UW Sustainability Summit logoOctober 22nd - 25th 2012

UW Seattle Campus

The UW Sustainability Summit celebrates the University’s leadership and accomplishments in environmental stewardship and sustainability. It provides the opportunity for students, faculty, and staff to find ways to get involved with sustainability on campus, learn about the Campus Sustainability Fund and the UW Climate Action Plan, and discover how our community partners play a role in UW sustainability. With a variety of exhibitors and discussion groups, something is sure to spark your interest. See what to expect by checking out the 2011 and 2010  Sustainability Summit pages.

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Main Event Schedule
Additional Events
Planning Committee
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Main Event Schedule

Wednesday October 24th, 2012

Exhibitors on Red Square 
11:30 am to 2:30 pm
Red Square 
Over 40 exhibits by UW academic programs, departments, suppliers and community sustainability partners
See exhibitors

E-Waste Recycling
11:30 am to 2:30 pm
Red Square
Bring your personal unwanted electronics to Red Square during the Summit for free recycling provided by Total Reclaim
What to bring

Speakers Series & Panel Discussion
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM 
Kane Hall, Room 210
Short presentations followed by a panel discussion from industry leaders
See speakers

Reception & Campus Sustainability Fund Poster Session
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Kane Hall, Walker-Aimes Room
Learn about the projects funded by the student managed Campus Sustainability Fund and talk with students involved about their experiences 

Projects Presenting Posters:
Biodiversity Greenwall
Husky Sustainable Storms Bioswale
UW Farm
Bicycle Repair Stations
Compost Facility
LEED Interns
Sustainability 2.0




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Additional Events

Monday October 22nd, 2012

Terra Blight Movie Screening
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Johnson Hall 111
Join us for a free documentary about electronic waste and the importance of proper electronic recycling

Tuesday October 23rd, 2012 

Campus Sustainability Fund Open House
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Gerberding Hall, B40 (Environmental Stewardship & Sustainability Office)
Visit with student committee members from the Campus Sustainability Fund, UW’s student funded and student managed green fee and gain advice on submitting your proposal

Wednesday October 24th, 2012

Kickoff event and panel discussion: Encyclopedia of Puget Sound 
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
FSH 102 Auditorium
A panel of nationally recognized experts will discuss how networked science is changing the way ecosystem information is shared and understood. Learn more.


Thursday October 25th, 2012

CANCELLED: Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food

Will be rescheduled in the future, stay tuned
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Husky Union Building Lyceum

Listen to the Deputy Secretary of Agriculture, Kathleen Merrigan, speak about sustainable food production and supporting local agriculture

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Speakers & Panelists

KC Golden, Policy Director at Climate Solutions

KC oversees the Policy Leadership Program, pioneering leading-edge state and local climate policies while helping to deliver strong regional support for responsible national and international climate policy. He has over 20 years experience in Northwest energy and climate issues in the public and nonprofit sectors.  He has served in the public sector as a special assistant to the Mayor of Seattle for clean energy and climate protection initiatives and as an Assistant Director in Washington's Department of Community, Trade, and Economic Development, where he directed the state's Energy Policy Office. From 1989 to 1995, he was Executive Director of the Northwest Energy Coalition, a regional alliance working for a clean, affordable energy future.

Rob Bernard, Chief Environmental Strategist at Microsoft

Robert Bernard is responsible for defining and implementing the global strategy for Microsoft’s environmental efforts. Under Rob’s leadership, Microsoft has set its first carbon reduction goal and rolled out a global campaign to engage with customers, partners and governments on ways to use information technology to reduce environmental impacts. Rob is passionate about promoting the role of technology in enabling energy efficiency, democratizing access to environmental information and advancing scientific breakthroughs. Prior to his career at Microsoft, Rob spent nearly 10 years in the construction and building management industry. He attended the Wharton School of Business where he earned his MBA.


Ellen Lettvin, VP of Science & Education at Pacific Science Center

Dr. Ellen Lettvin joined Pacific Science Center in late 2008 as Vice President for Science and Education. In her former role as Assistant Director of Education and Outreach and Senior Oceanographer at the UW Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), Ellen worked closely with Pacific Science Center on a variety of informal science education initiatives, such as Polar Science Weekend and our Carbon Monitoring project. At APL, Ellen was responsible for increasing the visibility of the lab, including in local and national K-12 educational communities and the regional entrepreneurial community. She initiated several innovative outreach efforts that have achieved a broad-reaching presence for APL. Ellen earned her Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Atmospheric, Oceanic, and Space Sciences from the University of Michigan, as well as an M.A. in Applied Statistics and B.S. in Geological Sciences.


