U District Light Rail Station - This station opened in 2021, providing easy access to the UW campus and the neighboring U District. Nearly all students, staff and faculty at UW are given a subsidized U-Pass providing unlimited rides on regional transit systems, including light rail.
District Market/Husky Grind - UW Housing & Food Services (HFS) is recognized as a national leader in sustainable dining, and emphasizes organic, local and fair-trade food on campus. District Market includes fresh produce and a full-service deli. Enjoy a cup of ethically sourced coffee at Husky Grind.
Biodiversity Green Wall - Hanging on the east side of Gould Hall are two large green walls, featuring primarily native plants that provide habitat for birds and insects. The green wall utilizes recycled rain water and reduces building energy needs by capturing heat during the day and releasing it at night. The wall was funded through a Campus Sustainability Fund grant.
West Campus Utility Plant - WCUP supplies chilled water and emergency power to buildings on the west side of the UW’s campus. One of the plant’s visible sustainability features are the rain gardens to filter runoff. Video screens facing the street display information and stories about sustainability at the UW.
Sustainable Learning Space
- This student-designed garden space
features native plants, hand-crafted wood benches, nature-themed quotes, a bioswale and rain garden. Funded in part by a Campus Sustainability Fund grant, the space serves as an outdoor classroom and community space as well as a memorial to former Program on the Environment administrator Tikvah Weiner.
Mercer Court - These residence halls feature rooftop solar panels, as well as a cistern which stores and filters rainwater to provide water for laundry. The space between the buildings is used by the UW Farm to grow produce.
UW Surplus Store - UW Surplus takes all unwanted items from UW departments and works to reuse, repurpose or recycle these items. The surplus retail store is open to the public Tuesdays 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Life Sciences Building - This LEED Gold building includes innovative sustainable features such as reusing water to irrigate the greenhouse plants. The glass fins that shade the south side windows have embedded solar cells which generate electricity.
Sustainable Commuting Options: UW Light Rail Station and Burke Gilman Trail
- The Burke Gilman Trail was once the site of a major railway. Now, it’s both a recreational gem and an effective method of sustainable transportation to and from campus. Users use the trail to bike, walk, and connect to public transportation
, including the UW light rail station near Husky Stadium.
Union Bay Natural Area - The 74-acre Union Bay Natural Area located at the Center for Urban Horticulture provides trails for running and walking with access to view the waters of Lake Washington and the many waterfowl that over-winter there. Yesler Swamp, located on the east side of the Union Bay Natural Area, offers a boardwalk loop that takes you to the edge of the lake and the site of the old Yesler Sawmill.
Waterfront Activities Center - Rent a kayak, canoe or rowboat to experience the Union Bay Natural Area’s wildlife and landscape, or paddle over to the nearby Washington Arboretum.
Washington Park Arboretum - The Washington Park Arboretum, administered by UW Botanic Gardens, is just a 1.2 mile walk from UW's Seattle campus. The Arboretum holds a world class collection of woody plants that can be explored independently, through self-guided tours, arranged tours, or through the many classes and activities hosted at the site. All year round you’ll find something of interest along the trails that wind through 230 acres of gardens, natural areas and wetlands.
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