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Bioengineering Main Office
Foege N107, office of ~23 people
Innovations:
  • We obtain boxes from records management to store what paper records we have. We obtain campus mailing envelopes from other offices. We obtain office supplies from Surplus, records management and purchasing, as well as other offices that generate a lot. We

Center for Demography and Ecology
Raitt Hall, office of ~18 people

Center for Urban Waters
Center for Urban Waters in Tacoma, office of ~20 people
Certified for 3 years
Innovations:
  • Maintain a living green roof
  • Buildling recycles rainwater, which prevents stormwater runoff and uses this water and lab waste water to flush toilets
  • Uses geothermic heating solutions to avoid using energy to heat and cool building, heating and cooling is all done geothermically

College of the Environment Dean's Office
Ocean Sciences Building and Ocean Research Building, office of ~40 people
Certified for 2 years
Innovations:
  • Recycle plastic bottle caps
  • Use one poster for recurring events with an editable area for specific event details
  • Developed a best practices guide for field research
  • Developed a sustainability best practices guide for new employees
  • Order vegetarian-only catering for events and lunches

Creative Communications
Publication Services Building, office of ~74 people
Certified for 2 years
Innovations:
  • Recycle wood and metal

Department of Applied Mathematics
Lewis Hall, office of ~80 people
Innovations:
  • - Departmental umbrella sharing program to encourage walking to meetings
  • - Eliminated storage servers and use shared Dropbox for department cloud storage
  • - Reusable utensils and table cloths

Department of Psychosocial & Community Health
Health Sciences T-Wing, office of ~46 people
Certified for 2 years
Innovations:
  • Recycle text books, bubble wrap, and one side clean printed paper
  • Installed MondoPads in conference rooms for clinical conferences instead of having students drive in
  • Shared workspaces for part time and emeritus faculty
  • Maintain a green bulletin board with current relevant conservation topics
  • Encourage reusable water bottles
  • Printer is set to default double-sided printing
  • Paper towel composting in restrooms

Emergency Management
UW Tower, office of ~6 people
Certified for 2 years
Innovations:
  • Participate in the Purified Water Club
  • Use biodegradable toilet liners for emergency equipment
  • Laminate permanent forms to reduce printing
  • Use energy efficient batteries in radios

Emergency Management
UW Tower, office of ~6 people
Certified for 3 years
Innovations:
  • Participate in the Purified Water Club
  • Use biodegradable toilet liners for emergency equipment
  • Laminate permanent forms to reduce printing
  • Environmentally-friendly, energy-efficient, rechargeable batteries in radios
  • Replaced vacuum with manual floor sweeper to save energy
  • Sterilize CPR masks with baby bottle steamer to reuse them

Facilities Employee Services
Facilities Services Administration Building, office of ~16 people

Finance & Facilities (F2) Administration and Controller's Office
Gerberding Hall, office of ~17 people
Certified for 2 years
Innovations:
  • Worked with Financial Management & Strategy Management recognition teams to purchase and use sustainable supplies at all recognition events, including providing a compost container
  • Several staff members regularly volunteer for the UW Trash-In, Earth Day, and Sustainability Summit events
  • Encourage members to donate regularly to Husky Green Fund
  • Most staff members attend environmental events throughout the year

Grounds Management
Plant Operations Annex 4, office of ~35 people
Certified for 4 years
Innovations:
  • Community vegetable garden around office location
  • Maintain a stock of reusable kitchen storage-ware and serving-ware for potlucks to avoid creating waste
  • Scheduled work with ride sharing and carpooling in mind to reduce multiple trips to/from the shop
  • Some office supplies are brought from home when excess supplies at home are present
  • Reuse educational materials at events, such as Earth Day and the Sustainability Summit, and do not give away paper
  • Collaborative campus ward waste composting program with UW Recycling & Office of Heavy Equipment
  • Gardeners regularly transport desirable plants between beds instead of buying additional plants
  • Grounds Management staff provides free plants for the public at the annual Sustainability Summit

