Earth Week 2007: Simplify At The Earth Fair

April 19, 2007

Earth Fair

When: 10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Where: HUB lawn


Earth Day is April 22.

The day of action was started in 1970, a time when, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, "rivers caught fire and cities were hidden under dense clouds of smoke." Twenty million people celebrated the first Earth Day, with numbers growing ever since. To get involved, check out these Web sites:

Earth Week 2007: Epa Ordered To Take Action On CO2 Emissions

April 18, 2007

A Supreme Court ruling earlier this month ordering the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to take action to limit the amount of carbon dioxide emissions into the atmosphere could make profound changes throughout the country.

The Supreme Court decision stated, "A well-documented rise in global temperatures has coincided with a significant increase in the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere."

Global warming essays chosen as next Common Book

March 29, 2007

It's official: The next Common Book is Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature, and Climate Change.

Earlier this month, 16 UW faculty members, administrators and students recommended Elizabeth Kolbert's collection of essays about global warming as the 2007-2008 Common Book,

"The committee felt it time for the University to have this conversation," said Jill McKinstry, director of Odegaard Undergraduate Library and co-chair of the selection committee.

Dawgs go green: UW becomes charter member of group to address global warming

March 29, 2007

The UW has become a member of the Leadership Circle of the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment, by which the University agrees to adopt policies that minimize global warming emissions and integrate sustainability more firmly into the curriculum, and also to provide leadership in encouraging other universities and colleges to join in the effort to address global climate change.

The commitment involves all three UW campuses. Chancellors at both UW Bothell and UW Tacoma have signed the commitment, along with UW President Mark A. Emmert.

Who knew? Ride in the Rain bikers are poets, too

March 8, 2007

Maybe it's the long hours alone on the bike that provide the inspiration, or maybe it's all that dreary rain. Whatever the cause, participants in the UW's Ride in the Rain program have shown that they are poets, too.

And, no less, poets with a flair for the brevity and punch of haiku, the Japanese verse generally based on the pattern of five syllables for the first line, then seven for the second, and five again for the third.

Like this: Morning downpour ride / Fix first flat of the new year / Smooth roads now -- onward.

Growing From Garbage

February 15, 2007

There are places on campus that are hidden treasures, places you don't stumble upon unless you know where to look.

One such place is the Union Bay Natural Area (UBNA). While 74 acres of wildlife area might not be that easy to hide, its somewhat-secluded location across from the IMA sports fields makes it a place many students never visit.