Students get hands-on experience with solar power

Civil and Environmental Engineering students got hands-on experience with energy conservation and renewable energy this winter.

A class taught by assistant professor Amy Kim used a small solar-power installation on More Hall to power everyday office equipment, such as a computer and table lamp. The course looks at developing sustainability strategies for buildings which promote the health and wellness of the occupants.

Happening this week: Feb 19-25

It’s an action-packed week with an Environmental Career Fair, a documentary screening on diversity in the outdoors, and a work party at the Yesler Swamp! If you haven't already, check out our full sustainabilty events calendar, which lists tons of lectures, student organization meetings, volunteer opportunities and more events all across the UW. We've listed a few of the top options this week below, and you can always check out our calendar for a comprehensive listing of events.

Finding new perspectives through Partners in the Parks

In the dead heat of summer, Natalie Pearlman, a UW senior studying molecular biology, found herself standing along the Missouri River surrounded by buffalo and fireflies. She watched as the sun slowly dipped below the wildflowers and distant rolling hills, the deep pink sunburn and itchy bug bites that covered her body quickly fading from her mind. Sitting beside her were five other college students and two professors who were all from various universities across the U.S.

Fall seminar: Exploring Sustainability at UW

UW Sustainability offers a quarterly undergraduate seminar series through First Year Programs that gives students the opportunity to explore sustainability at UW and beyond. The fall quarter seminar explores sustainability efforts across UW and resources on campus such as the UW Sustainability campus map, UW Recycling programs, and the student-administered Campus Sustainability Fund (CSF).

The one-credit course is listed as GEN ST 297-V and meets Fridays at 2:30 p.m.

EarthGames fall studio course

There is still space available to register for a studio course which gives you a chance to work on creating video games about earth science. 

EarthGames is a community of researchers, game developers and students who share a passion for games and the environment. They adapt the latest scientific research to develop amazing video and board games to teach and inspire players about the natural world and our role within it. This fall, you can help and earn credit through ATMS 495, a studio course open to all majors. The course meets Mondays at 1:30-3:20 p.m.

Earn credit as a Green Greek Representative

Students who are in the UW Greek system and have an interest in Environmental Leadership or Sustainability Consulting can earn course credit through the Green Greeks Representative program and Environmental Studies this fall.

For the first time, this year Green Greek Representative program is an accredited 1-2 credit course. Students will represent their chapter and work on environmental projects while gaining leadership experience and learning about sustainability solutions.

New graduate course this fall: "Sustainable and healthy building in global context"

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.