UW named America’s fourth ‘coolest’ school by Sierra magazine

August 14, 2012

The University of Washington again has been ranked among the coolest schools in America, placing fourth this year.

Sierra Magazine, the official publication of the Sierra Club, once again placed the University of Washington in the top echelon in the country for its initiatives to operate sustainably and limit its contributions to global warming. This is the fifth year the UW has been among the top-ranked schools; it was first last year.

The complete list of “cool schools” is available at http://www.sierraclub.org/coolschools.

Robert J. Naiman earns award for insights into freshwater ecosystems

Robert J. Naiman, a University of Washington professor known internationally for his work on freshwater ecology and ways to balance environmental and societal considerations, has received the highest award given by the Ecological Society of America, the world’s largest society of professional ecologists.

Each year the Eminent Ecologist Award goes to a senior ecologist who has produced an outstanding body of ecological work according to the society.

Recognition for UW waste management

May 16, 2012

The UW has been awarded a gold medal for waste management by the National Association of Colleges and Universities [Food Services]. The recognition acknowledges the work of the UW Department of Housing & Food Services in reducing waste sent to landfills and increasing campus composting and recycling.

“Our program has come a long way since its early beginnings,” said Micheal Meyering, manager of Housing & Food Services.

UW awards six Husky Green Awards for 2012

April 20, 2012

Winners of the third annual Husky Green Awards were announced Friday during Earth Day activities.

Students
Justin Hellier, graduate student, public affairs and environmental and forest sciences
Katie Stultz, senior, community, environment and planning

Staff
Dean Pearson, gardener lead, intercollegiate athletics
Storm Hodge, assistant director, housing and food services

Groups
Washington Student Athlete Advisory Council
Patio Display Garden Team, UW Tower Green Team

Facilities Services receives $1 million for energy conservation

March 7, 2012

Facilities Services is continuing a long-standing energy conservation partnership with Seattle City Light in an agreement for the utility to fund energy conservation initiatives on campus. The agreement provides retroactive funds for capital and staff resources to implement and maintain several energy conservation measures.

“It’s a big deal for us,” said Charles Kennedy, associate vice president for Facilities Services.

USDOT awards $3.5 million for UW-based regional transportation center

January 25, 2012

The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded a grant of $3.5 million to a multi-university, regional transportation center led by the University of Washington. The newly established Pacific Northwest Transportation Consortium, or PacTrans, will focus on safe and sustainable transportation in environments ranging from busy urban centers to remote mountainous terrain.

“PacTrans will focus on developing sustainable solutions for the diverse transportation needs of the Pacific Northwest,” said director Yinhai Wang, a UW professor of civil and environmental engineering.

An In-Depth Look at the University of Washington, Sierra Magazine's Top Cool School

September 19, 2011

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.