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Monthly updates on everything CSF. Project briefs, committee meeting reviews, and campus sustainability highlights.

Year In Review

Happy summer, everyone! Join us in taking stock of the CSF's accomplishments during the 2015-16 academic year. Also, be sure to check out our summer involvement opportunities below.
Project Funding
This academic year the CSF granted $323,486 to 21 project teams. We've increased both our total funding and number of projects from last year when we granted $275,518 to 17 projects. This increase in projects is due in part to our expanded promotion of the Mini Grants program (i.e. CSF grants up to $1,000).
We funded 7 Mini Grants this year with an 8th pending, whereas last year we funded 4. Over seventy percent of our Mini Grant teams were first time applicants to the CSF. Through our biannual, large funding cycles, we funded 14 projects. Comparatively, last year we funded 13. The average grant size for these 14 projects was $23,000 and just under fifty percent of the project teams were first time applicants. Carrying over from last year, we had 11 actively implementing CSF projects. Therefore, we had a total of 32 active CSF projects this academic year!
Picture (above): Manastash Ridge Observatory work team over Memorial Day weekend. Learn more on their blog
Student Involvement
At the CSF, student empowerment is second only to our overarching commitment to sustainability. Over the course of this academic year, we've had 275 students from 42 academic departments actively working on CSF projects.
While we also value the help of one-time volunteers, our count only includes students who have made a consistent and committed effort to moving a CSF project forward. On average, each CSF project this year had 9 student collaborators from 3 departments. Almost 90% of these student teams were interdisciplinary. Additionally, 17 students worked directly with the entirely student-run CSF office this year as staff, committee members, Carlson Center service learners, or Outreach Ambassadors. In sum, the CSF has empowered nearly 300 students to help lessen the UW's environmental impact and foster a more environmentally conscious campus culture.
Picture (above): CSF committee members tabling at the Earth Day 2016 Celebration. See more photos of the event on our Facebook page.
Faculty and Staff Involvement
We're incredibly thankful to the 146 staff and faculty collaborators from 45 academic and administrative departments that have helped CSF projects this year. Our projects would not be possible without these stellar UW employees who go above and beyond in support of our student teams.
On average, each CSF project this year had 5 staff and faculty collaborators from 2.5 departments. Moreover, we'd like to thank the professors and academic advisers who helped our Outreach Coordinator and Outreach Ambassadors spread the word about the CSF. We visited 33 classes, met one-on-one with 9 faculty and advisers, and engaged via email with 50 interested program advisers.
Picture (above): Volunteers at the CSF and SER-UW sponsored Earth Day Ivy Pull.
Departmental Inclusivity
This year we committed outreach efforts to empowering students in untaped academic departments across campus. For the first time, we are happy to support project leads from the Dance, Communications, Political Science and American Indian Studies departments. Each of these project teams creatively aligned the tools of their given fields with the mission of sustainability.

Meanwhile, we'd also like to give a shoutout to the Environmental Science and Resource Management (ESRM) and Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) departments for having the most student CSF project collaborators this year! While we are encouraging new departments to make connections to environmental issues, we still greatly appreciate the continued engagement of students from the UW's many environmentally-focused programs.
Pictures (left): Rethinking Prosperity's Next System Teach-In

(below left): Tribal Water Security Colloquium at the UW Intellectual House

(below right): Visual Inspiration for the "As Viewed through the Looking Glass" Photography Piece

Summer Involvement

CSF Ambassadors Program
Volunteer with us in the UW Sustainability Office this summer and develop your environmental advocacy, public speaking, and professional communication skills! This is a great gateway into the network of sustainability work happening here on campus. We are accepting applications on a rolling basis until July 20th.
Yesler Swamp Trek Stop Internships
The CSF-funded Yesler Swamp Trek Stop is looking for management support from student interns this summer and beyond! The objective of the project is to construct a bird blind on the shoreline of the Yesler Swamp lagoon on Lake Washington in order to provide UW students and visitors a unique wildlife observation platform. If you're interested in applying, please contact project manager Tyler Licata at tlicata@uw.edu.
Seattle City Light Funding
So many of you expressed interest in seeing more on-campus solar panels at our Earth Day table! Now is the time to turn these ideas into tangible impacts on campus. Seattle City Light will provide up to $15,000 of matching funds for renewable energy projects through the CSF funding cycles. Start brainstorming over the summer so that your team can be ready to start drafting your Letter of Intent this fall. For more information, check out our web article.

CSF Operations


CoE Donation to the CSF
Thank you to the UW College of the Environment for donating $5,000 to CSF projects in honor of their 2016 graduating class. The funds will go towards two new CSF projects down at the UW Center For Urban Horticulture. This generous donation is an annual tradition started by the CoE last year.
Summer Operations

Our office is still open during the summer! We will not be approving grants or holding regular office hours, but we would love to schedule a meeting with you to discuss any project ideas. Please email uwcsf@uw.edu to set something up.

Fun Fact: Half of all funded projects this year consulted with our staff before submitting an application. Our goal is to give your project the best chance of committee approval. So let's talk!

 
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