EPA selects UW Bothell, among others, to help improve public health research

July 26, 2013

The Environmental Protection Agency announced Friday its selection of academic partners for the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) University Challenge, a project designed to find innovative ways to increase public awareness of toxic chemical releases in their communities and around the country.

The University of Washington Bothell is among the eight partners the agency selected.

Hazy Days of Summer

July 9, 2013

Dozens of atmospheric scientists, including three University of Washington faculty members, are taking part in what’s being described as one of the largest atmospheric field campaigns in decades.

The six-week Southeast Atmosphere Study, through July 15, includes scientists from more than 30 different institutions. Together they are studying how pollutants combine with natural vegetation emissions to affect climate and air quality in the Southeastern U.S.

Discussion over fossil fuel divestment heats up

July 2, 2013

As the effort to get universities to stop investing in the top 200 oil, gas, and coal companies continues, a group of undergraduate and graduate students are spearheading the movement at the UW.

Divest UW joined a movement that has spread to more than 300 colleges and universities in the United States, urging educational institutions to freeze any new investment in fossil fuel companies and to divest from current holdings.

Currently, the UW has an endowment of about $2.2 billion, of which about 2 percent,  goes into the fossil fuel industry.

UW Students Seek End of Fossil Fuel Investments

May 20, 2013

Students at the University of Washington want the school to dump its investments in major fossil fuel companies like Exxon and BP as part of a nationwide campaign to combat climate change through public institutions.

The University of Washington prides itself on being a green campus, but Kyle Murphy thinks they should have a green portfolio too. Murphy is one of the founders of UW Divest, the student group proposing a change to the way the UW Endowment Fund invests its money.

UW takes ‘concrete’ steps to reduce carbon footprint

May 9, 2013

One cubic yard of concrete is poured for every person in the world each year, according to The Concrete Producer blog. However, until now, there has been little evaluation of its environmental effects.

The UW Carbon Leadership Forum (CLF) is shaping national policy through its recent development of new testing standards for concrete that could lead to a greener building sector.

Industry professionals and UW faculty developed these standards, known as product category rules, to compare the carbon footprints of different types of concrete.