Husky Green Award nominee: Facilities Services' Maintenance Electricians

There are thousands of light bulbs on campus, which use energy and regularly burn out or fail. The UW's maintenance electricians are addressing both issues with a program to upgrade campus lights to LED bulbs, which are more efficient and longer-lasting than traditional lights.

The team recently swapped out more than 200 lights on the IMA's squash and racquetball courts, which will reduce power consumption by 78%. Kane and Meaney halls have also gotten LED upgrades. 

Studying occupant satisfaction and energy savings of lighting retrofits: A bright idea

By Mishu Pham-Whipple

Investing in buildings to save energy and money has become the norm across institutional and residential domains. As part of an energy conservation effort, the University of Washington has retrofitted light fixtures across campus and measured significant energy and cost savings. What has yet to be measured, however, is how lighting retrofits improve occupant satisfaction and productivity.

Husky Green Award nominee: Clean Energy Ambassador Katie Corp

Green Husky Award nominee Katie Corp is working to make clean energy accessible.

As a graduate student, Corp is researching new materials to use solar energy in splitting water. As a Clean Energy Ambassador with UW's Clean Energy Institute, she connects with high school and middle school students to share her passion for science and clean energy. Her leadership in the program led to her being nominated for a Husky Green Award.

Energy-saving tips from the Green Office program

The Green Office Certification Program encourages everyone at the University of Washington to help make their workplace sustainable. One of the areas of emphasis in the certification form is energy conservation, and it's also an area where many offices have room for improvement.

Below are a few tips on how your office can take easy steps to reduce energy use. For more ideas, see our Green Office Resources page or email us at sustainability@uw.edu.

Sqwatch's Secret #6: Power Down for the Holidays

 

The holiday break is just around the corner and many of us are looking forward to taking some well-deserved time off campus. But before you rush off to relax and recharge, remember to turn items off in your office to save energy while you're gone. Power down your office before you leave to power down yourself!

A few ways to save energy during holiday vacations:

The history of UW's own nuclear reactor

UW's ENVIR 480: Sustainability Studio class in the Program on the Environment presents students with a sustainability topic which they engage in as part of an experiential learning course. The topics change each quarter - this spring, the students researched the UW's environmental history. This is part of a series of posts by the students on some of the information they uncovered.

Sqwatch’s secret: Reduce energy use

When we conserve energy, we not only enjoy cleaner air and a healthier environment, but also help protect the climate by reducing greenhouse gases.

Use this interactive tool to get practical pointers and tips on how to make your home more energy-efficient. It takes you on a virtual tour of a home and gives energy saving tips pertaining to each room (how cool is that?)!