60 Second Sustainability: A Video Game for Sustainability at UW

Amount Awarded: $26,043

EarthGames plans to build a video game called 60 Second Sustainability(60SS) for mobile phones and tablets that educates students about many sustainability actions they can take on campus, while promoting and building bridges among RSOs.  We seek to educate a new audience of students about sustainability actions they can take, and spread the word about campus organizations.  The cost is $26,043, which will go to student managers and a professional game developer on staff with EarthGames.

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

Amount Awarded: $700

A Feast for the Senses is a community pop-up café focusing on consumption and the power of consumer choice, specifically through the lens of food systems, both industrial and regenerative.

Africa NOW: Unlocking Potential From Within

Amount Awarded: $10,491

On an annual basis, Africa Now will mobilize a community of passionate and active young professionals that are committed to building a sustainable future for Africa and enriching their global perspective through panels, workshops, resource fairs, and networking.

Biological Control of Insects

Amount Awarded: $1,000

Grounds Management is releasing beneficial insects throughout campus. This is a step we are adding to our Integrated Pest Management strategy that could help us reduce non organic methods. This will help grounds management increase our sustainability and improve the campus aesthetically.

Bringing green games to the UW campus

Amount Awarded: $15,867

Over the past year, a team consisting of a researcher and students within the College of the Environment conducted a feasibility study to evaluate the potential of using games to promote more sustainable actions on campus (i.e., “green games”). The feasibility study consisted of three parts: a review of existing games, hosting a game jam, and a survey of the UW community to assess receptiveness and preferences related to green gaming.

Climate Panel Event

Amount Awarded: $150
Project Status: Completed

Green Evans, the environmental policy RSO at the Evans School of Public Policy, hosted a panel event on February 13, 2018, to spark discussion at UW and the surrounding community about the various climate policy proposals currently being considered for Washington State. The CSF grant covered travel expenses for one of the panelists.

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

Amount Awarded: $11,700
Project Status: Completed

With the current political climate steering us away from environmental and social justice, now is the time to take action. The UW Sustainability Action Network (SAN), in partnership with Earth Club, Arts & Entertainment (A&E), EcoReps, UW Hip Hop Student Association (HHSA), UW Sustainability and other partners, plans to bring a new level of student leadership and vision to the annual Earth Day celebration.

Electric Outboard Motors, Sustainability for Washington Rowing

Amount Awarded: $8,000

The University of Washington prides itself in being a world leader in sustainability and has a mission aimed towards excelling students to become leaders in the community, state and the nation. At Washington Rowing, our goals stem from the university; we pride ourselves in the pursuit of excellence, starting with our athletics and extending it to our academics and professional lives.

Engage with Renewable Energy: Interactive Art Exhibition & Reusables Workshop

Amount Awarded: $644

Ethnoforestry: Bringing a new method of sustainable forestry to campus

Amount Awarded: $92,800

Global Leadership Forum

Amount Awarded: $420
Project Status: Completed

The inaugural Global Leadership Summit took place on April 4th, and provided a space for approximately 170 business professionals, students, and community members to discuss and delve into this question of how we as a community can engage with real-world decisions and discussions that are sustainable, ethical, and socially responsible. These issues, looked at in a global context of health, business, technology, and environmental public policy, are intersectional in nature.

Go Team, Go Green!

Amount Awarded: $52,205

Green Greeks Representative Program

Amount Awarded: $3,900

HUB Bin Expansion Project

Amount Awarded: $952

The Hub bin installation is a useful tool to help educate students, staff, faculty, and visitors about recycling and composting. Currently the installation has three bins that are synced up to a set of screens that tell users how their proper waste disposal affects the environment. Unfortunately, the current bins are too small, difficult to service, have a limited capacity, are visually unappealing, and cannot handle the amount of foot traffic and waste. By noon, the bins are completely overflowing, deterring people from using them.

Implementing Sustainability: Bamboo toothbrushes for UW Dentistry

Amount Awarded: $900
Project Status: Completed

Every year in the United States, 50 million pounds of plastic toothbrushes are sent to landfills. This project aims to change that by convincing the American public to switch to compostable bamboo toothbrushes. To do this, I created a pilot program for the University of Washington School of Dentistry faculty and students to receive informed feedback.


Amount Awarded: $1,000

Keraton is ISAUW's most iconic event. Currently, Keraton is the largest Indonesian festival in the West coast, and the second largest in the United States. Held annually at the UW since 2011, Keraton has fascinated and mesmerized students and visitors alike through unique activities including a range of traditional dance performances, games, and food prepared by local and international vendors coming from different regions of Indonesia. We are committed to leave an indelible impression and has attracted up to 8000 multinational visitors from all over the country.

Matsuri 2018

Amount Awarded: $999

UW Matsuri has been the Japanese Student Association’s main annual event for over 10 years. Matsuri, meaning festival in Japanese, is an event where we display the rich culture of Japan with delicious Japanese food, festive and thematic Japanese games, and many exciting and traditional performances. Along with the many foods that we sell, we create a lot of waste in the form of plates, utensils, napkins, and water bottles, among others.

Northwest Center for Livable Communities

Amount Awarded: $23,000

Population Health Facility Visible Rainwater System

Amount Awarded: $17,000

As the human race expands to larger population numbers, there are a lot of limiting factors to consider. One of such factors is the amount of accessible fresh water which is becoming scarcer each year with increased demands. Not only are we using more water, the quality of water is of great concern. Developing countries around the world have designed simple water collection systems but often times the water they collect contains harmful bacteria and many times water is taken straight from a polluted source.

Project IF

Amount Awarded: $30,000

A feasibility study for setting up the indoor vertical farming on UW campus. The long term goal is to start a sustainable student-run indoor vertical farm on UW campus to provide fruits and vegetables for all the UW cafeterias.

ReThink UW's Fourth Annual Resilience Summit

Amount Awarded: $375

Row for Climate

Amount Awarded: $1,000

Salvage Wood Project Advertising Campaign

Amount Awarded: $1,000
Project Status: Completed

One of our most successful projects, the salvage wood program, is starting an advertising campaign. 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.

SER-UW Native Plant Nursery - Future Growth

Amount Awarded: $25,301

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

Amount Awarded: $3,900

TSA Night Market 2018

Amount Awarded: $1,000
Project Status: Completed

The UW Night Market is one of the biggest annual on-campus event, held by the Taiwanese Student Association (TSA). This year, UWNM brings up to 30 vendors to Red Square to promote Taiwanese culture. There are variety of exotic foods as well as running games and activities for the audience to participate in. On average, we have about 7000+ people attending UWNM and its popularity grows each year. In previous years, the size of the event has caused problems in waste management. UW has strict rules regarding waste disposal and sorting waste into its correct receptacle.

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

Amount Awarded: $35,000

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

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

Amount Awarded: $10,000

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

WashPIRG 100% Renewable Energy Plant Potting Event

Amount Awarded: $223

Youth Engineering Green Solutions to Stormwater Runoff and Pollution Prevention

Amount Awarded: $1,000