Don't Students Deserve To Compost?

October 25, 2010

It seems like HFS has set out to prove to residents that composting food and service items from their rooms is a privilege, not a right. And I thought the UW was committed to sustainability.

Composting is one of the ways that the UW stands out as “green,” in the color’s purest hue. Michael Meyering, HFS manager for Project and Sustainability, said that about 600 tons of waste was composted last school year.

This year, HFS has discontinued keeping compost bins on every floor of Terry, Lander and Haggett Halls in favor of having one bin per residence hall.

Where Are The Bins?

October 19, 2010

Students returning to some residence halls this year may have noticed that there is no longer a compost bin on their floor. Last year, HFS placed compost bins on every floor of Terry, Lander and Haggett halls. But this year, after looking at costs, HFS has ended the one-bin-per-floor system. Each residence-hall building now has one compost bin, bringing composting to some halls for the first time.

UW Announces New Recycling Initiatives

August 31, 2010

The University of Washington announced new recycling and garbage diversion initiatives for the 2010-2011 academic year today. A new in-game promotion called the Green Minute will be unveiled at Husky Stadium, where ushers and stadium management will assist fans in recycling and composting. Additionally, UW has announced a goal of increasing the amount of all waste diverted at football games in Husky Stadium by 10 percent during the 2010 season.

Eco-friendliness is a part of life at UW

May 5, 2010

Although Earth Day 2010 is now a distant memory, there is still cause to celebrate environmental responsibility on campus as the The Princeton Review’s Green Honor Roll awarded the UW a Green Rating of 99, the highest possible score.
 
Earlier this school year, SIERRA Magazine ranked the UW No. 2 on its top-20 “Coolest Schools.” Universities were ranked based on efforts to curb global climate change and reduce waste.
 

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.

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.

Student clean-tech innovations impress at UW Environmental Innovation Challenge

April 8, 2010

An engineer, an entrepreneur and an environmentalist walk into a vacated airplane hangar ... or, in the case of the UW Environmental Innovation Challenge, held on April 1, hundreds of them ventured into Hangar 30 in Seattle's Magnuson Park.
That's where 19 interdisciplinary student teams demonstrated their clean-tech innovations before a who's-who list of industry experts serving as judges for the competition. Challengers vied for prizes totaling $22,500.

Filling In The Gap

April 5, 2010

Residence halls and dining facilities generated 600 tons of compost at the UW last year, and some ASUW senators are attempting to increase this effort with a resolution to expand composting to other areas of campus.

The resolution recommends that UW Recycling and Solid Waste create a pilot program to place compost bins in buildings throughout campus. ASUW will vote on the legislation in the coming weeks.

“Right now, we have the momentum,” said Matt Zemek, ASUW senator and sponsor of the resolution. “I saw that HFS had a very successful composting program.”

Trash-In 2010

March 1, 2010

What: Trash-In 2010--a mini trash sort
Where: Bryant Annex, 1137 NE Boat Street/Parking Lot W34 (just west of Agua Verde)
When: 8:30am to 1:30pm; come when you can—you do not need to be here for the entire sort
Why: Believe it or not, sorting trash is cool!