Recognition & Honors
Western Washington University has been recognized by several national rankings based on its commitment to green building techniques, sustainability, and the use of alternative energy sources.
“Western has been a pioneer for decades in campus sustainability, thanks to the visionary leadership of our students, faculty and staff on this very important issue. It’s the right and smart way to operate.”
— Former Western President Bruce Shepard
'Best Outreach Campaign' from PSE
Puget Sound Energy presented Western Washington University an award for best outreach campaign at the PSE Annual Resource Conservation Management Program Meeting in late January. The award, nicknamed a “RCMmy,” is given to a conservation customer that excels in communication to occupants and the community.
Western Washington’s “Sweater Days,” “Power Down,” and “Go for the Green” behavioral campaigns were called out as specific examples for the award. All three campaigns are managed by Western’s Office of Sustainability.
Source: Western Today
The Peace Corps released the 2014 rankings of the top volunteer-producing colleges and universities across the country. In 2014, Western Washington University was ranked No. 1 among medium-sized schools, with 65 alumni currently volunteering worldwide.
This was the second consecutive year that Western Washington University has held the top spot overall in its category. Over the past 10 years the university has been ranked seventh or better each year among medium schools nationwide.
Source: Western Today
WSRA Insitution/Higher Ed Recycler of the Year
The Washington State Recycling Association has selected Western Washington University to receive the 2013 Institution/Higher Education Recycler of the Year award.
The Washington State Recycler of the Year awards spotlight individuals, businesses, government organizations and community organizations that are making contributions to strengthening and expanding recycling and waste prevention practices across the state.
WWU Office of Sustainability is recognized in the July 2013 issue of the WSRA Newsletter highlighting Western’s presence at the conference and the award winners for the conference (with a group photo).
EPA Green Energy List
Western Washington University is continually ranked high on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s list of the nation’s top 30 green energy purchasers in higher education. Western annually offsets 100 percent of its electrical consumption from green sources via purchases of Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs). Each year, Western is the only college or university in the State of Washington to be on the EPA list.
Sierra Club's Coolest Schools
Western Washington University continually ranks in the nation on the Sierra Club’s fifth annual “Coolest Schools” roster, a list that lists colleges around the country according to their efforts toward solving climate issues and pursue sustainable operations strategies.
Western is among the nation’s thousands of colleges and universities fueled by a host of initiatives on campus, such as being the first university in the nation to have a student-initiated green-energy fee that buys more Renewable Energy Certificates than any other institution in Washington, Oregon, or Idaho.
Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges
The Princeton Review’s annual “Guide to Green Colleges“—published in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council—named Western as one of the nation’s most environmentally responsible “green colleges,” scoring a 96 on a scale range of 60-99 in 2012 and 91 on a scale from 60-99 in 2013.
Western Washington University’s Academic Custodial Services (ACS) staff has been recognized three times as being among the five “greenest” cleaning operations in the nation.
In 2009, ACS received the Grand Award in Green Cleaning for Higher Education, a national recognition program organized by the American School & University Magazine, The Green Cleaning Network, and Healthy Schools Campaign. Recognition categories include one Grand Award, three Honorable Mentions, and one Best New Program. Western’s ACS earned an Honorable Mention in 2008 and 2011.