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Strom conducts research on Alaska fisheries

February 2015
Suzanne Strom, a senior marine scientist at Western Washington University's Shannon Point Marine Center, is among a team of scientists working on an $18-million research project to study five commercially and ecologically important fish species and the Gulf of Alaska ecosystem that supports them. Specifically, the Gulf of Alaska Integrated Ecosystem Research Project is studying the gauntlet faced by walleye pollock, Pacific cod, Pacific ocean perch, sablefish and arrowtooth flounder during their first year of life as they are transported from offshore areas, where they are spawned, to nearshore nursery areas.

Western Window Ep. 23

January 2015
This months show is hosted by Chris Roselli of the WWU Alumni Association and Teena Thach, a student at Western. Following is the story lineup for this episode:
1) Pink Snow – Western Biology faculty Robin Kodner is researching a unique type of algae that lives in snow. How do these colonies of algae that cause huge banks of pink snow in the springtime react to changing conditions, and what can we learn from their DNA?
2) Zero Waste – Western is known as a very “green” school, with forward-thinking students, faculty and administration that care about sustainability, but the university is still a long way from the goal is becoming a zero-waste institution. Knowledge is the key to taking the next step
And more!


December 2014
Earthships are off-the-grid homes using natural resources and recycled materials. They operate on wind and solar energy, and use precipitation as a staple source of water. This is a biotecture home capable of producing year round indoor vegetation. Visit their main website here and check out the Facebook page for the new Bellingham group.

People's Climate March

September 2014
A video made by BARD MBA students capturing the energy of the People's Climate March.

Divestment Short

May 2014
A video on the Divestment efforts taking place at Western Washington University.

Bees in the Outback

May 13, 2014
Michael Jaross, a board member with the Mount Baker Beekeepers Association, works with Western Washington University students such as Roby Ventres-Pake to maintain an apiary to help with pollination at the student-run Outback Farm on the Western campus.

Professor, students use UAVs to track elk herds

April 17, 2014
David Wallin, a professor of environmental sciences at Western Washington University, is testing the use of unmanned aerial vehicles to track the movements of elk herds in the Skagit Valley.

Interview with climate author Nancy Lord

February 11, 2014
In conjunction with Western Washington University's annual Western Reads program, author Nancy Lord will present 'The Warming Warning: What the North is Telling Us Now' at Western's Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies' World Issues Forum at noon on Wednesday, Feb. 12 in the Fairhaven Auditorium.

Video highlights partnership with OC Poulsbo

January 23, 2014
Kitsap Economic Development Alliance recently released Collaboration, a video featuring Western Washington University and Olympic College, as the newest addition to Kitsap Connected. Kitsap Connected is KEDA’s award-winning multi-media marketing campaign that promotes economic development opportunities throughout Kitsap County and across the Greater Puget Sound Region.

Western seeks recognition as leader of change

January 13, 2014
In recognition of the university's longtime status as one that seeks to improve the lives of others, officials at Western Washington University, as they explain in the above video, hope to get Western certified as a Changemaker Campus through AshokaU.

Western Window, episode 12

December 2, 2013
The 12th episode of Western Window, the television show for Western Washington University, features looks at student work across the ocean in Rwanda, down the freeway in Skagit County and at home on campus.

Students in Western's Institute for Energy Studies are working to restore local sockeye salmon runs. The student-run Associated Students Recycle Center, founded in 1971, manages all of Western's recycling efforts. Western's KVIK television station produced the university's first lip-dub. And the Center for Service Learning takes students 7,000 miles away to Rwanda to work closely with Rwandans to study sustainable international development.

WWU students build houses for Haiti out of recycled trash

WWU Sustainability is focus of BALLE Conference speech

July 14, 2011
Rich Van Den Hul, vice president for Business and Financial Affairs at Western Washington University, highlights WWU's commitment to sustainability and the environment during the BALLE Conference 2011, which took place on the WWU campus.

KVOS: WWU Hybrid Bus

December 28, 2010
Western receives $730,000 grant from Federal Transit Administration for Hybrid Bus Project.

WWU Sustainability Movement

March 24, 2008
Western Washington University in Bellingham WA prides itself on being one of the most influential educational institutions in the US in the race to go GREEN. Now Western is turning its focus to a sustainable future, developing new campus organizations, instituting sustainable action plans and opening new possibilities for the next generation of students. It is time to get involved, get informed and make a change.
(Produced by Allison Waddell; Directed by Chris Koser)

Local/National Media

Sustainable Connections | "Eat Local"

October 15, 2013
A beautiful and compelling piece about buying local and knowing the farmers who grow the foods we eat, Staying Connected from Farm to Fork showcases local farmers and families from around Whatcom County.

NOW on PBS: Fixing the Future

October 18, 2010
In a one-hour PBS special, Host David Brancaccio visits communities across America using innovative approaches to create jobs and build prosperity in our new economy.

Zero Waste at Ohio Stadium

April 25, 2010
A behind-the-scenes look at how The Ohio State University is working hard to have the country's largest Zero Waste stadium and the results of last year's efforts.