Ruth Johnston, AVP Environmental Stewardship & Sustainability

Ruth Johnston, Ph.D. works at the University of Washington as Associate Vice President for Strategy Management in Finance & Facilities. In this role, Dr. Johnston leads 1500 employees in developing strategy, metrics, leadership and staff, along with marketing and communication of university administrative services. She is also responsible for the administratively-focused UW Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability Office and for the UW’s Business Diversity Program. She has a B.A. in Social Sciences/Counseling Psychology, an M.A. in Human Relations, and a Ph.D. in Organization Development and Higher Education. Her areas of interest are in leading and implementing change, strategic planning, leadership and staff development, measuring performance, and organization development. 



Lisa Graumlich, Dean of the College of the Environment

As College of the Environment Dean, Lisa Graumlich, former Director of the University of Arizona’s School of Natural Resources and the Environment, leads a college with 1,400 students, 11 core units and 185 faculty members. That’s more faculty than the environmental schools at Duke, Michigan and Yale combined.

Approved by the UW regents in June 2008, courses were offered under the new college for the first time in the of fall 2009. Units of the college are focused on areas such as natural resources, climate, Earth sciences, oceanography and sustainability. They received more than $74 million in grants and funding and more than $20 million in private support in fiscal year 2009.

VIP Guest Speaker

Sandra O. Archibald, Chair of the Environmental Stewardship Committee, Dean of the Evans School of Public Affairs

Dean Sandra O. Archibald joined the Evans School in 2003. Her research interests concern a wide area focusing on the intersection of economics, institutions, and public policy. Archibald is the recipient of the NASPAA/ASPA Distinguished Research Award of 2004; Humphrey Institute Outstanding Teaching Award of 1993; American Agricultural Economics Association Quality of Research Communication Award of 1989; University of California Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics Outstanding Dissertation Award of 1984; and numerous research grants. Archibald holds a Ph.D. in agricultural and resource economics from the University of California, Davis. She also holds an MA in public administration and BA in history from University of California, Berkeley.


Master of Ceremonies (MC)

Jamie Rowe, Campus Sustainability Fund Coordinator, Graduate Student

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Student Groups

Campus Sustainability Fund +Link
The Campus Sustainability Fund is a fund that goes towards student sustainability projects on campus. Come chat with CSF members about what type of projects they fund, and how you can apply for funding!

Husky Sustainable Storms +Link
Husky Sustainable Storms (or HSS), an initiative launched by students, faculty and staff of the University of Washington to mitigate stormwater runoff on-campus by designing and building a stormwater treatment structure that mimics ecological processes and reflects environmental values.

Peace Corps

RAPOI, Inc. +Link
RAPOI lunch bags are an attractive, fun, convenient way to take sustainability on-the-go! Christina, Katherine, and Pat Heinlen created reusable RAPOI bags to reduce school campus waste created by disposable paper and plastic sacks. Our customers say that RAPOI bags are the perfect lightweight solution on-the-go, and find that "stepping from consumption to conservation feels good!™"

Real Food Challenge at UW
The Real Food Challenge at UW motivates the student body to participate in sustainable food system activism. We are part of a national campaign for "real food" and our work entails networking with students, dining staff, and administrators to increase the amount of local, sustainably produced, healthy foods being served in campus dining facilities.

SEED +Link
Students Expressing Environmental Dedication (SEED) is a student organization at the University of Washington overseen by Housing and Food Services. Our mission is to promote sustainability in the UW's residence halls and campus community.

UW Farm +Link
The UW Farm was started in 2004 by Keith Possee, Dr. Alan Trimble, Dr. Jennifer Ruesink, Elizabeth Wheat, and several students with the goal of educating the UW community about the global impacts of our food choices. The farm provides a model for reducing those impacts. The farm has been incorporated into the curriculum of classes ranging from ecology to anthropology and serves as a tool to connect the UW community with where and how food is grown.

University Departments

Bay Laurel, UW Dining, Housing & Food Services +Link
For our catering, grab and go items we use local suppliers that follow sustainable practices in growing and production. All items are packaged in compostable or recyclable containers. Our delivery vehicles are all biodiesel fueled, and you may see our Prius around campus. Look for the green logo! We are located on campus and have a short distance to travel to all buildings. We make sure that all detergents, dishwashing liquids and other cleaning chemicals that we use are eco-friendly. We compost and recycle in our offices and kitchen. 

