This month, McKinstry Executive Vice President David Allen sat down with University of Washington students to deliver the message that green jobs are real and abundant, and available in surprising places.
Students at the University of Washington have teamed up on a startup that promises to turn slash piles of forest refuse into biochar, a crumbly charcoal-like product for farmers that helps their soil hold water and nutrients. Biochar is not technically a fertilizer, but often improves yield for farmers.
A new "utility dashboard" at UW Bothell tracks campus use of energy in real time. It's part of environmentally friendly campus improvements resulting from a campuswide evaluation of energy usage. Tony Guerrero, UWB vice chancellor for facilities, said energy improvements at Bothell equal removing 123 cars from the road every year. Here, Bothell students Edith Chan, left, and Marlene Manzo check the readouts.
The UW expects to reduce energy consumption and save about $700,000 in energy costs during its participation in the Department of Energy’s $178 million Pacific Northwest Smart Grid Demonstration Project. Now in the second year of the five-year project, the UW is installing “intelligent” electrical meters, water meters, and lighting controls in most UW Seattle buildings. To ensure reliable and secure communications, the UW Capital Projects Office and Facilities Services are partnering with UW-IT to provide an isolated, secure Facilities Network for the grid.
Seattle, WA -- The University of Washington announced today that PACCAR Hall has been awarded LEED® GOLD certification established by the U.S. Green Building Council and verified by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI). LEED is the nation’s preeminent program for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings.
Soaring energy consumption by ever more powerful computers, data centers and mobile devices has many experts looking to reduce the energy use of these devices. Most projects so far focus on more efficient cooling systems or energy-saving power modes.
With help from its supplier, the University of Washington reduced operating costs while increasing its sustainability.
As colleges and universities around the United States reduce operating budgets, their facility managers are searching for ways to do more with less.
Increasingly, higher education custodial directors are turning to core suppliers to help them control spending on cleaning and maintenance supplies.
Worldwide economic, environmental, and social development is linked to energy production, distribution, and use. Energy researchers at the University of Washington are laying the groundwork for positive change through scientific discovery, technological innovation, and the creation of societal frameworks that help communities adapt to change.
University of Washington is a winner of the 2010 Green Washington Awards in the Acadamic/Government category.
Universities and state institutions are not only leaders in finding new ways to reduce environmental impact, but also serve as models for how communities and businesses can reduce their impact on the environment.
June 3, 2010
Kane Hall 130, 6:30PM