WWU’s Energy Tool Lending Library Now Open
With a desire to create a tool lending option on campus that students and faculty could use for energy/engineering related projects, Aden Nevler, Patrick Shive, and Max Schneider wrote and submitted a grant through the
Sustainable Action Fund Grant Program (now the Sustainability, Equity, and Justice Fund Grant Program). The Energy Tool Lending Library offers free access to professional equipment for research and energy related
projects, while not burdening professors with the cost of providing critical materials to enhance their classes.
Student-led effort to bring composting to the residence halls starts in November
October 25th, 2018
Western Washington University will launch one of the first residence hall compost programs in the country in the first week of November.
Lidded and ventilated compost buckets will arrive to every residence hall room across campus. Moving forward, all residence hall rooms will have the buckets as standard furnishing. Each bin comes with an instructional sticker, providing students with guidelines to successfully compost their organic waste. Free biodegradable liners are distributed as needed at the residence hall community front desk.
This is a student-led project in collaboration with University Residences by Western juniors Risa Askerooth of Haleiwa, Hawaii; Jessica Loveland of Portland, Ore.; and Abby Severns of Issaquah. This project is completed through the Sustainability, Equity and Justice Fund, formerly known as the Sustainable Action Fund.
Western Ranked Among Nation’s 25 Best Green Colleges
October 5th, 2018
Western Washington University was recently ranked 15th in the “25 Best Green Colleges in The United States” list by Collegeconsensus.com, and was the top-ranked institution in the Pacific Northwest.
The Environmental Protection Agency recognizes those ranked on the list as higher education institutions using the largest amount of green power. Ranked institutions also share values such as environmental stewardship, respect for human impact on the planet and reputation for sustainability.
Western students were recognized as being the primary motivation for the university’s use of renewable energy, having successfully organized a grassroots campaign in 2004 to power the institution wholly through renewable energy sources through its annual Green Energy Fee.]