Society for Ecological Restoration starts socially-distanced volunteer work parties

Society for Ecological Restoration - UW chapter

The Society for Ecological Restoration - UW Chapter works to promote ecological restoration and bring students together around this goal at the UW. SER-UW organizes restoration volunteer work parties across campus. This quarter, they're able to hold work parties in groups of five people or less.

You can follow SER-UW on Instagram or visit their website to learn about these as they are scheduled.

Subtle, sustainable living on North Campus

Residents of the new North campus dorms may not notice the many sustainability features of their buildings. If they take a closer look, they’ll find the residence halls are rich with hidden touches that save energy and make living easier. 

All residence halls on North Campus are LEED certified, meaning they were built with sustainability in mind. Students, though, might not be aware of some features that Housing & Food Services (HFS) implemented.

Happening this week: May 14-20

This week is forecasted to be sunny and we hope you're excited to get outside! The sustainability events calendar includes all sustainability related events, but below we've listed a few of the top options for this week. Also, check out our calendar for a comprehensive listing of events. You can even subscribe to get weekly emails to keep up to date on all the sustainability events happening around UW!

Join Sqwatch on a Sustainability Quest!

The weather is getting nicer (finally), so Sqwatch is inviting you to join him in exploring some of the sustainable features on UW's Seattle campus! Not only can you discover some new spots on campus, all you have to do is take a few selfies along the way to earn a Sqwatch tote bag!

To join the Sqwatch Quest and earn your tote bag, there are only a few simple things you have to do. 

Solar-powered innovation on the Life Sciences Building

Life Sciences Building solar fins

Photos by Rosemary Reyes

The new Life Sciences Building under construction next to the Burke Gilman Trail features floor-to-ceiling windows all along the south side. The windows allow the sun to naturally light the space, but that sunlight also presents a problem.

In the summer, direct sunlight would overheat the building. Instead of relying on air conditioning, the team behind the building’s design found a unique solution.

New graduate course this fall: "Sustainable and healthy building in global context"

UW Civil & Environmental Engineering Assistant Professor Amy Kim is offering a new graduate-level special topics course this fall. The course, "Sustainable and healthy building in global context," will discuss how to align building sustainability strategies to promote occupant health. More specifically, students will identify building components that affect occupants’ comfort, health, well-being, and productivity.