Formed three years ago as handful of mostly graduate students, UW Solar became well known on campus after its first project — installing 128 solar panels on the roof of Mercer Court’s A Building in April 2014. The group has since grown to nearly 50 strong, about half of them undergraduates. Students involved in UW Solar come from a variety of departments and disciplines — mechanical, electrical and civil engineering, real estate, marketing, accounting, economics, urban design, cybersecurity and more.
You may not have noticed, but as you walk around the UW campus more of those plants and flowers at your feet are species native to Puget Sound.
That’s because UW’s Society for Ecology Restoration student guild (SER-UW) native plant nursery has been working to restore areas on campus by increasing native species biodiversity and creating open spaces for students to engage with the natural world just steps from their residence halls.
The CSF is seeking a new Outreach Coordinator for the 2015-2016 academic year! The Outreach Coordinator plays a key role in raising the profile of the CSF within the UW campus community. The Outreach Coordinator will gain hands on experience in networking, communications, marketing, development of educational materials, and small project development and management. Check out the complete job description here.
It was a very busy and highly productive month at the CSF! Our newest projects are making strides and changes are already starting to take shape. This will be the last newsletter for this school year, but no fear - you will still be receiving at least 1 newsletter update this summer because sustainability never stops! The 2014-2015 academic year has been a very exciting year for the CSF, and we hope to continue with that momentum. Thank you to all the students, staff, faculty, and departments for supporting and working together with us for the past year.
Next fall the UW student chapter of the Society for Ecological Restoration's (SER-UW) native plant nursery is expanding by building a new hoop house, growing more plants from seed and cuttings, and increasing its opportunities for volunteer involvement.
SER will be looking for a Building Projects Intern and a Communications Intern:
After an exciting round of project proposals and deliberations, the CSF is pleased to announce that it has awarded a total of $166,653 to seven student-led projects! Congratulations to the following projects for crafting excellent proposals and making the UW a more environmentally conscious campus:
Dr. Linda Steg, environmental psychologist and professor at the University of Groningen in The Netherlands will be speaking about pro-environmental behavior and values on Tuesday, May 26th at 6:00 PM in Alder Hall. There will be a reception at 5:00 PM. This lecture is free and open to the public.
Earlier this year, the CSF awarded a grand total of $105,367 to 6 projects in the first round of funding for 2015. One of the projects proposed innovative adjustments that would optimize the use of a gift Mother Nature likes to shower upon Seattle: rainwater.
CSF spoke to Amy Kim, Assistant Professor in Civil & Environmental Engineering and Heta Kosonen, a PhD student in Construction Engineering, about their proposed sustainable rainwater system in the Construction Materials Laboratory (CML) in More Hall.
On Friday April 24th, 19 volunteers helped to clear a patch of English ivy in the green belt behind PACCAR Hall. Lead by ESMR major Ben Sari, they cut away at this invasive species for several hours before completion. Volunteers came from several corners of UW, drawn together from Facebook posts and tables at Earth Day in Red Square.