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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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.
New elk survey takes flight
For several years, a growing herd has caused trouble for farmers, landowners and drivers along Highway 20 and the upper Skagit River.
Turning waste into jobs the goal of new Bellingham business
The Bellingham job training business organized by ReUse Works celebrated its grand opening last week at 1421 N. Forest St. and is already showing off a variety of fabric supplies and repurposed products created by local artists and people receiving work training.
New fare boxes but same payment options on WTA buses
New fare boxes will be installed in the entire fleet from Friday to Sunday, but most payment options will remain the same. The exception is that WTA will no longer accept free ride coupons, which must be used by Sunday, April 13.
Bottled water ban officially hits campus
Western will install a ‘hydration station’ outside of Zoe’s Bagels by the end of April, Students for Sustainable Water member Carolyn Bowie said.
Power down for spring break
Shut your windows; Shut curtains/lower your blinds; Turn off and unplug your computer and your monitor; Shut off power strips; Unplug all appliances not plugged into power strips, including speakers, printers, copiers, fax machines, coffee makers, microwave and toaster ovens, water coolers, etc...
Western wins award from PSE for Best Outreach Campaign
Western Washington’s “Sweater Days,” “Power Down,” and “Go for the Green” behavioral campaigns were called out as specific examples for the award. All three campaigns are managed by Western’s Office of Sustainability.
AS votes to pull fossil fuel investments
With AS approval, the proposal will be presented to President Bruce Shepard, and then to Western’s Foundation, which will be the party deciding the ultimate verdict for the divestment movement.
Late Night Shuttle route may be expanded for 2014-15
Associated Students Vice President for Student Life Robby Eckroth expects the route to be incorporated during fall 2014 if the neighborhoods accept the plan, he said.
Western to end sale of bottled water on campus
Western now is the largest college or university, public or private, in the state of Washington to end the sale of bottled water on its campus.
Related Articles: AP Press Release, The Bellingham Herald, King5, SFGate, Q13 FOX, 790 KGMI (Podcast)
Student-assembled sculpture to be relocated to wetland March 12
Students spent a week assembling the sculpture under the guidance of Seattle artist John Grade. The sculpture, which is made of raw materials found in nature, was completed on March 4 and has been on display in the Western Gallery. It will be relocated to the boggy area to be observed over time as it decays as part of the exploration of the effect of time and the elements.
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