UW Green Teams

A Green Team is a collaborative group committed to improving the environmental sustainability of their workplace (or any shared space), often involving representatives from various departments. At the University of Washington, Green Teams periodically come together for a Green Bag Lunch, organized on a quarterly basis by the Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability office. Faculty and staff are the target participants for Green Teams, while students are encouraged to start or join environmental RSOs (Registered Student Organizations).

Burke Sustainability Action Committee (BSAC) (View profile)

College of the Environment, Dean's Office (View profile)

Environmental Stewards (View profile)

Gerberding Green Team (View profile)

Green Computing Group

Harborview Environmental Stewardship Executive Group

Health Sciences Green Team 

IMA Green Team (View profile)

Intercollegiate Athletics Green Team (View profile)

SFS Sustainability Team (View profile)

UWMC Environment of Care Hazardous Materials and Waste Management Committee 

UW Recycling (View Profile)

UW Tower Green Team (View profile)

Bottle Cap Recycling - Bottle caps must be recycled separately, and through a Green Team effort, can be efficiently collected and recycled.

Composting Programs - Bringing a compost bin into the kitchen or break room, and creating a schedule for Green Team members to empty it is a great way to reduce waste and give back to the environment.

Energy Savings - By finding ways to save energy, Green Teams are reducing operating costs and lightening their carbon footprint.

Paper Reduction - From printing double sided, to not printing at all, paper reduction efforts by Green Teams are a great way to reduce the costs of printing, and the amount of paper being used.

Patio Display Gardens - Working with grounds to replace the plants in the planter boxes with either native plants or food producing plants.

Plastic Film Recycling - Plastic films such as plastic bags and packaging are recyclable, but cannot be placed in the normal recycling bin. Green Teams have initiated programs to collect plastic films and correctly recycle them.

Printer Consolidation - Surveying the printers in the office to eliminate and surplus desktop printers and encourage network printers to save energy and reduce paper use. 

Attend a Green Bag Lunch - Come meet Green Team members and see what the Green Teams are doing on campus. This is a great opportunity to ask questions you have about Green Teams to experienced members, and get an idea of whether or not you would like to start one. Please contact us if you would like to be invited to the next meeting.

Start a Green Team - Get some of your co-workers together for lunch, spark their interest, and get your Green Team started. If you are unsure of how to begin, our Starting A Green Team document may be helpful to you.

Find a Green Team - Locate a Green Team by finding them on the map, or by viewing their profiles above. Keep in mind that teams generally have a member scope within their building or departments, so if your building or department does not currently have one, it may be more applicable and efficient for you to start your own Green Team.

Green Bag Lunch - A quarterly luncheon scheduled by the Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability office, please contact us if members of your Green Team are interested in attending.

Getting Started? - Unsure of how to start your Green team and invite your colleagues? Use our Starting a Green Team document to get ideas, and our sample email as an invitation template to get your team started.

Potential Project List - This is a List of Projects that your Green Team could try.

Green Purchasing - Visit the Green Purchasing site for ways to buy green at UW.

Resources & Outreach Materials

MiniMax - UW Recycling's desk-side waste collection system created specifically to “minimize waste, maximize recycling”

UW Recycling also provides printable signs for everything from compost to mixed containers recycling. 

Not sure what to do with your coffee cup? Aerosol can? UW Recycling has an A-Z guide on proper disposal of everyday items. 

Having an event and need additional recycling, compost and waste receptacles? There's a form for that.

UW Tower Green Team's Composting in the Workplace Video.

Waste 101 - A guide to compost, recycling, and waste created by student group SEED.

Green Computing offered by IT Connect.

Green Office Checklist provided by the Environmental Stewards.

Keys to Success offered by the UW Tower Green Team.

Sustainability Resources provided by the Environmental Stewards.

Starter kits available upon request for new or existing Green Teams.