New courtyard and rain garden created behind Community Design Center

October 26, 2011

At first glance, the new courtyard behind the Community Design Center looks like a simple square with benches. Note, however, the rain garden on the perimeter.

Finished recently, the courtyard includes five interconnected plant beds fed from pipes that collect water from the roof of the center.

Rain gardens make sense because they capture, cleanse and slow storm water entering the drainage system, said UW landscape architect Kristine Kenney.

Salmon-safe celebration recognizes years of hard work

March 7, 2011

NBIS and Salmon Safe have been working together to engage businesses and large-scale urban landowners in addressing critical issues that impact our urban salmon runs in Puget Sound. The Salmon-Safe celebration held on February 24th, hosted by the University of Washington, Salmon-Safe and the Network for Business Innovation and Sustainability (NBIS) honored five outstanding urban properties in the Puget Sound region. About 100 attendees were there to enjoy the event with wonderful food from PCC and of course, salmon-safe wines provided by Terra Blanca.

Salmon-safe: UW recognized for protecting water, salmon habitat

February 23, 2011

The UW’s Seattle campus has just become the largest institution in the state to be certified as salmon-safe.

The certification, which was created by the Network for Business Innovation and Sustainability (NBIS), recognizes the UW’s efforts to protect water quality and salmon habitat. In addition, the UW had to agree to further reduce its environmental impact over the coming five years.

UW energy- and water-sensing technology acquired by Belkin

April 22, 2010

Zensi, a research startup that uses simple technology to monitor home electricity and water use, has been acquired by electronics company Belkin International Inc. The startup was based on technology developed by Shwetak Patel, a University of Washington assistant professor in the departments of computer science and engineering and electrical engineering.

Uw Team Brings Rooftop Garden To Campus Greenhouse

April 19, 2010

Right off the Burke-Gilman Trail by Stevens Way, what was once a metal roof at the UW Botany Greenhouse is now furnished with three different plant beds, making a productive and earth-friendly “green roof.”

Through donations, planning and coordination across multiple UW departments, the Green Roof Research team of graduate students, faculty and an alumna constructed a rooftop garden intended to demonstrate the various uses of a “green roof.”