2019 Global Leadership Summit

Come participate in discussions and workshops designed to help you find the perfect avenue to enact responsible and sustainable change in your career. This summit allows you to follow your own interests in making the world a better place, and to listen to and engage with professionals making a positive change in our world.

A Green New Deal: Panel Discussion

Interested in what a Green New Deal would look like here in Seattle and Washington State? Join us for a panel discussion on what potential policies could be implemented at the national, state, and city level. We will discuss the details of transitioning to a clean energy economy that provides living wage jobs and protects the most vulnerable communities in our fight against climate change. Date: April 25th, 6pm - 7:30pm Location: HUB Room 250 Panelists: Lylianna Allala, Legislative Aid for U.S.

Black Student Union Legacy S Soriee

The Black Student Union Legacy Soiree is an annual celebration and banquet that centers excellence within the Black communities at the University of Washington and in the greater Seattle area. We are also putting in essential effort in continuing to fundraise for our endowment fund, providing as a scholarship for underrepresented students.

Creating a Sustainable Night Market

Night Market is an annual event that reaches thousands of people. The Taiwanese Student Association is dedicated to making Night Market greener and greener each year. This year we are focusing on composting and the importance of reusable water bottles.

Double Dip Conference

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.

Eat Local Seattle Food Fair

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 to sell their goods, and be further exposed to the UW community.

Habitat Snags Outreach: Increasing the Urban Forest Health on Campus

The University of Washington has been creating more and more snags out of fallen trees in the past year. 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.

Healthy building certification for the UW Tower – education and demonstration

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.

Khmer New Years Show 2019

KhSA UW has joined the Sadhu for Green movement that emerged from the Khmer community in Seattle as a desire to engage in awareness and action for environmental wellness. Our current focus is on sustainability and waste-consumption, where we are aiming to reduce the amount of waste that goes into the landfills by providing alternative compostable options besides plastic items and raising awareness about how to live more sustainably by reducing use of non-biodegradable products.

Pac-12 Sustainability Conference Student Registration Funding

Sustainability Studio is an upper-level elective offered through the College of the Environment’s Program on the Environment. Sustainability Studio is an experiential learning course where students work in groups of 3-5 on different projects with clients from the UW and Seattle community to improve sustainability around the topic of the quarter. The topic of Sustainability Studio changes every quarter to allow for dynamic learning that addresses sustainability across a broad spectrum of issues.

Rebound: The Bounce Back Used Notebooks Deserve

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.

Steam Condensate Reclamation - Feasibility Study

All campus electricity, heating, cooling, air, and IT cables are supplied by the 8.5-mile network of utility tunnels underneath the campus. Within the tunnels, an underdrain system collects the leaking steam condensate and infiltrating groundwater and discharges it into the sewer main, Lake Union, or in vegetated areas on the Burke Gillman trail. This "nuisance" water represents a substantial water resource that could possibly be reclaimed as non-potable water. Possible uses for this water would be campus irrigation, dust control, or even an auxiliary supply to Drumheller Fountain.

Taiko Kai Spring Concert

TEDxUofW

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.

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

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.

Biological Control of Insects

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.

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.

Engage with Renewable Energy: Interactive Art Exhibition & Reusables Workshop

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.

HUB Bin Expansion Project

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.

Keraton

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

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.

ReThink UW's Fourth Annual Resilience Summit

Row for Climate

Salvage Wood Project Advertising Campaign

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.

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.

WashPIRG 100% Renewable Energy Plant Potting Event

Youth Engineering Green Solutions to Stormwater Runoff and Pollution Prevention

2017 TSA Night Market Recycling Program

Amount Awarded: $999
Project Status: Completed

The UW Night Market has been an event held in Red Square every year since 2001. It is one of the Taiwanese Student Association’s signature events and easily the largest in scale in terms of people. The event recreates traditional night markets in Taiwan and is centered around food. Last year, we had 24 total vendors. Every year, this event creates large amounts of waste that isn’t properly disposed of by guests; this year, we plan to create a recycling plan that alleviates this issue.

