarter, the Atmospheric Sciences department has two seminars each week, which are consistently attended by much of the department. The chair has allowed us to use the time slot of one of these science seminars for our course. Additionally, a virtual platform allows us to recruit a more diverse set of speakers as the burden of traveling to the department to deliver a talk in person is removed.


The immediate impact of this project will be realized within the Atmospheric Sciences department. Initial evaluations of success will be based on the number of attendees and the level of engagement from department members. Another short-term goal will be to foster broader faculty and community participation in DIG. DIG is student-led and has primarily been a graduate student group, but is open to all department members. Our short-term goal is that this course increases the number of people regularly attending DIG meetings, and doubles the number of faculty and administrative staff attendees (2-3 additional attendees). A medium-term measure of impact is an increased focus on anti-racism in the Atmospheric Sciences curriculum in future quarters. This is the first time that the Atmospheric Sciences department will offer a formal course on race and equity. The materials that we develop for this course can be used again for future courses on this topic and components of the course can also be interwoven into the required science curriculum. Thus, our medium-term goal is to create an accessible archive of our materials (including slides, readings and recorded lectures) at the conclusion of the course. Our long-term goal is that this course and the discussions and actions that follow it lead to higher representation of underrepresented groups within the student body and the faculty of the Atmospheric Sciences department. However, due to small sample sizes and slow turnover, we will only be able to evaluate changes in racial diversity on the timescale of multiple years. If this project is funded, we will use departmental funds to invite a keynote speaker in addition to our other five speakers, such as Dr. Robin Wall Kimmerer, that will likely solicit broad interest throughout the College and university. We plan to open and advertise the keynote speaker to a broader audience so that members of our College and the university at large can participate. Additionally, this course will provide a template that other departments can follow if they wish to design a similar course in future quarters. Our best quantitative tools for measuring the impact that this course has had on the culture of the Atmospheric Sciences department, the College of the Environment, and the University of Washington, are the University Climate Survey and the College of the Environment’s Culture Survey. Finally, we have invited academics and activists from the Seattle area who have not engaged with our department before to be guest speakers for our course. We hope that our discussions with these speakers initiate more longstanding communication and collaboration between our department and other academic departments as well as activists in the Seattle area who focus on climate justice, urban environmentalism and anti-racism.


  1. $200; Honorarium; Guest speaker on the topic of indigenous rights
  2. $200; Honorarium; Guest speaker on the topic of environmental justice in cities
  3. $200; Honorarium; Guest speaker on the topic of the history of scientific racism
  4. $200; Honorarium; Guest speaker on the topic of climate justice and the global south
  5. $200; Honorarium; Guest speaker on the topic of whiteness, science, and academia
Primary Contact First & Last Name: Rachel Atlas

Sustainability Action Arena: Video Games for Sustainability Targets at UW

Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $30,000

Letter of Intent:

Our group EarthGames would like to build a video game Sustainability Action Arena that illustrates the targets of the UW Sustainability Action Plan. We will create ten levels of the game, one for each target of the plan. Sustainability Action Arena will be playable on web browsers and mobile devices. The game will be designed and tested by EarthGames staff, students participating in the ATM S 495: EarthGames Studio independent study course in autumn 2021, and paid undergraduate student employees.

The Games

We will design mini-games for each level that illustrate the concepts of each Sustainability Action Plan target. We hope to include actionable items that the players could participate in in the real world, as well as some quantitative information about the targets.

For instance, for Target #1, Doubling Sustainability Engagement of Students, Staff, and Faculty, we might design a level in which virtual characters are led through a maze to reach sustainability events such as Sustainability Stories, Whole U Quarterly Seminars, as well as volunteer opportunities on campus and around the community. The player would be successful if they can reroute enough virtual characters to the events to double the number of people participating in the events. In between levels, links will be provided for real-world events on campus.

Previous CSF Project

EarthGames developed a game called 60 Second Sustainability in 2018 with funding from CSF. The game had 21 different levels, which each introduced the work of a different environmental RSO in short level. Our staff member Rivkah Parent first worked with EarthGames doing art for these games, and learned programming and game design then as well. The game was successful in communicating the mission of the RSOs in a concise manner, and is still used in orientation and classes at UW to introduce environmental RSOs.

Other Prior Experience

EarthGames has experience developing high-quality, visually appealing, fun games in a short time and on a limited budget. Our team includes a programmer/artist, students from UW Seattle and UW Bothell who have taken the EarthGames Studio independent study course or volunteered, and two faculty liaison with a strong track record of supporting student outreach and engagement. EarthGames has released 13 apps to the Apple and Google Play app stores, and our itch.io page.

Creative Commons Licensing

We will make the code and art available under a creative commons license (CC-BY-NC-SA), so other higher educational sustainability initiatives can adapt the games for use on their campuses. We believe the CC licensing will also help with generating more impressions of the game and the Sustainability Action Plan. The game will be designed in the open source game engine Godot.


The core EarthGames team would work on the project during summer of 2021. EarthGames has been successful working in a virtual education setting over the last year, and are confident we can continue this work over the summer.

The ATM S 495: EarthGames Studio would be offered in autumn 2021, allowing more students to participate in the development of the project for course credit. The focus of the class would be on testing the effectiveness of the games developed over the summer, and polishing the games.

The game would be completed by December 2021.

Funding Estimates (all numbers are approximate)

We are requesting funds to support:

  • EarthGames programmer and artist Rivkah Parent: 5 months at $5000/month = $25,000
  • Undergraduate student employees: 5 students @ 50 hours each = 250 hours, at $20/hour = $5,000
  • Prof. Dargan Frierson (Atmospheric Sciences): unfunded project lead
  • Prof. Jessica Kaminsky (Civil and Environmental Engineering): unfunded collaborator

Total: $30,000

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Dargan Frierson

Global Sustainability Case Competition

Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $610

Letter of Intent:

January 20, 2021

ReThink is committed to organizing professional interdisciplinary opportunities to students to demonstrate the impact and intersection of business with sustainability. Through ReThink, we have put together several successful past projects including our 2019-2020 beginner-friendly Global Sustainability Case Competition (GSCC) in collaboration with Net Impact and Global Case Competition Club. We hope that this collaboration shows students that our respective clubs can come together under the common goal of increasing sustainability education while exposing students to case competitions. Our club has hosted this event several times in the past; after a brief break, it was brought back under new leadership last year in 2020 in which we addressed the carbon impact of fashion through the case of Patagonia. We are pleased to have reached our goal of 12 qualified teams (46 students) who, over the course of 72 hours, dove into these impacts and ramifications culminating in an intense 8 hour competition day. This year, through a virtual setting, we hope to bring this same energy to the topic of sustainable meats/alternative proteins through a case study on Beyond Meat. This case is a unique opportunity to tackle food sustainability, marketing, and positioning by answering the question: How does Beyond Meat grow its market share within the protein market? Students will use the following questions to guide their responses: Define where beyond meat fits into the competitive landscape as of now, How can they tap into the animal protein market?, How does Beyond Meat position itself in the future? (Ecological vs Health vs Other?). We chose this case in effort to allow students from different backgrounds to personally immerse themselves in the field of sustainable investment and understand the issue from a financial, environmental, and consumer lens. Alternative proteins are a major point in the fight for sustainable food sources and are an easy way for new students to get involved with understanding the environmental impacts of daily choices as well as preparing them for a potential future in green careers. This case was also chosen as a jumping point for continued conversations surrounding the accessibility of sustainable food such as food deserts and corporate responsibility which we will continue addressing in ReThink.  

We expect to match the number of participants, from last year around 12 teams of 3-4 students, though we are flexible to support between 9-15 teams. Additionally, we intend on minimizing the barrier to entry as much as possible by allowing for  individuals as well as first-come-first-serve sign ups, and placing no restrictions on major/experience. We anticipate opening applications on February 1st and closing them by February 17th. During kick-off, on February 23rd, participants will hear a unique presentation given by a faculty member at the University of Washington surrounding these topics of sustainable investment and sustainable food access. Our long-term goal, as is with all of our events, is to generate membership retention in order to begin a progression of the ReThink sustainability curriculum. Through one-time involvements in events such as this, we hope to reach new audiences and engage them in our future opportunities such as our consulting engagements, tech projects, or simply our bi-weekly round table program. Our teams will be responsible for schedule coordination for the day of the event, keeping time in the rooms and ensuring professionalism is maintained.

Our current leadership team has successfully hosted a version of this case competition in the past and we are confident we will be able to replicate that success this year regardless of the unique challenges presented by the virtual adjustment. This past summer, we offered a virtual economic engagement opportunity in collaboration with Ebey’s Reserve on Whidbey Island and are currently managing the Sustainability Upheld in Business (SUB) Initiative further showing our competencies in virtual project management. Under the expertise of Professor Ruth Huwe of Foster School of Business, we will ensure transparency and accountability for all monies involved in this production including that of CSF.

We are seeking corporate sponsors in the food industry to provide their expertise and professionalism to our case competition allowing them valuable access to new industry trends. We seek to use CSF monies to purchase the cases from Harvard Business School in order to offer this event

Line by Line Budget

  1. $550; Copies of the Beyond Meat Case from Harvard Business School for Students and Judges; 55 copies at $10
  2. $60; Social media ads on Facebook and Instagram; $10 per campaign * 6 campaigns  

Requesting $610

Additional Funds Anticipated

We are seeking $400 in corporate funding to support the $100/team member prize money incentive. Should this goal not be met, we are prepared to fund it via our own budgets at present to offer $50 gift cards to specific sustainable local businesses - these businesses have not been identified at time of writing. We are also seeking funding from the Global Business Center.

Finalized Timeline

  • February 1 - Applications Open
  • February 17 - Registration Officially Closes 
  • February 23 - Kickoff Event and Case Release 
  • February 27 - Presentation Submissions
  • February 28 - March 5 - Judging Period
  • March 6 - Live Final Round on Zoom
Primary Contact First & Last Name: YuYu Madigan
Supplementary Documents:

Eraced Magazine

Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $1,000

Letter of Intent:

To the CSF Committee and Staff,

Eraced Magazine is a print and online media publication focused on race and intersectionality, amplifying the voices of Black, Indigenous, and people of color. It was founded by a UW journalism and environmental science student, wanting to form a newsroom that celebrates difference and promotes inclusivity. The team comprises UW students from a variety of majors and departments, with contributors from colleges and universities all across the country. 

We are a publication chronicling the ways racial trauma of the past impacts all spheres of life today. Our mission is to redefine traditional journalism by working to dismantle systemic oppression in journalism, art, and literature. We are aligned with principles of social and environmental sustainability, as we promote messages of intersectional environmentalism and racial justice, and support deeply-contextualized work that seeks to educate. 

Eraced Magazine is hoping to receive a $1000 fund to increase our readership and fund our first print magazine. We believe Eraced would be an excellent candidate for this mini-grant, as it closely exemplifies the CSF’s 4 Project Criteria. 

Sustainable Impact

At its core, principles of social and environmental sustainability inform Eraced. From a social sustainability lens, Eraced contributors all promote content of inclusion and cultural awareness, as curated pieces examine the world through the lens of race and intersectionality — contextualizing and preserving the deep origins of various communities’ values. Sources for articles are primarily BIPOC, as the magazine strives to represent these communities by directly amplifying their voices. In this way, writers are encouraged to interview and work closely with marginalized communities to tell their stories and raise awareness of issues affecting them. 

The magazine’s sections and subsections depict interdisciplinary collaboration, as writing about the environment also entails community work, scientific research, and equity-based insights. We offer multiple mediums for discussion, supporting a number of subjects, including everything from technology to politics, and many forms of communication, such as graphic arts, photography, podcasts, and the written word. 

Our magazine also promotes themes of environmental justice and sustainability. When we print our first magazine we want to focus on producing the smallest amount of product to sustain the demand. We do not want to create excess waste, but rather maintain intentionality with our production. In addition, we are looking to print and distribute our magazines without excess packaging.

Eraced also has a section focused entirely on the environment. This section offers tools for discussion, learning and unlearning, and ecology-based articles. Most of these pieces relate to the Seattle area and could educate the UW in their environmental projects. For example, a recent piece discussed green spaces in Seattle and how the city’s new draft of its Urban Forest Management Plan better engaged the community. The article discussed the co-benefits of green spaces and how urban forestry has been unequally distributed, and what the city can do to address that. Environmental articles, like this one, could have a positive impact for the UW in its collaboration with the city’s environmental policies. 

Leadership & Student Involvement

Eraced is a fully student-led magazine and one that enables mobility with leadership and involvement levels. The core executive team comprises the editor-in-chief, editorial lead, arts lead, social media managers, and media outreach lead. For writers and content creators who have improved with time and who are seeking leadership positions, we offer editorships and closer collaboration to give them the space to grow. Because we are an interdisciplinary and multimedia magazine, there are wide-spread opportunities for students of different backgrounds and interests. 

Education, Outreach, & Behavior Change

Eraced supports many education and outreach initiatives to improve our campus and community and boost awareness of intersectional issues that affect BIPOC. Firstly, each of our articles, photo essays, poems, podcasts, and graphic pieces are created by students amplifying the voices of marginalized communities in the hopes that their peers may learn and gain cultural awareness. In addition, we engage with our audience and readers to encourage them to submit “pitches” for specific content or lines of inquiry they want to see represented. In this way, we are actively facilitating conversations with the campus and community to bolster knowledge of intersectional topics. 

Feasibility & Accountability

Eraced will meet its goals through a $1000 mini-grant. Around $800 total will be used for the first print edition, and we predict a higher sum will be returned producing a net profit. We plan to sell magazines for around $12 to 15 dollars and the proceeds will be directly saved for future magazine print publications and advertisements. 

We estimate $200 to be used for advertisements on various social media platforms to bolster our readership and audience. This method of advertising has proven effective in the past, as a week-long advertisement campaign on Instagram found us about 50 new followers. Expanding this on a larger scale would significantly boost our following. Increasing our readership is vital as a magazine because that expands our reach in individuals reading and viewing our content, and eventually supporting our work by purchasing magazines or donating. 

Throughout this entire process the Eraced team will update our budget advisor and the CSF to depict our promise in using funds responsibly, upholding our goals and values. Eraced is truly committed to accomplishing its mission and goals.  

Following is a budget and timeline breakdown: 

  • End of January — End of February: Spend around $200 on advertisements on Instagram that showcase our content to thousands of Instagram followers. 
  • End of January: Use about $800 on a down payment for the print magazine, producing roughly 75 magazines. We will stop pre order requests after 75 magazines to ensure we do not exceed the $800 needed for print, which we have already calculated using the printer’s online calculation metric. The pieces for print have been selected and we have established the number of pages of the magazine, as well as the layout. 
  • February — March: Sell and distribute magazines. 

We thank you for your time and consideration. 

Best regards,

Eraced Team

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Suhani Dalal

Intro to Engineering Science Kits

Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $977

Letter of Intent:


We are a subgroup of EWB-UWS (UW Seattle chapter of Engineers Without Borders (EWB)) working on the Intro to Engineering Science Kits project, wherein our goal is to create an educational activity to encourage the exploration of engineering and sustainability as a major or career. Our target audience is underrepresented socioeconomic high school students particularly in south King County. This project will also allow EWB members to apply and share their interdisciplinary engineering education, while taking initiative in increasing social equality among the community. 

Education and outreach

We partnered with Lindbergh High School, in Renton, to design a kit that would provide an engaging hands-on component to their CTE (Careers in Technical Education) curriculum. It is centered around sustainability as students will learn about the generation of renewable energy. We aim to deliver approximately 10 kits total, for teams of 3 students each. These kits will let students experience the engineering design process, from idea to prototype to finished product. While learning both technical and soft skills, the students will design and build a mini wind turbine.

The technical skills and concepts include, but are not limited to: the relationship between motors and generators, reiterative design, testing, simple circuitry, basic 3D modeling and printing, safe usage of machine shop tools, and the importance of sustainable energy sources and materials. The soft skills include teamwork, leadership, compromise, communication, and adapting to critique. 


EWB as a whole strives for sustainability in all of our projects, and we want to lead by example. We plan on incorporating compostable, reusable, and/or recyclable materials, such as testing out biodegradable filament, wood, and cardboard. Furthermore, the majority of each kit will be reusable for future classes. In terms of education related to sustainability, our kits will be teaching students about the importance of sustainable material sourcing, renewable energy, and sustainable design.

Student involvement, feasibility and accountability

Our club is a multidisciplinary group of students and faculty advisors with a variety of experience, from freshmen to graduates. Our student-led organization has personally designed and implemented many projects, such as The Sol Station, a device that charges phones with solar energy, and the Population Health Building’s Rainwater Display, a display that tracks sustainability in rainwater. 

We will actively be involved in outreach, researching materials, designing, budgeting, manufacturing, and most importantly, delivering these engineering kits. This project will give members experience in sustainable designing, but also help our members gain and polish their technical engineering skills, as well as important soft skills such leadership, communication, teamwork, time management, and problem solving. 

We have access to an interdisciplinary and skilled team, experienced engineering faculty, and Lindbergh High School’s machine shop teacher. Using a design by Popular Mechanics1 as a base model for our plans, we feel confident that designing and manufacturing the kits are both attainable goals. We will be adapting the design for indoor use, and simplifying the design to make it easier for the less-experienced high school students.

Our budget will be dedicated to purchasing materials for prototyping and all of the components of the kits so that we are able to provide this valuable hands-on experience free of charge to the students. This is important as our target audience is a lower income school, with limited resources and funding dedicated to exploring the STEM field and/or emphasizing the importance of sustainable actions.

The current timeline (based on campus reopening in spring quarter) would be to finalize the wind turbine schematics and design (including getting feedback from Lindbergh HS) by the end of winter quarter 2021, finalizing the kit design and assembling the kits by the end of spring quarter 2021, and delivering the kits by fall 2021. In winter quarter, our team will polish their CAD software skills, which will be used to create a 3D, digital representation of all the specific components of the wind turbine, and how these parts are to be put together. After designing the schematic and CAD model, we will move on to ordering the parts and physically testing our designs. If campus is still closed, one member will be in charge of recieving the physical parts and building the prototype. Otherwise, we will do the testing together as a group. In spring quarter, we will work on the design and learning experience of the kit, including teaching materials. We will order more parts and assemble all 10 kits together as a group*. We plan on completing and delivering the kits by the beginning of next school year when hopefully there will be in person classes again. 

*This timeline is dependent on the situation with COVID - if online classes are extended, assembly of the kits will be pushed back to until we are allowed back on campus.

Contact Info: 

Alex Amimoto (Project Lead)- alexa8@uw.edu

Naomi Chau (Project Lead)- nchau@uw.edu 

Joe Wang (Local projects director)- jhw28@uw.edu 

  1. https://www.popularmechanics.com/science/environment/how-to/g118/make-your-own-miniature-wind-turbine/.
Primary Contact First & Last Name: Alex Amimoto

Project Orca, University of Washington Human Powered Submarine

Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $2,500

Letter of Intent:

Dear CSF Committee,

My name is Alex Bartoletti and I am an undergraduate student in mechanical engineering at the University of Washington. I am the Hull Team Lead for the UW Human Powered Submarine (UWHPS) team on campus and we are requesting funds for the manufacture of our newly designed sustainable hull for the 2021-2022 school year. As a team, we design and build a submarine every year to race at the International Submarine Races (ISR) in Maryland and European International Submarine Races (eISR). We use the same hull for two years in a row, and every other year we design and manufacture a new and improved composite hull to be used in the subsequent two years. This school year (2020-2021), we will be manufacturing a new hull.

This year our team decided that we wanted to take a new approach to manufacturing our submarine hull. In years past, we have almost always used a carbon fiber reinforced polymer layup. All the materials used in this process are very detrimental to the environment. The production of carbon fiber releases a significant amount of greenhouse gasses into the atmosphere as well as being about 14 times as energy intensive as steel manufacturing. In addition, the epoxy resins normally used in the manufacturing process are plastics that create a lot of waste and tend to sit in landfills after use. With this knowledge, we decided to make it our goal to manufacture the new submarine hull in the most sustainable and environmentally conscious method.

Since setting this goal, our team has immersed ourselves in research on sustainable materials and manufacturing processes that can suit our submarine needs. Ultimately, we have decided that we want to use a natural flax fiber with an eco-friendly epoxy resin in a resin infusion layup process with a recycled foam or balsa wood core material. We chose flax fiber for ease of use and naturally sustainable properties. It also shows desirable strength and stiffness properties suitable for the durability necessary in our submarine. Another option we considered was recycled chopped carbon fiber, but this material is less sustainable and presents a more difficult manufacturing process with more variable results. In addition to a sustainable fiber, we decided that an eco-friendly epoxy resin was equally necessary. Our research pointed us to a few companies such as Entropy Resins, who develop bio-based resins.

We believe that these components can help us become more sustainable, and act as a role model for the many other engineering clubs at the UW and elsewhere who use carbon fiber reinforced polymers year after year. We want to be able to teach our fellow engineering teams how to use more sustainable material and educate them on the differences and benefits compared to traditional carbon fiber. Hopefully, we can motivate other teams to take a longer look at environmental sustainability in their projects.

Our engineering club consists of about 50 members from multiple engineering disciplines. The club and projects are student run and executed with some guidance and advice from our faculty advisor, Benjamin Maurer. The main goal on the human powered submarine team is to give students real engineering experience while working together to build a competitive submarine for competition. At the moment, our team is very young and lacks a lot of technical experience in composite design and manufacture. As the Hull Team Lead, I would be in charge of helping my own team members, as well as members from other sub-teams learn these processes both in person and remotely. In a world where focus on environmental impact has become so important, I see a great opportunity to train these members with a distinct focus on sustainability.

Last year, our team placed first in our virtual design competition and we are motivated by this win to push further and harder. We are currently ahead of schedule, and with this year’s competition already announced to be virtual, we have all the more time and excitement to dive into sustainability. In communication with our sponsors, we have begun to organize workshops and tutorials that can be held in person (if possible) or remotely to teach our members more about engineering composites. It is another goal of ours to get as much positive engineering and sustainability experience out of this project as possible. This will help put forth more experienced and environmentally responsible engineers into the workforce.

We are asking for your funding to purchase flax fiber, eco-friendly resin systems, and any other necessary environmentally sustainable materials or supplies to complete the manufacture of our submarine hull. We are already in communication with suppliers and plan to order material by the end of Autumn quarter and begin manufacturing of the hull by the end of winter quarter. We expect the flax fiber to cost about $1800, the resin to cost about $650, and core material to cost about $100. Our annual Hull Team budget is normally about $1350 but this year there may be some additional funding moved around to help us pay for the new hull. Our Hull Team budget includes the money also needed to manufacture other system components not included in this sustainability proposal. This includes manufacturing the window, control fins, and fairings and the materials necessary for these processes.

We believe that we can start a positive change towards sustainability in the engineering clubs at the University of Washington and our team is dedicated towards making this happen. Please reach out to me if you have any more questions about our project or plan. I, as well as my whole team, am very excited and passionate about what we are trying to do and I would love to speak with you more.


Alex Bartoletti

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Alex Bartoletti

On the Ground

Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $2,973

Letter of Intent:


“On The Ground” would serve as a public record or social history of the work that has been done on the ground (or ground-adjacent) at UW. People can access and learn from a directory of interviews, ranging topics from the cultural history that may have been erased over the years in bite-size form (examples can be seen in Instagram accounts like @soyouwannatalkabout, @theslacktivists, @18millionrising, @southasians4blacklives), to informative articles on current movements in and around the UW community and Greater Seattle Area. The project’s form would be a publication platform (similar to NPR, The-Talks, and other media journal companies) entirely run by students, encompassing photography, personal anecdotes, interviews, and informative articles, culminating in a potential full-fledged publication of collected interviews. We also plan to make the media platform ADA compliant so that disabled members of our community can access our stories and participate as well. In the future, we hope to be able to translate the platform’s content into multiple locally used languages. A team of interviewers will feature stories on Black, Indigenous, or minority undergraduates, graduates, and faculty on campus, who will share their experiences with the system and their frontline work in the movement for justice. We have the benefit of having a wide range of intellectual students and staff that can chronicle our political history in a current and long-term perspective, especially in different aspects of the UW community, such as the UWPD, healthcare and medicine at the UWMC, and so on. Special features of Seattle activists can expand our journal’s scope to the communities surrounding UW as well. Radical change can also be seen in the form of joy and self care; columns celebrating Black, Indigenous or artists of color in music, visual art, or other platforms as well as creating accessible segments on how Black and Indigenous individuals take care of themselves and how other people of colors and allies can as well is crucial for maintaining community morale especially when educating themselves and participating in such difficult dialogue. We hope to collaborate with RSOs on campus such as UW BLM, Black Student Union, African Student Association, First Nations at UW, and other minority organizations on campus that carry a similar vision of community upliftment and activism. GOALS: Goal 3 – “Health and Well-Being”: Our project promotes health and well-being as a platform with an opportunity for readers and activists to share their stories and struggles with the healthcare system and quality of life. This may also become a space for people to discover new ways to look after their mental health while practicing non-optical allyship, learning to support themselves in accessible ways as they support each other. Goal 5 – “Gender Equality”: The On the Ground project also supports the goal of gender equality by creating an intersectional avenue for Black, Indigenous, or womxn of color to share their stories and empower others as well through the internet. Goal 10 – “Reduced Inequalities”: This project would help in reducing inequalities by promoting the stories of underrepresented populations and the empowerment of their work and histories as cultural, racial, and ethnic minorities by providing the community an avenue to see others like them working for change.


"Allyship that only serves at the surface level to platform the ‘ally’, it makes a statement but doesn’t go beneath the surface and is not aimed at breaking away from the systems of power that oppress.” – Latham Thomas With the Black Lives Matter movement’s resurgence and the COVID-19 pandemic, the glaring infrastructural disparities in healthcare, law enforcement, and the environment are fueling a necessary conversation on righting society’s injustices. As a womxn of color myself, being an ally to Black and Indigenous people is as important now as it ever was, and practicing proper non-optical allyship is necessary to uplift and amplify the voices that deserve to be heard. Allyship is about taking action to effect real, tangible change. Scholars have articulated actions that allies can take, such as using their voices and advantaged positions to educate fellow advantaged group members who may not be aware that they are unfairly benefiting from a system steeped in inequality. Allies can also engage in actions that illuminate, challenge, and change institutional policies that perpetuate pervasive inequality. We, as students, recognize the value of activism by BIPOC and allies on our campus, especially amongst undergraduates, grad students and faculty. We hope that in creating an online anthology that details the work being done on the ground or ground-adjacent we can memorialize the work done so far, the work that continues to be done, and what we can do in the future. References: Reason, R. D., & Broido, E. M. (2005). Issues and strategies for social justice allies (and the student affairs professionals who hope to encourage them). New Directions for Student Services, 2005(110), 81–89.doi:10.1002/ss.167

Impact measured

Measurable milestones include: Increase in readership over time, increase in outreach and support to activists or current initiatives we may be highlighting on campus – all of these are operationalized in the ‘Evaluation’ portion of our proposal. We can evaluate the project goals through feedback surveys to readers to see what the community has gained and/or would like to see more in order to focus on areas of improvement. In addition, looking at exposure in a quantifiable manner (i.e: number of readers, shares, comments, etc.) is a practical way to measure how the UW community responds to the project. Being able to see the interest and response of readers can address the representation of how one feels, especially when being curated in support of the BIPOC community. In addition, increased support towards our interviewees and their initiatives (whether in the form of donations, volunteer support, increased awareness on social media) can be a way of measuring the change in involvement on the ground in the UW community.


Award amount requested: 2973

  1. $223; Web Development; cost for website url as well as maintenance cost
  2. $250; Web Design; compensation for designer and developer (CSS/HTML coding)
  3. $1000; Interview Team; compensation for journalists conducting interviews and investigative work
  4. $750; Editors; compensation for editors to refine interview, website, and article content
  5. $250; Social Media/Marketing Manager; compensation for content curator and promotional outreach management
  6. $500; Honorarium; compensation for greater Seattle activists/guests to support their initiatives and in taking the time to interview with us
Primary Contact First & Last Name: Krandhasi Kodaiarasu

Learning from the food brigade: pivoting pediatric care to meet basic food security needs during COVID

Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $3,000

Letter of Intent:


The goal of this project is to better understand how food systems and traditional health care services can work together to support the needs of food-insecure (defined as uncertain of having, or unable to acquire, enough food to meet the needs of all household members because of insufficient money or other resources for food) families, and to share these lessons learned with relevant UW, Seattle-area, and WA state stakeholders. The Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic (OBCC) is a community health clinic located in the Central District of Seattle that provides low-income and predominately BIPOC families with free or low-cost medical, dental, mental health, and nutrition services for children from prenatal care-21 years. Addressing fundamental causes of ill health is a major focus of this clinic, and as a result they often partner with non-profit and governmental organizations to address basic needs such as food security and stable housing. At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic when everything shut down, OBCC staff recognized that many of their already low-income families would be unable to work or lose their jobs. Many families already struggled to navigate government programs pre-pandemic, and OBCC also serves undocumented families who are further limited in their ability to access government relief programs. In order to respond to this crisis, OBCC staff stopped seeing children for standard wellness visits (besides vaccinations) and pivoted almost entirely to basic needs services, the primary of which was food security. Staff working on this, or the “Food Brigade”, did this through a variety of approaches – e.g. partnering with other food systems stakeholders to gather food for home delivery, and linking families to community-based organizations also providing food for families in need. Because of the current Black Lives Matter movement and increased awareness around systemic racism as the fundamental driver of negative health outcomes, we expect (and hope) to see more health care systems focus on addressing social needs (e.g., food security, housing) of patients as part of the basic standard of care. OBCC has been at the forefront of this movement – the clinic was founded in 1970 by Odessa Brown, a Black community organizer who saw a need for culturally-relevant and high-quality health care in her Central District community. We are requesting funding in order to conduct interviews with 1) OBCC clinic staff and 2) food-insecure families about their experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic and meeting basic food security needs. Interviews with families will be conducted in both English and Spanish, with a particular focus on families with undocumented household members. We plan to share the successes and lessons learned with other community stakeholders (e.g. health care systems, other hunger and food systems-focused organizations, policymakers) to start a dialogue around increasing coordination to meet the needs of food-insecure families. With 20% of UW students across all three campuses reporting that they ran out of food and didn’t have the money to buy more prior to the pandemic, the results of this work will directly impact the health and well-being of UW students.


While definitions of food insecurity include the traditional concept of hunger, food insecurity also includes needing to skip or reducing the size of meals, purposely compromising nutrition by purchasing lower quality foods, and seeking food from emergency food sources. Approximately 15.8 million households in the United States experience food insecurity each year; communities of color are both at higher risk for food insecurity overall and are disproportionately affected by the negative health outcomes that result. Chronic food insecurity is associated with a number of chronic diseases in both adults and children including obesity, diabetes, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, and asthma. Prior to the pandemic, 36.8% percent of low-income households at or below 130% of the federal poverty line were food insecure at some point in the last year. At the start of the pandemic, in Washington state the number of individuals experiencing food insecurity nearly doubled from 85,000 to 1.6 million, one-quarter of whom were children. As the pandemic continues and we head into another economic crisis, taking the time to better understand, share, and address integrating food security initiatives in health care settings is critical to ensuring the most vulnerable families in our community are reached and served. We want to share stories of this from OBCC because they represent an excellent example how to provide culturally relevant, high quality care and develop trusting relationships with families marginalized by and excluded from traditional health care systems.

Impact measured

These interviews are the first part of a multi-step project meant to increase dialogue around food justice and integrating food systems-focused organizations with health care settings. Many of our intended impacts are long-term and would require policy changes, which we are unlikely to be able to assess during the project timeframe. However, we do have a few shorter-term measures that will indicate we are on the way to reaching those long-term goals: 1. Number of completed interviews with clinic staff (n=~9) and heads of household (n=~16). 2. All transcripts coded and analyzed using traditional qualitative methods (all interviews will be audio recorded). 3. For student mentorship, whether the student is able to and feels comfortable conducting interviews on their own by the end of the project. Additionally, if the student is interested, their ability contribute to coding and analysis of transcripts will also be an indicator success. 4. Published report and policy brief of findings vetted by OBCC staff and families disseminated to relevant stakeholders. Additional communication materials may be developed in partnership with OBCC staff and families. 5. Our ability to use these findings to hold further conversations with other stakeholders, namely other health care organizations/systems, food systems-focused organizations, and policymakers. The number of stakeholders reached and number of meetings/conversations held is how we anticipate measuring this. In particular, we are hoping to present our results to the City of Seattle sugar-sweetened beverage tax working group. 6. To the degree we are able, any actions taken or changes made as a result of these conversations. In particular, based on initial conversations with OBCC staff, we hope to see more strategic alignment and coordination between COVID food security initiatives. The result of this would be more individuals able to access food assistance resources. We plan to complete these tasks by the end of October 2020. Additionally, back in the fall, we received a small grant to work with BIPOC food-insecure families to find out what food justice would look like to them and identify priorities for policy advocacy work. The plan was to use Photovoice, which is a community based participatory qualitative approach in which participants take photographs to visually represent, communicate, and critically examine a given topic. Participants bring these photos with them to small group discussions where they lead the discussion, develop the findings together and share the photos and results with community stakeholders (typically a public community forum) to identify further action. Due to COVID, this project was put on hold. However, our secondary goal with these interviews is to identify how we can adapt this original project for an online/digital format due to COVID and the need for social distancing. Our ability to successfully adapt this Photovoice project based on families’ needs and preferences is an additional secondary goal of this project. Depending on COVID-19, we would also like to host a community forum with the families and their photos that would likely be held at Othello Commons and be promoted to the entire UW community.


  1. $1,100; Funding for graduate or undergraduate student assistant; 55 hours* $20/hour rate
  2. $1,900; Funding for postdoc (me); 70 hours*$27/hour rate

Matching funds

We have a $5,000 grant from the UW Center for Communication, Difference, and Equity for the original Photovoice project. Since the project has shifted due to COVID, we plan to use most of that funding for incentives to distribute to OBCC staff and families following the interviews and for the Photovoice sessions down the line. This funding can also be used to support a student (which we plan to tap into if the funding from this is not enough). It cannot be used to support my time.

Additional details

This project is not part of my current postdoctoral work and I do not receive any funding/salary support for this work at the moment, I volunteer my time. I did my PhD in Health Services at UW (graduated in December 2019), and have volunteered with Odessa Brown on food security projects with BIPOC families since 2016. I am working towards getting funding to support my work/time, but do not have any yet. National Institutes of Health postdoc salaries are not cost-of-living adjusted, so I have to take on side jobs support myself. Essentially getting even some funding for this project allows me to commit time outside of my postdoc appointment to this project instead of other jobs. Additionally, my career goal is to be a professor at a university, and as a multiracial POC who is part of a Black family, I am also deeply committed to mentoring BIPOC students as part of my job. Finally, I just wanted to say thank you for being open to supporting my own and a student’s time for this project! I do a lot of community-based work/research, and even though folxs’ time, including my own, is always the largest expense I have on these projects, it is also the hardest get support for.

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Meagan Brown

UW GSAH Reading Group: Dismantling the Canon

Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $1,250

Letter of Intent:


As graduate students in the Division of Art History and future educators, researchers, and museum professionals, we believe that we must be attuned to questions of diversity and its implications on our field. The art historical canon encourages prioritization and hierarchies within scholarship and museum displays. We aim to create an inclusive and actively anti-racist art history, by seeking out, researching, and teaching the work of artists and scholars that are often left on the margins. The field of art history is fruitful ground for rethinking how art is shaped by and can shape our world and how we relate to one another within it. Therefore, our proposed reading group will engage with this crucial topic and consider questions including: how do we develop an inclusive art history while also meeting curricular expectations and “standard knowledge” in the discipline? What does it mean to go beyond the canon, which primarily promotes white, male, cis, able-bodied artists from Europe and North America? What are the risks of projecting our contemporary notions of race and diversity onto societies that are many centuries removed? It is our goal to rethink our approach to research and language and to create a space for such conversations in a centuries-old discipline. We are gathering a comprehensive reading list that will engage with issues of diversity from different perspectives, including race, gender, colonization, appropriation, distribution of funds and cultural treasures, iconoclasm as an act of protest, representations of disability, and museums’ attempts at including diverse audiences. This bibliography will prepare the ground for a discussion spanning across time and regions to maintain relevance to our diverse areas of interest, ranging from the Italian Renaissance to Global Contemporary Art. Already a diverse collective that includes several international students, we intend to open our planned guest lectures to graduate students from across the UW to allow for multi and interdisciplinary dialogue. All members of the reading group will add to the collective bibliography based on their specific questions and interests. This initiative is supported by the Art History faculty within the School of Art + Art History + Design (see attached letter) and affiliated to the Graduate Students of Art History organization. We are requesting support from the Campus Sustainability Fund and UW Resilience Lab to assist with compensation for guest speakers including artists, activists, curators, and scholars who are contributing significantly to the current debate on the issues we intend to tackle. Each lecture will be recorded and uploaded onto our project website. Our project website will offer an archive of our collective discussions and activities. It will also house our art history syllabi, emphasizing readings, and resources that decolonize the field. These syllabi will be developed to accompany existing courses offered by the Division of Art History, and thus, will offer current and future TAs materials and assignments that can be incorporated into their teaching to promote values of diversity and inclusion.


