Salt Power Leads New Energy Sources

January 11, 2010

At the UW, we seem to continually strive toward complete environmental sustainability. The recently installed restrictions on paper used at the UW bring us ever closer to this lofty, yet incredibly noble goal. In addition to this, the introduction of the trial power-grid program, energy-efficient light-bulb exchange, and the on-campus composting program define our school as environmentally conscious, at the very least.

Class Notes: Students research ways to make UW campus more sustainable

May 14, 2009

In this two-part class, 15 students learn about the historical roots and various definitions of sustainability, then explore and analyze the UW to figure out how it could be more sustainable. This quarter -- the first this class has been offered -- students focus on sustainability practices related to water; future topics may include energy and transportation. Student teams partner with staff, including campus utility workers, to research topics like the efficiency of water flow in showers at the IMA, or the layout of storm-water drains on campus.

Any way you slice it, warming climate is affecting Cascades snowpack

May 12, 2009

There has been sharp disagreement in recent years about how much, or even whether, winter snowpack has declined in the Cascade Mountains of Washington and Oregon during the last half-century. But new research leaves little doubt that a warmer climate has a significant effect on the snowpack, as measured by water content on April 1, even if other factors keep year-to-year measurements close to normal for a period of years. Water content can vary greatly depending on temperature and other conditions at the time of snowfall.

Competition Sparks Environmental Innovation

Preserving the environment is a passionate subject for many in the Pacific Northwest. That passion helped spark lively discussions about the topic of how to address environmental challenges last night at the 2009 University of Washington Environmental Innovation Challenge (EIC). For this competition, 16 student teams, comprised primarily of engineering and business students, collaborated to develop efficient and sustainable environmental innovations for a chance to win a $10,000 grand prize.

Tropical lizards can't take the heat of climate warming

March 3, 2009

New research that builds on data collected more than three decades ago demonstrates that lizards living in tropical forests in Central and South America and the Caribbean could be in serious peril from rising temperatures associated with climate change.In fact, those forest lizards appear to tolerate a much narrower range of survivable temperatures than do their relatives at higher latitudes and are actually less tolerant of high temperatures, said Raymond Huey, a University of Washington biology professor.