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The UW is recognized as a national leader for its deep commitment to sustainability on our campuses and in the community.

Looking forward to living on campus? Follow these tips to make move-in easier and reduce your waste.

Bring only what you need

Don’t let those MUST HAVE shopping lists distract you - only get the basics that you’ll need. Before you start shopping, think of all the things you use in your everyday life and will continue to use. Once you get to know your roommate(s) and your new lifestyle, then buy other necessities. It’s easier to scale up than scale...

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Rasheena FountainRasheena Fountain has recently joined our team as the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Coordinator for UW Sustainability and the Campus Sustainability Fund (CSF). Rasheena was born in Chicago but spent some of her childhood in Central Illinois. Her experience on the west side of Chicago and Central Illinois shapes her lens on the natural world and its inhabitants. In both settings, nature was constant, though she sees how systemic barriers affected how well more than humans and...

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Tags: Rasheena Fountain | Diversity
Global Renewables Infrastructure Development student group

Global Renewables Infrastructure Development (GRID) is an RSO that works on designing, optimizing, installing, monitoring and assessing the societal impacts of solar energy systems, with a specific focus on projects that advance equitable access to electricity. The group has an interdisciplinary mix of graduate and undergraduate students with backgrounds in engineering, natural sciences, social sciences and more.

GRID is currently looking for new members, and on Tuesday, May 25, at 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. will host a general...

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Category: Student Organizations
Tags: Global Renewables Infrastructure Development

 

UW Sustainability is looking for a student graphic design assistant starting in August 2021. This is a part-time position for a current student. The graphic design assistant will work closely with the UW Sustainability team to develop marketing communications materials that educate and engage the UW community regarding sustainability programs and initiatives. UW Sustainability is a central source for information and resources regarding sustainability practices and programs at the University of Washington. Our office promotes sustainability events...

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UW Records Management is working to make all the UW's records paperless by Feb. 2, 2022. As part of the "Fetch the Future – Rethink the Ink" initiative, Records Management is working to provide resources and tools to groups across the UW to make managing...

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Category: Paper Reduction

As part of this year's Earth Day events, UW Sustainability had a great time with our first ever "Pie in the face" event. What is this, you might ask? Well, we asked staff and faculty members to answer trivia questions asked by students. The penalty for a wrong answer was a pie in their face!

The event wasn’t just a fun, light-...

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Category: Events
Tags: Campus Food Pantry | Earth Day
Washington Higher Education Sustainability Coalition (WAHESC) logo

The Washington Higher Education Sustainability Coalition (WAHESC) is hosting "Sustainability at home" on May 12, 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. For many of us, this past year has meant our home has also served as our space for work or learning. How has this affected your personal sustainability actions? Hear from students and staff across the state of Washington about their personal sustainability actions, how the pandemic has impacted them, and what you can do to continue being a sustainability champion while "at home" or socially distanced!

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Category: Events
Tags: WAHESC
collage of compost related movies and book posters

With summer around the corner, many of us are excited to spend more time outside getting our hands dirty in the garden. To celebrate International Compost Awareness Week, the UW Recycling team has unearthed a list of movies and books to provide some inspiration. Each resource was hand-picked to teach the importance of soil health and giving back to the earth. 

If you’re interested in learning about the UW’s composting system, check out our short virtual waste tour of the UW or...

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Tags: UW Recycling
Washington & Oregon Higher Education Sustainability Conference 2022

The Washington & Oregon Higher Education Sustainability Conference (WOHESC) is now accepting proposals for the next conference, to be held March 2-4, 2022. The conference theme is "The Path Forward to an Equitable and Regenerative Economy." The conference program will look at fair, equitable and sustainable economies, and rebuilding with a clean, green careers-driven approach. With a broader goal for a sustainable future economically, environmentally and socially, we aim to examine what roles universities play in building and sustaining robust local economies and the complexity of “...

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Get Growing

Kick off Spring with a green thumb! From April 22-29, stop by the HUB's North Entrance to pick up planting materials you can use to build your own garden at home. Starter materials and instructions will be provided, but you will need to upcycle or resuse a few materials to give your plant a new home. 

For more information, email thehub@uw.edu or watch the video below.

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Category: Events | Gardens & Farms
Tags: The HUB | plants