A high value for sustainability runs deep through UW Tacoma, where faculty offer one of the nation’s first bachelor’s degrees in Sustainable Urban Development, students promote green initiatives to protect the environment, and campus buildings were among the first in the state to receive LEED Silver and Platinum certifications.
On this page are links to projects and activities that help define UW Tacoma’s commitment to sustainability. Together, they place UW Tacoma at the vanguard of institutions working to promote and emulate sustainable practices. The mission of the Chancellor's Advisory Committee on Sustainability is to create and promote a sustainable university community.
What is sustainability?
It is often described as a balance of protection for the environment, a thriving local economy and social responsibility that together lead to a good quality of life for you and future generations. UW Tacoma’s definitions and approaches to sustainability are drawn from national and international initiatives focused on sustainable development.
Major initiatives that reflect our value for sustainability include:
- Campus Master Plan that places sustainability as a central component to campus development. In addition to plans to guide future construction of the remaining two-thirds of the campus construction, the plan provides detailed data on water use, emissions and much more.
- A range of academic programs appeal to students interested in sustainability including Environmental Science, Sustainable Urban Development, and the Milgard School of Business’s Center for Leadership and Social Responsibility.
- Center for Urban Waters provides university research to support local and state efforts to clean and protect the Puget Sound.
Stories on sustainability
Prairie Line trail to be a storm-water clean dream
In addition to building the first phase of the Prairie Line Trail through campus, which will connect to the larger bike and pedestrian trial to routes from the Tacoma waterfront to the Cascade foothills, this new campus amenity will clean storm water draining downhill from a 41-acre watershed. And it will be lit with energy efficient lighting.
UW Tacoma was the first university campus in the state to build a LEED certified building with Cherry Parkes, LEED Silver, in 2003. Recently, the Joy Building earned LEED Platinum. Tioga Library, the newest campus building,earned LEED Gold certification.
Who else is engaged in sustainability?
Find links to programs at the City of Tacoma, Pierce County, UW Seattle, UW Bothell, the state of Washington and more.