The first week of RecycleMania is completed, and the results are in. After one week, UW Seattle is in 21st place among all 115 schools in the competition, with UW Bothell one spot behind. 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. 

The UW is easily leading the charge among competing Pac-12 schools, well ahead of Stanford and Washington State. See the results...

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

UW Sustainability has launched a Sustainability in the Arts initiative this quarter!  The goal is to look at how sustainability can be addressed both behind the scenes in different arts departments, venues, materials etc. as well as how themes of sustainability can be used as content in artworks. The initiative is still in its brainstorming phase and a lot of its outcome will be determined by input from students, faculty, and staff.

The survey below is to gain a sense of interest in a Sustainability in the Arts initiative and what people would...

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Tags: Sustainability in the Arts

National Collegiate Recycling Competition Returns to UW’s Seattle Campus

For the fifth year, the University of Washington is competing in RecycleMania — 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. The UW will take on nationwide universities including Pac-12 rivals Arizona State University, Stanford, University of California Berkeley, University of Oregon and Washington State University.

Under the guidance of EcoReps and...

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

This week, sustainability events around the University of Washington include talks on green business, food equity, impacts of the changing climate on fisheries and indigenous archaeologies - and that's just on Thursday! Other events include the year's first volunteer hours at the UW Farm, student group meetings, RecycleMania and more! Check out some of the highlights below, and visit our Sustainability Events calendar for the full list. 

Monday, February 13

This week's Wildlife Seminar lecture is on the topic...

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Category: Events
Tags: Weekly Events

As a freshman living on West Campus, when Nola Peshkin stopped by District Market to pick up food or other items she was often surprised by the behavior of her fellow shoppers.

"Growing up my family was really adamant about always bringing reusable bags to the grocery store, but when I came to UW I was just really surprised and disappointed in the number of people who would use paper bags when it didn't seem necessary," Peshkin said.

As this year's executive director of Students Expressing Environmental Dedication (SEED), Peshkin wanted to find a way to encourage shoppers to...

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Category: Recycling, Compost & Waste | Residence Halls | Student Organizations
Tags: SEED | reuse | District Market | HFS

Are you passionate about sustainability and the environment? The UW sustainability office is looking for a new Green Certifications student intern.

The position will work with our Green Certifications specialist to help expand the reach of Green Certifications at UW, including the Green Laboratory and Green Office certifications. The UW Green Certification program recognizes offices and labs that help decrease UW’s environmental impact, and provides resources to offices and...

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Category: Green Certifications
Tags: Internships

On January 24th the Sustainability in the Arts initiative officially kicked off - thank you to the engaged students and faculty who showed up!

We brainstormed different aspects of sustainability both in behind the scenes operations and in creative content, as well as some of the challenges that artists face when trying to make environmental art. 

The group find that there were many opportunities to address sustainability behind the scenes, such as: mailing, energy use at venues, local food, waste, programs, parking/transportation, sustainability funds, lighting, compostable...

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The Washington State Recycling Association has student scholarships to their annual conference available to undergraduate and graduate students in Washington. This is an opportunity for students to network with leading industry professionals, expand their knowledge of recycling and waste reduction, and prepare themselves for a career in a rewarding and innovative field.  

This year's WSRA conference will be held May 7-10, 2017 in Pasco, Wash. To apply, go to the...

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Category: Recycling, Compost & Waste
Tags: WSRA | scholarships

The UW Farm is looking for three undergraduate students to work through the 2017 growing season. These internship positions will work with the UW Farm on field preparation and crop production, as well as outreach and teaching.

Students are expected to work 10 hours a week in the Spring and Fall quarter and 30 hours a week throughout the summer, and will be paid $15/hour. The internships start on March 27 and end Dec. 8. To apply, submit a resume and cover letter to Sarah Geurkink at by Tuesday, January 31.

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Category: Gardens & Farms
Tags: UW Farm | Internships

This summer, UW Study Abroad and the College of Engineering are offering a study abroad program that stays close to home.

"Sustainable Water in a Wet Region" is a field study course that looks at many aspects of water - water resource, drinking water, and wastewater - and takes students to locations on the Olympic Peninsula. The course focuses on environmental implications of climate change predictions for temperate rain forest and wet forest regions, using the Pacific...

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Category: Water
Tags: Civil & Environmental Engineering | Study Abroad