The Campus Sustainability Fund (CSF) has awarded a total of $166,653 to seven student-led projects in the final funding round of 2014-2015. Including the early funding round this winter, the CSF granted 13 projects a total of more than $270,000 this school year.
The student-funded and student-run CSF was established in 2010 to create a sustainable campus and foster an environmentally conscious University culture by funding student-led projects that lessen the University's environmental impact.
The recently-funded projects include:
Sustainable Stormwater, $9,051
This grant will fund the Sustainable Stormwater Coordinator position for the upcoming year, building on a grant awarded last year. The position will research stormwater on campus with testing and analysis, as well as work on outreach and education for the Sustainable Storms group.
Tap That, $7,457
Project Tap That aims to educate UW students about the harmful effects of single-use plastic water bottle, promote the use of reusable water bottles, and ultimately ban the sale of plastic water bottles on campus. The grant will help create an educational outreach campaign to inform the UW community about the impacts of disposable bottles, and work toward raising support for a ban.
SER-UW Nursery Expansion, $54,426
The Society for Ecological Restoration at UW has established a native plant nursery at the Center for Urban Horticulture. The CSF grant will fund infrastructure upgrades and manager positions for the nursery.
Engaging Students and Public in Marine Conservation through Sustainable Shellfish Aquaculture, $27,400
Graduate students, faculty and staff at the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences are hoping to establish a UW Shellfish Farm at the Big Beef Creek Resarch Station on Hood Canal, which will provide students an opportunity to experience sustainable seafood production and a field site for shelfish research. The grant will fund a feasibility study for the project and an evaluation of the legal requirements.
UW Campus Wood Salvage Program, $43,603
This grant will fund the UW’s salvage wood program managed by UW Grounds Management and UW Facilities Construction. Funding will go towards creating products from trees that are removed from the campus-wide landscape. The processed wood material will be used for student, faculty and administration projects.
This grant will fund HydraPower, a new technology that produces clean, alternative energy from ambient infrared light throughout the day, eliminating the need for additional power supplied by rechargeable batteries. Funding will support the creation of three functioning prototypes, which will be installed in UW campus buildings in late September 2015.
Expanding Education and Outreach at the UW Farm, $16,100
The UW Farm will create an education program for elementary school children, including building a Children's Garden at the UW Farm space near the Center for Urban Horticulture, and acquiring educational materials and supplies to help children learn about sustainable agriculture and healthy food choices.
This round of awards wraps up the funding cycle for large CSF projects for the 2014-2015 school year. For projects requesting more than $1,000, the next available opportunity will be in the middle of Fall quarter in the 2015-2016 year (around November 2015). Small projects asking for $1,000 or less can apply at any time, and the CSF committee reviews the projects on a rolling basis.