Local News: Residents' Resource Awareness Program (ResRAP)
Below are sustainability-related news items throughout the Western Washington University and Bellingham-area. These items correspond to Residents' Resource Awareness Program (ResRAP).
NW Colleges Showcase Innovations In Campus Sustainability
Like PSU, colleges across the country are trying out new approaches for making their campuses more sustainable. This means educating students and others in higher ed about the impact they are having on the planet and its resources as well as finding ways to reduce that impact.
Pilot project provides students with sustainable, energy-efficient room
In the winter of 2012, two Campus Sustainability Planning Studio students wrote a report on how to include energy saving technologies and practices into Western’s residence halls in efforts to reduce energy consumption and CO2 emissions. In the Spring of 2013 two students used information from that report and then applied for, and were awarded a Green Energy Fee Grant to modify a Buchanan Towers room, into the Sustainable Energy Efficiency Dorm Pilot room.
Edens/Higginson wins green residence contest
The winner of this year's "Go for the Green" challenge was Edens/Higginson. Through winter quarter, Edens and Higginson had 60 percent of residents sign reduction pledges and had the largest reduction in electricity use.
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.
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.
Residence halls unite to certify students in sustainable living
Last year, the survey revealed most students — more than 95 percent — turn off their lights, only wash full loads of laundry and sort waste properly. However, less than 60 percent look to purchase organic food, use rechargeable batteries and replace incandescent bulbs in lamps with compact fluorescent or LED bulbs, according to the survey results.
Week of events educates campus on green living
Kendra Krantz, a Western senior and environmental education major, is Western’s Residents’ Resource Awareness Program coordinator. She strung these materials through the air as part of Western’s first-ever “Waste Week,” a week-long series of events aimed at making students more aware of their generation of waste and the promotion of sustainability.
Students learn to live green on- and off-campus
Using a rented bed from a University Residences room and a borrowed bookshelf, toilet and sink from the ReStore, the ResRAP team attracted students to read signs placed around the "dorm room" about sustainable benefits like taking the bus instead of driving, buying local organic foods, the cost of leaving appliances plugged in and sharing materials like textbooks with friends to cut down costs and consumption.
Shower timers in dorms aim to conserve water
As the coordinator of the Residents' Resource Awareness Program, White is working with Eco Reps to install a shower timer program in Higginson dorm. The program would encourage residents to reduce the amount of time they spend in the shower.
Eco-friendly endeavors, Go Green campaign reduces energy consumption in dorms
"It is all about being aware and conscious about your actions and your personal impact on the environment," Scott said. Scott, a resident of Birnam Wood, is one of 42 Eco Reps who serve year-round throughout Western's residence halls. Her current focus – competing to be green.
It's on! Residence halls at WWU compete to reduce energy consumption
Hundreds of dollars in prizes are up for grabs as students fight to reduce consumption of water, natural gas and electricity while creating the least amount of landfill waste.
WWU Challenges Residence Halls to Reduce Electricity Use
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TRANSPORTATION | WASTE
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CLEANING | GROUNDS | PURCHASING
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