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 Tobacco Action Group (TAG), UW American Lung Association (ALA), and Students Expressing Environmental Dedication (SEED) are hosting Huskies Kick Butts, a campus-wide cigarette butt cleanup that will raise awareness of the tobacco industry's impact on climate change and the need for UW to adopt a tobacco-free campus policy.
Reducing water usage for a building the size of the UW Tower is no easy task. It took the Tower's operations staff nearly a year to replace every toilet and urinal in the tower with new, low-flush units, but it was well worth it. The project is estimated to save up to 37 million gallons of water over the next 15 years.
Update 4/18: The Salvage Wood Program was named one of the seven 2016 Husky Green Award winners.
The Salvage Wood Program at the University of Washington is working to make sure any trees which need to be removed on campus can have a second life.
The program, run by Grounds Management and made possible by a Campus Sustainability Fund grant and help from the UW chapter of Engineers Without Borders, turns those removed trees into lumber for projects on campus such as benches and tables.
The UW Investment Management Co. (UWINCO), which manages the UW's $4 billion endowment, operating and life income funds, is looking for a student research analyst who will conduct research on environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG) related issues for UWINCO. This is a unique opportunity for an intellectually curious and quantitatively minded individual interested in the intersection of social responsibility and investments.
Have you been to the Quad to see the beautiful cherry trees? If not, now is the time to go because the blossoms are in full bloom and are incredibly beautiful right now - but they won't be around long in their colorful glory.
The iconic trees on the Quad are the Yoshino variety native to japan. The trees debuted at UW in 1939, though they were initially planted in the arboretum, not on the Quad. The trees were relocated to the quad when construction began on highway 520. Good news, every single tree that was relocated survived!
Members of the UW Sustainability team (and Sqwatch!) will be out on campus to answer all your sustainability questions. Find us to talk about sustainability on campus, discover volunteer opportunities, find an environmental student group that's right for you, learn about the UW Sustainability office, and much more.
All month, members of our staff will be tabling on Thursday afternoons from 1-2 p.m. Here's where to find us:
The EcoReps are excited for another quarter working with a new team of Service Learners! We had our first meeting on Wednesday, January 13th where we had the opportunity to meet all of the new recruits. We have a handful of projects that we are working on this quarter, and we would like to highlight a couple of them:
EcoReps is continuing its Green Greek Representatives blog segment with Dylan Reynolds from the Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity, who discussed the new waste fines: