UW group highlights importance of nature in decision-making

June 25, 2015

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.

Explore UW's history of sustainability

April 9, 2015

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

Monitoring the Arctic summer ice melt

July 18, 2014

Researchers from the University of Washington's Applied Physics Laboratory are part of a large-scale effort to closely monitor the summer sea-ice melting in the Arctic.

Sensors placed around ice in the Beaufort Sea will provide a wealth of data on the melting process, which will help discover how changing ocean conditions will affect the ice. The project, funded by the U.S. Office of Naval Research, includes scientists from several countries and institutions.

International award cites UW for leadership in sustainability

June 6, 2014

The University of Washington is one of four universities worldwide, and the only one from the United States, named this week as a Sustainable Campus Excellence Award winner by the International Sustainable Campus Network.

The awards, presented June 3 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, recognize sustainable campus projects that demonstrate leadership, creativity, effectiveness and performance in the areas of building, campus, integration and student leadership.

UW students, neighbors join forces down on the Union Bay ‘bayou’

May 27, 2014

By summer it will be easier to walk through one of Seattle’s only swamps with its beaver lodge, a lagoon with turtles the size of dinner plates and a hundred different kinds of song birds.

Work has started on the first phase of a 1,200-foot boardwalk trail in Yesler Swamp, a six-acre area on the shore of Union Bay just east of the University of Washington’s Center for Urban Horticulture.