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April's Sustainability Stories will be online-only via Zoom. See below for details and Zoom links. These talks will also be recording and posted online after the event.


April 9, 12 p.m. - Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Terryl Ross, College of the Environment Assistant Dean of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, and Isabel Carrera Zamanillo, Programs Operations Specialist, will discuss how sustainability work  can be more inclusive and welcoming to all of our students, staff, faculty and community partners, as well as the College of the Environment's Intersectionality Project.

April 16, 12 p.m. - Vegan Studies
Jessica Holmes taught the first ever Vegan Studies course at UW this fall. Her talk "Vegan Studies: Teaching Equity, Justice and Sustainability through the Lens of Veganism" will discuss the emerging academic field of Vegan Studies–what is it, how might we situate it within current models of scholarship and activism, and how does it relate to issues of sustainability, ecofeminism and social justice? How might veganism serve as a potential basis for radical social resilience and coexistence on a planet in crisis?

Starting in January, UW Sustainability is presenting a series of talks highlighting sustainability efforts happening across the University of Washington. Talks will be followed by Q&A and networking time.

January 16: Reducing waste at UW
Join UW Recycling and UW Surplus for a discussion on reducing waste at the UW. Learn more about what both groups are doing to help keep our waste out of the landfill. UW Recycling will also talk about the SCRAM (Students Cleanup, Recycle and Moveout) program, which encourages students to donate unwanted items when moving out of residence halls. Last Spring, the program secured more than 43 tons of donations for local groups. UW Surplus will provide information about their operations and the public store, which finds new homes for items which are no longer wanted by UW departments.

January 30: Food system sustainability
Learn about food at UW and beyond with the UW Farm and UW Food Pantry.

February 13: Greening athletics
Karen Baebler, Assistant Athletic Director for Sport Operations, will discuss UW Athletics' sustainability efforts.

February 27: UW Botanic Gardens
UW Botanic Gardens includes the Washington Park Arboretum and the Center for Urban Horticulture. Learn about how the Botanic Gardens are celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day with an ongoing commitment to model sustainability in environmental stewardship, build climate resilience, and cultivate new generations of environmental stewards. This presentation will also discuss programs and resources the Botanic Gardens offers to the UW community.

CANCELED: March 12: Campus Sustainability Fund
The CSF provides grants to student-powered sustainability projects on campus. Hear about current projects underway and how you can apply for funding.

UW Earth Day 2020 logoThis series is part of the University of Washington's recognition of the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day in 2020.