UW, WSU compete in environmental pledge

November 15, 2012

As the Apple Cup approaches, the UW and Washington State University (WSU) rivalry strengthens. This rivalry isn’t just limited to sports. Most recently, it has extended to environmental issues. UW and WSU are currently competing in the One Thing Challenge, a competition to get students to pledge to change one thing in their daily routines to help the environment.

The One Thing Challenge began in 2008 when Clive Pursehouse, diversity initiatives administrator for UW Housing & Food Services (HFS), created the challenge and circulated it through the residence halls.

Smart Grid Launches At UW

October 25, 2012

The Pacific Northwest Smart Grid Demonstration Project inaugurated its first widespread demonstration project Oct. 24 at Alder hall. The event marked the official beginning of UW’s effort to install a campus-wide smart grid that tracks power output in every building.

Approximately 90 people attended the event, with U.S. Sens. Maria Cantwell, Patty Murray, and UW Provost Ana Mari Cauce among the speakers.

University of Washington launches research phase of smart grid project

October 24, 2012

The University of Washington marked the start of the data-gathering phase of the UW Smart Grid Project with an event featuring Washington’s two US Senators.

The UW is one of 11 sites in the Pacific Northwest Smart Grid Demonstration Project, made possible by an $89 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy (supplemented with matching funds) and managed by Battelle. The overall project goals are to identify opportunities to help save energy, make the power system more reliable and incorporate renewable energy into the power generation system. 

Recognition for UW waste management

May 16, 2012

The UW has been awarded a gold medal for waste management by the National Association of Colleges and Universities [Food Services]. The recognition acknowledges the work of the UW Department of Housing & Food Services in reducing waste sent to landfills and increasing campus composting and recycling.

“Our program has come a long way since its early beginnings,” said Micheal Meyering, manager of Housing & Food Services.

Meatless in Seattle

April 5, 2012


Come Earth Week, students can expect to see the return of some warm weather, a campus-wide clean-up challenge, a Red Square celebration — and no meat.

On Monday, April 16, Housing Food Services (HFS) looks to kick off Earth Week with a plan that, for one day, will eliminate all meat products from the dining facilities in both the 8 and Terry Hall’s Eleven 01 Cafe. 

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.

Throwing In The Paper Towel Again

November 19, 2010

After Students Expressing Environmental Dedication (SEED) distributed hand towels to residents on Lander Hall’s eighth floor in a pilot program to reduce waste last year, the organization is gearing up for another test run.

Despite lackluster survey response totals tyring to gauge participation, SEED is planning to pass out hand towels to residents of the north tower of Haggett during winter quarter to reach additional students and gather more student response data.