The University of Washington, Western Washington University and the Evergreen State College are jointly offering a regional symposium on low-carbon space heating alternatives to natural gas. The symposium will be held Friday, May 12, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the UW Alder Hall Commons.

There are a few low-carbon heating technologies technically feasible in the Puget Sound region. Each technology has its strengths and weaknesses, and their economic feasibility tends to be very site dependent. We are inviting facilities and operations managers of large public and commercial...

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Category: Climate Change | Energy | Events
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Is your office getting ready for spring cleaning? There are plenty of ways to ensure that your annual cleanup is both efficient and sustainable! With Earth Day coming up, use the following tips from UW Recycling to properly dispose of your used office supplies.

Paper

Ready to get rid of the post it notes covering your monitor? Are there research journals from the 80s collecting dust in the corner? Begin by reserving UW Recycling’s free temporary paper toters. Your week-long...

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Category: Recycling, Compost & Waste
Tags: UW Recycling | spring cleaning | UW Surplus | Green Office

The two-month RecycleMania competition finished with the end of March, but the numbers are still being tallied. So far, the results are in through the first six weeks of the competition, and the University of Washington is holding a big lead among all Pac-12 schools. The Seattle campus is pacing the conference, but UW Bothell has been doing even better in terms of overall recycling rate. 

RecycleMania is a friendly tournament where national college campuses compete to see which can reduce, reuse and recycle the most on-campus waste. The competition ran from February 1 through April...

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Category: Recycling, Compost & Waste
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It was an honor to participate in UW’s “Future of Ice” Speaker Series earlier this month. Mt. Baker Ski Area hosted a weekend of talks with expert speakers from our region, and I was thrilled to spend an afternoon overlooking the beautiful powdery slopes while discussing some fundamental issues surrounding the current perceptions of climate change and how we talk about it.

The day started with a cold but gorgeous drive up to Mt. Baker, a reminder of how powerful and fragile nature can be. It was an excellent day for skiers...

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Category: Climate Change | Events
Tags: Future of Ice | Mt. Baker Ski Area | Claudia's Corner

At the five-week mark of RecycleMania, the University of Washington continues to lead the Pac-12 in the recycling competition.

The UW's Seattle campus is well ahead of the other Pac-12 schools and is in 31st place out of the 178 schools competing. UW Bothell is doing even better, in 26th place. According to RecycleMania, UW Seattle has recycled more than four pounds of material for every person on campus - a total of nearly 500,000 pounds recycled. 

RecycleMania is a friendly tournament where national college campuses compete to see which can reduce, reuse and recycle the...

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Category: Recycling, Compost & Waste | Student Organizations
Tags: EcoReps | RecycleMania

One month of RecycleMania numbers are in, and the University of Washington continues to lead the Pac-12 by a wide margin.

Halfway through the eight-week competition, UW's Seattle campus has a recycling rate of 54.66 percent. The closest Pac-12 school is Stanford, at just over 43 percent. UW's Seattle campus is 29th overall among the 172 schools participating, and UW Bothell is just ahead in 27th place.

 RecycleMania is a friendly tournament where national college campuses compete to see which can reduce, reuse and recycle the most on-campus waste. The competition lasts...

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Category: Recycling, Compost & Waste | Student Organizations
Tags: RecycleMania | EcoReps

SafeFlame is a local cleantech start-up founded by Foster School MBA student Kevin Cussen which aims to tackle a glut of high profile issues effecting people in developing nations. SafeFlame utilizes biodigesters to break down organic content and create biogas, which can be used as fuel for gas cookstoves. The company hopes to use its technology to help cut indoor pollutants caused by cookstoves that use fuels such as wood, charcoal, crop waste or animal dung. 

However, the start-up is currently working a little closer to home on a project sponsored by the Campus Sustainability Fund...

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Category: Campus Sustainability Fund | Student Organizations
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UW Sustainability is looking for a student graphic design assistant. This is a part-time position for a current student. The graphic design assistant will work closely with the UW Sustainability team to develop marketing communications materials that educate and engage the UW community regarding sustainability programs and initiatives. 

Full details below. To apply, go to Husky Jobs and search for position 112266 or email a cover letter, resume and portfolio (or link to online portfolio) to...

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After two weeks of the nation-wide RecycleMania competition, UW Seattle remains in the lead among all Pac-12 schools, and is 25th overall. RecycleMania is a friendly tournament where national college campuses compete during the course of eight weeks to see which can reduce, reuse and recycle the most on-campus waste.

RecycleMania lasts through April 1, and all during the competition EcoReps and UW Recycling will be holding outreach events on...

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Category: Awards & Recognition | Recycling, Compost & Waste | Student Organizations
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As we look towards spring, I’d like to pause and reflect on this time of transition for UW Sustainability. Our long-time Associate Vice President, Ruth Johnston, has moved on to her new role as Vice Chancellor of Planning & Administration for UW Bothell. I feel fortunate to have worked for Ruth since starting at the UW and know with confidence that sustainability at the university would not be where it is today without her vision and leadership. Ruth is a respected leader of the institution and we will continue to work...

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Tags: Claudia's Corner | Future of Ice