Sustainability events - week of May 9

There’s a whole new lineup of sustainability events this week, ranging from discussions on climate change to bike to campus month and UW Farm volunteer hours. Some of the week's highlights are listed below, and you can find out even more items happening on campus with our full Sustainability events calendar, which is the best place to find the most up-to-date listings and details on all events. If you know of any events which should be added to the calendar, please let us know.

Hundreds gather on Red Square to celebrate Earth Day 2016

Hundreds of community members and students gathered on red square in honor of the 46th anniversary of Earth Day at the University of Washington.

“It’s important to spread awareness about how involved the UW is in making our campus more environmentally friendly,” said junior Itzel Medina, one of the many students who came to celebrate the event. “Sustainability really matters.”

Husky Green Award nominee: Ken Yasuhara

Whether it’s composting and recycling at work or being mindful of what type of products to purchase – Ken Yasuhara is dedicated to sustainability both in the workplace and in everyday activities.

As a research scientist for the Center for Engineering Learning & Teaching and an instructional consultant with the Office for Advancement of Engineering Learning, Yasuhara makes sure his students are incorporating sustainability in their work as well.

Husky Green Award nominee: UW student Melanie Wade

Update 4/18: Melanie Wade was named one of seven 2016 Husky Green Award winners.

UW fans know Melanie Wade for her contributions to the Husky volleyball team, including All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention nods her junior and senior year. Off the court, she's worked throughout her career to implement sustainability initiatives within the UW athletic department and across the campus as a whole.

Husky Green Award nominee: Alison Schmidt

UW Bothell graduate student Alison Schmidt has volunteered all over Seattle. Most of her volunteer experiences have been with Seattle Tilth, where she focused on community engagement and education on recycling and composting and local farming and student learning gardens. She has also done ecological restoration with community partners like Mountain to Sound Greenway and Friends of North Creek Forest. Recently, she began participating in the kayak cleanups with Puget Sound Keepers on Lake Union.

Husky Green Award nominee: Kathryn Jansen

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.”