Greenroads, a rating system developed at the University of Washington to promote sustainable roadway construction, awarded its first official certification to a Bellingham project that incorporates porcelain from recycled toilets.
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:
This spring, the Quad’s vibrant cherry blossom trees will be given a run for their money. By then, a green wall — a diverse wall of vegetation — will cover the side of Gould Hall. The green wall is a part of a Biodiversity Green Wall, Edible Green Screen + Water Harvesting Demonstration project. The green screen will be for plants that are planted in the ground and climb like vines, which will allow students to explore the concept of vertical surfaces as a way to grow local plants when space in an urban environment is limited. The water-harvesting demonstration portion will capture water from the roof of Gould Hall and store it in a cistern to be used for irrigation.
Students at the University of Washington have teamed up on a startup that promises to turn slash piles of forest refuse into biochar, a crumbly charcoal-like product for farmers that helps their soil hold water and nutrients. Biochar is not technically a fertilizer, but often improves yield for farmers.
A few UW trucks may soon be leaving an aromatic trail of french fries and fried chicken in their wake if a few sustainably minded students get their way.
The Biodiesel Cooperative, led by a group of engineering students, is looking to convert a few thousand gallons of wasted cooking oil into biodiesel that could be used on campus in place of traditional fuel.
The UW has banned it, but the stuff worms its way onto campus packed in boxes. It’s ubiquitous Styrofoam (the common name for foamed polystyrene), which has permeated the world as a low-cost, lightweight material with a wide array of uses. But the material is toxic and it never goes away.
That's why UW Recycling started a Styrofoam recycling program a year ago that is now being expanded.
According to the data of one our partners IMN – Intra Mail Net, our Junk & Misaddressed Mail Reduction Initiatives for the University of Washington so far for 2011 have reduced or saved the following:
Student Housing Phase 1 Project construction team went paperless - saving 147 trees! View more statistics in the article.