By Celia Gurney

My alarm goes off at 7:30 a.m. I hit snooze and roll over, eager to return to an exciting dream about IHOP. But just as I’m about to order a side of pancakes with my Smokehouse Combo, I remember something that jerks me awake. I sit bolt upright. There’s no time to waste. I’m about to start another day of work as a consultant for the Green Laboratory Program.

Okay, so I do have a few minutes to waste. I don’t have to be in the office until 8:...

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Category: Green Certifications
Tags: Green Labs

In January 2015, UW CoMotion (formerly Center for Commercialization) hosted a panel innovation leaders to discuss UW's role in regional innovation, entrepreneurship, and growth.

Panelists included Chris DeVore: Co-founder and Managing Partner at Founders’ Co-op and Managing Director of Techstars Seattle, Babak Parviz: Vice President at Amazon, Shwetak Patel: Washington Research Foundation Entrepreneurship Endowed Professor in Computer Science & Engineering and Electrical Engineering at the University of Washington, Arthur Rubinfeld:...

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Category: Academics | Climate Change | Energy | Environment | Environmental Health | Events | Fisheries | Food | Healthcare | Research | Technology | Transportation | Water
Tags: CoMotion | Boundless Innovation | Starbucks | Amazon | Microsoft | Madrona Venture Group | Techstars | Shwetak Patel | Babak Parviz | Sean Notes

Here are some highlights from our Sustainability Events calendar for the week of Jan. 26, 2015. If you know of any events which should be added, let us know.

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Category: Events

Image credit: UW Daily/Lindsey Yamada

UW Daily reporter Mohammed Kloub covered the 2015 UW Winter Powwow in his article The power of the powwow. Sponsored by the UW American Indian Student Commission (AISC), the UW Winter Powwow is an intertribal and intergenerational event that celebrates people and place allowing students and cummunity members from many tribes to keep culture and traditions alive for current and future generations. 


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Category: Events
Tags: AISC | Cultural Sustainability | Social Sustainabiliy | Diversity | 2014 Focus: Diversity | FNUW | First Nations | Indigenous | Native American | Sean Notes

V'Ella Warren, Senior Vice President of UW Finance & Facilities and Board of Regents Treasurer, was recently nominated in the Sustainability Hero category for the 2015 Sustainable Seattle Leadership Awards. Warren has been a champion, advocate, and sponsor of social responsbility cross campus for many years.

A few of Warren's key accomplishments include establishing the Lean in Finance & Facilities initiative, the...

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Category: Awards & Recognition | Events
Tags: V'Ella Warren | Sustainable Seattle | Awards | Sean Notes

Did you know there are more than seven miles of tunnels running under the UW campus? The tunnels are used to deliver steam and chilled water from the UW power plant to buildings across the university, providing heating and cooling throughout the year.

The power plant switched from coal to natural gas in 1988 and has several features in place to maximize efficiency and conserve resources while providing steam heat, emergency power and chilled water air conditioning....

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Category: Buildings & Grounds | Energy
Tags: UW Power Plant | Videos

Even in winter, there are plenty of good hikes which are easy to get to from Seattle and are usually snow free. If you're looking for suggestions, the Seattle Times features 10 local trails to try this winter picked by the Trail Mix hiking club.

For example:

South Tiger Mountain

This hike is better in winter than in summer and offers views of Seattle, the Olympics and the Cascades. There’s not much hiker traffic. We do it as a loop, which makes it...

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Tags: #outdoordawgs | Seattle Times | hikes

Interested in getting out and working in the dirt this weekend? You're in luck! Saturday and Sunday there are ways for you to get out and help with campus efforts.

On Saturday, the UW Farm is having a work party at their Center for Urban Horticulture site, and just a stone's throw away the Yesler Swamp Project is also going to be working on restoration of the swamp area. Both events start at 10 a.m. For details see these links:

UW Farm

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Category: Events
Tags: UW Farm | Yesler Swamp | Society for Ecological Restoration | Whitman Walk

Here are some highlights from our Sustainability Events calendar for the week of Jan. 19, 2015. If you know of any events which should be added, let us know.

Category: Events

Want to know how UW Athletics is working toward sustainability? For the long weekend, here's a video of the Husky Highlight keynote address during the SustainableUW Festival detailing the sustainability efforts of the athletic department. Karen Baebler, assistant athletic director for sport operations, takes us through some of the green features of the new Husky Stadium and other facilities, discusses why these actions are important to UW Athletics and brings in a few special guests.


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Category: Athletics | Events
Tags: SustainableUW Festival | Videos | Sustainability Summit