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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WWU’s Troy Abel to lead NSF-funded climate governance study
Abel helped launch a new Business and Sustainability degree at Western and was recently appointed the director of Huxley College of the Environment’s Peninsula program located at Western Washington University Center at Olympic College, Poulsbo.
WWU 19th on EPA Green Energy List
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).
Backyard breeder: Retired Bellingham professor develops promising variety of spring wheat
A Bellingham resident, Lewis focused on Western American literature and Pacific Northwest writers while teaching at Western Washington University from 1962 to 1994. He now spends his days studying the spring wheat he grows in his small garden in the Sehome neighborhood.
Sustainability wall opens in Wilson Library
A collaborative project of Western Libraries, the Office of Sustainability and the AS Environmental Center, this wall provides Western with a central and public location where the campus community can find out about environmental and sustainability events. The wall is located near the north entrance to the Wilson Library between Zoe’s bagels and the Tutoring Center.
Students for Renewable Energy meet with WWU Foundation
Roberts asked the WWU Foundation Board to commit to an immediate freeze of new investments in fossil-fuel companies and a five-year divestment plan for any existing investments in 200 specific companies. The AS has asked for a decision by the end of 2014.
Huxley Spatial Institute develops interactive map of rail lines used to ship crude oil in North America
The Crude-By-Rail map was created as an online companion to “Runaway Train: The Reckless Expansion of Crude-By-Rail in North America,” a report published by Oil Change International in May 2014.
New processing center brings more local produce to Whatcom County schools
Cloud Mountain Farm Center in Everson recently completed a new processing center, which will provide prepared local produce for the Bellingham and Nooksack Valley school districts and Western Washington University starting this fall.
WWU, Ecology team to train future cleanup experts
Susannah, a sediment specialist in training in the Toxics Cleanup Program, joined Ecology in October 2013. She graduated in 2012 from Western Washington University with a bachelor of science degree in environmental science with environmental toxicology emphasis.
Climate change dries out Whatcom
The report was gathered and reviewed by more than 300 experts on the topic, including scientists and federal agencies.
Guest column: Pledge to be sustainable
Students picking up their cap and gown for the spring commencement may stop by the Office of Sustainability table and sign a pledge.
NOVA wins $35,000 for solar window invention
On May 23, the team was awarded a $15,000 grant from the Environmental Protection Agency, said team member Joshua Bennett. The rest of the money was won from business competitions this year.
Graduation pledge commits students to environmental responsibility
Students picking up their cap and gown June 11 and 12 in the Viking Union Multipurpose Room may stop by the office of Sustainability table to sign the pledge.
Expo highlights teams' Green Energy Fee projects
The applicant teams that presented at the expo have been actively researching or implementing a wide variety of campus projects. More than 70 students, faculty and staff attended the expo.
County enlists WWU students in disaster planning
“For the most part people are not prepared and that’s why hazards become disasters,” Western Washington University student Pam Melton told the Skagit Valley Herald Tuesday.
Revision of Western’s sustainability plan in the works
The project is part of the course curriculum in Environmental Studies 471, Campus Sustainability Planning Studio, led by Seth Vidaña, the campus sustainability manager.
Students protest for clean investing
The SRE, Divestiture Study Group and Associated Students are asking Western Foundation Board to commit to a divestment plan by the end of 2014. Shepard suggested moving that decision to the middle of fall quarter due to the urgency of the campaign, said senior Jenny Godwin, president of the students for Renewable Energy.
Students use ice blocks to show climate change
With a display of more than 20 melting ice blocks hanging between two trees, they also had a sign in large red print that said “climate change is here now.”
Student research award winners announced
It recognizes excellence in undergraduate research papers based on significant inquiry using library resources and collections, and learning about the research discovery and information synthesizing process.
Students to present geology research findings
Black, along with four other students and Western environmental studies professor Dr. Aquila Flower, will showcase her original work at the Association of Washington Geographers (AWG) Spring Meeting on Saturday, May 17. The convention is hosted on the University of Washington’s campus in Tacoma and features students throughout the state talking about their work in the field of geography.
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