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UW earns national recognition for sustainability practices

Sierra magazine

August was a month of sustainability awards for the UW.

The University of Washington was named one of the top 10 greenest schools in America by Sierra magazine, landed on the Princeton Review's Green Honor Roll for the fifth straight year, and won the first-ever athletics sustainability award from the National Association of Athletics Directors and USG Corporation.

Sierra magazine, the official publication of the Sierra Club, ranked the UW No. 8 in its 2015 "Cool Schools" rankings. This is the sixth time UW has been ranked in the top 10 in nine years the magazine has put together the rankings. The UW earned special recognition for its performance in two categories, ranking second in the purchasing category and third in transportation.

The sustainability athletics award will be celebrated during the football season. The award will be formally presented to UW on October 17 during the homecoming football game against Oregon.

Thank you to everyone in the UW community whose hard work made these awards possible!

For more information on all of UW's sustainability awards, see our Awards & Recognition page:
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In Our Nature

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

Restoring the swamp
Odegaard goes Green
UW Botanic Gardens
HUB sustainability
Green Seed Fund research findings

SustainableUW Festival 2015

Save the date: Oct. 26 - 31

The 2015 SustainableUW Festival ( will take place Oct. 26-31. The festival celebrates sustainability efforts at the University of Washington, highlighting contributions and leadership efforts across campus as well as providing opportunities for students, faculty and staff to get involved.

The festival showcases the depth and breadth of sustainability efforts across the UW. The festival calendar will include events organized by many different departments and organizations, including speakers, volunteer opportunities, sustainable career events, workshops and more.

The festival centerpiece will be the exhibitor fair on Red Square on Wednesday, Oct. 28. Learn more about environmental student groups, UW programs, community partners and more, all while enjoying food provided by sustainable HFS vendors.

For more information or to submit your sustainability event for the festival calendar, go to


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