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Campus Sustainability Fund
March 28, 2018

The Campus Sustainabilty Fund (CSF) has announced that $93,704 has been awarded to 14 projects during its first funding round of the 2017-2018 academic year. This allocation includes seven large projects totaling $87,134, as well as seven small projects totaling $5,570.

The CSF is a student-funded and student-run grant organization supporting on-campus sustainability projects which lessen the University of Washington's environmental impact. The CSF has two funding rounds each year, along with a rolling application process for small project grant applications of less than $1,000. All funding decisions are made by the CSF student committee.

Students who are interested in getting involved with the CSF or want more information about the fund can email

The projects funded in the most recent round are listed below. Visit the CSF project page to see information on all funded projects.

Funding Cycle 1: Large Projects

Green Greeks Representative Program: $3,900

As an accredited course, the Green Greek Representative Practicum teaches over 150 students per year about sustainability consulting within their community and environmental leadership. It encourages participation from Greek and non-Greek students in order to engage a broad campus community. It allows students interested in sustainability to ideate, research, and implement solutions in a real-world, hands-on way. It also creates a ripple effect, propelling sustainability solutions far beyond just environmentally-focused students and ingraining sustainable living habits within a diverse group

Anaerobic Digester: $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.

Africa Now: Unlocking Potential from Within: $10,491

Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Incorporated plans to host a conference designed to inspire young professional attendees to use their skills to build a sustainable future for Africa NOW. Through industry specific workshops, networking, action based resources, artists, and an all-star panel we’ll inspire and equip students to turn Africa's "potential" into a reality.

Earth Day Festival: A Celebration of the Diversity and Unity of our World: $11,700

This year’s Earth Day Festival will bring people together through performance, art, food, and activism in an immersive celebration of the unique identities and unity of the world. This festival will be a demonstration of sustainability in action both in its production and in its message. By showcasing the environmental and social initiatives on campus and demonstrating the intersectionality therein, we will provide a live example of the sustainability movement that is happening on campus.

Earth Games: 60 Second Sustainability: $26,043

Earlier this month at the Sustainability Game Jam (sponsored by CSF), a team led by EarthGames lead designer Samuel Dassler built a game prototype called "60 Second Sustainability." The game is made up of many "microgames," which is a style popularized in games like the WarioWare series. EarthGames would like to build a video game for mobile phones and tablets that educates students about sustainability actions they can take on campus and promotes sustainability RSOs that they can participate in.

Population Health Facility: Educational Rainwater System: $17,000

Assist in the construction of the rainwater treatment system and integrate it into the lobby of the new Population Health Building. An animated display would be included, possibly interactive, to really involve people and show them how the water is filtered.Further filtration could also make it possible to allow people to directly drink the water from the system if legislation for this is passed in the future.

Electric Outboard Motors, Sustainability for Washington Rowing: $8,000

The rowing program here at the University of Washington has become a leading program within the domestic and international communities of rowing. With this standing, we have an opportunity and a responsibility to impact the community positively. Transitioning into electric motors within our own fleet of launches is only one step in creating a positive impact in the rowing community.

Funding Cycle 1: Mini Grants

Keraton: $1,000

Matsuri 2018: $1,000

Global Leadership Forum: $420

Biological Control of Insects: $1,000

Implementing Sustainability: Bamboo Toothbrushes for UW Dentistry: $1,000

Panel: Climate Policy in Washington: $150

Youth Engineering Green Solutions to Stormwater Runoff and Pollution Prevention: $1,000