WashPIRG Challenges Olympia For Climate Change

February 21, 2008

Tomorrow, students from WashPIRG chapters at the UW, as well as Evergreen State College, Whitman, Western Washington and Green River Community College will be taking their Campus Climate Challenge to Olympia for a day of environmental awareness and advocacy.

WashPIRG members will be meeting with several state representatives and senators to discuss four environmentally progressive bills, which they hope will be passed by the end of the current legislative session on March 12.

The UW’S Greener Initiatives Help The Environment

January 30, 2008

The University earned an average grade of “A-” on the 2008 College Sustainability Report Card, an independent environmental sustainability evaluation of campus operations and endowment investments.

Of the 200 schools evaluated on the report card, the UW is tied for the highest average grade with Harvard University and Dartmouth, Middlebury and Carleton colleges, and the University of Virginia. The Sustainable Endowments Institute, a special project of the Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, published the report in October 2007.

Sustainability Bus Tour Rolls Onto Campus

July 18, 2007

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."

Living Green In A Dorm Or Apartment

May 3, 2007

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

Test your eco-footprint:

Visit www.ecofoot.org or

www.carbonfootprint.com.

Small Appliances

Blender: 200

Bread maker: 600

Coffee maker: 1200

Earth Week 2007: Epa Ordered To Take Action On CO2 Emissions

April 18, 2007

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."

Global warming essays chosen as next Common Book

March 29, 2007

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.

Dawgs go green: UW becomes charter member of group to address global warming

March 29, 2007

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.