UW Regents Approve College of Environment

June 13, 2008

The University of Washington Board of Regents on Thursday voted unanimously to create a new College of the Environment. The regents showed strong support for the idea, in the face of opposition from some state legislators and faculty over recent weeks.
But the vote creates little more than an empty shell at this point. It will be up to President Mark Emmert and Provost Phyllis Wise to persuade faculty from various schools and departments to join the new college. Wise has pledged that no departments will be forced to join against their will.

Seattle's plans for future shaped by climate change still in infancy

March 31, 2008

Climate change will make Washington a warmer and wetter place, even while shrinking the snow packs that supply us with drinking water and salmon with robust streams. In Seattle, scientists say, the future holds water -- and lots of it -- with the rising of Puget Sound.
The University of Washington's Climate Impacts Group, tapped by the state to lend its expertise to climate change policy, predicted in January that sea levels in Puget Sound could rise by as much as 50 inches by 2100.

Growing From Garbage

February 15, 2007

There are places on campus that are hidden treasures, places you don't stumble upon unless you know where to look.

One such place is the Union Bay Natural Area (UBNA). While 74 acres of wildlife area might not be that easy to hide, its somewhat-secluded location across from the IMA sports fields makes it a place many students never visit.

Lawsuit Aims For Better Emission Control

June 1, 2006

A deadlock over the issue of global warming has drawn the city of Seattle, 14 leading climate scientists and several groups of Native Alaskans to file a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Two of the plaintiffs, John M. Wallace and David Battisti, are UW atmospheric scientists.

The lawsuit aims to make the U.S. Supreme Court obligate the EPA to regulate automobile emissions and recognize how they contribute to global warming.

Media Alert: Arbor Day, Earth Day photo opportunities

April 19, 2006

Among the events coinciding with Earth Day this year are the College of Forest Resources' annual Arbor Day Fair for area first- and second-graders, and a day of trail building and clean up with volunteers from the Student Conservation Association at the Washington Park Arboretum, a part of the UW Botanic Gardens.

1,200 first- and second-graders to attend
Arbor Day Fair April 20-21

Energy-fee ruling may lead to higher tuition rates

The recent overturning of the controversial energy fee means that the Board of Regents can no longer impose special fees on students. However, ASUW members fear it may open the door for another problem: tuition hikes, by as much as 20 percent.

According to Jasmin Weaver, the former ASUW president who filed a lawsuit against the energy fee in August, the UW could cite the loss in revenue from refunding the energy fee as a reason to hike tuition rates.