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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 21 greenest colleges in the country by the Princeton Review and consistently a top-five ranked university in Sierra Club Magazine’s Cool Schools list. When it comes to sustainability, the UW gives its students the opportunity to learn by example. In 2010, we launched the first-ever 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.
UW sees decrease in waste through solar-powered compost
Only weeks after the new solar-powered recycling, composting, and waste kiosks were stationed in Red Square, there has been a 50 percent drop in the amount of garbage collected each week. MORE >
Husky Stadium recognized as “Game Changer” in sustainability
The National Resources Defense Council featured Husky Stadium in its list of ten “Collegiate Game Changers”—University athletic programs that excel in green practices. MORE >
University of Washington’s Sustainability Awards & Recognition
UW is a leader in sustainable practices as demonstrated by our numerous awards and recognition, such as the Princeton Review “Green Honor Roll”, “Sierra Club Cool Schools”, “STARS Gold” etc. MORE >
UW Smart Grid Project
The goal of the UW Smart Grid Project is to gather information about the costs and benefits of a smart grid and its opportunities to help save energy, make the power system more reliable, and incorporate renewable energy. MORE >
Robert J. Naiman earns award for insights into freshwater ecosystems
Robert J. Naiman, a University of Washington professor has received the highest award given by the Ecological Society of America, the world's largest society of professional ecologists. MORE >