Jan. 21, 2016

The University of Washington’s Green Seed Fund has approved three projects to receive funding for 2016. This is the third year the Green Seed Fund has awarded money to research projects on campus that advance sustainable research and contribute to the UW’s sustainability goals.

A committee of students, faculty, and staff reviewed the proposals and awarded $190,000 in funding. For this cycle of funding, project proposals were required to be directly related to water. The three selected projects met the review committee's criteria of projects that will contribute to the UW's sustainability goals, are research focused, have a broad reach in the project scope, and will contribute to significant water savings for the University.

The approved projects for 2016 are:

Developing Best Management Practices for Campus Stormwater
This UW Bothell project will research the impact of campus landscape changes on stormwater volume and quality and assess the impacts that the stormwater discharge has on the surrounding wetlands of North Creek. This research will be used to recommend the best management practices and design improvement for the campus.

Irrigation System Sustainability Improvements for Washington Park Arboretum's Azalea Way
The aim of the project at the Arboretum, a University of Washington facility, is to improve the outdated irrigation system currently in place by auditing the system and replacing and adding water flow sensors and controllers. These improvements are expected to dramatically reduce water consumption in the 230-acre park.

Rainwater Irrigation and Remote Monitoring
Designing, constructing, and monitoring a new rainwater irrigation system on UW Seattle Campus will produce data that can be used by UW Facilities Ground Management to develop and improve future rainwater irrigation strategies across campus.

For more information, see green.uw.edu/gsf