Western builds, supports, and sustains equitable and mutually enhancing relationships throughout our campuses, our communities, the Salish Sea region, and the world.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.