UW Sustainability Newsletter - Summer 2014

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UW wins ISCN Sustainability Integration award

The University of Washington is one of four universities worldwide, and the only one from the United States, named this week as a Sustainable Campus Excellence Award winner by the International Sustainable Campus Network. The awards, presented June 3 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, recognize sustainable campus projects that demonstrate leadership, creativity, effectiveness and performance in the areas of building, campus, integration and student leadership.

The UW was cited for integration, which recognizes projects or initiatives that have integrated sustainability into the culture, community and/or operations of a campus.

If you want to know more, read our press release, see UW's application package, or watch the award presentation.


Also in this Issue
Updated website
Meet our new staff
Green certifications
Upcoming events
Earth Day 2014

And much more!

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Two project awards wrap up the year for CSF

The Campus Sustainability Fund wrapped up the year with awards for the Yesler Swamp Trek Stop ($65,000) and the Sustainable Stormwater project ($17,517) which will contribute to making the UW a more sustainable campus. These two projects, in addition to the four projects that were approved in the fall, pushed the total to $235,784 in CSF funds awarded during the 2013-2014 school year to student-led sustainability efforts. The CSF also had an exciting week of Earth Day festivities and hosted a five-year celebration for campus stakeholders, past CSF committee and staff members, and project teams to collaborate and share ideas that will help provide the foundation for future CSF projects and innovations.

The ESS website has a new look

Our website recently had a facelift to improve the navigation and design. Check it out - the new site has a streamlined look and should make it easier to find the content you're looking for. If you run into any issues or have any suggestions for further improvement, please let us know.

For our campus partners, we've also added an updated UW Sustainability Brand page with guidelines for using the UW sustainability branding in your communications, as well as templates, design elements and examples to get you started.

Earth Day 2014 wrap-up

This year's Earth Day Celebration brought students, faculty, staff, and community members together to celebrate environmental stewardship and sustainability efforts across campus. UW groups shared information about their mission, educated others about their area of environmental focus, while encouraging others to get involved.

Dean Lisa Graumlich from the College of the Environment recognized the exemplary student environmental activism and Dr. Peter Rabinowitz provided an inspiring note on the idea of "One-health", a concept that explores the linkages between human, animal and environmental health in a singular paradigm.

The celebration also presented the UW Husky Green Awards to students, faculty and staff who have demonstrated excellence in environmental stewardship and sustainability. Husky Green Legacy Awards were presented to Dean Sandra Archibald and Astronomy Professor Bruce Balick for their dedication and years of service to advancing campus sustainability at the University of Washington.

The 2014 Husky Green Award winners were: Cameron McCallum, outreach coordinator for UW SER (Society for Ecological Restoration) and a leader within the Biodiesel Cooperative; UW Seattle Grounds Management for their sustainability efforts; Carter Case, a environmental studies major and co-leader of four clubs including Earth Club, Student Association for a Green Environment, Divest UW, and EcoReps; the Conservation Biology 476 faculty and staff, who have set up an extra credit "Ecological Footprint" assignment; and the Prairie Line Trail Project at UW Tacoma.

Read more about all the winners on our website.

Meet our new team members!

Daimon Eklund is the new ESS Communications Coordinator. Daimon recently finished a Masters In Communication in Digital Media here at UW. While in graduate school, he wrote posts, implemented technical improvements and led social media efforts for the program’s blog. Before starting graduate school, Daimon worked as a journalist for several years and also as the Director of Operations for a congressional information website in Washington, D.C. He’s looking forward to continuing and building on the communications efforts of the office. Contact: 

Sean Schmidt, Assistant Director of Communications & Programs, has been passionate about applying the principles of sustainability to both his personal and professional life for over 25 years. Sean earned Bachelor of Science degrees in Psychology and Environmental Studies in 1995 and a Master of Arts in Policy Studies from UW Bothell in 2009 focused on sustainable development. Sean spent almost 14 years at Nordstrom where he created and launched their initial Sustainable Business & Development program and later spearheaded several sustainability initiatives while working in healthcare and research administration at UW including Sustainability and Medicine (SAM) and the Multidisciplinary Efforts for Sustainability in Healthcare (MESH). Sean has also served on the boards of many nonprofits including the International Snow Leopard Trust, the YMCA Earth Service Corps, the Metrocenter YMCA, Sustainable Seattle, and most recently, the Organic Seed Alliance.

