Resources & Items
Energy conservation at work: Use these tools to decrease energy use in your office and carbon emissions from campus.
- Top 10 Actions: A PDF poster of the most effective ways to decrease energy use on campus. Available in color poster by request.
- 5 Things in 5 Minutes: A PDF poster of the fastest routes to dropping energy use in your office. Available in color poster by request.
- Power Down for Winter Break: A list of common office equipment that you can shut down when you leave for Winter Break.
- Western Sustainability Office Certification: Certify your office as an SOC area today!
Sweater Days is primarily about energy consumption, but also recognizes the impacts of fashion choices and work habits on issues such as landfill, industrial waste in the global textile industry, the effects of over-consumption on people and planet. Western has received kudos for our Sweater Days, Power Down, and Go For The Green participation programs. Other organizations and universities are following our lead.
Explore these resources to learn more about innovations, tools and actions at Western and beyond.
- WWU Energy Dashboards: This website is meant to inform the students, faculty, and staff of Western Washington University about campus wide utility usage. With the data provide by this website, anyone can study campus energy trends and track individual building usage. Use the menu on the left to view a building’s energy dashboard. For information on how WWU gets its electricity, check out the EPA’s Power Profiler website under External Links.
- Post Carbon Institute: Our Energy Reality – Leading the transition to a more resilient, equitable, and sustainable world.
- Guide to building thriving, Resilient Communities
- Blog by the Residents of BT514, WWU’s SAF Sustainable Energy Efficient Dorm Pilot ( SEED: Sustainable Energy Efficient Dorm) this WWU Sustainable Action Fund Project followed the utilities consumption of two resident students in a specially designed suite, where all of their utilities consumption was measured, inspiring them to reduce their utilities consumption, while living a full student life. That project ended after two years, but you can still read the insights and progress of Libby, Jacquelyn and Meriel, and be inspired to make changes in your lifestyle, whether you live on or off campus.
- Energy is at the heart of the human predicament in the twenty-first century, and we now face a transformational moment in our energy story.
Sweater Days Booklist
- Power from the People: How to Organize, Finance, and Launch Local Energy Projects, Greg Pahl, 2012
- Craftivism: The Art of Craft and Activism, edited by Betsy Greer
- Snake Oil: How Fracking’s False Promise of Plenty Imperils Our Future
- Do It Anyway: The New Generation of Activists, Courtney E. Martin, 2010
- The Post Carbon Reader, Managing the 21st Century’s Sustainability Crises, Edited by Richard Heinberg and Daniel Lerch
- Early Warming: Crisis and Response in the Climate-Changed North, Nancy Lord, 2011