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.

The University received the Silver Award in the Academia category—one of 12 categories honoring the 22 top sustainability-minded organizations. Winners were selected by a panel of judges from prominent organizations in the region, including the Washington Environmental Council, Climate Solutions, the Bainbridge Graduate Institute, and the Washington Clean Technology Alliance.

Seattle Magazine’s November 2013 issue features the UW alongside other winners. The feature highlights the UW’s ground-breaking Smart Grid project, energy efficiency improvements, LEED construction, Green Roofs, and sustainably-remodeled Husky Stadium among its many “green” accomplishments.

“This award touches so many aspects of our organization,” said Sandra Archibald, Dean of the UW Evans School of Public Affairs and Chair of the Environmental Stewardship Committee. “It’s indicative of how we live and work, and what we value as a university and as a community. We are extremely honored to be recognized among Washington’s leaders in sustainability.”

The UW consistently ranks among the top environmentally-friendly schools in the United States. Most recently, the University was named to the Princeton Review’s Green Honor Roll and the Sierra Club’s “Greenest Colleges” list.