Food Co-Op To Have A Home In The Hub

March 8, 2012

Students can now expect to see the Student Food Cooperative (SFC) cafe in the new HUB since the SFC has agreed to partner with Housing & Food Services (HFS).

The SFC promotes awareness of the environmental, social, economic, and health impacts of the agro-food system.

Jessica Wallach, co-chair of the student-run cooperative, said SFC’s autonomy was the fundamental value in the process.

Future foresters face off

March 3, 2012

DARRINGTON -- It's the Canadians versus the Americans. No, not in hockey.

And more than bragging rights, the outcome someday could help flagging timber industries in both countries.

Forestry students from the University of Washington and the University of British Columbia arrived in Darrington on Friday to participate in the 2012 Silviculture Challenge.

Facilities Services receives $1 million for energy conservation

March 7, 2012

Facilities Services is continuing a long-standing energy conservation partnership with Seattle City Light in an agreement for the utility to fund energy conservation initiatives on campus. The agreement provides retroactive funds for capital and staff resources to implement and maintain several energy conservation measures.

“It’s a big deal for us,” said Charles Kennedy, associate vice president for Facilities Services.

Real Dawgs Dig It

March 6, 2012

Come. Stay. Sort.

Real Dawgs everywhere are invited to join us at the 2012 UW Trash-In! It’s a fun and insightful mini trash sort aimed at exploring how much recyclable and compostable material is still being thrown away on campus.

On April 11, 2012, from 10am to 2pm in Red Square, volunteers will suit up and sort through one day’s worth of trash from designated campus buildings. Materials will be separated into categories that mirror the types currently collected on campus:

UW students to design alternative-fuels vehicle for EcoCAR 2 competition

March 1, 2012

The UW campus is seeing more alternative fuel vehicles like the Toyota Prius, the Nissan Leaf and the Chevy Volt. In the lower level of the mechanical engineering building annex, UW students are working on a car that aims to leave them in the dust, from an environmental standpoint.

A team of more than 40 students is competing in the EcoCAR 2 competition, an international contest sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy and General Motors Co.

Small Changes, A Greener Office

March 2, 2012

Offices around campus can now be graded on being "green."

The Green Office Certification Program allows offices around campus to quantify their endeavors toward environmental responsibility. The UW’s Environmental Stewardship & Sustainability (ESS) office initiated the program with the objective of setting standards for sustainable office practices. Green Office Certification is a component of the university’s Climate Action Plan, which outlines steps toward a carbon neutral campus.

The certification program was a student-led initiative, developed by ESS Staff Assistant Jennifer Perkins who began working on the program when she was a student last year. She said she decided to design a certification program because it could serve as both a learning tool for staff employees and promote green practices that are already in place.


UW Food Experts Talk Sustainability And History

February 7, 2012

At the Neptune Theatre last night, 10 food experts from the UW and around the region presented food history, knowledge, and customs that don’t involve trips to the grocery store.

The “Short Takes: What the World Eats” event, hosted by the Burke Museum and produced in conjunction with the Seattle Theatre Group, gave 10 speakers six minutes and 20 slides each to share wisdom ranging from eating insects to dumpster diving.

David Giles, P.h.D. candidate for the UW Department of Anthropology spoke with the intention of changing the way people think about trash.

If a tree falls in the ‘forest,’ UW Botanic Garden arborists hear -- view slide show

February 7, 2012

Like dominos, two of Seattle’s signature oaks in the Washington Park Arboretum’s Rhododendron Glen toppled under January’s heavy snows.

“The 60-foot-tall canyon live oak and a smaller huckleberry oak are among the best specimens in the city according to Arthur Lee Jacobson’s ‘Trees of Seattle,’” said Chris Watson, arborist with the University of Washington Botanic Gardens, which oversees the plant collection in the arboretum.