Man finds humor in surplus at UW store and draws a crowd

April 26, 2012

When you have a master's degree in creative writing but end up working at the University of Washington's Surplus Store, you need an outlet for those creative juices.

Luckily for Eric Wahl, one of his jobs there is describing for the store's website all those no-longer-needed desks, chairs, microscopes and even baby grand pianos.

So a bunch of old TVs being sold at $15 to $25 each become not pedestrian electronics, but:

UW awards six Husky Green Awards for 2012

April 20, 2012

Winners of the third annual Husky Green Awards were announced Friday during Earth Day activities.

Justin Hellier, graduate student, public affairs and environmental and forest sciences
Katie Stultz, senior, community, environment and planning

Dean Pearson, gardener lead, intercollegiate athletics
Storm Hodge, assistant director, housing and food services

Washington Student Athlete Advisory Council
Patio Display Garden Team, UW Tower Green Team

UW students invest their energy, ideas and cash in green projects

April 19, 2012

From a student-run farm to fix-it-yourself bike stations around campus, students at the University of Washington have taken a campaign to increase environmental sustainability in new directions over the past two years.

On Friday, during the school's annual Earth Day ceremony, the UW will celebrate its environmental efforts as part of HuskyFest, a three-day celebration marking the 150th anniversary of the university's founding.

UW students rev up for green car competition

April 19, 2012

They didn't have much time or experience but it was an opportunity they could not let get away.

So, students at the University of Washington and supportive professors found an old basement in the Mechanical Engineering Annex that had a garage door. Since then the race has been on to turn that space into an automotive laboratory where UW students hope to take the national lead in new car technology.

Dirty to Digital: UW introduces ‘intelligent’ kiosks for composting, recycling, garbage

April 19, 2012


Solar-powered. Wireless. Data-driven. You might not think of these terms when describing waste collection, but this traditionally low-tech field is about to become less dirty and more digital thanks to a new program at UW.

As part of a just-launched pilot, a number of the existing outdoor garbage and recycling cans on Red Square have been replaced with high-tech, automated kiosks that collect more types of materials. The kiosks will be officially launched during a small ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10:30 a.m., Friday, April 20, during Earth Day festivities.

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. 

EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson to be commencement speaker

March 28, 2012

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa P. Jackson will be the University of Washington’s commencement speaker in ceremonies June 9 at CenturyLink Field.

As EPA head, Jackson leads the Obama administration’s efforts to protect the nation’s environment. She leads a staff of more than 18,000 who address health threats from pollution and work to promote a greener economy.

Bright Idea: A Blanket Endorsement

April 2012

When loggers have finished harvesting a forest or farmers have harvested a field, they gather the remaining scraps in big slash piles and burn them. The practice generates large amounts of carbon dioxide and smoke while wasting valuable organic matter. Carbon Cultures, a startup launched by University of Washington students after they won a $50,000 grant from the National Science Foundation, has devised an innovative way to turn those slash piles into a commercial product called biochar, a type of charcoal that increases soil fertility.