Oct. 8, 2015

UW Sustainability is pleased to announce that we are accepting proposals for 2015-2016 Green Seed Fund Grants, effective October 22, 2015.

Proposals for this cycle of funding should be related in a direct way to the theme of water, such as:

  • Irrigation/irrigation scheduling
  • Repurposing waste water from Central Plant cooling towers
  • Improving management of stormwater run-off
  • Assessing the value of already-installed rain gardens, bioswales, and cisterns
  • Water reclamation
  • Landscaping/zero-scaping, including landscape typologies that reduce reliance on water, while maintaining and enhancing the rich and diverse campus landscape quality, including vegetation type, irrigation, and maintenance
  • Large scale, system oriented projects, or projects that could be replicable to multiple parts of campus
  • See the Detailed Proposal Requirements document for further information: (link)

Beginning October 22, relevant proposals may be created here: green.uw.edu/gsf/

Submissions must be entered online, and can be edited and saved until teams are ready to submit. Proposals will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. PT on December 3, 2015.

The Green Seed Fund aims to promote and fund research projects that advance sustainable research while contributing to the University’s sustainability goals through greenhouse gas emission reduction. The Green Seed Fund was launched in 2013. In the fund’s most recent year, 25 proposals totaling over $1.5 million were submitted, and from that pool, six proposals were selected and awarded about $250, 000 in funding. A similar amount of funding is available for 2015-2016 projects.

2015-2016 Green Seed Fund Proposals

Information required for proposals is detailed on the website. For more information about the Green Seed Fund, visit http://green.uw.edu/green-seed-proposals.

2014-2015 Green Seed Fund Projects

Summaries of the research projects awarded last year are below.  Details on these projects can be found at: http://green.uw.edu/gsf/2015-projects

Carbon Challenge: Footprint Reduction through Curricular Development and Community Building: This group aims to create a campus-wide sustainability challenge involving a friendly and supportive competition among students, faculty and staff on the UW Tacoma campus, to lose carbon weight.

Enhancing the Sustainability of Electronic Waste Handling on the UW Seattle Campus: This research project focuses on handling of electronic waste, which accounts for over 40 million metric tons of waste around the world annually and is responsible for much of the heavy metals that end up in landfills..

Reducing non-recoverable waste: Examining opportunities for Durable Medical Equipment (DME) reuse within UWMC and HMC:  This team is pursuing an innovative study of durable medical equipment (DME) reuse and recycling that aims to reduce non-recoverable waste generated by University of Washington Medical Center (UWMC) and Harborview Medical Center (HMC).

UWT Husky Lines: This group aims to increase usage of public transportation by University of Washington Tacoma students through provision of bus lines, which run directly from high-density clusters of students to University campus, with no transfers. 

Measured Benefits: Monitoring the Impacts of the UW Green Wall and Water Harvesting System: While green walls are known to reduce temperature fluctuation in buildings, this project seeks to monitor the green walls on Gould Hall and record the exact benefits that this green structure provides. 

Value-driven property-investing strategy for the UW campus—A lighting example: The objective of this study is to demonstrate that lighting retrofits, which include personal controls and dimming capability, can generate significant energy savings and improve occupant experience/satisfaction, ultimately leading to better worker performance. 

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