Coffee Roasting Group, Housing & Food Services
UW Dining Services proudly offers an in-house selection of single-origin coffees and espresso blends. We work with two local companies, purchasing green beans from Atlas Coffee Importers and running production of our roast profiles at 7 Roasters. Our sourcing model focuses on relationship coffees whereby our importer works directly with small communities to maintain high quality standards in exchange for fair prices and funding to support community programs.

College of the Environment +Link

Conservation Magazine +Link

Custodial Services - Building Services +Link
We will display equipment and devices that have contributed to our winning two Green Cleaning Awards since 2007, along with copies of those awards. We will be ready to discuss cleaning practices and inspection procedures that provide evidence of our being a department that focuses on cleaning for health, and not just for aesthetics, while emphasizing green and sustainable practices.

UW Environmental Stewardship & Sustainability +Link
The UW Environmental Stewardship & Sustainability office promotes environmental sustainability by engaging and connecting members of the UW community.

Grounds Management +Link
The University of Washington and Grounds Management are committed to working toward sustainability.
Our mulch, salvage wood, Integrated Pest Management and water-wise irrigation programs are examples of ongoing sustainability initiatives. We are beginning a green-waste composting program this fall. Come ask us about it! 

Housing & Food Services +Link
HFS is committed to environmental stewardship in collaboration with our students to reduce our environmental impact through Awareness and Education, Energy and Atmosphere, Sustainable Dining, materials resource like Composting, Conservation and Recycling, Social Justice, building Sustainable Sites through our Housing Master Plan and through Water Efficiency. We are committed to continually working together to transform, grow and improve our sustainability efforts.

Intercollegiate Athletics +Link


Mailing Services - Creative Communications +Link
Utilize Hybrid/Electric Mail Trucks, offer a Junk & Misaddressed Mail Reduction Program for campus, piloting "Greenvelopes" (recycled campus envelopes made from old grocery bags), offer Waste Free Mail (how to reduce mail waste and mail you don't want to receive), provide a Transit Messaging Program that offers an alternative way to get your message out, and provide a National Do Not Mail List Program overview (how and where to sign up).

UW Recycling +Link
UW Recycling helps the University divert as much waste as possible from the landfill. They have an extensive management plan and integrated approach to waste diversion that includes programs for recycling paper, mixed containers, toner cartridges, electronic media and much more. UW Recycling drives programs for composting food waste, compostable serviceware, clean wood and landscape debris, and educates the campus on ways they can reduce their waste.

UW Surplus +Link
UW Surplus proudly supports the University of Washington's commitment to sustainability through continued efforts to recycle, sell, or auction the greatest percentage of surplus goods from all departments and the Medical Center. Celebrating our tenth year of sales to the public in addition to service to government agencies, non-profit organizations, and UW departments, UW Surplus champions its core values of repurpose, reuse, and recycle every day. That's purple being green!

Transportation Services +Link
Transportation Services and the U-PASS program will help you get to the University of Washington’s Seattle campus and better understand your commute options. Mixing up your trips by using public transit, bicycling, walking, carpooling or vanpooling helps reduce the number of times you’ll need to drive alone—which saves you money and helps you travel green.

External Groups

Bank & Office Interiors / Steelcase +Link
Environmental Value Creation: It’s a commitment to getting smarter every day and to putting your heart into it. The science of sustainability is complex and the art is imperfect, but opportunities to create positive change are limitless. We recognize that pushing ourselves to preserve and renew our shared planet is a catalyst for innovation in our business as well as our product portfolio. Our approach is holistic, research-based and measurable and our commitment is long-term. 

BECU +Link
As a not for profit, member-owned financial cooperative, we are guided by credit union philosophy of “people helping people.” BECU strives to be cooperatively engaged in improving the social, economic, and environmental vitality of the communities we serve. While we realize there are thousands of ways we can help make a difference in the community, we understand that our efforts have the most significant impact when they align with the cooperative’s overall mission and our core capabilities. As a result, we focus on supporting areas that help improve the financial wellbeing of our members, employees and the community. These areas are affordable housing, education, financial literacy and environmental. In 2011, BECU contributed over $3 million, including in-kind donations and rate preferences, to help improve the financial wellbeing of communities around the Puget Sound.

Blazing Bagels Bakery Inc +Link
Blazing Bagels is committed to purchase 100% of it's flour product from Shepherd's Grains, a group of more than 40 local farmers. Each of the farmers are helping make for a healthier planet by revolutionizing the way grain is grown and sold. This is done by a no -till and crop rotation system which prevents erosion and water pollution. Blazing Bagels is also committed to using compostable paper and plastic goods.

