Biodiesel Station Opens Behind U-Village

May 20, 2005

A pumping station for those with urge to "drive green" opened behind University Village this week. The station gives UW denizens a chance to fill their diesel-burning engines with biodiesel.

"It's a chance for people to actually step up and take action," said Tom Marier, a spokesperson for Laurelhurst Oil, the company that owns the station.

"Petroleum is a wonderful product, but I don't know how much sense it makes to burn it," said Marier adding to the trio of advantages he sees in using the vegetable oil based fuel.

Grease Lightning

April 27, 2005

Biodiesel sounds like a concept straight out of Back to the Future. Yet instead of powering up a time machine, the French Fry Fuel FOols (the first O is intentionally capitalized for no real reason, according to the club) use waste from fast food to power ordinary cars.

Ravi Mikkelsen, president of the club, formed the group after participating in a UW project dealing with different forms of energy. He was motivated by the lack of resources on campus for students wanting to create their own biodiesel.

Students Gear Up For Earth Day With Tour Of UW Recycling, Merrill Hall

April 22, 2005

In celebration of Earth Week, the UW's Earth Club hosted tours of the UW Recycle Cener and the newly reconstructed green building, Merrill Hall yesterday.

The Earth Club has dubbed this week Earth Week in celebration of national Earth Day today. Pat Kaufman, the program operations manager, lead the tour of The UW Recycle Center.

"A long time ago, what we do in recycling was unheard of," said Kaufman.

Earth Club Advocates Sustainability

April 20, 2005

In recognition of Earth Week, environmentally friendly UW student groups have set up camp on the HUB lawn with the hopes of spreading the word about how to get involved and make a difference through awareness.

As this is its largest event of the year, the UW Earth Club has called upon its fellow environmentalists, including FlexCar, the UW Recycle Center and the French Fry Fuel Fools, to participate in Earth Week events.

Future UW Buildings 'Green' By Mandate

April 18, 2005

Gov. Christine Gregoire signed a bill into law that will force the UW to go green.

Senate Bill 5509 mandates all buildings over 5,000 square feet that receive state funding to meet the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design silver standard.

The LEED standards, set by the U.S. Green Buildings Council, provide standards for energy and environmentally efficient buildings.

Dorms Rally For Recycling

March 31, 2005

Residents of McCarty South acquired matching dorm accessories last night when students lugged recycling boxes back to their rooms.

Members of Students Expressing Environmental Dedication (SEED) kicked off their pilot recycling project, People's Action for Paper Recycling (PAPR), by distributing boxes to dorm residents with the goal of making paper recycling more convenient in dorm rooms.

'Green' Merrill Hall Unveiled

January 20, 2005

The newly rebuilt Merrill Hall at the Center for Urban Horticulture (CUH) flung open its doors yesterday for the first time since bing destroyed when an arsonist fire-bombed the building in 2001. The grand reopening ceremony included a ribbon cutting and reception celebrating the UW's first certified "green" building.

Faculty, students and community members have been working to reopen Merrill Hall for more than three years.The general mood at the dedication ceremony was one of excitement and delight.

Motor Pool Wins Green Award

November 30, 2004

UW Motor Pool Operations has been recognized as one of seven Washington facilities in fighting pollution. It was awarded the 2004 Governor's Award for Pollution Prevention and Sustainable Practices.

According to manager David Carr, motor pool has many ways of minimizing harmful effects on the environment, the most important of which is not well-known.

"The single most important contribution motor pool makes to pollution prevention and sustainable practices is often overlooked," Carr said.

WashPIRG Demonstrates Concern

October 26, 2004

While the radioactive waste stored at Hanford Nuclear Reservation is 220 miles from the UW campus, 15 students emphasized their belief that these toxins impact the UW community by demonstrating on the HUB lawn yesterday.

Donning lab goggles and painter's masks, the students were dressed in yellow imitation biohazard suits.

These demonstrators, representing the Washington State Public Interest Research Group (WashPIRG), were spreading the message that the situation at Hanford "affects everyone," according to member Alicia Boulet.