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The University of Washington is committed to environmental sustainability, both in research and education, as well as facility and resource management.

UW is an environmental leader among higher education institutions, rated one of the 22 greenest colleges in the country by the Princeton Review and consistently ranked a Cool School by Sierra Club Magazine.  Sustainability is in our nature at UW.  Students take action through the Campus Sustainability Fund, a student-initiated fee that supports campus projects with an environmental impact and high student engagement. 

The UW Environmental Stewardship & Sustainability office fosters collaboration across the institution in finding solutions to issues involving climate, conservation, consumption reduction, growth management and sustainability on campus. We continue to lead the way with environmental initiatives that save both energy and costs, from decreasing total greenhouse gas emissions to diverting waste from landfills.  To tell our sustainability story, we invited leaders, staff, researchers, faculty and students across the university to share perspectives about what sustainability means to them in a series of articles and four-part video series.