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Weeklong festival celebrates sustainability at the UW

Wednesday, October 28, 2015   (0 Comments)
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Source:  The Daily of the University of Washington
 Sun Oct 25, 2015.
Anna DiBlosi 

Sustainability isn’t just for environmentalists. From Husky Stadium to the Foster Business School, a large variety of departments at the UW have played a role in going green.

The UW Sustainability Office will be hosting the SustainableUW Festival from Oct. 26-31. The festival celebrates the university’s sustainability efforts that span across all disciplines and departments, and will focus on campus involvement and education.

“[The SustainableUW Festival] is really very inviting and very inclusive for students, it’s a really good eye opener for ways to be more involved with campus sustainability and to meet directly with the groups on campus who are involved,” said Claudia Frere-Anderson, the director of the UW Sustainability Office.

The Open House, Exhibitor Fair, and Career Meet and Greet will feature a variety of UW programs, departments, student groups, community partners, and local and national companies demonstrating their contributions to sustainability. All three events are targeted at raising awareness, increasing student involvement, and creating networking opportunities.
“It’s really diverse, as a student it’s really cool because you don’t know that you may be interested in getting involved with sustainability,” Frere-Anderson said.

Presentations throughout the week are sponsored by a variety of campus departments and disciplines, including the Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship, the Community Alliance for Global Justice, the UW’s Office of Minority Affairs, Harborview Medical Center, Environmental Sustainability Steering Committee, the UW School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, and the UW Japan Studies Program.

“Stuff is going on across arts and sciences, health sciences, and the business school, there’s stuff happening everywhere,” said Sean Schmidt, assistant director of communications and programs for the UW Sustainability Office. “Whoever you are, whatever degree you get, you can do and be multiple things; if you have passion for the environment you can work [anywhere].”
Throughout the week, the UW Sustainability Office will highlight the annual Huskies for Humanity presentation — which is themed “Research, Art and Restoration: UW’s connection to the Duwamish River,” — the Husky Highlight on energy and innovation, and the exhibitor fair.
Concluding the week of festivities will be the UW football Gameday Recycling Challenge against the University of Arizona. This event is hosted by the UW Athletics Green Team and consists of a competition between universities to reduce waste at campus football games.

This Friday, each school’s football stadium — implementing waste reduction programs — will track their progress throughout the football game. The goal is to achieve the highest amount of recycling and the highest waste diversion rate.

Dominic Lee, a Green Team sustainability intern, said their goal is to reach a 78 percent waste diversion rate at Husky Stadium.

Other events include, the UW Botanic Gardens: Beetles Save Needles lecture, the UW Farm Lunch, the UW Farm workshop: Fall Produce, and the Campus as a Living Lab exhibit at the Bullitt Center in Capitol Hill.

Reach reporter Anna DiBlosi at Twitter: @annadib4

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