By Karina Mazhukhina | Apr 15, 2016

Kathryn Jansen is the UW Department of Surgery’s medical student program operations specialist. After noticing that the department didn’t have compost and recycling bins readily available, Jansen made it a priority to add several to the department’s break and conference rooms.

“We produce a ton of coffee grounds and filters, along with other food waste, while trying to keep our staff and residents caffeinated all day and night,” said Jansen. “I would see the garbage bin overflowing with items that could be composted.”

The Department of Surgery is the second largest department in the UW School of Medicine, with over 150 workers. With the addition of new composting and recycling bins, workers no longer are throwing away everything in the trash.

“Every person can make a difference,” said Jansen. “Start small and by the time you know it you will be making a huge impact.”

The Husky Green Awards recognize the top environmental leaders at the University of Washington. Individuals or groups from all UW campuses are nominated by faculty, staff and students. We'll be featuring many of the 2016 nominees on the blog this month. The winners will be announced on April 18, with an award ceremony during the April 22 Earth Day celebrations on Red Square.