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

Rain gardens in the works

April 11, 2014 |
The Western Front
The construction of 36 rain gardens will help filter water pollution in downtown Bellingham and is set to start the beginning of May, said Rose Lathrop, green building and smart growth manager for Sustainable Connections.

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

April 26, 2011 |
The Western Front
Burying the dead takes a toll on family members' emotions and wallets. But it can also be harmful to the environment. An alternative to traditional burial is green burial. The idea is as simple as the burial is, said Brian Flowers, cemetarian and green burial coordinator.

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

December 1, 2009 |
The Western Front
Construction is changing the face of campus as new landscaping and bike pathways focus on sustainable groundskeeping rather than simply keeping up appearances.