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May 9, 2023

Washington Seeks to Repair Harm Caused by Racially Restrictive Real Estate Covenants

Washington State Capitol campus on an overcast spring day, cherry blossoms between photographer and the legislative building. Photo taken from the steps of the former state library.

Washington state is setting aside money to help people who were hurt by racially restrictive real estate covenants — documents that were used to enforce segregation in the early- to mid-20th century. On Monday, Gov. Jay Inslee signed a measure into law Monday that will create a downpayment assistance program for people affected by the…

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May 4, 2023

Don’t Take Concrete for Granite

Freeway Park, Seattle, Washington: Looking across upper portion of Brutalist fountain to wooded western portion of park

Concrete: it’s all around us. It makes up sidewalks, buildings, pavements, bridges, and dams, and can be shaped (within reason) to a builder’s whims. The ubiquitous material probably escapes everyday notice simply because it is everywhere. So, is concrete really a big deal? “I have a presentation that starts out asking that question,” says Fred…

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May 2, 2023

2023 PhD Symposium: Place, Space, and Belonging

Inside of Gould Hall via a drone

The College of Built Environments has announced that the 2023 PhD Symposium will be held on May 19.  Titled “Place, Space, and Belonging,” the symposium will feature research from scholars around the world on topics such as phenomenology, environment, transportation, housing, and trauma-informed design. Attendees are invited to attend in person in Gould Court, or…

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April 28, 2023

Working with Vulnerable Populations for Greater Community Resilience

Downtown Seattle skyline

Urban@UW is excited to invite you to attend Working with Vulnerable Populations for Greater Community Resilience, a workshop organized by Urban@UW, the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, and the National Science Foundation (NSF). Put on as part of the NSF-funded MOHERE: Mobility, Health, and Resilience: Building Capacities and Expanding Impact, this workshop will focus…

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April 27, 2023

The UW Is a Core Member of Newly Announced New York Climate Exchange

New York City Mayor Eric Adams and the Trust for Governors Island on April 24 announced that a consortium led by Stony Brook University will found and develop a world-leading climate solutions center on Governors Island in the city’s harbor. The New York Climate Exchange will be a first-of-its kind international center for developing and…

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April 25, 2023

For Earth Day, UW Eyes a Carbon-neutral Future

Aerial photo of UW Tacoma, with the campus in the foreground and Mt. Rainier in the distance

For more than 50 years, the University of Washington has recognized Earth Day by engaging students, faculty and staff in a variety of activities and events aimed at creating a more sustainable future. In 2023, the UW plans to spend $3 million on energy and water conservation efforts, representing a 400% increase from the previous…

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April 21, 2023

Bullitt Center Generated Net Positive Energy over First Decade

A photo of the Bullitt Center, located in Seattle. Small tree in the foreground.

In its first ten years, the Bullitt Center has generated nearly 30% more energy from solar panels on its roof than it has used, which is enough excess to power 41 homes in Seattle for a year. Since opening on Earth Day 2013, it has shown indisputably that net-positive energy buildings are possible anywhere. In…

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April 20, 2023

New UW Center for Environmental Health Equity to Launch with a $12 Million Grant from the US EPA

Windmills from a part of Puget Sound Energy's Lower Snake River Project.

The University of Washington will lead a new center to help address longstanding environmental and energy justice issues—from legacy pollution to energy security—in Pacific Northwest and Alaska Native communities with funding announced today by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The $12 million, five-year EPA cooperative agreement will create the new UW Center for Environmental…

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April 18, 2023

Washington and Seattle Launch Campaign to Plant Thousands of Urban Trees

An aerial view showing the differences in tree cover in the neighboring cities of University Place (left) and Tacoma (right). The neighborhoods are about 4.5 miles apart.

Officials with the state and city of Seattle on Thursday launched a renewed effort to plant trees in urban areas most affected by pollution, flooding and other extreme weather events, like the unprecedented 2021 heat wave that smashed record highs and killed more than 150 people in Washington. Redlining, or racially discriminatory mortgage and land-use…

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April 17, 2023

Urban@UW Announces the 2023 Research to Action Collaboratory Inaugural Cohort

Aerial photograph of the University of Washington Seattle campus

Urban@UW is excited to announce the project teams selected for the inaugural cohort of the Research to Action Collaboratory (RAC). Throughout the next 18 months, Urban@UW will work with these teams and provide seed funds, dedicated time to build team cohesion and collaboration skills, and foster opportunities for peer support and shared resources and learning….

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