Husky Green Awards 2013

The Husky Green Award is celebrating its fifth year to recognize sustainability leadership at the University of Washington. Students, faculty and staff from Seattle, Bothell and Tacoma are eligible to nominate and receive this award. The nomination period closed on March 10, 2014, see all of this year's nominees. Winners will be announced at the annual Earth Day celebration.

Last year, the seven Husky Green Award recipients below were recognized at the UW Earth Day celebration. Seventeen nominees were nominated by their peers that included thirteen individuals and four groups.

Brenda Nissley
Harborview Medical Center

Brenda is a committee member of the Harborview Medical Center’s Environmental Committee. Brenda’s role has been instrumental in HMC receiving recognition from Practice Greenhealth, the nation's leading membership and networking organization for healthcare agencies committed to sustainable, environmentally preferable practices. Currently, Brenda is working on rolling out an institution-wide program for managing pharmaceutical waste. 

Duncan Clauson
Graduate Student, Evans School of Public Affairs

Duncan graduated from the Evans School and served on the Campus Sustainability Fund Committee for two years, he acted as Chair of the Committee in his second year. Duncan worked on the Smart Grid Residence Hall project rollout and recently helped lead the UW-Solar project. Duncan's commitment to sustainability was evident in his tireless commitment, passion and engagement with his fellow students and interaction with faculty and staff.

Facilities Construction Shop 54
Facilities Services, Facilities Construction Shop 54

Facilities Construction Shop 54 was responsible for rescuing and reusing wood from a tree that was cut down due to elm tree disease. The wood from the tree was later repurposed to create a conference table for the Facilities training center. The transformation from tree to table required dedication, creativity and collaboration between Facilities crews, outside vendors and architects. 

Left to right: Facilities Maintenance and Construction Director Damon Fetters, Sheet Metal Mechanic Brad Mcouat (Shop 56), Carpenter Andy Schlais, Carpenter Joe Green, Carpenter Chris Dowling, Shop 54 Carpentry Lead Ed McKinley, Carpenter Carmine Ruggiero, Painter Tom Morse, Sheet Metal Mechanic Kelly Durand (Shop 56), Arborist Sara Shores (Shop 10), Maintenance Mechanic Dave Walters

Gould Hall Green Wall Team
College of Built Environment

The Gould Green Wall Team is led by students from the Green Futures Lab, faculty and staff designed and installed the campus’ first-ever “green wall”, an edible green screen and water harvesting demonstration project. The project will provide educational opportunities for students and staff about the building and local air temperature.

Husky Green Legacy Award: U-PASS Advisory Board
ASUW/GPSS/Transportation Services/Student Activities Office

The U-PASS Advisory Board is the first-ever to receive the Husky Green Legacy Award. The board  is composed of nine student representatives - three from GPSS, six from ASUW - two non-voting Advisers, and one non-voting student liaison. Student leaders established the Universal U-PASS in 2011; the Advisory Board is leading students in their dedication to choosing greener options for commuting to campus. 

Sunni Wissmer
Undergraduate Student, College of Built Environment

Sunni is a junior in the Community, Environment and Planning Program, an active student member, and serves on both the Environmental Stewardship Committee and Campus Sustainability Fund Committee. Sunni has been integral to many project implementations such as the Husky Sustainable Storms and supporting storm water education for residence hall students. Sunni served as an ambassador for the UW chapter of Engineers Without Boarders and is currently working with UW EWB to design and build improved fish hatchery for a small, impoverished community in Guatemala. 

Victoria Rice Bean, RN
UWMC, Surgical Department, Operating Room Nurse

Victoria is surgical nurse from UWMC’s operating room. Victoria is responsible for spearheading the hospitals recycling program and worked tirelessly with UW Recycling to increase the hospital’s recycling rate. Since launching the recycling program in UWMC, more than 50% of what used to go in landfill during a surgical case is now recycled, and red biohazard bag use has decreased by 90%. Victoria has been a staff nurse for the surgical department for 12 years. She implemented this program on her own time.