The UW is helping Seattle reach its goal of reducing emissions by 7 percent through increasing its focus on renewable energy.
The University became Seattle City Light's largest purchaser of renewable energy in February and built its first certified "green" building in January 2005.
Although the UW burns natural gas to heat its buildings, all of the its other day-to-day electricity comes from renewable sources like hydropower, wind power and solar power.
These energy forms are not only renewable, but also carbon-neutral, meaning they emit no net carbon into the atmosphere.
"The University is a leader in trying to set an example for other agencies and businesses in the Seattle area to do what they can to protect the environment and the climate," said John Chapman, acting associate vice president for facility services.