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UW Sustainability's "In Our Nature" podcast features the people working to make the University of Washington a leader in sustainability.

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UW Sustainability's "In Our Nature" podcast features the people working to make the University of Washington a leader in sustainability.

    Plastic Free July with UW Recycling

    Plastic Free July with UW Recycling

    Each year, millions of people around the globe take the Plastic Free July challenge and choose to refuse single-use plastics. UW Recycling was leading the charge this month to provide the UW community with resources, encouragement and tips to reduce plastic use.

    We talk with UW Recycling Manager Liz Gignilliat about why it's important to reduce plastic consumption, the state of plastic at UW and why increased recycling efforts isn't the answer to our plastic problem, followed by a discussion (starting at 15:10) with UW Recycling Program Coordinator Adam Fehn, who took a personal challenge to cut his plastic consumption for the month.

    Follow UW Recycling on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/uwrecycling/

    or Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/UWRecycling/

    More info on Plastic Free July: https://www.plasticfreejuly.org/

    • 45 min
    Sustainability Stories: Investing in intersectional sustainability with the Campus Sustainability Fund

    Sustainability Stories: Investing in intersectional sustainability with the Campus Sustainability Fund

    This is the audio from an online talk by Fotima Ibrokhim, Yahia Ali and Michael Diamond of the Campus Sustainability Fund (CSF), as part of the Sustainability Stories @ UW series. 

    The University of Washington's Campus Sustainability Fund (CSF) is a student-run and student-funded grant program that works to support and facilitate intersectional sustainability projects on the UW campus. In the recent years, the CSF staff and committee has made the conscious and intentional decision to lead the CSF towards intersectional sustainability. The CSF team particularly recognizes the disproportionate ways in which climate change affects Black communities and excludes them from being a part of sustainability efforts. To provide more equitable support to the Black students, faculty, and staff at the University of Washington, a summer grant option in partnership with the UW Resilience Lab will be available for students to use in order to support further equity and inclusion work.   

    CSF staff presented on the CSF’s work around intersectional sustainability, highlighted some existing funded student projects and discussed how students can utilize the new summer grant option for this work. Recorded on June 18, 2020.

    See the video and more about the Sustainability Stories series: green.uw.edu/stories

    • 41 min
    2020 Earth Day talk: State of Sustainability at the UW with Provost Mark Richards

    2020 Earth Day talk: State of Sustainability at the UW with Provost Mark Richards

    As part of the University of Washington's recognition of Earth Day's 50th anniversary, Provost Mark Richards and VP of Facilities Lou Cariello spoke about current and future sustainability efforts at the UW, including the newly-released Sustainability Strategy.

    Learn more about the Strategy at green.uw.edu/plan

    Their discussion was followed by updates and a Q&A session with UW Sustainability Director Claudia Frere-Anderson and Campus Sustainability Fund Coordinator Kyle McDermott.

    • 57 min
    UW Creative Communications

    UW Creative Communications

    Katy Folk-Way, Director of Creative Communications, and Steven Roberts, Assistant Director of Mailing, Safety and Building Services, join us. The discussion starts with information on how Creative Communications integrates sustainability into its printing and copying operations, and then we talk about how the Mailing Services team has moved toward delivering almost all campus mail via electric-assist cargo bikes instead of trucks.

    Learn more about Creative Communications: http://c2.washington.edu/

    • 31 min
    UW Green Greeks Representative Program

    UW Green Greeks Representative Program

    The University of Washington's Green Greek Representative Program works to engage UW fraternity and sororities on topics of sustainability. Members work on projects to improve sustainability in the Greek chapters as well as promoting sustainability in the community.

    On this podcast, Green Greek Director Shelby Carroll and Vice President of Membership Bibi Contreras discuss the Green Greeks program, some of the group's projects and how UW students can get involved.

    For more info on the Green Greek Representative Program, visit their Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/greengreekuw/

    • 18 min
    " Campus Sustainability, Diversity & Inclusion" - WOHESC 2019 opening plenary

    " Campus Sustainability, Diversity & Inclusion" - WOHESC 2019 opening plenary

    Students and executive leaders from Washington and Oregon shared perspectives on integrating social sustainability across academic systems in this opening plenary at the 2019 Washington & Oregon Higher Education Sustainability Conference (WOHESC), hosted by the University of Washington on February 26-27. For more information on WOHESC: http://wohesc.org/program/

    Moderator: Terryl Ross | Assistant Dean of Diversity for College of the Environment, University of Washington

    Speakers:
    Jeanne Allen | Chair, Campus Sustainability Fund & Graduate Student Representative, Environmental Stewardship Committee, University of Washington
    Teri Fane | ASPCC Student Body President, Portland Community College Cascade Campus
    Angel Mandujano-Guevara | Graduate Student, Human Services Resource Center, Oregon State University
    Taylor McHolm | Program Director, Student Sustainability Center, University of Oregon
    Natasha Martin | Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion and Associate Professor at the School of Law, Seattle University

    Introduction: Sharon Lee | Account Executive, Lucid Design Group

    • 56 min

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