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


WWU 19th on EPA Green Energy List of Top Higher Education Purchasers of Renewable Power

May 7, 2013 |
Western Today
BELLINGHAM – Western Washington University is again on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's list of the nation's top 20 green energy purchasers in higher education.

Western, which is 19th on the EPA list, annually offsets 100 percent of its electrical consumption from green sources via purchases of renewable energy credits (RECs).

WWU 20th on EPA green energy list of top higher ed purchasers of renewable power

January 31, 2013 |
Western Today
Western Washington University is on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's list of the nation's top 20 green energy purchasers in higher education.

Western, which is 20th on the EPA list, annually offsets 100 percent of its electrical consumption from green sources via purchases of renewable energy credits.Western was the only college or university in the State of Washington on the recently released EPA list.

WWU 18th on EPA list of green energy purchasers

August 6, 2012 |
Western Today
Western Washington University is 18th on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's list of the nation's top 20 green energy purchasers in higher education.

Western annually offsets 100 percent of its electrical consumption from green sources via purchases of renewable energy credits.

WWU Makes EPA Green Energy List

February 6, 2012 |
KGMI 790-AM
BELLINGHAM, Wash. -- Western Washington University ranks 17th on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) list of the nation's top 20 higher education green energy purchasers. It's the only college or university in the state of Washington to make the list.

Each year, WWU offsets 100 percent of its electrical energy consumption from green sources, by buying renewable energy credits (RECs). Western jumped to the forefront of the country's renewable energy movement in 2004, when WWU students voted to implement a student fee for the purchase of green energy.

WWU 17th on EPA Green Energy List of Top Higher Education Purchasers of Renewable Power

February 2, 2012 |
University Communcations
BELLINGHAM – Western Washington University is 17th on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's list of the nation's top 20 green energy purchasers in higher education. Western annually offsets 100 percent of its electrical consumption from green sources via purchases of renewable energy credits (RECs). Western was the only college or university in the State of Washington on the recently released EPA list.

The genesis for Western's renewable energy program began more than seven years ago when a small group of Western students set a goal of having Western offset all of its electrical energy from a 100-percent renewable source. To meet that goal they proposed a student initiative to implement a fee that would offset the cost of purchasing renewable energy.

Western recognized for green energy use: Proposals this week may offer new ways for the university to stay a leader in sustainability

April 29, 2011 |
The Western Front
Western placed No. 17 on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's list of college and university purchasers of renewable energy. The Princeton Review gave Western a score of 96 out of 99 on their "green colleges" list.

College and University Magazine also named Western's custodial services the most sustainable in the nation, said Seth Vidana, management analyst for Western's Office of Sustainability.

Students helping students in a pinch

March 1, 2011 |
The Western Front
Searching for a job after graduation can be daunting, but for Western alumnus, Kyle Maltz, the economic forecast is just the opposite. Maltz is launching his own website called Campus Pinch on Tuesday, March 1. The website aims to help students save money, Maltz said.

"We provide daily and ongoing deals for local businesses that you can see through your social feeds such as Twitter, Facebook, e-mail or on our website," said Maltz.

Whatcom County recognized for green energy use

February 11, 2011 |
The Western Front
Whatcom County was recognized on Feb. 3 for being among the nation's leading green power purchasers by the Environmental Protection Agency. The agency has recognized Whatcom County since 2006 when the county first purchased green power, according to a press release from Whatcom County Executive's Office.

WWU 12th on EPA green energy list of Top 20 higher education purchasers of renewable power

November 3, 2010 |
Western Today
Western Washington University is 12th on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's list of the nation's top 20 green energy purchasers in higher education.

Western annually purchases 100 percent of its electrical energy from green sources via renewable energy credits.

Western ranks high in EPA challenge

April 27, 2010 |
The Western Front
Western emerged as a top contender in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's College and University Green Power Challenge due to its purchase of renewable energy.

EPA announces collegiate Green Power winners; competition fails to change power buying habits

April 20, 2009 |
The Ivy League is the greenest of them all, according to the EPA, which today announced the college and university winners of the Green Power challenge — a competition to motivate American schools to purchase more renewable energy. Participating schools compete within their athletic conferences to purchase the most certified green power, but conferences only qualify if each purchases more than 10 million kWh in aggregate.