Friday Video: Rain provides a new way to do laundry

With a new water conservation system put into place, Mercer Court is revolutionizing the way students do laundry.

HFS uses a cistern, a tank used to catch and store rainwater for the purpose of delivering laundry services to more than 1,300 students living in the apartment complex. JR Fulton, HFS's capital planning and sustainability manager, says that about 90 to 95 percent of water used in the washing machine is coming from the cistern.

Behind the scenes of More Hall's soon-to-be rainwater catchment system

By Tiffany Loh
This post was originally published on the Campus Sustainability Fund site.

Earlier this year, the CSF awarded a grand total of $105,367 to 6 projects in the first round of funding for 2015. One of the projects proposed innovative adjustments that would optimize the use of a gift Mother Nature likes to shower upon Seattle: rainwater. 

Sean Notes | Cliff Mass in LA Times on Northwest as Climate Refugre

In an op-ed published in the LA Times titled "What do you get if you map coming climate disasters? Hello Pacific Northwest", columnist David Sarasohn interviews UW atmospheric professor Cliff Mass on the future of the Pacific Northwest serving as a refuge for Californians and others from across the country seeking relief from the impacts of climate change.