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 and within the Department of Recreational Sports Programs. The IMA received a bronze-level UW Green Office Certification on 2/19/13 and was re-certified on 4/9/14 achieving a silver-level UW Green Office 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 to 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

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 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.
  • All IMA offices and workrooms have dimmer switches that can be used to reduce consumption.

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