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Below are sustainability-related news items throughout the Western Washington University and Bellingham-area. These items correspond to the 10x12 Program.


Power down during break to save energy

June 3, 2013 |
Western Today
If your office or workstation will be vacant for even one day during the upcoming break, please take the following actions to reduce WWU energy consumption.

Through collaborative university-wide effort to encourage and implement utility reduction, individual actions can make a significant reduction in total power consumption.

Guest Column: Frontline editorial inaccurate, misleading on 10X12 Program

May 14, 2013 |
The Western Front
After reading the recent editorial "Divestment is a delusion," I'd like to address some inaccuracies within this opinion piece, starting with the statement: "Western's Office of Sustainability has been nothing short of shameful in its handling of the 10X12 Initiative, a program that was supposed to reduce campus utility consumption by 10 percent by the end of 2012." The view that the Office of Sustainability exhibited "shameful handling" stems from the displeasure of the Western Front staff, who were informed (multiple times) that our office was delaying release of the results of the program until we had the time to analyze those results completely. In the real world, projects – or analysis of projects – can be delayed for a variety of reasons.

10x12 results still uncertain: Coordinator gives unofficial results in online comment

May 10, 2013 |
The Western Front
Results from one of Western Washington University's Sustainability projects have yet to be officially released, and the program coordinator refuses to comment.

The project is known as the 10x12 program. It was implemented to encourage utility reduction across the campus both through operational and behavioral change. The goal was to reach a 10 percent reduction in electricity, natural gas and water consumption and landfill waste production by the end of 2012, according to the Office of Sustainability website.

Frontline: Divestment is a delusion

May 3, 2013 |
The Western Front
The Associated Students divestment initiative, which aims to eliminate Western Washington University's investments in fossil fuel-related companies, will probably pass. Of course it will — we fancy ourselves a green school and most students will vote to approve the initiative without giving it a second thought. But remember, giving the decision very little thought does not make it a no-brainer.

Carbon emissions report release delayed: Thinly spread staff pushes back Western's sustainability report

April 5, 2013 |
The Western Front
The results of Western Washington University's 10x12 program have been delayed for several more weeks, despite being scheduled for release over spring break.

The 10x12 program was designed to reduce Western's carbon emissions by 10 percent by the end of 2012, according to the Office of Sustainability's website. To do this, the university reduced its baseline building heat, encouraged faculty, staff and students to shut off their electronics and took measures to reduce landfill waste, such as installing recycle and compost bins around campus.

Help Western save energy during the winter break

December 14, 2012 |
Western Today
Many Western Washington University students, faculty and staff are leaving campus for an extended break through the end of the year. Taking the time to check power-using devices before leaving can make a big difference in Western's standing energy load, reducing energy consumption and costs during the intersession.

The 10x12 Program is a collaborative effort of WWU Facilities Management and the Office of Sustainability, to coordinate, encourage and implement utility reduction efforts throughout campus. The goal is a 10-percent reduction in electricity, natural gas and water consumption and landfill waste production by the end of 2012. We believe small actions make a difference.

Power down for the Thanksgiving break

November 21, 2012 |
Western Today
If your office, lab, or workstation will be vacant for even one day during the upcoming holiday break, please take the following actions to reduce campus energy consumption.

Close your windows; Close curtains, lower blinds; Turn off and unplug your computer and monitor; Shut off power strips; Unplug all appliances not plugged into power strips, including speakers, copiers, fax machines, coffee makers, microwave and toaster ovens, water coolers, etc...

Save electricity by powering down before you leave

November 9, 2012 |
Western Today
If you will be away from the office for the long weekend, help reduce Western Washington University's standing electricity load (also known as power drain or vampire load): Before you leave, please turn off computers, monitors and printers, unplug chargers and small appliances (but not the refrigerator), leave the thermostat at its normal setting, close the windows and shades, turn off lights and shut windows in unoccupied rooms and remind colleagues and students to "power down" before leaving. Enjoy the weekend!

What can you do to reduce waste at Western?

July 9, 2012 |
Western Today
What can you do to reduce waste and consumption on the Western Washington University campus?

The Office of Sustainability, quick on the heels of the successful 10x12 pilot program, has created a Top 10 list of actions for students, faculty and staff in support of the university's effort to reduce utilities consumption and cost by 10 percent by year's end. The office also has created a certification program to recognize the efforts of campus offices and departments to conserve energy and reduce waste.

10x12 pilot lowers energy use, cost

June 26, 2012 |
Western Today
Western Washington University saved $24,000 during the 10x12 pilot project last year in four campus buildings, and now the successful pilot will morph into two university-wide programs for the coming year.

Because of the pilot's success, departments in in Arntzen Hall, Parks Hall, Biology Building and Chemistry Building shared a total award of $6,787, representing 25 percent of the money saved through the program in the 2011-12 school year.

Off campus for spring break? Remember to power down

March 8, 2012 |
Western Today
Those whose offices or computers will be unused for even one day during the upcoming break should take the following actions to reduce phantom energy consumption: Shut your windows; Shut curtains/lower your blinds for extra insulation; Turn off and unplug your computer and your separate 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; Leave refrigerators plugged in, or defrost and clean before unplugging; Shut fume hood sashes (in lab buildings)...

Remember to Power Down for winter break

December 7, 2011 |
Western Today
If your office or workstation will be vacant for even one day during the upcoming holiday, please take the following actions to reduce "phantom" energy consumption while you are away.

Campus encouraged to power down during the holiday breaks

November 21, 2011 |
Western Today
Offices and workstations that will be vacant for even one day during the upcoming holiday break should be buttoned up and powered down to help the university save energy.

A few courses of action, from the Western Washington University Office of Sustainability and its 10x12 program: Shut your windows; Shut curtains/lower blinds for extra insulation; Turn off and unplug your computer and your separate monitor; Shut off power strips...

Pilot project in Arntzen Hall aims to reduce landfill waste

September 14, 2011 |
Western Today
The 10x12 program at Western Washington University, in partnership with Academic Custodial services, Facilities Management and the AS Recycling Center, will pilot a waste management improvement project in Arntzen Hall classrooms and labs starting fall quarter 2011.

The Arntzen classroom waste project will enable the Office of Sustainability, ACS and the AS Recycle Center to assess potential landfill waste reduction and cleaning efficacy and to evaluate the collection and removal systems for compostable items with the aim of expanding the pilot, if it's successful.

The goal of the 10x12 program is a 10-percent reduction in utilities consumption and costs by the end of 2012, achieving that goal by encouraging individual actions, technical strategies education and outreach.

10 x 12 Program encourages WWU to power down for summer

June 7, 2011 |
Western Today
If your office or workstation will be vacant for even one day during break or summer quarter, please take the following actions to reduce your energy use: Shut your windows; Shut curtains/lower your blinds; Turn off and unplug your computer and your separate monitor; Shut off power strips...

Office of Sustainability urges campus to conserve energy during break

December 9, 2010 |
Western Today
The Office of Sustainability at Western Washington University recently has introduced its 10 x 12 Program, a strategic element of the President's Climate Commitment and the WWU Climate Action Plan. The 10 x 12 Program has been created to help coordinate, educate and implement utility reduction throughout campus. The goal is to see a 10-percent reduction in electricity, natural gas and water consumption and landfill waste production by the end of 2012.