From crate to plate

December 22, 2011

Recipes that come boxed with fresh ingredients ready to cook? How about a monthlong incentive program inspiring a commitment to fresh local food? What would it take?

The class was Introduction to Interaction Design, Art 381, and the assignment Tad Hirsch gave his students was straightforward: Design a way to improve access to fresh local food on the UW campus.

New courtyard and rain garden created behind Community Design Center

October 26, 2011

At first glance, the new courtyard behind the Community Design Center looks like a simple square with benches. Note, however, the rain garden on the perimeter.

Finished recently, the courtyard includes five interconnected plant beds fed from pipes that collect water from the roof of the center.

Rain gardens make sense because they capture, cleanse and slow storm water entering the drainage system, said UW landscape architect Kristine Kenney.

An In-Depth Look at the University of Washington, Sierra Magazine's Top Cool School

September 19, 2011

We've scratched the surface of Sierra magazine's Cool Schools list on Treehugger before, but this time I've decided to dig into one of the schools so we can learn more about what makes it so green.

The University of Washington (UW) topped the list this year, and Aubrey Batchelor, Program Coordinator in UW's Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability office, said green programs and projects are commonplace at UW.