The University of Washington's Green Seed Fund has approved six projects to receive funding for 2015. The Green Seed Fund, in its second year, awards money to research projects which advance sustainable research and contribute to the UW's campus sustainability goals.
A committee comprised of students, faculty and staff reviewed twenty-five proposals totaling over $1.5 million, and awarded six proposals about $250,000 in funding. The projects were selected because the review committee felt that they will contribute to UW sustainability goals, are research focused, the project scope seems well thought out and achievable, the project has a broad reach, and will contribute to greenhouse gas reductions for the University.
The approved projects for 2015 are:
Carbon Challenge: Footprint Reduction through Curricular Development and Community Building:
This UW Tacoma project will create a friendly and supportive competition between students, faculty and staff on the UWT campus to lose carbon weight. The competition will utilize social networks between students and teachers to spread challenges among the UWT community.
Enhancing the Sustainability of Electronic Waste Handling on the UW Seattle Campus:
In an effort to reduce the amount of electronic waste at UW which is sent to landfills, the project will identify electronic waste which is not currently diverted and will pilot recycling and reuse stations for the waste to be placed in electronics-heavy environments on campus. In addition, the project will design seminars and other outreach activities to improve electronic waste diversion.
Reducing non-recoverable waste:
Examining opportunities for Durable Medical Equipment (DME) reuse within UWMC and HMC:
The study will study durable medical equipment reuse and recycling at UW Medical Center and Harborview Medical Center to reduce non-recoverable waste at the hospitals. The equipment studied will include wheelchairs, walkers, shower chairs and other devices, some of which have the potential for reuse.
UWT Husky Lines:
The aim of the Husky Lines Project will be 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.
Value-driven property-investing strategy for the UW campus—A lighting example:
How do energy-efficient lighting fixtures impact the experience of people using these spaces?
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.
Measured Benefits of the UW Green Wall and Water Harvesting System, Additional Funds:
A continuation of a 2014 Green Seed Project, this award will allow the research project on the potential benefits of the Gould Hall Green Wall to be completed.