We believe that educating ourselves about issues of race, identity, and power will make us better scholars and educators. Our intended website will make public a bibliography with reading concerning the decolonization of art history for the education of the current and future grad community. Along with this bibliography, we intend to make a lasting impact by creating syllabi for TAs sessions for the varied courses offered by the Division of Art History. These syllabi will suggest reading materials and pedagogical activities that graduate students could incorporate into their teaching. By introducing undergraduate students to the questions and problems we are facing as a discipline, we hope to add to their experience at UW and to their becoming active participants in the global fight against racism. We acknowledge that learning from the experience of others is crucial for creating an effect within our community. Therefore, we wish to invite activists and scholars that have made a change in academia, museums, and the broader art world. Our plan is to construct the reading group curriculum as a series of monthly sessions focused on a specific theme, concluded with a talk by a guest speaker at the end of each quarter. We believe that creating this program will contribute to our experience going forward by giving us practical knowledge to promote such initiatives in our future roles. Our tentative list of speakers includes: End of fall quarter speaker: Pamela N Corey, Department of the History of Art & Archaeology, SOAS University of London End of winter quarter speaker: Eve Straussman-Pflanzer, Curator of Italian and Spanish Paintings, National Gallery of Art Washington End of spring quarter speaker: TBD


Award amount requested: 1250

  • Honorarium for a speaker - $250
  • Honorarium for a speaker - $250
  • Honorarium for a speaker - $250
  • A project website - $500
Primary Contact First & Last Name: Or Vallah

Race and Environmental (in)Justice: Healing through Nurturing Roots

Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $3,000

Letter of Intent:


This project is co-led by a group of graduate Students of Color at UW and Dr. Shanee Washington, a faculty member in the College of Education, who volunteer at various community learning spaces outside of schools. One of these spaces is Nurturing Roots, a 1/4-acre urban farm that dedicates itself to cultivating healthy food options by growing organic produce and engaging with community members through farm tours. They also invite the community to help tend the farm through community work days where they learn while they get their hands dirty: weeding, planting, harvesting and caring for the soil. Since our time volunteering at Nurturing Roots, we notice many people routinely visit, contribute to the garden and feel welcomed by staff members at the garden and other community members. These types of spaces where Black, Indigenous, and Communities of Color (BIPOC) feel safe and supported exist in pockets around Seattle, but it can be difficult to find. Because of this, this project aims to better understand the ways community learning places in Seattle foster belonging and learning among BIPOC communities and what motivates them to keep coming back. By creating and implementing a survey to BIPOC at Nurturing Roots, this project will build out a community map of places that foster belonging, learning and healthy connections to share with the community, conduct in-depth interviews to better understand and highlight strengths/assets of community spaces, and conduct follow-up surveys for evaluation. Responses from the in-depth interviews will be used to compose counterstories, which is a methodology that, “serves to expose, analyze, and challenge shock stories of racial privilege and can help to strengthen traditions of social, political, and cultural survival and resistance,” (Martinez, 2020). The proposed illustrated map will bring awareness, recognition and support to various places and businesses across the community while telling their story. Using this community map, we also plan to create a community map mural and virtual community map. Because we have seen many youth attend Nurturing Roots and other justice-centered community learning spaces, the community map mural and virtual community map will be developed as a way to advocate for a credit retrieval program for youth in schools. By building relationships with local schools the students attend, we hope to build an accord that allows the students volunteering to obtain a credit to count towards school, especially during school closures in light of COVID-19 in order to promote sustainable learning over time. Being able to receive course credit would encourage BIPOC youth to continue volunteering and engaging in justice-centered learning and advocacy spaces that heighten and foster their critical consciousness. With this community building initiative and credit retrieval program approach, we are promoting a view of possible selves (Yowell, 2002) that allows for career development in the environmental field, promotes academic achievement and motivation, and allows students to work towards graduation while building a relationship with UW and the broader Seattle community.


Bell hooks (1990) suggest that African Americans have historically believed that constructing a homeplace had a radical political dimension (Davis, 2005), and this homeplace allows for Black bodies to be fulfilled and whole. homeplaces specifically are where “Black folx truly matter to each other, where souls are nurtured and healed by loving Blackness” (Love, 2019). Places of learning have the potential for elements of a homeplace, by dismantling antiblackness and oppressive norms, or working the other way and perpetuating these negative stereotypes. This provides insight into some of the sociocultural factors that may play a role in the construction of a homeplace, as well as a framing to potentially categorize the settings within learning spaces as homeplaces or spaces of healing/belonging such as Nurturing Roots Farm. For spaces of learning, belonging is key. This desire is so universal that the need to belong is found across all cultures and different types of people (Baumeister & Leary, 1995). Since we know belonging promotes wellbeing (Bowles, 2007; Allen et al., 2018) we can hypothesize that belonging promotes learning and identity with the added component of an intersectional lens in a space. By supporting multiple identities at their intersections (race, gender, class, religion etc.) we can ensure the space is equitable and fosters belonging. As people experience a homeplace, they are able to foster belonging in their space of activity through learning and resisting systems of oppression.

Impact measured

Since our outcome for this project is to create a resource for the greater Seattle community, we will evaluate this project by: 1) creating and implementing a survey that will target our aims of understanding how community places foster belonging and learning; 2) completing the community map by September 15th using data collected from the surveys; 3) distributing the community map to at least 10 community spaces in Seattle, including the UW, by October 1st in order to bridge and/or strengthen relationships between organizations and the UW; 4) conducting a 3-month follow-up survey at Nurturing Roots to evaluate how people utilize the community map; 5) collaborating with local schools to create and implement a credit retrieval program which would hopefully result in an increase in local high schools allowing students to count volunteering at community places such as Nurturing Roots, towards course credits and service-learning requirements. Most importantly, because of our prior relationships with Nurturing Roots, we would be able to evaluate our project through informal conversations with community partners and members. Because this is a long lasting relationship with Nurturing Roots and other local community spaces, we value the continued feedback and work that will stem from this project. This project is just one step towards continuing to build and bridge authentic relationships between the UW and BIPOC-led community spaces and organizations.


  1. $1000.00; Materials used for maintaining and contributing to Nurturing Roots garden Gloves Compost for expanding garden to street level Shovels, materials used to deconstruct invasives Chicken feed Artist compensation for illustrated community map
  2. $1000.00; Compensation for Nurturing Roots community members and youth who participate in this project @ $50 a response
  3. $800.00; Honorarium for community partner, Nyema Clark
  4. $200.00; Materials needed for community map, mural and virtual map Paper printing and laminating from Saigon Printing (poc owned and operated) Compensation for augmented reality map creation Illustrative art supplies
Primary Contact First & Last Name: Kaleb Germinaro

Understanding community perspectives of climate resilience in the Puget Sound region

Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $2,990

Letter of Intent:


The aim of this project is to better understand how frontline communities define climate resilience and identify perceived factors that support or undermine resilience. Frontline communities are communities most affected by the impacts of climate change, and are disproportionately Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) and lower-income compared to state averages. Our ultimate goal is to use this enhanced understanding of resilience to support programming and policy development related to the Washington Clean Energy Transformation Act (CETA), that will transition the state to clean electricity by 2045. The linkage between the proposed effort and the CETA is through ongoing collaboration by the WA state Department of Health (DOH), climate justice coalition Front and Centered (F&C), and several UW groups, including the Center for Health and the Global Environment (CHanGE), the Climate Impacts Group (CIG), and the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences (DEOHS). The CETA requires a Cumulative Impacts Assessment (CIA) of the health impacts of fossil fuel pollution and future climate change on WA communities, which will guide policy decisions by state departments. This CIA will include a tool, based on work by DEOHS alumna, Esther Min, with F&C, which has mapped environmental health disparities across Washington. Resilience related to climate change is defined by the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions as “the ability to anticipate, prepare for, and respond to hazardous events, trends, or disturbances related to climate.” Better understanding community perspectives on resilience can open our understanding of potential solutions. Currently, the CIA tool does not account for resilience, though it has been identified as a priority area for inclusion in future models. Resilience is highly subjective, and to meaningfully capture it, it is imperative to center the perspectives of frontline communities. To fit the scope of this funding opportunity, this project will focus on Puget Sound, and findings will guide future engagement around Washington.


Engage diverse community leaders in identifying factors related to climate resilience for frontline communities in the Puget Sound region. Identify pathways for continued research related to climate resilience with frontline communities in Washington.


This project includes five Zoom focus groups with 5-7 community organizers and leaders from frontline communities in the Puget Sound region. Focus group participants will be recruited through F&C and compensated at a rate of $50/hour. Discussions will focus on factors that have affected community ability to anticipate, prepare for, and respond to environmental hazards. Information from these focus groups will be transcribed and coded into preliminary themes. Once the themes are assembled, participants will be given a chance to provide feedback through a written summary or participation in a voluntary Zoom town hall. Feedback will be incorporated into a final report and development of communications materials for CHanGE, Front and Centered, and other interested partners. Recommendations from the project will be aimed at developing elements of the CIA tool related to community-identified drivers of climate resilience.


  • August: literature review, prepare for focus groups
  • September: hold focus groups
  • October: analyze focus group data and synthesize
  • Early November: hold town hall event, incorporate feedback
  • Late November: develop final reports and materials.

“Climate change affects all, but not all people are affected equally.” - Jacqueline Patterson, NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program As the impacts of climate change are increasing in intensity and frequency, we are seeing a growing disparity in how these impacts manifest within different communities (Snover et. al, 2013). BIPOC communities, as well as low-income communities, are at greatest risk for climate impacts. Their experience heightened vulnerability due to the cumulative effects of systemic inequality, compounded by racism, income, living conditions, age, location, occupation, health, and language barriers, as well as disproportionate exposure to environmental hazards (UW Climate Impact Groups et al., 2018)(Yuen et al., 2017). These disparities are often the result of structural and institutional racism and discrimination, perpetuated both in policy outcomes as well as traditional top-down policy-making and implementation processes that often fail to include the perspectives and priorities of the communities most impacted (Yuen et al., 2017). Snover, A.K, G.S. Mauger, L.C. Whitely Binder, M. Krosby, and I. Tohver. (2013). Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation in Washington State: Technical Summaries for Decision Makers. State of Knowledge UW Climate Impacts Group, UW Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, Front and Centered and Urban@UW. (2018). An Unfair Share: Exploring the disproportionate risks from climate change facing Washington state communities. Yuen, T., Yurkovich, E., Grabowski, L., & Altshuler, B. (2017). Guide to equitable, community-driven climate preparedness planning. A report prepared for the Urban Sustainability Directors Network.

This project is intended to solicit community perceptions regarding factors that affect climate resilience, and start a conversation around integrating the concept of resilience into how we quantify climate impacts in Washington state and how to promote the resilience of the most highly affected, in particular. While the first version of the CIA tool is expected to be released in December 2020, researchers are already starting to workshop ideas for future models or parallel tools, and the timing of this project aligns well with expanding our understanding of climate impacts to include the role of resilience for subsequent projects. In the short term, the project will be evaluated based on its ability to meet to following goals and objectives: 1.To engage diverse community leaders in identifying themes related to resilience to climate impacts for frontline communities in the Puget Sound region - Objective 1: At least 25 community leaders and organizers representing at least five organizations/communities will participate in a focus group between September and October 2020. - Indicators: number of focus group participants, number of organizations represented - Objective 2: At least 50% of focus group participants will give feedback on research findings - Indicators: number of town hall participants, proportion of town hall participants who had participated in a focus group, number of participants who give written feedback on research summary 2. To identify pathways for continued research and programming related to climate resilience for frontline communities in Washington state - Objective 1: In the reports to CETA/CIA and CSF, include recommendations of next steps for continued research and programming - Indicators: completed recommendations section of final report, recommended outreach plan for developing indicators of resilience and related factors, gathering additional data, potential sources of quantitative data, potential data gaps, and implications for public health practice and policy.


  • Compensation for interviewees: $1000 ($50/participant x 20 participants)
  • Researcher time: $1490 ($20/hour x 74.5 hours)
  • Second coder’s time: $500 ($20/hour x 25 hours)

Total: $2990

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Leah Wood

Growing resilience and equity: Food systems amidst the dual pandemics of COVID-19 and systemic racism

Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $1,000

Letter of Intent:

The proposed project utilizes the biannual UW Food Systems Seminar (NUTR 400/500) to support student learning and dialogue about food systems amidst the dual pandemics of COVID-19 and systemic racism, which together amplify the need for health and food equity. This seminar will showcase researchers and organizers working at the confluence of these pandemics for positive and impactful change. Sessions will highlight challenges as well as potential for resilience and equity to root across the food system. Funding from the CSF Intersectional Sustainability Grant would support honoraria for community leaders with expertise often housed outside of academia. Such expertise is important, now more than ever, to better understand the lived experiences across communities and to amplify community-identified solutions. Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) communities are disproportionately impacted by both COVID-19 and exploitation throughout the food system. This funding will help center voices from beyond the university and lift up solutions to food system-related environmental and societal problems. Additional funding is requested to support collaboration with the Food Systems Coalition (FSC), a graduate student RSO dedicated to food systems equity and leveraging academic privilege for community benefit. FSC is supporting seminar planning and facilitation of the culminating session; they played a similar role for the Autumn 2019 seminar on Food Justice. The Food Systems Seminar is a popular course on campus; over 200 undergraduate and graduate students from programs across the university have already registered for the Autumn 2020 offering. The seminar was initiated by the Nutritional Sciences Program (NSP) in 2014; last year we launched a UW NSP/Food Systems YouTube Channel to extend the learning beyond the classroom and extend access to the seminar. The seminar is increasingly a tool to center sustainability, equity, and community expertise. The seminar is part of the new and growing UW undergraduate major in Food Systems, Nutrition, and Health, housed within the Nutritional Sciences Program, School of Public Health. This major was launched in January 2019 and there are already approximately 200 students enrolled. The major’s core courses tend to focus on local to national food system issues; as such, there is a need to engage community leaders beyond academia to enhance the context and content for learning. This seminar complements academics with food system community leaders from organizations across the region and nation to speak to the particular and complex challenges of this time. These seminar invitations will extend or initiate relationships and contribute to the community-engaged scholarship crucial for the success of the Food Systems major. Goals: 1. Showcase food system academic and community leaders working for positive and impactful change amidst the ongoing pandemics of COVID-19 and systemic racism 2. Create a platform for key food systems stakeholder groups who are often omitted from food systems education 3. Foster valuable relationships with guest speakers for future collaboration and community-engaged scholarship 4. Provide a wide breadth of engaging and critical perspectives to support greater understanding of impacts and manifestations of both systemic racism and COVID-19 across the food system.

The dual pandemics of COVID-19 and systemic racism are illuminating health equity, food equity, and structural vulnerabilities across the food system. The Navajo Nation, Black Americans, and other Indigenous and communities of color, including Yakama Nation and Latinx communities, are disproportionately affected by COVID-19. This disparity is the result of the complex interplay between racial, health, environmental, and economic injustices. Social distancing is the most effective strategy to reduce COVID-19 transmission, and yet this is not always possible for those deemed to be essential workers – especially within the food system, which often has majority BIPOC workers. Look no further than the nation’s meat processors like Smithfield Foods and Cargill Foods, or closer to home here in Yakima, Washington, where farmworkers are experiencing massive spikes in infections. This knowledge has ignited a fire in the bellies of many in our UW community. That’s a good thing. A key requirement for change in any system is a public that is sufficiently outraged by “business as usual”. We should not want to go back to “normal” – to a food system that harms its producers, workers, consumers, and the environment; or a health care system plagued by racial and economic disparities. Therefore, as a culminating project, seminar participants will be invited to create a food system vision (Anderson, 2019). This powerful exercise is known to be a key component of food systems change that can help to inspire and empower participants to push forward not as individuals, but as a collective. Reference: Anderson M. The importance of vision in food system transformation. J Agric Food Syst Community Dev. 2019;9(Suppl. 1):55-60.

As we continually bear witness to the racial, economic, health, and environmental inequities present within our food system, which have been further exacerbated by COVID-19, it’s more critical than ever to ensure that our community relationships are strong and reciprocal. By cultivating motivation and celebrating resilience, this seminar series aims to uplift the voices of organizers in our local community and to enable those within the UW community to envision radical change. To honor each speaker’s time and energy, and to increase student engagement, students will be asked to submit follow-up reflections. This weekly assignment will provide students opportunities to summarize key concepts and discuss any perceptions that may have developed or changed as a result of the seminar. These reflections will also enable the instructor to evaluate student learning. Students will also be invited to reflect on the entire series upon its completion. The seminar series will culminate with a final vision project intended to encourage students to synthesize what they learned during the series, reflect on the issues they found most salient, and develop a vision for how to address any gaps presented by those issues. This exercise will also provide students the opportunity to identify resources available to them through the UW community, and identify how they can best use these resources to get involved with community efforts outside the classroom. Additionally, this final project will serve to evaluate what students found most impactful and inform potential themes for future series. End-of-term student evaluations will also be used to determine ways to improve the series, and there is room to create an evaluative process for guest lecturers as well. Maintaining strong community relationships continues to be critically important during this time of collective uprising against racial violence and the extractive relationships that pervade our society and food system. In the spirit of this, guest lecturers will be invited to provide brief feedback on their experience with the seminar and whether they would consider collaborating in the future. This feedback will inform subsequent seminar series. In the spirit of fostering and maintaining reciprocal relationships with guest lecturers and the communities they represent, the speakers will be invited to voice any needs that may be fulfilled by undergraduate volunteers or the Food Systems Coalition, a graduate RSO. This could offer non-monetary benefits to guest lecturers and connect students to efforts that benefit the local community, to potentially contribute to change within our food system. Furthermore, the seminars will be widely advertised, recorded, and shared broadly via our Youtube channel to amplify these important voices and break down institutional barriers to education.

$250; honorarium; compensation for guest speaker: 10/27: Elizabeth Torres, Research Coordinator, El Proyecto Bienestar - Co-developing Culturally Relevant Messages for Farmworker Safety and Health in the COVID-19 Pandemic $250; honorarium; compensation for guest speaker: 11/2: Speaker TBD - Why voting matters to food systems $500; honoraria; compensation for two guest speakers: 11/10: Ray Williams, Director, and Hannah Wilson, Program Manager; Yes Farm with the Black Farmers Collective – Growing a more sustainable, equitable future for communities of color: The Black Farmers’ Collective and Yes Farm. $500; honoraria; compensation for two guest speakers: 11/17: 2 Makah tribal members - Food security of the Makah Tribe; harvesting seafood before and during COVID-19 $500; honoraria; compensation for the graduate student RSO Food Systems Coalition’s involvement in class-planning and facilitation: 12/8: Food Systems Coalition – What Next? A student perspective on engaging the future of our food system

Dr. Sipos has applied for a UW Global Innovation Fund Teaching and Curriculum Award to develop an international component to the seminar. If successful, funding from this award will support inclusion of the Interdisciplinary Food Systems Teaching & Learning (IFSTAL) program through the Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford, UK.

Since 2018, the Food Systems Seminar (NUTR 400/500) explicitly incorporates texts and guest speakers focused on racial equity and Indigenous studies. For example, we incorporated the Health Sciences Common Book last year (Let’s Talk About Race by I. Oluo) and will do so again this year (How to be an Anti-Racist by I. Kendi). We prioritize featuring diverse guest speakers; in the past two years, some of our featured guest speakers are listed below, along with affiliations and titles of their talks. The complete speaker lists can be found https://nutr.uw.edu/news-events/seminar/ Honoraria for previous speakers have come from Nutritional Sciences alumni who are eager to promote and support the successful launch of the Food Systems, Nutrition, and Health major. We have also previously partnered with CHanGE (Center for Health and the Global Environment) for supporting diverse speakers. Currently though, as budgets constrict, we are required to look for new potential sources of funding to support these important voices from beyond academia. NUTR 400/500 highlighted speakers from AUT 2018 - WIN 2020 (in order of presentation): Valerie Segrest, MA; Author, Scholar, Nutrition Educator (now, Regional Director, Native Food and Knowledge Systems, Native American Agriculture Fund), “Indigenous Food Systems as the Original Sustainable Food System” Rosalinda Guillen, Executive Director, Community to Community Development (C2C), “Farmworker Rights and Women in the Labor Movement” Hajime Sato, Owner and Chef, Mashiko Japanese Restaurant and Sushi Bar, “Sustainable Seafood and Beyond” Vero Vergara, Sweet Hollow Farm, ROAR Mobile Farmstands, and WA Young Farmers Coalition; Lorna Valesca, Owner of Sariwa Farm & Velasco Arts, and Incubator Farmer with Viva Farms, “Farming in the Context of Food Justice” Carlos Marentes, Co-Coordinator, El Comité, “Decolonizing the Food System: Immigration and Loss of Food Sovereignty” Chef Edouardo Jordan, Owner & Chef of Salare, JuneBaby & Lucinda Grain Bar; James Beard Award winner 2018, Best Chef NW & Best New Restaurant, “Cooking Up Food Justice & Cultural Identities in Restaurants” Veena Prasad, Previous Director, Project Feast, Ubuntu Street Café, “Culinary Apprenticeships for Immigrants & Refugees” Maria Blancas, Outreach and Education Specialist, PNASH Center and PhD Candidate, Environmental and Forest Sciences, UW, “Labor and Climate: Climate-Related Occupational Impacts on Agricultural Workers” Libby Halpin Nelson, Senior Environmental Policy Analyst, Tulalip Tribes Treaty Rights Office and Ryan Miller, Manager, Tulalip Tribes Treaty Rights Office, with Holly Zox, Botanist (Contractor, Tulalip Tribes), and Harriet Morgan, Climate Impacts Group, UW, “Sustaining Indigenous Foods on Treaty Lands: A Co-Management Approach on the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest” Finally, thank you for your consideration and for opening up this important funding opportunity!

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Dr. Yona Sipos

Cultivating Inclusive Conservation Practices seminar series

Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $1,000

Letter of Intent:

Project Lead

Staci Amburgey


Conservation and equity are intrinsically intertwined topics that have often been treated as two separate areas of study. Science, conservation, and management not only benefit from having a diversity of stakeholder perspectives informing projects, but the effects of management and scientific policies extend more broadly than the ecosystems they impact. This seminar will highlight the importance of cross-cultural collaboration and competency in science. In this seminar series and course, we will investigate a series of research projects or conservation initiatives that have the unifying theme of 1) having a conservation-oriented objective, 2) being led by or integrally involving indigenous groups or underserved communities throughout the project, and 3) diversifying the participants in the process leading to the successful implementation of a conservation or research policy. Talks will have a scientific backbone while also highlighting the diversity of participants, the equity of these stakeholders in planning, barriers that exist to participation, and how this format of engagement led to conservation success. This seminar fits with the proposed goal of increasing communication and cultural competency among faculty, staff, and students across UW.

This class/seminar will meet once per week (10-11:20am on Fridays). The seminar will be the first 30 minutes of the time slot. A guest speaker or speakers (when collaborators are available) will present a research or conservation-driven example, followed by an open discussion regarding practices, insights, and lessons learned. Each talk will be advertised and open to the broader UW community through public announcements (see attached example advertisement), weekly reminders, and dissemination of the class website through channels such as the College of the Environment and departmental listservs. Additionally, enrolled participants will be assigned a reading selected by the guest speaker and the project lead to generate informed questions and discussions. These readings will also be sent out via the public announcement of the seminar and posted on the course website so that anyone who wishes to can view the material and read along. Each week’s talk will be hosted via Zoom where it will be recorded but also will be live-streamed via the SAFS YouTube channel. The YouTube channel will allow for closed captioning of the video in real-time and increased security (talk information can be shared widely without fear of Zoom-bombing). The speaker will answer questions solicited via email beforehand or on YouTube. The remainder of class and discussion will be limited to just enrolled participants (21 students) afterward.


By the end of the seminar, attendees will:

  1. Become more familiar with diversity, equity, and inclusivity (DEI) practices and foundational vocabulary
  2. Increase their cultural competency, particularly with respect to local groups and topics in the Pacific Northwest
  3. Be better able to identify stakeholder perspectives when discussing conservation and management projects
  4. Be better able to discuss the complexities of conducting research in a multicultural landscape
  5. Become more familiar with conservation and management topics, particularly in the Pacific Northwest


  1. Antiracism in Conservation. David Muñoz, Penn State University - October 9th
  2. The role and dimensionality of identity in environmental behavior. Isabel Carrera Zamanillo, University of Washington - October 16th
  3. Cultural competency in fisher reintroduction in the Washington Cascade Mountains. Tara Chestnut, Mt Rainer NP, Nettsie Bullchild and Jeremy Badoldman, Tribal Historic Preservation Office - October 23rd
  4. Title TBD –Chris Schell, University of Washington Tacoma - October 30th
  5. Nature So White. Khavin Debbs, Tiny Trees Preschool - November 6th, honorarium covered by Burke Museum
  6. Revitalizing Indigenous cultural management systems for resilient salmon fisheries and coastal communities - lessons from a scientist working at the grassroots. Will Atlas, Qqs Project Society, William Housty, Heiltsuk Integrated Resource Management Department - November 13th
  7. Cross-cultural collaboration in the Qwuloolt Estuary Restoration and Pilchuck River Dam Removal. Brett Shattuck, Tulalip Tribes - November 20th
  8. Conflict or collaboration? Colonial legacies, cultural values, and shifting axes of trust in Northern Puget Sound conservation. Sara Breslow, EarthLab, University of Washington, Maggie Allen, SMEA alumna - December 4th
  9. Conclusion discussion and overview of the quarter’s speakers. Staci Amburgey, University of Washington - December 11th

** The first and last class session of the quarter will be focused on discussion among enrolled participants to establish foundational vocab and reflecting on topics presented

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Staci Amburgey

Health Impacts of the (In)visibility of UW Custodial Workers

Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $3,000

Letter of Intent:

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to nearly 14,000 confirmed cases and over 600 deaths in King County.[1] Furthermore, people of color are dying from COVID-19 at disproportionate rates in comparison to the white population.[2] Washington State Governor Inslee issued the “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order to reduce the spread of SARS-CoV-2. However, this mandate does not apply to custodians who are considered essential workers. To protect the health of the University of Washington Seattle Campus community, 259 custodial workers continue to work, cleaning and disinfecting various campus areas. The majority of custodial workers are immigrants, refugees, and people of color. Many are over 60 years of age and vulnerable to SARS-CoV-2 exposure. The purposes of this project are to bring visibility to the people who take care of the UW Seattle Campus and facilitate dialogue among the UW community that focuses on the health impacts to UW custodial workers.

Through continued dialogue there is an overarching goal to advance health equity. Specifically, the project aims to:

  1. Identify custodians’ perceptions of their workplace and home or neighborhood as sources of health opportunities or barriers.
  2. Identify attainable workplace improvements that protect and support the health of custodians, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Informational flyers translated in Amharic, Tigrinya, Korean, and Tagalog will be distributed in all seven areas of UW Seattle Campus. Languages were selected based on Evalynn’s experience growing up around UW custodians, and more recently, her weekly breakfast deliveries throughout campus. 15 custodial workers will be recruited (approximately two workers per area) who identify as: immigrant, refugee, Black, Indigenous, or person of color. Each participant will be compensated with a $100 Visa gift card. Lunches will be provided during sessions.

There will be four sessions with adequate social distancing measures and health standards in place. The UW Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies has offered logistical support that include reserving meeting spaces on campus for the sessions.

Session 1: A 1-hour orientation to the project and how to take photos with smartphones or project-provided cameras.

Participants from one or two areas will form discussion groups (three to four people per group) for the project duration. The guided questions for the photographs are:

  1. What does your work look like for you? a. How does your work impact your health?
  2. What does your home or neighborhood look like for you? a. How does your home or neighborhood impact your health?
  3. How can the UW community best support your work and health? Questions will be translated to their preferred language for reference and additional clarity.

Sessions 2 and 3: 1-hour discussions where participants will provide descriptions of photographs (first in their native language and then English).

The descriptions are guided by the SHOWED process (what do you See here?, what is Happening?, how does it relate to Our lives?, Why does this situation exist?, how can we Empower/Educate to address it, and what can we Do about it?).[3] Discussions may be audiotaped if participants agree. Session 4: Evalynn with one additional UW student, staff or faculty will analyze information collected from all sessions, present findings to the participants and gather feedback, and ask for ideas on the design of the public art installation. An art installation will be located at a public space on campus. Participants are encouraged, though not required, to attend the opening. Photographs with descriptions selected by each participant will be displayed. The participant may decide to include their name or a pseudonym with their pieces. Recommendations and action steps for how the UW community can support custodians will be part of the installation. A website will also be available for wider accessibility.

A growing literature points to the importance of structural racism in an unequal labor market and in persistent racial health inequities.[4,5] Not only are lower employment positions like custodial work linked to greater stress, but work-related stress combined with other life stressors that disproportionately impact Black, Indigenous, and people of color result in poor health.[5] Furthermore, custodial workers face a wide range of health and safety issues in the workplace that include exposure to cleaning chemicals and demands of physical labor. Community-based participatory research (CBPR) is a collaborative approach that focuses on inequities through active involvement of community members in all aspects of the process in order to either directly benefit participants or use the results to inform action for change. This project will follow the key principles of Israel et al.’s (1995) community-based approach in examining health and quality of life inequities.[6] Visual image is one way to enable people to think critically about their community. Photovoice is a method often used in CBPR to reach, inform, and organize community members, enabling them to prioritize their concerns and discuss problems and solutions.[7] It invites people to become advocates for their own and their community’s well being, acting as potential catalysts for change.

The evaluation questions for the project are:

  1. How many custodians completed this project?
  2. What prevalent themes did custodians identify pertaining to how their work impacts their health?
  3. What prevalent themes did custodians identify pertaining to how their home or neighborhood impacts their health?
  4. What prevalent themes did custodians identify pertaining to how the UW community can best support their work and health?
  5. What are the changes or actions from the UW community in response to this project?


  1. $1500; 15 - $100 Visa gift card incentives
  2. $100; Printing costs for recruitment/informational flyers, orientation packets
  3. $400; Translation services
  4. $300; Costs for developing photographs
  5. $700; Frames and supplies for mounting photographs

I am the daughter of UW custodians. UW Building Services leadership and many UW custodians have known me since I was a child. I have also been leading an appreciation effort for UW custodial workers since March by delivering and serving breakfast to each area of campus per week. I am well known in the UW custodial community and have built rapport with them through the many years and especially this year. https://facilities.uw.edu/blog/posts/2020/06/15/custodians-breakfast https://globalhealth.washington.edu/news/2020/07/23/update-mph-student-h... References 1. King County. COVID-19 Data Dashboards. Available at: https://www.kingcounty.gov/depts/health/covid-19/data/daily-summary.aspx 2. King County. Race and Ethnicity Data Dashboard. Available at: https://www.kingcounty.gov/depts/health/covid-19/data/race-ethnicity.aspx 3. Wang C. Youth Participation in Photovoice as a Strategy for Community Change. Journal of Community Practice. 2006;14(1-2):147-161. 4. Gee GC, Ford CL. Structural Racism and Health Inequities. Du Bois Review. 2011;8(1):115–132. 5. McCluney CL, Schmitz LL, Hicken MT, Sonnega A. Structural Racism in the Workplace: Does Perception Matter for Health Inequalities? Soc Sci Med. 2018;199:106-114. 6. Israel BA, Schulz AJ, Parker EA, Becker AB. Review of Community-Based Research: Assessing Partnership Approaches to Improve Public Health. Annu. Rev. Public Health. 1998;19: 173-202. 7. Wang C, Burris MA. Photovoice: Concept, Methodology, and Use for Participatory Needs Assessment. Health Education & Behavior. 1997;24(3):369-387.

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Evalynn Romano

Power to the Pollinator Project

Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $1,000

Letter of Intent:

Over the past few decades, bees and other critical pollinator species have been experiencing a rapid decline in population. Natural ecosystems depend on these critters to pollinate roughly 85% of flowering species, which in turn provide habitat and nourishment for other wildlife. By gathering pollen and nectar from hundreds of flowers, pollinator species like bumble bees, mason bees, hummingbirds, butterflies, and moths help diversify ecological communities and cultivate the lush landscapes that surround our built environments.

To protect these keystone species and encourage low-maintenance, pesticide-free landscapes on campus, I am proposing to construct a 600 square-foot pollinator garden by Odegaard Library and the Henry Art Gallery. Currently an underutilized space covered in invasive English Ivy, the existing site will blossom into one that provides pollinator species like bumble bees, mason bees, butterflies and hummingbirds with a variety of native herbaceous plants, evergreen shrubs and year-round burrowing habitat and refugia. This space will also offer students brief respite from their studies and the opportunity to study ecological systems in nontraditional ways. By establishing a site with a range of native plant species, native pollinators will have a diverse food bank extending from February to October with places to overwinter and burrow. Long-term symbiotic relationships between invertebrates, plants and other wildlife species will also develop as the plants mature.

UW currently lacks a unified, ecologically-based landscape plan, and it is my goal with this pollinator project to kickstart a dialogue on the role of diverse ecology within urban spaces. By marrying our current ecological needs with the built environment, a pollinator garden near the heart of campus will testify to the importance of design activism, educate my peers about the potential relationship between cities and native ecosystems, and spark research opportunities that blend urban spaces with environmental science, plant biology and identification, forestry, landscape architecture, art and engineering.  

To start my process, I have begun collaborating with the Society of Ecological Restoration to create a long-term maintenance plan, collect native plants from the SER nursery, and recruit volunteers for the construction and planting phase.  A team composed of UW grounds crew members, the UW Integrated Pest Management manager, and a Ph.D. student studying pollinator ecology is helping me conduct site analysis, remove invasive ivy, and plan for maturity. As an undergraduate student in the landscape architecture department, my professor and mentor Daniel Winterbottom will be helping me locate materials for this project, and, lastly, I have recruited a group of my peers from the College of Built Environments to assist with the design and construction phase.

Through September of this year, I will be removing invasive ivy and excavating several inches of existing dirt to make room for fresh soil. Through mid-September to late October, I will be narrowing down my plant palette to a condensed list of native species based on growth characteristics, bloom period, seasonal changes and aesthetics. Within this time frame, I will also be installing materials like landscaping rocks, organic soil, and stepping-stones for a low-maintenance foot trail through the western side of the site. Within mid to late October, I will install the shrubs and herbaceous species before adding a layer of mulch and salvaged coarse woody debris to retain nutrients and provide shelter for the pollinators (see page 2 in Pollinator Outline PDF for detailed timeline).

After the installation phase, I will be scheduling routine maintenance check-ups with UW grounds crew and UW SER volunteers to ensure that the plants are regularly watered, trimmed, and protected from invasive species for a 2-year period. As I extend this concept to a greater scale, my colleague and UW SER president, Nikoli Stevens, and I will be identifying additional spots throughout the UW campus that can expand this solitary garden into a connected wildlife network that relies on little to no maintenance or pesticide-use. This project will continue to be rooted in knowledge from an interdisciplinary team of ecologists, designers, and scientists who will help inspire conservation practices across several fields and provide my peers with the stepping stones to become agents of socioecological change.

As a tangible expression of my commitment to environmental stewardship, this project will allow me to cultivate a shared appreciation for native microecosystems and create spaces that invigorate, delight, and heal the UW community.  And it is my goal through this project to motivate my peers to become environmental leaders, eager to establish a more balanced relationship between the urbanizing and the natural world.

Budget Estimate:

  • Shrubs + Herbaceous Plants: $400 ( SER Nursery)
  • Organic Soil: $220 (6 cb yd, $35.5/cb yd from Cedar Grove)
  • Landscaping Rocks: $150 (from Dirt Exchange)
  • Educational Plaque: $150

*see detailed budget for breakdown of expenses

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Daniella Slowik

Electric Bicycle Mail Delivery Program 2.0

Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $6,000

Letter of Intent:


There are a few medical centers affiliated with the University of Washington recently closed down their own printing services earlier this year. In other words, these medical centers especially Seattle Children’s Hospital would need UW Mailing Services’ service. With the increasing demand of mail delivery, UW Mailing Services is planning to increase the capacity of mail preparation as well as the bike delivery service in response to serving new business customers.

UW Mailing Services is looking to obtain 2 Cargo boxes.

The Rhino-Berlin cargo boxes can help the Mailing Services electric bicycles to increase the delivery capacity and enhance the performance in general to benefit all UW departments. As UW Mailing Services start having new business with multiple medical centers in Seattle Area, we are looking into obtaining more vehicles and equipment to meet the increasing demand. Mailing Services would potentially be hiring two student employees to get involved in this program.

As for now, we are hoping to get the fund to buy two new cargo boxes for the electric bikes to meet the demand of two runs a day to Seattle Children’s Hospital. Without the electric new cargo boxes, Mailing Services would have to use trucks to deliver mails multiple times a day, because the current cargo boxes are not user friendly enough for the entire Children’s Hospital and would be a pain for bikers to ride over there.

Benefits of having these two new cargo boxes:

  1. Increasing the electric bikes capacity by 50% so the bikers can carry mail 1.5 times as much as before.
  2. Decreasing the demand of using trucks to avoid 0.02 metric tons/gallon GHG emittance.
  3. Exposing Mailing Services’ dedication to sustainability and showing staff of Seattle Children’s hospital and even people in the U-district the electric bike program to promote sustainability.
  4. Having potential student riders to experience the electric bikes with trailers and promoting such great sustainability idea all over the campus.
  5. Increasing sustainability awareness of staffs at the medical centers that partner with us and helping them out if they want to implement similar program.
  6. It's easier to maintain the new sliding style cargo cap over old hydraulic style.
  7. The cargo boxes can satisfy the increasing demand of delivering packages due to the campus shut down.

Overall, having these two new cargo boxes would definitely increase the mail delivery capacity of UW mailing services and avoid using trucks to deliver mails to Seattle Children’s Hospital multiple times a day which would be really environmentally friendly. Plus, it is a great way to promote sustainability off campus and would be a great opportunity for us to mentor our partners if they want to implement a similar program.

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Jimmy Tan

Kincaid Ravine Restoration Project

Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $9,500

Letter of Intent:

CSF has been funding work on the Kincaid Ravine Restoration Project since 2010. During the past five years undergraduate students enrolled in CEP 498 have been working on various elements of the project and have completed the final draft of a Master Plan for the site. The final draft of this Master Plan as been reviewed and approved by the office of the UW Campus Architect. It is expected that next steps in the implementation of the Master Plan will begin in Winter quarter 2021 dependent upon the availability of funding to support a graduate student who will be leading the work.

