February 10, 2014

News Digest: Rideshare treats, state fourth in exonerations, husky green nominations

Thanks for riding say three little chick peepsCare packages offered this week to carpoolers, vanpoolers
Transportation Services and U-PASS say they will be “showing some love” to all campus carpoolers and vanpoolers this week, Feb. 10 through 14.

During We Heart Rideshare Week, rideshare care packages will be given out at any staffed campus gatehouse, between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m., to existing vanpools, carpools with valid permits or anyone purchasing a daily carpool permit on the spot.

The care packages are filled with goodies to help rideshare partners enjoy their trip and encourage those around them to share their ride too.

Washington state fourth in exonerations nationwide in 2013
Due to the work of the UW’s Innocence Project Northwest, the state of Washington ranked fourth in the nation for exonerations in 2013. The ranking comes from the annual report of the National Registry of Exonerations, released Feb. 4.

In a record-breaking year of 87 exonerations, the state of Texas led with 13, followed by Illinois with nine, New York with eight and Washington with seven, five of which were gained through the Innocence Project Northwest. Following Washington were California with six and Michigan and Missouri with five each.

The report also indicated that DNA exonerations declined slowly in 2013, continuing a trend in recent years, and non-DNA exonerations rose sharply. DNA exonerations accounted for about one-fifth of the total for 2013.

Husky Green Award nominations sought through March 10
Nominations for the Husky Green Award are open through March 10. In its fifth year, the award recognizes individuals or groups that demonstrate exemplary commitment to sustainability at the UW. Sponsored by the Environmental Stewardship Committee, nominees may be students, faculty, staff, departments or teams at any UW campus. Winners will be recognized during Earth Day festivities in April.