Faculty can get involved in campus sustainability in a number of ways:

  1. Connect with other faculty who teach about sustainability through the Faculty Sustainability Academy.
  2. Learn about the Sustainability-Related Courses and Degrees that Western offers.
  3. Get involved with the Sustainable Action Fund by taking on a campus sustainability
    project in your class or send us your ideas on how to make the campus more sustainable.
  4. Encourage your department to become a part of the Sustainable Office Certification Program.
  5. Walk, bike, ride the bus or share a ride to work to support Sustainable Employee Transportation.
  6. Become a part of the Western Sustainability Committee.
  7. Connect your students to Campus Sustainability Events.

Faculty Sustainability Academy

The Faculty Sustainability Academy (FSA) is composed of faculty members from different colleges and disciplines who meet voluntarily to discuss strategies for furthering sustainability education on Western's campus. Early members of FSA composed and released a survey to ascertain how many members of the faculty at Western are invested in sustainability curriculum. Results from this survey indicated approximately 150 faculty either teach sustainability curriculum in their classes or have professional interest in sustainability education.

Want to get involved in integrating sustainability into the curriculum at Western? Connect with the Faculty Sustainability Academy for more information.
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Sustainability-Related Courses and Degrees


Western offers both sustainability-focused and sustainability-related courses. These courses are offered in many different colleges and departments, including Huxley College of Environmental Studies, Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies, Woodring College of Education, Environmental Studies, Accounting, Economics, Geology, Marketing, Political Science, Materials Science, and many others. Courses are listed per instructor assessment of sustainability content within each course.

Western also offers many degrees focused on or related to the principles of sustainability. They include:

  • Energy Policy Minor
  • Sustainable Design Minor
  • Urban Planning and Sustainable Development Major
  • Economics/Environmental Studies Major
  • Environmental Science Major/Minor
  • Environmental Education Major/Minor
  • Environmental Policy Major/Minor
  • Environmental Studies Major/Minor
  • Environmental Studies – Elementary Major

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Sustainable Action Fund

The Sustainable Action Fund (SAF) is a student-initiated, quarterly fee paid by all Western Washington University students to reduce the campus' environmental impact and engage the campus community in environmental awareness.

The SAF provides funding to innovative, student-driven projects focused on promoting experiential learning opportunities and sustainable practices at Western Washington University. The SAF is managed by the Office of Sustainability and the AS Environmental and Sustainability Programs. Students, staff and faculty are all eligible to apply for grant funding. Projects funded through the Sustainable Action Fund aim to:

  • Increase Student Involvement and Education
  • Reduce the University's Environmental Impact
  • Create an Aware & Engaged Campus Community

Looking for project ideas? We have a few! Check out our list of Small Project Ideas for some great ideas to get you started.

Do you have a project idea? Share it with us! We often have students who are looking for the perfect morsel of inspiration to get started.
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Sustainable Office Certification Program

Sustainable Office Certification reduces costs, protects the environment, conserves resources and promotes fairness, safety and health. The program supports actions and provides a simple way of measuring efforts that happen at the office level. Participating Offices are recognized for their level of achievement, as a way of showing thanks and appreciation for measurement of work well done.
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Sustainable Employee Transportation


Join The Trend! 45% of WWU employees use an alternative to driving alone to work at least once per week.
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Western Sustainability Committee

The WWU Sustainability Committee was created in April of 2005 to further WWU's strategic goal of campus sustainability. The Sustainability Committee is composed of faculty, staff and students, who share a desire to protect local and global ecology, uphold social equity, create economic vitality, and maintain human health.

Want to get involved in planning for campus sustainability at Western? Become part of the Western Sustainability Committee! Contact the Committee for more information.
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Campus Sustainability Events

Western Sustainability Calendar:


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