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UW and Seattle City Light partner to install solar on three UW residence halls

Mercer Court solar panels

The University of Washington is installing solar panels on three residence halls in partnership with Seattle City Light's Green Up program to support research on clean energy and smart grid technology. Seattle City Light's Green Up program is contributing $225,000 toward the purchase of the solar panels. This contribution enabled the UW to compete for the Washington State Department of Commerce Solar Grant Program, which is also giving $225,000 in matching funds.

The panels will be placed on Elm, Alder and Maple halls this fall, and the combined installation will act as a testbed for research on how solar energy can be combined with other demand-side resources such as battery systems, in order to provide controllable power and voltage support. The student group UW Solar has been working closely with UW staff and faculty to prepare for the installation.

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UW earns 6th straight Green Honor Roll award

The Princeton Review Green Honor RollThe University of Washington has been named to The Princeton Review's Green Honor Roll for the sixth straight year, receiving the highest possible score.

The UW was one of 21 colleges and universities who earned a perfect score in the Green Rating system out of 640 schools reviewed.

"This award is a testament to the dedication of countless teams and individuals who’ve made possible every sustainability success at the UW," said Lisa Graumlich, Dean of the College of the Environment and Chair of the UW Environmental Stewardship Committee.

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"In Our Nature" blog update

UW Sustainability's "In Our Nature" blog has gotten a new look! The blog ( has been redesigned for a better user experience as well as to reflect UW web standards. If you're looking for some of our best stories about sustainability people and efforts, read recently-graduated communication intern Karina Mazhukhina's farewell post.

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Husky football sustainability volunteers needed

Help UW Athletics make a difference! Sign up to be football sustainability volunteer for the 2016 season. Volunteers will get free entrance into the game and a T-shirt while helping fans properly compost and recycle.

Help make our stadium a greener place. Sign up to volunteer now!

Green Office newsletter

Our new Green Office newsletter includes features on Green Offices at the UW, resources and tips for office sustainability, and more. Don't miss out!
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WAHESC call for proposals

It’s time to submit your proposals for the 2017 Washington Higher Education Sustainability Conference, which will be held at Gonzaga University on February 16-17, 2017.

Participants are asked to submit proposals tied directly to the upcoming year's theme of “Caring for Our Common Home.” Proposals are based on four different session styles, including academics, engagement, innovation and leadership, operations, and planning, administration and institutional characteristics. Preference will be given to proposals that connect the theme to one of the topics above.

Learn more and submit your proposals here

2016 SustainableUW Festival

Oct. 17-23, 2016

Our annual SustainableUW Festival celebrates sustainability efforts at the University of Washington., highlighting the diverse scope of sustainability efforts across campus as well as providing opportunities for students, faculty and staff to get involved. The theme for this year's festival is "Connect the Dots," providing a look at the many diverse areas sustainability encompasses and the need to make the connections and address the larger picture to achieve our goals.

The festival's centerpiece event, the Sustainability Exhibitor Fair, will be held in the HUB Ballroom on Tuesday, Oct. 18. Other festival highlights presented by UW Sustainability will include the Husky Highlight, Sustainability Careers Meet & Greet, and Huskies for Humanity. We invite anyone on campus to create an event during the festival or to let us know about already-planned events to include to the festival calendar. We'll be posting more information and the full calendar of events to as details become available.

There are many opportunities to join in the SustainableUW Festival's celebration of sustainability. Contact us at to learn how you can be part of the festival as an exhibitor, sponsor, performer or event organizer.

New UW Livable City Year program launched

City of Auburn The University of Washington has begun a yearlong partnership with the City of Auburn, under the new Livable City Year program. UW students and professors will work with the City of Auburn to advance the city’s goals for livability and sustainability throughout the upcoming academic year.

In this inaugural year, UW faculty will lead classes to work on 15 to 20 projects identified by the City of Auburn. Students will provide tens of thousands of hours of study and production toward specific projects identified by Auburn, while benefiting from the opportunity to apply classroom lessons to real-world problems.

The UW’s Livable City Year program is a cross-university collaboration led by faculty directors Branden Born, an associate professor in the Department of Urban Design and Planning, and Jennifer Otten, an assistant professor in the School of Public Health, in collaboration with UW Sustainability and with foundational support from Urban@UW, the College of Built Environments and Undergraduate Academic Affairs.

Read more at UW Today

Green Bag talk on Green construction, Sept. 16

Join UW Sustainability for an exciting Green Bag presentation with Skanska Construction's Director of Sustainability Stacy Smedley. She will talk about Skanska's current sustainability initiatives and LEED standards for construction, as well as highlighting some of their current projects at UW.
The talk will be held in Parrington Hall, Room 208, on Friday, September 16th from 11 a.m. to noon. Bring your lunch and learn about green construction practices.


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