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.
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.
A group of UW students, working with the UW Sustainability office, created a short video with animation explaining the research of Dr. Daniel Kirschen of the UW's Clean Energy Institute, who works on using batteries to address the challenges of incorporating renewable energy into the grid. Enjoy!
The Environmental Innovation Practicum is looking for students from all disciplines across campus to help solve the world's environmental and cleantech challenges! Each weekly seminar will inspire you to make an impact as experts discuss the circular economy, water innovation, land use, greening the built environment, and more! In teams, you’ll put inspiration to action by identifying an environmental problem and presenting your solution to the class. No prerequisites.
There is a secret and unassuming energy hog lurking throughout our campus, consuming vast amounts of electricity. They are out of sight, but can be found in our buildings’... server rooms. Wilson Waldrop, IT Director of the Department of Physics, has been working with his team to make the Physics server room dramatically more efficient.
The UW Sustainability office is looking for a web developer to continue to develop a newly-launched interactive online interface for the Green Certification programs (green-certification.uw.edu), including improvements to the editing and end-user interfaces, new reporting tools and notifications as well as other improvement.
Two different projects from members of the UW community are using crowdfunding to help make sustainable ideas a reality.