100 plans for 100 gardens is goal of ‘urban food’ conference

April 8, 2010

You need some tomatoes? Grow 'em in the alley.

Some fresh beans? Grow 'em up the side of a building.

As more people gravitate to cities, urban design professionals are exploring best ways to use land and feed the people who inhabit it.

Next Thursday and Friday, April 16 and 17, at the College of Built Environments, urban design professionals and students will explore the urban food movement. They also aim to create 100 plans for 100 urban gardens that they hope will be launched by Seattle folks on May 8.

Innovative Energy

April 2, 2010

Science majors and business students came together outside the classroom yesterday in a competition to find environmentally friendly solutions to current energy problems.

“The most rewarding part of the entire process was having input from everybody, with all the different disciplines coming together to make the team work,” said Colin Corrent, a graduate in the UW’s Biochemistry Department and a member of the UW Triangle Energy team.

Up on the roof

April 1, 2010

The Botany Greenhouse is aiming to show the campus how it can get even greener, not with plants inside, but on top, with a living "green" roof on a shed alongside the greenhouse proper.

College of Forest Resources changes to School of Forest Resources

July 1, 2009

On July 1, 2009, the College of Forest Resources became the School of Forest Resources within the University of Washington's new College of the Environment. Our vision is to provide world class, internationally recognized knowledge and leadership for environmental and natural resource issues. Our programs focus on the integrating theme of sustainability in environments that include wilderness and park-like ecosystems, intensively managed planted forests, and urban environments.

Competition Sparks Environmental Innovation

Preserving the environment is a passionate subject for many in the Pacific Northwest. That passion helped spark lively discussions about the topic of how to address environmental challenges last night at the 2009 University of Washington Environmental Innovation Challenge (EIC). For this competition, 16 student teams, comprised primarily of engineering and business students, collaborated to develop efficient and sustainable environmental innovations for a chance to win a $10,000 grand prize.

Environmental Innovation Challenge

January 13, 2009

In Fall 2008, the University of Washington launched a new UW Environmental Innovation Challenge (EIC) in which interdisciplinary student teams work collaboratively to develop solutions to a specific problem of environmental significance. The EIC will spark new product designs that capitalize on emerging market conditions and propose business concepts that promise significant financial reward while enhancing environmental sustainability.

UW Earth Initiative

January 13, 2009

The University of Washington Earth Initiative (UWEI) was a transformational initiative that encouraged innovative partnerships to address environmental and natural resource challenges. By focusing on problem-specific environmental issues in the Pacific Northwest and beyond, they brought together faculty, students, and community partners to create collaborative research, teaching and scholarship. UWEI also maintained links to environment related colleges, departments, and programs at the UW.

Digging Up The Dirt: The Greenhouse Farm Teaches Students About Urban Agriculture

October 21, 2008

During the ‘70s, at University of California at Santa Cruz, Alan Trimble got his hands dirty on the school’s student farm. He remembers the experience as a significant factor in teaching students where their food cones from — a lesson he feels UW students need to better learn.

Today, Trimble, a UW biology lecturer, is founder of the Greenhouse Farm. Most students probably don’t even notice the building, which is nestled behind some trees in the southwestern part of campus. Surrounding it are rows of tomatoes, lettuce, cucumbers and other vegetables.