Puget Sound encyclopedia launches online

October 27, 2012

An encyclopedia specific to the Puget Sound region is now available online to the general public. This encyclopedia is the first if its kind in the area.

The new encyclopedia is compiled by a network of researchers and students. The Puget Sound Institute (PSI) — an agreement among the UW, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the Puget Sound Partnership — spearheaded the project. Regional scientists reviewed the encyclopedia to ensure accuracy.

“This is a new way of doing science,” said Lisa Graumlich, dean of the College of the Environment.

Small Changes, A Greener Office

March 2, 2012

Offices around campus can now be graded on being "green."

The Green Office Certification Program allows offices around campus to quantify their endeavors toward environmental responsibility. The UW’s Environmental Stewardship & Sustainability (ESS) office initiated the program with the objective of setting standards for sustainable office practices. Green Office Certification is a component of the university’s Climate Action Plan, which outlines steps toward a carbon neutral campus.

The certification program was a student-led initiative, developed by ESS Staff Assistant Jennifer Perkins who began working on the program when she was a student last year. She said she decided to design a certification program because it could serve as both a learning tool for staff employees and promote green practices that are already in place.


UW Tacoma’s Joy Building receives highest green-building certification

February 1, 2012

The Green Building Certification Institute has awarded LEED Platinum certification – the highest, most rigorous certification in the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design system— to the University of Washington Tacoma’s Russell T. Joy Building.

It's a first for Tacoma and for the University of Washington that a building has achieved the Platinum rating for "new construction/major remodel." It is the second state-funded building to receive this recognition.