The University of Washington is working to develop a comprehensive Sustainability Plan. Led by Executive Sponsor and UW Facilities Vice President Lou Cariello, the Sustainability Plan is on track for delivery on Earth Day, April 22, 2020.
UW Sustainability has launched a new information portal, showcasing data, resources and other information around sustainability topics at the University of Washington.
This site builds off the previous sustainability dashboard, which had graphs showing UW's performance and targets in a variety of sustainability areas. The new portal highlights the data in interactive visualizations by using Tableau Software, as well as adding more information on each subject.
UW researchers studying trees in the Rocky Mountain West have found trees use different coping strategies when faced with drought and warmer temperatures. The results may help scientists determine how forests will adapt to future climate change.
A group with ties to the University of Washington is helping decision makers recognize the importance and benefits of the natural world.
The Natural Capital Project, a partnership that includes UW, published a paper recently in the National Academy of Sciences which shows the benefits of including the values of nature into decisions. Examples include showing how protecting areas in the Amazon improves public health, and how some coastal habitats in Belize can help mitigate the effects of storms and sea-level rise.
The UW Sustainability office is launching a timeline of University of Washington's achievements and milestones in sustainability and environmental stewardship. The project, "A Century of Sustainability," includes entries dating back to the earliest days of the current UW site in 1895 and includes highlights up to the present day. You can view the timeline at: http://green.uw.edu/timeline
Following rapid warming in the late 20th century, this century has so far seen surprisingly little increase in the average temperature at the Earth’s surface. At first this was a blip, then a trend, then a puzzle for the climate science community.