We've scratched the surface of Sierra magazine's Cool Schools list on Treehugger before, but this time I've decided to dig into one of the schools so we can learn more about what makes it so green.
The University of Washington (UW) topped the list this year, and Aubrey Batchelor, Program Coordinator in UW's Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability office, said green programs and projects are commonplace at UW.
"One thing we talk about at UW is creating responsible global citizens," she said. "As part of our mission at the university, we try to educate the students and provide practical experiences they can bring out into the world with them.'
One example is UW graduate student Daniel Brody, who's studying public affairs and forest resources. Brody received a Campus Sustainability Fund grant to increase composting on campus and identify a strategic communication plan for campus entities who work to promote compost efforts and raise awareness on campus.
"Staff at UW is really committed to sustainability and they respect the students' expertise and what they can bring to the table," he said. "When you have people like that it makes it easy to push sustainability efforts on campus. I've been really impressed with the willingness of university employees to be open with the student population and support the student efforts that are going on."