Two new student residence halls, and an increased commitment to sustainability

The new Cedar Apartments, housing about 345 students. This building and Poplar Hall, housing 270 students, are both open for business this fall.

A new era in University of Washington student housing is beginning this month as Housing & Food Services opens two new buildings — one with student apartments and the other a residence hall with a powerful commitment to sustainability. The new halls are part of a four-building, $160 million project that will enable the UW to house hundreds more students on the west side of campus. 

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SFR grad creates green office certification program on campus - UW Today

How green is your office? Now there’s a way to find out and even quantify your office’s efforts at environmental responsibility. The Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability (ESS) office, housed within Finance & Facilities has created a Green Office Certification Program which consists of an informal audit of office practices, accomplished through a short survey. The effort to create an office certification program was initiated by Jennifer Perkins, now a UW graduate of the School of Forest Resources with a specialty in environmental science & resource management and a minor in quantitative science, who was an intern with ESS. 

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Dams in the news

Below the Bonneville Dam on the Columbia River.

We in Washington have been hearing plenty about the Elwha dam removal (see it live here!). While ecological effects of such a giant project will take years to assess, the removal itself might be a hallmark of shifting perceptions about the costs and benefits of damming rivers. This shift might have begun around 1978 with Tennessee Valley Authority v. Hill, a 1978 ruling in which the Supreme Court ruled that a project to build the Tellico Dam on the Little Tennessee River had to be halted because it would likely lead to the extinction of the snail darter. 

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