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Sustainability Engagement

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Climate Action


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Western's Sustainability Engagement Institute develops educational opportunities and systems-change for a more sustainable, just future. Among its many responsibilities, the institute convenes the President’s Sustainability Council in order to progress the goals established by the university’s Sustainability Action Plan.

You are invited to explore our academic and co-curricular programming and subscribe to our newsletter.
Please email us with any questions!

Feb 01
MH-113: Wednesday, Feb 1st | 5:00-5:45pm

Are you interested in sustainability and social justice? Do you want to create lasting change on campus and in our community? We have funding for you!


The Sustainability, Equity, & Justice Fund (SEJF) can help you brainstorm and develop a project that aligns with your passions and makes our campus a more sustainable place. Drop by one of our winter quarter informational sessions ("Idea Labs") to find out more and start your grant application! Come meet our team, talk about your ideas, and receive a grant application to get started.


Email us at sejf@wwu.edu with any questions. See you there!

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Feb 02
AW-204: Thursday Feb 2 - 4:30 PM

Dr. Laurie Trautman

In the past decade, the region has faced a growing number of climate-induced natural hazards, from fires to floods, which elevate the importance of working collaboratively with our neighbors to the north on shared challenges. This presentation will provide an overview of the cross-border area known by several names: the Pacific Northwest, the Salish Sea, Cascadia. Is it a region? What are the implications of being bifurcated by an international border? How do we approach governance in a cross-border context?

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Feb 04
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The Washington-Oregon Higher Education Sustainability Conference is a premier regional campus sustainability conference. The topics discussed throughout the program focus on social, economic, and environmental topics with an emphasis on creating strong connections between campuses throughout Washington, Oregon, and British Columbia.

This year’s WOHESC itinerary has already been released, with inspiring keynote speakers and timely breakout session topics included. The conference will take place in person at Oregon State University in Corvallis from March 6th - 8th, 2023. We will accept up to 9 Western students to be a part of the 2023 WWU cohort. Participation includes one pre-conference meeting, conference attendance, and one post-conference meeting. Applications will be accepted up to February 4th, 2023, and review will conclude by February 10th.

Check out this years program at https://wohesc.org/program/.

Click the link to the application here

Applications will be vetted for demonstration of sustainability engagement, clarity of answer, and effort. The Sustainability Engagement Institute values and encourages diverse backgrounds and abilities.

NOTE:  Funding for attendance at the conference has not yet been secured.  You will be notified if the requested funds are approved. If you have any questions regarding the application or general WOHESC information, please contact Cole Burk at Sustain.Student.Ambassador@wwu.edu.