Health Sciences Maintenance
Health Sciences D-wing, office of ~50 people
Certified for 2 years
Innovations:
  • Use sand instead of de-icer
  • Recycle all recalimed metal
  • Scan and email rather than print and mail
  • Maintain electronic files rather than paper files
  • Do not keep duplicate files

Housing & Food Services Facilities Office
Stevens Court, office of ~11 people
Certified for 2 years
Innovations:
  • Office supply sharing program, between multiple offices
  • Work with vendors to reduce packaging, such as bubble wrap, in their orders
  • Utilizing Sharepoint to digitalize documents, for sharing and to reduce future paper waste
  • Purchase only 100% recycled, TCP free toilet paper
  • All departmental RFP's request vendors to respond to our sustainability clause
  • Maintain a stock of reusable bags for office members
  • Share meeting spaces with other units in their building
  • Reuse one-sided paper to make notepads
  • Initiated a monthly Green-Bag Series for HFS
  • Properly maintain tire pressure in vehicles for better gas mileage

Housing & Food Services Leadership & Programming Office
McCarty Hall, office of ~10 people

Libraries Purchasing & Supply Office
Suzzallo Library, office of ~3 people
Certified for 2 years
Innovations:
  • Manage a large surplus stock
  • Completely paperless office

Office of News and Information
Gerberding Hall, office of ~9 people
Innovations:
  • Saves rubberbands from mail and newspapers to give back to carriers for reuse.
  • Every staff member brings in a reusable water bottle.
  • Has a drinking fountain in the office with a water bottle spout.

Office of Research
Gerberding Hall, office of ~20 people
Innovations:
  • Composts paper towels in restrooms and kitchen
  • Promotes environmentally-focused charities for Combined Fund Drive
  • Switched from paper to electronic versions of reports to campus

Poplar Residential Life Office
Poplar Hall, office of ~31 people
Certified for 2 years
Innovations:
  • Participating in the Campus Conservation Nationals energy & water saving competition
  • Our suite and building is equipped with metering and a Lucid dashboard that provides us a real time look at energy and water use
  • Our office is responsible for the sustainability education of UW residence hall students
  • Advise the student group SEED, which holds meetings in our office suite and engages students and staff in sustainability conversations/efforts

Procurement Services
Roosevelt Commons, office of ~65 people
Certified for 2 years
Innovations:
  • Pen recycling
  • Eliminated paper purchase order files

Research and Student Accounting
Roosevelt Commons West, office of ~75 people

Southwest Maintenance Zone office
Southwest Maintenance Building, office of ~20 people
Certified for 3 years
Innovations:
  • Kept materials out of the waste stream and saved money by fabricating a reception desk, shelving, and cabinets from old furniture for their office
  • Encourage staff to walk to repair jobs that are in nearby buildings
  • Provide staff with shared bicycles to get to meetings
  • Use and continue to use Surplus and recycled items to furnish building
  • Recycle cell phones for military use

UW Recycling
Bryants Building, office of ~14 people
Certified for 4 years
Innovations:
  • Installed Solar Kiosks on campus grounds for outdoor compost collection (Red Square & HUB)
  • Created a campaign called "It's Not Just Cans & Bottles Anymore: Mixed Containers Recycling"
  • Begin recycling hard plastics on campus
  • Standardized the installation of common area compost collection with the installation of MiniMax bins
  • Quarterly and Annual Reports are now electronic
  • Implementing a mini-max program on campus to minimize waste and maximize recycling
  • Created an e.Media recycling program for the UW campus
  • Maintain a Styrofoam block and packing peanut recycling program for campus
  • Create a compost program for the UW campus
  • Host a Trash-In event to educate the UW community about our waste stream
  • Provides yard space to the Garbology project

UW Sustainability
Gerberding Hall, office of ~8 people
Certified for 2 years
Innovations:
  • Avoid using overhead lights, and opt to use task lights and natural daylight instead
  • Obtained sustainably manufactured furniture when our office relocated, and purchased furniture made with high percentages of recycled material

SILVER

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Biobehavioral Nursing & Health Systems
Health Sciences, office of ~80 people
Certified for 2 years
Innovations:
  • Partnered with a High School to send them printed header paper, for reuse in flyers and other projects
  • Sent out a list of low-light plants that are well suited for offices

