From Fries To Freighters

September 29, 2011

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.

UW works to keep Styrofoam out of landfills

August 31, 2011

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.

Saving Trees with Technology

May 20, 2011

In alignment with UW’s 2Y2D strategic direction, Student Fiscal Services is making a major commitment to sustainable business practices by eliminating paper reports produced by the Student Database (SDB).

Working in conjunction with UWIT and our process partners, we have already converted many reports to PDF format and have stored them on a network drive.  This has drastically reduced the number of daily SDB reports being printed – saving a substantial number of trees in the process.

Sustainability Through Modernization

February 22, 2011

With help from its supplier, the University of Washington reduced operating costs while increasing its sustainability.

As colleges and universities around the United States reduce operating budgets, their facility managers are searching for ways to do more with less.

Increasingly, higher education custodial directors are turning to core suppliers to help them control spending on cleaning and maintenance supplies.

Striving For Zero Waste

January 31, 2011

Thirty thousand people shuffle in and out of the UW’s Housing and Food Services’ (HFS) many dining facilities each day, likely unaware of where their food waste ends up after it’s dropped into the compost bin.

Once an old apple core or pizza slice leaves someone’s hands, it’s picked up by a truck from Cedar Grove, self-proclaimed as “Pacific Northwest’s leading organic recycling company,” which for the last several years has been tasked with finding a place for all of the UW’s food waste.

UW Ranks Among NCAA Best In Stadium Waste Diversion

December 9, 2010

SEATTLE - After implementing new initiatives for the 2010 football season, the University of Washington has finished seventh out of 75 entrants into the Game Day Challenge conducted by the United States Environmental Protection Agency to measure waste diversion at NCAA football games. Among the 52 NCAA I-FBS entrants, UW ranked 3rd in waste diversion and 2nd for per capita organics reduction. Of the five PAC-10 schools competing, the UW ranked 1st in waste diversion.