This current request to CSF is to fund the position of a graduate student who will lead other students' work on this project as follows:

  • Finalize the wetland portion of the project.
  • Determine classification of wetland delineations completed previously and date of delineation (Note: 5-year “lifespan”). Determine exactly what is allowed under existing code.
  • Get validation from the consultants of their prior work.
  • Identify any permitting requirements necessary.
  • Identify drainage and safety issues.
  • Refine proposed changes in vegetation and trails on site.
  • Review city codes and permitting process.
    1. Determine documentation needed to move forward.
    2. Determine need for an engineer’s report for permit allowance.
    3. Request participation and support of the King Conservation District.
  • Additional tasks to refine the draft Master Plan as needed.

This funding request will "bridge" the cost of continuing this work with expected future funding from other sources such as King Conservation District.

This request for funding meets the CSF requirements and preferences as follows:

Sustainable Impact: This project improves the sustainability of UW's campus and/or operations by improving and maintaining one of the largest remaining natural areas accessible to all who live, work and visit the campus. Specific impacts include reductions of: carbon emissions, energy use, waste, pollutants and toxins. Improvements will be made to biodiversity and provide enhanced opportunities to support environmental justice and equity. Project components are environmentally sustainable in design and implementation.

Leadership & Student Involvement: All work on this project is to be completed by UW students during the academic year 2020 to 2021. It is expected that a graduate student will lead the project work.  

Education, Outreach & Behavior Change: This project includes many elements of educational and outreach components that cultivate an awareness of the Kincaid Rainve among students, faculty and visitors to campus. 

Feasibility & Accountability: The work completed on this project to date has demonstrated that the applicant can attain the technical knowledge, necessary approvals, and project management skills in order to complete this additional work successfully. 

The proposed budget for this work during Winter and Spring quarters 2021 is as follows:

  • Graduate student: $7,500.
  • Technical consultants: $2,000.

Total budget: $9.500.

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Edward D. Blum

Mental Health for Every Adolescent

Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $1,700

Letter of Intent:


Life as a high school student is not easy. Between all assignments, extra-curriculars, maintaining a social life and other commitments, students often experience deteriorating mental health as a result of the immense amount of stress trying to juggle everything. The fact that mental health is stigmatized and considered somewhat taboo makes it very hard for those who need help to ask for it. The average American takes almost 10 years to seek treatment for mental illness. Public stigma results in discrimination, reduced autonomy and self-efficacy and segregation. The secrecy and stigma associated with mental illnesses often thrust sufferers into a feeling of isolation. If left untreated, mental health issues in children can have important ramifications, bleeding into adulthood and adversely affecting their lives. Thus, there is an urgent need to start and normalize conversations about mental health issues. Inspired to make a change, we started an initiative called Mental Health for Every Adolescent (MHEA). MHEA is a student run and student led initiative that aims to destigmatize mental health issues. We recruit high school students in India and the middle east to conduct workshops in their schools. Our team, comprising of 11 UW undergraduates here in Seattle, conducts workshops in high schools in the city’s public school system. These workshops were created by students on our team with who are also Peer Health Educators, with the help of Megan Kennedy, the Interim Director of the Resilience Lab on campus. Additionally, during the current COVID-19 pandemic, we created a guide to help high school students manage stress due to quarantine fatigue and isolation and equipped them with strategies to better manage their mental health during this time. Our guide is currently being used public school districts in Plano, TX, Belmont and Palo Alto, CA, Seattle, Bothell and Northshore, WA, Philadelphia, PA and Southborough, MA and have been received with a lot of enthusiasm and support. Proposal Over the past year, MHEA has been able to reach out to several schools in the Seattle community and has been able to host mental health workshops in these schools to a lot of positive feedback and requests for more workshops at these schools. With our success so far, we wish to expand further and deliver these workshops to even more schools in the state of Washington. Given the feedback we have gotten on our COVID-19 guide, we are inspired to take our work out of state, so we can help as many students seek help with their mental health issues as possible. A major barrier we currently face in expansion around the Seattle community is that public transport options to several schools are unfeasible for us as volunteers. The low cost public transportation at our disposal to schools past Downtown Seattle is very time consuming. Being full-time students at the university and juggling other commitments outside of classes, our team members are hard pressed for time and often cannot spend the 1-2 hours required to commute to a school in south Seattle, for example. Our classes often overlap with requested workshop times in several schools. We require a faster method of travel to reach out to more schools in the area and beyond. Therefore, we propose to use the SEED grant to help us cover travel expenses so we can reimburse our student volunteers for local travel. Additionally, this grant will facilitate travel for us to cities out of state and conduct workshops in schools that requested workshops after using our COVID-19 guide. MHEA’s mission is to empower students to seek the help they need with any mental health issues they may have. In our endeavor to fulfil our mission, we email school authorities to initiate a channel of communication through which we can talk about conducting workshops for their students. However, this is often a time-consuming process since we often have to start fresh with every school. We believe that with some help with PR, we will be better positioned to let schools know about the work we do. Additionally, this will help us reach more schools in the community. Lastly, we propose to use a part of this grant for printing materials and graphic design. A big selling point of our workshops is their interactive nature, which stimulates thought provoking discussion among our students and gets them to engage with our material. This often involves activities, materials and resource sheets we pass around the class. Given the number of students we have in all our workshops, printing costs for these materials quickly add up. We also put a lot of effort into our presentation to make our materials visually appealing to our students, since we believe a good first impression can hook the students’ attention from the get-go. To this end, we would like to work with a graphic designer and anticipate associated costs. We propose to use a part of the funds we receive to offset these expenses. Evaluation We will be evaluating our progress by keeping track of our reach to multiple schools and interest they show in having us come back. Additionally, we will be looking at the number of new volunteers that join us. We will also be assessing the quality of our workshops and their impact by sending pre- and postworkshop surveys to our audience to understand how much students are benefiting from these workshops and what else we can do to cater to their needs. For example, it was through this form of feedback that we learned that students wanted topics such as peer pressure and eating disorders added to our initial workshops. We intend to continue to keep this mode of evaluation open. We have been taking feedback in class from both counsellors and students in high schools we have previously conducted workshops in. This feedback is usually verbal right after we finish a workshop, we plan to continue this method of feedback as well. After combining feedback from counsellors and students we will be able to access the impact of our work and guide the content of our future workshops from there. Impact Through this project, we hope to increase awareness on mental health and promote conversations on the topic. Our ultimate goal is to destigmatize mental health issues and create a safe and inclusive community in schools where students can openly discuss mental health. This grant will greatly help us in expanding our initiative to the greater Seattle community and will result in us being able to build stronger connections with schools and create a stronger network of volunteers. By educating students on topics such as stress, anxiety, depression, peer pressure, eating disorders, body dysmorphia and other such topics, we are encouraging students to take better care of themselves so they can turn their attention to academics and maximize their potential in school. Our long term goal is to also partner with government bodies to implement a uniform curriculum for mental health in schools which we know is lacking, at least in the Seattle Public School district. By accomplishing our mission, we will successfully promote the United Nation’s goals to work towards sustainable health and well-being, quality education and effective partnerships with people who can implement effective change. I believe that great leaders encourage others to find the leader within themselves and I do this by providing my team the resources, means and freedom to use this platform and find their voice. Not only will this project help us further work towards our passion, but this will also be a great opportunity for each and every one of us on the team to become better leaders and advocate for ourselves and for others.

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Sairandri Sathyanarayanan

Sending Gratitude Across the Globe

Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $600

Letter of Intent:

Our project is based on the cornucopia of research done about gratitude and how it improves mental and emotional well-being. Gratitude as an emotion can be nurtured by engaging in behaviors and actions that express gratitude and appreciation for what we have, where we are, and the present moment/experience overall. The act of writing out our gratitude and sharing it with someone also improves our mental health, decreases levels of cognitive and physical distress, and increases positive emotions. Our proposed project is regular tabling around campus throughout the year where we provide student designed postcards for students to write notes of gratitude on, and then Peer Health Educators mail them for students. This is a sustainable program because the materials involved are recyclable/compostable and requires minimal single-use resources. It gives students the opportunity to pause and reflect on someone who has impacted them positively as they write a note of gratitude on the postcard. When the PHEs mail the postcards for students, there is the second impact of when the receiver gets the postcard and how that opens up a line of connection between the writer and the receiver- an opportunity to experience more positive emotions. So many “health and wellness” programs focus on students’ receiving something (usually a physical item that ends up in a landfill soon after), but our program asks students to give something to someone else that is rooted in reflection, connection, and appreciation. Research has shown the positive impact of practicing generosity, mindfulness, and altruism- this program reflects those. Goal 3: Good Health and Well-being is at the core of this program, as we know that expressing and receiving words of gratitude and appreciation improve health, well-being, and a sense of belonging and connection. This project by utilizing the United States Postal Service supports Goal 9: Fund projects that provide basic infrastructure, as USPS is a basic infrastructure that is vital to equity and access to marginalized groups, Goal 10, Support the marginalized and disadvantaged. It connects to Goal 12: Responsible Consumption and Production, as it is a program that uses only recycled and recyclable materials.

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Jen Laxague

Whipping up Resilience in the Kitchen

Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $2,175

Letter of Intent:

Please see Full Proposal pdf file.

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Anne Marie Gloster

Leadership through Sustained Dialogue

Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $2,500

Letter of Intent:


Students and faculty in the University of Washington's Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering (HCDE) advance systems and technologies for people and communities to create accessible, sustainable, and prosperous futures. In Autumn 2019, HCDE directors embarked on a five-year strategic plan. One strategic goal in this plan is to advance and sustain diversity and equity within our work and across our communities. More specifically, the department seeks to implement new practices for listening to and empowering its faculty, staff, and students, and to implement new practices for improving the diversity and equity of its teaching, learning, and outreach experiences. As staff members and students of HCDE, we propose adopting the Sustained Dialogue program as a HCDE course for students, faculty, and staff. Sustained Dialogue is a method of communicating “peacefully, justly, and productively,” with a particular focus on problems of inequity and oppression within organizations. The Sustained Dialogue Institute offers workshops and training for others to employ this method, and provides many resources for organizations to evaluate the effect of sustained dialogue practices on measurable outcomes. They have implemented courses in other academic institutions such as the University of Alabama, and offer template courses on a variety of subjects related to diversity, equity, and positive communication between peers.

What is the Sustained Dialogue Institute?

Sustained Dialogue (SD) is an intentional process used by citizens around the world to transform relationships and implement sustainable change in intergroup conflicts, especially intergroup identity clashes. It is rooted in the conflict resolution methodology developed by Dr. Hal Saunders, a senior U.S. diplomat and founder of the Sustained Dialogue Institute (SDI). Through Sustained Dialogue high impact experiences, participants develop a diverse set of leadership skills, including strong personal identity awareness, knowledge of social justice, empathy, facilitation and conflict resolution skills, and more. SD organizers gather participants from diverse backgrounds into small groups that meet regularly to build relationships and develop informed strategies to improve their campus and communities, especially around a number dimensions of identities including: Albelism, Affirmative Action, Ageism, Mental Health, Socioeconomic Status, Sexual Orientation, Race & Color. Sex & Gender, Religion, Ethinicity, Immigration Status, and more. SD is a unique change process which (1) focuses on transforming relationships that cause problems, create conflict, and block change; and (2) emphasizes the importance of effective change over time. Since transforming relationships requires an ongoing effort, SD gradually develops over a five-stage process. This multistage approach serves as a guidepost for SD programs and for those in conflict to create sustainable change in their relationships and communities.


  • The “Who”: Deciding to Engage
  • The “What”: Mapping and Naming
  • The “Why”: Probing Problems and Relationships
  • The “How”: Scenario building
  • The “Now”: Individual and Collective Action

Establishing a partnership with the Sustained Dialogue Institute is the pivotal step towards bringing this impactful program to HCDE. We are seeking to obtain a stand-alone workshop provided by the SDI on Addressing Community Needs Through Sustained Dialogue. This 16 hour training for moderators will equip these individuals with the tools, knowledge, and skills to facilitate, teach, and lead these dynamic workshops throughout the academic year. The training encompasses the capacity for up to 40 individuals to be trained and obtain first hand knowledge from SDI professionals. Once all moderators have been trained, HCDE will provide multiple course sections in the form of seminars weekly each quarter to implement the sustained dialogue process. Measuring impact: We will administer pre-and-post-dialogue quarterly surveys to measure the impact of implementing SD in the department. These surveys will establish a metric of comparison between answers provided at the beginning and end of the year, and will serve to help us better identify departmental needs and critical conversations about diversity and equity in our department. The SDI will also issue a national survey to all partners as well.

A brief overview of questions we will ask in the survey will include:

  1. How did the Sustained Dialogue process help you to navigate conversations between faculty, staff, and amongst other students in the department?
  2. After engaging with the Sustained Dialogue process, what actions will you take to promote inclusivity in the department?
  3. Can you talk about one conversation you had during the Sustained Dialogue workshop? How did your understanding of diversity, equity, and inclusion shift or expand as a result of these conversations?
  4. Relatedly, what was one overall takeaway that you had from the Sustained Dialogue conversations? How will you incorporate these learnings in your practices as a faculty, staff, or student?
  5. Lastly, how can the Sustained Dialogue conversations be improved in the future? How can we continue to do better?

Intended Student, Faculty, and Staff Learning Outcomes:

  • Think critically about the experiences of others and how they can be improved.
  • Feel comfortable talking about their experiences and identities in front of a group of peers.
  • Try to better understand someone else’s views by imagining how an issue looks from their perspective.
  • Examine strengths and weaknesses of their own views on a topic or issue.
  • Raise awareness about local or campus issues.
  • Resolve conflicts that involve bias, discrimination, and prejudice
  • Explain the college climate towards diversity, issues that arise between students , and why these issues persist.

Topics and goals:

The Sustained Dialogue Institute has developed a variety of structured weekly dialogues on different topics that we can incorporate into our curriculum. We will select which dialogues we would like to include based on the findings of our department’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) initiative, which seeks to determine student, staff, and faculty’s DEI needs through activities, training, and policy and culture changes. Based on our initial understanding of the needs of the department, we expect to include dialogues on topics such as sexism, racism, transphobia, homophobia, classism, and ableism.

These topics align with four of the Sustainable Development Goals:

  1. Education (Goal 4), which includes universal access to education.
  2. Gender equality and women’s empowerment (Goal 5). This goal includes increased access to education and economic opportunities.
  3. Reducing inequalities (Goal 15). Under this goal, policies should pay “attention to the needs of disadvantaged and marginalized populations”.
  4. Peace, justice, and strong institutions (Goal 16). This goal refers to promoting “just, peaceful, and inclusive societies” that use “efficient and transparent regulations”.

We hope that a more inclusive environment in HCDE will lead to “transparent and effective” (Goal 16) policies that “pay attention to the needs of disadvantaged and marginalized populations” (Goal 15) and a culture that attracts and decrease attrition rates from students from diverse and marginalized populations (Goals 4 & 5). Underrepresented ethnic and racial minority (URM) students (i.e., African American, Hispanic, American Indian, and Hawaiian/Pacific Islander) comprise only 11% of students in HCDE. While we do not have demographic information, to our knowledge, there are relatively few URM faculty and staff. It is our hope that DEI efforts, such as what we propose here with the Sustained Dialogue Institute, will lead to a more inclusive and diverse department. Thank you for your consideration.

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Jay Cunningham

EOP Scholars Academy Resilience Project

Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $3,000

Letter of Intent:

Low-income communities of color continue to face inequities when attempting to access high-impact educational practices. The University of Washington is no exception. It offers students a broad palette of activities from which to participate. This includes study abroad, undergraduate research, community-driven leadership projects and internships. Unfortunately, participating in these activities often requires money. The primary way students access funding outside of financial aid is by applying for competitive scholarships. However, the scholarships process to which we are accustomed is inherently inequitable. Being selected for a scholarship often hinges on gaining access to high impact educational experiences and then effectively writing about those experiences in a compelling personal statement. One of the biggest barriers keeping low-income students from maximizing these opportunities is a lack of confidence in their own ability to compete for scholarships that can facilitate gaining these experiences. However, these experiences make students more competitive for future scholarships. The consequence of this diffidence is that students either do not apply for scholarships at all or do so with the belief that their efforts will result in failure or rejection. This defeatist attitude must be repudiated. The Educational Opportunity Program, UW Study Abroad and the Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships and Awards want to partner to create and co-teach a formal scholarships curriculum grounded in and driven by the discovery of and cultivation in one’s own resilience. This would supplement the existing class curriculum of the General Studies 391 course offered in spring 2021 by EOP instructor Kristi Soriano-Noceda and provide students a practical means of synthesizing the course objectives of appreciating one’s self, thriving at UW beyond the first year and increasing knowledge of UW resources. The curriculum for this course will be organized in three phases. The first phase will focus on practicing a growth mindset and fostering resilience. All 150 students in the EOP Scholars Academy will read Educated by Tara Westover as a supplement to other texts in the course. This book was selected because it engages students with the themes of growth and resilience using a storytelling rather than a self-help approach so that students can recognize their own agency within themselves and acquaint themselves more critically with the narrative writing style scholarship applications require. In addition, the book introduces students to a first-generation college narrative to which they will likely be less familiar. The second phase will introduce students to the arena of competitive scholarships, illustrate their connection to impactful experiences, and teach students proven strategies to connect their interests/goals to the goals of scholarship programs in compelling ways. The third phase of the course will be the application of content learned in which students will identify a scholarship for which they want to apply and practice learned techniques. By the end of the course, students will have a completed rough draft of a personal statement for a scholarship of their choosing. The course will culminate by hosting a fail forward event in which individuals will be chosen from throughout the UW community to share their own experiences of failure, how they persevered, and where those failures ultimately led them. EOP Scholars Resilience Project This curriculum aims to 1) eliminate feelings of diminished self worth so that a student’s quest for scholarships isn’t extinguished before it has a chance to begin; 2) provide students a solid understanding of the scholarships landscape; 3) teach students to develop and articulate goals, thus increasing their competitiveness; 4) create a pipeline of students who have the confidence to study abroad and who are better prepared to utilize the full breadth of services offered by the Office of Merit Scholarships Fellowships and Awards as well as other experiential learning opportunities. In addition to skill acquisition, this course fits within the University of Washington’s Diversity Blueprint to “attract, retain, and graduate a diverse and excellent student body” by teaching students critically needed writing skills that will be applicable to future coursework. It will also demonstrate to students through their own narratives that they are what makes the UW student body excellent. This course will contribute to producing graduates better prepared for their future next steps and who are more compassionate toward themselves. Furthermore, this curriculum is also in alignment with the SDG of reducing inequalities. Specifically, our course will contribute to reducing the economic inequality caused by academic debt by increasing the likelihood that these students will receive scholarships during their tenure at UW. We have chosen to focus on the EOP Scholars Academy because these freshmen have conditional admittance to the UW and thus are more likely to have less confidence in their own abilities and may struggle to visualize themselves participating in the activities mentioned above. In addition, EOP students tend to have significant financial need. According to the Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity, 61% of EOP/OMA&D students at UW Seattle were Pell-grant eligible for at least one quarter through spring 2020. This course will utilize multiple assessment strategies to measure the effectiveness of this curriculum. The assessment period will be from June 2021-to June 2022. Surveys will be used at the beginning and end of the course to measure student self esteem, confidence in their writing skills and overall knowledge about scholarships. We will also track how many of these students connect with the Office of Merit Scholarships through advising, workshop attendance, and/or submitting a scholarship application over that period. In addition, we will track how many students participate in any of the activities offered by the Center for Experiential Learning and Diversity and UW Study Abroad. We are seeking the support of the Resilience and Compassion Initiatives Seed Grant to purchase the common book for this added curriculum. Our hope is that we can use this course to pilot this curriculum, and if successful, offer this training to all EOP students as a formal stand-alone course.

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Kiana Parker

Empowerment Training for UW Medicine Frontline Women

Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $2,787

Letter of Intent:


In the wake of COVID-19, The Whole U has received numerous requests for more comprehensive resources and training pertaining to resiliency for frontline healthcare providers at UW Medicine. Burnout is a long-term stress reaction marked by emotional exhaustion, depersonalization, and a lack in sense of personal accomplishment. The healthcare environment, with packed workdays, demanding pace, time pressures, and emotional intensity, puts workers at high risk for burnout (Muacevic et al., 2018, Compson 2015). Coupled with mental and physical health impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak, burnout in healthcare workers is expected to increase to unprecedented levels as the pandemic continues.

The proposed project will provide Jane Compson's CARE program training to 200 UW Medicine frontline medical professional women working in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic in order to mitigate negative mental health impacts and burnout, as well as further understand the impacts COVID19 is having on frontline medical women's mental health. The UN Sustainable Development Goals state that women play a disproportionate role in responding to the virus as frontline healthcare workers and at home. This project will provide an immediate intervention for our community's frontline medical women who are facing stressors in both environments.

Description and Goals:

The CARE program, acronym for Compassion, Awareness, Resilience and Empowerment, was developed by Jane Compson (Compson, 2015). It offers training in these aforementioned four areas with the specific goal of improving resilience and well-being and ameliorating and protecting against burnout.

Thus far, CARE has been offered to small groups of students and educators in 8-10 hours of in person training. In these versions, exceptional anecdotal feedback was recorded, and positive change was demonstrated in measures of self-compassion, perceived stress, and burnout. This project will adapt the CARE program into an online Canvas course reaching a large and diverse group of UW Medicine frontline medical women in collaboration with The Whole U, a comprehensive holistic wellness and engagement program for all UW employees.

Specifically, the project aims to:

  1. Enroll up to 200 UW Medicine frontline women in the 4-week training during the month of July.
  2. Provide an immediate intervention during the COVID-19 pandemic that reduces participant burnout and increases subjective well-being and self-compassion as evidenced by reduced burnout scores, improved perceived stress scores, and increased self-compassion scores post intervention.
  3. Support participants in developing patterns of incorporating self-care skills as evidenced by self-report.
  4. Foster a supportive group environment in which participants can practice their self-care skills in community.
  5. Elicit feedback and input from participants to tailor future iterations of the program.
  6. Contribute to quantitative and qualitative research on the impacts of COVID-19 on frontline healthcare providers mental health and symptoms of burnout.

Evaluation and Impact:

  1. Pre- and post-testing. Before the training, participants will be asked to take the Copenhagen Burnout Inventory to assess their level of burnout. They will also take the Perceived Stress Scale and the Self Compassion Scale. On completion of the training, participants will complete these measures again. By comparing pre- and post- test results, we will be able to understand the efficacy of the adapted CARE training in terms of reducing burnout, reducing perceived stress and increasing self-compassion.
  2. Subjective self-report/qualitative review. After the training, participants will be invited to offer anonymous written feedback on their experiences of the course, including their evaluation of its effectiveness in building resilience and helping with coping mechanisms of the demands of being a frontline healthcare worker in a global pandemic.

Sustainable Development Goals:

Goal 3 - Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being: This project will provide health workers guidance and resources to look after their mental and physical health during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. Additionally, the project offers a response and intervention on an institutional and accessible level, providing support and acknowledgement for the sacrifice of frontline healthcare workers at UW.

Goal 5 - Gender equality and women's empowerment: Women play a disproportionate role in responding to the virus as frontline workers and beyond. This means that UW Medicine frontline women are at an even heightened risk for burnout with coupled COVID-19 stressors at work and home. This project provides an intervention specific for frontline women. With this, goal 5 contends that women are the backbone of recovery in communities. This project will empower the participating women to instill learned tenets of self-care and practices of resilience into their greater communities, including family, friends, and work units.

Goal 8 - Inclusive employment and decent work: This project is development-oriented, supporting productive activities and workplace resilience, in line with goal 8, target 3. The training invests in the UW Medicine workforce meeting mental and emotional needs to ensure a decent working environment. With this, this project works towards goal 8, tenet 8 by promoting a safe working environment for all workers, specifically women, and workers at risk in healthcare environments. The frontline healthcare profession is a precarious environment, one that demands special attention to mental health.

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Lauren Updyke

Growth of Transfer Students

Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $2,218

Letter of Intent:


Transfer students, now more than ever, need our support as we prepare and look towards the start of a new academic year grappling with the impacts of COVID-19. Our project proposes to identify and support community college transfer students through their transition process to UW this fall 2020 and through the first year. CCRI’s existing research has lessons to share about what transfer capital looks like, in particular for students of color, first generation and low-income students. Transfer capital builds on notions of social and cultural capital (Bourdieu, 1986)1 in that students need the knowledge and skills to perform as well as the networks, relationships and resources to thrive. Higher education has tended to place the burden on transfer students to navigate the system. They were expected to possess sufficiently deep knowledge of higher education to transfer credits and manage day-to-day processes, often without considering their diverse backgrounds and experiences. The literature on community college and transfer shows that students transferring from community college to a four-year institution are more likely to be successful and persist into their second year if they have a high competency for resiliency, meaning their ability to develop knowledge and skills to help adapt to change and adversity. Higher education institutions can help build resilience in students by improving the transfer capital elements needed for successful transition to and completion of a four-year program. These elements include counseling, financial awareness, mentoring, study habits, coping skills, and other skills to enhance their well-being.2 To anchor these concepts in the project, a framework will be used to understand how the institution is providing resilience or transfer capital support to transfer students during this health crisis. We will use the Northeast Resiliency Consortium’s Resilience Competency Model that highlights five competencies for high resilience: critical thinking, adaptability, self-awareness, reflective learning, and collaboration.3 The COVID-19 pandemic adds, as yet, unknown layers of adversity that will test the resilience of incoming transfer students to UW. This is particularly true for students from vulnerable populations such as people of color and low-income families. Intrusive research to discover what transfer capital these groups need to successfully transfer and persist is crucial for more equitable outcomes. The overall goal of this project is to document transfer students’ resilience competencies, and ascertain how higher education programs can help raise their transfer capital with compassion for their health and well-being. Uncovering this information to better support transfer students who may be at risk of dropping out is important. Sharing this information to enable faculty and advisors to communicate with compassion while giving avenues to help them create community in this crisis is extremely important.


CCRI intends to support incoming community college transfer students as they transition to the UW community during COVID-19 for the AY 2020-2021 through qualitative research methods including focus groups and individual interviews. The qualitative data gathered will assist in identifying the students’ most pressing needs and how they can be supported in the transfer process. Examining their resilience competencies relative to their navigating the transfer process is critical in supporting transfer student success during the COVID-19 health crisis. Potential participants will be identified in collaboration with UAA transfer advisors from incoming transfer students in fall 2020 who have not declared a major. We will assemble a focus group of 10-20 students and also conduct an interview each quarter individually with six students. The ongoing 1 Bourdieu, P. (1986). The forms of capital. In J. Richardson (Ed.), Handbook of theory and research for the sociology of education (pp. 241– 258). New York, NY: Greenwood. 2 Moser, Kristin, "Redefining transfer student success: Transfer capital and the Laanan-transfer students' questionnaire (L-TSQ) revisited" (2012). Graduate Theses and Dissertations. 12414. https://lib.dr.iastate.edu/etd/12414 3 View the Resilience Competency Model at https://www.achievingthedream.org/resources/initiatives/northeast-resili... CCRI Project Proposal: Applied Learning that Supports Growth of Transfer Students’ Resilience and Transfer Capital During COVID-19 2 individual interviews make it possible for building towards deeper conversations as the academic year progresses and allow us to learn about their resilience competencies, skills, and knowledge are being applied to support their first-year experience in a COVID-19 environment. CCRI will conduct this inquiry to disseminate what we will learn to UW and its network of community and technical colleges in the state. Doing so will assist UW and these networks in their own processes for assisting students requiring aid in the transfer process.

The following goals further clarify what this project will achieve for our students, strengthening inter-department collaboration, and the University:

  • Goal 1: To foster among the students in the focus group a sense of resilience, including belonging and connectedness to each other through the opportunity to share with one another.
  • Goal 2: To identify and describe transfer student resiliency and discover what supports may bolster their success in their first year during a pandemic.
  • Goal 3: To advance the research and grant writing skills for a graduate student who is participating in the genesis of this project by co-writing this proposal and will be an integral member of this project gathering and analyzing qualitative data.
  • Goal 4: To support UW-UAA transfer advising with what we are learning in our transfer research. We will enhance the compassionate environment for transfer students by building a reciprocal relationship between our research team and the UAA transfer advising team. We will share what we’re learning periodically throughout the project and request feedback from transfer advisors.


We will evaluate if we met the intended goals by monitoring the student outcomes. Successful outcomes will be co-creating with transfer advisors’ ideas on how to support transfer students during the pandemic, using their stories of resiliency. We will also strengthen our relationship with UAA transfer advisors and provide a venue for students to share and hear about others' journeys. Also, our graduate research assistant will utilize his new skills in future coursework. SECTION D. #3. Staying Healthy in School Builds Future Health Capacity: Building resiliency is crucial for mental health and well-being and transfer student persistence. Education and income levels are correlated with health in this country. #10. Equitably Aiding Students: Meeting students where they are to increase their transfer capital and resiliency competency helps reduce inequality. In this pandemic, minoritized student groups face increased challenges, such as equity issues that arise with remote learning, which has potential to further elevate the emotional, financial and physical stress. By intrusively researching what transfer capital students need the most, colleges create more equitable outcomes for all student populations by providing better advice on how to manage their first years in college, cope with the stressors, practice self-care, and strengthen resilience while also improving their mental and emotional health. This connects to the health, education, and inequality SDGs. #17. Building Resilience in Partnership: This applied learning project will foster CCRI’s connectedness to communities by leveraging partnerships with student success networks and community colleges to harness and disseminate student knowledge of their resiliency needs. The above describes key areas where our project connects to the SDG’s. The way we connect to the remaining goals is that by helping transfer students to strengthen and maintain their resilience to complete postsecondary degrees opportunities are created for them in the workforce to be change agents who actively participate in our communities to cultivate a more sustainable future.

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Katie Kovacich

Seeds of Freedom

Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $3,000

Letter of Intent:

Historically, community gardens have served as a means of accessing fresh produce when prices are prohibitively high, such as during times of war, recession or, as we’re seeing, pandemic. However, in a city marked by staggering rates of displacement and homelessness, prices on natural, organic, and healthy food are consistently inhibitory regardless of the larger context. This is especially true for the over 200 University of Washington students and 1,100 young adults in Seattle struggling to obtain food daily. For this reason, we are requesting funding to support the development of, “Seeds of Freedom” (SoF), a youth-led community garden initiative aiming to reduce food insecurity through the building of an edible garden in tandem with student/community education in social justice, ecology, and holistic wellness. As a collaborative effort developed in partnership with the Doorway Project and YouthCare, our project is intentionally designed to nurture community cohesion through shared space. SoF will be located outside of the University District Youth Center (UDYC), and will serve as a site of applied learning for a blended cohort of UW students and young adults with lived experience of homelessness. SoF Learners will be compensated for their participation in the project and will work as a cohort to grow and share food while building a vibrant social and natural ecosystem that encourages every individual’s potential for growth and renewal. By locating this garden off campus, in a space that offers resources to youth experiencing homelessness, we are uniquely positioning ourselves to provide opportunity for community engagement and support experiential learning. UDYC aims to affirm and empower black and brown young adults (ages 18-24) through Healing Focused Engagement that centers on participants’ holistic selves and wellbeing. Seeds of Freedom will support this mission through programming that goes beyond physical wellbeing to build social capital for clients. This mutually beneficial collaboration between the university and the surrounding neighborhood will foster connectedness, belonging, and community that transcends campus boundaries. As society acclimates to mandates on social distancing, we have taken those guidelines into consideration. The 600 sq ft plot provides space for up to 2-3 gardeners to safely distance while completing tasks. Although the space will be open to the greater community to enjoy and socially interact all years, specific hours will be reserved for SoF Learners from January through June 2021. Outside of their time gardening, a set cohort SoF Learners will engage in six-months of co-curricular education around food sovereignty, economic justice, and community healing. This curriculum will be informed by the pedagogy of Paolo Freire, emphasizing consciousness raising, sustainability, and social justice. Depending on the state of affairs, the education component will be facilitated either at UDYC or virtually via Zoom. As a site of UW/Community interaction, student-learners will take away experiences in organic agriculture, community building, social enterprise, and a deeper understanding of how we can address homelessness. Evaluating Success Comprehensive process evaluation will be utilized to understand the benefit of the garden and associated educational programming. Specifically, we will evaluate the prevalence of community awareness and engagement, barriers to participation, food security and personal characteristics such as SoF Learner satisfaction and staff perspectives of garden location. Semistructured interviews will be conducted, after which identified gaps will be addressed through programming recommendations and changes. As video has quickly become the medium through which most people consume content, SoF will work in partnership with UDYC creative engagement programming to create a visual representation of impact. This video will be shared with the larger community including all donors, and partners. Sustainable Development Goals At its most basic level sustainability is disruptive, it is a constant work in progress. It isn’t just about using less; it is about creating more. More compassion, more connection, more opportunity to live in a world where shared spaces matter. Seeds of Freedom believes that gardens don’t simply equate to food. They equate to an improved relationship to the natural environment, ourselves, and others. They equate to a sense of power over a part of our lives that we can design for ourselves. They equate to a sense of purpose and a site of resistance to isolation and rejection. Gardens equate to freedom. The Freedom to Survive. The implementation of SoF directly contributes to the achievement of Goal 3 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG): “Health and Wellbeing” by strengthening local food sources and improving access to healthy foods and nutrients. In this way we are addressing hunger in vulnerable communities (SDG 2, Zero Hunger). Sustainable literacy and professional skills will be gained directly through the activities involved in designing, implementing, and maintaining the garden. Additionally, SoF Learners will be directly compensated for their work while developing transferable skills for future employment (SDG 8, Decent Work and Economic Growth). The Freedom to Thrive. Utilizing the “Plant, Cook, Organize!” curricula, developed and made available by Planting Justice in Oakland, SoF will cultivate an environment of lifelong learning opportunities for each cohort (SDG 4, Quality Education). The curricula will include information on: food systems, permaculture design, companion planting, healing justice, land and farmworker rights, integrated pest management, cover cropping, cooking, and the historical timeline of the food justice movement. The Freedom to Challenge. Eating organic, locally grown vegetables and fruit will assist youth and young adults in raising consciousness of the interrelationships between a healthy body and a healthy environment (SDG 12, Responsible Consumption and Production). It is our hope that through direct engagement around economic inequality and food access we will empower young adults to address the structural inequities that have become embedded in the industrialized food system (SDG 13, Climate Action) and to advocate for a more sustainable and equitable Seattle (SDG 11, Sustainable Cities and Communities)

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Courtney Jackson

Bike Tube Upcycling

Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $800

Letter of Intent:

Project Background:

The ASUW Bike Shop is a student run, full repair bicycle resource for UW students, staff and faculty. Through its affordable services the shop incentivizes the UW community to choose biking as a sustainable alternative to other modes of transportation. Relative to cars, trains, planes or even buses, bikes are the cleanest mode of transportation. While the Bike Shop is committed to climate resilience efforts by promoting sustainable transportation, the manufacturing of bikes, shipment of inventory, and short life span of tubes generates GHG emissions. The Bike Shop continuously seeks ways to support the campus cycling community’s commitment to climate response. 

Problem Identified/Sustainable Impact:

Every year the Bike Shop generates between 150 to 250 pounds of tube waste. This is equal to roughly 50 to 60 pounds of waste per quarter. Recycling centers in proximity accept used bike tires, not used tubes. Prior to this year the Bike Shop would throw 150 to 250 pounds of bike tubes in the landfill every year. Most bike tubes are made from butyl rubber, a synthetic rubber that is petroleum based. Bike tubes contribute to the embodied carbon of a bike which refers to the carbon dioxide emitted during the manufacturing, transportation and building process. Upcycling or recycling rubber can help save energy and is a small action to reduce the carbon footprint of bikes. Specifically, by upcycling tubes, the Bike Shop will divert waste created through its operations. 

Solution Requested:

Alchemy Goods is an apparel company that makes backpacks, messenger bags, purses, belts, wallets and travel kits from upcycled bike tubes. It sources raw materials from bike retailers across the US. All of its consumer goods are made right here in West Seattle. The mission of Alchemy Goods is to provide goods for eco-friendly people. 

This Fall Quarter (2019) the Bike Shop began dropping off used tubes at Pham Sewing, the sole sewing facility for Alchemy products. Doing so gives these bike tubes a second life. Upcycling tubes takes place once a quarter and requires a U-Car rental. U-CAR rentals charge per hour, per mile. The drop off center is 15 miles away and the process takes approximately two hours. The cost per drop off is about $20 per quarter, excluding the cost of the Bike Shop Managers time. The Bike Shop is looking to partner with the UW Electrical Bicycle Mail Delivery Service to pick up and drop off used tubes at UPS twice a quarter. A request for $800 would fund this tube upcycling project for 5-7 years depending on the amount of tube waste generated each quarter. If this project is approved, the Bike Shop is committed to the Campus Sustainability Funds project criteria which are: sustainable impact, leadership, student involvement, education, outreach, behavior change, feasibility and accountability. 

Leadership/Student Involvement/Education/Outreach:

The tube upcycling project will be directly managed by the Business Manager of the ASUW Bike Shop. The Manager will be responsible for packaging the tubes and coordinating routine pickup times with UW’s E-Bike delivery service. In addition, they will regularly promote this upcycling program through campus events put on by the Bike Shop and its partners. Throughout the year the Bike Shop supports campus events with the mobile maintenance trailer and will advertise and accept donations on site. The Business Manager will keep an inventory of how many bins of tube waste are diverted, reporting these numbers to the community. The Bike Shop is changing its behavior of throwing away tubes by taking this action. They will advertise the acceptance of tube donations via the shop’s website and social media accounts. 

Feasibility and Accountability:

This project will require coordination with successive Bike Shop Managers and UW Mailing Services. The current Managers will explain and pass down this project to the next Shop Managers in transition documents and meetings. 

Funding/Execution Timeline: 

  • April: Coordinate with E-Bike Mailing Delivery Services
  • June: Advertise Used Bike Tube Upcycling Program to the Public, advertise/accept used tubes in the Shop *if shop is open due to COVID-19
  • Summer Operations (Mid June): First pick up/drop off with E-Bike Mailing Services
  • Mid August: Second pickup/drop off with E-Bike Mailing Services *if the shop is open

Example of Pickup Schedule for FY21:

  • Summer Quarter:
    • Pick Up 1- July 22nd, last day of A-term 
    • Pick Up 2- August 21st, last day of B-term 
  • Fall Quarter:
    • Pick Up 1- November 2nd (5th week of Fall Operations) 
    • Pick Up 2- December 14th, first day of Finals Week 
  • Winter Quarter:
    • Pick Up 1- February 1st, (5th week of Winter Operations) 
    • Pick Up 2- March 15th, first day of Finals Week 
  • Spring Quarter:
    • Pick Up 1- May 3rd (5th week of Spring Operations) 
    • Pick Up 2- June 7th, first day of Finals Week 


Cost per UPS shipment (~25 pounds of bike tubes) = $18.45 Annual Shipment Cost (assuming 8 shipments/year)= $18.45*8= $147.6

Total Shipment Cost (5 year project) = $147.6 * 5 = $738 

The Bike Shop will reuse boxes from QBP packages to ship tubes in. 


1. E-Bike Partnership: 

The Program Supervisor of Mailing Services was onboard with the E-Bike partnership when it was discussed this Fall. For outgoing mail, the Bike Shop will need to fill out the required form which is provided by the Student Activities Office (SAO). The E-Bikes would pick up the tubes at the Bike Shop and deliver them to Mailing Services to be shipped by UPS. This project would require the E-Bikes to transport the tubes to Mailing Services once or twice a quarter. I was not able to find University UPS rates but was told each shipment would cost less than $20 (refer to cost estimate above). 


Link to one life cycle assessment of a bike: http://www.designlife-cycle.com/bicycle *Relative to the frame, the embodied carbon of bike tubes is much lower.

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Lisa Jensen

Living Art

Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $950

Letter of Intent:


Janie Bube and Amanda Dinauer, both Master of Landscape Architecture students and Masters of Science in Entrepreneurship student Jaakko Kuoppamaki, are working with the Office of Student Veteran Life and veteran students to explore the therapeutic benefits of artwork being turned into living art (living walls). There are many healing and therapeutic benefits from living walls, including increased productivity and relaxation. The living art will also follow sustainability principles and the overall sustainability goals of the Campus Sustainability Fund. We have already started to work with veteran students through workshops and one-on-one interviews.


  • We hope to bring visual therapeutic benefits, beauty, and overall enjoyment to students in the HUB, particularly students in the study areas.
  • We are working to create a simple, self-sustaining, but new type of living wall that is in a pattern of a historic painting, but with plants.
  • Broadly speaking we hope to enhance the lives of students in community spaces. (These living art pieces could be applied to many spaces around campus that need a positive uplift and therapeutic enhancement.)


There are approximately 3,341 student veterans and military connected families. at the Seattle, UW campus. These students often find themselves on the 2nd floor of the HUB at the Office of Student Veteran Life, even more students (thousands) come and go, study, socialize, and relax throughout the building. This means it is a central location for student veterans, military connected family members, and non-student veterans, faculty, and staff to mingle. Not only this, but it is one of the highest frequented buildings on campus, which makes it a prime location to create something that can lower anxiety, help stress, increase concentration, relax, and purify...something like a living art. We want to create something that brings students together to enjoy while studying, socializing, or relaxing. We have the support from specific students, student veteran leadership who will be helping make this a reality. We also have the staff support from the Office of Student Veteran Life.


Interior living walls have been known to...

  • Purify the air: the plants in an interior living wall filter particulate matter from the air and convert CO2 into oxygen. One meter squared of a living wall extracts 2.3 kg of CO2 per annum from the air and produces 1.7 kg of oxygen.
  • Reduce ambient temperature: plants absorb sunlight, 50% is absorbed and 30% reflected; so this helps to create a cooler and more pleasant climate. For the indoor climate this means that 33% less air conditioning is required, which in turn means energy savings.
  • Reduces ambient noise inside: a living wall acts as a sound barrier to the building. It absorbs 41% more sound than a traditional facade and this means that the environment is much quieter. This results in a reduction of 8 dB, which means that ambient noise is halved.
  • Healthy indoor climate: greenery promotes a healthy indoor climate. Complaints such as irritated eyes, headaches, sore throats and tiredness diminish. In offices where there is plenty of greenery, there is a noticeable decrease in absence due to illness. Imagine this in a university setting!
  • Increases productivity: a green workplace can result in a 15% increase in productivity. Plants have a positive effect on people. This is also reflected in employee satisfaction and can now be reflected in student satisfaction.
  • Offers healing environment: as research has shown time and time again, greenery encourages faster recovery for patients, resulting in a shorter hospital stay. A person's tolerance of pain is higher in a green environment. This is also known as a ‘healing environment’.
  • Increases the feeling of well-being: living and working in a green environment has a positive effect on the well-being of people. Greenery offers relaxation and reduces stress. Look at what Amazon has done with several of its buildings in South Lake Union, not to mention the Amazon Biospheres.


We believe that education and outreach go hand-in-hand with the actual product of the living art. In partnership with the Office of Student Veteran Life, we are planning to do monthly workshops on the benefits of plants and living walls, the importance of art therapy (ties into the framework and process in which we created the living art), and living wall creation and maintenance. We have already spoken to the Student Veteran Life about this and are working in tandem to come up with continuing education workshops.


We are aware of the technical needs of a living wall, but have an engineer on our team who will be designing and building the prototype with us. In addition, two of our team members have previous experience building living walls. We are also aware of the maintenance needs of most living walls. Our living wall is designed specifically with this in mind and will require little maintenance or damage to any location because it is free-standing and does not require being situated on or near a wall; is securely weighted down, so it will not accidently be knocked over; is self-watering; and is self-lighted with special grow lights. The living wall, will need to be plugged in and the water tanks will need to be occasionally filled and supplied with liquid nutrients. We have spoken to the Office of Student Veteran Life about this and we all plan to create a realistic maintenance plan that their students or staff will be more than happy to maintain.


Weekly monitoring will occur by the project team and Veteran Student Life staff and students. This can be done in several ways and the best ways will be determined at the end of April. We will be consulting an environmental psychologist who will help guide us to the best monitoring options regarding student veteran life responses to the living wall with stress reduction, concentration increase, and overall enjoyment of working in the space. We will then broaden our monitoring to the general student body to see how the living art wall has impacted them. We are designing the living art wall to function with as little energy and water usage and yet still be enough for the plants. We will have monitoring devices on the living wall to show water usage and energy usage. This is something that hasn’t really been done for interior living walls, so we are excited to see how it can enhance the project. We are also interested in teaching veteran students and other students how to measure and monitor living projects.

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Janie Bube

Sustainable Pots and Clamshells from Pulp Mold

Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $130,000

Letter of Intent:

February 2020


In our initial request, we mentioned that 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 resources available in the UW Wollenberg Paper and Bioresource Science Laboratory, there are opportunities for producing biodegradable pots on campus to replace the thousands of disposable plastic pots.

In 2017, our student team was awarded $70,000. Shortly thereafter, the manufacturer of the proposed pilot equipment confessed that they could not actually produce our design. A 4-month search commenced and a new manufacturer was found. They confirmed that the original design exceeded the capability of the raw materials with respect to the limits we placed on total fiber content. Working with the Center for Urban Horticulture, a new, slightly smaller, pot was designed, and progress began again. The new manufacturer also pointed out the original technology would not have met our criteria either. They worked with us to design a pilot machine that would deliver our desired product, but it came at a significantly higher cost - $125,000. Current tariff requirements have also raised the cost. The PI for the lab was able to secure a commitment from an organization in New York to cover the gap in funding. After a year and half and many teleconferences, it became clear that our urgency wasn’t shared.  

Additionally, our team sees an opportunity to expand our project’s impact to sustainability on campus with a second mold for a second sustainable product made from the same pilot machine. For instance, molded trays used by food services across campus produced from 100% wood fibers can be replaced by a new mold that uses some non-wood fibers. We request that you consider additional funding to match the cost gap of the pilot machine while also adding value by adding a new sustainable mold.

Environmental Impact Expansion

Currently, molded clam-shell trays used by food services on campus to serve food are produced from wood fibers. Although they are produced from recycled fiber, they are still based on wood pulp. As with the biodegradable pots, we could replace some of the wood pulp in our clamshell mold with wheat straw, enhancing the sustainable footprint.  A potential collaboration with the University of Florida may also present additional non-wood opportunities in the form of kenaf fibers.

Additionally, after meeting with The UW Society for Ecological Restoration (UW-SER), they proposed another way to make the project more sustainable. They are currently in the process of removing ivy and blackberry growth across campus, which are both invasive species. The UW-SER inquired as to whether we could use these plants as material in our molds. This is a topic of research our team is dedicated to delve further into.

Student Leadership and Involvement

This project is overseen by a core of four Bioresource Science and Engineering sophomores, juniors and seniors as well as students from UW-SER, each specializing in different areas. With support from the UW Wollenberg 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, soil and plant community ecology.

As stated in our initial project, 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 to produce a sustainable finished product.

Education, Outreach, & Behavior Change

This interdisciplinary project currently involves a close partnership across majors and campus groups. Currently, our closest partnership is with UW SER. By servicing UW SER alone, we will replace the need for approximately 500 seedling containers per year. Once this product can be produced to scale, we can provide our biodegradable pots to any interested group on campus. Expanding our capability with a second mold to initially support one of the foodservice cafeterias on campus would displace approximately 200 trays per day.

Feasibility, Accountability, & Sustainability

This team of students is competent in their respective specialties, has experience in the Paper and Bioresource Labs and the Center for Urban Horticulture. This team will be overseeing the full implementation of the project throughout,  with continuity of the team ensured by bringing representatives from all classes.


After submitting this letter of intent, our team will dive further into researching the feasibility for each mold. Within the next couple weeks we will contact HFS to find out how much their current clamshells cost, and to discuss the possibility of replacing them with our molded clamshells. Additionally, we will begin researching how to implement the woody mass from ivy/blackberry bushes into the molds, so that the project can have further impact on campus sustainability. All of this research will be culminated into a presentation that will take place in April. If our proposal is accepted, we will then order the mechanical equipment from the contractor, which will have a variable arrival date. After the equipment is installed, tests will begin to verify our molds are effective. Beyond that, the project will continue by collecting  plant mass and producing/distributing the molds to the proper entities.

Budget Estimate

  • KZ-80 Pulping System Cabinet: $2,500
  • ZJW2-6650K Mould Machine: $79,000
  • Pressure Washer: $1,000
  • Forming Mold Set  1 - Square pot: $24,000
  • Forming Mold Set 2 - Food Tray: $24,000


  • High pressure water pump: $1,000
  • Vacuum Pump: $5,500
  • GZ Auto drain system: $4,500
  • Air compressor: $4,500
  • Air Tank: $500


  • KZ-80 Pulping System Cabinet: $2,500
  • KH40B Forming/vacuum system cabinet: $2,500


  • Wiring MCC: $5,000


  • Freight To Jobsite: $5,000
  • Tariff (25%): $37,875


Previous Project Funding: $70,000

Project Total: $129,375

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Ryan Setera

Improving the Benefit-to-Carbon Cost Ratio for University of Washington Air Travel

Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $15,375

Letter of Intent:

Air travel represents a noteworthy amount of carbon ascribed to the University of Washington. In the report titled, “2005 Inventory of Greenhouse Gas Emissions Ascribable to the University of Washington,” air travel accounted for 9.5% of 2005 emissions (CO2eq). This report compared 2005 to 2000 emissions, and it was estimated that air travel emissions increased over this time period while total university emissions decreased. A 2014 Keystone project update titled, “Carbon Footprint: Air Travel at the University of Washington” found that professional air travel accounted for 11% of UW carbon emissions. Given the likely continued trend in air travel across campus, it is expected that today, air travel makes up at least 11% of UW’s emissions — unfortunately we were unable to find data on specific emission categories for more recent time periods.

This proposed project will work to 1) quantify the CO2eq emitted in association with different types of trips for UW faculty, staff and students, including: to conduct research, attend conferences and meetings, give and host seminars, and study abroad, 2) assess the benefit of these various trips to the individuals taking the trip and the overall mission of the university, 3) assess if and for whom these trips have unintended negative consequence; 4) envision policy changes or institutional approaches that minimize air travel with low benefit-to-carbon costs (or have large unintended negative consequences), and enable alternatives to air travel for certain types of trips. The overall goal of this effort is to raise awareness about the impact air travel has on UW carbon emissions and create a framework for reducing these emissions while maintaining the educational and research mission of the university.

Funding is sought to support an hourly student for one year that will, as part of the capstone project for Program on the Environment, collect the required data on air travel at UW (harnessing travel reimbursements, study abroad enrollments, and seminar announcements); categorize the trips; conduct a literature review and distribute questionnaires to faculty, staff and students to assess the purpose and benefit of various trips; and leverage existing approaches used by other institutions or proposed in the literature or general media, and/or envision new approaches that could be taken by UW to reduce air travel. These efforts will be written up as part of the capstone project and will be compiled into an easily digestible report that will be shared with UW Sustainability, UW Travel Office, the UW Environmental Stewardship Committee, and other relevant offices across campus. Additionally, a visually compelling poster will be made and distributed to environmental RSOs on campus and an infographic will be created expressly for distribution on various UW social media channels (e.g. RSOs, Program on the Environment). 

The student conducting these analyses will be supervised by Dr. Kristi Straus (associate director of Program on the Environment) and Dr. Rebecca Neumann (associate professor in Civil & Environmental Engineering). Dr. Straus is a leader in sustainability education and teaches a class (ENVIR 239: Personal Choices, Broad Impacts)that focuses on using personal choice and action to combat climate change. Dr. Neumann is passionate about climate change, with much of her research program focused on better understanding climate-terrestrial feedbacks and how climate change will impact food and water quality. She has recently undertaken a personal and professional interest in taking and motivating action to mitigate climate change.

Budget assumptions:

One student working 10 hours per week during the academic year (assume 20 weeks) and 40 hours per week during the summer (assume 12 weeks) at $16.39 per hour (UW minimum wage) with benefit load rate of 20.9%. Total: $13,475.   We have also budgeted a small amount for administration support of the CSF grant, as PoE does not have a full time administrator.  Four hours per month at $30 per hour and a benefit rate of 32.1% is an additional $1,900.  Total: $15,375

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Becca Neumann

Camas Meadows Monitoring at Burke Museum

Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $9,000

Letter of Intent:

Please accept this letter of interest as an initial proposal to the UW Campus Sustainability Fund to support a program for monitoring the establishment of the prairie plant communities recently installed as part of the landscape for the new Burke Museum. The design and planting of this native habitat type on campus offers an excellent learning opportunity to for students, faculty, and Burke visitors and employees to learn more about rare and endemic ecosystems.

In a recent survey, it was estimated that in the early stages of Euro-American settlement in the region there was more than 5,000 acres of prairie habitat of what is today King County. While not a dominant ecosystem type within the region the prairies offered critical habitat for many plant, insect and animal species, while further providing resources for nourishment of native communities and peoples. Today, very little of the historical extent of prairies in the region remains, with only a few scattered remnant patches of any significance in size and the plant communities of both have been heavily impacted by the encroachment of invasive grass species.

The landscape design for the Burke Museum included eighty thousand native plants. Most of these plants were propagated by locally collected seed. For example, much of the camas seed was collected on a small island in the San Juans and the bulbs were nurtured for up to four years in a nursery prior to planting. Our team, which includes students, a faculty member, and the landscape architect of the project propose to monitor the establishment, growth, and plant community development of the habitat over a 3-year period. The results of the monitoring research will be a findings report and recommended maintenance manual to be shared with UW Grounds and Facilities and other agencies and design teams interested in understanding how to establish and nourish this rare habitat type.

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Jocine Velasco

Fresh Food Recovery for the UW Food Pantry

Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $30,000

Letter of Intent:

Project Overview:

The UW Food Pantry is submitting this letter of intent to the Campus Sustainability Fund (CSF) to seek approximately $30,000 to expand our current gleaning and food recovery efforts at the UW Food Pantry. The objective of this project is to recapture food from the University of Washington (UW) food system that would otherwise become waste and redistribute it to feed students who experience food insecurity.  We call the process of recovering food that would otherwise go to waste or compost gleaning and use the term interchangeably with food recovery in this proposal.  The term food insecurity describes the experience for individuals who have disruptions to the reliable and nutritious food needed to live an active and healthy lifestyle[1]. At the Pantry, want to keep food as food to mitigate the academic, social, and personal impacts of food insecurity for UW students. 

There is an intersection between unutilized food in the UW Food System and food insecurity that we can leverage to meet goals of sustainability and student well-being.  In 2018, UW estimated that over 1.7 million pounds of food was composted and 1.3 million pounds of food landfilled annually, while only 15,000 pounds of food was recovered and donated[2]. During this same time frame, a study conducted in 2018 by UW faculty revealed that roughly 20 percent of UW students may experience food insecurity in the 12 months preceding the study[3]. As you can see by these numbers food is going into the landfill and compost while at the same time students are experiencing disruptions to their access to nutritious food. 

Gleaning and food recovery have been underway at the UW Food Pantry as a pilot project since February, 2019 with the support of temporary funding from the UW Career & Internship Center. In the last year paid-student interns have opened five campus dining locations to glean ready-to-eat boxed and prepared items (sandwiches, salads, cut fruit and veggies); and worked closely with the UW Farm to glean and recover the fresh produce they grow that goes unutilized. Approximately 4,500 pounds of food have been recovered and made available for redistribution at the UW Food Pantry through this pilot program in the last calendar year. 


Through the first year of our gleaning program the Pantry has been able to reliably recover and distribute food to students in need.  The potential need in the community currently exceeds the capacity at which the Pantry can gather and store food for distribution.  While gleaning currently happens in five locations there are dozens more dining establishments both on and off campus which could partner with the Pantry to reduce food waste and feed students. 

Feasibility and Support:

Both Housing and Food Services (responsible for all campus dining locations) and The UW Farm are partners in support of gleaning and food recovery on campus.  The gleaning and redistribution model the Pantry has used this year has proven to be a reliable way to gather food from dining locations and meets health and safety requirements for food distribution.  The success of the gleaning program has made it a priority for the UW Food Pantry to secure funding for a second year.  As such we are seeking funding support from multiple sources and will keep CSF informed of any funding that is secured and how it might affect our request.

We recognize that another food recovery program called Meal Matchup has been supported by CSF.  We believe we are operating in spaces that don’t compete directly with this service and look forward to discussing how both programs can be implemented to help reduce food waste and food insecurity.     

Budget Priorities:

Support from the Campus Sustainability Fund would be utilized to pay one student employee and provide infrastructure improvements to increase the amount of food recovered and made available for redistribution.  The student employee would be paid above minimum wage for approximately 15 hours per week for 52 weeks of the year.  Infrastructure improvements would help to increase our capacity to transport and cold-store food.  This may include carts or hand-trucks, refrigeration or freezer units, and potentially car rental to move food.  Understanding that a priority of the CSF is for outreach and awareness, a portion of funding would be earmarked for communication efforts or engagement events to help students learn more about food recovery and its role in addressing food insecurity. 

Student Leadership and Involvement:

Students have and will continue to be the force behind our gleaning program.  Current efforts have been led by paid-student interns and supported by student volunteers.  The student leaders responsible for gleaning have worked directly with staff in HFS and UW Farm to establish gleaning operations, schedules, and processes.  Students will largely be responsible to choose the path forward with regard to expansion and what is required to meet capacity needs when it comes to infrastructure improvements.  UW Staff, currently the manager of student success in the Division of Student Life, is responsible for providing institutional support to this program. 

Thank you for your initial consideration of our request and we look forward to discussing this proposal further. 

Sean Ferris

Manager for Student Success

Division of Student Life

[1] Food Insecurity according the Feeding America and the USDA: https://www.feedingamerica.org/hunger-in-america/food-insecurity

[2] Internal UW reports on waste, recycling, and food donation: https://facilities.uw.edu/bsd/recycling/reports.

[3] UW Student Housing and Food Insecurity Study: https://evans.uw.edu/student-housing-and-food-insecurity-study

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Sean Ferris

3D Printer Material Recycling Program

Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $7,500

Letter of Intent:

The project proposed here is designed to create a 3D printer material recycling program that all offices, laboratories, and communal spaces at the University of Washington can benefit from.

Advancements in manufacturing technologies have allowed 3D printers to literally become household items, making them relatively inexpensive rapid prototyping devices for engineering, research, and teaching purposes. This has made them incredibly common on UW’s campus, as they can be found in many classrooms, engineering spaces, and laboratories across disciplines. This invaluable resource has come with a significant environmental drawback as a large amount of the material (known as filament) used to create 3D prints is wasted in the process of creating a final print. Three sources of waste in the 3D printing process are the high rates of print failure, extra filament left on spools, and the extraneous material needed to support prints (known as scaffolding). Although in theory all used-material can be reheated and used again, this excess or wasted material is almost always in practice thrown away as recycling is not ubiquitously available, requires high upfront costs/long wait on returns, or can not be refurbished at an appropriate quality.

Given the ubiquity of 3D printers on campus and the high amount of waste generated, this project seeks to create a small space where any office, classroom, or lab on campus can bring their excess/waste filament to be ground down, melted, and respooled into usable filament for future projects. Recycling the material on campus would reduce the amount of material that ended up in landfills and would also reduce the amount of new product that needed to be ordered. As 3D filament is not commonly found in brick-and-mortar stores, all of it is purchased online (usually from Amazon) involving the manufacturing and shipping of all materials to campus. As this project will generate usable filament, we plan on giving back a portion of recycled material to donors to incentivise participation. All of the remaining filament generated will be donated or sold at a steep discount to groups on campus or in the community that may not be able to easily afford their own material. This would allow underrepresented and underprivileged groups to have the ability to become involved in 3D printing in cases where material cost may have been prohibitive.

Students involved with this project will be tasked with any of the following duties including: designing/posting posters/flyers about services this project provides, answering emails sent to a project specific email, bringing collection materials (bags, labels etc) to requesting groups, bringing donated materials to the project office, sorting/cleaning donated materials, maintaining donation records, processing & recycling materials, and handling returns of purchased materials.

In order to give back to the community the members of this project will not only be involved in all of the aforementioned tasks but may also volunteer to speak about the project at events such as orientations or ‘trash talks’ given by Waste Management and sustainability groups on campus. Collaborating with Waste Management on UW campus will be the most important part of networking the project can do as they already have a large number of collaborations for recycling in the community and can reach an even larger audience. In order to get as much participation as possible for this project it will also be important to circulate posters and emails about our services to a broad audience on campus. Not only will we be able to educate people about the recycling opportunities associated with 3D printing, but our donations of filaments to makerspaces and libraries will improve education about 3D printing to a wider audience.

As founder of this project, Lydia Smith Ph.D. (lab manager in Amy Orsborn’s Lab), will be the project manager and in charge of purchasing materials, selling/donating recycled material, and organizing/managing students involved in this project. She has extensive experience with 3D printing as well as mentoring undergraduate students. There are also several makerspaces on campus with staff that are proficient and well versed in 3D printing who can be called upon for expertise. Initially we will include a line item  paying for at most 5 hours/week for Lydia to be the project manager, but as more students join the project, the amount of time required will lessen. Given that this project has the ability to generate a small amount of revenue, we would be able to help support student workers throughout the year.


Purchase initial equipment for recycling materials: Weeks 1-2.
Begin recycling material (we have a stockpile to start): Week 3.
Get approval for posting: Week 3.
Post outreach materials: Week 4.
Begin collecting donations: Week 5.
Distributing recycled material. Week 9.

Budget ($7500):

Initial Equipment for Recycling materials: $2000
Outreach materials: $1000
Project manager salary: ($25/hour, 5 hours/week, 10 weeks) $1300
Student help salaries: ($16/hour, 5 hours/week, 10 weeks/quarter, 4 quarters) $3200

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Lydia Smith

Food System Coalition Campus-Wide Dolores Documentary Screening

Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $1,000

Letter of Intent:

About us:

The UW Food Systems Coalition RSO strives to 1) improve knowledge of local food systems, including topics on policy, equity, and labor, amongst UW students, and to 2) actively participate in food systems policy advocacy and local events. We envision a just and equitable food system that sustains and replenishes the vitality of our natural environment and all its inhabitants.

The Food Systems Coalition seeks to foster health, equity, and community through: 

  • Facilitation of interdisciplinary and community relationships
  • Education about food systems
  • Recognition that food workers are the foundation of our food system
  • Advocacy for a just, equitable and sustainable food systems policy change across all levels

Project Proposal:

In-line with our mission to increase UW community awareness of local and national food systems topics and issues, we are planning a documentary screening for spring quarter. We plan to host this event in the UW Ethnic Cultural Center.

The documentary will pertain to a particular food system topic. We would like to show the PBS documentary, Dolores, which is about Dolores Huerta, a civil rights activist and the co-founder, along with Cesar Chavez, of the National Farmworkers Association (now United Farm Workers). By sharing this documentary with the UW community, we hope to raise awareness of our national food system’s dependence on the labor of farm workers, and the importance of fighting for farm workers’ rights. We envision screening this documentary in spring quarter around Cesar Chavez Day in order to highlight women who have been critical in pushing the farm workers’ rights movement forward, yet who often are left out of mainstream history.

In addition to the documentary screening, we hope to host a speaker who can talk about where the farmworker movement is today, and what it looks like in Washington.

CSF Funding Criteria:

This project meets CSF funding criteria in the following ways:

  1. Sustainable Impact: This project meets the criteria of raising awareness of an equity issue, contributing to the goal of increasing social sustainability. The project also is about agricultural sustainability, as farm workers are the backbone of our nation’s food system.
  2. Leadership and Student Involvement: This project is entirely planned and executed by the students in the RSO, Food System Coalition.
  3. Education, Outreach, and Behavior Change: The purpose of the screening is to educate the greater UW community about this important topic. The event will be advertised to students campus-wide.
  4. Feasibility and Accountability: We already have the Ethnic Cultural Center theater booked for 4/3 from 3:15-8pm (includes set-up and clean-up time). We need to pay them by 2 weeks before the event (3/20). We are asking for $1000, which will cover the room rental fee, a speaker honorarium, documentary screening rights fees, and advertising. Equipment fees for screening the documentary is included in the room rental fees.


    • Ethnic Cultural Center
      • $23/hr +$25 cleaning and maintenance fee +$76 technician fee (RSO discount)
        • Total: $286.25
    • Dolores Documentary Screening Rights through PBS:
      • $275.25
    • Marketing:
      • $100
    • Speaker Honorarium:
      • $300
    • Total: $961.50 (requesting $1,000)


  • We have reserved the Ethnic Cultural Center theater already for 4/3. We will finalize the speaker and finish preparations by 3/2.
  • Pending CSF mini grant funds, we hope to advertise during weeks 9 and 10 of this quarter (3/2-3/13), as well as send email advertisements during this time and over spring break. We also will advertise the first week of spring quarter, as the event is the Friday of that week.
  • Event Date: 4/3 3:15-8pm (includes set up and clean up time)
Primary Contact First & Last Name: Kelly Wolffe

Electrochromic Glazing System for UW Health Sciences Education Building

Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $65,000

Letter of Intent:

Project Proposal Summary

In order to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050 and to respond to the climate change emergency, it is necessary for University of Washington to invest in new building technologies that can reduce building energy consumption while at the same time improving the student experience and supporting the institutional mission of the University. Currently, the University is in the planning and design process for a new Health Sciences Education Building (HSEB) located on NE Pacific St. on the South end of campus, which will serve students, faculty and staff for generations.

A relatively new technology, the electrochromic window (ECW) is being considered for a number of the teaching spaces. This technology aims to reduce energy consumption, increase visual and thermal comfort, and reduce maintenance over the life of the building. Like self-tinting prescription glasses, ECWs are an optical glazing (window) technology by which the visible and solar transmittance of a window can be controlled between a transparent state to a very darkened state thus providing a range of visible light transmittances (Tvis) and solar heat gain coefficients (SHGC) when modulated by a control system and sensors to adjust to climate conditions.

This proposal requests a total of $65,000 from CSF to fund three project components: (1) an initial feasibility and evaluation phase for two students to work with the UW Project Development Group and the Miller Hull Partnership (leading the design team) to assess the technology and evaluate its potential impacts ($6,000); (2) to fund a portion of the incremental cost (added cost beyond conventional windows) of installing the ECWs at the HSEB (approximately $45,000) ; and (3) student labor to provide education, outreach, and post occupancy evaluation and storytelling about the technology ($14,000). If, after the initial feasibility phase, the design team or the UW Project Development Group elects not to incorporate ECWs the balance of the funding will be returned to CSF.

Furthermore, the process of design and evaluation of ECWs and dynamic shading systems will be incorporated into a UW course (ARCH 535) offered in by a faculty member in the College of Built Environments during spring quarter during the duration of the project.

If funded, this project will contribute to UW campus sustainability by maximizing energy performance, and improving the classroom experience while showcasing new building envelope technology that sets new sustainability standards on campus.

Sustainable Impact

In order to reach carbon reduction goals and achieve net neutrality by 2050, it is necessary for the University of Washington to invest in new building technologies. Electrochromic Glazing, an electronically tinted glass system, has been shown to improve building performance by maximizing solar energy and minimizing unwanted heat and glare. By adopting this emerging technology, the University of Washington will reduce its carbon emissions and set new standards for building performance. Campus must continue to serve as a living laboratory for sustainable solutions, promoting a culture of environmental stewardship into the future.  

Goals and objectives

  1. Maximize Energy Performance
  2. Showcase An Emerging Building Technology
  3. Enhance Occupant Satisfaction

A primary goal is to improve thermal comfort and reduce glare. This is very important if facility managers are concerned about productivity costs.  It is essential that the academic sphere remain the best place to generate positive experiences for occupants.  Buildings that encourage people to connect is an objective the university recognizes as an important aspect of the UW’s character.  Studies show that a connection to the outdoors can improve cognitive function.  Natural light and outdoor views can boost worker productivity. Implementation of electrochromic windows will allow for a higher square footage of glass because of the inherent energy savings.   Not only will electrochromic glass improve the social sphere but it also brings the heat load of a building down, allowing for a smaller HVAC system.

Education & Outreach

The evaluation of and incorporation of a new technology for a future teaching facility offers a number of educational an outreach benefits. First, it will provide the opportunity to include UW students in the decision-making process inherent in evaluating a new technology for the Campus. This will provide hands-on engagement in life-cycle-cost assessment where critical issues of user experience, energy performance, and operations and maintenance are evaluated. The findings from this process will inform future projects at UW and will be incorporated in the outreach and education component. Once the project is constructed, students will have the experience of a new type of classroom experience using the dynamic glazing to improve their comfort and the classroom experience.  This project will offer an opportunity to develop messaging and storytelling via visual displays and/or interactive media that is exhibited in indoor public spaces and shares energy-savings and other aspects of the design. Specific strategies for community engagement will be established in the initial phase of the project, depending on the interactive feedback capabilities of the specific ECW system.

Concurrent with the design process students in the College of Built Environments will have the opportunity to learn more about ECWs and the project development process for the HSEB in a course, ARCH 535: Daylighting Design taught by Associate Professor Christopher Meek, with assistance from Connor Beck and Ben-Hsin Dow, the students participating in the CSF-funded project.

Methods and Strategies

The electrochromic windows will be placed in the “heart” of student communal areas, specifically multi-use spaces and classrooms. The majority of these spaces are oriented facing south so it is important to implement appropriate glazing mechanisms on the southern facades that handle large volumes of sunlight.  With user and/or automated controls that change tint, electrochromic glass eliminates the need for blinds or louvres, providing options for user and automated controls tint.  This allows the building to have a more tidy appearance with the lack of shading devices. The windows are to be placed in rooms that require varying light levels to accommodate multi-use activities.  

Plan of Evaluation

The long-term scope of the project may require a post-occupancy questionnaire and will require data collection from the system to evaluate impacts and tell the story of the system as part of the demonstration. This would be done in coordination with the UW Office of Sustainability. Additionally, post occupancy studies could measure building heat loads and light intensity.


This funding request includes two components: (1) $20,000 of student labor; (2) approximately $45,000 to cover the incremental cost of upgrading conventional code-compliant glass to ECWs in the new HSEB facility. Since the project is currently in design, it is unclear the total amount of ECWs that would provide significant benefit to the building, but at minimum 1000 ft² in a prominent, visible, and accessible location is projected. Any funding that is not used will be returned to CSF.  Furthermore, the project team will seek additional sources to defray the cost of this incremental investment including, the ECW manufacturer and local utilities.

EC glazing cost about $145 per square foot. Since the design is in process the exact amount of ECW glass area is yet to be determined, but we anticipate an approximate incremental cost of $45,000 compared to conventional glazing. A breakdown of budget items includes:

  1. Incremental capital costs of electrochromic windows:
    • $45,000 -- CSF
  2. Student Salaries for two students for one year total:
    • $6,000 – CSF at .25 FTE for 1 quarter per timeline (Feasibility/Design/Education)
    • $14,000 – CSF at .25 FTE for 1 quarter per timeline (Post-occupancy evaluation/Outreach/Education)

Timeline & Accountability

Phase I -- Initial feasibility and design, student education (1 year).

Phase II – Procurement and installation, and student education, (1-3).

Phase III – Post-occupancy evaluation, and public outreach (2022).

Accountability:  Core Project Team

Master of Architecture Students (Project co-Leads)

Connor Beck, M. Arch Candidate

Ben-Hsin Dow, M. Arch Candidate

Additional future students TBD

Will lead the CSF project and coordinate with all external and internal participants in the project. Will be responsible for reporting progress, activities, and outcomes to the CSF.


University of Washington Project Delivery Group (HSEB) UW Facilities

Point person: Julie Knorr, Architect, Project Manager

Will serve as the point-of-contact at the University of Washington Project Development Group and provide connections to UW stakeholder groups involved in the project.


The Miller Hull Partnership (A/E Lead)

Point persons: Chris Hellstern, Living Building Challenge Services Director

Elizabeth Moggio, AIA, Associate

Will serve as the primary point of contact for the architecture and engineering team.  Person will lead technical analysis incorporating student activities in the design and evaluation process of the ECWs and provide coordination with the energy engineering team at PAE Engineering (project mechanical engineer).


University of Washington Integrated Design Lab/Department of Architecture

Point person: Christopher Meek, Associate Professor, Department of Architecture

The Integrated Design Lab (IDL), will provide technical modeling support and will provide space support and computing resources for the student project leads. Prof. Meek will also incorporate ECW modeling and design developed with the CSF project student leads in the course ARCH 535: Daylighting Design offered in spring quarter in the College of Built Environments. This course is at the graduate level, but is open to undergraduates with instructor permission.

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Connor Beck

Student Sustainability Forum

Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $600

Letter of Intent:

Project Size: Small, <$1,000

Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $600

Summary of project proposal:

As all-encompassing threats, the ongoing climate, environmental, and consequential social crises must inform decisions made in every field and profession. Although the current and impending destabilization resulting from these crises call for unified action, the global response has been disappointing at best. Even in a university famed for innovation and progress our actions have been inexcusably meager. The abundance and variety of RSOs focused on social and environmental sustainability at the UW demonstrate a significant interest within the campus community to be active and engaged in the efforts to address our climate crisis on the local, national, and even international level. Unfortunately, these efforts are fragmented across various departments and disciplines which has stunted meaningful action.

Furthermore, groups which are not dedicated specifically to these fields risk being unaware of the important work being done in sustainability on campus. An even larger concern is that these groups lack the resources & encouragement to expand the ongoing sustainability efforts to include their own work & projects. Due to these circumstances, opportunities for collaboration are hindered due to lack of communication, awareness, and empowerment. Finally, although the administration has provided support for sustainability efforts through organizations such as the Office of Sustainability or the Campus Sustainability Fund, it has not yet taken action on the scale that it needs to.

The Administration's current aim to release a draft of a comprehensive Sustainability Plan on Earth Day 2020 has provided a critical opportunity to push the University’s commitment to sustainable practices farther than ever before. However, as matters currently stand, student voices are diluted, and the committee’s outreach efforts are insufficient. In order to effectively engage with the administration at this critical time it is apparent that students must unify in order to advance our common goals.

In order to facilitate a successful and meaningful collaboration amongst all UW students we (the Sustainability Curriculum Coalition) will host a Student Sustainability Forum; an event designed to unite and empower the diverse University community by creating a space for students from across campus to partake in discussion and deliberation to create a list of demands & actions they wish to see in UW’s upcoming Sustainability Plan.

This forum will promote actions already being led by student groups on campus as well as facilitate discussion over further actions which could be pursued. The format of the discussion groups which the forum will be broken into is designed with the goal of formulating a cohesive set of demands which will be recommended for integration into the upcoming UW Sustainability Plan.  

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

Environmental Impact

This event is explicitly concerned with the future of the University's sustainability and environmental policies. The topics of the forum will cover a range of actions which the university could undertake. As attendees enter the forum, they will have the opportunity to talk with groups tabling for projects which are already in progress. For example, the Sustainability Curriculum Coalition (SCC) will present on how we have been advocating for changes to the structure of the general curriculum which could provide all students with a more comprehensive understanding of topics in sustainability and how to implement these in their future careers.

After this period everyone will split into groups based on the main themes outlined in the sustainability plan and discuss which action should be the university's top priority. The intent of this structure is to both provide exposure to sustainability projects already in progress and seed discussion for new ideas to emerge at the forum. From these discussions we aim to distill a set of actions that students from a variety of backgrounds can endorse. These are not just ideas but actions which the university must undertake in order to truly embody the ideals of sustainability it extolls. By presenting these as a set of collectively backed demands we foresee that the event could affect real change onto the policies which the administration chooses to pursue in the sustainability plan to be released this Spring. The Forum will create a channel for students to advocate directly to the administration for changes which will positively impact our environment.