Building Services
Northlake Building, office of ~9 people
Innovations:
  • Uses timers in bathrooms
  • Composts paper towels

Burke Museum
Burke Memorial Museum, office of ~100 people
Certified for 3 years
Innovations:
  • Hosted a free seminar open to the public on climate change
  • Worked with UW Recycling and UW Custodial Services to add 3 new compost bins, 1 for each floor
  • Use reusable towels for cleaning

CAS Shared Services
Communications Building, office of ~5 people
Innovations:
  • Encourages paperless business processes among all of its client units

Center for Integrated Design
Bullitt Center, office of ~10 people
Innovations:
  • Uses LED bulbs in task lamps
  • Monitors building energy performance each month

Center for Teaching and Learning
Gerberding Hall, office of ~20 people

Department of Architecture
Gould Hall, office of ~6 people

Department of History
Smith Hall, office of ~2 people

Educational Outreach
UW Tower, office of ~200 people
Certified for 2 years
Innovations:
  • Recycle plastic caps, CDs & tapes, and send eyeglasses as donations to the Lion's club
  • Maintain a Patio Demonstration Garden
  • Host a Green Fair each year to introduce Green vendors to the UW Tower employees
  • Have a transportation alternatives committee working with UW & the city of Seattle to improve biking & walking options for employees
  • Developed and offer a compost training program available for all UW Tower offices
  • Arranged a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) delivery to the UW Tower for employees to participate in and have fresh and local produce delivered to their workplace

Evans School of Public Affairs
Parrington Hall, office of ~87 people
Certified for 3 years
Innovations:
  • Purchase Plus 80 efficient computers
  • Created a display in their building that talks about sustainability and how they conserve/recycle at Evans and the UW
  • Analyze computer energy usage and base future purchases on maximum energy efficiency

Family and Child Nursing
Health Science Building T-Wing, office of ~63 people
Certified for 2 years
Innovations:
  • Advises other departments in the School of Nursing on implementing sustainability efforts
  • Stopped copying grants and refer to SAGE for reference, eliminating need to print and obtain office supplies
  • Electronically centralized HR documents, eliminating all paper copies
  • Scan and email documents instead of sending paper copies

First Year Programs
Mary Gates Hall, office of ~17 people
Innovations:
  • Use reusable towels for cleaning
  • Provide glassware to guests during meetings for water
  • Reuse publications for up to 2-3 years to save on printing

HFS Central Office
Terry Hall, office of ~120 people
Innovations:
  • Some staff participate in UW Farm CSA
  • Some staff participate in UW Ride in the Rain and Bike to Work Day

HSAS&F Visual Design & Production
Health Sciences, office of ~10 people
Innovations:
  • Transitioning to posters made of Falconboard as an alternative to Foamcore

McCarty Residential Life Office
McCarty Hall, office of ~17 people
Innovations:
  • When old posters are taken down to recycle them, they re-use the blue tape to hang other posters
  • Require Resident Advisers to incorporate a sustainability practice into each program
  • They teach students what to do with their waste after food programs
  • Make compost bins available for resident rooms to request bins, and provide compost education to those residents

Molecular Engineering & Sciences Administrative Office
Molecular Engineering & Sciences, office of ~8 people
Certified for 3 years
Innovations:
  • Green roof
  • CSA subscription for the department
  • Serving as pilot facility for study of workplace plug load usage

Odegaard Undergraduate Library
Odegaard Library, office of ~193 people
Innovations:
  • Saves napkins, compostware, cups, stirrers, and creamers from catered events for later use
  • Hires many student staff through a paperless system
  • Its Video Studio supports meetings & interviews without the need for travel
  • Re-carpeted 1st & 2nd floors with carpet tiles that are made from recycled materials, recyclable, and free of PVC, phthalates, or PBD

Office of the President
Gerberding Hall, office of ~14 people
Certified for 3 years
Innovations:
  • Utilize Skype for interviews instead of flying candidates to campus
  • Organize office-wide events and attend conferences to learn about sustainability

Planning and Management
Gerberding Hall, office of ~25 people
Innovations:
  • Creates air flow without A/C

