Three graduates seated in the audience at UW Commencement
University of Washington
UW Commencement

Believe it or not, it is graduation season. A time of year where we come together to celebrate our graduates and their many accomplishments here at UW and the College of the Environment. In appreciation of their contributions to enriching the College of the Environment community, the College is honoring our graduates through funding a project jointly with the Campus Sustainability Fund (CSF).

Based on the recommendation of our Student Advisory Council and a vote by our graduating students, the College will help fund the Fresh Food Recovery for the UW Food Pantry project. The UW Food Pantry is a student run organization that provides food to UW students, staff, and faculty at no cost to support those who are facing food insecurity. They provide produce and non-perishable food items and are currently expanding their efforts to glean food from campus dining locations and the UW Farm. This allows the Food Pantry to save food that would otherwise be thrown away due to its sell-by date. Through this initiative, over 5,000 pounds of ready to eat campus food was diverted from the land fill in a year. With our support and the Campus Sustainability Fund, the Food Pantry will purchase a new refrigerator that increases the storage for more fresh food and healthy nutritious options for community members and will continue to fund a gleaning coordinator position. We are very excited for the expansion of the Food Pantry and the opportunity to increase the sustainability and well-being of our Husky community.

Congratulations to the Class of 2022!