Student Leadership & Involvement

This is a 100% student led initiative. The entire project has been envisioned and designed by the members of the Sustainability Credit Coalition. The leads are the group’s officers, Anya Gavrylko, Emma Wilson, and Xavaar Quaranto. The team is composed of additional members of the Sustainability Curriculum Coalition along with service learners from Eco Reps and support from other groups that were in attendance at our Green Husky Coalition. 

At its heart the Sustainability RSO Forum is a project designed for and by students to amplify our voices and empower the student body to advocate for our future. Not only will this event be organized by various student stakeholders on campus, it is being put on by students, for students. It is meant to provide an opportunity for students with various talents and passions to be joined under one roof, offering different perspectives on sustainability.

Education, Outreach, & Behavior Change

This event will be primarily educational, meant to inform everyone in attendance about the UW Sustainability Plan while also bringing new perspectives to the conversation via the various students we will have represented in the space. We are creating this platform to encourage students to support each other, so that we can work together to learn about student vision for the future of sustainability at UW. 

The RSO Forum is fundamentally an event about connecting as many groups as possible to promote collaboration and ultimately enact change on the operation of the university as a whole. While there are already groups dedicated to promoting sustainability and protecting the environment these ideals are ultimately the responsibility of all. Therefore, at the heart of this project is the belief that we must include representatives from across the campus community to ensure the actions we propose are equitable and well informed. 

Seeing as this event depends on a diverse group of students being in attendance, our outreach strategies must match this goal. We have several ideas regarding what our outreach strategy should look like. We need to meet with folks that work in the Ethnic Cultural Center to see if they will get the word out among students they serve about the forum. We need to reach out to all ASUW commissions and offices about what the event is and why they should send a representative. We need to put as many posters in as many different buildings on campus as we can afford to and come up with a strategy for equitably completing this task. We need to work with Disabilities Services Office to ensure that our event is accessible to any student who might want to come. Finally, we must constantly be open to new ideas regarding our outreach strategy and be consistently asking ourselves how we can reach more students. 

In bringing together the university community in a single space to focus on these issues the ultimate goal of this event is to enact behavior change on an institutional level. Our aim is to outline a student written agenda of actions we want the University to undertake. We foresee that individual ideas or actions proposed in our agenda will in turn have cascading effects on the University as a whole, if implemented into the UW Sustainability Plan. For example, implementing the SCC’s proposal to integrate sustainability across the curriculum could have far reaching impacts on the way graduates understand topics in sustainability and interact with them in their lives and careers. By bringing the force of the combined students body’s attention to address these pressing issues this event could be the catalyst to create an equitable path forward for the University of Washington Community to truly be able to say, “sustainability is in our nature”.

Feasibility, Accountability, & Sustainability

In preparation for the RSO Forum leads Anya Gavrylko, Emma Wilson, and Xavaar Quaranto have worked together since last spring to coordinate several smaller events to develop planning and preparation skills. These include a presentation on institutional Sustainability across the Curriculum featuring a faculty member from the University of Vermont and a meeting of the Green Husky Coalition, an umbrella group where different groups interested in sustainability can meet and collaborate. Building from our experience with these events we are ready to scale up to a larger venue and a wider audience. We also hope to work with a larger group of very qualified people to make this event successful. 

We have already implemented strategies for keeping each other accountable within the Sustainability Curriculum Coalition, and we plan on maintaining these strategies throughout the planning process. We assign and complete tasks using a spreadsheet, we have weekly check-in meetings to ensure we are not taking on too much, and we set goals with each other for when tasks will be completed. We were able to successfully put on two events this quarter while maintaining tabling engagements and regularly scheduled meetings. 

By encouraging attendees to write down their ideas as they discuss and identifying their most important ideas, we will gather an informal survey of the topics which our audience feels is most critical. After the Forum concludes we will condense these into a Student Sustainability agenda which we will send back to attendees for revision and approval. Students will be able to sign this as a show of support so it can ultimately be presented to the university for inclusion into the UW Sustainability Plan.

This is the first of several follow ups to make sure the ideas we gather retain their momentum. We also want to maintain quarterly meetings open to all students who want to continue to collaborate on all things regarding UW sustainability. The SCC has plans to shift into being a group focusing most of our efforts on creating a united effort with various student groups to improve environmental and social sustainability on campus.

Estimated Project Budget

Because this event is primarily designed to generate discussion and ideas the material costs are limited to promotional material, supplies such as whiteboards to facilitate conversation, and overhead such as the building fee.

Project Timeline

Weekly: SCC Meetings to share updates and evaluate goals (once a week for one hour)

  • Early December
    • Organize groups for graphic and initial idea designs 
      • (Canva Projects (to be done over Winter Break)
    • Research Catering options for event
  • December 5
    • Funding
      • CSF/SEED
  • December 10
    • Decide/Reserve Venue 
    • Begin outreach to potential professional facilitators and those working on the Sustainability Plan
  • December 15
    • Finalize supplies needed for event 
      • Rent out projector
      • Sound equipment if needed
      • Large whiteboard
      • Native Plant Seeds
  • Mid December
    • Finalize promotional details
    • Increase access for info
      • Facebook outreach
      • Posters
      • Draft emails to guest list
      • Contact Staff/Faculty on campus
      • Photographer from the Daily
      • Contact Burke museum email list
      • Point of contact with other schools
  • Late December
    • Create RSVP
    • Publish Facebook page 
  • January 6-10 
    • Outreach to RSOs on campus and invitations 
    • Meetings with as many groups as possible
      • ECC
      • ASUW Offices
    • Begin Formal Outreach (Beginning of January)
      • Emails to guest list
      • Send out physical invitations perhaps
      • Put up posters
  • Early January
    • Finalize any additional volunteers 
  • January 27th 
    • Day of the actual event from 6-8 PM!
Primary Contact First & Last Name: Anya Gavrylko

Africa Now Conference [Virtual]

Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $25,000

Letter of Intent:


The Africa Now Association exists to educate, organize, and mobilize youth to imagine and create a sustainable future for the global African community. Our association focuses on enriching global perspectives, supporting grassroots efforts across the African diaspora, and providing individuals with the network and resources to tackle problems facing the African continent and its diaspora.  

Africa Now is seeking $25,000 from the Campus Sustainability Fund to aid in funding our third annual conference, focused on inspiring young Black students and professionals to join the movement for sustainable African development.

Within our 2nd year of operating, we created the Africa Now Association - a non profit organization that hosts the Africa Now Conference and aides community projects with volunteers and funding for sustainable projects that benefit the African community. CSF has been instrumental in helping us achieve this milestone. As we aim to build our community and collaborators on the UW’s campus we’re also working hard to create local and global alliances that will help sustain Africa Now’s mission and funding. This year’s funds will not only be used to plan the conference but to also jumpstart our efforts to establish long term funding, alliances, and start community projects that align with our theme - “Progress Through Sustainability”.

From the start, our hope was to help foster relationships between attendees from diverse academic disciplines leading to new foundations, entrepreneurial ventures, group sponsored initiatives and ideas that will translate into action, not only in Seattle but across the world. Today we’ve met up with several individuals and organizations that have been inspired by the Africa Now Conference. This year we plan on hosting activities that will allow students to learn and take action with us. Along with inspiring and educating our community through our annual conference we plan to be a resource that also takes action in our community - leading by example.

Sustainable Impact 

Our primary goal for the 2020 Africa Now conference is for attendees to have a forum to explore strategies for developing sustainable solutions in their communities throughout the African Diaspora and in Africa. Africa Now defines sustainability as addressing the environmental, economic, social, and political aspects of Africa’s continued growth. This year, our theme is centered around environmental sustainability. We want to analyze and identify practical solutions for environmental sustainability through the lens of  politics, business, education, media and technology. Our holistic approach to environmental sustainability also takes into account that black and African communities bear the brunt of climate change. From the scorching temperatures along the African equator to rising sea levels throughout the carribean, the global African community needs to properly equip themselves with the knowledge and the skills to adapt to these extreme changes in the climate.   

The conference will provide attendees learning opportunities, discussion forums, tools and resources that will allow them to leave the conference with actionable solutions they can implement so as to contribute to environmental sustainability in their communities. One of our main ways of sharing this information throughout our conference will be through our breakout sessions which will provide opportunities for learning and discussion. This year, we plan on incorporating seven separate breakout sessions throughout the conference in order to allow our attendees to learn from individuals who are experts within their fields but also tap into their existing knowledge as a collaborative group. We want to provide new interactive ways for our attendees learn, network, and take action with those who are in these fields and those who are interested in the development of the African continent. 

Leadership and Student Involvement 

Following the tradition of the past two years, the Africa Now conference is organized entirely by students, most of whom are current UW students in the Seattle Area and supported by two UW alumni who are founding members. This year’s conference planning committee is comprised of students from a variety of departments and student organizations on the UW campus and they each offer unique experiences and talents that will enhance the group dedicated to organizing this conference. In addition, each member of the team brings their own set of networks that will allow us to expand out impact not only on the UW campus, but throughout the Seattle Area. Our goal is to bring together the communities each of our committee members represents and build solidarity within these communities.

Education, Outreach, Behavior Change 

Each year, the Africa Now conference continues to expand and collaborate with Black and African organizations within the Seattle community and continues to connect with organizations back on the African continent. Our goal is to expand our network of connections in order to increase the number and diversity of our attendees. On campus, we collaborate with many of the other black organizations such as Black Student Union, African Student Association and the African Studies Department for lead up events in order to stimulate interest around the campus community and encourage attendance. We also collaborate with non-UW organizations, such as Mother Africa, in order to target the young black professional community within Seattle. The purpose of targeting both groups, is to create connections and bridges within our communities that will foster continued conversations and promote tangible actions to be taken even after the conference is long over. 

Feasibility and Accountability

The feasibility of this project is best demonstrated by the past two annual Africa Now conferences, which conference attendees rated as a success. The first, which was held in May of 2018 had over 100 registered attendees. In our 2019 conference, we accommodated for over 180 attendees. This year’s planning committee will leverage and build on the experiences of these past two conferences, as well as the feedback from the surveys that our conference attendees completed. For our 2020 conference, we will spotlight the work that has been continued since our last annual conference. We want to showcase those who have taken what they have learned at our previous annual conferences and applied it to real life actions that promote sustainability here in the diaspora and back on the continent. 

These past few years we have been supported by mentors such as Professor Brukab Sisay in the American Ethnic Studies, Emile Petri of the OMAD department and king county Judge LeRoy McCallough. Along with the professional expertise of these individuals we’re also heavily supported by the two founders of Africa Now - Wole Akinlosotu and Jeanne Dore.

Preliminary Budget

Plates and Utensils  $150
Conference decor $650
Physical Promo $400
Digital Promo (Website) $1500
225 Reusable Water Bottles  $3000
Program Booklets  $200
Name Tags  $100
Media - 2 Photographers & 1 Videographer $2000
Speakers (7 x ~$1400) $10,000
Live Entertainment $800
Featured Artists $2200
Bus Vouchers for Students  $250 
Giveaways  $300
Venue $2000
Total  $25,000


Outside of the CSF, we will be seeking funding from the ECC Student Event Fund, as well as other community organizations and businesses (e.g. African Chamber of Commerce, Africans at Microsoft, Africans at Boeing, Africans at T-Mobile, etc).


  • 9:30 - 10:00      Registration / Gallery Walk
  • 10:00 - 10:05       Introductions
  • 10:05 - 10:45      Case Comp
  • 10:45 - 10:55       Transition
  • 10:55 - 11:55       Workshop 1
  • 11:55 - 12:05        Transition
  • 12:05 - 12:35    Case Comp
  • 12:35 - 12:45    Transition
  • 12:45 - 1:30        Lunch
  • 1:30 - 1:40       Transition
  • 1:40 - 2:50       Workshop 2
  • 2:50 - 3:00      Transition
  • 3:00 - 3:30       Case Comp
  • 3:30 - 4:00       Resource Fair
  • 4:00 - 4:30       Closing Remarks //  Raffle
Primary Contact First & Last Name: Michelle Mvundura

Project IF - Phase II

Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $150,000

Letter of Intent:


Project Indoor Farm (IF) consists of a team of students and community members aiming to create a more sustainable campus food system through indoor urban farming. In 2018, with a generous grant from the University of Washington Campus Sustainability Fund, we began work on Phase I, a feasibility study. Most of the grant funding went towards successfully setting up the indoor farm in Condon Hall, which included a hydroponic system with 32 vertical growing towers and LED lights, a seedling rack with germination and seedling trays, and other equipment. In addition, the feasibility study has thus far produced operation protocols, a formal website (https://projectifuw.wixsite.com/projectif) with social media platforms (https://www.instagram.com/projectifuw/) (https://www.facebook.com/projectifuw/), a user-instruction software called Aquarium (https://www.aquarium.bio), and over 130 lbs. of buttercrunch lettuce. We have had the opportunity to donate a large portion of our product to the local University District Food Bank and have engaged in outreach by attending local sustainability events. In recent months, we have had the privilege of meeting with students and faculty members, and provided tours of our farm to different classes with the goal of increasing engagement and awareness of the benefits of urban farming on campus. As we are completing our Phase I feasibility study, we are preparing for the Phase II of the development of Project IF. For Phase II, our project will have two primary elements: Production and Education.

Sustainable Impact:

For Phase II, we aim to create a sizable on-campus farm to provide a supplemental amount of leafy greens and herbs to dining halls, cafes, such as the Husky Grind and Cultivate, and food banks on campus. According to the UW Housing and Food Services, the UW main campus serves about 20,000 meals a day. Sourcing food locally from Project IF would cut down food transportation costs, consumed packaging, be a secure stream of produce, improve quality and freshness, with the overall goal of reducing UW’s carbon footprint. With a larger space and more resources, we also hope to produce a wider range of leafy greens and herbs, from buttercrunch lettuce to arugula to mint. While more product would be grown, our hydroponic system offers a sustainable alternative to traditional farming methods to produce higher yields with fewer resources. Our goal with Phase II is to maximize the positive impact of indoor urban farming on the UW community.  

Education, Outreach, and Behavior Change: 

Our Phase II Education component will focus on providing education and research opportunities to students who are interested in learning about indoor urban farming. Most recently, we have been collaborating with Professor Eli Wheat and Professor Sean McDonald within the Program of the Environment. We will be featured in Dr. Wheat’s ENVIR 240 Urban Farm curriculum this spring and have plans to provide students with the opportunity to conduct a small research project for honors/independent study credit. Project IF will also be listed as an available project in Dr. McDonald’s senior capstone series this upcoming spring. We will also continue giving tours of our farm to classes such as Professor Julie Johnson’s Climate Changed Urban Agriculture studio LARCH 501D, and on a more informal basis to interested students.

We see Project IF as an intersection of many disciplines. From agriculture and environmental science, to urban planning and public policy, to production planning and logistics, we welcome students from all majors. Our goal is to help students to apply their passion to our indoor farm. We are excited to see our indoor farm project incorporated into UW’s curriculum and be an opportunity for students to apply what they are learning to shape their own local food system, enrich their experience at UW, and ultimately promote sustainability.

Leadership & Student Involvement:

Our farm is well equipped with personnel to complete this project. Currently, we have 10 undergraduate students, two postdocs, and three external volunteers. Students have primarily been recruited from UW’s CoMotion’s Start-up Career Fairs in 2018 and 2019. Our group is divided into three teams: business, operations, and outreach. Kurt Kung, a Postdoc in BioEngineering, leads the business team. Zach Schneeweis, an external volunteer, heads the operations team. Katie Smith, another external volunteer, oversees the outreach team. 

The vision is to pass down the farm’s responsibilities to students and have the farm be student-led, with minimal consultation and oversight from a permanent staff. To our knowledge, this would establish the first indoor urban farm at a university that is run by students.

Feasibility & Accountability:

Currently, Project IF has received support from undergraduate/graduate students, professors and administrators within the College of Environment, College of Built Environment, College of Engineering, UW Farm, UW CSF, and UW Facilities. As aforementioned, we have plans to become a class-accredited lab for students, provide guest lectures/tours, and give our produce to local establishments. We have also created relationships with companies such as Anything Aquaponics’ (http://anythingaquaponics.com/about/) founder Seth Connell, a large proponent of Project IF. We have also collaborated with ZipGrow, a manufacturer of hydroponic equipment and were even featured on their social media platforms(https://www.facebook.com/pg/BrightAgrotech/posts/?ref=page_internal). We have also worked with the Seattle Seeds Company, Upstart University, and GrowGeneration in sourcing seeds, educational materials, and growing equipment. 

We have a grand vision of developing a sizable farm and using this space to create opportunities for the UW community. Based on Phase I of Project IF, we estimate that we will require more than $300K to achieve our goals. More specifically, we request a third ($100K) of the total funding from CSF. Given that our farm is dependent on grants, we plan to apply the fund-matching strategy, and if awarded, hope to leverage this money to other parties, such as HFS and/or the USDA.

As Project IF continues to grow, we ultimately hope the UW community can enjoy fresh greens, help strengthen UW’s role as a leader of environmental sustainability, and act as a natural platform for the advocacy of food sustainability.

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Kurt Kung

No-Till Soil Health and Weed Management Toolkit

Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $13,000

Letter of Intent:


The UW Farm began in 2006 as a student-powered project growing vegetables behind the old Botany Greenhouse. Today, thanks to the power of their vision and the support of the CSF, the UW Farm cultivates about 2.5 acres of growing space with two full-time staff and three part-time student staff. With the introduction of the Food Systems, Nutrition, and Health major and the hard work of Farm Manager Perry Acworth, the UW Farm has expanded dramatically. This past year we hosted classes from across University departments, interacted with more than 500 students, and grew more vegetables than ever before. However, with this expansion we have felt a squeeze on our tool shed. Due to the inevitabilities of working with enthusiastic beginners some of our tools have been broken, while others we simply do not have enough of, leading to bottlenecks in production.

We would use this CSF grant to restock with high-quality tools designed to last, allowing the next generation of students to experience the efficiencies that small-scale farming has to offer. In addition to having enough tools, this grant would allow us to purchase the tools necessary for a no-till system. No-till systems are part of the so-called “brown revolution” in agriculture, which combines ancient ways of growing with new understandings of soil health (Montgomery 2017). Given the proper tools, we will be able to demonstrate a highly efficient system that produces healthier plants, sequesters carbon, saves water, and preserves soil health for the long haul.


Tillage is the act of turning over or otherwise disturbing the soil, and has been practiced by farmers for thousands of years. Tillage helps introduce oxygen into the earth, stimulating the activity of soil microbes and encouraging the breakdown of organic matter into plant soluble nutrients. This is a boon for farmers, who appreciate the burst of fertility that tillage gives to their soil. Tillage can also be used to incorporate crop or weed residue into the soil, creating a clean planting surface.

However, scientists and farmers are beginning to realize that long-term tillage can destroy the productivity and health of soil. Soil is made up of rock particles held together by an incredibly diverse ecosystem of organisms. Plants interact with these systems by emitting exudates through their roots to feed beneficial microbial communities. Organisms in the soil can fix nitrogen from the atmosphere, emit growth-promoting plant hormones, scavenge micronutrients from mineral deposits, and much more. While we are far from understanding the processes behind these feats, one thing is clear: tillage destroys soil life. Soil disturbance kills earthworms, shreds fungi, and pulverizes the aggregates that create soil habitat.

The effect of tillage on soil intersects with a number of crucial environmental and social problems relating to the sustainability of human agriculture. Long-term use of tillage can cause a precipitous decline in the amount of organic carbon stored in the soil, which is then released into the atmosphere. It is estimated that by the time of the Industrial Revolution, humans had already contributed one-third of our total greenhouse gas emissions simply by tilling the soil (Lal 2004). Soils with less organic matter absorb less water, contributing to poor crop performance in droughts and leading to increased erosion. Plants in unhealthy soils require more chemical fertilizer and more pesticides to resist predators. Tillage also brings new weed seeds to the surface with every pass, creating a vicious cycle of more cultivation and more work (Montgomery 2017).

While the UW Farm currently operates on a low-tillage system, having the right tools would allow us to engage students more effectively in different models of sustainable agriculture. Every item in our budget fits into our system in a specific way to promote soil health, sequester carbon, grow better crops, and make our labor more efficient. In our letter of intent, we will focus on three specific items and how they fit into our system: the broadfork, the flame weeder, and compost.

Broadforks are the most important garden bed preparation tool for any no-till grower of our scale (Fortier 2014). They allow us to aerate and loosen the soil without disturbing soil life. They also will reduce weed pressure, because they do not invert the soil and bring buried weed seeds to the surface.

In order to further reduce the amount of soil disturbance from weeding, we propose to purchase two different models of flame weeder, one for each of our sites. Flame weeding uses a gas torch to kill weeds when they are just beginning to germinate. This technique can be used to quickly create weed-free beds without cultivation of the soil, allowing us more time to focus on other farm systems while also improving soil health. While it may seem counterintuitive to burn fossil fuels to kill weeds on a sustainable farm, the flame weeders in our budget actually use very little natural gas due to their efficient design, and they are a long-term investment in reducing the weed seed bank present in our soil.

One of the largest expenditures in the budget is for sixty yards of compost. No-till systems generally apply layers of compost that are several inches thick in order to boost soil organic matter and suppress weeds. We currently have access to compost made from UW leaves and coffee grounds, but that is only available in the fall and contains plastic and other litter. A large quantity of high-quality compost from Cedar Grove would be an important investment in soil health for the UW Farm.


No-till agriculture is one of the world’s best chances to reduce carbon emissions from agriculture and improve soil health. We plan on using both qualitative crop evaluation and quantitative means, such as soil testing, to evaluate our practices. We thank you for your consideration for this grant, which would allow the UW Farm to practice and teach the future of agriculture.


Aisling Doyle-Wade, Lead Student Staff
Duke Clinch, Student Staff
Reily Savenetti, Student Staff
Adam Houston, Assistant Farm Manager
Perry Acworth, Farm Manager
Eli Wheat, Lecturer, Program on the Environment

Works Cited

Fortier, Jean-Martin, and Marie Bilodeau. The Market Gardener: A Successful Grower's Handbook for Small-scale Organic Farming. New Society Publishers, 2014.

Lal, Rattan. "Soil carbon sequestration impacts on global climate change and food security." science 304.5677 (2004): 1623-1627.

Montgomery, David R. Growing a revolution: bringing our soil back to life. WW Norton & Company, 2017.

Draft Budget

No-Till Soil Health Management

Product Brand Quantity Price
People’s Broadfork Meadow Creature 6 1200
Tilther Johnny’s 1 700
Compost Cedar Grove 60 yards 2160
Paper Pot Transplanter Set Johnny’s 2500
Silage tarps, 50’ x 100’ Johnny’s 2 600
Soil tests Cornell University 15 900


Weed Management

Product Brand Quantity Price
Pyroweeder Farmer’s Friend 1 850
Flame Blade Farmer’s Friend 1 100
Seedbed Flame Weeder Set Johnny’s 1 800
Propane tank Seattle Propane 1 70
Gridder Johnny’s 1 400
Long-Handled Wire Weeder Johnny’s 6 300
Narrow Collinear Hoe - 3-¾” Johnny’s 6 300
Wide Collinear Hoe - 7” Johnny’s 6 300
Glaser Wheel Hoe, 12” Blade Johnny’s 2 900
Weed Guard Plus Paper Mulch, 48” x 250” Gempler’s 10 rolls 600


    Total: 12,680


Winter 2020 - purchase and assemble tools

March 2020 - begin soil testing with UW Soil Science class

Spring, Summer, and Fall 2020 - use tools during growing season

November 2020 - autumn soil testing to evaluate progress

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Adam Houston

Heron Haven Restoration

Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $50,000

Letter of Intent:

Situated just north of Anderson Hall on the UW campus exists the ‘Island Grove;’ a forested plot of land with a unique potential not found elsewhere on campus. The site has been left largely unmanaged since it was clear cut circa the Alaska-Yukon Exposition of 1909, meaning that several of the larger trees are more than a century old. With its great blue heron rookery, towering tree canopy, largely undisturbed soil, and proximity to scenic Rainier Vista, the newly established Heron Haven restoration site can serve as a prime destination for biophilia and environmental stewardship on our increasingly urban campus.

In an age where carbon sequestration and biodiversity are of the utmost importance, the university has the capacity to improve in both. Though historically the campus was a climax coniferous northwest forest, the old-growth trees and thriving fauna have since disappeared, leaving many ecological niches largely unfilled. Most unmanaged spaces on campus have become dominated by a dense mat of Hedera hibernica (commonly referred to as English ivy). Invasive species like English ivy, spurge laurel, cherry laurel, Himalayan blackberry, hedge maple, English hawthorn, and Italian arum have smothered Heron Haven along with many other areas of campus. Removal of invasive species is the first step in revamping Heron Haven, with the removal process being roughly 33% complete to this date; the site will be largely clear of invasives by Spring of 2020. These species limit biodiversity, lack student engagement opportunities, and harbor health hazards such as broken glass and needles. This project aims not only to restore the native plant life to Heron Haven, but to also set a precedent for how spaces on campus should be managed and stewarded by the people who call it: its students. 

Work will be accomplished through my restoration ecology capstone course, and SER sponsored work parties. As the Volunteer Coordinator for the UW campus’ chapter of the Society for Ecological Restoration, and future President for the 2020-2021 school year, I am dedicated to getting students involved throughout the project. In order to protect the investment in plantings, future SER officers will act as stewards for the space, coordinating volunteers to continue spot removal of invasive species and caging of vulnerable native plants. Several UW Grounds Crew Leads and other faculty are also committed to applying essential upkeep, further efforts to restore the site. As time passes, the maturation of the site’s forest will allow students to experience a thriving native landscape, providing them with both research opportunities and an environment that acts as a respite from school. Future management could include mini-grants for research on topics such as how the site’s ecology has shifted over time, and hopefully introductions of rare flora and fauna.  Students in SEFS, L ARCH, and ESRM require an urban forest to conduct research on campus; plant identification courses for example could finally have a place to learn native species names. Ornithology students could have a place to study birds that aren’t usually attracted to campus, and passersby can become immersed in a taste of the ecoregion that surrounds them. There are few outdoor spaces on campus that have the potential for such widespread benefit to the university’s population than can be found in Heron Haven. 

The primary feature of Heron Haven, is the great blue heron population that has nested in the bigleaf maple trees for decades. Designing a space beneath the maples where spectators can quietly observe the herons is a necessity for the rookery’s wellbeing. The bigleaf maples which the herons call home have a lifespan that will likely come to an end within the next decade. To ensure the continued presence of the great blue heron population on site, invasive species must be removed and young bigleaf maples must be planted as soon as possible. Otherwise, the environment supporting the great blue heron rookery will continue to degrade, and the rookery will be forced to find a home elsewhere. A large douglas fir on the northeast corner of the site stands as a reminder of how large even relatively young native conifers can grow, and acts as one of the cornerstones in the project. The area beneath the tree will be referred to as the forest room, and will be planted densely with native plants that thrive in our forest ecosystems. The plan is to install a round bench in the forest room as a spot of quiet reflection immersed in greenery. The bench will be built in a Built Environment furniture studio using lumber from the campus wood salvage program. Salvaged wood will also be used throughout the site for creating woody debris habitat for small birds, pollinators, and the small population of salamanders. The forest room, heron rookery, and trail network will feature the most interesting and dense plantings. The periphery areas will be planted less dense, with some already containing pockets of native species. Plants for the project will be acquired mostly through the SER nursery, with some of the rarer species coming from local nurseries and specialty growers. The majority of the funding will go toward purchasing plants at roughly $1.50 a sq ft. in the approximately 37,000 sq ft. site. Labels will tentatively be added to plantings along trails, stating their common names, scientific names, ethnobotanical uses, and names used by local indigenous peoples (if permitted by clubs associated with the Intellectual House). 

By the end of the 2021 school year, I hope to leave Heron Haven in a condition that allows it to be used by students well into the future for both recreation and educational purposes. As the university urbanizes further, restoring ecological functions of ‘urban oasis’ such as these is essential to keeping increasingly rare species like great blue herons on campus. The funding of this project will enhance the Heron Haven’s ability to benefit student research, act as a space to fulfill course objectives, allow students to immerse themselves in a native forest, provide wildlife habitat, and demonstrate sustainable landscape practices on the UW Campus.

Thank you for your consideration,

Nikoli Stevens

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Nikoli Stevens

8th Annual Legacy Soiree - Black Student Union

Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $1,000

Letter of Intent:

Black Student Union’s 8th Annual Legacy Soiree

Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: Max $1,000

Project Summary:

The primary purpose of the Legacy Soiree is to display the success of different African-American professors, students, and professionals within the Seattle community.This year will be our 8th year hosting this event. It will be held on February 1st, 2020. And for the past 8 years, through this event, we have fund raised enough money to officially start our endowment and last year we finally awarded our first $1000 scholarship for one exemplary students! We plan to continue and award our second scholarship. For this year, we have centered our objective around service and transformative justice. We will honor/recognize exemplary Undergraduate,graduate, faculty and community members who embody this theme in their work and studies. 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. This year we will feature two prominent community leaders to speak. The first is Edwin Lindo, a UW Law Alumni, School of Medicine faculty member and founder and curator of Estelita’s Library. The second and keynote speaker is former mayoral candidate for the Seattle People’s Party, activist and lawyer, Nikkita Oliver. 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 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. For students who are not part of the Talented 10, we hope they learn about the work that is being done by community members and UW students, build connection with the upperclassmen, graduate and community members that will lead to lasting relationships, a sense of community with the Black folks at UW and in Seattle.

Estimated Project Budget: $13,898.00 (See next page for budget breakdown)

Environmental/Sustainable Impact:

Aligning with our theme, by tapping into the network of young, Black students and professionals in Washington, our event seeks to inspire service for a sustainable future within UW and the greater Seattle area. We hope to bring together driven individual to realize how their skills can be used to serve the sustainable growth of their communities. Afterall, the biggest impact we can make is in our own communities. We aim to do this through recognition of the achievements and contributions of underrepresented students and minority community members. This event promotes social sustainability by removing some of the financial barriers to higher education through awarding our second scholarship. As well, providing high school students with guidance, potential mentors and exposure to university. In addition, we will have our keynote speaker will speak on social sustainability in our communities through service and the work that she’s done.

This year we are making an effort to reduce the carbon footprint of our event. So we plan to cut the number of program pamphlets we print for our event in half. We will use compostable utensils and dinnerware as well as donating any leftover food from our event to reduce waste. Instead of purchasing new ones, we will recycle our table clothes from last year. We have also decided not to print paper flyers for our event and instead chosen to advertise through TV monitors, social media, newsletters, and emails, and word of mouth.

Student Leadership & Involvement:

This event is a student initiated and student led project. Our advisers, Reesha FLavors of the ECC and faculty member Brukab Sisay, 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 - Safiya Bansfield
  • Treasurer - Tayah Greene
  • VP of Campus Affairs - Julian Cooper
  • VP of Community Affairs - Jordan Jackson
  • VP of Communications - Betellihem Ghebretinsae
  • Chair of Outreach and Recruitment - Ruth Mulugeta
  • Senator - Ebsitu Hassen
  • SAB Representative - Mahilet Mesfin
  • Webmaster/Historian - Kiana Reynolds

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 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 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 students to attend UW.

Feasibility, Accountability, & Sustainability:

The Black Student Union has successfully hosted this event in the past. This year will be our 8th annual Legacy Soiree. Our advisers, Reesha Flavors, staff member of the ECC and Brukab Sisay, a UW faculty member, 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 $1,000.00 ECC SDEF Co-Sponsorship (+taxes and fees)
Kentes 350    
Frames 100    
Plaques 350    
Total $800.00 $800.00 ASUW special appr. ($750)+ GPSS Div. ($50)
Band $1,050 $1,050 BSC($300) + GPSS Special Allocation($750)
Keynote $1,750 $1,750 CSF + ASUW Special Appr.
Decorations $1,000.00 $1,000.00 Wells Fargo
Programs $500 $500 ECC SDEF Co-Sponsorship
Photographer $500 $500 UW Alumni Association
Performer $250.00 $250.00 GPSS Diversity
Program Total $7,560 $5,050  
Recycling Bins $130 $200 GPSS Diversity (+taxes and fees)
Dinnerware/Table Cloth      
Catering $3,564    
Dinner Total $3,694    
TOTALS $14,948.98 $7,050.00  
Primary Contact First & Last Name: Safiya Bansfield

BIOSWALE UW: San Juan Basin Regional Green Stormwater Infrastructure Facility

Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $106,200

Letter of Intent:

Dear Campus Sustainability Fund,

Our interdisciplinary team of University of Washington students, faculty, Miller Hull built environment design professionals, and KPFF engineers would like to share with you this LOI regarding a proposal to create a new on-campus regional stormwater treatment facility.

This San Juan Basin Regional Water Quality Facility, which KPFF is currently working with Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) and the University of Washington to design would serve a basin of ~34 acres which consists both of University-owned land and CIty right-of-way, discharging to a 42 inch UW-owned storm outfall to Portage Bay. Runoff from the existing basin is currently untreated, and future development within the basin would only exceed thresholds for onsite stormwater management (OSM) – not water quality (WQ) treatment. KPFF is in the process of quantifying pollutant removal of OSM and WQ treatment in a comparable way to illustrate that the benefits of a regional WQ facility would provide immediate, ongoing, and measurable benefits far beyond those of OSM. The proposed regional facility will be located just upstream of the existing outfall; a flow-splitter will be installed on the existing stormwater conveyance system, diverting flow to an abandoned concrete flume historically used in conjunction with the teaching lab for civil engineering classes. Bioretention soil, plants, and necessary infrastructure will be installed within that flume.

The creation of this new campus regional stormwater treatment facility in concert with the new Health Sciences Education Building offers a synergistic opportunity to grow transdisciplinary campus involvement around the interconnections of environmental and human health and well-being and deepen interdisciplinary sustainable campus research and education opportunities.. Key stakeholders in this project include the University of Washington, the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE), Department of Landscape Architecture (L.Arch), Miller Hull, KPFF, and Seattle Public Utility (SPU).

Our core project team includes Professor Amy Kim who as a faculty adviser will be responsible for overseeing sampling, analysis, and CEE student researchers. Erin Horn, PhD student of Dr. Kim, will play a large role in sampling, analysis, and supervision of undergraduate researchers. Undergraduate researchers will present their work at the annual UW Undergraduate Research symposium. Dr. Jessica Ray, CEE, will also advise, bringing expertise on selective removal of contaminants in stormwater with low-cost composites. Dr. Brooke Sullivan, will serve as a faculty liaison in the Department of Landscape Architecture for the project and will oversee a Research Assistant for 2019-2020. The RA will also serve as a course TA and will be responsible for collating the results of the course, data and design/management solutions, into a white paper demonstrating the role the new facility played in student education in ecological design and planning. Chris Hellstern, Miller Hull, brings extensive experience in sustainable architecture including two certified Living Buildings. Puja Shaw, PE, will be the civil engineering project manager and will be responsible for coordinating with UW students and staff, permitting agencies, and the project design team while also overseeing the technical design of the facility. Kara Weaver will be the landscape architecture project manager and will work with UW students and staff, permitting agencies, and the project design team to help integrate the facility into its campus context and to develop soil strategies and planting palettes. KPFF and Miller Hull will invite students to project meetings, offer office visits, conduct building/site tours, provide internship opportunities, and speak about the project in classes.

This facility will serve as an ongoing resource for students in the Department of Landscape Architecture who will be provided with the opportunity to assess existing conditions, develop conceptual design alternatives and participate in long-term monitoring and adaptive management. Designs will be required to facilitate at least one of two potential program elements by developing conceptual plans for 1) growing edible plants, and/or 2) for growing native plants to remediate water quality issues. During Spring 2020, through LArch 463, Ecological Design and Planning (~50 students), an inaugural cohort of will be introduced to the site and the project. Students will have the opportunity to work with GGN and Kara Weaver PLA to develop design alternatives, which will further provide opportunities for students to network and expand their understanding of professional practice in ecological design and planning projects.

Regular water quality sampling at the bioswale intake and output will be performed with subsequent analysis to characterize stormwater pollutant profiles and bioswale treatment efficacy. Stormwater pollutant profiles will consist of analyses of trace organic compounds, trace metals and nutrients (e.g., ammonium and phosphate) which are commonly found at elevated concentrations in stormwater runoff in urbanized areas. Stormwater pollutants will be quantified and characterized using advanced analytical instrumentation in the CEE analytical center, the Department of Chemistry Mass Spectrometry Facility, and the Molecular Engineering & Sciences Institute. If a reduction in contaminant load is necessary, the CEE graduate student will apply low-cost pyrolyzed biomass product (i.e., biochar) as a soil amendment to passively absorb trace contaminants in stormwater runoff. The biochar will be prepared using a portion of compost food wastes from UW cafes and dormitories, and characterized under the supervision of Professor Ray who has experience in the required surface chemistry and materials characterization techniques.

The project will also be shared broadly with undergraduate students in CEE through integration into existing courses such as CEE 429 (Sustainability in Building Infrastructure) taught every year by Dr. Kim.

Thank you for your consideration of this exciting project! Please find a brief overview of our prospective timeline and budget below, with additional detail available upon request.


