The College Sustainability Report Card is the only independent evaluation of campus and endowment sustainability activities at colleges and universities in the United States and Canada. In contrast to the academic focus on sustainability in research and teaching, the Report Card examines colleges and universities, as institutions, through the lens of sustainability.
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.
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.
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.
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.
University of Washington students chatted with Provost Phyllis Wise about our environment and the role the UW plays in understanding and sustaining it.
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.
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.
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.
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.