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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

November 6, 2014 |
Oregon Public Broadcasting
In the Reuse Room at Portland State University, everything is free and the door is always open. Students and staff can walk into the converted mailroom anytime to donate or take supplies, ranging from three-ring binders to iPods. Though the tiny space may not look impressive, the program is a point of pride for PSU as an innovation in waste reduction. Last year the Reuse Room turned over $45,000 worth of supplies and diverted more than 10,000 pounds of trash from going to the landfill.

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

May 8, 2014 |
Western Today
A residence in Buchanan Towers is showcasing modern sustainability practices demonstrating ways to cut energy and water consumption in one’s daily living.

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

April 21, 2014 |
Western Today
Every winter quarter, the Residents’ Resource Awareness Program at Western Washington University holds "Go for the Green," a competition amongst Western's nine residence halls to reduce water, waste, electricity and natural gas. Last quarter, residents saved 91,374 kilowatt hours through energy reduction practices.

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

April 15, 2014 |
Western Today
The annual Go For The Green Celebration to honor the campus residence hall that won this year's Total Waste Reduction Challenge is set for 3 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 15, in the Viking Union Multipurpose Room.

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

March 14, 2014 |
Western Today
Puget Sound Energy presented Western Washington University an award for best outreach campaign at the PSE Annual Resource Conservation Management Program Meeting in late January. The award, nicknamed a “RCMmy,” is given to a conservation customer that excels in communication to occupants and the community.

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

February 4, 2014 |
The Western Front
Students living in Western’s residence halls are encouraged to time showers, measure electricity use and compost as part of a program to see if on-campus living is sustainable.

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

January 26, 2014 |
The Western Front
Draped between lamp posts, a string of empty plastic bottles and paper coffee cups sways lightly from side to side, propelled by the wind. In the midst of Western Washington University's Red Square, the discarded containers hover above the heads of hoards of Western students as they walk from building to building.

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

November 8, 2013 |
Western Today
Western Washington University's Residents' Resource Awareness Program, ResRAP, constructed a mock dorm room in Red Square during Sustainability Week to show students how they can alter their living habits for a more sustainable future.

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

April 5, 2011 |
The Western Front
When Huxley graduate Leah White takes a shower, not a drop of water is wasted. She gets in, she rinses and she turns off the water. Then, she lathers up and turns the water back on to rinse. White says she takes these "military-style" showers to cut back on water consumption.

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

March 11, 2011 |
The Western Front
Reduce. Re-use. Recycle. In sophomore Marye Scott's opinion, students living on campus should take this motto to heart.

"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

January 10, 2011 |
Western Today
The 2011 Go for the Green: Total Waste Reduction Challenge has begun at Western Washington University. The contest is a waste-reduction challenge pitting all of WWU's residence halls against each other during winter quarter, with the winner set to be announced April 6 at a party in the Performing Arts Center Concert Hall.

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

February 27, 2008 |
University Communications
BELLINGHAM - Western Washington University's Office of Sustainability is coordinating the "Go for the Green" program in eight of the University's 16 residential communities to reduce electricity use and carbon dioxide emissions.