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Sustainability is in our nature at the University of Washington. We are exceptionally proud that our commitment to sustainability engages fully with students, faculty, and staff and reaches across both academics and operations.
Many of our efforts are led by the Environmental Stewardship Committee and coordinated by the UW Environmental Stewardship & Sustainability office, which fosters collaboration across the university to improve and expand sustainability efforts on campus.
UW continues to be recognized as a higher education sustainability leader, earning a perfect score in The Princeton Review’s Green Ratings for five straight years. We were the first university in North America to earn an International Sustainable Campus Network award since 2012, and in 2014, UW won the Seattle Business Magazine Community Impact Award for Sustainable Business Operations.
Perhaps the most impressive element of our sustainability efforts at UW is the level of engagement from our students, aided by two grant funds. The student-led Campus Sustainability Fund supports campus projects with an environmental impact, while the Green Seed Fund supports research that contributes to campus sustainability goals.
A Solar Solution, on the Dot
Brandi Cossairt, assistant professor of chemistry, is developing more efficient solar materials that should be significantly less expensive to produce, resulting in low-cost solar power. In May 2014, she received an Innovation Award from the UW to support her research. MORE >
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UW students' electric-hybrid car takes 2nd in international competition
The UW Advanced Vehicle Works team won second place in the international EcoCAR 2 competition for turning a Chevrolet Malibu into a highly efficient hybrid vehicle running on electric grid energy and biodiesel. MORE >
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UW honored for sustainability efforts
The UW won Seattle Business Magazine’s 2014 Community Impact Award for Sustainability in Business Operations for demonstrating how businesses can have a beneficial impact on their communities. MORE >
UW pedals to gold
The University of Washington’s innovative “Ride in the Rain challenge” is among the reasons the university has just moved up to the highest gold level set by the League of American Bicyclists. MORE >