UW completes $2.3M energy conservation project

July 21, 2015

The University of Washington has recently completeed a $2.3 million energy conservation project in the Physics/Astronomy Building, which will save the university $115,000 per year while improving comfort, functionality and safety in the building.

The project replaced old ventilation equipment in the building's basement with new high-tech controls, drive and motors which will allow airflow to labs in the building to be controlled based on the occupancy of the rooms, as well as the time of day and season. It reduces the building's annual energy consumption by 17 percent.

UW to divest from coal companies

May 14, 2015

The University of Washington Board of Regents voted to remove any investment in coal companies by the university's endowment funds.

The decision comes after years of work by the student group Divest UW, who have been advocating for divestment from fossil fuel companies. The group sent a petition to then-UW President Michael K. Young in December 2012, and have been talking with the Board of Regents and other UW groups since. Divest UW made a presentation to the Board of Regents this March to support divestment from coal companies.

Friday Harbor Labs Reap Big Savings With Lighting Upgrades

April 30, 2014

The University of Washington Friday Harbor Labs is receiving a rebate check for $46,230 after completing a substantial lighting efficiency upgrade project in late March.  This retrofit was a component of a larger ESCO project to “green up” facilities.  The lab upgraded to high performance linear bulbs and ballasts and replaced incandescent lighting with LEDs.This will result in an estimated energy savings of 101,333 kWhs annually!

Wired Down – The University of Washington Increases Consumer Acceptability

March 24, 2014

The University of Washington (UW) EcoCAR 2 electrical team’s main goal for Year 3 is to make the vehicle’s high and low voltage wiring systems both more serviceable and more compact. The electrical team lead, Brian Magnuson, comments, “Our goal is to have zero time troubleshooting in the pits and move directly into Safety Technical Inspection at the competition.”

UW Using Smart Grid Technology To Conserve Energy, Save Money

March 17, 2014

It’s often said that the best way to reduce our carbon emissions is through energy conservation. One way to do that more effectively is by using computer technology to make the electric grid more intelligent. 

It’s known as smart grid technology and for the past two years, the U.S. Department of Energy has been spending $178 million to test it in five Northwest states.

One of the biggest demonstration projects is on the campus of the University of Washington where knowledge of when power is used is saving big money.

Short Takes on Dam(n) Science

February 12, 2014

7 p.m., Feb.18 | Neptune Theater
Ten experts on the natural world will each have 20 slides and less than six minutes to tell us what they’re learning about the biggest dam removal/ecological restoration project on the planet — the removal of two dams on the Elwha River in the Olympic National Forest. The evening, presented by the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, will feature guest host Ranae Holland, the skeptical scientist on Animal Planet’s “Finding Bigfoot” series and a fisheries biologist who has researched the Elwha River.

 

Forestry lab ups bar for green labs at UW

January 28, 2014

A soils lab that schedules fieldwork to minimize car trips, reuses sampling containers and recycles soils and leftover plant material has achieved the highest score yet in the University of Washington’s 10-month-old Green Laboratory Certification Program.

With an overall score of 95 percent, Tom DeLuca’s environmental and forest sciences lab has just topped the 93 percent previously earned by a UW Bothell chemistry instructional lab.