Below are the most recent sustainability-related news items throughout the Western Washington University and Bellingham-area. Each item is tagged with corresponding subject(s) relating to a specific topic within our website.
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Western will become national leader for bottled water ban
Fairhaven’s Right to Water class and the Students for Sustainable Water club worked together on the demonstration, which took place Monday, March 3, to inform students about the ban.
Western seeks waterfront learning space
The Port and City of Bellingham recently agreed to develop about 11 acres of the waterfront, said Steve Swan, vice president of university relations and community development at Western.
The human aspect of sustainability
One of the many ways in which we make such connections is through collaborating with students, staff and faculty to create educational proposals that have meaningful impacts. As such, Western Libraries has participated in several Green Energy Fee Grant Program-sponsored projects, including one during winter quarter that emphasizes the importance of social equity as an integral component of sustainability. The GEF Grant Program supports projects that are designed to increase student involvement and education, reduce the university's environmental impact and create an aware and engaged campus community.
First Upcycling Clothing Swap set for Friday
You’ll receive tickets for each item donated. These tickets can then be spent at the Upcycling Clothing Swap from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Feb 28, in the VU Multipurpose Room.
Students lobby legislators for action on oil, climate change and energy
The students spoke with legislators about four issues relating to the environment: reducing tax loopholes on oil companies, supporting the oil transportation safety act, pressuring lawmakers to take action on climate change and speaking out against a bill that would allow private energy companies to count federal government energy efficiency upgrades on dams as an upgrade to renewable energy sources.
$25,000 sustainability challenge offers entrepreneurs the opportunity to go global
Bottled water sales to continue until April despite student efforts
On the student ballot during spring 2012, the student body voted 73 percent in favor of the proposal. Western Administration planned to begin phasing out disposable water bottles in fall 2013, according to a previous Western Front article.
WWU again ranked No. 1 by Peace Corps
This was the second consecutive year that Western Washington University has held the top spot overall in its category. Over the past 10 years the university has been ranked seventh or better each year among medium schools nationwide.
Frontline: Do we want to bleed the earth dry?
The outcome of the 1,700-mile Keystone XL pipeline has been up in the air for the past few years, causing fevered clamor from environmentalists and stubborn just-the-facts responses from the pipeline’s supporters.
Western’s first sustainability conference draws more than 500
Sustainability practices like this are taking college campuses across Washington state by storm and are the reason about 500 people gathered on Western Washington University's campus for the first Washington Higher Education Sustainability Conference.
Western puts down roots in hydroponics
The students are working to set up a demonstrative hydroponic system to display in the first-floor study area of the biology building by Friday, Feb. 28, to educate Western about this clean, alternative method of producing food.
Sustainability conference a success at WWU
Featuring a diverse range of speakers from throughout Washington state, the conference explored how those in higher education could enhance sustainability at their institutions and looked at ways to build leadership capacity. The conference also highlighted the role of colleges and universities in driving advancement on environmental issues and building sustainable communities in the Pacific Northwest.
Students rally against oil investments
Divestment is the process of pulling money invested in fossil fuel companies, such as Exxon Mobile, Lukoil Oil Company and Chevron, and investing instead in renewable energy companies.
Residence halls unite to certify students in sustainable living
Last year, the survey revealed most students — more than 95 percent — turn off their lights, only wash full loads of laundry and sort waste properly. However, less than 60 percent look to purchase organic food, use rechargeable batteries and replace incandescent bulbs in lamps with compact fluorescent or LED bulbs, according to the survey results.
Alumnus recognized for sustainable deconstruction
Re-Use Consulting was recognized at the award ceremony for its efforts to find sustainable ways to take apart buildings and use the resources that would typically go to landfills, Bennink said.
Sustainability conference kicks off
The conference also includes the student summit, which facilitates discussions on a range of topics, from “sustainable food and dining” to “making sustainability sexy,” according to the event program.
Arboretum pathways come full circle
Volunteers with Western Washington University's Western Wilderness Trail Corps began work on a new trail in the Sehome Hill Arboretum Sunday morning, Feb. 2, a project which will continue until spring quarter.
Western ranked lone university in state for green energy
Western Ranked 19th among the Top 30 College and University green energy list.
WWU 19th on EPA green power ranking
Western, which is 19th on the EPA list, annually offsets 100 percent of its electrical consumption from green sources via purchases of renewable energy credits (RECs).
Western is the only college or university in the state of Washington on the EPA list, updated on Jan. 8.
Coal: EIS may be underway in February
The co-leading agencies in charge of conducting coordinated environmental reviews regarding the terminal have yet to begin the actual study process of examining what environmental impacts the coal-exporting terminal will have on the Cherry Point Industrial Urban Growth Area. .
Students, staff and faculty need to register to attend sustainability conference
Though the conference is being held at Western, WWU students, faculty and staff still must register if they want to attend.
Students conduct class research for sustainable changes
Anthropology senior lecturer Kathleen Saunders and her research methods class are conducting student interviews this quarter to determine how best Ashoka can make the campus greener.
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