Recreation Green Team

The Recreation 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 UW Recreation. The IMA maintains a silver-level UW Green Office Certification. See some of the Recreation Green Team accomplishments below:

  • Started a volunteer-led composting program that has been implemented in the IMA, Golf Range, and Waterfront Activities Center.
  • Started a volunteer-led bottle cap recycling.
  • Had the vending machine lights turned off to the machines in the building.
  • Transitioned to using green cleaning supplies in the staff kitchen areas.
  • 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 our facilities.
  • Added mixed recycle bins located next to all landfill bins at our outdoor facilities.
  • Donate shoes to Redeeming Soles, donate clothing and/or toiletries to Teen Feed, Rainier House, and Byrd Barr Place, and donate sports equipment to a local Boys & Girls Club.
  • The IMA was a Pronto! Bike Share station until the program closed in March 2017.

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 Rec 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 Metal Halide to LED, extending the life of the lights by 10 years.
  • 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 lights in the Pavilion Pool were replaced with 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.
  • Motion sensors were installed in all the gyms in the IMA to regulate the light usage.
  • First Aid uses compostable gloves.