Videoconference with Maria Cantwell

February 2, 2009

This Thursday, February 5th, UW will be hosting a videoconference with our senator, Maria Cantwell, to tell Washington, D.C. we must act now to stop climate change. This is a really unique opportunity to meet face-to-face (or face-to-screen?) with our elected official - let's make sure she gets the message loud and clear. Come represent UW in this important dialogue.

Saving carpet from the landfill, five tons at a time

January 29, 2009

Not long ago, a Facilities Services shop that handles flooring diverted its first dumpster-full of old carpet from a dead end in the landfill to a new life as recycled carpet. After nearly a year of hard work on the part of Maintenance Mechanic Lead Jackie Harris, staff in the shop who install flooring, and Eric Johnson from Transportation Services, the carpet will be recycled into new carpet and other building materials through a company in Tacoma called Recovery 1.

Environmental Innovation Challenge

January 13, 2009

In Fall 2008, the University of Washington launched a new UW Environmental Innovation Challenge (EIC) in which interdisciplinary student teams work collaboratively to develop solutions to a specific problem of environmental significance. The EIC will spark new product designs that capitalize on emerging market conditions and propose business concepts that promise significant financial reward while enhancing environmental sustainability.

Going Green

October 1, 2008

The University of Washington is helping to lead a nationwide movement among institutions of higher education to improve their environmental stewardship and focus on sustainability. Indeed, environmental stewardship is an inescapable fact of life at UW—and not just in the academic and research arenas, although it is there, too.

WA State Recycling Association awards HFS Recycler of the Year (ROY)

April 24, 2008

University of Washington Housing and Food Services was recognized as Recycler of the Year for overcoming significant barriers to expand residence hall recycling. Assisted by a residence hall student organization, SEED (Students Expressing Environmental Determination), HFS created a program for composting post-consumer food in dining halls and other food outlets.