Decades of wild swings in crab populations – some natural, some human-caused – dramatize the myriad issues surrounding questions about sustainable fisheries and the ecosystems that support them.
To the casual observer, the new courtyard behind the modest, single-story Community Design Center (CDC) looks like nothing more than a patch of cement with plants around the edges.
Talk of stormwater and storm drains sounds so gray, so grimy, so boring. Yet mention stormwater to UW Tacoma’s Brian Hite, Jacob Moore and John Pelerine, and get set for an animated discussion on rain gardens, pollution’s deadly effect on baby salmon, and research that may someday lead to cleaner waters in Puget Sound.
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.
Three individuals and two groups were honored at the UW Earth Day celebration as winners of the second annual Husky Green Award. The award, sponsored by the Environmental Stewardship Advisory Committee, recognizes those who have shown leadership, initiative and dedication to environmental stewardship and sustainability at the University.
Individual winners are:
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.
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.
A research group at the University of Washington will get as much as 100 million dollars to team with the federal government to study a range of environmental issues. The UW's Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean was chosen to continue working with federal scientists on climate change, fisheries and more.
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.
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.”