Western Sustainability Awards
2015 Western Sustainability Award Recipients
Awards speaker: Courtney Martin, author of the Western Reads Book of the Year, “Do It Anyway: The New Generation of Activists”.
Courtney is a widely-read freelance journalist and regular blogger for Feministing. She is a Senior Correspondent for The American Prospect Online and her work has appeared in the Washington Post, Newsweek, and the Christian Science Monitor, among others.
Courtney consults with social justice organizations throughout the nation, including the Ms. Foundation for Women, the National Council for Research on Women, and the Bartos Institute for the Constructive Engagement of Conflict. She has conducted workshops for the Dove Campaign for Real Beauty throughout the nation. Please see more about Courtney @ https://www.courtneyemartin.com/
The Northwest Indian College (NWIC) Foodscaping Team is being recognized for:
- Modeling food sovereignty for Northwest Indian College students and staff, as well as the Lummi Nation.
- Making local, organic, and traditional foods more accessible.
- Demonstrating outstanding collaboration with NWIC’s science faculty, Indigenous Service Learning Office, NWIC Cooperative Extension, Lummi Natural Resources, Commodity Foods, student interns, and the EPA EcoAmbassador Grant program.
- Team Includes: Ane Berrett, Brian Compton, Na’ta’ne Miles, Carol Wilson, Paul Cline, and Nathanael Davis
2012 Western Sustainability Award Recipients
Dr. Gary Bornzin is being recognized for:
- Being a voice for sustainability education for decades and acting as one of the first sustainability educators to emerge on campus.
- Placing sustainability-related themes at the center of his teaching.
- Providing leadership for the development of sustainability across the curriculum, both at Fairhaven and through his campus wide work.
- Designing and teaching the Visioning Sustainable Futures course for over twelve years, and helping students to move beyond learning about the environmental crisis to finding solutions.
- Creating the long-standing class Science and Our Place on the Planet: Sustainability.
- Creating curriculum that students overwhelmingly find valuable, inspiring, empowering, and life changing.
- Acting as a longtime advisor for WWU’s Outback Experiential Learning Site and providing key leadership to make the OELS into a campus locus for student-driven learning, including the expansion of organic gardens, restoration of a native riparian wetland, and hosting countless workshops on permaculture methods and green building techniques.
- Leading the Applied Human Ecology and Sustainable Systems class for several years.
- Sponsoring and mentoring student explorations of sustainability concepts via Independent Study Projects (ISPs). During 2011-2012, alone, he sponsored 26 sustainability-related ISPs.
- Acting as a member of the WWU Sustainability Committee since its inception in 2005.
- Challenging us all to imagine the world we want to inhabit and to working for social justice and a healthier, more livable world through his teaching, advising, and community outreach.
Students for Sustainable Water (SSW) is being recognized for:
- Initiating an effort to address the issue of bottled water on campus.
- Presenting information on bottled water to residence halls and Western classes to increase awareness on how the use of single-use plastic water containers clog landfills among having other negative environmental impacts.
- Giving students tools to become more sustainable in their plastic consumption by providing free reusable water bottles and educating folks on the location of the new bottle refill stations across campus.
- Drafting an advisory student ballot initiative for the removal of bottled water from campus.
- Acting steadfast in commitment to their ideals, and the collaborative nature by which they achieved their goals.
- Team includes: Members of Students for Sustainable Water.
2011 Western Sustainability Award Recipients
UTS is being recognized for:
- Connecting students with their community to take an active role in helping shape Bellingham’s development
- Students in the Urban Transitions Studio engage in real life problem solving situations and impacts local communities by formulating and proposing strategies to achieve sustainable futures
- Connecting faculty at wwu in cross displinary integration of curricula
- This program creates a collaboration between Western faculty, the City of Bellingham, and non-profit Sustainable Connections to transition Bellingham into more urban and sustainable city though higher ed connections to local community problems
- This program has investigated how to bring major retail back to Bellingham’s downtown core and examined how single-use areas such as the Bellis Fair Mall can revert to new, more sustainable community uses.
- The 2011 UTS project identified strategies for establishing transit oriented urban villages in five Bellingham locations, including a site on the WWU campus.
ACS is being recognized for a number of recent advancements in their operations, including:
- Eliminating petrochemical cleaning products, and even eliminating green cleaning chemicals through use of ActiveionTM Cleaning Solutions technology which uses electrical charges to temporarily alter tap water transforming it into a powerful cleaner.
- Reducing the exposure of building occupants and workers to cleaning chemicals and their residue while maintaining a high degree of surface cleanliness and sanitation.
- Increased stewardship of building surfaces for long-term stewardship and durability
- Conservation of cleaning budgets through elimination of cleaning chemicals
- ACS won the 2009 Green Cleaning Grand Award for Schools and Universities from American School and University magazine, the top award given in the category nationally.
- Through this, ACS has established themselves a national leader in Green Cleaning