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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Students live in efficient resident hall
Western’s first Sustainable Energy Efficient Dorm (SEED) monitors energy consumption and water use as part of a pilot project funded by the Green Energy Fee Grant Program. The results from this project could influence sustainable choices in other residence halls.
Edens/Higginson wins green residence contest
The winner of this year's "Go for the Green" challenge was Edens/Higginson. Through winter quarter, Edens and Higginson had 60 percent of residents sign reduction pledges and had the largest reduction in electricity use.
Kenmore student helps WWU team wins $10,000 in Environmental Innovation Challenge
The Western team won the $5,000 second-place prize sponsored by Puget Sound Energy and the $5,000 Clean Energy Prize sponsored by the University of Washington Clean Energy Institute. The annual Environmental Innovation Challenge encourages interdisciplinary student teams to define an environmental problem, develop a solution, produce a prototype, and create a business summary that demonstrates the commercial viability of their product, process or service. More than 90 collegiate teams competed in the contest.
Student group demands university divests from fossil fuel
Freshman Chiara D’Angelo said Western’s eco-friendly appearance is ironic. She said Western is supposedly a sustainable campus but invests in fossil fuels, which support the destruction of the planet.
Students to pay more for on-campus living
After meeting with over 150 students from the Residence Hall Association, the Associated Students and individual hall councils, University Residences decided these changes would better support students who lived in the dorms, Jones said.
Students volunteer with Growing Veterans
Photos by Mindon Win / WWU Communications and Marketing intern
Clubs, Environmental and Sustainability Programs prepare for Earth Week
“This year we wanted to focus on diversity in the environmental movement and celebrating that and trying to increase the diversity in the people coming to the Environmental Center events,” said AS Environmental Center Coordinator Monica Tonty.
Greenest residence hall to be honored April 15
The event will feature live music, a chance to win over $1,000 in prizes from local businesses in a raffle and an opportunity to meet the Eco Reps of each residence hall.
Outback workshop teaches seed-starting to students
The workshops happen every other week and are focused to give students a chance to be engaged in an outdoor learning environment. For Carlos, this was his first chance to lead a workshop, and was excited to share his knowledge with other students.
Rain gardens in the works
Rain gardens sit slightly below street level and use sidewalk curves as gutters to funnel street runoff into planted areas that range in size and shape, said Freeman Anthony, City of Bellingham project engineer.
Scientist: Lake Whatcom's problems persist, but are not getting worse
So says Robin Matthews, lead scientist on the team that conducts an annual study of the lake's water commissioned by the city. Tests of 2013 water samples show that levels of most-watched pollutants have been holding relatively steady for several years.
After 53 'remarkable' years, Mookherjee to retire
Debnath Mookherjee is retiring from Western after 53 years.
Nonprofits host sustainability workshops, galleries
An open gallery featuring art from nearly two dozen local artists was among several of the events hosted by Allied Arts, a nonprofit seeking to engage the public in the arts. The art ranged from acrylic paintings and jewelry to toaster-vacuum hybrids. Other pieces included furniture made from repurposed and recycled materials.
New fabric store opens, reuses old material to avoid waste
The 4,000-square-foot facility located at 1421 N. Forest St. includes table space, a washing machine, equipment for working and dozens of bins of prepared materials.
Downtown wins national award
Livability’s “Top Ten Best Downtowns 2014” featured downtown Bellingham, spanning 249 acres with nearly 2,400 residents and about 7,500 employees, as a model city for sustainability and strong local community.
Outback Farm leaps into spring with planting workshop
To get students started, the Outback Farm is offering a free seed starting workshop on Tuesday, April 8 at 3 p.m. Associated Students Outback Assistant Coordinator Grace Coffey described the workshop as a hands-on introduction, aimed at those without a lot of experience. The workshop will educate people about starting seeds, transplanting and which soils to use.
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