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Princeton Review Score of 96
A sustainability commitment profile focused on the academic offerings, campus infrastructure, activities, and career preparation of higher education institutions.


Ranked # 4 by Sierra Club Cool Schools 
The "Coolest Schools" rankings are an index that, while not able to account for every environmental initiative or program, provides information about some of the most important elements of campus sustainability.


A- on the Green Report Card
The College Sustainability Report Card is the only independent evaluation of campus and endowment sustainability activities at colleges and universities in the United States and Canada. In contrast to the academic focus on sustainability in research and teaching, the Report Card examines colleges and universities, as institutions, through the lens of sustainability.

Salmon Safe Certified
Recognizing UW in its efforts to protect salmon habitat and water quality, and reduce its environmental impact over the next five years.  


Green Washington Award
Seattle Business Magazine recognizes companies in Washington that demonstrate commitment to environmental sustainability through leadership, initiatives, innovation, and technology. The University of Washington won the award in the government/academic category.

UW Designated Silver as a Bicycle Friendly University
The Bicycle Friendly University (BFU) program recognizes institutions of higher education for promoting and providing a more bicycle-friendly campus for students, staff and visitors.


Green Cleaning Award
UW Custodial Services was awarded the Green Cleaning Award for the second time from American School and University in the higher education category.


UWMC & HMC Practice Greenhealth Recognition
The UWMC maintains its Environmental Leadership Circle status for the 5th consecutive year! The Environmental Leadership Award is the premier Award recognizing health care facilities that exemplify environmental excellence and are setting the highest standards for environmental practices and sustainability in health care.

Harborview Medical Center is recognized as a Partner for Change! The Partner for Change Award recognizes healthcare facilities that continuously improve and expand upon thier mercury elimination, waste reduction, and pollution prevention programs.


UW Ranks Among NCAA's Best In Stadium Waste Diversion
Husky Stadium participated in the Environmental Protection Agency's Game Day Challenge, a national competition focused on waste diversion efforts at college and university football stadiums. UW Husky Stadium ranked 7th out of 75 schools with a 53% diversion rate!

UW Undergraduate Environmental Studies Top Ten
Edward Fiske, author of the #1 college guide Fiske Guide to Colleges 2011, has personally handpicked ten undergraduate environmental studies programs that should be on future applicants’ radars, The list includes the University of Washington undergraduate environmental studies program! 

Commuter Challenge Diamond Ring Award
The goal of the Diamond Awards is to publicly recognize those local businesses and employee transportation coordinators that regularly go “above and beyond” when it comes to providing trip reduction programs to employees. Commuter Challenge showcases effective employee transportation programs in the King County region.

Diamong Ring recepients are recognized for their outstanding leadership in the field.

Environmental Leadership Circle Award Practice Greenhealth
UW Medical Center has won its fifth consecutive Environmental Leadership Circle Award from Practice Greenhealth, a national organization that recognizes environmentally responsible operations within healthcare. As the highest of eight award categories, the leadership award is the most competitive. Eligible facilities must demonstrate leadership in environmental practices and sustainability, meet mercury-free criteria, and recycle at least 25 percent of their total waste.


 Earth Day Network University Challenge #2
The University of Washington placed second in the Earth Day Network's Billion Acts of Green Universtiy Challenge! We collected over 2,000 Acts of Green, including pledges and attendees to our Earth Day Event.


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