UW joins investor networks to combat climate change

April 4, 2016

The University of Washington recently joined two membership organizations focused on climate change and carbon reduction.  The UW is now a signatory to CDP (formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project) and a member of CERES' Investor Network on Climate Risk.

These memberships are part of the UW Treasury Office&'s Global Climate Change Initiatives, approved by the Board of Regents in November 2013. Treasury's Climate Change Initiatives include an initiative to explore opportunities for shareholder advocacy on climate change.

UW engineers help develop cleaner cookstove

Feb. 24, 2016

A efficient, clean-burning cookstove developed by the non-profit BURN Design Lab - collaborating with UW mechanical engineers - can reduce the amount of fuel needed by 55 percent while also cutting down on particulate pollution.

Such a stove can make a big difference for much of the world. Smoke from open cooking fires and stoves causes millions of deaths and illnesses, and gathering wood and other fuel can expose vulnerable populations to dangerous risks.

UW report details how climate change will hit Puget Sound

Nov. 17, 2015

The University of Washington's Climate Impacts Group has released a report summarizing research on the likely effects of climate change in the Puget Sound region.

State of Knowledge: Climate Change in Puget Sound provides a picture of what our region can expect in the next few decades and how best to plan for the effects of a warmer climate. Changes such as more frequent floods, less snow, more acidic oceans, sea-level rise and salmon struggling to cope with warmer rivers are all detailed in the report.

UW to divest from coal companies

May 14, 2015

The University of Washington Board of Regents voted to remove any investment in coal companies by the university's endowment funds.

The decision comes after years of work by the student group Divest UW, who have been advocating for divestment from fossil fuel companies. The group sent a petition to then-UW President Michael K. Young in December 2012, and have been talking with the Board of Regents and other UW groups since. Divest UW made a presentation to the Board of Regents this March to support divestment from coal companies.