Each year, millions of people around the globe take the Plastic Free July challenge and choose to refuse single-use plastics. UW Recycling was leading the charge this month to provide the UW community with resources, encouragement and tips to reduce plastic use.
We talk with UW Recycling Manager Liz Gignilliat about why it's important to reduce plastic consumption, the state of plastic at UW and why increased recycling efforts isn't the answer to our plastic problem, followed by a discussion (starting at 15:10) with UW Recycling Program Coordinator Adam Fehn, who took a personal challenge to cut his plastic consumption for the month.
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or Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/UWRecycling/
More info on Plastic Free July: https://www.plasticfreejuly.org/
This is the audio from an online talk by Fotima Ibrokhim, Yahia Ali and Michael Diamond of the Campus Sustainability Fund (CSF), as part of the Sustainability Stories @ UW series.
The University of Washington's Campus Sustainability Fund (CSF) is a student-run and student-funded grant program that works to support and facilitate intersectional sustainability projects on the UW campus. In the recent years, the CSF staff and committee has made the conscious and intentional decision to lead the CSF towards intersectional sustainability. The CSF team particularly recognizes the disproportionate ways in which climate change affects Black communities and excludes them from being a part of sustainability efforts. To provide more equitable support to the Black students, faculty, and staff at the University of Washington, a summer grant option in partnership with the UW Resilience Lab will be available for students to use in order to support further equity and inclusion work.
CSF staff presented on the CSF’s work around intersectional sustainability, highlighted some existing funded student projects and discussed how students can utilize the new summer grant option for this work. Recorded on June 18, 2020.
See the video and more about the Sustainability Stories series: green.uw.edu/stories
As part of the University of Washington's recognition of Earth Day's 50th anniversary, Provost Mark Richards and VP of Facilities Lou Cariello spoke about current and future sustainability efforts at the UW, including the newly-released Sustainability Strategy.
Learn more about the Strategy at green.uw.edu/plan
Their discussion was followed by updates and a Q&A session with UW Sustainability Director Claudia Frere-Anderson and Campus Sustainability Fund Coordinator Kyle McDermott.
Katy Folk-Way, Director of Creative Communications, and Steven Roberts, Assistant Director of Mailing, Safety and Building Services, join us. The discussion starts with information on how Creative Communications integrates sustainability into its printing and copying operations, and then we talk about how the Mailing Services team has moved toward delivering almost all campus mail via electric-assist cargo bikes instead of trucks.
Learn more about Creative Communications: http://c2.washington.edu/
The University of Washington's Green Greek Representative Program works to engage UW fraternity and sororities on topics of sustainability. Members work on projects to improve sustainability in the Greek chapters as well as promoting sustainability in the community.
On this podcast, Green Greek Director Shelby Carroll and Vice President of Membership Bibi Contreras discuss the Green Greeks program, some of the group's projects and how UW students can get involved.
For more info on the Green Greek Representative Program, visit their Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/greengreekuw/
Students and executive leaders from Washington and Oregon shared perspectives on integrating social sustainability across academic systems in this opening plenary at the 2019 Washington & Oregon Higher Education Sustainability Conference (WOHESC), hosted by the University of Washington on February 26-27. For more information on WOHESC: http://wohesc.org/program/
Moderator: Terryl Ross | Assistant Dean of Diversity for College of the Environment, University of Washington
Jeanne Allen | Chair, Campus Sustainability Fund & Graduate Student Representative, Environmental Stewardship Committee, University of Washington
Teri Fane | ASPCC Student Body President, Portland Community College Cascade Campus
Angel Mandujano-Guevara | Graduate Student, Human Services Resource Center, Oregon State University
Taylor McHolm | Program Director, Student Sustainability Center, University of Oregon
Natasha Martin | Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion and Associate Professor at the School of Law, Seattle University
Introduction: Sharon Lee | Account Executive, Lucid Design Group
UW College of the Environment Dean Lisa Graumlich gave the opening keynote at the 2019 Washington & Oregon Higher Education Sustainability Conference, hosted at the University of Washington on February 26-27. She was introduced by Scarlett Foster-Moss, Swire Coca-Cola, USA Vice President of Public Relations and Government Affairs.
More information on WOHESC can be found at wohesc.org
Dean Lisa J. Graumlich, Mary Laird Wood Professor, is the inaugural dean of the College of the Environment at the University of Washington. As dean, she leads a College with unparalleled depth and breadth in environmental systems: from the forests to the seas and from the depths of the earth to the edges of the solar system. As a scholar, Graumlich pioneered the use of tree-ring data to understand long-term trends in climate, focusing on the mountains of western North America. Graumlich has served as a faculty member at University of California-Los Angeles, the director of the University of Arizona's Institute for the Study of Planet Earth and Montana State University's Mountain Research Center, as well as executive director of their Big Sky Institute. She received her B.S. in Botany and M.S. in Geography from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and her Ph.D. in Forest Resources from the University of Washington.
Alexa Russo, sustainability coordinator at UW Bothell, discusses sustainability features on the Bothell campus and ways the UWB community and others can get involved.
Find more info on UW Bothell sustainability:
Program on the Environment lecturer Beth Wheat owns and operates SkyRoot Farm, practicing regenerative agriculture on Whidbey Island. She is the recipient of a 2018 UW Husky Green Award and a 2010 Excellence in Teaching Award. On this podcast, she talks with UW Sustainability's Jayna Milan about regenerative agriculture, our food systems, and her personal experiences as a farmer and educator.
More info: http://bit.ly/BethWheat
UW Foster School of Business students Sydney Solis (Net Impact) and Serena Allendorfer (ReThink) talk with UW Sustainability's Jayna Milan about the importance of corporate social responsibility, and the different UW student groups working on connecting sustainability and business.
UW ReThink: https://www.facebook.com/ReThinkUW/
UW Net Impact Undergraduate Chapter: https://www.facebook.com/uwnetimpactundergrad/
The University of Washington's Campus Sustainability Fund (CSF) funds student-led sustainability projects at UW. The CSF has granted more than $2.2 million to over 100 projects since it started in 2010. This episode of the "In Our Nature" podcast features CSF coordinator Kyle McDermott.
Learn more about the CSF at csf.uw.edu
The ASUW Student Food Cooperative supports access to healthy and affordable food for students. In this episode, we sat down with Co-Manager Tiara Adler and Co-op member,Emma D’Orazio to discuss how the ASUW Student Food Co-op operates and how students can get involved.
Learn more about the Co-op: http://sfc.asuw.org/
The first podcast from UW Sustainability! UW Sustainability director Claudia Frere-Anderson, program specialist Toren Elste and communications coordinator Daimon Eklund give an overview of UW Sustainability's programs and resources for students, faculty and staff at the University of Washington.
(originally released in September 2017)
Learn more: green.uw.edu