Implementation Profile for University of Washington Seattle
Submitted on November 15, 2007; last updated on September 1, 2011
|Basic Carnegie Classification||RU/VH: Research Universities (very high research activity)|
|Community Setting||Large city|
|USDOE Climate Zone||4|
|Current President or Chancellor's Name||Michael Young|
|Current President or Chancellor's Title||President|
|Main Web Site||http://www.washington.edu/|
|Sustainability Web Site||http://green.washington.edu/|
|Implementation Liaison's Name||Sandra Archibald|
|Implementation Liaison's Title||Dean and Professor of the Evans School|
|Implementation Liaison's Department||Evans School of Public Affairs|
|Format of Structure||Committee|
|Number of Individuals in Structure||18|
|Stakeholder Groups Represented||Community Leaders, Faculty, Students, Staff|
|Description||Initiated in 2004, UW Environmental Stewardship Advisory Committee (ESAC) sets goals and measures progress towards environmental stewardship at the UW campuses. ESAC is advisory to the President with a membership made up of long- term, appointed UW students, faculty and administrative units. Its charge is to guide and advise the President on environmental stewardship and sustainability issues, including climate change. ESAC will oversee the Climate Action Team and development of the Climate Action Plan. The Chair of ESAC, Sandra Archibald, has been appointed as the UW liaison with ACUPCC.|
1. Establish a policy that all new campus construction will be built to at least the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED Silver standard or equivalent.
Yes: The University has committed to build all state-funded, federal stimulus funded, and specific client directed new construction and major renovation projects to at least LEED Silver standards. Seven building projects are LEED-certified, and 22 additional projects are LEED-registered. The UW is achieving approximately 30 percent energy and water savings reductions, and 75 percent construction waste recycling on LEED projects. High-efficiency toilets and urinals have been installed in many locations, and low-flow plumbing fixtures and high efficiency laundry units have been installed in residence halls.
2. Adopt an energy-efficient appliance purchasing policy requiring purchase of ENERGY STAR certified products in all areas for which such ratings exist.
Yes: The University is committed to environmental stewardship by maintaining purchasing practices that promote and encourage the use and purchase of environmentally and socially responsible products. Procurement Services promotes environmentally preferred purchasing (EPP) as defined by the National Associate of Educational Procurement, meaning that environmental and social considerations are taken with equal weight to the price, availability and performance criteria that colleges and universities use to make purchasing decisions. The Universitys buying staff leverage current supplier relationships to raise awareness of the purchasing considerations necessary to reduce our environmental impact and to maximize resource efficiency. In our commitment to support the purchase and use of such products, sustainability requirements shall be included in all University-wide contract solicitations. Depending on the commodity, requirements may include criteria for Energy efficiency, such as Energy Star and EPEAT ratings.
3. Establish a policy of offsetting all greenhouse gas emissions generated by air travel paid for by our institution.
No: No information provided.
4. Encourage use of and provide access to public transportation for all faculty, staff, students and visitors at our institution.
Yes: The University provides parking options as well as programs and information supporting transportation alternatives to driving alone for students, staff, and faculty. The U-PASS is a complete transportation package, offering faculty, staff and students, at all UW campuses, an array of commute choices. At UW Tacoma, for example, employees are encouraged to participate in the RELAX REWARDS program. Employees who choose Commute Alternatives earn points towards cash. In addition to encouraging the campus community to use alternative transportation, UW Seattle maintains a fleet of over 300 alternative fuel, hybrid, electric, and biodiesel-powered vehicles throughout campus available for hourly rentals.
5. Within one year of signing this document, begin purchasing or producing at least 15% of our institution's electricity consumption from renewable sources.
Yes: The university purchased 100% renewable power last year (85% hydropower) of which 6 % or 15 million kilowatt hours were Renewable Energy Credits. 17.5 % of our power comes from the Skagit River Project which is certified as a low-impact source of hydropower.
6. Establish a policy or a committee that supports climate and sustainability shareholder proposals at companies where our institution's endowment is invested.
No: No information provided.
7. Participate in the Waste Minimization component of the national RecycleMania competition, and adopt 3 or more associated measures to reduce waste.
Recycling at the UW is part of a comprehensive Solid Waste Management Plan. Currently recycling efforts at the UW campus account for 54% of the total waste generated at the University. Recycling includes materials such as: paper, cardboard, plastic, aluminum, glass, packaging peanuts, media, electronics, composting, etc.