Did you know there are more than seven miles of tunnels running under the UW campus? The tunnels are used to deliver steam and chilled water from the UW power plant to buildings across the university, providing heating and cooling throughout the year.

The power plant switched from coal to natural gas in 1988 and has several features in place to maximize efficiency and conserve resources while providing steam heat, emergency power and chilled water air conditioning....

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Category: Buildings & Grounds | Energy
Tags: UW Power Plant | Videos

Even in winter, there are plenty of good hikes which are easy to get to from Seattle and are usually snow free. If you're looking for suggestions, the Seattle Times features 10 local trails to try this winter picked by the Trail Mix hiking club.

For example:

South Tiger Mountain

This hike is better in winter than in summer and offers views of Seattle, the Olympics and the Cascades. There’s not much hiker traffic. We do it as a loop, which makes it...

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Tags: #outdoordawgs | Seattle Times | hikes

Interested in getting out and working in the dirt this weekend? You're in luck! Saturday and Sunday there are ways for you to get out and help with campus efforts.

On Saturday, the UW Farm is having a work party at their Center for Urban Horticulture site, and just a stone's throw away the Yesler Swamp Project is also going to be working on restoration of the swamp area. Both events start at 10 a.m. For details see these links:

UW Farm
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Category: Events
Tags: UW Farm | Yesler Swamp | Society for Ecological Restoration | Whitman Walk

Here are some highlights from our Sustainability Events calendar for the week of Jan. 19, 2015. If you know of any events which should be added, let us know.

Category: Events

Want to know how UW Athletics is working toward sustainability? For the long weekend, here's a video of the Husky Highlight keynote address during the SustainableUW Festival detailing the sustainability efforts of the athletic department. Karen Baebler, assistant athletic director for sport operations, takes us through some of the green features of the new Husky Stadium and other facilities, discusses why these actions are important to UW Athletics and brings in a few special guests.

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Category: Athletics | Events
Tags: SustainableUW Festival | Videos | Sustainability Summit

There are several opportunities to study at the UW's Friday Harbor Labs on San Juan Island this spring and summer, but application deadlines are coming up fast.

The deadline to apply for spring courses is Jan. 25 and the summer course deadline is Feb. 1. For more information, see the Friday Harbor Labs' ...

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Category: Academics
Tags: Friday Harbor Labs | classes

The UW Department of Germanics presents their Winter quarter 2015 film series titled "Green German, Green Europe". The series features eight films in German with English Subtitles.

All films shown Thursdays at 6:30pm in Gould 322

Category: Academics | Energy | Environment | Environmental Health | Events | Food
Tags: Bees | Dust | Food | Germanics | Germany | Europe | Film Series | Permaculture | Solar | Waste Reduction | Plastic | Sean Notes

SAVE THE DATE!

Grand Opening Celebration of the University of Washington's Wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ (pronounced "wulth-lub-altkw" and translated as 'Intellectual House')

March 12-13, 2015

Details:

  • Thursday, Martch 12, 2:30pm - 4:00pm - Open House and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
  • Friday, March 13th, 10:00am - 10:00pm - Full Day Celebration
  • Locataion - Intellectual House, 4249 Whitman Court...
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Category: Buildings & Grounds | Events
Tags: Diversity | Intellectual House | Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity | 2014 Focus: Diversity | Cultural Sustainability | Social Sustainability | Sean Notes

The Daily took a look at what Seattle's new composting ordinanice means for the University of Washington.

The law prohibiting food waste and compostable items from trash headed to the landfill went into effect on Jan. 1, as part of Seattle's push to divert 60% of the city's waste away from the landfill. UW is already at 60% diversion, but the campus has a goal of 70% waste diversion by 2020.

“To have local legislation that helps that process is something we really welcome and really...

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Category: Recycling, Compost & Waste
Tags: composting | The Daily | UW Recycling

Here are some highlights from our Sustainability Events calendar for the week of Jan. 12, 2015. If you know of any events which should be added, let us know.

Category: Events