For more information on our team, go to:

ESS team recognition

Best wishes to Jennifer Perkins, Communications Coordinator, who moved back to her hometown last month. We recognize Jennifer for her many contributions to the ESS office. Starting as a student intern, Jennifer was integral to many facets of our sustainability programs such as jump-starting the Green Office Certification program, working collaboratively with student capstone interns to create the UW Sustainability Map and keeping our website and social media content dynamic and fresh. We wish Jennifer all the best in her future endeavors!

The Green Labs program is a year old!

Since the Green Laboratory Certification Program’s launch back in Spring Quarter 2013, a grand total of 36 labs have become certified. Labs must reapply for certification every year, and the first-ever re-certifications were recently processed for three labs: Baker Lab, Cline Lab and the UW Geoarchaeology Lab.
All green labs were invited to a Recognition Event on June 6 to enjoy free pizza and celebrate their successful sustainability efforts. Congratulations to DeLuca Lab for earning the best score of any lab in certification in 2013, and the Center for Penguins as Ocean Sentinels for bettering the mark and achieving the highest green score to date!
The 2014 College of Arts & Sciences Green Laboratory Competition is now underway - for your chance to win one of the prizes, visit or email!

The following labs have been certified through the Green Labs program since our spring newsletter:
Green Laboratory Certification  
Penguin Sentinels Gold
Remote Sensing and Geospatial Analysis Lab Gold
Hille Ris Lambers Community Ecology Lab Gold
Cline Lab Gold
Baker Lab Gold
UW Geoarchaeology Lab Silver
Horne Lab Silver
Nath Lab Silver
The Vaughn Group Silver
UW Instructional Biology Lab  Bronze
Robins Lab Bronze
Cangelosi Lab Bronze
CHDD Mouse Behavior Lab Bronze

Green Office certifications

The University of Washington Green Office Certification Competition provides a friendly competition for offices to take extra steps to make their office more sustainable and do better in the competition. This year's winners are:

Greenest Office: College of the Environment Dean's Office
Most Improved Green Office: Southwest Maintenance Zone
College of the Environment Greenest Office: School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences

Congratulations to the winners and every certified office!  We are proud to recognize the efforts of these groups toward making the UW more sustainable. Is your office Green Certified? If not, it's time to get started!

Here are the more recent Offices to be certified or re-certified as a Green Office at UW:

Green Office Certification  
Grounds Management Gold
Poplar Residential Life Office Gold
UWT Education Program Silver
The Evans School Silver
Utilities and Heavy Equipment Silver
UW Educational Outreach Silver
Creative Communications Silver
Program on the Environment Silver
Biobehavioral Nursing and Health Systems Silver
Mercer Residential Life East Bronze


EcoReps is a student-led club focused on peer-to-peer communication about sustainability. This fall, EcoReps delivered recycling bins to over 25 fraternities and handed out free coffee to students on campus who had their own cups. In the winter and spring quarters, EcoReps worked closely with Panhellenic and the Interfraternity Council to host a quarterly Greek Street Clean. This spring, EcoReps gave student led presentations to sororities about sustainability and waste management within chapter houses. Finally, EcoReps was involved in the campus-wide Earth Week celebration through tabling efforts on Earth Day and participation in a restoration event on campus.


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Help remove invasive species this weekend!

There are two work parties coming up on campus to help clear invasive species from a couple of restoration areas. On Friday afternoon, help the Society for Ecological Restoration clear out invasive plants from the Whitman Walk restoration area. Saturday, you can join the Yesler Swamp work party. Either way, it's a good time to get outside and help keep these areas free of invaders!


Volunteer at the UW Farm

All summer long, the UW Farm is looking for volunteer help every day at their three campus sites:

Mercer Court 8-11am
Botany Greenhouse 12pm-3pm

Center for Urban Horticulture 8-11am, 12pm-3pm

Mercer Court 8-11am, 12pm-3pm

Center for Urban Horticulture 8-11am, 12pm-3pm

Mercer Court 8-11am, 12pm-3pm


Sustainable UW Festival is set for Oct. 22

Our annual Sustainability Summit is expanding this year to better incorporate all aspects of sustainability at the University of Washington. The first Sustainable UW Festival will be Wednesday, October 22. Stay tuned for more information on the schedule, exhibitors and events.



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