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Green Seed Fund approves three projects

Green Seed Fund logoThe UW’s Green Seed Fund has approved three campus research projects to receive funding for 2016. This is the third year the Green Seed Fund has awarded money to research projects on campus that advance sustainable research and contribute to the UW’s sustainability goals.

For this cycle of funding, project proposals were required to be directly related to water. A committee of students, faculty, and staff reviewed the proposals and awarded $190,000 in funding. The three selected projects will contribute to significant water savings for the University by studying stormwater management and irrigation practices.

Learn about the projects at

Save the date:
Earth Day is April 22

Earth Day 2016

The UW Earth Day celebrations bring students, faculty, staff, community members - and Sqwatch! - together to celebrate the environmental stewardship and sustainability efforts across our UW campuses.

The Earth Day celebration, organized by UW Earth Club in collaboration with UW Sustainability, will take place on Red Square on April 22, along with other events throughout the week. Husky Green Award winners will be announced during the Red Square event, which also features exhibitors, sustainable food samples and speakers. We will update the Earth Day page ( as information on this and other events becomes available.

If you know of any campus Earth Day events which should be added to our calendar, please let us know.

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In Our Nature

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

Sqwatch's Secrets
Green Office innovations
UWMC sustainable food
What comes after coal?

Light rail is coming to UW! The new UW Link light rail station will open on March 19th, followed by realigned Metro bus service changes on March 26th. A ride downtown from the UW Station will take just 8 minutes, and U-Pass holders get unlimited rides on light rail. Learn more now.

UW Sustainability nominated for Distinguished Staff Award

UW Sustainability staff

The UW Sustainability team is honored to have been nominated for a 2016 UW Distinguished Staff Award. We recently took part in the annual reception honoring all nominees, and came away very inspired by all the great work happening on campus.

The reception included remarks by President Ana Mari Cauce before all of the nominees were introduced and brought on stage. The photo above is of our team preparing for our introduction. Pictured are, from left: Renewable Energy Liaison Marilyn Ostergren, Project Manager Elise Glassman; Communications Coordinator Daimon Eklund; Web Manager Dan Druliner; Assistant Director Sean Schmidt; Programs Specialist Chris Toman; and Outreach and Events Specialist Toren Elste. Director Claudia Frere-Anderson and Associate Vice President Ruth Johnston were unable to attend.

Congratulations to all the nominees!

Look back: UW's first Safety, Sustainability and Preparedness Expo

Safety, Sustainability & Preparedness Expo

The first annual UW Safety, Sustainability, and Preparedness Expo turned out to be a fantastic event, with about 550 guests stopping by the HUB to learn from more than 70 exhibitors. The expo showcased a variety of environmental- and safety-related programs and initiatives on campus, connecting sustainability and safety through a variety of departments. It was also a great event to link faculty, staff and students as well!

Read more about the event on the In Our Nature blog.

Campus Sustainability Fund proposal deadline extended to March 27 

CSFStudents with an idea for an environmental campus project have until March 27 to submit a letter of intent for the next Campus Sustainability Fund application round. Ideas which are given initial approval will require a full proposal to be submitted by April 22.  See the CSF site for more information

Treat the cherry blossoms right

cherry blossomsThe cherry blossoms in the Quad are set to reach peak bloom this weekend. You don't want to miss the beautiful sight of the pink and white blossoms on campus.
While you're enjoying the display, the trees will also appreciate it if you respect their space. Climbing or breaking the trees can make them more susceptible to pests or disease. UW Facilities Services has put together quick and easy tips to make sure the blossoms last for many years to come.


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