Here's a few photos of part of our winter sorting crew. Winter 2014 trash sorts are ongoing every Thursday (scheduled from 12:15 to 4:30, although we've usually been finished with the work by around 3:30) at UW Recycling. We still have 2 more weeks of sorting to go -- wrapping up our winter season on Feb. 27th -- so there's still time to volunteer for folks who are interested! (Thanks to Allison Nitch at UW Recycling for sharing her photos!)
We're at it again! Starting Thursday, January 16th we'll be staging weekly sorts of campus waste for a 6-week period until February 20th, dates inclusive. Sorts will be held at UW Recycling from 12:15 to 4:30 every Thursday during that span, and VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED! This quarter we'll be studying waste from McMahon Hall, a UW dorm, on a project put together by UW undergraduate Megan Rue.
Anyone interested in joining us for sorts should note that 1) you don't have to come for the whole 4-ish hour window, making attendance/scheduling much easier, 2) we provide all the gear needed (who doesn't want a free space suit?), and 3) we'll be holding an organizational meeting in early January for those interested in learning more.
If you'd like to come along (or are just considering joining us), please contact us directly via email. Also, don't forget that you can always track our goings-on by checking out the "Newsflash" section of our main page and/or our calendar.
UWGP is back from our summer hiatus, and we have lots of news and updates from the interim.
First, UWGP (belatedly) welcomes Aaron Tam to our team! Aaron is now our Student Outreach Coordinator, and he's currently working with Emily Newcomer at UW Recycling to disseminate the insights we generated during our work on The Denny Project.
Second, UWGP is now planning a detailed examination of UW dormitory waste, and we hope to begin waste sorting and analysis during winter quarter. Anyone interested in participating in this work is encouraged to contact Jack. Students interested in working with UWGP during fall quarter are also encouraged to contact Jack to see if he has any small independent projects cooking. Students interested in fall participation are also encouraged to contact UW Recycling to get involved in their ongoing outreach to tailgaters at Husky Stadium.
Lastly, UWGP will be featured as part of a new series on UWTV. The series is entitled Climates of Change and will explore sustainability at UW. It was put together by UW ESS and will feature 4 episodes, each of which will be aired on Seattle area channel 27 on Sunday evenings at 9:30. The first episode is tonight at 9:30 -- so make sure to tune in! -- and aired episodes will also be made available through the UW ESS website linked above.
We're very pleased to announce that we'll be hosting folks from Cascadia Consulting Group on May 31st at 3:30 PM in room 401 Denny Hall (.pdf flyer). They will be discussing careers in environmental consulting, including jobs doing garbology for a living, and the event is intended to give practical insights into the modern profession of environmental research for students and faculty alike. All are welcome, especially students interested in building a career doing environmental research.
Also, don't forget to visit us tomorrow night at the Burke Museum's After Hours event from 7-9PM!
For readers interested in either an archaeology field school or an approach to garbology that has a little more of an intellectual angle than our work, I encourage you to check out the "Urban Garbology: Smoking and Identity in America" field school offered through Connecticut College. Field schools are the best way to see what archaeology is all about, and this looks like an interesting project.