Aerial view of Seattle and Mt. Rainier

The UW's Sustainability Action Plan calls for a 5% reduction in emissions from professional travel by 2025. Professional travel, particularly air travel, is a significant contributor to our total greenhouse gas emissions. We recognize that collaboration is a central activity of academic research, and UW faculty and staff travel for many reasons, including networking, researching, learning and reporting.

While some air travel will remain necessary, the COVID-19 crisis has shown that videoconferencing technologies can provide connections without travel. We have compiled information on videoconferencing options across the UW, as well as resources below to consider alternatives to air travel for shorter trips.