Glaciology graduate student to discuss science behind SIFF film 'Chasing Ice'

May 22, 2012

Kristin Poinar, a UW graduate student in glaciology, will join director Jeff Orlowski following two screenings of the movie “Chasing Ice” to talk about the science behind melting glaciers. The documentary features stark video of vanishing glaciers, shot over years using time lapse cameras deployed in the Arctic. Inspired by National Geographic photographer James Balog, the film aims to shine a spotlight on the effects of climate change.

Meatless in Seattle

April 5, 2012


Come Earth Week, students can expect to see the return of some warm weather, a campus-wide clean-up challenge, a Red Square celebration — and no meat.

On Monday, April 16, Housing Food Services (HFS) looks to kick off Earth Week with a plan that, for one day, will eliminate all meat products from the dining facilities in both the 8 and Terry Hall’s Eleven 01 Cafe. 

EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson to be commencement speaker

March 28, 2012

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa P. Jackson will be the University of Washington’s commencement speaker in ceremonies June 9 at CenturyLink Field.

As EPA head, Jackson leads the Obama administration’s efforts to protect the nation’s environment. She leads a staff of more than 18,000 who address health threats from pollution and work to promote a greener economy.

Exploring the Way We Waste

March 19, 2012


On April 11, from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM on Red Square, volunteers will suit up and sort through one day’s worth of trash from around the University of Washington campus. The annual ‘UW Trash-In’ is a fun and insightful way to explore how much compostable and recyclable material is still being thrown away on campus, and this annual event continues to grow in interest and impact.

“We’re changing the way we think about waste at UW,” said UW Recycling & Solid Waste Manager Emily Newcomer.

After a brief introduction to the sorting process, volunteers are given a cover-up suit, gloves and goggles, and are sent to a sorting station. Bags of trash are emptied onto tables and volunteers sort materials by type into nearby bins for compost, cans/bottles, mixed recycling and garbage. The party-like atmosphere includes popular music, sorting games and challenges.

“There’s a lot of dancing and laughing while we sort,” said Aubrey Batchelor with the UW Sustainability Office. “You learn so much about what can be composted or recycled, and it’s surprisingly fun to see what others have thrown away.”

Real Dawgs Dig It

March 6, 2012

Come. Stay. Sort.

Real Dawgs everywhere are invited to join us at the 2012 UW Trash-In! It’s a fun and insightful mini trash sort aimed at exploring how much recyclable and compostable material is still being thrown away on campus.

On April 11, 2012, from 10am to 2pm in Red Square, volunteers will suit up and sort through one day’s worth of trash from designated campus buildings. Materials will be separated into categories that mirror the types currently collected on campus:

UW Food Experts Talk Sustainability And History

February 7, 2012

At the Neptune Theatre last night, 10 food experts from the UW and around the region presented food history, knowledge, and customs that don’t involve trips to the grocery store.

The “Short Takes: What the World Eats” event, hosted by the Burke Museum and produced in conjunction with the Seattle Theatre Group, gave 10 speakers six minutes and 20 slides each to share wisdom ranging from eating insects to dumpster diving.

David Giles, P.h.D. candidate for the UW Department of Anthropology spoke with the intention of changing the way people think about trash.