Digging Up The Dirt: The Greenhouse Farm Teaches Students About Urban Agriculture

October 21, 2008

During the ‘70s, at University of California at Santa Cruz, Alan Trimble got his hands dirty on the school’s student farm. He remembers the experience as a significant factor in teaching students where their food cones from — a lesson he feels UW students need to better learn.

Today, Trimble, a UW biology lecturer, is founder of the Greenhouse Farm. Most students probably don’t even notice the building, which is nestled behind some trees in the southwestern part of campus. Surrounding it are rows of tomatoes, lettuce, cucumbers and other vegetables.

Experts consider U.S. energy policy

October 17, 2008

An old adage says there are two sides to every story; yesterday evening, a public forum on United States energy policy proved a caveat to that truth. Four expert panelists representing climate science, legislative policy, economics and industry spoke about the priorities they believe will best serve the next president.
Given the proximity to what many consider a critical election, the forum provided important background information and answers to the UW community and the general public.

New course leads to student contest for environmental solutions

October 16, 2008

A new "Environmental Innovation Practicum" course, offered this quarter, will be a springboard for a universitywide competition that will encourage students to develop practical solutions to environmental problems.
The two-credit course, which is the first activity sponsored by the new College of the Environment, will acquaint students with key concepts through case studies presented by speakers representing the public and private sectors. The theme for this year's course is water.

UW Regents Approve College of Environment

June 13, 2008

The University of Washington Board of Regents on Thursday voted unanimously to create a new College of the Environment. The regents showed strong support for the idea, in the face of opposition from some state legislators and faculty over recent weeks.
But the vote creates little more than an empty shell at this point. It will be up to President Mark Emmert and Provost Phyllis Wise to persuade faculty from various schools and departments to join the new college. Wise has pledged that no departments will be forced to join against their will.

Biofuels Are Not The Way To Go

April 24, 2008

In the rush for energy independence, U.S. policy isn’t helping. Don’t get me wrong: I strongly believe that we need to stop using Arab oil for diplomatic reasons as well as environmental ones. But government policies put in place to combat the use of oil are hurting the United States and rest of the world more than they help.

Seattle's plans for future shaped by climate change still in infancy

March 31, 2008

Climate change will make Washington a warmer and wetter place, even while shrinking the snow packs that supply us with drinking water and salmon with robust streams. In Seattle, scientists say, the future holds water -- and lots of it -- with the rising of Puget Sound.
The University of Washington's Climate Impacts Group, tapped by the state to lend its expertise to climate change policy, predicted in January that sea levels in Puget Sound could rise by as much as 50 inches by 2100.

Graduate Students And American Indian Tribes Work For Biofuel Solutions

March 14, 2008

Eight UW graduate students are working with local American Indian tribes on a research and education program about biofuels in the Bioresource-Based Energy for Sustainable Societies program.

Led by professors from the UW’s College of Engineering, College of Forest Resources and department of American Indian studies, the program approaches biofuels in a comprehensive curriculum.

WashPIRG Challenges Olympia For Climate Change

February 21, 2008

Tomorrow, students from WashPIRG chapters at the UW, as well as Evergreen State College, Whitman, Western Washington and Green River Community College will be taking their Campus Climate Challenge to Olympia for a day of environmental awareness and advocacy.

WashPIRG members will be meeting with several state representatives and senators to discuss four environmentally progressive bills, which they hope will be passed by the end of the current legislative session on March 12.

The UW’S Greener Initiatives Help The Environment

January 30, 2008

The University earned an average grade of “A-” on the 2008 College Sustainability Report Card, an independent environmental sustainability evaluation of campus operations and endowment investments.

Of the 200 schools evaluated on the report card, the UW is tied for the highest average grade with Harvard University and Dartmouth, Middlebury and Carleton colleges, and the University of Virginia. The Sustainable Endowments Institute, a special project of the Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, published the report in October 2007.