At first glance, the Environmental Stewardship & Sustainability office looks like any other campus work area: Desks, tables, chairs, filing cabinets — check.
But wait, look again. This small office, in the basement of Gerberding Hall (B40), is now a sort of showcase for sustainability in office furnishings. Which makes a certain sense, after all, given its name.
The UW held its first Sustainability Summit yesterday, which was an event organized by the Campus Sustainability Fund (CSF) committee with the goal of gathering ideas on how its funds can be used.
The $340,000 fund, approved by the Services and Activities Fee committee last year, will serve as financial support for campus projects conducted by students, faculty and staff that aim to promote sustainability on campus.
Students, faculty and staff are invited to meet and chat with campus sustainability groups and learn about the new UW Campus Sustainability Fund. Find out more about the University’s sustainability commitment through the Climate Action Plan, while sharing ideas and best practices for campus sustainability efforts. The event will include tables, presentations and break-out group discussions. For more information, email email@example.com
Two days before the official July 1 start for the new UW student regent, Gov. Chris Gregoire chose graduate student Frances Youn to be the newest member of the council that makes some of the most important administrative decisions for the university.
It took seven quarters, 50 volunteers, 5,511 student signatures of support and one idea to secure $339,805 for the university’s Campus Sustainability Fund.
The university approved the new spending June 10, which could mean that the UW has one of the largest student-funded sustainability funds among U.S. public universities. It tops Berkeley’s $250,000 fund, but comes nowhere close to Harvard’s $12 million Green Campus Loan Fund.
A new pool of nearly $340,000, created through the sustained work of student activists, will fund student, faculty and staff projects that help make the UW more sustainable.
The Campus Sustainability Fund, created as a result of more than 1,000 volunteer hours collecting 5,511 student signatures and soliciting 53 student organization endorsements, is funded through the Services and Activities Fee paid each quarter by students. The UW joins a growing list of colleges and universities that have similar funds, although the UW's will be one of the largest.
Members of the Campus Sustainability Fund (CSF) celebrated the fund’s establishment yesterday [May 18th, 2010], after the Services and Activities Fee (SAF) Committee granted half of its initial request Monday. With $339,805, the group now must decide on guidelines for how to allocate the funds.
The quarterly Services and Activities Fee (SAF) may be increased in order to provide revenue for a proposal called the Campus Sustainability Fund (CSF), which will finance student-led projects that increase the university’s sustainability and reduce its environmental impact. A group of nine student leaders from various environmental groups on campus formulated the CSF proposal with the intention not only to address sustainability concerns, but also to engage more students in creating solutions.