Charlie's Produce +Link

Cedar Grove +Link

The Essential Baking Co. +Link
As a food service manufacturer, we practice environmental sustainability by composting our discarded raw materials, using biodiesel in our delivery fleet; purchasing organic ingredients whenever possible. We also purchase compostable packaging for our cafes and wholesale delivered products whenever possible.

Fastenal +Link
It is our mission to operate our business in the most efficient and environmentally-friendly way possible and help our customers do the same by offering green products and services. We work diligently to understand what sustainability means to our customers so we can offer products to help them achieve their goals. Please reference our Green Resources page for more information. 

Green Mountain Coffee Company +Link
We will discuss how we work with the Farmers and especially their Co-Ops and how we build these partnerships and make sure that their way of life and education for their families is brought up to todays standards! I will also talk about Fair Trade and Fair Trade Organic coffees that we offer on The UW Campus! GMCR CSR platform is amazing and has the best interest to build on our coffee partnerships for present and future generations!

Honest Tea +Link
Nature Got It Right. We Put It In A Bottle. Honest. Delicious organic iced teas and thirst quenchers

Feet First +Link
Feet First is a nonprofit pedestrian advocacy organization working to ensure that all communities in Washington are walkable. Walking is an important form of transportation that is healthier for us, better for our environment, and safer for our communities. If we increase the rate of walking in our communities, our natural environment becomes healthier. Think of how much cleaner our air and water would be if a significant portion of car trips turned into walking trips? For every trip you make on foot instead of by car, you are reducing your carbon footprint and making your environment a cleaner place to live.

Keeney's Office Supply | Office Interiors +Link 
Keeney’s has a tested, proven program that helps customers of all sizes buy more sustainably while reducing total expenditures for office supplies, facility supplies, ergonomic accessories and furniture. Our expert staff analyzes a customer’s needs and current practices, then recommends greener, more economical ways and products to buy.

Krusteaz Professional
Krusteaz Professional 'Shepherds Grain' Baking Mixes are made with local, Sustainably grown flour.

Metro Transit +Link
King County has one of the greenest transportation departments in the nation? Metro Transit helps you share the ride while roads and fleet staff deliver a variety of green services that limit environmental impacts as they help move people and goods. The county creates pedestrian pathways for better health, a better environment, and encourages community involvement through its Adopt-a-Road program, while operating one of the cleanest government fleets anywhere.

Mt. Baker Bio +Link
Mt. Baker Bio was established in 2009 with the sole purpose of making the life science industry more sustainable. Our main focus is developing more sustainable products in addition to providing end of life management solutions. In 2011 we released the industries first ASTM certified "Designed to Degrade" laboratory plastics consumable line. For 2012, we have focused mainly on developing green chemistry alternatives in addition to completing our pilot lab plastics recycling program. Nearly 40 tons of plastics was diverted out of the solid waste stream and into recycling. The program launch will go full scale by the end of 2012 with a goal of reaching 50 tons per day by the end of 2013.

Ocean Beauty Seafood LLC
Sustainability for Ocean Beauty Seafoods begins with the communities where we manufacture. We are 50% owned by the Bristol Bay Economic Development Corporation (BBEDC), a non-profit community organization dedicated to the social and economic well-being of the residents of the Bristol Bay watershed in western Alaska. As such, our owners are the 6,700 residents of the region, and we have an obligation to do everything in our power to ensure that the traditional way of life enjoyed by the people there can continue in perpetuity. This means we must protect the environment, the fisheries, and community values.

Odwalla/LeadDog Marketing Group +Link

Pleasant Valley Farms
Pleasant Valley Farms, located in the Skagit Valley, WA. produces pickles sauerkraut and relish using crops grown by local farmers using sustainable agriculture practices under the guidance of the Skagitonians to Preserve Farmlands.

Puget Soundkeeper Alliance +Link
Puget Soundkeeper Alliance (Soundkeeper) works to protect and preserve Puget Sound. In-house Soundkeeper carefully uses, re-uses and recycles materials whenever possible. Soundkeeper works with local businesses and communities, including the marina and recreational boating community, to promote sustainable practices to ensure Puget Sound water quality is protected.

Seattle Public Utilities - Restore Our Waters +Link
Restore Our Waters is the City of Seattle’s commitment to take actions and promote partnerships that protect and improve our creeks, lakes, the Duwamish River and Puget Sound.

