Awards and Recognition

HFS and The UW have been recognized nationally for an ongoing commitment to increase sustainability practices on campus and in the region. Here are some of the awards we've received over the last few years.


The UW was one of 21 colleges and universities that earned a perfect score in the Princeton Review Green Rating system out of 640 schools reviewed. HFS continues to play a large role in the UW's successful development of sustainability practices.


Based on sustainability performance, the UW received the STARS Gold rating by the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System, a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance. 

The official publication of the Sierra Club ranked the UW No. 10 in its 2015 "Cool Schools" rankings. This is the sixth time UW has been ranked in the top 10 in nine years the magazine has put together the rankings. The UW was the top-rated Pac-12 school in the list, coming in one spot ahead of Arizona State University. 

The Princeton Review Green Ratings of colleges is a measure of how environmentally friendly the institutions are on a scale of 60 to 99. UW was one of 24 schools to earn a perfect 99 rating, garnering a Green Honor Roll award for the fifth straight year.


​The UW was one of four universities worldwide, and the only one from the United States, named as a Sustainable Campus Excellence Award winner by the International Sustainable Campus Network.

Mercer Court was recognized in theBuild Washington Awards with an Award for Construction Excellence–Public building $50 million‒$100 million by Associated General Contractors of Washington (AGC).  

Lander Hall received a Civic Design Merit Award from the American Institute of Architecture (AIA) Washington chapter. Projects were judged on design, utility, economy, environmental harmony, sustainability, accessibility, aesthetic delight, creativity, craftsmanship and innovation.

West Campus Student Housing, Phase 1, received a landscaping Merit Award from the Washington State chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (WASLA).


The UW was awarded the American Institute of Architects, Northwest and Pacific Region 2013 Citation Award, for West Campus Student Housing, Phase 1, praised by the judges for well-proportioned exterior spaces and facades and beautiful treatment at the street level.

Green Washington Awards 2013: The UW was awarded silver for the Smart Grid Project that allows residence hall students to monitor and reduce building energy use.


For the fifth time, the UW ranked high in Sierra Magazine's Cool Schools, its annual list of the nation's greenest colleges and universities.

Storm Hodge, AD for UW Dining, was awarded the Husky Green Award for his leadership in guiding UW Dining's efforts to be a leader in sustainability and environmental stewardship.

In April 2012, HFS won 1st place (gold) in the Sustainability Awards category of Waste Management in a national competition sponsored by the National Association of College and University Food Services (NACUFS).

In February 2012, HFS was awarded the Silver Prize in the Goldies Awards Going Green category. The competition was sponsored by FoodService Director Magazine.


SIERRA Magazine ranked the UW #1 on its 2011 top-20 Coolest Schools. The ranking was based on efforts to curb global climate change and reduce waste.

The UW scored A- on the 2011 College Sustainability Report Card, the highest grade given to any institution.

In 2011, Princeton Review placed the UW on the Green College Honor Roll with a Green Rating of 99, the highest possible rating awarded to only 16 colleges.


Michael Meyering, Business and Sustainability Manager for UW Dining, was awarded the Husky Green Award for his leadership in guiding UW Dining's efforts to be a leader in sustainability and environmental stewardship. 

In 2010, the UW won the Green Washington Award in the Government/Academic category. The judges praised the UW’s commitment to diverting waste from landfills to recycling and composting facilities. The yearly award is given by Seattle Business Magazine.  


Named one of the “12 Most Healthy and Sustainable College Cafeterias” by The Daily Green


Housing & Food Services was recognized as “Recycler of the Year” by the Washington State Recycling Association for overcoming significant barriers to expand residence hall recycling and composting in our dining locations.