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Environmental Efforts Draw Green Rewards

The UW's reputation for being green goes way beyond the vast number of trees on campus.

The UW ranked second in the nation in the Sierra Club's third annual comprehensive guide to the most eco-enlightened U.S. universities, which came out in late August. With 98 points, the UW trailed only the University of Colorado at Boulder.

The UW was one of five universities to host an Arbor Day Foundation tree-planting event this fall. The Arbor Day's Tree Campus USA campaign shows how tree plantings can benefit college campuses.

P. Dee Boersma, professor and Wadsworth Endowed Chair in Conservation Science, received a $100,000 award from the Heinz Family Foundation for environmental achievement. She is founder and executive director of Conservation magazine.

Charles "Si" Simenstad, '69, research professor in the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, received a national award for habitat conservation from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. He is considered a pioneer in coastal marine ecology.