New University Buildings To Be Green

February 12, 2007

Green building is undergoing a metamorphosis from the gospel of environmentalists to a regular practice of the business community — including at the UW.

On the UW campus, all new buildings are being built in an environmentally conscious manner and the newest, the Benjamin D. Hall Interdisciplinary Research Building, was recently certified LEED-Gold by the U.S. Green Building Council.

The five basics the council looks for are, "sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality."

Staff Editorial : Facing The Global Warming Crisis

November 29, 2006

With Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth released on video last weekend, and with the Supreme Court intending to hear its first case on global warming starting today, human-induced climate change is clearly a hot topic.

In a case led by Massachusetts and supported by the Environmental Protection Agency, 11 other states (including Washington) and various environmental nonprofits, the Bush administration's stance on the regulation of carbon dioxide emissions will be challenged in the high court.

City And Country Address Global Warming

August 16, 2006

Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels announced last month that 275 mayors across the country are joining him in pledging to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions and help stem the threat of climate change.

The pledge, officially known as the U.S. Mayors' Climate Protection Agreement, is modeled after the Kyoto Protocol, which the federal government refused to sign in 2005. The mayor's announcement means that a number of mayors around the country acknowledge the threat of catastrophic climate change and are willing to shape policy to address the threat.

Lawsuit Aims For Better Emission Control

June 1, 2006

A deadlock over the issue of global warming has drawn the city of Seattle, 14 leading climate scientists and several groups of Native Alaskans to file a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Two of the plaintiffs, John M. Wallace and David Battisti, are UW atmospheric scientists.

The lawsuit aims to make the U.S. Supreme Court obligate the EPA to regulate automobile emissions and recognize how they contribute to global warming.

Seattle, UW Seek To Lower Emissions

April 20, 2006

The UW is helping Seattle reach its goal of reducing emissions by 7 percent through increasing its focus on renewable energy.

The University became Seattle City Light's largest purchaser of renewable energy in February and built its first certified "green" building in January 2005.

Although the UW burns natural gas to heat its buildings, all of the its other day-to-day electricity comes from renewable sources like hydropower, wind power and solar power.

Media Alert: Arbor Day, Earth Day photo opportunities

April 19, 2006

Among the events coinciding with Earth Day this year are the College of Forest Resources' annual Arbor Day Fair for area first- and second-graders, and a day of trail building and clean up with volunteers from the Student Conservation Association at the Washington Park Arboretum, a part of the UW Botanic Gardens.

1,200 first- and second-graders to attend
Arbor Day Fair April 20-21

Campus Recycling Doubles

April 17, 2006

The amount of materials recycled on campus has more than doubled since UW Housing and Food Services (HFS) introduced its new recycling plan in January.

Before the plan was initiated, campus recycling totals were 14.34 tons a month. By February, monthly campus totals rose to 34.94, with 20 tons of new recyclables originating from the residence halls alone, said Pat Kaufman, HFS recycling program operations manager.

Green Energy Runs UW

February 9, 2006

The UW has become Seattle's largest buyer of green energy, Mayor Greg Nickels announced yesterday.

The UW, which recently joined Seattle City Light's Green Up program, now runs entirely on sources of renewable energy that emit no carbon into the atmosphere, said UW President Mark Emmert. These sources include hydropower, wind power and solar power, according to the Seattle City Light Web site.

"Today the UW has become our largest partner in the Green Up program," Nickels said. "The UW has taken a key step in its commitment to fight global climate change."

ASUW Looks To Biodiesel

January 26, 2006

The ASUW is looking to make the campus greener by helping the University produce some of its own fuel.

The ASUW Board of Directors (BOD) formed a committee to push biodiesel use on campus last week.

The committee wants to persuade the UW Motor Pool to power its vehicles with fuel made from cooking oil, said Karl Smith, ASUW's director of operations.

The task force was formed after the UW Biodiesel Alliance, a student group, appealed to the board for support last week, Smith said.

Recycling Improved In Dorms

January 5, 2006

Residence hall students can forget trekking outside to the dumpsters to recycle their cans and cardboard boxes. Starting this week, Housing and Food Services (HFS) is implementing a revised recycling plan in hopes of significantly reducing the amount of waste residence halls produce.

With the new single-stream bin program, students can recycle without leaving their floors or sorting items into separate containers.

HFS facilities manager Michael Glidden said the plan will make recycling convenient and simple.