The Campus Sustainability Fund has awarded more than $141,000 in grants to seven student-led projects in the final funding round for the 2015-2016 school year.
These grants increase the total awarded by CSF during the school year to $323,486 for 21 projects which lessen the university's environmental impact and foster a more environmentally-conscious culture at the UW. This is the sixth year the student-funded and student-run CSF has provided grant funds for student projects on campus.
The projects approved in this round of funding are:
“As Viewed through the Looking Glass” Photography Piece, $5,350
Local photographer Steve Korn and choreographer and graduate student Joseph Blake will work with UW undergraduate dance majors to create a series of photographic works of humans interacting with renewable resources, such as paper, water and recyclable dishware. A series of photos will be displayed at Suzzallo Library, the HUB and Meany Hall Theatre lobby. Students viewing the gallery will have a chance to reflect on their interpretations of the art and how it can create more awareness about the role of sustainability on campus.
ASUW Student Food Cooperative Bulk Buying Storefront, $2,500
The ASUW Student Food Cooperative will run a bulk buying storefront, selling locally sourced, organic dried goods and cooking essentials. The storefront will be located in the refurbished HUB 131 kitchenette, and aims to promote sustainable living and eating practices at the UW by making bulk buying and bulk goods accessible to students, staff and faculty.
Edible Garden Demonstration Project at the UW Tower Plaza, $59,730
A student group will create a new edible garden in the UW Tower plaza including green screens - planters with a variety of edible and native plants. It will also be a place for people to relax and enjoy the outdoors during their lunch break or after work in the style of a parklet. The garden will enliven the plaza area while being a robust demonstration of the success and strategies for growing edibles in an urban plaza.
Electronic Waste Educational and Information System, $11,294
The EcoTab project will place iPads near waste receptacles on campus with software to let users know what items are recyclable, compostable or trashable as well as providing feedback on what the user’s waste savings are. The grant will fund a pilot program at selected HFS locations to determine how well the interactive displays help increase proper waste disposal.
Engaging Students and Public in Marine Conservation Through Sustainable Shellfish Aquaculture-Phase II, $14,484
As part of phase one, students created a shellfish farm at the Big Beef Creek Research Station (BBC). Now, three types of shellfish species will be placed across multiple sites across the BBC tideland parcel. Funds will also be used to purchase culture supplies (re-usable cages) and support a graduate student to grow-out shellfish. Plus, a graduate student will develop educational outreach material.
UW greenhouse to reduce the amount of City of Seattle water used , $34,635
The project will create a system for the new UW greenhouse to utilize reused wastewater for irrigation, decreasing the use of water from the city utility. This grant is for a revised proposal of a previous grant for creating a reclaimed water system in the greenhouse, which was put on hold when plans were made to build a new Life Sciences Building with a new greenhouse. The extra funds will help install an updated water reuse system for the new greenhouse.
SER-UW Native Plant Nursery improvements, $47,799
The plant nursery will create a management plan for running the nursery and a curriculum, including a series of 15-minute mini lessons for work party volunteers and a more expanded class for community members and interested students. They will hire one research assistant to help with the curriculum and activities. The second research assistant will help determine sustainable methods for fertilizing and irrigating the nursery’s plants.