Yesterday, bundled-up UW students hustled across the Quad, heading to class a little early to seek respite from the brisk January air. Few know that the heat they find inside University buildings is generated by the UW’s own power plant, located just across the street from the Intramural Activities building (IMA).
Those participating in the tour will work on individual projects and learn how tribes are maintaining their resources.
"The Udall Foundation bus tour is highlighting solutions across the country to our environmental and Native American issues," said Kayanna Warren, the sustainable universities coordinator and UW graduate. "We've been doing events ranging from bringing kids into national parks to do photography, to habitat restoration, to visiting tribal communities and attending symposia on health care, to putting on a sustainability-themed art show in the Denver Union Station."
Going green is trendy right now, but does it really apply to students? After all, most students don't own homes, and many cannot come close to affording a hybrid car.
Seattle has a 22.2-acre footprint per person
U.S. average: 23.8-acre footprint per person
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A Supreme Court ruling earlier this month ordering the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to take action to limit the amount of carbon dioxide emissions into the atmosphere could make profound changes throughout the country.
The Supreme Court decision stated, "A well-documented rise in global temperatures has coincided with a significant increase in the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere."
Short films, documentaries, panel discussions and film workshops were featured at the UW last weekend as part of the ninth annual Hazel Wolf Environmental Film Festival.
Climate change and energy were central themes at the festival, while other environmental issues, including mining and the effect of global warming on health and agriculture, were also addressed.
March 30 - April 1, Kane Hall
For a schedule, go to: www.hazelfilm.org
50 films and shorts will be played in 14 sessions on topics including:
It's official: The next Common Book is Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature, and Climate Change.
Earlier this month, 16 UW faculty members, administrators and students recommended Elizabeth Kolbert's collection of essays about global warming as the 2007-2008 Common Book,
"The committee felt it time for the University to have this conversation," said Jill McKinstry, director of Odegaard Undergraduate Library and co-chair of the selection committee.
The UW has become a member of the Leadership Circle of the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment, by which the University agrees to adopt policies that minimize global warming emissions and integrate sustainability more firmly into the curriculum, and also to provide leadership in encouraging other universities and colleges to join in the effort to address global climate change.
The commitment involves all three UW campuses. Chancellors at both UW Bothell and UW Tacoma have signed the commitment, along with UW President Mark A. Emmert.
Federal Way's Calvary Lutheran Church is going green — not for St. Patrick's Day, but for Lent. Though the congregation's sacrifice is a new twist on an old tradition, churchgoers are certainly embodying the spirit of this Christian remembrance in a way relevant to the 21st century.
The spirit of Lent is to reexamine one's way of living and identify how a change can be made on either the individual or societal level.
With Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth released on video last weekend, and with the Supreme Court intending to hear its first case on global warming starting today, human-induced climate change is clearly a hot topic.
In a case led by Massachusetts and supported by the Environmental Protection Agency, 11 other states (including Washington) and various environmental nonprofits, the Bush administration's stance on the regulation of carbon dioxide emissions will be challenged in the high court.