At UW Bothell, we're always looking at our day-to-day activities to see how they can be more efficient and sustainable. Here are some of the things we're doing:

Organic Gardening

Only organic methods are used to fertilize grass, plants & flowers and for weed control.
We have limited use of lowest toxicity pesticides, and have completely phased out the use of herbicides and pesticides in our gardening. The campus uses goats, composting and a host of other solutions to create a beautiful campus. 


  • Native plants are a major component of the landscape and propagate them from seed.


  • Hot composting of garden waste, coffee cups, and coffee grounds. Worm composting of campus fruit and vegetable waste.


  • Since October 25, 2004, we have had thousands of Red Wrigglers eating our garbage!  
  • We have tours from UW Bothell, Cascadia and elementary schools of our worm bins.  

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Energy-efficient Buildings

  • All building HVAC is efficiently controlled by Johnson Controls Metasys building automation and control system, last upgraded 2008.
  • Variable output building heating and cooling system is used to regulate building temperatures. This allows fine-tuned control of energy use in maintaining interior climate. Our buildings also have computerized HVAC and lighting systems.
  • Lighting retrofit in our garages saves more than $40,000 per year 


  • From October 2007-October 2008 the UWB/CCC campus diverted over one-half of its waste to be recycled; 2600 Cubic Yards to landfill vs. 2678 Cubic Yards recycled.
  • Campus Grounds: Funding was secured and is being implemented to expand recycling services and availability across campus.
  • Existing bins have been modified to encourage use through the addition of touch free top access holes.

Stormwater Management

  • Our campus staff manages the stormwater management system that has six oil-water separators for the 400 + catch-basins and discharges into the campus wetland.





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.