Western Washington University Sweater Days partners with many groups on campus to further this energy conservation awareness and action campaign. Those partners include:
WWU Facilities Management: The Steam Plant & Western’s Energy Management Team
The WWU Steam Plant burns natural Gas, to provide almost all of the heat and hot water for the University campus. This includes hot water for dish-washing, sanitation and steam tables in the dining halls, hot water in the residence halls, sterilizing steam for the autoclaves in the biology building, and dry compressed air for building controls. Operating a central steam plant is much more efficient than having a separate heating unit and hot water heaters in each building. The steam plant burns about 10,000 Therms of natural gas on an average winter day, and produces 5-6 Million pounds of steam per month in the summer months, up to 28 Million pounds in the month of January.
Western’s Energy Management Team has partnered with PSE on 21 projects, resulting in over 5.2 million kWh saved and $750,000 in incentive funding. These projects include lighting upgrades, HVAC control system upgrades, HVAC retrofits, and the ongoing implementation of a Resource Conservation Management program. The total electric savings is enough to power over 400 homes per year and has led to substantial savings on the university’s power bill. Western Washington University is recognized as leader in energy efficiency by Puget Sound Energy, for participation in energy efficiency systems improvements, and campaigns including Sweater Days, Power Down, and Go for the Green. Energy Dash Boards
Environmental and Sustainability Programs Office (ESP)
The Environmental Center, the Outback, and the Alternative Transportation Coordinator are the student-led hubs that make up the ESP. All these positions are committed to serving students by helping them grow their passions and discover what sustainability looks like in their own lives. Our united purpose is first and foremost to create and continue a steady flow of collaboration and dialogue around environmental issues.
Ragfinery is a nonprofit training business and textile reuse center in downtown Bellingham, WA. They collect unwanted garments and textiles and determine creative reuse value to keep the material out of landfills. Community involvement and purchases of fabric, supplies, and products from their retail shop help protect the environment, support local jobs, and promote a sustainable local economy. Ragfinery staff, volunteers and Board members collaborate with the office of sustainability for the Clothing Exchange, mending & repair, and textile upcycling workshops on campus. Find materials, classes and assistance with your textile projects at the Ragfinery!
Address: 1421 N. Forest Street
Bellingham, WA 98225
Contact: (360) 738-6977
The Western Gallery provides diverse experiences in the visual arts for its constituencies, encompassing the University community and region while providing a point of reference to the national and international art scene. The Gallery and Museum Specialist Paul Brower received the 2015 sustainability award for academics for creatively reducing the Western Gallery’s electricity consumption by adapting the Gallery’s lighting system to be compatible with energy-efficient LED lamps. This effort reduced the Gallery’s lighting energy use by 89% and is saving an average of 7,998 kWh of electricity per year.
Contact: Hafthor Yngvason, Director, (360)650-3963
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