Apiary for the UW Farm

Amount Awarded: $337
Project Status: In progress, accepting volunteers

The teaching apiary at the UW Farm contains 10-12 hives of honey bees and is used by students to learn basic beekeeping skills and also to perform experiments in bee biology. The bee course has been taught Summer A+B terms since 2011. Support for the program derives from student fees, covering course-specific activities, and an account funded by donations and fund raising, which covers maintenance of the hives and equipment acquisition. Researchers from departments as varied as Chemistry and Psychology have used the hives as education and research subjects in past years.

Earth Day Band: Improvisational Music Project (IMP)

Amount Awarded: $500
Project Status: Completed

We believe that art is essential to the activism surrounding sustainability movements and often functions as a catalyst for engagement. In our search for a band, we focused our efforts on finding local UW student ensembles. Supporting the sustainability of the arts on the UW campus was an important value that helped aided our selection. We also considered that finding the right group could could help establish a precedent for collaboration for future events like the SustainableUW Festival.

Greek Community Energy Challenge

Amount Awarded: $1,000
Project Status: In progress, accepting volunteers

The Green Greek Representative Energy Challenge is a challenge designed to make the Greek community more energy efficient, which will make it more desirable to people who choose housing based on sustainability. Through this challenge, we seek to educate men and women in the Greek community about making sustainable choices that will save them and their chapters money while also helping improve the environment.

Increasing drought tolerance of campus lawns with endophytes

Amount Awarded: $1,000
Project Status: In progress, accepting volunteers

The University of Washington has over 161 acres of turf grass.  Grounds maintenance, at the University applies a custom, slow release chemical fertilizer (F-6 Wil-Grow Wil-Cote Custom-CFM 25-0-5) for all turf applications. Chemical fertilizers can be detrimental to the environment and to the long term health of soils. With global warming at the forefront of scientific research, it is imperative that alternative, environmentally friendly lawn care systems are implemented. Revising the fertilizer plan for the lawns is a potentially important step for grounds management to undertake.

Keraton Going Green

Amount Awarded: $999
Project Status: Completed

Not only did Keraton attracted 8000 people last year but also had 13 vendors selling food. As a result, there is a substantial amount of waste produced. This year, Keraton is aiming to attract 10000 people. Surely, there will be more waste produced than last year.

Mobile Maintenance Trailer for the ASUW Bike Shop

Amount Awarded: $980
Project Status: In progress, accepting volunteers

Can't make it in to the bike shop? Now, the bike shop can make it to you. The Mobile Maintenance Trailer allows the student mechanics at the ASUW Bike Shop to traverse this majestic campus with all the tools necessary to provide safety-check and quick tune-up services for any UW cyclists they encounter, free of charge. Everything a rusty bicycle could ever want, including an assortment of professional shop tools and an array of greases, degreasers, and lubricants, will be kept conveniently in a Surly long-bed trailer.

Replacing Chemical Fertilizers with Compost, Compost Tea, and Biosolids

Amount Awarded: $1,000
Project Status: In progress, accepting volunteers

This project attempts to assess the feasibility of the University of Washington switching to an organic fertilizing system. The efficacy of biosolids, compost, and compost tea will be compared to the 8,000 pounds of chemical fertilizer that are annually applied to the campus lawns. 

ReThink Resilience Summit 2017

Amount Awarded: $1,000
Project Status: Completed

Surviving Catastrophe: Public Health and Solidarity in an Era of Climate Change

Amount Awarded: $550
Project Status: Completed

Radical Public Health UW is hosting an evening of discussion and consciousness-raising about the root causes and myriad dangers of the global climate change crisis. In the current political context, local and global, it is more important than ever before to have honest, unapologetic discussions about this growing emergency.

2016 UW Night Market

Amount Awarded: $1,000
Project Status: Completed

Since 2001, the Taiwanese Student Association (TSA) has brought this dynamic, cultural event to the University of Washington campus. Given its success, the UW Night Market has quickly become an annual Seattle tradition. Our goal is to bring people together in celebrating and appreciating Taiwanese culture. The event includes many vendors selling various Taiwanese foods, on-stage performances, as well as cultural activities. However, we don't want it to be just a cultural event, we also hope to increase community awareness of how to maintain a sustainable enviroment.