  • Construction scheduled to start Summer 2020


  • Material (KPFF + Miller Hull) overall permanent material cost * 50% = $48,500
  • L.Arch graduate student~ $6,600
  • Water filters (capital investment) = $10,000
  • WQ testing = $1,000
  • Equipment = $1,500
  • Lab supplies = $1,000
  • CEE PhD student, 2 summers 2 credits ~ $25,000
  • Two CEE undergraduate students, 100 total hours each~ $11,600
  • Conferences- partial support for 2 years at AASHE or similar = $6,000

Preliminary Estimated Total ~ $106,200

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Erin Horn

Preserving Natya UW

Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $1,000

Letter of Intent:

This proposal is for Natya UW, a competitive Indian classical dance team, and is written by their treasurer Sowmya Magham. The primary goal of this team is to preserve and share traditional Indian culture with not only our university but across the nation as well. As a competitive team, we travel twice a year during February/ March to other universities across the nation, and accordingly, our expenses pile up quickly. Unfortunately, recently one of our members had to step down from our team due to the high financial burden (travelling expenses), so this funding would be extremely beneficial in allowing our current and new potential members to continue their passions without any financial stress. Losing a team member took a huge toll on this team and it would be quite devastating if we lost more members due to financial matters. As pop culture and modern styles are increasingly overpowering the classical Indina dance style, Natya aims to preserve and spread the true beauty of this traditional art form. The dancers of Natya are highly passionate about this team and each member dedicates nearly 10 hours per week towards practice which occur as early 7AM an as late as 11 PM. Due to a lack of funds we often practice in any open areas on campus rather than dedicated practice rooms, and as a student-run team, dancers have to balance logistical work as well as academic workload. Recently, the team has also gained nationwide recognition- we have placed 2nd twice and 3rd once nationally within the past two years, and these achievements marked our first national standings ever. At such a peak time for the team, this funding would be a great motivating factor and validate the team’s efforts in preserving this art. 

This funding fits the criteria in multiple ways. Starting with sustainability, this fund would immensely preserve Indian traditional culture and simultaneously help the team spread awareness by easing travel and performance expenses. It would greatly help a dying culture stay alive and thrive while also igniting passion among other fellow students. Furthermore, each year we tend to buy cheap quality costumes in hopes of reducing costs, but this funding would allow us to invest in greater quality material, thus reducing the amount of waste we generate due to our costumes. Additionally, instead of using plastic bags for our dance anklets, the team would be able to afford woolen bags, which would reduce our use of plastic while ensuring that the anklets stay in good condition.

Regarding student and leadership involvement, the team is completely student run. The various titles on the team include, President, Treasurer, Public Relations Officer and Social Chair. The rest of the team is split up among various committees regarding choreography and music compilation. The president supervises the entire team and ensures that everyone is participating. The treasurer is in charge of securing funds, managing the checking’s account, and tracking all financial transactions. The public relations officer helps promote all events/fundraisers of the team to help spread awareness, and the social chair coordinates all internal meetings/team-building events.

As for education, outreach and behavior change, Natya would use this funding to travel to more competitions and perform more on campus to spread cultural awareness. Just last year, so many more people became aware of this art form, and in order to further engage the community, Natya needs financial assistance, of any amount, to secure venues and pay for travel expenses.

This project is quite simple and feasible- with the money; Natya will be able to further the spread of the art form. We have all of the tools to do so except the financial stability to travel, which occurs in February and March. We are a dedicated team of dancers who are willing to give it their all to help Natya persevere and thrive not only on the UW campus but on campuses all across America. The amount of $1,700 would mean each girl on the team would save $170 this year- it would mean that each girl on the team could travel for $170 less. With this sum of money, Natya could go above and beyond, and reach its full potential without hesitation.

Thank you for taking your time and reading through this proposal. Natya really appreciates your efforts and interest in preserving our traditional Indian culture. Below is a timeline of how we will use our funds.

Date Description
OCT  2019 - Apply for competitions

- Use $200 towards either: 1) purchasing higher quality material by spending $20 more on costumes, or 2) purchasing new jewelry woolen bags

NOV 2019 - Hear back from competitions

- Choose two competitions 

DEC 2019 - Pruchase airline tickets using remaining funds of $1,700
FEB/MAR   2020 - Travel and compete!
Primary Contact First & Last Name: Sowmya Magham

Self-compassion workshop pilot for first year students who are also parents

Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $1,500

Letter of Intent:

Our goal is to develop online content for the UW First Year Programs website that shares information about self-compassionate parenting in the transition to college. Content will be focused on parenting skills supportive of self-compassionate responses to challenges, grounded in the three core components of self-compassion: mindfulness, connection to a common humanity, and self-kindness. Specifically, we seek to address the following two aims:

Aim 1. Material development. In partnership with University of Washington students and parents, we will develop a single session group behavioral intervention for parents of entering undergraduate students that addresses parenting behaviors supportive of student self-compassion in the transition to college.

Aim 2. Pilot evaluation. Conduct a pilot effectiveness-implementation evaluation of the materials. Mixed methods data collection will be employed, with all parents completing pre- and post-session surveys, and a subset of parents participating in qualitative interviews about their experience. Data will inform subsequent adaptations and broader dissemination and evaluation. We will use this data to determine whether adaptation to different formats (e.g., online delivery for parents unable to attend the in-person Parent Orientation) is appropriate.

Primary Contact First & Last Name: LeAnne Jones Wiles

Trauma informed mindfulness training

Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $2,250

Letter of Intent:

The UW Center for Child and Family Well-Being (CCFW) has invited David Treleaven to facilitate a one-day workshop on trauma-informed mindfulness practices. David is a writer and educator working at the intersection of mindfulness and trauma who has worked with universities including University of California Los Angeles, Brown University, University of Massachusetts, and University of California San Diego. Through workshops, keynotes, podcasts, and online education, David focuses on offering mindfulness providers with the knowledge and tools they require to meet the needs of those struggling with trauma. His work comes from research based on making mindfulness safe and effective for people who haveexperienced trauma, as well as his own lived experience. This training is timely to the University of Washington as the university has seen an increase in student demand for mental health service provision and access to care. From Fall 2017 and Fall 2018, the Counseling Center saw a 70% increase in the number of students seeking a crisis counselor.

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Megan Kennedy

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

Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $1,450

Letter of Intent:

Our project aligns with the UN Sustainable Development Goals of good health and well-being, quality education, reduced inequalities, and peace, justice, and strong institutions. Mental health is important and is challenging to prioritize when in school, as other responsibilities seem to take precedence. We want to share these stories to uplift students and let them know that they are not alone when they experience challenges or setbacks that impact their education. We want to help students spread positivity, understanding, community, and most importantly, support. In addition, all students are deserving of a quality education and a big part of learning how to cultivate quality for students is to hear from them. Stories are data, and they are key to piecing together the whole picture of how students of color navigate the University of Washington. This can in turn help the University see where and how there is room for improvement. Improvement can then lead to reduced inequalities.

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Erica Mullett

Healing spaces heat map

Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $750

Letter of Intent:

The proposed method to address this question is to create a heat density map highlighting where people identify as a healing space for them on campus. I want to administer a mapping survey where students, faculty and staff are able to identify places on campus where they seek refuge during the work/school day, before and after their time spent here. This type of survey data can then be aggregated to create a specific map. I will also aim to ask questions for how people are using the space itself. This will give UW facilities some indication around what's being done in a particular space, the frequency of use and why it's significant to certain people. This survey could also be administered over the course of an academic school year, or seasonal cycle, to identify where individuals seek refuge during particular seasons. If students, faculty and staff indicate being inside for a large portion of winter, we could make the move to combat seasonal depression by improving lighting, life in a space and the feeling of an indoor space to be more healing as indicated by biophilic design philosophy.

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Kaleb Germinaro

Diversity Includes Disability

Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $2,390

Letter of Intent:

The project will bring people together at an event where it's safe to share opinions, generate ideas to improve the campus culture, and learn new concepts. Since the existence of disability is a normal part of the human experience, and most of us will be impacted by disability in our lifetime (in ourselves, our family, our friends and colleagues) the project seeks to embrace both the common humanity and diversity around us. The events, knowledge base article, and supported replications will further campus understanding of disability identity and that diversity includes disability.

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Scott Bellman

QTPOC Healing in the Outdoors

Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $2,000

Letter of Intent:

This project aims to provide a safe healing space as well as a space to strengthen community for Queer and Trans people of color (QTPOC) through a 2 night 3 day camping trip in the North Cascades National Park. Queer and trans people of color have been historically excluded from spaces such as the outdoors and through this project we aim to connect the QTPOC community with the outdoors. Many studies have shown the incredibly positive emotional and physical effects that being outdoors has--especially in places like the North Cascades-- on someone's health and wellbeing. Access to the outdoors is incredibly exclusive and only easily accessible by certain groups such as wealthy white families and particularly white cis men. Within the Queer community we face oppressive structures day to day and often that is physically and emotionally exhausting. The idea of chosen family with the Queer community, especially the QTPOC community is incredibly important and for many the QTPOC community is their chosen family. Being outdoors and being able to step back from our daily lives can be incredibly grounding. We will engage in community building and healing activities such as day hikes, reflective journaling, edible native plant lessons, and other naturalist activities. The aim of this project is to provide a place where members of the UW QTPOC community can come together, heal together, and build community with each other. Overall this trip is meant to be grounding and reflective and ultimately helps in connecting members of the QTPOC community to the outdoors.

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Reb Zhou

Capillaries: The Journal of Narrative Medicine

Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $2,574

Letter of Intent:

Capillaries works within the genre of narrative medicine, a movement which invites healthcare providers and patients to reflect on their experiences using writing and art and to develop appreciation for the inherent humanity in all people. We are expanding awareness of and participation in narrative medicine at UW, encouraging undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and staff -from all departments, not just in medicine -to share their stories with us. Since February 2018, we have worked towards reducing the stigma against discussing mental health, shame, disordered eating, suicide, sexual assault, and our most vulnerable and often silenced experiences. We have also sought to uplift the voices of populations marginalized by our fractured healthcare system by collaborating with the Center for Health Sciences Interprofessional Education, Research, and Practice (CHSIE), the UW School of Medicine's Narrative Medicine Interest Group, and the Seattle-King County Clinic. Thus far, we have produced four quarterly publications, each with more pieces submitted than the last. This increase in submissions indicates the need for a permanently available space to engage with narratives of diverse healing processes. We look forward to serving as this much needed space in the 2019-2020 academic year. We will be gathering stories for Autumn 2019, Winter 2020, and Spring 2020 publications and will share these narratives with the greater community through an updated website, print copies of the journal, and at our quarterly open-mic events.

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Alice Ranjan

Capillaries: The Journal of Narrative Medicine

Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $2,574

Letter of Intent:

Capillaries works within the genre of narrative medicine, a movement which invites healthcare providers and patients to reflect on their experiences using writing and art and to develop appreciation for the inherent humanity in all people. We are expanding awareness of and participation in narrative medicine at UW, encouraging undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and staff -from all departments, not just in medicine -to share their stories with us. Since February 2018, we have worked towards reducing the stigma against discussing mental health, shame, disordered eating, suicide, sexual assault, and our most vulnerable and often silenced experiences. We have also sought to uplift the voices of populations marginalized by our fractured healthcare system by collaborating with the Center for Health Sciences Interprofessional Education, Research, and Practice (CHSIE), the UW School of Medicine's Narrative Medicine Interest Group, and the Seattle-King County Clinic. Thus far, we have produced four quarterly publications, each with more pieces submitted than the last. This increase in submissions indicates the need for a permanently available space to engage with narratives of diverse healing processes. We look forward to serving as this much needed space in the 2019-2020 academic year. We will be gathering stories for Autumn 2019, Winter 2020, and Spring 2020 publications and will share these narratives with the greater community through an updated website, print copies of the journal, and at our quarterly open-mic events.

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Alice Ranjan

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

Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $1,675

Letter of Intent:

This project will utilize low-cost and open-source technologies such as the Raspberry Pi single-board computer and near-field communication to create a modular interactive exhibit for use by oral history projects. Inspired by other community-based oral history kiosks, this project will expand on their work to create a ready-to-install software package with accompanying modular kiosk designs so that any oral history or public history organization can create an interactive exhibit that features their work with very little monetary investment.

The kiosk will be designed with equity in mind, from wheelchair accessibility and transcripts, to braille and sensory considerations. Its modular design would allow for a degree of mobility to assist with outreach at libraries, schools or conferences. As part of our prioritization of accessibility, we will aim to lower the technical knowledge requirements necessary to reproduce and maintain this model, creating a software package that is not only easy to access, but easy to use. The digital package will be made freely available online, including the core Raspberry Pi operating system image, plans for a kiosk and a manual.

This will be the first phase of a larger project planned at the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, exploring new ways to share narratives surrounding the Hanford Nuclear Development Site and peoples affected by plutonium processing, including radiation exposure during production, storage, and purposeful releases into the atmosphere. For decades, communities across Washington and worldwide have been affected by the radioactive materials processed at Hanford. From the downwind farmers, Indigenous tribes of Eastern Washington and Hanford Site workers, to those affected by bombs containing plutonium refined at Hanford that were dropped in the Marshall Islands and Japan, the stories of peoples affected by radiation provide valuable lessons about ethical science, environmental conservation, and public health crises. Creating new venues to amplify these voices can help promote healing and understanding, as well as the missions and educational goals of the Burke Museum and the University of Washington.

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Dillon Connelly

Mapping for the Wellbeing of UW

Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $750

Letter of Intent:

The project is going to be dope. Being able to better understand how folks at UW use space, and especially what elements and factors within a space draw them to use a particular space can tell us a lot about the ways in which UW can strive to be more healing. Through research we know and understand how valuable nature and place are, and we don't know what is important to the people using UW's campus quite yet.

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Kaleb Germinaro

Resilience and Urban Sustainability in Public Writing Partnerships

Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $3,000

Letter of Intent:

UW-Seattle's Expository Writing Program (EWP) helps prepare over 5000 students each year with critical literacy, research, writing, and communication capacities that are essential for successful participation across the academy and in public life. Our program seeks to help students engage in writing as a means of social action; develop ethical communication practices; and understand and be responsible for the consequences of language use for diverse communities. Building on our program's longstanding history of engaging undergraduate students in public and community-based writing courses, we will develop and pilot courses that engage the City of Seattle's Race & Social Justice and Equity & Environment Initiatives. These public writing courses will ground conversations on urban equity and environmental sustainability within collaborative writing and research projects, some of which will be co-designed with local organizations working to address various interrelated issues, such as housing affordability, environmental justice, education, food security, and transportation in Seattle. Developing the creative and critical problem-solving capacities required to respond to such public problems calls for tremendous resilience and emotional strength, as well as interdisciplinary academic knowledges and other wisdoms. Our pilot coursework will be designed to help support such capacities. Our team also plans to offer a workshop for the UW teaching community on our collaboration.

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Candice Rai

Neah Bay Telling Our Stories: Imagining Our Futures

Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $3,000

Letter of Intent:

This collaborative project is built on a longstanding partnership between UW's Pipeline Project and Neah Bay Elementary School and has been developed to address a community-identified need. The result is an exciting project that will focuses on encouraging Neah Bay students to envision their futures. The goal will be to not only have Native students see themselves pursuing higher education, but learning, as early as fifth grade, of career paths that could ensure their being able to live and thrive in Neah Bay after graduation. The 2019-2020 UW Team is made up of predominately First Nation students who wil be leading this project.

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Christine Stickler


Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $3,000

Letter of Intent:

The RepairCycle is a mobile, on-the-spot garment mending service and experience that brings the UW (and Seattle) community together around the universal aspect of clothing--offering a functional service while creating connection and dialogue through a shared activity. By empowering creative and easy-to-learn mending skills, we are working to transform our local community's relationship with clothing. Ultimately, we believe that garment repair is not just a viable option, but should a delightfully designed experience.

Circular Textiles: There is no straightforward way to recycle textiles. The result is one garbage truck of textiles wasted every second, or 92 million tons of solid waste dumped into landfills every year. Disrupting this wasteful cycle and a disposable mindset means taking a long, hard look at the psychology of fashion. Simply put, we need to invest in services and skills that empower us to wear and enjoy the clothing we already own for longer. Which inevitably means, catalyzing a culture of garment repair.

Transforming Trailer: The RepairCycle bicycle trailer is the foundation for service and events. The cart's interior is a simple box with a sturdy floor that can fit a variety of configured elements. The trailer's top unfolds to provide ample, collaborative mending and learning space. The hinged cabinet on the back of the of the trailer detaches, offering room to display educational and event materials, as well as easy-to-access materials storage.

Upcoming Events: Generous support from the UW Resilience Lab Seed Fund will sponsor our 2019-2020 RepairCycle tour and brand. The team will host repair services & creative mending workshops at events across all three UW campuses, the 2019 Seattle Design Festival, and King County sustainability events.

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Coreen Callister

A Retreat to Build Faculty Capacity for Mindful Leadership

Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $2,999

Letter of Intent:

This initiative brings together a group of College of Built Environment (CBE) faculty to explore the relationships and synergies of three themes that inform our theory and practice--resilience and well-being; systems thinking; and biophilic design--as a potent means by which to enrich CBE faculty, pedagogy, and students in not only what our students need to know, but how their learning process reflects these interrelated concepts towards greater compassion. Building from insights gained through our course pilot this Spring, and as part of the Well Being for Life and Learning (WB4L&L) faculty community of practice, we look forward to engaging interested CBE faculty in collaboratively developing, applying, and reflecting on approaches.

We emailed all CBE faculty an invitation to participate and held an information meeting about the project. Interested faculty are responding to a Catalyst survey, and we hope to draw faculty from across the College's five departments. This group will co-create a three-day faculty retreat (up to 10 people) at UW's Friday Harbor Labs on San Juan Island this September to:

  1. better understand and find common ground among each other's disciplinary framing of these concepts;
  2. explore results from the UW WB4L&L Spring Course Pilots and models of well-being and resilience practices from other universities;
  3. experience and reflect on affordances of different environments for active learning and fostering well-being;
  4. create a framework of approaches to incorporate into our Autumn courses.

We will meet early, mid- and post-Autumn quarter to share findings, successes, failures, and next steps. Students enrolled in these courses will be asked to share feedback through optional Catalyst surveys. Our process and findings will be shared across the College and with the UW Resilience Lab, and we aim to explore potential for continued development within CBE.

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Julie Johnson

Indigenizing Urban Seattle Podcast

Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $861

Letter of Intent:

Indigenizing Urban Seattle is a podcast that contextualizes Indigenous environmental knowledge and resiliency from an urban Native lens. It serves as a platform to amplify urban Natives' voices and perspectives in the environmental discourse. We focus on urban Natives currently residing in Seattle--a hub for urban Native resiliency, environmental activism, and solidarity movements.

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Jessica Hernandez

Women in Applied Mathematics Mentorship Program (WAMM)

Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $1,400

Letter of Intent:

WAMM is a student-run directed reading program that pairs undergraduate women interested in a mathematics-related field with Ph.D. students from the Applied Mathematics Department at the University of Washington. The pairs meet every week over the course of a quarter to work through a project decided upon during the first meeting based on the mentee's interest. Projects typically involve a combination of reading texts or papers to learn new mathematical ideas, analytical work done by hand with pencil and paper, and numerical experimentation using a relevant programming language. In addition to their project material, participants are encouraged to discuss with their mentors other topics such as potential career paths, the graduate school application process, and what graduate school is actually like.

To promote a sense of community among the women in our program, we host and/or invite participants to a set of informal, but academically-oriented social events throughout the quarter including study halls and departmental "tea time". The program culminates with a mini-symposium wherein the undergraduates give short presentations on what they learned and accomplished during the quarter.

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Micah Henson

Resilience and Compassion @ Odegaard Pop-Up Events

Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $700

Letter of Intent:

The "Resilience and Compassion @ Odegaard Pop-Up Events" will engage students in forming community around compassion and resilience, diversity, equity and inclusion, and holistic student wellness. The proposed event series will have a different focus each quarter that ties directly to the theme of resilience, compassion and sustainability:

  • Fall Quarter 2019: Resilience and Compassion @ Odegaard: Student Digital Wellness
  • Winter Quarter 2020: Resilience and Compassion @ Odegaard: Student Wellness and Equity
  • Spring Quarter 2020: Resilience and Compassion @ Odegaard: Student Wellness Resources for Personal, Local & Global Sustainability, in collaboration with UW Student Life partners.

Each pop-up event will include interactive activities (making, crafting, reflection), community-building (conversation starters, encouragement cards, interactive whiteboards), food, and companion resources like book displays and referrals to campus student services. This proposed event series will be done in collaboration with students, with opportunities for student leadership built in to each event

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Emilie Vrbancic

Carbon-Labeling Initiative

Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $495

Letter of Intent:

Small Project SEED Grant


The goal for this project is to begin a carbon-labeling initiative at the University of Washington which would bring awareness to the campus community about the environmental impacts associated with the food agriculture business and allow for people to make more environmentally conscious decisions with their food consumption habits. The Mini-Grant Seed Fund would provide money to make brochures and posters to handout and display throughout campus food stores and dining halls with an estimated amount of CO2 emissions and water intake it takes to produce particular food products. These brochures and posters will also be printed from a company (GrinterPrinter) that prints with 100% recycled material and works with CarbonFund.org to offset their carbon emissions from shipping. With this information available, we could allow the community to find more ways in their day-to-day life to make more environmentally sensitive decisions and learn to leverage our power as consumers to show support for sustainable, less carbon-intensive practices.

This idea of carbon-labeling was brought to public eye mostly by a law school professor at Vanderbilt named Michael Vandenbergh. His research shows that consumers greatly underestimate that amount of emissions that comes from food. For example, in one study conducted people were asked to estimate the energy use and greenhouse gas emissions of different food products in comparison to a lightbulb. The study found that people consistently underestimated food impacts on emissions. Carbon-labeling could help correct these misconceptions and this is critical to creating more productive individual green action. Significantly, Californians use 1500 gallons of water per person per day and almost half is associated with their consumption of meat and dairy products. And, animal agriculture is responsible for 18 percent of greenhouse gas emissions, which is more than the combined global exhaust from all transportation.  If people had more awareness of their carbon footprint with they eat meat and dairy, I believe many people would make an effort to consume less in the hope to lower their footprint. The United Nations University released a report stressing the importance of switching to a more plant based, less carbon intensive diet and quoted from the World Wildlife Foundation’s sustainable food policy officer- Bridget Alarcon- who claims, “Our LiveWell project has shown we can cut a quarter of our climate emissions from the European food supply chain by eating more pulses, fruit and vegetables and by reducing our meat consumption. National governments should improve food education to encourage healthy eating habits and environmental sustainability as a first step.” However, if we start the charge for carbon-labeling here at the University of Washington, we do not need to wait for our National Government to educate and spread this awareness for us. As a powerful research university with high driven students, I believe we can make powerful change within this community now. 

If response to the carbon labeling posters and brochures are positive, a long-term goal would be to expand our outreach by creating an RSO dedicated to promoting more official carbon-labeling initiatives within the campus and the Seattle area. To gage the feedback and responses from our posters and brochures, we will provide a scannable QR code that will reference people to a quick survey where members of the community can provide us feedback to the carbon-labeling information. 

The group working to jumpstart this project will be assisted by Professor Jessica Holmes who works within the English Department. She will be a vital tool helping us determine the rhetoric that is powerful for people to receive from our brochures and posters. In addition, she is extremely knowledgeable in the topic of Environment Humanities so she has experience and passion for sustainable education. She supports our group, Zach Murphy, Chris Olsen and Denise Devlyn to make this project possible. Zach and Chris are students within the Civil Engineering school so they have practice planning and creating projects and Denise is a student within the School of Oceanography and has knowledge of the effects of CO2 of our environment. To help create the brochure, Dustin Mara, a current graphic design student, has agreed to work with us to design brochures and posters. Our plan is to finalize our outreach materials and have them ready by the start of the 2019-2020 school year so we can start the new school year with the project set into place.


Finalize Research for Project...…..…………………………………………………...November 2019

Create Posters and Brochures………………………………………………………December 2019

Print & Administer Brochures and Posters…………………………………………January 2019


50 Posters……………………………………………………………………………………$120

500 Brochures……………………………………………………………………………….$350


……TOTAL:    $500


Primary Contact First & Last Name: Denise Devlyn

Steam Condensate Reclamation - Feasibility Study

Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $400

Letter of Intent:

This mini-grant will be used to fund a portion of a larger feasibility study regarding the use of reclaimed water on campus. With support from UW-Facilities and the department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, I have spent the last eight months determining the feasibility of reclaiming steam condensate from the campus utility tunnel system. The University has 8.5 miles of subterranean tunnels that serve every building with steam, chilled water, electricity, compressed air, and IT cables. The tunnels have a drain system that collects and conveys the water that is generated as condensate from the steam pipes (formed through humidity or via leaks) as well as groundwater that infiltrates the utility tunnels. Currently, the water is collected through a pipe system and is discharged into the sewer system or the SPU storm conveyance system. Through targeted renovations, it may be possible to reclaim a portion of this water and use it for various services including irrigation, cooling tower, dust control, and, notably, as fill water for Drumheller Fountain.

The use of this water would have several sustainability benefits for the University as well as major policy implications. The University would decrease its water use, sewer loading, and waste discharge into Lake Washington – reducing carbon emissions, CSO contributions, and pollutant loading into local water bodies. To my knowledge, groundwater has not been used as a reclaimable water source. Groundwater collection is subject to water rights permitting, but managing incidental groundwater collection is the responsibility of the land owner. Therefore, the groundwater infiltrating the utility tunnels would be considered incidental; in theory, it could be reclaimed and repurposed, which would be unprecedented.

The overall feasibility study is investigating the use of this reclaimed water for Drumheller Fountain. Over the course of this study, I have evaluated the existing Fountain and tunnel infrastructure, determined the local hydrology and annual water table levels, identified city and state codes that could govern the use of this water, detailed treatment requirements, presented several construction options, detailed the financial and environmental benefits of the renovation, and drafted an education & outreach plan. In addition, I have been managing a longitudinal study on the water quality of Drumheller Fountain – measuring weakly pH, conductivity, nutrient concentration, algae content, turbidity, and presence of Daphnia (a small crustacean that is indicative of mesotrophic and eutrophic water bodies). This research has been supported in-kind by the Lakes Lab in the CEE department. With the water quality data from Drumheller, I will be estimating the possible impacts of adding the reclaimed water to the Fountain. I would be happy to share this document with the Campus Sustainability Fund once completed.

One of the last stages of this feasibility study will be to analytically determine the chemical composition of the reclaimed water. We have preliminary data on the chemical additives that the Power Plant puts into the steam system (non-toxic polymers to prevent pipe scaling and microbial growth), but we need to know the minerals present in the groundwater. I will be collecting a one-liter sample of the drain water during the week of April 22nd – 26th. We would like to analyze this sample collected from the underdrain system for the following elements: arsenic, barium, chromium, lead, copper, cadmium, mercury, nickel, and iron. We plan on running the samples on the Inductively-coupled mass spectrometer (ICP-MS) owned and operated by the CEE department. The Lakes Lab has made several in-kind financial contributions to this project (materials, equipment, technical support, etc.), but I would like to use my own funding for the use of the ICP-MS. The feasibility of using this water is dependent on the chemical composition, and the treatment system will be designed based on the relative concentrations of these heavy metals (if they are present).

There are four financial components for this research: the cost of acquiring a standard for the ICP-MS (a sample with known concentrations of elements), several centrifuge tubes, the rental time for the ICP-MS, and staff time for operating the machine. I am also requesting a small contingency (~10%) as a safety factor for additional equipment, time overruns, and other unexpected costs. All unused funds will be returned to the CSF. Through conversations with the CEE administration, the best method for using these funds would be “option 1” noted in the AARF form – charging our expenses against a CSF-assigned PCA code. Please see the AARF form for the CEE budget code. In total, I am requesting $400, which has been itemized on the attached budget sheet.

The sample analysis will commence upon approval by the CSF. I am targeting a completion of this feasibility study by the end of May (before my graduation). My feasibility study will be presented to UW Facilities, the CEE department, the UW Green Building Subcommittee, and other entities that are determined applicable.  I would gladly present this effort to CSF as well. For future student involvement, I plan on involving a junior-level CEE student to continue communication with UW Facilities. The education and outreach components of this funded project will coincide with the section included in the overall feasibility study. The portion of this project funded by CSF will not have any additional components after the one-time analysis; there will be no ongoing costs for maintenance or support.

Although research projects are usually not supported financially by the CSF, I believe this project is an exemption. If it can be shown that the groundwater and condensate mixture is reclaimable, there will be far-reaching impacts for the University and for state-wide water policy. The University could retrofit the underdrain system to collect the water rather than discharge it, using the water for irrigation, an auxiliary source for Drumheller, or a whole host of other non-potable options. Given the short timeline of this project, I have elected to apply to the Campus Sustainability Fund rather than an R&D program because I believe this project supports the requirements, preferences, and overall mission of the CSF.


Thank you for your consideration,

Alex Ratcliff

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Alexander Ratcliff

Pac-12 Sustainability Conference Student Registration Funding

Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $490

Letter of Intent:

See attached documents

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Alexa Schreier

Khmer New Years Show 2019

Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $560

Letter of Intent:

Sustainable Impact:

  1. Reduce waste and consumption (reduce carbon emissions at the point of production)
  2. Engaging the Khmer community and involving the Khmer community both on campus and off campus (incorporation and collaboration with environmental activists)
    1. Start of a ripple- to reconnect our roots with the environment that we have lost
  3. “Venerable Prenz Sa-Ngoun and I have been discussing the idea of exploring environmental issues in the Khmer communities here in the Pacific Northwest. For me, environmental issues includes topics like environmental/public health, social and emotional wellness, connecting to the land and our food, and so much more. Prenz began with teaching the grandmas at his temple about reducing plastic bag use (yay, re-useable bags) and I have been at Mt Baker Village teaching residents about how to sort out their waste properly and reduce how much we are collectively sending to a landfill. Our interests have merged into this idea - សាធុ (Sadhu) for Green - to engage young Khmer people, their families, our community in awareness and action for environmental wellness. My hope is that by approaching "environmentalism" with cultural pride and a justice-oriented lens, we will push the boundaries of the environmental field, and foster healthy homes (inside and outside) for our Khmer community.

Leadership & Student Involvement:

  1. NYS is a student run event that anticipates up to 700 guests
  2. KhSA members and officers make the body of the sustainability committee, and other leadership organizing teams for this event
  3. Student volunteers will assist in food distribution, set up, and educating people on sustainability by guiding proper waste disposal (will have volunteers stationed at trash bins, responsible for refilling water dispensers

Education, Outreach, & Behavior Change:

  1. (see above volunteers)
  2. Raising consciousness and awareness about waste production and how to develop accountability with small steps
  3. Encouraging the use of bringing water bottles to refill at water stations (unlike previous years with water bottles and soda cans) - also healthier with juice alternative

Feasibility, Accountability, & Sustainability:

  1. To start a legacy of sustainable and have that continue in future years
  2. Inspiring sustainable practices among other people
  3. Very easy to implement, just need the funds to purchase equipment

Budget and exact numbers are included in the Excel document, our budget administrator will be emailing his part as well.

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Andrew Chhor
Supplementary Documents:

Taiko Kai Spring Concert

Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $1,000

Letter of Intent:

Taiko Kai's third annual Spring Concert aims to provide a cultural and educational experience for individuals of all backgrounds through musical performance. Taiko Kai at the University of Washington is a Japanese drumming club that was founded in 2013. Led by students, the club teaches individuals how to play and perform taiko (drums) and various narimono (percussion). The club has grown into a 30-member performing ensemble and is one of the only groups on campus to perform Japanese art. Because of its ever-increasing size and musical ability, Taiko Kai saw the need to put on their first spring concert in 2017. This year, Taiko Kai is continuing the tradition with its third annual Spring Concert. The main goal of our Spring Concert is not just showcasing taiko skills that members have learned this year, but creating an opportunity for members to plan and participate in a formal performance that will share Asian cultures with UW students and the general public. With so many members, it is difficult to involve all of them without a performance of this scale, making this event a vital part of keeping members engaged with learning the art form.

Taiko Kai has decided to bring some focus to environmental sustainability with our event this year. Each year, we advertise to the student body, and this year will be no different. However, we will be using some strategies to try to lessen our environmental impact. Our biggest change will be the introduction of a digital program. We will still have some physical copies of the program at the event, but we will strongly encourage people to view the program on their phones instead of using the paper copy. We will also be giving out compostable plates and silverware as is required with any snacks that we sell. We will assign someone to ensure that the waste is disposed of in the correct bin. Finally, we will have digital promotional materials like flyers to give digital information about the event.

Taiko drumming is a really interesting and detailed art form originating sometime around 600 C.E. that continues to be an important part of Japanese culture today. Traditionally, taiko was used to accompany theater performances such as Kabuki or Noh, or to perform in ensembles such as gagaku. In 1968, Seiichi Tanaka founded the San Francisco Taiko Dojo which brought taiko to America for the first time. Since that day, Tanaka-sensei, his students, and other incredible players from Japan have cultivated taiko's presence in America. The variety of taiko that Tanaka-sensei brought to the U.S. is known as kumi-daiko ("group drumming"), which was first created in the 1950s as a modern development of taiko for performances outside of traditional settings. This arrangement of taiko is heavily influenced by modern music genres and is thus more relatable for an American audience while maintaining its history. Taiko Kai is proud to be a group in Seattle that can continue the span of this beautiful art form. We work very hard to teach our members everything we can about taiko and share this art with audiences in the UW community and general Seattle area.

Taiko Kai is a club that is completely student-run. We are composed primarily of undergraduate students and therefore must prepare experienced members for the roles that they will need to step into teaching in upcoming years. Our leadership team is re-elected every spring for the following school year, and they decide the direction for the club for upcoming years, making the club's well-being a priority. One of the biggest responsibilities of the leadership team is coordinating learning schedules for members, whether it is practice led by students or a workshop taught by a local or visiting taiko professional. Another large responsibility is coordinating with local events and groups about hosting performances by Taiko Kai. These leadership roles give the leadership team great opportunities to solve problems and work with external organizations.

Our club is committed to educating the next generation of inspired drummers, and we work on a weekly basis to fulfill that goal. However, there are only a couple of performances through the year where the players perform for an audience in a formal performance setting. Thus, the annual Spring Concert plays an important role in the timeline of our club. It allows players who are striving to improve their technique to work toward an "end goal," or a target that will motivate them. This year, more advanced members have even been able to compose and teach songs themselves to share at the concert. This performance is a culmination of the year that allows members to work through the difficulties in keeping up with a time schedule and being actively aware of their complete role in setting up and preparing as well as performing. Without this concert, there would be a lot less excitement building through the year, potentially leading to a lot less member retention.

This will be the third Spring Concert for Taiko Kai, so the club is confident in its ability to successfully execute this performance. After performing at dozens of events over the years and beginning coordination for this event even before the start of the school year, Taiko Kai is positioned very well to have an enjoyable, successful Spring Concert. The addition of the Campus Sustainability Fund would greatly help the club afford this concert and allow the club to open up its budget to pressing concerns about equipment and costumes.

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Taiko Kai

A Green New Deal: Panel Discussion

Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $750

Letter of Intent:

The Sustainable Impact of this project will be focused on social sustainability and engagement, as this project is a panel discussion on the potential impacts of policies from a Green New Deal (summarized in the bullet points below). The panel will discuss what types or policies may be implemented at the federal and state level and how that may affect our state funded university and campus sustainability plan. For example, during this legislative session here in Washington State there are three bills that address clean energy infrastructure and transportation, energy efficiency in the built environment and environmental justice for front line communities. Part of the discussion may include how these state policies or others like them at the federal level may impact our campus sustainability plan and communities here Washington.

The goals of the Green New Deal are:

  • to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions through a fair and just transition for all communities and workers;
  • to create millions of good, high-wage jobs and ensure prosperity and economic security for all people of the United States;
  • to invest in the infrastructure and industry of the United States to sustainably meet the challenges of the 21st century;
  • to secure clean air and water, climate and community resiliency, healthy food, access to nature, and a sustainable environment for all people of the United States for generations to come; and
  • to promote justice and equity by stopping current, preventing future, and repairing historic oppression of indigenous peoples, communities of color, migrant communities, de-industrialized communities, depopulated rural communities, the poor, low-income workers, women, the elderly, the unhoused, people with disabilities, and youth.

The Leadership & Student Involvement of this Project is founded on student collaboration between Green Evans - the environmental student RSO for the Evans School of Public Policy, student members of the Climate Justice Caucus of the Graduate Student Union UAW 4121 and UW students of the Seattle Chapter of the Sunrise Movement. The project is focused on providing an inclusive space for other students on campus to find out about the Sunrise Movement and how they might get involved with creating a more sustainable future for their communities. We see this event as an opportunity to engage with the Ethnic Cultural Center, students of color and student RSOs who may not see themselves as environmental justice activists, but whose communities have historically been disproportionately impacted by social, economic and environmental inequities.

This panel discussion on the Green New Deal is strongly focused on outcomes of Education Outreach and Behavior Change. It will educate students about the intersecting social, economic and environmental issues addressed by the Green New Deal and give students a sustainable framework to understand the challenges we face as a society if we want to create a more just and healthy world. It will engage students through outreach with opportunities to get involved with the Sunrise Movement and the fight for a more sustainable future. There are many levels of involvement for students interested in becoming active in this movement over the next year as Sunrise organizes events to #Change The Debate on climate change. Students will learn how behavior change in our political system can be impacted and transformed by youth activism as the Sunrise Movement and the youth movement in Europe are showing the world.

Feasibility, Accountability & Sustainability Last year, members of this group successfully organized a much larger town hall event in Kane Hall about the I-1631 carbon fee initiative and the history of carbon policies in Washington state more broadly. GreenEvans has a faculty mentor we can call-on if needed, and we have already been in touch with our RSO advisor Christina Coop. Also, we intentionally decided to have this event in a smaller space than Kane Hall (for ~100 people) to make sure we have the capacity among our group members to support this event given that it is just a few weeks away. We will track attendance at the event via sign-in with a laptop into a Google form to understand what majors and departments participated. We are also considering an online exit survey before people leave to gather basic information about the impact of the event.

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Namrata Kolla

2019 Global Leadership Summit

Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $840

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 it also entails giving them hands-on experiences with creative problem-solving about leading responsibly.

