Join former Prime Minister of Norway Gro Harlem Brundtland as she speaks about sustainable development, increasing environmental awareness and good health as a basic human right in Our Common Future: Sustainable Development in a Deteriorating World.
How is the UW doing in fulfilling its pledges to be environmentally responsible and to make the University a more sustainable enterprise? The answer is now available at the new “sustainability dashboard.”
In alignment with UW’s 2Y2D strategic direction, Student Fiscal Services is making a major commitment to sustainable business practices by eliminating paper reports produced by the Student Database (SDB).
Working in conjunction with UWIT and our process partners, we have already converted many reports to PDF format and have stored them on a network drive. This has drastically reduced the number of daily SDB reports being printed – saving a substantial number of trees in the process.
The UW will become a base for one of the nation's four new Clean Air Research Centers funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The agency announced the funding of the centers March 7. Each center will receive approximately $8 million over five years.
The centers will study the health impact of the complex, varying mixtures of particles, vapors and gas that pollute the air.
While governments debate about potential policies that might curb the emission of greenhouse gases, new University of Washington research shows that the world is already committed to a warmer climate because of emissions that have occurred up to now.
I’m going to take the opportunity to brag about our school for a moment. The UW is an incredible place to study. Not only has the London education publication Times Higher Education recently listed it as the 23rd-best university in the world, but the UW has lead the front line of increasing environmental consciousness on campuses across the United States.
University of Washington is a winner of the 2010 Green Washington Awards in the Acadamic/Government category.
Universities and state institutions are not only leaders in finding new ways to reduce environmental impact, but also serve as models for how communities and businesses can reduce their impact on the environment.
Check out a video produced by students in Evans School Professor Ann Bostrum's Climate Change Communication class in Fall 2009: "Hey World - Sign the UW Sustainability Pledge." The video was created for University of Washington PB AF 595B to increase climate action self-efficacy.
Watch the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-uhwhXflRfU
A research group at the University of Washington will get as much as 100 million dollars to team with the federal government to study a range of environmental issues. The UW's Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean was chosen to continue working with federal scientists on climate change, fisheries and more.