Working For A Greener Clean

October 15, 2007

The UW Custodial Services is kicking the bucket and replacing it with a new program called Green Cleaning, intended to reduce the UW's impact on the environment.

The UW Custodial Services and environmental groups such as Students Expressing Environmental Dedication (SEED) are working to make the University community a more environmentally friendly place not only in the dorms, but also on campus as a whole.

SEED Tackles Compost

May 14, 2007

A great deal of food is thrown away everyday and the UW is taking an active stance to improve a global problem starting with the residence halls.

In 1998, President Bill Clinton marked 25 percent as the amount of the U.S. food supply that is wasted daily, reported, an informational Web site regarding hunger.

This quarter, SEED has developed the Lander Compost Pilot Project, a new experiment in effect in Lander Hall that hopes to make composting an accessible source of recycling in residence halls.

Living Green In A Dorm Or Apartment

May 3, 2007

Going green is trendy right now, but does it really apply to students? After all, most students don't own homes, and many cannot come close to affording a hybrid car.


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Campus Recycling Doubles

April 17, 2006

The amount of materials recycled on campus has more than doubled since UW Housing and Food Services (HFS) introduced its new recycling plan in January.

Before the plan was initiated, campus recycling totals were 14.34 tons a month. By February, monthly campus totals rose to 34.94, with 20 tons of new recyclables originating from the residence halls alone, said Pat Kaufman, HFS recycling program operations manager.

Recycling Improved In Dorms

January 5, 2006

Residence hall students can forget trekking outside to the dumpsters to recycle their cans and cardboard boxes. Starting this week, Housing and Food Services (HFS) is implementing a revised recycling plan in hopes of significantly reducing the amount of waste residence halls produce.

With the new single-stream bin program, students can recycle without leaving their floors or sorting items into separate containers.

HFS facilities manager Michael Glidden said the plan will make recycling convenient and simple.

Dorms Rally For Recycling

March 31, 2005

Residents of McCarty South acquired matching dorm accessories last night when students lugged recycling boxes back to their rooms.

Members of Students Expressing Environmental Dedication (SEED) kicked off their pilot recycling project, People's Action for Paper Recycling (PAPR), by distributing boxes to dorm residents with the goal of making paper recycling more convenient in dorm rooms.

Students Seek To Improve Campus Recycling

February 26, 2004

"I've always kind of been a paper Nazi," said Ryan Jones, a UW junior in physics. "I do everything on recycled paper."

Jones is among those students who take recycling seriously. In fact, he's taken his doctrine of "waste not, want not" to a new level by becoming a member of Students Expressing Environmental Dedication (SEED), a student interest group committed to raising recycling awareness on campus, specifically in the residence halls.

According to Jones, SEED members would like to see the University provide better paper-recycling accessibility in the dorms.

How UW Recycling Stacks Up

April 18, 1997

When Sonja Olson walks amid the Hostess products, deli sandwiches, hamburgers, pizza and Mexican food for sale in the Husky Den, she is never comfortable buying food. No matter what she eats for lunch, her entree will be served on a paper plate, her beverage in a disposable container and her utensils will be thrown away. “It just seems like a huge waste,” said Olson, a biology junior. “Think of everyone who eats there and how much could be saved if there was an alternative to disposable products.