Call for Nominations: Husky Green Award

January 31, 2014

Nominations for the Husky Green Award are now open. In its fifth year, the award recognizes individuals or groups that demonstrate exemplary commitment to sustainability at the UW. Sponsored by the Environmental Stewardship Committee, the award encourages leadership, initiative and dedication. Nominees may be students, faculty, staff, departments or teams at any UW campus.

The nomination submission deadline is March 10, 2014. Winners will be recognized during Earth Day festivities in April.


Forestry lab ups bar for green labs at UW

January 28, 2014

A soils lab that schedules fieldwork to minimize car trips, reuses sampling containers and recycles soils and leftover plant material has achieved the highest score yet in the University of Washington’s 10-month-old Green Laboratory Certification Program.

With an overall score of 95 percent, Tom DeLuca’s environmental and forest sciences lab has just topped the 93 percent previously earned by a UW Bothell chemistry instructional lab.

LEED Gold for UW Medicine Phase 3.1

January 6, 2014

The US Green Building Council recently awarded LEED gold certification to UW Medicine Phase 3.1 in South Lake Union. Green features of the 183,000-square-foot, seven-story building include a storm water cistern for irrigation, a heat-recovery chiller, high-efficiency boilers, exhaust air energy recovery and more. The project was financed through $165 million in tax-exempt bonds via the National Development Council. The building has space for more than 400 researchers in immunology, rheumatology, kidney research, infectious disease treatment and prevention, and vision sciences.

UW Tower Data Center Now ENERGY STAR Certified

December 9, 2013

The UW Tower Data Center is one of just 27 data centers in the country to have earned a 2013 ENERGY STAR Certification from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. This recognizes reduced power consumption, lowered carbon footprint, and slower growth of future power needs. The Tower Data Center, operated by UW-IT, provides managed space, power and cooling of critical infrastructure supporting IT departments campus-wide. The UW is one of only two universities in the country to have ever received this certification.

UW Wins Green Washington Award

October 31, 2013

The University of Washington’s sustainability leadership was recognized Tuesday evening at the fifth annual Green Washington Awards, hosted by Seattle Magazine. The event celebrated 50 organizations in Washington state demonstrating leadership and commitment to sustainable business practices.

University of Washington promotes bicycling to faculty, staff and students; earns BizCycle silver

August 20, 2013

BizCycle isn’t just for your typical business. We adapt the BizCycle credit list is adaptable to fit workplaces of all kinds, even one of the state’s top employers—the University of Washington.

The UW Seattle campus has the challenge of promoting and supporting bicycling for faculty, staff and students—over 68,000 people! But the campus’s size and span has not stopped the University from being a national leader in bicycling.

UW Receives Top Honors in Environmental Sustainability

August 14, 2013

The University of Washington has again been named to the Princeton Review’s Green Honor Roll, receiving a perfect score for the 2012-13 academic year. This marks the fifth year the UW has achieved this distinction.

The Princeton Review—known for its education services helping students choose and get into colleges—annually measures the sustainability of higher education institutions. This “Green Rating” includes environmentally-related practices, policies and academic offerings.