By Karina Mazhukhina | Apr 16, 2016

Update 4/18: Aaron Tam was named one of the seven 2016 Husky Green Award winners.

UW student Aaron Tam is no stranger when it comes to environmental stewardship and advocacy. He is actively involved with several organizations on campus, including Carbon Washington, Earth Club, and UW Recycling.

As UW campus coordinator for Carbon Washington, Tam has led many community service projects in habitat restoration and petition gathering. He was also the only UW undergraduate student to collect over 1,400 signatures for the Carbon Washington initiative and was one of three speakers selected out of thousands to deliver a speech on climate action. This past February he also met with legislators in Olympia to discuss 732 Lobby Day, a pivotal moment for potentially reducing fossil fuels in the state of Washington.

Tam is also the UW Earth Club president. As president, he has been involved in plastic water bottle reduction on campus and developed environmental projects on climate action. Tam has also been the student outreach coordinator for the UW Recycling team since 2013. He is actively involved in raising awareness on how to properly recycle and compost on campus and has come up with new and innovative ways to motivate students to maintain the cleanliness at football games and sustainability events. He also collaborates with the UW Sustainability Office, campus environmental clubs and UW Recycling to setup large-scale projects, including football bluebag recycling outreach, Dawg Daze, RecycleMania, and Earth Day. 

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.