Sustainability awards winners announced
October 30, 2015
The Office of Sustainability, Western’s Sustainability Advisory Committee, the Associated Students Environmental & Sustainability Programs, Western Reads, and Western’s Administration hosted the third Western Sustainability Awards on Thursday, Oct. 22. The awards recognized the efforts of individuals and groups that make important contributions to sustainability efforts on and off campus.
This year’s winners:
Western Gallery & Paul Bower, received an Award in Academics for innovative work in replacing halogen lamps with energy-efficient LED lamps. By improving systems efficiency, the Western Gallery reduced its lighting energy use by 89% and saves an average of 7,998 kWh of electricity per year. This effort, projected to cost $80,000, was accomplished for under $4,000.
Facilities Management & the Puget Sound Energy Rebate Team, received an Award in Operations for their work to save energy in multiple campus buildings. Their inventive efforts to reduce heating, ventilation, and air conditioning controls resulted in $246,000 in rebates, as well as $30,000 of net annual utility savings per year.
Climatefest & Jill Macintyre Witt, received an Award in Student Life for the planning and execution of Western’s first climate change conference, Climatefest, raising awareness to climate issues and inspiring others to take positive action for a stable climate. Over 300 people attended the conference. Speakers included a personal video message from former Vice President Al Gore…