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Monthly updates on everything CSF, including upcoming events, involvement opportunities, project updates and team spotlights!

Project Updates

Construction Materials Lab Rainwater Catchment
The student team finished building their rainwater collection structures in early June! Rain will run down the roof pieces (pictured below) and be collected in cisterns. The treated rainwater will be used to cure concrete in the Construction Materials Lab's fog room. Currently the fog room uses an average of 1,200 gallons of tap water per day. The rainwater collection system will reduce consumption by an average of 600 gallons per day and save the lab $1,800 per year. The collection system is expected to be fully operational by the end of October.
Read more about the project here.
Manastash Ridge Observatory (MRO) Rainwater Catchment
The team at the MRO has already collected 6,650 gallons of rainwater in their 10,000 gallon water catchment tank (see below). Previously, all water used in the MRO's bathrooms had to be delivered via truck given the facility is too remote for city water service. The team continues to work on installing a solar energy system and other sustainability upgrades. When complete, the reduction in water and electricity usage will reduce the MRO's CO2 emissions by approximately 18 tons per year.
Read more about the project here.
Lab Glove Recycling Pilot Program
The pilot program is officially complete! At the beginning of the pilot, a waste audit of nine labs found that nitrile lab gloves accounted for 23% of lab waste by weight. By the end of the program, gloves were reduced to 7% of waste. The Green Laboratory Program is now working on expanding the program to include more UW labs. Contact greenlab@uw.edu to join.
Read more about the project here.

Meet the CSF

Nearly 300 students worked with the CSF over the course of the past academic year! In the interest of highlighting these committed students, each month we will be featuring CSF project leads, volunteers, alumni, and staff. Read the full stories here.
Kyle McDermott, CSF Coordinator
UW Graduation Year: 2018
Major: Master of Environmental Horticulture
Hometown: Tucson, Arizona
Favorite Outdoor Activity: Bicycling
What is your greatest responsibility as the CSF Coordinator?
"Making sure that current and prospective projects are adequately supported. Additionally, I feel inclined to grow our reach amongst diverse disciplines, individuals, and groups on campus."
What inspired you to get involved with the CSF?
"I’d worked diligently as an undergraduate researcher at Northern Arizona University to find alternatives to using toxic herbicides on campus lawns. The project was severely underfunded and I worked for over two years on a volunteer basis with a very small budget. Looking back, if I had access to something like the CSF, my project could have been more successful. My mission has since been to support sustainability projects on school campuses—the CSF does exactly this, so it’s great to be involved."
An Huynh, Staff Alumni
UW Graduation Year: 2015
Major: Community, Environment and Planning
Minor: Environmental Science and Resource Management
Hometown: Bothell, Washington
Favorite Outdoor Activities: Biking and Hammocking
What's your current job?
"I am currently the Public Space & Community Coordinator at SCIDpda​ (the Seattle Chinatown/International District Preservation Development Authority). We work on community and economic development projects in the C/ID which includes Chinatown, Little Saigon, and Japantown."
 
How did working with the CSF impact your career path?
"CSF gave me a lot of the transferable skills that have translated to my current role. Thinking holistically and individualistically about projects and how they work together, ​public speaking,​event planning, relationship building are a few of the things I've taken away. I was also exposed to the power of student-based/community-based work, and that's something I definitely get to see and think about now."
Dan Hintz, Project Lead
UW Graduation Year: 2016
Major: Master of Environmental Horticulture
Hometown: Glen Ellyn, Illinois
Favorite Outdoor Activity: Skiing
What CSF project are you working on?
"The Kincaid Ravine Restoration project. We are trying to restore a neglected, 4 acre open space on campus into a healthy urban forest that provides ecological benefits and opportunities for education and respite."
What advice would you give to students interested in the CSF?
"Don’t hesitate and be creative! There are so many ways to make UW a more sustainable and healthy campus and CSF is a great mechanism to make that happen, but you have to have an idea or passion and run with it. CSF staff is very approachable and talking to them during the grant process is also helpful. Not only can you initiate a project for the benefit of the UW community, but you can also learn many valuable skills in the process."

CSF Operations

Office Hours
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.


Event Recap
We recently unveiled our new CSF t-shirts while tabling at the College of the Environment Future Student Visit Day. CSF Outreach Coordinator Veronica Guenther and Outreach Ambassador Nicki Buecker snagged a picture with Dubs at the event!
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