Shelby Cramer’s path to the Husky Green Award started with a simple question.

“I was walking with my little sister, and she randomly asked me what this tree was, this tree that was outside our house for years and year and years,” Shelby said. “I didn’t know what to tell her because I didn't know what that tree was, and that was kind of a light bulb moment. I felt a weird sense of shame in not knowing my own place.”

That question led Shelby to the Environmental Studies program at UW. As a senior this past year, she was a leader in the...

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Category: Awards & Recognition | Student Organizations
Tags: Husky Green Awards | HGA17 | Shelby Cramer | SAGE

It's time for the next Green Certification Workshop Wednesday!

Join us for the upcoming Green Certification Workshop Wednesday on Sept. 6 from 1:30-2p.m in Gerberding Hall room G26 (one floor down from the Red Square entrance).

These Green Certification workshops are held on the first Wednesday of each month. Everyone is welcome to join and learn more about our Green Office and Green Laboratory ...

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Category: Events | Green Certifications
Tags: Green Office | Green Labs | Workshop Wednesdays

The UW Athletics green team needs volunteers to be a part of the football game day sustainability team. Volunteers will play a major role in helping us reach our waste diversion goal of 80% this season. As a volunteer, you will engage with fans to encourage sustainable practices in the stadium and in the tailgate areas. After halftime, you are welcome to stay and watch the remainder of the game.

You're welcome to volunteer for as many or as few games as you'd like. Volunteers are especially needed for the first...

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Category: Athletics | Events | Recycling, Compost & Waste
Tags: volunteer

Get a clean start to the new school year with the Fall Husky Neighborhood Cleanup. Students on north campus can drop off unwanted items to be donated, recycled or disposed for for free on August 31, and September 25 and 26.

All students with a Husky ID can bring their unwanted items to 17th Ave. NE and NE 47th St. from 1-5 p.m. on those days. Items accepted include electronics, reusable goods, recyclables, bulky items (such as sofas, rugs, etc.), and trash. Items will be sorted - any reusable items will be donated to local charities and organizations. Items which are no longer...

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Category: Recycling, Compost & Waste
Tags: Husky Neighborhood Cleanup | UW Recycling

Students who are interested in green building, sustainability, equity issues, and more can volunteer for the Built Green Conference at Cascadia College on September 14 for the opportunity to attend sessions and network with green building professionals. 

The Built Green Conference has been occurring annually for a decade with the aim of providing valuable and cutting-edge information on green building and sustainability. The conference will cover a variety of topics related to green building, ranging from...

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Category: Buildings & Grounds | Events
Tags: Built Green | volunteer

The brightly-colored bikes can be seen in most corners of campus, giving users a convienent option to hop on and ride to their destination. The new dockless bike share systems allow you to easily rent a bike with a smartphone app and park at any public bike rack at UW.

There are two bike share companies currently active in Seattle - Spin and Limebike - and both offer 50% discounts if you sign up using your uw.edu email address. To get started, you must download an app to your smartphone and sign up. The apps...

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Category: Transportation
Tags: LimeBike | Spin | bike share | Transportation Services | Bicycling

The University of Washington is committed to reducing paper consumption at the university and using paper made from recycled content when necessary. Learn more about why that's important with this video, featuring staff and students across UW.

For more information on UW's paper reduction practices, or to become a Paper Reduction Pro, visit the UW Sustainability Paper Reduction...

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Category: Paper Reduction
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In 2009, a small group of students started a grassroots campaign to create a student-powered green fund at the University of Washington. The idea quickly gained wide support, and today the Campus Sustainability Fund (CSF) has granted more than $2 million to student-created sustainability projects, giving UW students a chance to shape the future of campus.

The CSF mission statement is to foster an environmentally...

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Category: Awards & Recognition | Campus Sustainability Fund | Student Organizations
Tags: HGA17 | Husky Green Awards

As a result of UW Recycling’s two annual waste diversion events — SCRAM (Students Cleanup, Recycle and Moveout) and Husky Neighborhood Cleanup (HNC) — the University of Washington donated a combined total of 28.4 tons of reusable items to local charities and non-profit organizations.

In collaboration with UW Housing & Food Services (HFS), a total of 15 SCRAM donation stations are set up at 13 residence halls during finals week each year. Bedding, clothing, emergency red backpacks, non-perishable food, small appliances, school supplies, toiletries and other items are collected...

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Category: Recycling, Compost & Waste | Residence Halls
Tags: UW Recycling | SCRAM | Husky Neighborhood Cleanup

UW Civil & Environmental Engineering Assistant Professor Amy Kim is offering a new graduate-level special topics course this fall. The course, "Sustainable and healthy building in global context," will discuss how to align building sustainability strategies to promote occupant health. More specifically, students will identify building components that affect occupants’ comfort, health, well-being, and productivity.

Various healthy building standards will be discussed such as Fitwel, and WELL Building Standard....

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Category: Academics | Buildings & Grounds
Tags: Sustainability Courses | Civil & Environmental Engineering | Amy Kim