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Congratulations to the 2016 Husky Green Award winners

Husky Green AwardsThis year's Husky Green Award winners include the first two-time winner of the award, sophomore Tali Haller, along with Earth Club president Aaron Tam; student-athlete Melanie Wade; UW Bothell lecturer Rebeca Rivera; Confronting Climate Change (formerly DivestUW), a student organization; the Society for Ecological Restoration's Native Plant Nursery; and Grounds Management's Salvage Wood Program.

The awards were presented by Dr. Lisa Graumlich, Dean of the College of the Environment, and Student Regent Vanessa Kritzer during the UW's annual Earth Day celebration. The Husky Green Awards are given to students, staff and faculty from any UW campus who demonstrated leadership, initiative and dedication to campus sustainability.

Click here for more information on all of the winners.

Earth Day 2016 recap

Earth Day 2016

UW's Earth Day celebration on Red Square brought together hundreds of people to learn more about sustainability efforts and enjoy music and presentations.

The day’s events were powered by the Northwest Solar Rover, a trailer-sized solar station that provided energy to a live performance by the band Wyldernesse, the Husky Green Awards presentation, and speeches given by Earth Club President Aaron Tam and others. Plus, Rainy Dawg Radio was there to provide music throughout the entire celebration.

The UW Earth Club organized this year’s Earth Day celebration in partnership with UW Sustainability, focusing on the theme of water and how it connects us to our environment. The student organization spread the message of Project Tap That! in an effort to educate students about the harmful effects of single-use plastic water bottles and promote the use of reusable bottles with tap water.
Read more and see an Earth Day photo slideshow on the In Our Nature blog.

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In Our Nature

Discover what's happening in sustainability across UW at the "In Our Nature" blog. Recent stories include:

Arboretum aims to reduce water use

New campus food pantry

e-waste at UW
Green Office newsletter

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A big thank you and congratulations to our graduating students Molly Parkan (MPA), Sierra Harden (Environmental Science & Resource Management and Economics), Karina Mazhukhina (Communications) and Ayush Soni (Informatics and Law, Societies & Justice).
Our student workers are an integral part of UW Sustainability - we'll miss you but we wish you all the best of luck!

Upcoming Green Bag talk June 30

On June 30, UW Sustainability welcomes Lily Gegbrengus, associate director for Grant and Contract Accounting, for a Green Bag talk focusing on paper reduction and switching to digital processes. The GCA office recently spearheaded an initiative to switch to paperless JV requests, saving 1,500 sheets of paper each year and allowing the office to distribute copies faster and more efficiently than before. The talk will be June 30 in HUB 337, from 12-1 p.m. All our welcome - bring your lunch and join the discussion.

Are you committed to reducing paper on campus? Then you should fill out our short pledge and become a Paper Reduction Pro. If your office has a paper reduction or sustainability initiative that you would like to share, let us know! Email or submit it for our Sustainability Snapshots.

Green Lab program starts glove recycling pilot

The Green Laboratory Certification Program, in a partnership with UW Recycling, has received a Campus Sustainability Fund grant to start a pilot program recycling lab gloves in Molecular Engineering and Mueller Hall. A waste sort before the program started showed nitrile gloves make up a whopping 23% of UW's lab waste, so a glove recycling program could make a big impact in reducing landfill waste on campus.

To mark the end of Spring quarter, UW Sustainability wants to thank all our certified Green Labs and help interested labs start down the road to Green Laboratory Certification. To show our appreciation, we're hosting a Green Labs get together with pizza on June 8 from 12-1 p.m. in MolES room 115. We will have Green Lab experts on site to answer any questions you might have.

New GOOD DAWG! events guide


Our new GOOD DAWG! Event Guide is a tool for event planners to make their events more sustainable. Click here to find tips for sustainable practices during your event, including what to do throughout the planning process (before, during and after the event) and small things to remember like paperless invites, sustainable food vendors and clearly marked waste bins. This guide was created with the input of event planning staff across UW and is sure to keep growing.

The events guide is the start of our new GOOD DAWG! progect. Every Husky can make small everyday changes to help foster a world of good. The events guide is the first resource, and in the coming months we expect to add guides for purchasing, business diversity, and more. Learn more here.


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