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The University of Washington is creating a Sustainability Plan with short and long-term actions to decrease its carbon footprint, preserve resources and support global advancement through a lens of equity and inclusion. This Plan, to be published on the 50th anniversary of Earth Day in April 2020, will serve both current and future generations of the UW community.  

How to engage with the Plan:

Why now?

The UW has made good progress in reducing its carbon footprint and institutionalizing sustainability. It’s been 10 years since the UW published its Climate Action Plan, laying out strategies to get to carbon neutrality. We have seen some key successes, including the creation of the UW Sustainability office and Campus Sustainability Fund, Green Building Standards, and a path to reaching 2020 greenhouse gas reduction goals. Now it is time to re-evaluate and re-prioritize UW’s strategies in equitable and measurable ways. Creating a Sustainability Action Plan will allow UW to continue to lead and be innovative, and align with campus, city and state goals. The Plan must be a blueprint for meaningful, implementable actions that institutionalize sustainability at UW.

Who is involved?

A team of faculty and staff, led by executive sponsor and UW Facilities Vice President Lou Cariello. Our governance model is below.



Governance Model

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