Program on the Environment
John M. Wallace Hall, office of ~16 people
Certified for 2 years
Innovations:
  • CSA memberships

Recreational Sports Programs
Intramural Activities Building, office of ~41 people
Certified for 3 years
Innovations:
  • Recycle bottle caps
  • Solar panels on their roof
  • Transitioned to paperless timesheets
  • Archery targets made of all recycled materials
  • New turf field does not require watering or fertilizer
  • Climbing center lights changed to reduce energy 20%

School of Marine & Environmental Affairs
Marine Studies Building, office of ~5 people
Certified for 3 years

Small Projects Delivery Team
UFB Annex 2, office of ~10 people

Student Fiscal Services
Schmitz Hall, office of ~24 people
Certified for 3 years
Innovations:
  • Created a "greendex" for their office
  • Provide training to office members on printing options, especially using .pdf writer
  • Created online reports instead of paper reports, and worked with UWIT to suppress reports that printed automatically
  • Developed Green Meeting guidelines
  • Tracked a drastic reduction in the amount of paper purchased in their office (from 30 reams per quarter to 8 reams per quarter)
  • Replaced battery-powered flashlights with hand-pump generator flashlights in emergency kits
  • Upgraded all desktop computers to more energy-efficient models

Terry Residential Life Office
Terry Hall, office of ~2 people

Utilities and Heavy Equipment
Plant Services, office of ~11 people
Certified for 2 years
Innovations:
  • Recycle concrete and asphalt
  • Reuse and recycle pallets and other wood
  • Reuse dirt and soil from construction sites where possible
  • Collaboratively developing an on campus yard waste composting program with Grounds Management

UW Tacoma Education Program
WCG 324, UW Tacoma, office of ~5 people

UW-IT
UW Tower C-3, office of ~66 people
Innovations:
  • Participate in the Patio Garden program at the UW Tower

BRONZE

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2104 House and Hansee Hall Residence Life Office
Hansee Hall, office of ~9 people

Academic Human Resources / International Scholars Operations
Gerberding Hall , office of ~19 people

Administrative Business Center
1000 NE 45th St., office of ~20 people

Capital Planning & Development, Special Capital Projects
Guggenheim Annex, office of ~22 people

Cedar Residential Life Office
Cedar Apartments, office of ~9 people
Certified for 2 years
Innovations:
  • Their suite/building is equipped with utility metering and a Lucid dashboard that provides us a real time look at energy and water use
  • Participation in the Campus Conservation Nationals energy & water saving competition

Center for Experiential Learning and Diversity
Mary Gates Hall, office of ~35 people
Innovations:
  • Staff members share locally produced foods in their kitchen, such as raw local honey, and locally harvested mushrooms

College of Arts and Sciences Dean's Office
Communications Building, office of ~80 people

Community, Environment, & Planning
Gould Hall, office of ~2 people
Innovations:
  • Reuse Egg Cartons for student activities
  • Encourage students to bike, bus, and ferry travel to Off-Campus Retreats
  • Utilize compostable serviceware during events
  • Purchase locally for outreach products
  • Innovative outreach with mud "Seed Bombs"

Conference Services
Haggett Hall, office of ~11 people
Innovations:
  • Online checklists to keep employees on task

Department of Scandinavian Studies
Raitt Hall, office of ~27 people
Certified for 2 years

Disability Resources for Students
Mary Gates Hall, office of ~8 people

Libraries Financial Services
Suzzallo Library, office of ~5 people
Innovations:
  • Keep a low supply of inventory, in order to only use what is needed
  • Encourage reduced paper use by example
  • Only accept electronic documents, direct staff to scanners located in the building if needed

Mercer Residential Life Office East
Mercer A415, office of ~2 people

Office of Global Affairs
Gerberding Hall, office of ~11 people

Professional and Organizational Development
Roosevelt Commons West, office of ~11 people

Suzzallo and Allen Libraries
Suzzallo/Allen Libraries, office of ~350 people
Innovations:
  • Have CSA membership/drop-off site
  • Installed water bottle filling stations
  • Employees share space throughout the day