Vertical sustainability: Moveable 'green walls' coming to Gould Hall

June 5, 2012

A project under way at the College of Built Environments gives driven-up-the-wall new meaning.

Nancy Rottle, an associate professor of landscape architecture, and seven students from four different disciplines — aided by professionals on and off campus — are mounting the Biodiversity Green Wall, Edible Green Screen + Water Harvesting Demonstration Project on the southeast side of Gould Hall.

“This work will potentially show the capacity of building skins to ecologically contribute to the urban environment, “ said Rottle, who directs the Green Futures Research and Design Lab. “We want to use the project as a billboard for new sustainable practices, and to discover to what extent green walls and screens can help promote biodiversity, produce food and reduce energy use. By harvesting water to irrigate the green wall, the project will reduce potable consumption and may lessen storm water impacts.”

Glaciology graduate student to discuss science behind SIFF film 'Chasing Ice'

May 22, 2012

Kristin Poinar, a UW graduate student in glaciology, will join director Jeff Orlowski following two screenings of the movie “Chasing Ice” to talk about the science behind melting glaciers. The documentary features stark video of vanishing glaciers, shot over years using time lapse cameras deployed in the Arctic. Inspired by National Geographic photographer James Balog, the film aims to shine a spotlight on the effects of climate change.

Husky Stadium Deepens Carbon Footprint

May 24, 2012

The UW prides itself in its sustainability. A recent all-student email celebrated the campus’s green accomplishments and outlined future plans. Meanwhile, one of the most notable renovations on campus will increase greenhouse gases.

Once erected, the new Husky Stadium will have cost $250 million, making it the most expensive project on campus. It will also release an extra 1,000 metric tons of greenhouse gases per year compared to the previous stadium.

Employer-Assisted Housing Returns to Seattle’s University District

May 8, 2012

The University of Washington and Seattle Children’s Hospital are partnering to develop 184 housing units in Seattle’s bustling University District, an urban neighborhood that services university students. Aligned with the principles of the larger University District Livability Partnership, which aims to encourage a walkable, mixed-use neighborhood near the planned Brooklyn light rail station, the project is believed to be one of the first first employer-sponsored housing developments in the city since the early 20th century.

Recognition for UW waste management

May 16, 2012

The UW has been awarded a gold medal for waste management by the National Association of Colleges and Universities [Food Services]. The recognition acknowledges the work of the UW Department of Housing & Food Services in reducing waste sent to landfills and increasing campus composting and recycling.

“Our program has come a long way since its early beginnings,” said Micheal Meyering, manager of Housing & Food Services.

Increasing speed of Greenland glaciers gives new insight for rising sea level

May 3, 2012

Changes in the speed that ice travels in more than 200 outlet glaciers indicates that Greenland's contribution to rising sea level in the 21st century might be significantly less than the upper limits some scientists thought possible, a new study shows.

"So far, on average we're seeing about a 30 percent speedup in 10 years," said Twila Moon, a University of Washington doctoral student in Earth and space sciences and lead author of a paper documenting the observations published May 4 in Science.