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November 25, 2015

University of Washington receives gold sustainability rating from STARS


The University of Washington is among the most sustainable schools in North America, according to the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System (STARS).

July 15, 2014

Sustainable, sharing communities explored in Karen Litfin’s book ‘Ecovillages’

The forest provides firewood for the 40,000 Tamil villagers who live around Auroville. "Founded in 1968 upon a severely eroded plateau in south India, the first order of business for the pioneers was to revitalize the land. Three million trees later, Auroville is home to over 2,000 people from 43 different countries and is one of the few places on Earth where biodiversity is actually increasing," Litfin writes.

UW political scientist Karen Litfin spent a year traveling to 14 ecovillages worldwide in researching her book “Ecovillages: Lessons for Sustainable Community.”

April 18, 2014

UW moving to online course evaluations to save paper, money

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The University of Washington is expanding online course evaluations to reduce its use of paper. The online evaluations are expected to save the university tens of thousands of dollars every year in paper costs while giving faculty and administrators more direct access to evaluation results.

August 20, 2013

Barry Witham chronicles rustic repertory in new book, ‘A Sustainable Theatre’

"A Sustainable Theatre: Jasper Deeter at Hedgerow" by Barry Witham, UW professor of drama

Barry Witham, drama professor emeritus, discusses his new book, “A Sustainable Theatre: Jasper Deeter at Hedgerow.”

August 14, 2013

UW garners highest score possible, named again to Green Honor Roll


The University of Washington has again been named to the Princeton Review’s Green Honor Roll, receiving the highest score possible for the 2012-13 academic year.

January 24, 2013

Organic ferroelectric molecule shows promise for memory chips, sensors

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A paper in Science describes an organic crystal that shows promise as a cheap, flexible, nontoxic material for the working parts of memory chips, sensors and energy-harvesting devices.

January 14, 2013

Potential harvest of most fish stocks largely unrelated to abundance

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Fisheries managers should sharpen their ability to spot environmental conditions that hamper or help fish stocks, and not assume that abundance translates to sustainable harvest.

December 13, 2012

Energy Dept. funds UW project to turn wasted natural gas into diesel

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The U.S. Department of Energy this month awarded $4 million to a team, led by UW chemical engineers, that aims to develop bacteria to turn the methane in natural gas into diesel fuel for transportation.

November 29, 2012

International study provides more solid measure of shrinking in polar ice sheets

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Climatologists have reconciled their measurements of ice loss in Antarctica and Greenland during the past two decades. A second article looks at how to monitor and understand accelerating losses from the planet’s two largest continental ice sheets.

November 21, 2012

UW rates gold in sustainability assessment, strongest performer in Pac-12

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The UW has the strongest sustainability performance in the Pac-12 according to a new rating system.

October 18, 2012

Energy a focus of third annual Sustainability Summit

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Next week will be the University of Washington’s third Sustainability Summit, an annual event that celebrates leadership and accomplishments in environmental stewardship and sustainability.