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The Washington & Oregon Higher Education Sustainability Conference (WOHESC) will be March 2-4, 2020, at the University of Oregon. Submissions are now being accepted for speaker, session and case study proposals. The deadline is October 11.

See the full details below or on the WOHESC site.

Submit proposals here


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pile of discarded food

This Spring, UW Recycling staff guest-taught students in the Nutritional Sciences 302 Food Systems class - led by faculty member Yona Sipos - regarding the composting process and how to sort compostable materials on campus. The students were then given an assignment to think about ways the University of Washington could reduce food waste. 

We've included a selection of the student thoughts below:

Category: Food | Recycling, Compost & Waste
Tags: UW Recycling | food waste | students
Football sustainability volunteers

You can help Husky Athletics make a difference! UW Athletics is looking for volunteers to help reach our Zero Waste goal in Husky Stadium this Fall. Everyone is encouraged to sign up, and groups are welcome. 

Volunteers are especially needed for the early-season games, starting with August 31 against Eastern Washington.

Volunteers will engage with fans before and during the game to encourage sustainable practices around the stadium and tailgate areas. This could include helping fans correctly recycle and...

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Category: Athletics
Tags: football | volunteer
File cabinets, chairs and paper

For many workplaces across the University of Washington, summer can be a time to tidy up offices and get rid of unused equipment, or even move spaces. Cleaning up or moving out of an office is not an easy task. Not sure where to start? UW Recycling has some general guidelines to follow to get rid of your unwanted items.

First: use UW Surplus

UW Surplus takes unwanted items, resells what they can and recycle most of the things that cannot be sold. If your unwanted item was purchased with University funds, regardless of condition, it must be transferred to...

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Category: Recycling, Compost & Waste
Tags: UW Recycling | UW Surplus
throwing plastic clamshell in recycle bin

So much of the material we handle on a daily basis is made of plastic. Let’s delve into some common questions about the puzzling predicament of perplexing plastic packaging products! You can also learn more at the Sustainability Film Series at the UW Tower Auditorium on Thursday, July 11. Watch the short films "Plastic Bag" and "The Plastic Problem," followed by a discussion with UW Recycling' Liz Gignilliat and Holly...

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Category: Recycling, Compost & Waste
Tags: UW Recycling | Plastic

UW Sustainability has an opening for a part-time Green Certification Coordinator. This is a 12-19 hour per week position for an enrolled UW student, starting Fall 2019. Full details below. To apply, go to Handshake and search for position 2786073.

Job Description

The University of Washington's Green Certification Programs seek to reduce the University's environmental impact by inspiring and supporting sustainable efforts by students, faculty, and...

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UW Sustainability has an opening for a part-time Student Program Assistant, starting at the end of June. This student will report to the Director and work closely with the UW Sustainability team to support the office.

Full details below. To apply, go to Handshake and search for position 2795870.

Job Description

At the University of Washington, diversity is integral to excellence. UW Sustainability values and honors diverse experiences and perspectives, while striving to create welcoming and...

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UW Recycling staff picking up SCRAM donations

Students who are getting ready to move out of residence halls or U District housing often have extra items as they pack up. UW Recycling makes it easy to keep those items out of the trash and ensure they go to someone who needs them.

If you live in a residence hall, you'll find a SCRAM (Student Cleanup, Recycle and Moveout) donation station in your building from Monday, June 10 through Saturday, June 15. These stations include areas where you can drop off clothing, food, toiletries and other items. All donations will be sorted and provided to community partners...

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Category: Events | Recycling, Compost & Waste | Residence Halls
Tags: UW Recycling | SCRAM | Husky Neighborhood Cleanup
Green Certification programs

UW Sustainability is pleased to introduce a new and improved Green Office Program and Green Lab Certification! We've updated both programs to reflect feedback we've received from participants over the past few years, as well as changes to UW policies. Some improvements you'll notice are:

  • A more targeted, streamlined application.
  • More opportunities to gain points for personal sustainable behavior.
  • Updated, more user-friendly Green Office and Green Lab Resources pages.
  • More links to resources for your office and/or lab.
  • New Green Lab questions...
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Category: Green Certifications
Tags: Green Labs | Green Office
Environmental Innovation Practicum flyer

Students can work on creating innovative solutions to environmental problems as part of the Environmental Innovation Practicum offered by the Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship. The goal of the practicum is to help students discover how cleantech solutions are addressing pressing environmental issues, and learn how they can be part of those solutions.

Learn how ideas are developed by cross-discipline teams, learn from leading thinkers on renewable energy, efficient...

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Category: Academics
Tags: Environmental Innovation Challenge | Sustainability Courses