The 2017 Washington Higher Education Sustainability Conference will be February 16-17 in Spokane, hosted by Gonzaga University. This year’s conference promises to strengthen our commitment to advancing sustainability in higher education institutions across Washington state.

Early bird registration for the conference - a $40 savings - ends January 10

The WAHESC conference is a regionally focused opportunity for those teaching, working, or...

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Category: Events

Winter Quarter is officially here, which means the holiday break is over. As you're putting away your decorations, keep in mind the proper way to dispose of any unwanted items.

Christmas trees and wreaths can be composted for free with the regular compost collection in Seattle through Jan. 31 (find options for other cities in King County here). Make sure all decorations are removed, and trim the...

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Category: Recycling, Compost & Waste
Tags: Holiday

The Clean Energy Institute is hosting Jonathan Pershing, Special Envoy for Climate Change at the U.S. Department of State, on Tuesday, Dec. 13 at 12-1 p.m. in Anderson Hall 223 for a talk on "The Paris Agreement and the Path Forward." He will discuss global efforts to combat climate change, including the outcomes of the 22nd Conference of the Parties (COP 22) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) that recently concluded in Marrakech, Morocco.

Category: Climate Change | Events
Tags: Clean Energy Institute

The UW Chapter of the Society for Ecological Restoration is looking for two undergraduate student interns to work with the campus native plant nursery during the winter quarter.

SER is hiring a Plant Propagation & Production Intern, as well as an Education Intern. The students are expected to work an average of nine hours a week during winter quarter. To apply, send a resume and a 300-500 word description of why you are interested to the nursery co-managers, Derek Allen and Mary-Margaret Greene, at Please indicate...

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Category: Gardens & Farms | Student Organizations
Tags: Society for Ecological Restoration | native plant nursery | Internships

Students planning to enter the Alaska Airlines Environmental Innovation Challege can apply for funding to help create a prototype to help develop their idea. The funding can be used to purchase materials, rent equipment, or hire short-term workers with high level skills beyond the team’s capacity, in order to create a physical model, object or device.

The application deadline for the funds is Dec. 19, 2016 at 5 p.m. See the full details and apply here.

Funds are available for teams with students attending...

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Category: Academics | Environment | Research
Tags: Environmental Innovation Challenge | Buerke Center for Entrepreneurship | grant fund

You may have met a Malamute at one of our events. These dogs have their own sustainability story - they're from the Washington Alaskan Malamute Adoption League (WAMAL).

WAMAL’s main objective is to rehabilitate and re-home rescued Alaskan Malamutes, help Malamute owners and educate the public about these amazing animals. Their goal is to ensure that every malamute can live the life that they deserve.

The association takes in Malamutes that have outgrown their current home or need a new one. If you can’t adopt one there’s always the...

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Tags: Toren's Tidbits | WAMAL

The Campus Sustainability Fund (CSF) will be regularly featuring alumni, project leaders and other students who help the CSF make a difference on campus. Today's spotlight is on Jordan Hoy, who is project lead for the UW Tower urban garden demonstration.

UW Graduation Year: 2017
Major: B.A Environmental Studies
Hometown: Seattle, WA
Favorite UW Class: ENVIR 240, The Urban Farm
CSF ProjectGreen Square: UW Tower Urban Garden Demonstration...

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Category: Gardens & Farms | Campus Sustainability Fund
Tags: Jordan Hoy | CSF spotlight

Freshmen and sophomores with a passion for conservation and environmental justice are encouraged to apply for the Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program at the University of Washington (DDCSP@UW).

DDCSP@UW is a paid, multi-summer, undergraduate experiential learning program that explores conservation across climate, water, food and ecosystems of the Pacific Northwest. Students will participate in eight-week summer...

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Category: Academics
Tags: Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program

Hello! My name is Danielle Carrasquero and I am excited to be the new program assistant for UW Sustainability! My role in this position is to support the programs and events within the office, as well as assist with various campus sustainability activities and support office communication with university staff, students and faculty members. 

Currently, I am a second year student at UW. While I am still exploring what I am going to study, I have interests in working with youth, communications, and exploring social inequities. 

Prior to this position, I served as an...

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The Campus Sustainability Fund (CSF) will be regularly featuring alumni, project leaders and other students who help the CSF make a difference on campus. Today's spotlight is on Gunnar Colleen, who is project lead for the ASUW Student Food Cooperative Bulk Buying Storefront.

UW Graduation Year: 2017
Major: Public Health
Hometowns: Seattle, WA and Vienna, Austria
Favorite UW Class: CHID 480: Life in Excess: Waste, Want and the Politics of Surplus
CSF Project: ...

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Category: Food | Campus Sustainability Fund
Tags: CSF spotlight | ASUW Student Food Coop | Gunnar Colleen