A research group at the University of Washington will get as much as 100 million dollars to team with the federal government to study a range of environmental issues. The UW's Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean was chosen to continue working with federal scientists on climate change, fisheries and more.
Zensi, a research startup that uses simple technology to monitor home electricity and water use, has been acquired by electronics company Belkin International Inc. The startup was based on technology developed by Shwetak Patel, a University of Washington assistant professor in the departments of computer science and engineering and electrical engineering.
Even as you read The Daily today, the worst environmental disaster in recent memory is unfolding: Oil is gushing into the Gulf of Mexico at an alarming rate.
There are certainly many lessons to be learned from this crisis, the most important of which is that the sooner America (and the world) can transition away from oil, the better.
Biofuels are increasingly popular, but also controversial. Ethanol from food crops has been criticized for raising food prices or displacing forests. In some cases, biofuel feedstocks must be transported many miles from where they are grown to where they are used, burning energy along the way.
For the past two and a half years researchers at the UW have been working with local Native American tribes on a different approach. They are developing locally produced bioenergy that makes sense for the Pacific Northwest.
Right off the Burke-Gilman Trail by Stevens Way, what was once a metal roof at the UW Botany Greenhouse is now furnished with three different plant beds, making a productive and earth-friendly “green roof.”
Through donations, planning and coordination across multiple UW departments, the Green Roof Research team of graduate students, faculty and an alumna constructed a rooftop garden intended to demonstrate the various uses of a “green roof.”
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.
Science majors and business students came together outside the classroom yesterday in a competition to find environmentally friendly solutions to current energy problems.
“The most rewarding part of the entire process was having input from everybody, with all the different disciplines coming together to make the team work,” said Colin Corrent, a graduate in the UW’s Biochemistry Department and a member of the UW Triangle Energy team.
The Botany Greenhouse is aiming to show the campus how it can get even greener, not with plants inside, but on top, with a living "green" roof on a shed alongside the greenhouse proper.
On July 1, 2009, the College of Forest Resources became the School of Forest Resources within the University of Washington's new College of the Environment. Our vision is to provide world class, internationally recognized knowledge and leadership for environmental and natural resource issues. Our programs focus on the integrating theme of sustainability in environments that include wilderness and park-like ecosystems, intensively managed planted forests, and urban environments.
Higher education is getting a little smarter. That's because last fall the UW became part of a regional test of a smart grid—a system that uses technology to improve power delivery-and-use through intelligent, two-way communication. Utilizing wireless sensor networks, software and computing, a smart grid enables utilities and users to see how much, and where, energy is being consumed.