Nestled in the Department of Environmental and Forest Sciences on south campus, the DeLuca Lab is a little different than its peers. Shutdown procedures cover its machines, signs with friendly reminders not to drain soil hover over its sinks, and as of now, it holds the Green Laboratory Certification Program’s highest sustainability score.
How green is your office?
Now there’s a way to find out and even quantify your office’s efforts at environmental responsibility. The Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability (ESS) office, housed within Finance & Facilities has created a Green Office Certification Program which consists of an informal audit of office practices, accomplished through a short survey.
In alignment with UW’s 2Y2D strategic direction, Student Fiscal Services is making a major commitment to sustainable business practices by eliminating paper reports produced by the Student Database (SDB).
Working in conjunction with UWIT and our process partners, we have already converted many reports to PDF format and have stored them on a network drive. This has drastically reduced the number of daily SDB reports being printed – saving a substantial number of trees in the process.
Why shouldn’t going green and learning about sustainability be fun?
That’s the thinking behind the UW Tower Green Fair, to be held in the Tower cafeteria from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, May 19. The event is being presented by the UW Tower Green Team — the same folks behind the Tower Patio Demonstration Garden and other environmentally-friendly efforts.
At first glance, the Environmental Stewardship & Sustainability office looks like any other campus work area: Desks, tables, chairs, filing cabinets — check.
But wait, look again. This small office, in the basement of Gerberding Hall (B40), is now a sort of showcase for sustainability in office furnishings. Which makes a certain sense, after all, given its name.
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.
While students farm one-third of an acre on campus, inhabitants of the UW Tower are thinking even smaller. Their plots of land are measured in feet rather than acres, but they produce some crops that are just as appetizing. Say hello to the UW Tower Patio Demonstration Garden. In fact, you may already have seen it. It's located on the brick plaza just south of the tower, in a series of concrete planters.