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UW Sustainability - "In Our Nature"

UW Sustainability - "In Our Nature"

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UW Sustainability's "In Our Nature" podcast features the people working to make the University of Washington a leader in sustainability.
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UW Sustainability - "In Our Nature"

CSF Spotlight 7 Interview with UW Sustainability Director, Claudia Frere-Anderson
On this episode of the CSF Spotlight, we are joined by UW Sustainability director, Claudia Frere-Anderson. Claudia joined the University of Washington in 2009 and she has led huge Sustainability efforts since then, working as a pioneer of sustainability. Listen to learn about University of Washington's history in sustainability advancements and the critical role Claudia played in it, and to hear about her successes in the sustainability space. As well as, join us to say a warm goodbye to Claudia as she is parting with the university after 12 years of service. In her new endeavors, Claudia is taking on a position with ISOS Group, a woman-owned sustainability consulting firm focusing on environmental, social and governance work with corporations.  You can reach out to us via email at Follow us on Facebook and Instagram to be informed of all opportunities and updates. Find our website at
September 27, 2021
Tri-campus Q&A: talking sustainability with Bothell, Seattle and Tacoma
Daimon Eklund and Toren Elste of UW Sustainability are joined by UW Bothell's Alexa Russo and UW Tacoma's Allan Cortina to answer questions about sustainability on all three UW campuses. Learn more: UW Sustainability website: Facebook: UWSustainability Instagram: sustainableUW UW Bothell sustainability website: Instagram: uwbsustainability Common Caws podcast UW Tacoma sustainability website:
April 02, 2021
CSF Spotlight # 6 Interview with the U of Arizona Green Fund
On this episode of the CSF Spotlight, we were joined by Stella and Ryan from the University of Arizona’s Green Fund program. Tune in to listen to our conversation about university green funds and the different roles they play. We exchanged some great feedback and ideas. We hope you can learn as much as we did from this very fruitful conversation! Learn more about the University of Arizona Green Fund by visiting their website and follow them on Instagram For the CSF, you can find us at facebook and Instagram and our website at
January 14, 2021
CSF Spotlight #5: David Frantz, Committee Chair
On today's episode, Yahia Ali is joined with David Frantz. David is a senior at the University of Washington and is the current CSF Committee Chair. During the talk, they discuss both of their experiences coming from rural towns to Seattle, how David went from not attending CSF meetings to now being the chair, and how the Associated Students at UW (ASUW) is structured. You won't want to miss out on this discussion! To learn more about the CSF visit
November 20, 2020
Kate Simonen - 2020 Husky Green Award winner
Kate Simonen is the executive director of the Carbon Leadership Forum and Professor and Chair of the Department of Architecture at the University of Washington. Her research has focused on the innovation of construction materials and practices that will go a long way in creating a low-carbon future. For her work, she was one of the recipients of the 2020 Husky Green Awards which recognize people at the University of Washington who show dedication, leadership and initiative around sustainability. UW Sustainability's Marilyn Ostergren talked with Kate Simonen about why she is a self-described "embodied carbon nerd," why she started working on reducing the carbon footprint of our buildings and more. Carbon Leadership Forum home page:
November 05, 2020
CSF Spotlight #4: Ronnie Fang w/ Interactive Biogas Foodcart
On this episode of CSF Spotlight, Yahia Ali and Fotima Ibrokhim interview Ronnie Fang, A former UW Environmental Studies student and current Seattle Outreach Specialist at Waste Management. Ronnie is a part of the Interactive Biogas Foodcart project team which received $21,176 from the CSF in 2016-2017. This project incorporates a vast variety of disciplines such as Mechanical Engineering, Communications, Environmental Engineering, and Biology to create a cool way to reduce waste on campus. Listen to this episode to learn more about biogas, the present and future of renewable energies, waste management practices, and how the Biogas Foodcart works. It's a great informative episode to listen to, so don't miss out! To learn more about the Biogas Foodcart visit To get involved with the Biogas Foodcart project visit To learn more about the CSF visit
October 23, 2020
Ursula Valdez - 2020 Husky Green Award winner
