UWMC wins national environmental award

May 31, 2007

UWMC won a 2007 Hospitals for a Healthy Environment (H2E) award at the leadership level. H2E was founded by the American Hospital Association, the Environmental Protection Agency, Health Care Without Harm and the American Nurses Association.

UWMC is the first hospital in Washington state to win the award and was one of eight recipients nationwide this year. Leadership award winners must recycle at least 25 percent of solid waste (UWMC weighed in at 27 percent) and have eliminated mercury from facilities.

Kaplan Guide 2009 names UW in 25 Green Colleges

August 5, 2008

Today's students are going green and the move towards a sustainable future is impacting many of their decisions, including college and career choices. In recognition of this movement, Kaplan, a premier provider of education services for more than 70 years, has focused its new Kaplan College Guide 2009 for the first time on environmentally responsible schools and green careers.

Compostable Coca-Cola cup launched at UW

January 7, 2009

The UW is the pilot site for the first compostable paper cup designed specifically for soft drinks.
The cup, developed for Coca-Cola fountain drinks, was created by International Paper in cooperation with the UW and Cedar Grove Composting. With the addition of the compostable cup, there is a potential that 150,000 fewer cups will go to landfills annually, and the University's impact on the environment will be lessened.

Drinking Green

January 8, 2009

Going “green” with compostable products has been a goal for the UW’s Housing and Food Services (HFS) for two years now.

The compostable Coca-Cola soft drink ecotainer, unveiled in front of spectators in the Husky Den yesterday morning, is another part of the goal. It is being labeled the final piece in the HFS line of environmentally friendly utensils and food containers that have been widely publicized during the past year. A biodegradable lid is still being developed.

What Can The Sun Do For You?

October 29, 2008

With the rising cost of oil and tensions building in the Middle East, the need for more sustainable energy sources is becoming more urgent. Unfortunately, most alternate energy sources are more expensive than oil, restricting their marketability and usage. This is the problem that Alex Jen, director of the UW’s Institute of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE), has been trying to solve regarding solar power.

Digging Up The Dirt: The Greenhouse Farm Teaches Students About Urban Agriculture

October 21, 2008

During the ‘70s, at University of California at Santa Cruz, Alan Trimble got his hands dirty on the school’s student farm. He remembers the experience as a significant factor in teaching students where their food cones from — a lesson he feels UW students need to better learn.

Today, Trimble, a UW biology lecturer, is founder of the Greenhouse Farm. Most students probably don’t even notice the building, which is nestled behind some trees in the southwestern part of campus. Surrounding it are rows of tomatoes, lettuce, cucumbers and other vegetables.

Experts consider U.S. energy policy

October 17, 2008

An old adage says there are two sides to every story; yesterday evening, a public forum on United States energy policy proved a caveat to that truth. Four expert panelists representing climate science, legislative policy, economics and industry spoke about the priorities they believe will best serve the next president.
Given the proximity to what many consider a critical election, the forum provided important background information and answers to the UW community and the general public.

New course leads to student contest for environmental solutions

October 16, 2008

A new "Environmental Innovation Practicum" course, offered this quarter, will be a springboard for a universitywide competition that will encourage students to develop practical solutions to environmental problems.
The two-credit course, which is the first activity sponsored by the new College of the Environment, will acquaint students with key concepts through case studies presented by speakers representing the public and private sectors. The theme for this year's course is water.