SeQuential-Pacific Biodiesel +Link
SeQuential-Pacific Biodiesel collects used cooking oils from over 7,000 partners in the Pacific Northwest to create the lowest carbon drop in diesel replacement fuel possible. Today we are collecting from the University of Washington and returning these used oils as sustainable diesel fuel in the University Village. Our production facility is near zero waste with both a 9.8kw solar array for electrical demand offset and boilers that run on our by products.

Total Reclaim +Link

Truitt Brothers +Link
Truitt Brothers was the first food processor in the country to be certified sustainable by the Food Alliance (2006), an independent 3rd party auditor of farms, ranches and food handlers. We have received several awards for leadership and innovation in sustainability and sustainable business practices, and taking dramatic & comprehensive steps to incorporate sustainable business practices into our operations. Most recently, the Culinary Institute of America asked Truitt Brothers to take a leadership role in their efforts to promote Sustainable Business Leadership with chefs throughout the nation.

Tude Juice +Link
Tude Juice is an all natural, 100% Apple Juice made from Washington grown apples. Tude Juice is unique is that is "cold pressure pasteurized" which allows the juice to retain it's natural color, taste and fresh apple texture. Tude's 16 oz bottles are 100% recyclable!

Twin Brook Creamery +Link
The Twin Brook Creamery produces all natural cream-top milk in old fashioned glass bottles. Twin Brook's glass bottles can be rinsed out and returned to the dairy for hundreds of repeat uses vs. one-use milk containers that head directly into the landfill. Twin Brook's Jersey cows produce a very high quality creamy milk noted for it's smooth rich taste and texture. Twin Brook gently vat pasteurizes their milk so that the Jersey cream rises to the top of every bottle! Twin Brook milk is available in Whole Milk, 2%, 1%, Non-Fat, Chocolate and a heavenly Eggnog that is available during the holiday season!

Washington Trails Association +Link
Stop by the WTA booth for information on hiking in Washington and how you can volunteer to help protect and maintain your backcountry hiking trails.

Washington Water Trust +Link
Washington Water Trust is a neutral, nonregulatory, 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to improving and protecting stream flows and water quality throughout Washington state. We use voluntary, market-based transactions and cooperative partnerships to create balanced solutions. So fish, agriculture, business and wildlife—upon which we all depend - can thrive.

Waste Management +Link
At Waste Management, we are dedicated to delivering on the promise of Think Green®, to promoting sustainability, and to being good neighbors with each other and the environment we share. As the largest municipality waste recycler in North America we're working to find the most efficient and forward-thinking approach to waste. Waste Management is also a leader in waste-based energy technologies.

Watson +Link

Every day, xpedx works with passion to ensure that you have the resources you need to be responsible stewards of natural resources. “Leading our industry in delivering the products our customers want and need while ensuring responsible stewardship of natural resources for generations to come is our passion and our commitment”. But modeling environmental excellence starts in our own facilities – and we share firsthand experience to help you impact your entire supply chain – all the way from purchasing to recycling. Whether it’s in our own operations or yours, we focus on three key platforms to create a more sustainable planet through our: Sustainable Choices (Selecting products from environmentally responsible suppliers), Sustainable Leadership (Building strategic partnerships to impact more sustainable business operations), and Sustainable Operations (Reducing the environmental footprint at our facilities – and those of our customers)

Zipcar +Link
Zipcar is car-sharing. We are changing the world through urban and environmental transformation, offering a practical and actionable example of sustainable living that decreases the adverse impact of transportation.

ZippyDogs +Link
ZippyDogs is excited and proud to be an industry leader in eco-friendly promotional products and apparel. We can put your logo on products made with recycled money, newsprint, sawdust, scrap denim, yellow pages, 100% PET (soda bottles), recycled electronics and biodegradable corn plastic.


Gold Sponsors


Silver Sponsors

Bronze Sponsors

In-Kind Sponsors

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Planning Committee

This year's planning committee consists or members from the following groups:

UW Business Diversity Program
UW Campus Sustainability Fund
UW Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship
UW Housing & Food Services
UW Educational Outreach
UW Environmental Stewardship & Sustainability office
UW Finance & Facilities Administration
UW News & Information
UW Recycling


We are no longer seeking volunteers for the Sustainability Summit. Sign up to help out with the event set up, take down, and other tasks.


At this time, any questions or ideas regarding the Sustainability Summit should be directed to oess@uw.edu.

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