UW Sustainability student intern Annika Prom talks with Ursula Valdez, a faculty member in UW Bothell's School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences. Ursula Valdez is a 2020 Husky Green Award winner for her work promoting sustainability and conservation on and off the UW Bothell campus. She  actively encourages students and other researchers to document avian diversity and natural history in urban spaces and educates them on how to restore these habitats. She also created a “Sustainability on a Student Budget” course to teach students how to embrace affordable, sustainable practices for everyday life. Outside of the university, she co-founded the Tambopata Center for Education, Science, and Conservation (CECCOT, acronym in Spanish), an organization that promotes the conservation of tropical diversity in the Peruvian Amazon. Read more about her work:
October 19, 2020
CSF Spotlight #3: Africa Now
In this week’s podcast, we have guests from the Africa Now Project. Tune in to hear from Program Director Michelle Mvundura and ANA Board Member Kemi Akinlosotu about their experience working with Africa Now . In the past 3 years of collaboration, the Africa Now team has been awarded over $48,000 in CSF funding. On an annual basis, Africa Now mobilizes a community of passionate and active young professionals that are committed to building a sustainable future for Africa and enriching their global perspective through panels, workshops, resource fairs, and networking. The conference exists to educate, organize, and mobilize youth to imagine and create a sustainable future for the global African community. Learn more about the Africa Now project here: 2018: 2019: 2020: Check out Africa Now’s Website: You Contact the organization via email at : If you would like to reach out to the CSF, contact our Outreach Coordinator at: Follow us on instagram: Twitter: Facebook: Visit our Website:
October 05, 2020
CSF Spotlight #2: Anaerobic Digester
On this episode of CSF Spotlight, Fotima and Yahia talk to Aaron Flaster, the project lead for the Anaerobic Digester project and current Research Study Coordinator at UW. This project was funded twice in 2018 for a total of $45,000 and received a $5,000 class gift from the College of the Environment. On the podcast, Aaron talks about how working on a horse ranch inspired them to pursue this project, the struggles they had during the process, and how today they are focused on the sustainability of this project. To learn more about the Anaerobic Digester project, you can visit their page on the CSF Website at and Or, you can email Aaron at To read about other Campus Sustainability Fund (CSF) projects or to learn about the funding process, visit our website at If you want to get involved with a project or have a project idea of your own, email us at!  Also, follow us on our social medias: Facebook: Instagram: @uw_csf Twitter: @uwcsf
September 11, 2020
CSF Spotlight #1: Meet the Team!
In the first episode of “CSF Spotlight”, the Campus Sustainability Fund’s student staff members Fotima Ibrokhim (Outreach Coordinator) and Yahia Ali (Project Development Specialist) discuss their individual journeys to the CSF, what their personal experience has been with CSF, and how their views on sustainability has evolved through their experiences. Tune in for more episodes in the future to hear about CSF projects from the students who lead them, as well as hear from other people in the sustainability world at UW. Website: Facebook: Instagram: @uw_csf Twitter: @uwcsf
August 28, 2020
Plastic Free July with UW Recycling
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. Follow UW Recycling on Instagram: or Facebook: More info on Plastic Free July:
July 30, 2020
Sustainability Stories: Investing in intersectional sustainability with the Campus Sustainability Fund
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:
July 10, 2020
2020 Earth Day talk: State of Sustainability at the UW with Provost Mark Richards
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 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.
May 04, 2020
UW Creative Communications
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:
November 15, 2019
UW Green Greeks Representative Program
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:
October 09, 2019
" Campus Sustainability, Diversity & Inclusion" - WOHESC 2019 opening plenary
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: Moderator: Terryl Ross | Assistant Dean of Diversity for College of the Environment, University of Washington Speakers: 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
March 27, 2019
WOHESC 2019 opening keynote by Dean Lisa Graumlich
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 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.
March 08, 2019
6 - UW Bothell Sustainability Coordinator Alexa Russo
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: Snapchat: uwbsust
November 28, 2018
5 - Beth Wheat
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:
August 14, 2018
4 - Business sustainability and students
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. More information: UW ReThink: UW Net Impact Undergraduate Chapter:
July 17, 2018
3 - UW Campus Sustainability Fund (CSF)
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
May 23, 2018
2 - UW Student Food Cooperative
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:
May 04, 2018
1 - UW Sustainability
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:
May 03, 2018