With the return of the Seattle grey, we’re tempted to spend our time cozying up with a good book and a new Netflix show. And while that is a good option, this weather also provides the perfect opportunity to check out the sustainability events calendar! We've listed a few of the top options for this week below, and you can always check out our calendar for a comprehensive listing of events. You can even subscribe to get...

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Category: Events | Student Organizations
Tags: Weekly Events

Guest post by Cailin Winston

Imagine living in a village where computer monitors and circuit boards line the streets, where the air creates a stinging sensation in your eyes and nose, where you dare not eat the rice that you grow because it is likely to be contaminated with heavy metals and toxins. This is Guiyu, China, one of the largest informal recycling operations for electronic waste in the world.

According to CNN, many tons of electronic waste - which includes...

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Category: Environment | Recycling, Compost & Waste | Technology
Tags: Sustainability Game Jam | Salvage | Electronic Waste

Follow in the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, “the time is always right to do what is right”, and intentionally set aside next Monday to support your favorite organization and celebrate Dr. King’s legacy.

The University of Washington is hosting a series of events through Jan. 18 to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life and legacy; honor the work of generations of everyday activists; and rededicate ourselves to creating a just and equitable future for all. Part of the celebration is the...

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Category: Events | Student Organizations
Tags: MLK Day of Service | volunteer

Winter quarter is underway, and the sustainabilty events calendar is full of lectures, student organization meetings, volunteer opportunities and more. We've listed a few of the top options this week below, and you can always check out our calendar for a comprehensive listing of events. You can even subscribe to get weekly emails letting you know about all the sustainability events happening around UW!

This week:


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In the dead heat of summer, Natalie Pearlman, a UW senior studying molecular biology, found herself standing along the Missouri River surrounded by buffalo and fireflies. She watched as the sun slowly dipped below the wildflowers and distant rolling hills, the deep pink sunburn and itchy bug bites that covered her body quickly fading from her mind. Sitting beside her were five other college students and two professors who were all from various universities across the U.S. Together, they were spending a week in the Midwest as part of the annual...

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Category: Academics | Environment
Tags: Parners in the Parks | Honors Program

As the New Year approaches, there's a simple step UW employees can take to save time, energy and resources.

Opting to receive your tax forms digitally rather than on paper is more secure, and also means you can access them immediately when they are available. It also contributes to a more sustainable University of Washington. UW employees need to take action through Workday by Jan. 5, 2018 to go digital for the upcoming tax season. 

Mailing tax forms requires more than 60,000 sheets of paper, along with about 49,000 envelopes (and nearly $24,000 worth of...

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Category: Paper Reduction | Technology
Tags: taxes

If you're scrambling for last-minute gift ideas, don't forget to think of the larger picture. Here are a few ways to shop sustainably this holiday season. 

  1. Be mindful with your dollar: Put money back into your community by supporting local artists at holiday art fairs like the Holiday Craft & Gift Show at the Center for Urban Horticulture until Dec. 23 or at small local businesses, or find a favorite holiday piece on...

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Tags: Holiday | sustainable living

Guest post by Sustainability Game Jam organizer Lauren Kuehne.

Three math professors who always wanted to try building a game but never had the time. A graphic designer thinking about taking a digital game design program next year. A graduate student in statistics who is passionate about sustainable river management. These are just a few of the stories of the people who participated in the UW Sustainability Game Jam on Nov. 11-12. Their mission: to design a game that engaged a wider community on a topic or concept related to sustainability – all in one weekend.


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Category: Environment | Events | Campus Sustainability Fund | UW Seattle
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With Thanksgiving right around the corner, a sudden chill in the air, and what I assume to be new Christmas bells decked on top of Kane, the holiday season is officially in full swing! For many, this is the time of the year to take advantage of Black Friday’s low prices and stock up on the household items, christmas gifts, and miscellaneous objects you never knew you needed (until now!) For others, 'tis the season to "opt-out".

Coined by mega outdoor retailer REI, the #OptOutside campaign is a call to action for environmental activists...

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Category: Climate Change | Environment
Tags: clothes | second hand | shopping

The Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program at The University of Washington (DDCSP@UW is now accepting applications for the 2018-2019 cohort. Freshmen and sophomores with a passion for conservation and environmental justice are encouraged to apply by February 5, 2018.

DDCSP@UW is a paid, two-summer experiential learning experience that explores conservation across themes of climate, water, food and ecosystems of the Pacific...

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Category: Academics
Tags: Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program