Western builds, supports, and sustains equitable and mutually enhancing relationships throughout our campuses, our communities, the Salish Sea region, and the world.
Goal #1: Western is internally organized to support university and community engagement to advance sustainability.
- Complete a university-wide public engagement alignment process to enhance Western’s structure and function for public engagement by fall 2019.
- Commit to a university-wide system for qualitative and quantitative assessment of public engagement efforts by fall 2019.
- Follow recommendations of alignment process to incentivize community engagement for faculty, staff, and students throughout the university beginning fall 2021.
Goal #2: Western’s culture and community engagement efforts reflect a strong commitment to sustainability.
- Redevelop student, staff, faculty, and visitor orientation programs to emphasize Western’s commitment to education for sustainability beginning spring 2017.
- Expand courses and co-curricular programs for first-year students that teach about local and regional sustainability issues through community engagement beginning fall 2018.
- Improve interpretation of Western-owned grounds to enhance understanding and appreciation of the unique cultural and environmental history of the area by 2020.
- Establish sustainability-related interactive experiences, cooperatively designed and supported by WWU and community partners, to help build relationships among members of Western, and with the broader community by 2019.
- Create a system for continually learning about (listening and dialoguing) evolving local to global sustainability opportunities and challenges by 2020.
- Support the efforts of regional campuses to enhance their sustainability activities.
Goal #3: Western’s sustainability resources are easily accessed by the public.
- Enhance web materials that enable the public to access sustainability resources beginning fall 2017.
- Increase use of vibrant, visible, and accessible venues across the Salish Sea Region for community sustainability events beginning fall 2018.
Goal #4: Western engages respectfully with Coast Salish Peoples in recognition that the University occupies traditional Coast Salish lands.
- Create a University-wide tribal advisory committee to advise the President and University community on issues such as curriculum, campus life and gathering spaces, interactive facilities and operations, and engagement opportunities by 2018.
- Establish a permanent tribal liaison position to build relationships between Western and the Coast Salish communities by 2018.
- Expand and enhance institutional partnerships and collaborations with tribal institutions beginning fall 2017.
Western inspires graduates who create a sustainable world by integrating social, economic, and ecological justice (SEE) practices into their lives.
Goal #1: Students have a solid foundation for understanding cultural and global interdependence.
- Increase participation in programs that connect students to sustainability in the local, regional, and global community beginning fall 2017.
- All first-year Western students, including transfers, will engage in co-curricular programs around social, economic, and environmental (SEE) justice as part of their first year of experience at Western, beginning fall 2020.
- Begin and/or enhance collaborations with other local education institutions in developing and supporting SEE justice co-curriculum: local schools, Whatcom Community College (WCC), Northwest Indian College (NWIC), and Bellingham Technical College (BTC) by 2020.
Goal #2: Through structured community and campus-based co-curricular learning experiences, students gain knowledge and insight of sustainability in practice.
- Enhance and increase co-curricular opportunities for student participation in campus-based sustainable practices beginning fall 2017.
- Increase student participation in service learning and civic engagement that connects to SEE sustainability beginning fall 2017.
- Improve sustainability literacy throughout co-curricular learning beginning in 2018.
- Increase the number and quality of opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to engage in co-curricular SEE sustainability focused projects, research, and grants beginning 2020.
- Increase and further develop co-curricular education and outreach programs targeting sustainable living practices by 2018.
Goal #3: Social, Economic, and Ecological (SEE) sustainability principles are integrated in student career and lifelong practices.
- Cultivate student capacity and efficacy in creating positive change in SEE sustainability by 2025.
- Increase the number of pathways into SEE sustainability-based careers available to WWU students beginning fall 2017.
- Graduating students have a demonstrated commitment to lifelong SEE sustainability by 2035.