Earth Day 2016 Celebration

Amount Awarded: $1,000
Project Status: Completed

The Earth day celebration is a popular annual gathering at the University of Washington. This year marks the 45th anniversary of the event. On April 22nd, 2015 the event was put on by UW’s student run Earth Club and assisted by the UW sustainability staff. The goal of the organizers is to bring as many people together as they can to talk about our planet and sustainability. This year the celebration was located in Red Square in the center of campus.

Environmental Display for Paccar Hall

Amount Awarded: $890
Project Status: Completed

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

Fossil Fuel Divestment Pacific Northwest Network Spring 2016 Convergence

Amount Awarded: $1,000
Project Status: Completed

72 hours. 50 people. 12 schools. One World Changed!

Students from the Confronting Climate Change RSO are doing the exciting work of planning a student divestment convergence this spring 2016. Students from colleges across the northwest region will be coming together to strengthen the current fossil fuel divestment movement of the region.

Next System Teach-In

Amount Awarded: $1,000
Project Status: Completed

The UW Center for Communication & Civic Engagement’s Rethinking Prosperity project organized the Next System Teach-In in partnership with the UW Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies. Rethinking Prosperity is an initiative that seeks to identify and communicate economic models that work for more people, within planetary boundaries. It emerged from a seminar of undergraduate seniors in Communication. The Teach-In took place on April 25th, 2016 at Kane Hall.

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

Amount Awarded: $1,000
Project Status: Completed

This project will be to design and plant a hedgerow along the southern boundary of the UW-CUH Farm; it will be composed of woody perennial plant species that will act primarily as pollinator habitat, providing forage, shelter, and most importantly, overwintering habitat for insects. By installing suitable habitat for local pollinating insects, this project will both enhance the biodiversity of the surrounding Union Bay Natural Area and benefit student food production at the UW Farm by potentially increasing the yield of vegetables grown and the genetic diversity (stress-tolerance) of the cr

Tribal Water Security Colloquium: Rethinking Our Relationship With Water

Amount Awarded: $960
Project Status: Completed

The Tribal Water Security Colloquium (TWSC) was hosted by the Water is Life: water, health and “ecosystem services” class taught by Dr. Clarita Lefthand-Begay in the Department of American Indian Studies. Undergraduate students enrolled in this class collaborated by picking, inviting and hosting leaders to speak about water. In the TWSC we focused our attention on creating a space where we could learn directly from influential tribal leaders whose communities are at the forefront of climate change and environmental challenges.

Earth Day 2015 Celebration

Amount Awarded: $1,000
Project Status: Completed

The Earth day celebration is a popular annual gathering at the University of Washington. This year marks the 45th anniversary of the event. On April 22nd, 2015 the event was put on by UW’s student run Earth Club and assisted by the UW sustainability staff. The goal of the organizers is to bring as many people together as they can to talk about our planet and sustainability. This year the celebration was located in Red Square in the center of campus.

Prairie Rain Garden

Amount Awarded: $398
Project Status: Completed

The Prairie Rain Garden is a student run project located near the botanic gardens on the north-east corner of campus. The students involved are trying to improve the ecosystem of a small plot of land by removing invasive species, improving the topography and planting a healthy native plant garden. The garden’s location is just uphill of a trail which is frequently flooded during the rainy season and becomes extremely muddy and impassable. The Prairie Garden is designed to capture some of the rainfall, filter the water and drain it to prevent runoff flowing onto the path.  

Understanding Pro-Environmental Behavior

Amount Awarded: $700
Project Status: Completed

Doctoral Canidate Julie Kriegh is local architect and a graduate from the University of Washington. She works towards environmental health and sustainability across the Northwest. Her specialty is in the design of sustainable buildings that fit LEED certifications (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.) She has organized a panel which included multiple other experts in their fields. The speakers come from a broad range of academia and origins.  Dr. Manzo is an associate professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture at the University of Washington.

UW Night Market

Amount Awarded: $400
Project Status: Completed

The UW night market is an annual event, which is put on by the Taiwanese Student Association (TSA). The night market brings up to 20 vendors to red square to promote Taiwanese culture. Vendors sell a wide variety of cultural foods as well as running games and activities for market goers to participate in. There are also free musical performances put on by the TSA.