UW Medicine Hospitals Win Top Environmental Awards

Aug. 27, 2014

Harborview Medical Center and University of Washington Medical Center have each been selected for the Top 25 Environmental Excellence Award from Practice Greenhealth.  The Top 25 Award recognizes health care facilities across the country that exemplify environmental excellence and is setting the highest standards for environmental practices in health care.  This is the third consecutive year that HMC has won the top award from Practice Greenhealth and the eighth consecutive year for UWMC to receive the top award.

ESS Associate Vice President Ruth Johnston honored by NACUBO

July 31, 2014

ESS Associate Vice President Ruth Johnston was given the Professional Development Award by the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) at their 2014 annual meeting in Seattle.

The award recognizes outstanding individual contributions to NACUBO professional development activities as well as the association's publication programs.

International award cites UW for leadership in sustainability

June 6, 2014

The University of Washington is one of four universities worldwide, and the only one from the United States, named this week as a Sustainable Campus Excellence Award winner by the International Sustainable Campus Network.

The awards, presented June 3 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, recognize sustainable campus projects that demonstrate leadership, creativity, effectiveness and performance in the areas of building, campus, integration and student leadership.

UW team builds a hybrid with some muscle for collegiate contest

May 24, 2014

On the outside, it’s a basic, affordable, midsized Chevy Malibu.

But on the inside it’s a hybrid like no other, with two separate engines — one biodiesel, the other electric — that together give it the muscle of, well, a muscle car, not the faint and tentative speed of some hybrids.

For the past three years, a team of University of Washington students has designed, planned, tested, rebuilt, rewired and re-engineered the innards of the General Motors car.

UW leads with compost program

May 26, 2014

Every year 7.2 million tons of food is wasted and thrown away, which releases 17 million tons of CO2. Wasting food costs the environment and economy with landfill production and disposal costs. However, the University of Washington has a great food waste composting program, which provides compostable napkins, cups straws and containers in all dining facilities.

Friday Harbor Labs Reap Big Savings With Lighting Upgrades

April 30, 2014

The University of Washington Friday Harbor Labs is receiving a rebate check for $46,230 after completing a substantial lighting efficiency upgrade project in late March.  This retrofit was a component of a larger ESCO project to “green up” facilities.  The lab upgraded to high performance linear bulbs and ballasts and replaced incandescent lighting with LEDs.This will result in an estimated energy savings of 101,333 kWhs annually!

Conservation Gamification

The University of Washington is participating in the Campus Conservation Nationals, a competition to conserve energy and water on campus this month.  The competition is part of a gamification trend -- using game mechanics to engage people to achieve non-game goals. UW views it as education outside the classroom, a catalyst that will change how students think about their lifestyles. 

Fifth year in a row, UW among green colleges

April 22, 2014

In time for Earth Day, the UW has been listed among the 22 most environmentally responsible “green colleges” in a guidebook just published by the Princeton Review and the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council.

Those schools all received the highest rating (99) in a 2013 survey of 832 schools in the U.S. and Canada that asked about the institutions’ sustainability related policies, practices and programs. It is the fifth consecutive year UW has been on the “green colleges” list.