Local News: Grounds
Below are sustainability-related news items throughout the Western Washington University and Bellingham-area. These items correspond to Grounds.
Washington trails get year-round attention
"It's an existing trail, but it was basically built by people walking around out there, so we're trying to make it wider, safer and more sustainable." So far, one work party has done maintenance in the Arboretum this year. Out of the 21 volunteers, about 18 of them were Western students, Bogaards said. Seven more Arboretum work parties are scheduled this year, with one to two per month, he said. The next work party will be on Feb. 21. Their latest project is “rediscovering” the Suiattle wilderness, said Rebecca Lavigne, program director for WTA. Suiattle is an area on the west side of Glacier Peak wilderness, about an hour south of Western’s campus. Access has been limited for the past decade due to the closure of the Suiattle River Road. With the road back in service since October, focus is on returning trails in that area to good condition, Lavigne said.
Western brings electric vehicles to campus for testing
Due to the large number of vehicles used on Western’s campus, Facilities Management has been considering alternative-fuel vehicles for years, to help reduce fossil fuel consumption on campus, Krabbenhoft said. “The entire campus is a classroom and everyone who is working and learning here is contributing to the development of others, whether it is directly or indirectly,” Krabbenhoft said in a Facilities Management press release. “We are looking for what types of applications and uses will make sense [and] where we are able to accomplish the job and at the same time reduce the carbon footprint.”
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.
Forever Green: Staying environmentally friendly from six feet under
Bodies are returned back into a natural environment by putting the deceased into the ground in an environmentally friendly way.
Finding a happy medium: sustainability vs. appearance
RECOGNITION & HONORS |
SUSTAINABLE ACTION FUND
THE OUTBACK FARM | RESRAP PROGRAM
SUSTAINABLE OFFICE CERTIFICATION
SWEATER DAYS | VIKING SUPPORTED AGRICULTURE | ENERGY & CLIMATE
TRANSPORTATION | WASTE
BUILT ENVIRONMENT | FOOD | WATER
CLEANING | GROUNDS | PURCHASING
HUXLEY | URBAN TRANSITIONS STUDIO
CAMPUS SUSTAINABILITY PLANNING STUDIO
RESEARCH | SUSTAINABILITY AWARDS