Environmental Sustainability

Earth Day 2014

Purple, Gold, & Green

Environmental sustainability has long since been a key factor driving the evolution of the University of Washington - Bothell, beginning with the construction of campus at its current site. The decision to restore a wetland area far beyond what state law required set the tone for campus priorities to this day. The wetlands have allowed this campus to exist as a living laboratory, giving students access to one of the biggest and most successful floodplain restoration projects in state history. It also paved the way for instituting campus-wide policies aimed at maximizing the effectiveness of the restoration attempt.

Adopting campus grounds policies that effectively removed herbicides and pesticides from our management strategies allowed us to achieve the status of being a ‘Salmon Safe’ campus in 2007. Using Integrated Pest Management practices in lieu of harsh chemicals, we are able to keep the water flowing through campus safe, and subsequently help increase the health of the North Creek wetlands as well as the Sammamish River. Additionally, by adopting grounds management policies that encourage native planting and management, we are able to heavily reduce irrigation needs while still keeping to the aesthetic standards we are so proud of on campus.

From our three on-campus photovoltaic solar installations, to the variety of courses offered focused on environmental sustainability, here at University of Washington - Bothell, we are committed to keeping our campus green.

For information on the progress of environmental stewardship and sustainability at UW Bothell, read more on our history page.

Instituional Membership & Recognition

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President's Climate Commitment

Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education

US Green Building CouncilSalmon Safe Certification






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Quick Facts

  • UW Bothell has been herbicide-free since 2006
  • All campus lighting is high-efficient, 277 volt, with electronic ballasts.
  • Our campus uses only green cleaning products.
  • We have 58 acres of restored wetlands requiring 5,300 hours of labor to maintain.
  • We use Red Wrigglers worms to compost our garbage.
  • A computerized irrigation system saves water.
  • All HVAC and external lighting is controlled by automated systems.