Sustainability initiatives exist in every college on Western’s campus and in many cases these independent programs are working toward complimentary goals. The campus-wide Sustainability Committee and the Faculty Sustainability Academy were created to help guide campus efforts to infuse academics and operations with the quadruple bottom line philosophy of environment, equity, economy, and health.
The WWU Sustainability Committee was created in April of 2005 to further WWU’s strategic goal of campus sustainability. The Sustainability Committee is composed of faculty, staff and students, who share a desire to protect local and global ecology, uphold social equity, create economic vitality, and maintain human health.
Sustainability Committee Charter: Click Here
- Steve Hollenhorst, Dean of Huxley College, Sustainability Committee Co-Chair
- John Furman, Director, Facilities Management, Sustainability Committee Co-Chair
- Katie Winkelman, Associate Director, AS Environmental and Sustainability Programs
- Carol Berry, Campus Conservation & Sustainable Transportation Manager, Office of Sustainability
- Daniel Warner, Professor, Accounting, College of Business and Economics
- Edoh Amiran, Associate Professor, Mathematics, College of Science and Engineering
- Eric Alexander, Director, Student Activities
- Eric Leonhardt, Associate Professor, Engineering Technology, College of Science and Engineering
- Grace Wang, Director, Sustainability Institute Initiative
- Henry Haro, Student At-Large
- Izzy Juell, Student At-Large
- Jade Flores, Student At-Large
- Jacob Keith, Student At-Large
- Kellen Erb, Coordinator, Sustainability Representatives Program
- Leonard Jones, Director, University Residences
- Mark Brovak, Sr. Director and COO, WWU Foundation
- Paul Cocke, Director, Office of Communications and Marketing
- Rebekah Green, Assistant Professor, Environmental Studies, Huxley College of the Environment
- Robert Lopresti, Librarian, Environmental Sciences/CA-US Studies/Gov. Info and Maps
- Seth Vidaña, Campus Sustainability Manager, Office of Sustainability
- Sue Sullivan, Director, Environmental Health and Safety
Want to get involved in planning for campus sustainability at Western? Become part of the Western Sustainability Committee! Contact the Committee for more information.
Faculty Sustainability Academy
The Faculty Sustainability Academy (FSA) is composed of faculty members from different colleges and disciplines who meet voluntarily to discuss strategies for furthering sustainability education on Western’s campus. Early members of FSA composed and released a survey to ascertain how many members of the faculty at Western are invested in sustainability curriculum. Results from this survey indicated approximately 150 faculty either teach sustainability curriculum in their classes or have professional interest in sustainability education.
During the Academy’s first meeting in 2008, the faculty created a list of existing courses at Western with sustainability in the curriculum and used the information to propose three new curricular models: a General Education course sequence titled “Sustainability Literacy,” a proposed Sustainability Minor available to students in any discipline; and an eventual Sustainability Major.
Want to get involved in integrating sustainability into the curriculum at Western? Connect with the Faculty Sustainability Academy for more information.
Western Sustainability Report
The 2010-2011 Western Sustainability Report contains a representation of sustainability initiatives, projects, and curriculum from departments, offices, and organizations across campus since the last edition in 2008. This document measures Western’s progress in 12 categories following a basic model set forth by the Sustainability Tracking and Rating System (STARS), a campus sustainability tool created by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). These categories are able to describe many, but not all, of the curriculum and research developments, operational strategies, and outreach efforts that contribute to the character of Western Sustainability. To articulate strengths and weaknesses each category is divided into five subcategories, which include an Introduction, Area Updates, Metrics, Program Strengths, and Program Suggestions. Since the last edition of the Report, Western has seen a marked integration of sustainable thought and activity into the areas of academics, operations, and outreach. The report was produced by the Office of Sustainability.
SI Initiative White Paper
A proposal for the creation of a Sustainability Institute at Western Washington University.
Western Sustainability Report
Western Washington University’s first comprehensive sustainability overview.