This is why we four students, Ben Weymiller, Emily Menz, Nabilla Gunawan, and Ricky Perry with support from the Global Business Center and Foster’s Certificate of International Studies in Business program (CISB), have formed a planning committee for the Global Leadership Summit on April 24th. 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 Summit will focus on responsible leadership in socially-responsible business, public health, cross-sector collaboration, and cultivating change in your future career, all in a global context. Through its workshop and panel format, the Summit will provide a space for UW students, the Seattle community, and other curious learners of the Pacific Northwest to engage with real-world cases and discussions on topics related to leading responsibly and sustainably in the world. The element of leadership we believe most fundamental to enacting change is the willingness to learn from everyone and everything, and help others do the same. In the end, the mission of our summit 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.

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

Environmental Impact

This kind of public education can have huge implications for how our students come to act mindfully as future leaders, to unite a more and more ideologically polarized world. Students going into public policy, research, business, and health organizations can catalyze change in their roles that help mitigate and heal our environment. With responsible leaders in our 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 summit 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. 

Student Leadership & Involvement

Any project or change that has progressed in history surely hasn’t come about through one person. Teamwork is a prerequisite for achieving lasting change and is a product of its members’ willingness to serve, learn, and lead. The Summit’s primary student leaders are Ben Weymiller from the Certificate of International Studies in Business program, Nabilla Gunawan from Net Impact UW, Emily Menz from ReThink UW, and Ricky Perry from Husky Global Affairs. Surrounding these individuals are the members of their RSOs and the programs they represent. It is our belief that the summit’s success rests on the involvement of students from all disciplines on campus. It was a student’s idea that bore the idea for this summit just last year, and it has been student energy and consultation that has evolved the idea to its present state, a tradition that will surely carry on in the years to come.

Education, Outreach, & Behavior Change

The Summit will quite possibly be students’ first step in engaging with and discussing sustainability and social responsibility in a global context. The Summit 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 Summit are to:

  1. Grow students’ awareness of ethical and healthy business and environmental considerations in an international context through experience and 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-world applications

Collaborating with diverse groups at UW and leveraging cultural and ideological differences is important to producing an event that serves the many sub-communities in our world. 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 less of a one-off event, and more of a catalyst for change.

Changing behavior is difficult; we are, after all, creatures of habit. Notwithstanding this, the Summit 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 to the event, and all we can hope is to spark a conversation with them and encourage them to continue it the next day and the day after that.

Feasibility, Accountability, & Sustainability

Each planning committee member has experience with outreach, large event planning, and a familiarity with the Summit’s key concepts of social responsibility and sustainability in global leadership. Be it through planning the Global Health Business Case Competition, or curating insightful and engaging speakers for club meetings, it is our collective experience that has guided and will continue to guide our efforts and ambitions for the Summit.

While we each hold each other accountable for our commitments and action items, we still have regular check-ins with our mentors at the Global Business Center (Theresa Maloney), and Certificate of International Business program (Deanna Fryhle), with Theresa being our main contact helping 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 Summit or post-event efforts.

Institutionalizing the Summit and its values is the very task students who attend our discussions and Summit will be charged with when they go on to advocate for responsible leadership in their own organizations. This being the second year the Summit has been held, it was the vision of the first student planning committee to institutionalize this event for generations of students to come. After bringing this event back and creating infrastructure for it to continue, the goal of this year’s planning committee is to adapt the way the Summit is planned allowing for the content to be curated specifically around the present needs of the student body for any given year.

Estimated Project Budget

Total Planned Expenses: $2,640

Non-Food Related Expenses: $840

  • Venue Fee ($140)
  • 6 Poster boards (2 for advertising,41 for day-of-event details) ($210)
  • Catering of Food and Drink for 150 people ($1800)
  • Parking permits for speakers ($100)
  • 20 color tabloids ($150)
  • Student photographer ($90)
  • Digital advertisements (150)

Project Timeline

  • Student Planning Committee Meeting Timeline (Thursdays 10:30 -11:30)
    • Weekly from 10/24 to day of the event
  • Advisor Planning Committee Check-in Meeting Timeline (Thursdays 12:00-1:00)
    • Weekly to biweekly from 10/24 to day of the event
  • End of November - First wave of reaching out to speakers
  • End of January - Solidify Speaker list
  • Present - Finalize speaker list and event format, supplement weaker panels with UW subject matter experts
  • 3/20 -  Finalize logo and promo materials
    • Listserv blurbs, quarter sheets, full-size posters (print and digital)
  • 4/1 - Finalize Facebook event page and make public
  • 4/5 - Increase Outreach Efforts
    • Share and promote the event on Facebook
    • Deliver quarter-sheet handouts to advising offices and desks
    • Contact school listservs (GBC, JSIS, etc)
    • Connect with points of contact on other campuses
  • 4/1 - Add RSVP google form to Facebook event and promo materials
  • 4/15 - Finalize Volunteer List
    • Set-up, Room Leads, Clean-up
  • 4/24 - Global Leadership Summit (Manage Day-of Logistics)
  • 4/29 - Send out Feedback surveys to Volunteers, Participants, and Speakers
  • 5/2 - Planning Committee Meeting to assess efforts and determine a path forward for next year
Primary Contact First & Last Name: Ben Weymiller

Taiko Kai Spring Concert

Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $1,000

Letter of Intent:

Taiko Kai’s third annual Spring Concert aims to provide a cultural and educational experience for individuals of all backgrounds through musical performance. Taiko Kai at the University of Washington is a Japanese drumming club that was founded in 2013. Led by students, the club teaches individuals how to play and perform taiko (drums) and various narimono (percussion). The experienced students pass on the movement and the style that was taught to them to continue the expression of this artform in the UW area. The club has grown into a 30-member performing ensemble and is one of the only groups on campus to perform Japanese art. Because of its ever-increasing size and musical ability, Taiko Kai saw the need to put on their first spring concert in 2017. This year, Taiko Kai is continuing the tradition with the third annual Spring Concert. The main goals of our Spring Concert are not only showcasing taiko skills that members have learned this year, but also it is an opportunity for members to plan and participate in a formal performance that will share Asian cultures with UW students and the general public. With so many members, it is difficult to involve all of them without a performance of this scale, making this event a vital part of keeping members engaged with learning the artform.

The primary performers of Taiko Kai’s 2019 Spring Concert will be members of Taiko Kai. The show will feature three other Asian drumming ensembles: Dekoboko Taiko, Seattle University Hidaka Taiko, and UW’s Hanwoollim (Korean drumming). The event will be open to the UW community as well as the general public to attract a variety of audiences. The other drumming groups will not be paid, they are friends of our club and we enjoy helping and including each other in our events.

We will begin promotion at the beginning of spring quarter (4/1/19), using paperless strategies like online videos and banners as well as flyers and posters to garner attention in the UW community. We will table outside the HUB to promote our show from then until the event, selling both student and adult tickets. While we promote our show in the weeks leading up to the big day, we will be preparing goods to sell at the concert. These include Taiko Kai buttons, stickers, and t-shirts, as well as homemade treats like mochi. We will have a dress rehearsal at our venue, Kane 130, on Saturday, April 27, 2019. This will give performers a chance to be on the stage. The following day, Sunday, April 28, is our concert which will be 3:00pm to 5:00pm.

Our club will have to pay Kane Hall for the two reservations (rehearsal and performance), which will cost $2430. We are also expecting to pay ~$450 for printing costs of promotional material and audience material. The grant would be used to help us afford Kane Hall and some of the printing fees.

With your help, we would like to continue the tradition of the Taiko Kai Spring Concert in order to facilitate personal growth of members and to promote cultural diversity in the UW student body and beyond.

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Michael Hart (Taiko Kai)


Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $3,250

Letter of Intent:

Presence’ Mission:

The mission of our RSO is community building amongst students, around the topics of wellness and balance through the exploration of mindfulness practices. Through individual and group practice of meditation, students will support each other’s practices in being actively aware and focused in the present moment.

The founding of Presence was inspired from our (Ethan and Shelby) time working together at the UW Resilience Lab. We worked with Dr. Anne Browning, Director of the Lab, to analyze incoming data regarding the mental states of incoming freshmen. We discovered that an enormous amount of students struggled with themes of belonging, social connection, and self-esteem. Through discussion, the two of us came to share that we too had personally struggled with these themes as UW students. Furthermore, we came to recognize that both of us had found support during these tough times through our own personal practices of meditation. We shared the experience of using meditation as a tool to better understanding ourselves, as well as exploring how to heal in the face of personal challenges. Presence was born upon the realization that meditation, having been so useful for the two of us, may be useful for other students as well. Having wished that meditation had been more accessible at UW in our time of need, we hope that it now can be accessible for students in their time of need.

Both from personal experience, conversation with other students, and exposure to mental health data at the UW; It has become glaringly obvious how great the need is at our school for students to be able to experience genuine connection and community. We have experienced how meditation inspires groundbreaking inner-clarity and centeredness, and are adamant about building a community that is based upon the same values of transparency and honesty, as well as true-self expression and acceptance. Presence is a place where students can learn from one another's personal experiences and journeys, and inspire personal growth via the support of a student-led, student-run community.

In order to best facilitate our practices as a community of students, the external resources we require are an (1) appropriate meeting venue and (2) access to a meditation app subscription.


Social Sustainability

Forming Relationships; Local university district business owners & UW students:

In a neighborhood that is diverse among many sociological lines, this is an excellent opportunity for community building in the University District. Students are accustomed to staying within the parameters of the UW campus, and encouraging students to venture beyond on their way to the Hatha Yoga Center on 47th will assist students in becoming more familiar with their surrounding community. The University of Washington and small business owners will gain the chance to work with and know each other better, building a more cohesive social fabric between University Street and surrounding campus. A small case-study of the kind of relationships that may assist the University District in revealing commonality and oneness amongst the diversity that has demonstrated at times to be isolating amongst individual perceptions.

Meditation as Preventative Medicine:

Silent practices of thinking deeply and contemplating, have shown to induce relaxation and a sense of inner peace. There have been many studies done regarding mindfulness meditation and mental health, suggesting that it has positive effects on anxiety and depression. For many, meditation is a tool used in coping with minimal to severe anxiety. It has been known to help individuals understand and manage intense feelings such as anger, fear, and such that may have negative effects on one's life. Student run contemplative sessions such as these will introduce self-sustaining emotional healing, and support students in juggling their diverse circumstances.

Accessible (metro buses, off campus housing, on campus housing, walkable):

Hatha Yoga Center is a 14 minute walk from Central Campus, making it an accessible commute from class or studies. For those living on campus in dorms, the commute time is a standard 13 minute walk from both eastern Haggett Hall and southern Mercer Court  (9 minute bus ride using tuition included bus lines 45,71,73, also possible for southern dorm residents). For those coming from off-campus, University Street is a hub for a wide range of bus routes making it accessible for those who commute via metro or light rail. For those who drive, there is street parking, however limited, on a first come first serve basis at an hourly fee. Ethan and I also offer to help transport students if need be.

Diversity: Mindfulness, introspection, contemplation, meditation; whatever you want to call it, can be a useful life enhancing practice in anyone's unique life. That being said, we understand that such practices can fit differently into different peoples’ lives. We recognize that every person comes from a different background, has different experiences, circumstances, demographics, identities. Such factors may play a role in affecting who feels welcome, comfortable, and safe around mindfulness practices. We want to make clear that Presence is a place for anyone and everyone, and aims to present a space that is accessible to all individuals. Furthermore, within the subject of meditation; Presence welcomes all practices, preferences, questions, and attitudes.

Co-op styled structure: We believe a community-run, democratic, honest and transparent organization is crucial maintaining an organization that fosters student empowerment, passion, and belonging. We (Ethan and Shelby) see our roles as facilitators, and aim to encourage fellow students to engage in facilitation and leadership roles as they wish. In structuring group meetings that actively engage members in providing feedback, suggestions, expressing their views, and guiding group meetings, we aim to ensure that each student understands that the organization is existant to represent their wishes as they see fit. This is invaluable in the University setting, as we make space for students to participate in a ‘ground up’ organization in contrast to much of the ‘top-down’ philosophy embodied by many of institutions and classes at the UW. Presence hopes that this model will inspire students to take ownership in their introspective journey, and spread their passion to the rest of the group and all others they may encounter. Presence also abides by the seven cooperative principles of: Voluntary and open membership, democratic management, participation, autonomy and independence, education, training and information, cooperation, and community.

Environmental Sustainability

Green space meditation (perusing in parks, around wildlife, green spaces on campus):

Connection with nature facilitates inner peace & stillness. Being in the presence of the great outdoors reminds us that we are connected with nature and the world at large, not separate from it. In engaging contemplative and still practices in the outdoors, students are provided the opportunity to get curious about nature on their own terms, and gain a recognition for its strong presence in their life. Students gain the opportunity to get more in touch with nature, and to further understand the importance of recognizing the role that nature plays in our lives and our ecosystem. Personal connection and positive experience with the outdoors is the first step in fostering a community which engages in the world both on behalf of their own needs and the intertwined needs of our earth. Additionally, engaging in physical activity also serves to connect us on a deeper level with our bodies, which are often forgotten when sitting in class most days.

Physical + Mental Minimalism:

Mindfulness as a philosophy which explores one’s inner state, students may explore the relationship of thoughts and feelings, mind and heart. They may gain insight into the differentiation as well as relationships, between emotions and thoughts, assisting students in decision backed with genuine contemplation and thought. Taking a moment to breathe, relax, and contemplate will assist students in observing their habits and actions, in so allowing students to recognize which behaviors are serving them and which are not in comparison to their values. Students can recognize internal and external values, beliefs, practices, and intentionally select from there how they would like to proceed. Outcomes of these practices, can include themes of consumerism as hugely a part of our western, American culture. Students can have a better understanding on how actions such as shopping, consuming, etc. has an impact both on themselves, their community, and world at large. Exploring topics of sustaining satisfaction versus instant gratification.

Meeting Space Requirements:

Space must provide students with a welcoming and comforting environment which is conducive for personal practices, such as silent sitting meditation. Academic spaces on-campus at the UW can be stress inducing because they are wholly competitive & busy environments.

A space off-campus is necessary for students to effectively shift away from an academic mindset in order to engage in vulnerable and therapeutic mindfulness practices. To quote a study published by the Springer Journal of Public Health, “Personal control, socially supportive relationships, and restoration from stress and fatigue are all affected by properties of the built environment” (Evans, Gary W. “The built environment and mental health”). Keeping this in mind, we fear that attempting to get students to engage in meditation practices in existing on-campus spaces (HUB, IMA, housing facilities) will be ineffective. Students will be unable to escape the mental busyness and happenings of student life (which often are culprits of stress), which will lead to a lack of club retention, community building and general sense of stillness.

The mindfulness class pass had meditation class series once (hosted in HUB), but decided to discontinue them due to a lack of retention. After speaking with the mindfulness program director, Danny Arguetty, we collectively identified the venue as a potential factor in explaining why students’ attendance rates trickled down.

Pros of off-campus space:

  •     a (physical and mental) “vacation” from academic/campus life
  •     accessible, walkable distance from on campus-housing
  •     ”homey” feel, warm carpet, lighting, quiet space, built for purpose of yoga/meditation practices (not a mixed use space, conversely an established foundation built for mindfulness practices)

(2) Meditation App Subscription: Headspace

Shelby and I have both experienced great success using Headspace, a smartphone app which provides guided meditations, anxiety relief, and student specific “packages”: studying, balancing health & work, etc. Our goal is to provide Headspace to our members to prevent a lack of financial accessibility, which in our experience, is the largest barrier to the use of meditation apps. A student subscription costs $9.99 annually, and this relatively low cost would enable us to provide 25 members with this access. The use of this app would also help build community within the club itself, as you can add meditation “buddies” (other users of the app) to see and view each others’ meditations and activity. Members will provide us with a receipt for reimbursement.


Presence Budget through Spring Quarter 2019 (1/28-3/15 and 4/1-6/7)

Item Unit Cost Units # of Weeks Total Cost
Meeting Space: Weekly Hourly Rent $35.00 1.5 hours 16 $840
Headspace- Meditation Subscription $10 25 people Subscription covers a full year $250
Total Cost       $1090

We are asking the Campus Sustainability Fund for $1000 to cover our expenses.

After evaluating several off-campus options, we settled on Hatha Yoga Center on the Ave & 47th. We have developed a great relationship with the owner, Ki, and her studio is able to provide all the necessary fixtures for a meditation practice (soft carpet, cushions, blankets, speakers).

Accountability and Feasibility

A close relationship with Danny Arguetty, the mindfulness director, will continuously provide us with guidance and support with regards to our club structure and with what’s been successful with students in the past.

We are excited to move forward and get our club rolling!

Thank you for taking the time to read this over and we look forward to hearing your thoughts.

Ethan & Shelby

Presence Co-Presidents

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Ethan Jone

Matsuri 2019

Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $999

Letter of Intent:

Matsuri, which means "festival" in Japanese, is the Japanese Student Association's annual event where we showcase the diversity of Japanese culture with Japanese food, games, and performances. We have put on this event for more than 10 years, offering a place where the greater Seattle community can connect with each other through the rich culture of Japan.  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. To reflect this, 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 700 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.

Although 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 plan to utilize our funding on the following based on last year’s spending. Firstly, we will primarily focus on biodegradable tableware and utensils, which we estimate will cost us $800 to purchase the necessary utensils to serve all the guests at the event. This comprises of forks, knives, spoons, flat plates and cups for cold and hot drinks. In addition, we will focus on getting water dispensers to eliminate plastic water bottle waste, which we estimate will cost us $200 to rent. 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 can be reused for all of our future Matsuri events. We will be in touch with our Student Activities Office Advisor to start organizing our orders as soon as funding is approved and hope to confirm orders by latest mid-April.

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Nana Yamagata

Habitat Snags Outreach: Increasing the Urban Forest Health on Campus

Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $1,000

Letter of Intent:

The University of Washington has been creating more and more snags out of fallen trees in the past year. Grounds Management has added ~15 snags since we hired a new arborist to handle the tree work on campus. Adding snags (standing dead trees) to the landscape adds a substantial amount of ecological benefits. Snags (dead wood) provides new life to habitat. They provide food for many wood boring insects and mammals such as ants, beetles, and woodpeckers. The cavities within this dead wood make great nesting habitat and living quarters for woodpeckers, red squirrels and many other species of birds, bats and insects. When a tree dies it has only partially fulfilled its potential ecological function.

However, snags can be unsightly to people who do not understand their benefits. We would like to continue this trend of adding snags to the landscape and to change people’s perception about them by adding signage to increase their knowledge of its benefit for society. The signage will all be made out of salvage wood from the salvage wood program and will say:

‘When a tree dies it begins its second life as a snag. Snags aka standing dead wood provide habitat for thousands of living organisms such as insects, birds, and small mammals. Snags are a natural part of a forest ecosystem that are rarely available in an urban forests. Grounds Management has implemented a new program to provide habitat snags throughout campus, *this sign was constructed using salvage wood from the salvage wood program and funded by the Campus Sustainability Fund.’

Each sign will cost $100. We will put ten signs in front of some of the most visited snags on campus.’


Thank you for your consideration!


Michael Bradshaw

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Michael Bradshaw

Reusable Containers in Dining Halls

Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $40,000

Letter of Intent:

Our project intends to bring reusable to go containers to dining halls across campus at UW Seattle. This project is being headed by students and leaders of SEED, with support from professional staff. To begin, we would like to use the grant money to start a pilot program to introduce the idea at a smaller scale in only one dining hall in autumn quarter of 2019. This provides an opportunity to see the potential benefits and problems to overcome and give us a good start for expansion into a more comprehensive system.

University of Washington prides themself on being a leader in sustainability. As SEED, we feel that one of the next steps to move forward in sustainability is introducing reusable rather than compostable containers in our dining halls. As of now, with over 45,000 students plus staff, we are creating enormous amounts of waste with to-go containers. Even though the containers are compostable, the sheer amount of compost can be hard to manage. In addition, 50% of the garbage in HFS housing is compostable material according to the 2018 Waste Characterization Study, and one can assume dining has similar levels of contamination. The large amount of contamination in garbage creates two problems. First, it increases the price HFS has to pay to remove all student waste, because compost and recycling do not have a cost attached for removal, while transport to a landfill costs the school. Second, disposable products use up energy and resources, and, if they are not disposed of properly, there is no benefit of seeing them turned into a new product after use. Instead, they only contribute to a growing landfill. The best option is to attempt to reduce this waste before it enters the waste stream, and to do so, washable, reusable containers should be offered as another alternative to go container. Other universities have successfully created a system for reusable containers in their dining halls, including Washington State University, UC Merced, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

The containers we would like to use come from a company called Ozzi. The containers are already designed and the process for getting containers distributed is established, there is minimal work for the university in order to start the program on campus. The Ozzi system works in the following way: a student pays a small fee (in the range of $2 to $5) and receives a clean container. The student then uses the container to store and eat food. When the student is finished, they place the container in the Ozzi machine so the barcode can be scanned. The container is deposited into the machine and the student is given a token. This token can be used by the student to receive another to-go container. Thus, the student only has to pay one time for unlimited access to containers throughout the year. When the containers are deposited, HFS staff take them back to clean them along with the rest of the cutlery and dishes. We would purchase the following products: two (2) Ozzi machines in Center Table, 2,000 - 3,000 containers (these can be in a wide variety of formats - the pilot program would include the standard, single-entree clamshell), 2,000 tokens, 10 boxes of liner bags, 4 OZZI carts (used to transport the used containers). This will cost approximately $40,000. We hope to purchase the equipment and have staff trained so we can begin the program at the start of autumn quarter 2019.

The idea for this project was initiated by members of SEED and is being lead by Luke Schefke, Director of Communications, and supported by the rest of the executive board. They saw this as a way to reduce waste produced on campus and reduce UW’s contribution to emissions. We have already gained strong support from our partners in HFS, including Clive Pursehouse, Torin Munro, and the rest of the Sustainability Committee who are willing to assist and direct SEED in our efforts as we work towards implementing this system. SEED will also have a large influence in the education of introducing this system, with plans to create posters, have an event with tabling and demonstrations in the dining hall, and have members stationed by the machines to explain the program.

We are applying for a CSF grant because HFS, our community partner, has a mostly predetermined budget. With funding from a grant, this would allow us to see how a system such as this would function, so HFS feels secure in taking a larger financial commitment in the future. The amount that we are requesting would cover the price of the machines, containers, tokens, liner bags, and carts. It would not cover any maintenance or utilities costs, but this is not expected to be significant and can be covered through other means (SEED funds of HFS rebudgeting). By providing this grant, the Campus Sustainability Fund can support a program that improves sustainability across UW and help create a sustainable habits in students for years to come.

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Luke Walter Schefke

Sensol Systems: Phase 1

Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $100,000

Letter of Intent:

Imagine you are a student, it’s a dark and damp rainy Seattle night... you are tired from studying all week and are hurrying to get home. You step out into an ordinary crosswalk at the corner of a sharp bend in the road. A car swerves to avoid you, as you are nearly invisible in the darkness. This story and many like it show the importance and necessity of safer crosswalks. Our project idea stems from this need and desire to make commuting by foot, bike, bus, or car as safe as possible.


This project draws on interdisciplinary expertise and creativity in developing luminaire crosswalk pavers powered by kinetic energy to sustainably and innovatively improve safety at the University of Washington (UW) Seattle Campus. Ultimately, we want to implement the highest performing prototype to the most dangerous crosswalks on campus to keep students safe. Addressing the UW’s Campus Landscape Framework objective of creating connections across the “mosaic” of the Central Campus, this prototype will improve circulation through an iconic landscape, create a unique experience, increase safety, and create opportunities for collaboration between students and industry partners. The primary project team includes masters and doctorate students from the College of Built Environments and College of Engineering (throughout the phasing process, more team members will be added, including undergraduates).

Optimization of infrastructure is a traditionally complicated endeavor. Collection, transmission, and distribution are common obstacles to utilization of revolutionary renewable energy. By directly integrating energy collection into the object it powers, these obstacles are overcome and the system is much more efficient and accessible to consumers. Microgenerators harnessing kinetic energy are in development and could be used to power paver luminaires, improving safety and visibility without depending on the power grid. Additionally, the implementation of this project would create an opportunity to improve stormwater management at intersections throughout campus. (Future phasing of prototypes might integrate stormwater detention mechanisms that can manage runoff and improve water quality in surrounding bodies of water).



Our prototypes promote renewable and alternative energy by creating an off-the-grid kinetic energy mechanism that runs the LED pressurized systems during the low-light to dark hours of the day.


Thinking long-term, we are hoping to create a prototype that will be marketed to all of the UW campuses and the city of Seattle, particularly in marginalized communities.


A culture of road safety for all modalities should be created. Pedestrians are as entitled to safety mechanisms as drivers or bicyclists.


We are advocating for student involvement at every point and every level of the project. It is a student run team that is designing for students. We are inclusive, always willing to include other disciplines and expertise. We are proposing a phased strategy that will provide students the opportunity to engage in project development, business planning, and product fabrication.


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

Outreach: This project will provide the student team first-hand experience in product development, fabrication, and implementation. It will support the efforts of the university to improve the campus’ experiential qualities; update, control, and maintain campus lighting; and ensuring that campus users feel safe. As these concerns are currently addressed separately by the Campus Architect, Operations, and Police Department, a consolidated and self-sustaining response would aid in honing their work.

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


The project team would engage with the Office of the University Architect, the Campus Engineering and Operations Office, and UW Faculty from the College of Built Environments. There is also potential for engagement with Seattle City Light.

Funding would be invested in developing prototypes of our product. The project team would fabricate as many components as possible, but may need to reach out to local manufacturers of structural glazing systems.


The implementation of this project includes building and testing multiple physical prototypes which we estimate to be $100,000. The budget components are detailed below:

  • Electrical/Computer/Controlling backbone components: $10,000
  • Mechanical/Chemical hardware infrastructure: $50,000
  • Lab/test instruments: $10,000
  • Structural glazing and frame system: $30,000


Our phase one of the project is planned to be carried out and completed in one year.
Within this year there are three phases:

  1. Technical studies: Currently underway. We will continue this phase until final project approval and if need be, into the prototyping phase to ensure the highest levels of performance in the prototyping.
  2. Prototyping/Testing/Troubleshooting: This phase is planned to be initiated upon the approval of the proposal and the fulfillment of necessary financial supply. This phase is expected to be completed within six months from the start, with all the prototypes tested and evaluated under real operation conditions, and the highest performing one selected for campus implementation
  3. Implementation: This phase will likely pursue a later funding cycle due to the complexities of construction and implementation. During this phase, we hope to work with UW Facilities and Seattle Offices.


Janie Bube (Master of Landscape Architecture)

Emilia Cabeza de Baca (Master of Architecture)

Martha Hart (Masters of Urban Planning)

Arman Rahimzamani (PhD in Electrical Engineering)

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Lorenzo Guio

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

Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $70,000

Letter of Intent:

Summary of Project

UW’s Olympic Natural Resources Center (ONRC) has been developing and implementing a project focused on the new discipline of ethnoforestry throughout this academic year through a CSF grant. We would like to submit a letter of intent for one more year of funding to continue and expand current projects as well as develop new ones. Throughout this year, the Ethnoforestry project has gained traction and captured the attention of people across campus, creating new partnerships and pushing the boundaries of our understanding of sustainability. Ethnoforestry uses a new model that incorporates both community and environmental wellbeing together in order to achieve sustainability. Through this effort, we have reached out to the UW community and beyond to understand ways we can improve both the wellbeing of our campus and the region. With one more year of CSF Funding, we hope to capitalize on this momentum to engage even more people across campus for this interdisciplinary project.

Throughout this year we have been establishing ethnoforestry garden beds in partnership with UW Grounds and the Intellectual House. What started as a way to integrate some ethnobotanical plants into our campus green spaces has developed into a project with a much larger potential scope. The Intellectual House supports our concept of expanding to many beds across campus, each highlighting tribes from a different region across the state with direct input from tribal students. We would like to use future CSF funding to collaborate with tribal students to determine which plant species they would like to see representing their tribe, install those culturally significant plants in campus garden beds, and organize harvesting events where both tribal and non-tribal students would be able to participate in this applied ethnoforestry work. This would create more opportunities for restoration, volunteer engagement, and creating inclusive spaces where all students can learn in a hands-on and applied way.

As interest in this project continues to spread, we would like to use funding to conduct formalized interviews with UW students, both tribal and non-tribal, to understand ways students respond to and their interest in ethnoforestry. Having a better grasp on the needs of the UW community will inherently help us develop a model of sustainability that meets them. This will ensure that all voices from across campus are heard.

Finally, we would like to use funding to build upon our current work. We would like to expand the number of culturally important plant species being studied and grown at the Center for Urban Horticulture both in the greenhouse and at our raised beds where we are currently working to grow bare root style plants. Additionally, we would like to host workshops at the new ONRC plant nursery being installed in late Spring 2019. This would bring together UW students and the tribal community to learn from one another and grow cultural keystone plant species.

Sustainable Impact

This project will absolutely enhance the sustainability of campus. By expanding our ethnoforestry garden beds, we will be able to highlight culturally important plants from tribes across the region. This will provide a tangible space where all tribal students can see a piece of their home represented on campus, a space that also sits on historic tribal land. Additionally, these campus green spaces are often overrun by invasive plant species. By creating ethnoforestry garden beds, we will remove these plants and replace them with native species that can serve an important ecosystem function. Finally, by conducting student interviews, we will be able to better serve and enhance the experience of all students on campus.

Leadership & Student Involvement

This project has, and will continue to be, a totally student driven effort. If awarded, the grant will be used to fund a Research Assistant (RA) position for a graduate student in the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences. Each quarter, the RA will take on interns who will be able to have a more in-depth and intensive involvement in the project as well as receive credit for their work. The RA will also host capstone students who are interested in answering key ethnoforestry questions. In addition, the RA will offer consistent work parties to generate opportunities for students to get involved.

Education, Outreach, & Behavior Change

Instead of focusing on a formal and classroom based education, we will showcase how ethnoforestry can be directly applied. All students that participate will be learning from this process and can apply it to their own work. We have been growing a consistent volunteer base throughout this year and expect that it will continue if we received funding for next year. This has shown us that there is a need for this type of work on our campus. We anticipate that as students continue to learn from the project, there will be direct benefits and behavior changes.

Feasibility, Accountability, & Sustainability

We have worked hard to lay the groundwork for this project throughout this year. We absolutely believe that is necessary and feasible. We have received support from UW Grounds, the Intellectual House, SEFS, and the College of the Environment’s Deans office. These groups have provided guidance and feedback, helping to keep us accountable and improve our work. We believe that with one more year of funding we will be able to expand our efforts, creating a wider reaching and more inclusive project that inherently changes the way we understand sustainability.

Project Budget

We are requesting $70,000 for this project. This amount would include funding for one Research Assistant position for the 2019-2020 academic year, supplies and signage for our ethnoforestry garden beds, plant production supplies, and transportation to and from the ONRC nursery. We expect to use funds from Fall 2019 through Summer 2020 with the completion of the project scheduled for end of Summer 2020.

Contact Information

Courtney Bobsin

Bernard Bormann

Frank Hanson

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Courtney Bobsin

Native Greenroof Sculpture

Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $5,720

Letter of Intent:

Originally developed for the mercer court site, Native Green roof Sculpture has since expanded beyond its original site, with an intention to find a more site-specific location to maximize its overall effectiveness and impact. With this in mind, I am applying for a feasibility study in order develop important information on site location, and ecological /design consultation.

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Luke Armitstead

Native Gardens at UW Farm

Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $9,155

Letter of Intent:

Total Funds Requested from CSF: $9,155.00

Submitted by: Kamaka’ike/Natalie Bruecher, student and Perry Acworth, UW Student Farm, manager

UW Farm

The University of Washington Student Farm (UW Farm) is a student-run farm with three different growing spaces on campus. The proposed project would cultivate native gardens at a vacant growing space at the Mercer Court farm site, (plot 4.0) and renovate a permaculture planting at the Center for Urban Horticulture.

At UW Farm, our mission is to promote the study and practice of urban agriculture and sustainability. With this proposed project, we are working to incorporate food sovereignty values into our vision of sustainable agriculture. This directly addresses social and environmental aspect of sustainability.

Wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ - Intellectual House

The Intellectual House is a longhouse-style facility that serves as a multi-service learning and gathering space for American Indian and Alaska Native students, faculty and staff. The purpose of the Intellectual House is to increase Native American students’ success at UW by preparing them for leadership roles in their tribal communities and the region.

Project Description:

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

Food Sovereignty is defined as “the inherent right of a community to identify their own food system”. As one step towards food sovereignty for the UW community, we hope to help create spaces where students, staff, faculty, and community members can learn about, grow, and consume traditional foods. While the details of garden planning and future events will be driven by our campus and community partners, we envision this project will incorporate educational events, community gatherings, art and storytelling. This project will be a collaboration between UW Farm staff/interns/volunteers, Native student groups on campus, staff and faculty partners, tribal Elders and community members. Campus and community partners will determine the specific design for the native garden.

UW Farm and the Intellectual House will meet with campus partners to discuss the development of this project, and to identify students interested in taking on a leadership role related to organizing and sustaining this project. We then plan to host tribal Elders at a larger ceremony, celebrating the creation of this space. When plant species are chosen, they may be purchased from the Society for Ecological Restoration Native Plant Nursery and local nurseries and seed resources.

Requirements and Preferences:

This project will contribute to biodiversity and restoration by reintroducing native plant species to the UW campus at two of the UW Farm’s growing sites. It will specifically focus on the reintroduction of edible and medicinal plant species, addressing social and environmental sustainability and issues related to food security.

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

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

UW Farm has met with partners at the Intellectual House to discuss the feasibility of this project. With the Intellectual House and UW Farm’s ability to devote funds to hire student leaders, we can ensure commitment and continued work on this project in the future. Cultivating gardens on UW Farm’s space also ensures continued maintenance by UW Farm staff and student volunteers.

Timeline and Budget:

  • Spring 2019: Submit LOI to CSF committee.
  • July 2019: Hold community meeting/ceremony with tribal Elders and on-campus project partners. Lunch provided, gifts provided to Elders. Estimated attendance: 15-35 people. Activities - Storytelling, Educational activities, Initial site designs for Mercer Court plot and the improvement/renovation of the permaculture site at CUH. Estimated cost: $350
  • August & September 2019: Finalize garden designs, signage, educational content for websites, plan harvest and cooking events, educational materials design, production and harvest timelines, procurement of plants, purchase of hardscaping materials. Estimated cost $2,700 signage, educational materials, website update, $975 hardscaping, $400 plants
  • October & November 2019: Students, volunteers, farm manager and Intellectual house members install native gardens and signage at Mercer Court and CUH. A kick-off event will be held during Dawg Days with storytelling at the Intellectual House and tours of Native garden sites. Estimated attendance, 35-55 people. Over the following 8 weeks, the UW Farm will host 8 work parties to complete the work. Estimated attendance: 50-75 people.Estimated cost: Planting and installation $0.00. Storytelling and harvest event at Intellectual House $550, Harvest Event at UW Farm’s, Farm to Table event, $500.   
  • Ongoing, post project completion: Continued involvement of community partners and UW Farm students/interns/volunteers to maintain the garden spaces. Ongoing community events, medicinal and crop harvests and meals, that allow students involved in farming and sustainability to connect with and learn from Native People and learn about the cultivation and significance of indigenous foods. Estimated exposure due to the website information, permanent signage, annual work parties and harvest events: 40,000+ people Estimated cost: Future garden maintenance, plantings and activities will be absorbed into regular seasonal production for the UW Farm and Intellectual House programming. $0.00

Total Funds Requested from CSF: $9,155.00

  • Native Garden Liaison: 10 hrs./week during Summer and Fall quarters (23 weeks @ $16/hr.) $3,680
  • One-time purchase of materials: $5,475



Primary Contact First & Last Name: Kamaka’ike/Natalie Bruecher, Student Lead Intellectual House

UW-APL Clean Propulsion

Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $28,350

Letter of Intent:

Summary of Project Proposal

The UW Applied Physics Laboratory is asking the Campus Sustainability Fund for $28,350 to purchase an electric propulsion system from PureWaterCraft with hydraulic steering controls.  Funds from this grant will be used to bring a new technology into the UW APL which we could not do without being awarded a grant or contract specifically requiring it.  Optionally, a system supporting smaller hulls could be purchased for $19,850 if the committee prefers.

An Applied Physics Laboratory student team, working with Engineers from UW APL and PureWaterCraft, will design a mounting and control system which will allow the motor and battery pack to move easily between a multitude of hulls.  A RHIB install will be set up for transport to remote locations for rapid deployment in fragile environments.  The control systems will enable remote or autonomous control of the vessel for future research and development of autonomous systems which will be used for future student projects.

Both hulls will be clearly marked UW APL and Electric Drive Research or some other indication of alternative energy to encourage outreach.  Photos of these boats will be included in project write ups and publications which will get broad distribution.  These boats will be seen often while operating around the Seattle waterfront and Lake Washington.  

CSF funds will be used to purchase the propulsion system from PureWaterCraft.  UW APL will supply a hull for the project.  UW APL will also fund the student time for the project and individual engineers will donate the mentoring time for the installation and system test.

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

The UW APL averages 65 Field Projects around the world every year and employs 45 students.    

Brief Explanation of how we meet Requirements & Preferences:

Sustainable Impact - Environmental sustainability

As a leader in Arctic research UW APL operates small boats in the most fragile environments in the world, locally we have small craft operating in Lake Washington frequently and moored in the lake every day.  The gas powered motors on our boats are properly maintained, however they still emit exhaust which is run underwater before rising to the surface leaving pollutants in the water and in the air.  Sensors we design or purchase can be contaminated by oil and exhaust residue rendering them inoperable.  Long before the UW Climate Action Plan was created UW APL lived in a word of “leave no trace”.

Leadership & Student Involvement

Students will lead the design and installation with oversight and mentoring

These boats will be used primarily by students and Field Engineers to deploy and recover AUVs and various other marine equipment or to support a larger vessel.

