Campus Sustainability Month headerHeld every October, Campus Sustainability Month is an international celebration of sustainability in higher education. The University of Washington has several featured events highlighting sustainablitiy efforts on all UW campuses. UW Sustainabiltiy's events calendar lists sustainability-related events happening across the UW year-round.

October 13: UW Facilities Partners Day

Drop in anytime between 12-2 p.m. with your sustainability questions! UW Recycling (12-1 p.m.) and Transportation Services (1-1:30 p.m.) will join UW Sustainability to talk about sustainability efforts at the UW and answer your questions!

UW Recycling Trash Talk Tuesday
12-1 p.m. (Zoom)

Join UW Recycling on October 13th at 12:00pm to celebrate Campus Sustainability Month! In conjunction with the UW Sustainability Fair and World Food Day, we’ll chat about ways to reduce food waste. UW Recycling is available until 1pm to answer any questions about how to sort your waste properly on campus and ways faculty, staff and students can get involved. These virtual office hours are informal, drop-in opportunities to talk with UW Recycling staff and students so feel free to pop in at any time during the event.

Transportation Services: Sustainable Commuting during COVID
1-1:30 p.m. (Zoom)

UW Transportations' Mahala Willard & Alice Ven will talk about commuting in the time of COVID and beyond. Commuting looks a little different in 2020. While things may be different, there are still many resources you can take advantage of to make your way of getting around more sustainable. Transportation Services will share changes that have been implemented in the transportation world to prioritize the safety of commuters and provide lessons on how you can translate the actions you take now into a sustainable commute post-COVID.

Open Q&A with UW Sustainabiltiy
1:30-2 p.m. (Zoom)  

Join UW Sustainability for a Q & A session with sustainability staff. Ask questions, learn how to get involved and hear more about our current projects and the UW's new Sustainability Action Plan.

October 15

Tri-campus discussion: Sustainability at UW
3-4 p.m. (Zoom)

Join staff from all three UW campuses for short presentations and an open Q&A as part of National Campus Sustainability Month.
Learn about sustainability efforts happening on all three UW campuses and discover ways students, faculty and staff can get involved in sustainability at UW.

Submit your questions in advance and we will do our best to answer!

October 21

Climate Dialog 2020 - Climate Justice
1:30-3:30 p.m. (RSVP)

A Climate Dialog is an opportunity for students, staff, and faculty from around the region to engage in dialog about living in an age of climate consequences. This years’ Climate Dialog theme is Climate Justice, which involves proper planning and discussion about how vulnerable communities are most affected by climate change. In order to become more climate just, we need to better understand our impact and provide resiliency resources in these communities as well as opening discussions about how climate impact can be mitigated.

We will have three experts speak on element of climate change that will affect our region, and then breakout to discussions about these concerns, and ways individuals and groups can work together to find solutions and ways to mitigate damage. Hosted by UW Bothell and Cascadia College, in partnership with UW Seattle and UW Tacoma. Registration is required.

October 22

Learn about the Sustainability Action Plan
1 p.m. (Zoom)

Join the UW Sustainability office for an exciting talk about sustainability at UW, the UW's new Sustainability Action Plan, and what you can do in your own life and on campus for a sustainable future. This talk will cover a variety of topics from what we do on campus and campus engagement to our sustainability plan and dashboard. We will also be having a facilitated discussion by our offices' director, Claudia Frere-Anderson, on how we can make sustainable choices in the areas of food, purchasing, transportation, and social equity.

October 27

UW Recycling Go Green for Halloween
12-1 p.m. (Zoom)

Join UW Recycling for some spooky fun! We'll be making our own costumes out of materials hiding in our closets so feel free to stop by for some tips and tricks on how to make your own easy Halloween costumes. Bring any questions about how to sort your waste properly on campus and ways faculty, staff and students can get involved. These virtual office hours are informal opportunities to talk with UW Recycling staff. Drop in anytime during the hour at Zoom meeting ID 98185970900, passcode 168050.

October 29

Just Transition: An opportunity to transform UW
10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.

To address climate change, societies will need to transition away from extractive and polluting economies to build more resilient and inclusive communities. But how can this just transition be implemented at the University of Washington through the new Sustainability Plan? This virtual event features speakers and panelists from across the University of Washington, who will reflect on existing efforts and opportunities. After a presentation and a panel discussion, UW students, postdocs, staff, and faculty will have the opportunity to engage through breakout rooms to reflect on how to turn these ideas into actions. This event is part of a series of events co-hosted by UW Sustainability and the College of the Environment to better connect the UW efforts around sustainability and social justice causes.