The University of Washington (UW) EcoCAR 2 electrical team’s main goal for Year 3 is to make the vehicle’s high and low voltage wiring systems both more serviceable and more compact. The electrical team lead, Brian Magnuson, comments, “Our goal is to have zero time troubleshooting in the pits and move directly into Safety Technical Inspection at the competition.”
A new set of video clips are making their way into classrooms across Washington. The UW’s ground-breaking TV series, Climate of Change, is now available to educators in a collection of convenient sustainability-focused video clips for easy use as a teaching tool. The collection of videos is posted online at www.youtube.com/sustainableUW.
The Green Seed Fund, working off of the university’s Climate Action Plan to achieve a net output of zero greenhouse gases, is helping to make the ideas of those at the UW a reality.
The Green Seed Fund grants funding to select projects proposed by faculty, students, and staff of the UW that contribute to environmental sustainability. The fund is sponsored by the UW Office of Environmental Stewardship & Sustainability, and the recipients of the fund will be selected by the Green Seed Fund Committee.
The Runstad Center is pleased to announce a new Spring 2014 course offering:
RE 598: Green Building Law & Risk Mitigation
Tuesdays/Thursdays, 7 – 8:20 pm (3 credits)
Instructor: Nicole DeNamur, JD & LEED Green Associate
This multidisciplinary course will focus on the intersection of green, high performing buildings and the law. Topics will include:
Nominations for the Husky Green Award are now open. In its fifth year, the award recognizes individuals or groups that demonstrate exemplary commitment to sustainability at the UW. Sponsored by the Environmental Stewardship Committee, the award encourages leadership, initiative and dedication. Nominees may be students, faculty, staff, departments or teams at any UW campus.
The nomination submission deadline is March 10, 2014. Winners will be recognized during Earth Day festivities in April.
The US Green Building Council recently awarded LEED gold certification to UW Medicine Phase 3.1 in South Lake Union. Green features of the 183,000-square-foot, seven-story building include a storm water cistern for irrigation, a heat-recovery chiller, high-efficiency boilers, exhaust air energy recovery and more. The project was financed through $165 million in tax-exempt bonds via the National Development Council. The building has space for more than 400 researchers in immunology, rheumatology, kidney research, infectious disease treatment and prevention, and vision sciences.
The UW Tower Data Center is one of just 27 data centers in the country to have earned a 2013 ENERGY STAR Certification from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. This recognizes reduced power consumption, lowered carbon footprint, and slower growth of future power needs. The Tower Data Center, operated by UW-IT, provides managed space, power and cooling of critical infrastructure supporting IT departments campus-wide. The UW is one of only two universities in the country to have ever received this certification.
Celebrate and shape sustainability at UW during the 4th annual Sustainability Summit on October 23, 2013. This year’s Summit, themed “A Climate of Change”, touts the University’s culture of sustainable thinking, research and education. Events include:
Sustainable Vendor Exhibition
11:30 AM – 2:30 PM, Red Square
Sample sustainable snacks and visit with over 40 exhibitors from UW and beyond who put sustainability first in their organization.
Environmental Stewardship & Sustainability is pleased to announce the launch of the new UW Sustainability Map—a web-based application showing the locations of over 25 types of sustainability resources.