Sustainability at the IMA
IMA Green Team
The IMA Green Team was established on 4/22/12 to reduce the waste of resources, educate employees and encourage the adoption of sustainable practices at the IMA Building and within the Department of Recreational Sports Programs. The IMA received a bronze-level UW Green Office Certification on 2/19/13, was re-certified on 4/9/14 achieving a silver-level certification, and was re-certified on 1/18/17 achieving a gold-level certification. See some of the IMA Green Team accomplishments below:
- Started a volunteer-led composting program
- Started volunteer-led bottle cap recycling
- Had the vending machine lights turned off to the machines in the building
- Transitioning to using green cleaning supplies
- Exchanged plastic laundry bags with mesh washable and reusable bags for laundry
- Transitioned to using green office supplies
- Transitioned to using compostable utensils and kitchen paper products
- Set printer settings that default to double sided, black ink printing
- Reducing paper reports and printing reports when appropriate
- Started a volunteer-led plastic film and Styrofoam recycling program
- Switched to the MiniMax waste collection system in all the offices
- Started paper towel composting in all restrooms and locker rooms
- Added mixed recycle bins located next to all landfill bins in the common areas of the building
- Donate shoes to Redeeming Soles charity in Seattle and donate clothing to Teen Feed charity in the U District
- The IMA is a Pronto! Bike Share station
Sustainability Efforts at the IMA
- Flow restrictive shower heads are used in all showers to conserve energy and reduce water consumption. (Changed in 2001 from 4-5 gallons per minute to 2.5 gallons per minute commercial shower heads.)
- Signs are posted to promote short showers to save energy and to conserve water.
- The amount of light used in Husky Stadium for RSP programs has been reduced. Energy consumption has been reduced by about 67%.
- The south tennis court lights were replaced in 2001 reducing energy consumption by 50% or more. Lights are only turned on when needed.
- Domestic hot water temperature was reduced throughout the IMA from 130° to 120°.
- IMA Cardio/Fitness Room 212 is on light sensors during daylight, reducing energy consumption by 33%.
- IMA Studios 216 & 316 are controlled by light sensors during daylight hours, reducing energy consumption by 50%.
- IMA perimeter lighting at the jogging track has been reduced during daylight hours.
- All IMA exterior perimeter lights including the bicycle storage area are on photo cells and lights are now on only for safety during evening hours.
- Lights in IMA international squash courts (4) are on motion sensors and power up only when needed to play.
- IMA Field #1 and #3 outdoor lighting is divided into zones to allow partial lighting of the field depending on field use needs.
- All lights in the IMA gyms were changed from Mercury Vapor to Metal Halide, reducing energy consumption by 50% or more. This also included a reduction in the number of fixtures by 50%.
- All lights in the IMA Racquetball and Squash courts were changed from Mercury Vapor to LED, extending the life of the lights by 10 years.
- All urinals in the IMA are low flow.
- Ten percent of the light fixtures in the IMA Men’s Locker Room have been permanently turned off.
- Custodial staff turn off activity area lights after cleaning each evening.
- Tennis court lights are only turned on when needed. They are monitored via CCTV camera and turned off after use.
- IMA offices and workrooms have dimmer switches that can be used to reduce consumption.
- UW Salmon-Safe Certification.