University of Washington Sustainability Summit

September 17, 2009

Students, faculty and staff are invited to meet and chat with campus sustainability groups and learn about the new UW Campus Sustainability Fund. Find out more about the University’s sustainability commitment through the Climate Action Plan, while sharing ideas and best practices for campus sustainability efforts. The event will include tables, presentations and break-out group discussions.  For more information, email uwcsf@uw.edu

Food Lecture Series: Eating Your Environment

October 1, 2010

Food: Eating Your Environment is the UW's premier lecture series of the year. Speakers will touch on all things food related—from field to kitchen, and spanning the globe from Seattle to Sub-Saharan Africa. Join public intellectuals and practitioners with a wide variety of expertise as we collectively explore the most personal yet public resource relevant in our world: food.

UW, tribal partnership to develop Pacific Northwest bioenergy

May 27, 2010

Biofuels are increasingly popular, but also controversial. Ethanol from food crops has been criticized for raising food prices or displacing forests. In some cases, biofuel feedstocks must be transported many miles from where they are grown to where they are used, burning energy along the way.

For the past two and a half years researchers at the UW have been working with local Native American tribes on a different approach. They are developing locally produced bioenergy that makes sense for the Pacific Northwest.

Staying Green

April 22, 2010

Forty years ago 1970, a group of UW students collected garbage from home and on campus and brought it to the front of the HUB. There, they separated the trash into several categories — glass, metal, paper and plastic — and returned them to the original producers for reprocessing. Called a Trash-In, these students helped establish UW’s first recycling program.

Earth Day Activities Abound Around Campus

April 21, 2010

We celebrate weird things.

April 18 marked the second-annual Velociraptor Awareness Day. According to the event’s Facebook page, Velociraptor attacks are among the leading causes of death for males aged 27 to 29. The event, which began on Facebook, was an opportunity for vigilant individuals to learn ways they can stay safe from lurking raptors.

While you may not think these prehistoric beasts are deserving of their very own observance day, there are countless cases of even crazier holidays.

Staying Green

April 22, 2010

Forty years ago 1970, a group of UW students collected garbage from home and on campus and brought it to the front of the HUB. There, they separated the trash into several categories — glass, metal, paper and plastic — and returned them to the original producers for reprocessing. Called a Trash-In, these students helped establish UW’s first recycling program.