Education, Outreach & Behavior Change

UW APL is a unique position to be a technology evaluator and innovator in the regional commercial fishing industries as well as the international Oceanographic and Marine Science communities.  UW APL has a long history of being actively involved in community outreach, this is the 14th year that the UW APL has worked with the Pacific Science Center to put on the Polar Science Fair at the Science Center.  Through the Collaboratory, UW APL hosts Marine Technology startups which allows us to support them and at the same time share best practices which then spread through the industry.

Feasibility, Accountability & Sustainability

UW APL, and the mentors on this team, has demonstrated the ability to conceive, design and build systems deployed in the harshest marine environments.  We routinely manage large contracts to completion and have an excellent reputation with the U.S. Navy and other organizations.

Eric Boget, a U.S.C.G. licensed vessel operator and engineer, manages and maintains the UW APL vessels and docks.

Key Stakeholders

Eric Boget – As the head of UW APL Vessel Operations, Eric will be responsible for the vessels when released into the fleet.  Maintenance, operations and training will fall under his budget.  Eric has control over who can operate vessels and in what conditions.

Andrew Stewart – Associate Director of PMEC, the Pacific Marine Energy Center, Andy Stewart helps marine startups transition technology and has recently commissioned a UW APL vessel for renewable energy research.  As an experienced Marine Architect and M.E. Andy is an advocate for our technology innovations in Washington State and Washington D.C.

Craig McNeil – Craig, a UW APL Principal Oceanographer and Affiliate Professor of Oceanography, spends an inordinate amount of time getting equipment and vehicles in and out of the water.  As one of our most active users of AUVs Craig works with students and Field Engineers with a vehicle called a REMUS 100.

Core Project Team

Students Leads - Ian Good UW ME, Amelia Marie Barr UW ME

UW APL Vessel Operations - Eric Boget

Electronics Mentor - Steve Kahle

Mechanical Mentor - Dave Dyer

Itemized Budget

Pure Outboard Motor                         $6000

Pure Battery Pack                               $8500

Pure Charger                                       $2000

SeaStar Pro Steering                          $1600

Reactor 40 Hydraulic Autopilot         $1750

                        Total                           $19850


Optional 2nd Battery Pack                  $8500

                        Total                           $28350


Project Timeline

Submit LOI                                                                                         March 1

Submit Full Proposal                                                                         April 15

Receive Decision                                                                                June 1

Receive Funding                                                                                 June 15

Prepare hull(s)                                                                                   July 1

Design Battery Mounting System                                                      July 1

Design Control System                                                                      July 15

Receive Motor and battery pack(s)                                                    September 1

Test fit mountings and controls                                                         October 15

Water test completed system                                                             October 30


Contact Information

Primary Contact: Ian Good – Student Lead IanGood@uw.edu

Secondary Contacts: Steve Kahle – Student Mentor skahle@apl.washington.edu

Secondary Contacts: Eric Boget – UW APL Vessel Operations boget@apl.washington.edu

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Ian Good

3D Bin Displays

Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $2,783

Letter of Intent:


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

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

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

Sustainable Impact: 

With our project we are hoping to make a sustainable impact on the UW campus by teaching people about how to recycle and compost waste properly. This project will help our campus to be more sustainable by diverting waste, which the university produces a huge amount of, from going to landfills.  Landfills tend to be located near low-income communities and communities of color. While this environmental justice issue also requires action at the state level, our project will help reduce UW’s contribution to the problem by combatting our reliance on landfills. By diverting waste from landfills, we will also be reducing the chances of situations like contaminating ground water streams with landfill runoff, as well as reducing the air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions generated by landfills and transporting waste to landfills. 

Leadership & Student Involvement: 

This project is a student-led project through UW EcoReps. Officers from EcoReps, Julie Tolmie and Christina Cameron, have helped guide us when it comes to reaching out to other people and other organizations, such as UW Recycling and the School of Design, for assistance in our project. 

Our project team includes: 

  • Justin Brave 
  • Marycela Guzman 
  • Tanya Cortes 
  • Julie Tolmie 
  • Christina Cameron 

Faculty/Staff Member:  

  • Erica Bartlett - Project Support Supervisor, UW Recycling 
  • Liz Gignilliat - Manager, UW Recycling 

Education, Outreach, & Behavior Change: 

The Husky Dens’ waste disposal signage is important to replace because UW draws students, staff, and faculty from across Washington, as well as many from out of state and out of the country. Many may not be familiar with how to dispose of compost in particular. Food waste is not the only area where students, staff, and faculty may be confused. While UW dining locations switched to compostable service wear at all dining locations in 2016, campus education on these materials lags behind. Without proper sorting, the switch is not effective as it could be. While educating students, staff, and faculty about waste disposal is important, students don’t participate in workshops or listen to presentations on correct sorting, making signage at bin stations the primary form of waste education at UW. Improving bin signage is therefore the easiest way to improve waste education on campus.  

Our project will serve as a way to increase awareness and engagement with students, staff, and faculty who use Husky Den on the waste disposal process. Each 3D display case will include facts about the waste cycle – including what happens to trash, recycling, and compost after it’s thrown into a bin, as well as how landfills impact communities and the environment. To extend the reach of these displays beyond the actual stations and reach out to the larger campus, we will work on posters to draw in attention to the new bin displays. The posters will tell the story of how we designed the 3D displays and educate students, staff, and faculty about how the UW’s waste is processed.  

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

Feasibility, Accountability, & Sustainability:   

UW EcoReps is an RSO that has operated at the UW Seattle campus for a number of years, partnering with service learners, regular members, and the UW Sustainability Office to successfully implement environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable projects such as the quarterly Green Husky Market, a market featuring local vendors on Red Square. In addition to UW EcoReps, UW Recycling and the UW Sustainability Office have also shown support for this 3D bin display project. UW Sustainability contributed to the long-time maintenance of the existing bins and UW Recycling has assisted with the design and budget estimating process.  


Chiado J., Savanh L., Shang J, and B. Stroosma. It’s all in the signs: the effect of signage detail on composting accuracy.  

Itemized Budget:

Item  Individual Price  Number Needed  Item Total Cost 
Display case  $101.95 ($79.95-Case $22.00-Shipping)  30  $3,058.50 
Ring table holder (36 piece set)  $16.97 ($12.98-Holder $3.99)  120 (4 sets)  $67.88 
Colored Paper Backdrop  $5.99  1 bulk  $5.99 
3-Bin Display materials  $15.00  10  $150.00 
Total  $3,282.37 
Additional Funding Source, contingent on CSF funding:   UW Recycling - $500.00 


Asking  $2,782.37 
Primary Contact First & Last Name: Julie Tolmie

Eat Local Seattle Food Fair

Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $1,200

Letter of Intent:

Summary of project proposal:

The Supplier Diversity Program at UW is a registered student organization that promotes the use of local, minority, women, and LGBTQ owned companies around the greater seattle area. Eat Local Seattle Food Fair is just one of the many outreach projects that we are working on, in order to encourage the UW community to utilize these companies. We will be inviting vendors from across the community to come on to campus (HUB Walkway) on September 28th, in conjunction with Dawg Daze to sell their goods, and be further exposed to the UW community. Our hope is to provide a fun interactive experience for the UW community during the first week of fall quarter, but we also strive to generate exposure for the companies that will in turn help their business in the long run. Whether it be through UW departments utilizing them as suppliers in the future, or students simply visiting them during the school year. The long term impact is of utmost importance to us.

Environmental Impact

While our project does not directly reduce the University’s environmental and/or create more sustainable campus, it will instead help expand diversity, inclusivity, and equity in sustainability. Many times, theses historically underutilized business have suffered due to lack of access to money, markets, and management. We understand that as a student organization, it can be hard to provide monetary help. Therefore, by providing a space where these businesses can be exposed to a larger consumer base and generate revenue, we believe it will help expand the diversity of businesses being affiliated by the UW community.

Student Leadership & Involvement

Student Leadership and Involvement are the driving force behind the Eat Local Seattle Food Fair. UW supplier diversity is a student led organization that works with connecting students and local minority, women, and LGBTQ owned small businesses. Our Eat Local event will be powered not only by our vendors, but also by student volunteers that will be interacting and engaging with vendors and other UW students. Our student volunteers will be both educating and engaging students on the importance of diverse suppliers and asking them to sign the pledge to support theses locally small owned businesses. We also have other academics that are a part of UWSPD that will be creating posters about the history and background of each vendor and their road to become a business owner.

Education, Outreach, & Behavior Change

The Eat Local Seattle Food Fair, not only will this be an event where the UW community can purchase goods from vendors. We will also be including an educational component that will be in the form of tri-folds. There will be a tri-fold for each vendor that will include a biography and information on the business itself, in order to educate the community about their goods, background stories, and much more. Additionally, we will be including an outreach component through the form of supplier diversity pledge. The Supplier Diversity Pledge can be found on our website (uwsupplierdiversity.com), and was created by program participants with the purpose of gaining feasible metrics that will allows us to measure the support for our programs mission. We will have student volunteers staffing the event, and they will be asking the UW community to sign the pledge to show their support for the use of these historically underutilized businesses.

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Aidan Jensen
Supplementary Documents:


Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $1,000

Letter of Intent:

TEDxUofW is a registered student organization established to bring inspirational and informative TED style talks from speakers in the community to the University of Washington. Since 2012, our organization has sought to give amazing speakers a receptive audience to share their passion. Our organization, purely student-run, has six years in a row had a sold-out event, gathering a collection of creative thinkers, scientific minds, community leaders, environmental activists, and many more. Our TEDx conference is one of the largest events on campus and has been a great opportunity to allow students to try their hand in fields of professional interest.

In the past, our conference has hosted multiple environmentally-minded speakers and we continue to strive to create a platform for messages about environmental as well as social sustainability. Given that TEDx was founded to facilitate “ideas worth spreading” including those that promote environmentally-friendly causes, we believe that our project directly aligns with CSF’s mission of fostering an environmentally conscious culture.

Everyone on the TEDxUofW team is extremely passionate about opening up our conference to everyone and anyone, but one limitation standing is the cost of attendance. With your help and sponsorship, we can reduce our ticket prices so we can spread more ideas to students that would have otherwise not been able to attend.Your support will allow us to share our conference with more people as well as continue to spread our message for years to come.

See below for additional information including our budget and other files outlining the details of the event.

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Maya Gopalan

Keraton 2019

Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $5,000

Letter of Intent:

Dear CSF Committee,

On behalf of the Indonesian Student Association at the University of Washington (ISAUW),  I am submitting this letter to notify the CSF of our intent to submit a funding request for our annual campus event, Keraton, on May 4th, 2019, at Rainier Vista at the 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 8,000 people in 2017. This year, we are expecting 10,000 individuals.

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

With the event being fully organized and managed by students, ISAUW develops students’ leadership and organizational skills by trusting each department with tasks that are critical to the event’s success. In addition, we accept volunteers and further create opportunities for students all-over the campus. Overall, students will be able to utilize and develop their communication skills by engaging with guests, learning about Indonesian culture, environmental issues, and gain meaningful connections.

Based on the financial figures from our previous Keraton events, ISAUW estimates a budget of $35,960. The amount has been partially covered by our fundraising events throughout the year. We have also been seeking support from various companies and businesses by offering sponsorship packages, and applying for other campus funds — such as the diversity fund and ASUW.

I will be our main point of contact throughout this application process, and can be reached at:

Thank you for giving ISAUW the opportunity to participate in the campus sustainability funding. We are looking forward to hearing from you soon.



Kevin Hamonangan


President of ISAUW


Primary Contact First & Last Name: Kevin Nathanael Hamonangan
Supplementary Documents:

Creating a Sustainable Night Market

Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $1,000

Letter of Intent:

Jan 5th, 2019

Justin Ho (justin.ho97@outlook.com)

Summary of Project Proposal:

There are three things TSA would like to accomplish with the funding. First, stop selling bottled water by selling reusable stainless steel or plastic bottles while providing water refill stations. Second, work with vendors to reduce non-recyclable or non-compostable cutlery and plates. Third, educate attendees about the importance of composting through signs and word of mouth.

Sustainable Impact:

The impact the funding will have is two pronged. Night Market inherently is a cultural event and is dedicated to providing an authentic Taiwanese Night Market experience. People from all walks of life are encouraged to attend Night Market and enjoy the good food and games provided. The funding will help to provide a greener Night Market through lasting change to the structure of the event.

The impact is also environmental. Through the first two goals listed in the summary TSA is attempting to create as plastic free of a night market as possible. Reducing or eliminating plastic waste generated by vendors as well as our own bottled water sales will go a long way as the event hosts approximately 9,000 people. Bottled water is also extremely harmful containing toxins while not proving higher quality to treated tap water. Furthermore, bottled water is often unsustainably manufactured through draining of rivers and lakes. These two changes will eliminate over 95% of plastic waste generated by Night Market. The last change of creating signs to place above compost bins will educate people about the importance of composting, and the benefit of backyard composting. Our volunteers and officers will also be well educated about the topic and be able to talk to attendees about the subject.

Leadership & Student Involvement:

TSA is a registered student organization. All sustainability efforts will be led and accomplished through students and volunteers. TSA and its member students will be the backbone of the event and incorporate the outlined sustainability efforts. Students plan and lead the entirety of the event.

Education, Outreach, & Behavior Change:

TSA will have created an educational element for the attendees through signs and other forms of advertisement conveying what is and isn’t compostable. As well as explaining the advantages of re-using sustainable water bottles over purchasing bottled water. The benefits of backyard compost will be advertised as well.

There is further outreach due to the use of volunteers to supplement our officers. Those volunteers will have participated in Night Market receiving the same exposure to sustainability efforts. All in all, there will be change in the sustainability behaviors of our own officers, the volunteers, and all attendees. Through word of mouth we then hope to reach even more.

Feasibility, Accountability, & Sustainability:

TSA has held an annual Night Market since 2001. This will be the 18th Night Market. In the previous 17 there has been constant improvement and change applied to the Night Market. Each time the officers have been able to adapt to change and pull through. We expect this year to be no different save a few changes to sustainability efforts. TSA has the ability to create a successful event made even greener. Our RSO advisor, Christina Coop, can attest to this. Any potentially awarded money will be used responsibly will a high chance of successful implementation. The future impact will be carried through to all future Night markets and have a lasting influence.

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Justin Ho

Vocal Theater Works Principal Production: Hydrogen Jukebox

Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $8,000

Letter of Intent:

Within the School of Music, students of the Vocal Performance department are studying and performing Phillip Glass’ modern opera Hydrogen Jukebox in April 2019. This music theatre piece features a setting of Allen Ginsberg’s poetry, and presents issues of social and environmental justice and sustainability that America has grappled with in recent decades. Hydrogen Jukebox treats themes of environmental degradation, social injustice, and war. We in the Vocal Theatre Works program are excited to engage with and present a work that promotes social and cultural awareness through diverse and interdisciplinary collaboration.  

Like other forms of music theatre, vocal theatre is an interdisciplinary medium that draws on a variety of fields to create a cohesive piece of art. These include music, literature, dance, traditional theatre, and increasingly, science and technology. We believe that this uniquely inclusive medium is an ideal modality for students to apply their various academic and creative pursuits within the University. Our artform best uses resources when it engages a diverse segment of our academic peers at the University of Washington and the community at large.

During the 2017-2018 academic year, the vocal performance students produced Maurice Ravel’s L’enfant et les Sortilèges. In performing this work, our primary production goal was to build compassion and empathy within our community through performance. Colette’s libretto for L’enfant deals with the devastation left by the first World War and serves as a guide for the reparation of inter-community relationships shattered by carnage and hostility. Similarly, we believe we can bring greater awareness to issues of cultural and environmental sustainability by performing Glass’ Hydrogen Jukebox. Our performance of Hydrogen Jukebox, the work’s Seattle premiere, will highlight and promote discussion of the social struggles surrounding war, sexual liberation, and environmental degradation. Our performance will also enhance awareness of the works of Allen Ginsberg, an American poet who faced discrimination based on his sexual orientation. We believe that it is our responsibility to take a leadership role within the University by using the arts as a vehicle to engage our community in examining these important issues. American society has become increasingly divided over the past decades, and by highlighting messages of social responsibility and compassion, we engage our community with a model of cultural sustainability.

Visiting artist Deanne Meek and Professor Cyndia Sieden will serve as faculty mentors for this project. Our department has expressed robust support and enthusiasm for this project but is unable to allocate additional funds for this academic year. In addition to faculty support, we have procured the project management services of Jonathan Luk, who has served in roles as Director of Product and program management to assist in project management for this effort.

The students of Vocal Theatre Works request a Campus Sustainability Fund grant for our 2019 Hydrogen Jukebox production. We have already secured approximately $22,000 of our $30,000 budget and request your assistance in achieving our funding goal for this production. We will use the grant to bring respected leaders from the University and larger Seattle community to engage both the audience and students in discussion sessions. We will also invite these leaders into the Vocal Theatre Works production process to facilitate an analysis of Ginsberg’s poetry in the context of its musical setting in order to enhance interdisciplinary collaboration and its performance presentation. In addition, funds would be allocated towards general production costs, such as sets, costumes and projection equipment. A tentative budget is included with this letter of intent.

Points of Contact

Trevor Ainge, student development coordinator
aingetj@outlook.com | 206-698-4396

Deanne Meek, visiting artist


Vocal Theatre Works: Principal Production, 2019
Hydrogen Jukebox
Music by Philip Glass, Libretto by Allen Ginsberg
April 26 and 27, 2019 7:30 p.m. Meany Studio

VTW: Hydrogen Jukebox Estimated Expenses, 2019 Amount  
Music Direction, Coaching and Conducting $10,000  
Stage Direction, Production Coordinator, Fundraising/Development Associate $10,000  
Music licensing and parts rental $  1,050  
Sets and Costumes $  1,000  
Choreography        500  
Musical scores copy fees $     300  
Sound equipment, microphones $  1,000  
Development:  Receptions, Piano tuning $     400  
Pre-Post Performance Talk Backs or Panel Discussions $  2,000  
Projector and Projection costs/Design $  3,000  
Miscellaneous $    750  
Total Estimated Expenses: $30,000  

To date, approximately $22,000 has been raised to be designated for this project, with funding initiatives still in progress.

Budget created by Deanne Meek, updated November, 2018

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Trevor Ainge

Africa Now 2019 Conference

Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $10,000

Letter of Intent:


In recognizing that current development projects are draining Africa of its natural resources, destroying its ecosystems, and exploiting its peoples, Africa Now is seeking $10,000 to assist in organizing our second annual conference focused on inspiring young Black students and professionals to join the movement for sustainable, afrocentric, African development. By tapping into the network of young, Black students and professionals in Washington, we will bring together an interdisciplinary group of driven individuals to assess how our skills can play a role in the sustainable growth of our common, ancestral homeland.

As this year marks the second year of this on-going conference, we will capitalize on the lessons learned from the inaugural year to make the 2019 conference a resounding success. One of our associated focuses is expanding our reach to increase the number and diversity of attendees. Towards this goal, we have enhanced our social media presence to establish continual channels of communication with our potential attendees. Additionally, we have strengthened existing and developed new relationships with local Black and African organizations (e.g. Africans at Microsoft, the Washington State Coalition of African Community Leaders, the All-African People’s Revolutionary Party, etc.) to grow our audience to include young African professionals in various disciplines.

Through community outreach and social media, we intend to double last years attendance rates to bring together over 200, young, Black students and professionals. Our goal, at the conference, is to provide these attendees with the insights, knowledge, and resources necessary to envision sustainable ways to improve their communities in Seattle, in Africa, and across the Diaspora. Through an all-star panel, dynamic breakout sessions, and networking, we’ll inspire and equip young Black professionals to fight for a sustainable future for Africa.

The conference will be held at the Intellectual House and Denny Hall on May 20th from 12pm - 6pm. Lunch and refreshments will be provided throughout the day.

Sustainable Impact:

Our primary goal is for attendees to explore strategies for sustainably developing their communities in Africa and throughout the African Diaspora. To Africa Now, sustainability means addressing the environmental, economic, social, and political aspects of Africa’s growth. We want our attendees to recognize that Africa is comprised of numerous, fragile ecosystems; that wealth inequality needs to be addressed urgently; that Africans throughout the Diaspora lack access to crucial health resources and are otherwise at risk; and that many African nation-states are politically unstable due to a history of colonialism and the current, neocolonial, capital-based pressures of foreign imperial powers. It is important, for the purposes of sustainability, that these realities are recognized by our attendees as we join the Fight for Africa’s Future.

Towards this, our conference will provide attendees with the knowledge, information, and resources to have a sustainable impact in their communities. One of our key ways of sharing this information will be through our breakout sessions. There will be four separate workshops taking place concurrently during our two breakout session phases. There will be one workshop dedicated to each of the different axes of sustainability: environmental, economic, social, and political. These sessions will be facilitated by groups or individuals paving a path forward in their respective area of focus. We have already heard from Front and Centered as well as the Releaf CEO, Isaiah Udutong, that they would be interested in hosting workshops for us.

Given their mission statement, “Front and Centered (formerly Communities of Color for Climate Justice) is a statewide coalition of organizations and groups rooted in communities of color and people with lower incomes,” Front and Centered will be a key resource for us when it comes to highlighting the importance of environmental sustainability and what that looks like.

Our other facilitator, Isaiah, is an MIT graduate with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. After graduating, Isaiah returned home to Nigeria where he started Releaf. Releaf is a start-up focused on “employing technology to accelerate agricultural-based industrialization in Nigeria.” Isaiah will bring his experience and expertise to Africa Now by running a workshop focused on using business institutions as vehicles for sustainable, economic development.

Student Leadership & Involvement:

As with last year, the Africa Now conference is organized entirely by African students from around the Seattle Area, primarily UW and Seattle Central College. However, unlike last year, the conference is no longer being hosted by Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity. The organizing committee recognized that it allowed us to better achieve our goals by transferring leadership from Phi Beta Sigma to the African Youth Coalition and a handful of Black/African student organizations (Black Student Union, African Student Association, Black Student Commission, etc.). We have also brought in student leaders from non-UW campuses around the area to ensure that we have a diverse group organizing this conference.

Our executive officers represent a variety of departments and student organizations from the Seattle area. The main University of Washington collaborators are the Black Student Commission, Black Student Union, and African Student Association among other Black/African student organizations in Seattle. By working with these various organizations, we will build solidarity among young Africans and establish an interdisciplinary community dedicated to sustainable, afrocentric African development. Furthermore, by collaborating with the CSF, we will be able to ensure that our conference makes sustainability a key outcome of the conference.

Education, Outreach, & Behavior Change:

By collaborating with a wide variety of Black and African organizations in the greater Seattle area, we will expand our reach significantly to increase the number and diversity of attendees. To enhance these efforts, the organizing board established a new executive position, the Community Engagement Officer. This officer is responsible for coordinating with community organizations to ensure that they and the general public are aware of the conference. Additionally, we will host lead up events to stimulate interest in the campus community and encourage attendance so that they can experience the transformative nature of Africa NOW.

The young Black professionals that attend and actively engage with the conference will likely leave having their lives changed. After the inaugural conference, an attendee said that the Africa Now conference inspired them to not only change their major but their entire career path going forward! The hard work that the volunteers, panelists, and facilitators put into last years conference was felt by those that attended, and they left feeling energized to get more involved in their communities and fight for a just and sustainable future for Africa and the African Diaspora.

Feasibility, Accountability, & Sustainability:

The feasibility of this project is best demonstrated by the first annual Africa Now conference, held in May 2018 with over 100 registered attendees. These attendees discussed ongoing African development with an engaging panel, participated in dynamic breakout sessions, and networked with fellow guests, community leaders, and others during our resource fair; conference guests gained knowledge, inspiration, and resources by attending Africa Now. The 2018 conference and its guests left us with plenty of lessons to learn and momentum to capitalize on to make the 2019 conference a resounding success

Based on last years feedback, we have enhanced our social media presence so that we can be held accountable to our past and present guests. By engaging with attendees, we can ensure that we provide them with the resources necessary to fight for a sustainable future for their communities in Seattle, Africa, and the African Diaspora. To aid our accountability, guests will also complete pre- and post-conference surveys so that we can gauge how successful we were at achieving ours goals.

With last years post conference surveys, we learned that - beyond increasing pre-conference engagement to increase attendance rates - we need to dedicate more energy to providing our conference guests/attendees with more resources so they can immediately get involved in the work of sustainable African development. Additionally, we need to ensure that the structure of our conference lends itself to being as engaging as possible.

Preliminary Budget:

We are requesting $10,000 from the Campus Sustainability Fund to help cover these conference costs.

Plates & Utensils $100
Tablecloths and Decorations $600
Flyers for UW & Other Campuses $400
Promo Media $400
250 Shirts $2,100
Program Booklets $250
Name Tags $100
Media - 2 photographers x 1 Videographer $800
Panelists (3 x $600 each) $1,800
Breakout Session speakers (4 x $500 each) $2,000
Live Band $400
Performance $500
Bus Vouchers for Students $250
250 Lanyards $300
Total $10,000

Outside of the CSF, we will be seeking funding from the Race and Equity Initiative, the ECC Student Event Fund, as well as community organizations (e.g. African Chamber of Commerce) and businesses.


The current conference agenda is as follows:

  • 11:00am-12:00pm      Registration
  • 12:00-12:20pm           Conference Introductions
  • 12:20 – 12:30pm        Transition
  • 12:30 – 1:10pm          Breakout session #1
  • 1:10 – 1:20pm      Transition
  • 1:20 – 2:00pm     Breakout Session #2
  • 2:00 – 3:00pm    Lunch and entertainment
  • 3:10 – 3:20pm      Transition to Panel
  • 3:20 – 4:00pm     Panel Discussion
  • 4:00 – 4:10pm            Transition
  • 4:10 – 4:40pm      Resource Fair
  • 4:40 – 5:00pm     Closing Comments
Primary Contact First & Last Name: Hawi Nemomssa

Black Student Union Legacy Soriee

Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $1,000

Letter of Intent:

Black Student Union’s 7th Annual Legacy Soiree

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)
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  
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

Gardening with Electric Bikes

Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $84,888

Letter of Intent:

The University of Washington contains one of the premier campuses in the country. Grounds Management at the University of Washington currently contains 19 vehicles that run on gas including various trucks and gators (small utility vehicles). These vehicles are used throughout campus on a variety of jobs aimed to improve the campus’s aesthetics. On average, the vehicles used by grounds management burn 6,000 gallons of gas a year which release 120,000 pounds of C02 into the atmosphere.

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

Our goal is to vastly decrease the carbon footprint of Grounds Management on campus by reducing our reliance on vehicles that burn fossil fuels. The majority of jobs completed by Grounds Management can be accomplished without the need of high consumption vehicles (such as the trucks and gasoline powered utility vehicles supplied to the gardeners). We would like to add electric E-Bikes to our green fleet which already includes three electric club cars. Recently, a grant was received by UW Mailing services which provided them with an E-Bicycle-Mail & Package Delivery Program. This grant has been extremely successful and it is a desire of Grounds Management to emulate its success. Although a truck will be required for the occasional job, we are proposing to reduce our reliance on them with the goal of using 2,000 less gallons of gasoline per year. The reduction of 2,000 gallons of gas per year will decrease the amount of C02 put into the atmosphere by 40,000 pounds and will save grounds management $6,000 dollars per year (at $3 per gallon of gasoline).  Over time we will review how many trucks are used per day and the amount of gas we have reduced through this program. Grounds management consists of nine crews each consisting of two vehicles. We propose to reduce the crew’s reliance on these vehicles by supplying each crew with an electric hatchback bicycle and two bicycles to be shared throughout the shop (11 total). Of these 11 vehicles, 9 will be electric with a hatchback, and two will be small fold up electric bikes (for attending meetings and other non-laborious tasks). We will also require miscellaneous accessory items such as helmets and u-locks.

This would be one of the first University Grounds Management Operations to run predominately on electric and man powered vehicles.

This project will look to involve students in all of its facets. The project is currently facilitated by a graduate student research assistant from the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences with the title Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and Sustainability Coordinator. The IPM and Sustainability Coordinator will attend sustainability events and will develop educational and outreach components for the program. The graduate student will be responsible for record keeping, costs and the productivity of the project.

In addition to the graduate student involvement, this project will utilize the UW Engineers without Borders program. The salvage wood project through grounds management was extremely successful in main part due to the collaboration with UW Engineers without Borders. Similar to the salvage wood project, (run by Grounds Management) the UW Engineer students will contribute to the project by building multiple required structures. For example these students will build the shed for bike storage and the trailers attached to the bikes. We will also team up with art students to paint the bike trailers with the CSF logo incorporated into the design.

The E-Bicycle Mail & Package Delivery Program established a partnership with the HUB Graphic Design Office where student employees created the designs for our education outreach material. We will look to expand this partnership to include grounds management. Overall, this project will include students from multiple facets of campus including the College of BuilT\t Environments, the School of Art, and the school of Art History and Design.

Below you will find an estimate of costs associated with this project. Including the bicycles, annual maintenance costs, and bicycle supplies, the amount requested from CSF totals to $84,888.

We have been in contact with the company Electric & Folding Bikes Northwest. We have come to the conclusion that the bikes most suited for our needs are the Specialized Como 2.0 Electric bikes and the Gocycle electric folding bike. 

We’ve included 5 years of maintenance in this proposal through an annual bike maintenance fee.  After which, the UW Grounds Shop will assume responsibility for maintenance.

Thank you for your consideration in this proposal!  


Item Cost per Item Quantity Total Cost
Initial Costs for Bikes and Trailers      
Specialized como 2.0 Electric Bikes (w/ one year of service) including tax 2,850 9 56,258
 Rear Cargo Boxes with Trailers 2,428 9 21,854
Gocycle Electric folding bicycle 3,082 2 6,164
Total     64,270
Annual Maintenance Costs including supplies 1475 5 7,375
Rain Caps 50 6 300
Water Resistant Gloves 100 6 600
Helmet 100 11 1,100
Kryptonite standard U-Lock 100 12 1,200
Storage Shed 6,000 1 6,000
Total     16,575
Project Subtotal     80,845
Contingency Fee (5%)     4,043
Project Total     84,888

ESTIMATE: Project Completion Total: 


Primary Contact First & Last Name: Michael Bradshaw

University of Washington Precious Plastic

Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF:

Letter of Intent:


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:
    1. Customize a shipping container workshop to locate on campus.
    2. Partner with an existing co-making or lab space on campus. This option would drive down project costs.
    3. Operate within an existing annex or similar space on campus. This option would drive down project costs.
    4. 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.


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


[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.


Primary Contact First & Last Name: Blair Kaufer

Double Dip Conference

Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $1,000

Letter of Intent:


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

Healthy building certification for the UW Tower – education and demonstration

Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $999

Letter of Intent:

Summary of project proposal:

The student team would like to use the UW Tower, in particular, the newly renovated UW-IT space to demonstrate how to create a healthy workplace. Students in Professor Kim's CESI 599 course will participate in a quarter long measurement and verification of indoor air quality, light, and other comfort criteria in addition to identifying and documenting relevant strategies that promote healthy workspace. The end product is to use the narratives as support documents to certify the newly renovated UW IT space as the possible Fitwel building. Fitwel is a nationally recognized certification system (similar to U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design system). If UW Tower is granted the certification, it would be the first building on campus to be a Fitwel space.    

Environmental impact:

The proposed project is part of the series needed to pursue the first healthy building certification at UW campus. The assessment that students will conduct includes evaluating performance metrics of healthy building standards for UW-IT space at UW Tower, such as air quality, water quality, light and comfort. It is expected that the presentation of the findings will motivate pro-environmental behavior to the building occupants, students and UW campus in general. Furthermore, the project will also demonstrate the importance of the indoor environmental quality and thus promote health-conscious individual behavior based on the measurable parameters. The bigger impact of this project is expected beyond addressing sustainability when UW-IT space successfully obtains healthy building certification and become the example for other buildings across the campus

Student Leadership & Involvement:

CESI 599 requires that students are actively involved in the entire certification process. The class represents a wide diversity in terms of the students' demographics from many different countries, as well as promotes interdisciplinary collaboration where the students come from different majors and departments within UW. Student groups will be responsible for documenting the findings as well as doing a presentation in front of all the stakeholders. The funding is requested to hold a whole building occupant presentation in the UW Tower auditorium which will be a unique experience.

Education, Outreach, & Behavior Change:

Having the all occupant presentation will be a great opportunity to reach out the employees of this University. We will discuss (and have the opportunity to educate) the benefits of good air quality, lighting, and comfort in terms of occupant benefits and improved productivity. In addition, the students will obtain a hands-on experience with daysimeter to learn one of the cutting-edge tools to measure light and health of the occupant.

Feasibility, Accountability, & Sustainability:

The requested budget does not cover all the measurement and verification needed for truly demonstrating the performance of a healthy workspace. However, Professor Kim (through her class) will be supporting relevant equipment that may be already available through her lab. She will also provide the necessary oversight. We are asking to supplement by acquiring daysimeter (to measure healthy/circadian light) to enrich the experience and make the assessment more comprehensive.

Project's budget estimate and schedule:

We are asking for $998.50 in total. $338.50 will be spent on presenting at the UW Tower auditorium ($300 for auditorium rental fee and $38.50 for audiovisual) and $660 on daysimeter. We expect to acquire daysimeter before the scheduled CESI 599 class about lighting topic on October 30th, 2018. The presentation at the UW Tower auditorium will be on December 6th, 2018.

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Lysandra A. Medal

Healthy building certification for the UW Tower – education and demonstration

Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $999

Letter of Intent:

Summary of project proposal:

The student team would like to use the UW Tower, in particular, the newly renovated UW-IT space to demonstrate how to create a healthy workplace. Students in Professor Kim’s CESI 599 course will participate in a quarter long measurement and verification of indoor air quality, light, and other comfort criteria in addition to identifying and documenting relevant strategies that promote healthy workspace. The end product is to use the narratives as support documents to certify the newly renovated UW IT space as the possible Fitwel building. Fitwel is a nationally recognized certification system (similar to U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design system). If UW Tower is granted the certification, it would be the first building on campus to be a Fitwel space.

Environmental impact:

The proposed project is part of the series needed to pursue the first healthy building certification at UW campus. The assessment that students will conduct includes evaluating performance metrics of healthy building standards for UW-IT space at UW Tower, such as air quality, water quality, light and comfort. It is expected that the presentation of the findings will motivate pro-environmental behavior to the building occupants, students and UW campus in general. Furthermore, the project will also demonstrate the importance of the indoor environmental quality and thus promote health-conscious individual behavior based on the measurable parameters. The bigger impact of this project is expected beyond addressing sustainability when the space successfully obtains healthy building certification and become the example for other buildings across the campus.

Student Leadership & Involvement:

CESI 599 requires that students are actively involved in the entire certification process. The class represents a wide diversity in terms of the students’ demographics from many different countries, as well as promotes interdisciplinary collaboration where the students come from different majors and departments within UW. Student groups will be responsible for documenting the findings as well as doing a presentation in front of all the stakeholders. The funding is requested to hold a whole building occupant presentation in the UW Tower auditorium which will be a unique experience.

Education, Outreach, & Behavior Change:

Having the all occupant presentation will be a great opportunity to reach out the employees of this University. We will discuss (and have the opportunity to educate) the benefits of good air quality, lighting, and comfort in terms of occupant benefits and improved productivity. In addition, the students will obtain a hands-on experience with daysimeter to learn one of the cutting-edge tools to measure light and health of the occupant.

Feasibility, Accountability, & Sustainability:

The requested budget does not cover all the measurement and verification needed for truly demonstrating the performance of a healthy workspace. However, Professor Kim (through her class) will be supporting relevant equipment that may be already available through her lab. She will also provide the necessary oversight. We are asking to supplement by acquiring daysimeter (to measure healthy/circadian light) to enrich the experience and make the assessment more comprehensive.

Project’s budget estimate and schedule:

We are asking for $998.50 in total. $338.50 will be spent on presenting at the UW Tower auditorium ($300 for auditorium rental fee and $38.50 for audiovisual) and $660 on daysimeter. We expect to acquire daysimeter before the scheduled CEE 599 about lighting topic on October 30th, 2018. The presentation at the UW Tower auditorium will be on December 6th, 2018.

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Lysandra A. Medal

Life Sciences Building Rooftop Solar Array - Supplementary

Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $50,000

Letter of Intent:



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.



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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


Life Sciences Building Project Managers:

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

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Alexander Ratcliff

Rebound: The Bounce Back Used Notebooks Deserve

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



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

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. 



Izabella Dadula

UW Industrial Design Senior



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


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



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

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

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.


Michael Bradshaw





Primary Contact First & Last Name: Michael Bradshaw

WashPIRG 100% Renewable Energy Plant Potting Event

Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $210

Letter of Intent:

CSF Small Project Application

Letter of Intent


Plant Potting & Pizza Night


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.


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


  • 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

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.


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

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

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

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


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.




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




  • 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


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

TOTAL: $674

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Jiamei Shang

Row for Climate

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.


Alexander Urasaki

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Alexander Urasaki

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

Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $35,000

Letter of Intent:


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:


Contact Information:

Aaron Flaster, B.A.

Research Coordinator, Department of Psychology, University of Washington

Work email: aflaster@uw.edu

Cell #: 206-616-7934

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Aaron Flaster

SER-UW Native Plant Nursery - Future Growth

Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $88,000

Letter of Intent:

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

Secondary Contact:

Kyra Matin

Primary Contact First & Last Name: Sarah Shank

Bringing green games to the UW campus

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

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.

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.

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.

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


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!

Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $40,000

Letter of Intent:


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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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).
  3. 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.


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.

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.

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.

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

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



Bernard Bormann



Frank Hanson


Primary Contact First & Last Name: Courtney Bobsin

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

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

Estimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $45,000

Letter of Intent:

Gould Hall 448F
3950 University Way NE
Seattle, WA 98105

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      
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


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 eve