UW Sustainability Newsletter - March 2015

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We are now UW Sustainability!

We are excited to share that UW Environmental Stewardship & Sustainability is now UW Sustainability! We updated our name to help us make better connections with the UW community while keeping sustainability as the focal point of our name and consistent with the University’s sustainability brand, “Sustainability: It's in our nature.”

We continue to promote sustainability across the University of Washington by engaging, connecting and informing members of the UW community. Our office provides sustainability resources for students, faculty and staff. We work to encourage collaboration across campus to help further sustainability goals.

The UW Sustainability team is here to help you in your sustainability efforts. Contact us with questions, ideas or to share information related to sustainability at UW.

Read the "In Our Nature" blog

UW Sustainability's "In Our Nature" blog ( is a place where we can showcase stories of sustainability efforts across the University of Washington.

You can find profiles of people and projects working toward sustainability on campus, videos and links, a weekly sustainability event roundup, and more. If you have a story you'd like to see here, a suggestion for the site or are interested in contributing to the blog please email or use our contact form.

Join UW Sustainability for "Walk at Work" day April 3

UW Sustainability and the Whole U are celebrating National Walk at Work Day on April 3. Join us for a 45-minute walk around campus which will tour some of the many environmentally-friendly features at UW. The walk will start at the north side of Drumheller Fountain at noon. If you'd like to join, register now at the Whole U's site.

If you'd like to set up your own walking route to sustainability spots at UW, check out our sustainability campus map.


Also in this Issue
Green Seed Fund
AASHE membership
Upcoming events
Earth Day

And much more!

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UW server policy

In support of the UW Climate Action Plan, servers on campus are being relocated and virtualized. For more information, visit the Climate Action Plan policies page.

Meet Sqwatch

Our mascot Sqwatch knows how to leave a light footprint on the environment, and wants to help the UW community do the same. The best place to spot him is our Instagram feed.
Learn more at

Earth Day 2015 is Wednesday, April 22!

Earth DaySave the date! The 45th annual Earth Day is Wednesday, April 22, 2015, and the University of Washington is getting ready for a celebration!

The Earth Day Planning Committee, led by Earth Club, is finalizing the details for the central Earth Day festivities which will take place on Red Square. Other events will take place across campus throughout the week around Earth Day, and we'll soon be unveiling the UW Earth Day schedule and more information at

Green Seed Fund approves six projects for 2015

The University of Washington's Green Seed Fund approved six projects to receive funding for 2015. The Green Seed Fund, in its second year, awards money to research projects which advance sustainable research and contribute to the UW's campus sustainability goals.

A committee comprised of students, faculty and staff reviewed twenty-five proposals totaling over $1.5 million, and awarded six proposals about $250,000 in funding. The projects were selected because the review committee felt that they will contribute to UW sustainability goals, are research focused, the project scope seems well thought out and achievable, the project has a broad reach, and will contribute to greenhouse gas reductions for the University.

Details of all the projects are listed on the GSF's approved projects page, and we're going to be featuring all of the project teams on the In Our Nature blog.

Campus Sustainability Fund

After an exciting round of project proposals and deliberations, the CSF is pleased to announce that it awarded a total of $105,367 to six student-led projects in the first funding round this year! Congratulations to all the projects for crafting excellent proposals and making the UW a more environmentally conscious campus. Click to see details on all the approved projects.

You can use AASHE's resources

AASHEDid you know the University of Washington has an institutional membership to the Association for Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, allowing UW students, faculty and staff full access to the AASHE website's resources? Just go to and create an account for full access to the site, including sustainability-related best practices and strategies.

You can see the UW's other institutional sustainability memberships at our connections and memberships page.

Leopold Lab earns Greenest Lab title

The Leopold Pollen and Seed Laboratory headed by Professor emeritus Estella B. Leopold took the top spot as the “greenest lab” in the 2014-2015 University of Washington College of Arts and Sciences Green Laboratory Competition.

The UW Green Laboratory Certification program conducted the competition as an opportunity for labs to test their sustainability chops and strive to be the greenest research facilities on campus. Each year the competition moves to a different school or college. This year, the competition was open to all laboratories within the College of Arts and Sciences.

The Leopold Lab was the overall winner with a score of 107 percent, which includes bonus points in some areas. The Physics Instrument Shop came in second place with an overall score of 99 percent, and the Biology 302 Instructional Lab came in third at 93 percent.

This is the second UW Green Laboratory Competition. In 2013, the DeLuca Lab won the College of the Environment Green Laboratory Competition.

Green Lab winners


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Sustaining Our World Lecture

The School of Environmental and Forest Sciences' 2015 Sustaining Our World Lecture,
"Human[-]Nature: Care for Our World is Care for Ourselves" is Thursday, April 2, in Kane Hall 210 at 6 p.m. The speaker is Molly Steinwald, executive director of the Environmental Learning Center in Vero Beach, Fla. Click here for more information and to register.

Walk at Work April 3

The UW Sustainability and Whole U Walk at Work event is April 3. Register here.

Subscribe for weekly event updates

If you'd like to receive a weekly email with upcoming sustainability events around UW, subscribe here. Or you can always find the most updated list of event on the Sustainability Calendar.



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