Udall Bus Tour Promotes Green Living

July 25, 2007

Filled with 13 young alumni and a fresh tank of bio-diesel, the Udall organization's "Green Coach" arrived on the UW campus this past weekend for a series of environmental events.

The group has toured the nation, stopping in 24 cities to highlight themes such as Native American communities, national parks and alternative energy.

Kayanna Warren, Udall member and UW alumna, helped plan the trip, which arrived in Seattle July 20 to learn about the campus's food sustainability program. This pertains to locally grown and organic foods.

SEED Tackles Compost

May 14, 2007

A great deal of food is thrown away everyday and the UW is taking an active stance to improve a global problem starting with the residence halls.

In 1998, President Bill Clinton marked 25 percent as the amount of the U.S. food supply that is wasted daily, reported stopthehunger.com, an informational Web site regarding hunger.

This quarter, SEED has developed the Lander Compost Pilot Project, a new experiment in effect in Lander Hall that hopes to make composting an accessible source of recycling in residence halls.

Earth Week 2007: Simplify At The Earth Fair

April 19, 2007

Earth Fair

When: 10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Where: HUB lawn

 

Earth Day is April 22.

The day of action was started in 1970, a time when, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, "rivers caught fire and cities were hidden under dense clouds of smoke." Twenty million people celebrated the first Earth Day, with numbers growing ever since. To get involved, check out these Web sites:

Grease Lightning

April 27, 2005

Biodiesel sounds like a concept straight out of Back to the Future. Yet instead of powering up a time machine, the French Fry Fuel FOols (the first O is intentionally capitalized for no real reason, according to the club) use waste from fast food to power ordinary cars.

Ravi Mikkelsen, president of the club, formed the group after participating in a UW project dealing with different forms of energy. He was motivated by the lack of resources on campus for students wanting to create their own biodiesel.

Seeds Of Tradition

August 11, 2004

It's 8 on Saturday morning, and the Ave. is still asleep, exhausted from its Friday-night revels. The caravan of trucks and sports-utility vehicles creep onto the parking lot of the University Heights Center, engines humming softly. They have come from all over the state, as far away as Walla Walla and Port Angeles. Some have been up all night packing for the opportunity, knowing others would take their places in an instant given the chance.

Food For Thought

January 13, 2004

When you settle in for dinner after a long day of classes, usually the last thing on your mind is the origin of your food. It should probably be one of the first things you consider.

While the recent report on toxin levels in farmed salmon may not provide conclusive information about the actual risks to human health, its findings contribute to a worldwide trend. Many of the foods we love to eat are in trouble -- and ironically, we are the ones endangering them.

Farmers Markets Produce Success

July 12, 2000

Every Saturday morning, the usually mundane street corner of 50th and University Way is transformed into a bustling community market. An amalgam of ages, classes and ethnicities congregate in the freshly erected tent-city to interact directly with the merchants by inspecting crops, buying product and swapping stories with Washington's small farmers.

And the weekly scene is no longer limited to the U-District. Over the past two years, farmers markets have opened in West Seattle and Columbia City on Rainier Avenue, with another market set to open next summer in Ballard.

Time To Get Your Greens

June 1, 2000

Here is a riddle: What do you get when you combine people who like to grow things in the soil, gather in large groups to display these grown goods and people who won't settle for anything less than the freshest greenery? Why, a farmer's market, of course!

Contrary to what the gray skies, rain and low temperatures would have you believe, summer is almost here. And with summer comes the time when our favorite horticulturists and backyard fruit and vegetable growers come together to sell the fruits of their labor (no pun intended) to us, the eager consumers.

Socialist Group Brings Awareness For Earth Week

April 20, 2000

The International Socialist Organization is hosting a discussion on genetically modified food at 7 p.m. today in room 30 of the Social Work Building, which is located on the corner of 15th Avenue and Northeast 41st Street.

Kent Arimura will lead the discussion on the effects of genetically modified food, including the BST milk hormone. He will closely inspect whether corporations or society is benefiting from genetically modified foods.