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

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New University Buildings To Be Green

February 12, 2007

Green building is undergoing a metamorphosis from the gospel of environmentalists to a regular practice of the business community — including at the UW.

On the UW campus, all new buildings are being built in an environmentally conscious manner and the newest, the Benjamin D. Hall Interdisciplinary Research Building, was recently certified LEED-Gold by the U.S. Green Building Council.

The five basics the council looks for are, "sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality."

Seattle, UW Seek To Lower Emissions

April 20, 2006

The UW is helping Seattle reach its goal of reducing emissions by 7 percent through increasing its focus on renewable energy.

The University became Seattle City Light's largest purchaser of renewable energy in February and built its first certified "green" building in January 2005.

Although the UW burns natural gas to heat its buildings, all of the its other day-to-day electricity comes from renewable sources like hydropower, wind power and solar power.

Green Energy Runs UW

February 9, 2006

The UW has become Seattle's largest buyer of green energy, Mayor Greg Nickels announced yesterday.

The UW, which recently joined Seattle City Light's Green Up program, now runs entirely on sources of renewable energy that emit no carbon into the atmosphere, said UW President Mark Emmert. These sources include hydropower, wind power and solar power, according to the Seattle City Light Web site.

"Today the UW has become our largest partner in the Green Up program," Nickels said. "The UW has taken a key step in its commitment to fight global climate change."

WashPIRG Demonstrates Concern

October 26, 2004

While the radioactive waste stored at Hanford Nuclear Reservation is 220 miles from the UW campus, 15 students emphasized their belief that these toxins impact the UW community by demonstrating on the HUB lawn yesterday.

Donning lab goggles and painter's masks, the students were dressed in yellow imitation biohazard suits.

These demonstrators, representing the Washington State Public Interest Research Group (WashPIRG), were spreading the message that the situation at Hanford "affects everyone," according to member Alicia Boulet.

The Dual Crisis Of Energy

May 22, 2002

We are completely dependent on energy -- to fuel our cars, to heat our homes, to power the industries that produce our goods. We can't live without it. At the same time, we are providing for our energy needs primarily by burning fossil fuels -- and herein lies the problem.

Judge rules UW energy fee illegal

A King County Superior Court judge ruled last Friday that the UW cannot charge students an energy fee to cover increasing energy costs.

Judge Robert Alsdorf ruled the $3-per-credit fee approved this past summer by the Board of Regents amounted to a tuition increase, which requires the approval of the state Legislature.

"This is such a huge victory for students," said Jasmin Weaver, former ASUW president who filed the lawsuit in August.

Dr. Norm Arkans, associate vice president of University relations, said the UW was "disappointed with the ruling."