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

Eight new offices receive sustainability certification

February 09, 2015 |
Western Today
Eight new offices at Western Washington University have achieved sustainable office certification from the WWU Office of Sustainability, bringing the total to 25 offices out of 137 university-wide, or 18 percent of all campus administrative, clerical, services and operations offices. Departments recognized at a ceremony Feb. 5 on campus were Public Safety, Map Collection, Tutoring Center, Environmental Sciences, WWU Everett University Center, Biology Stockroom, Human Resources, Huxley College Office of the Dean and Woodring College Office of the Dean.

Ceremony attendees had the opportunity to learn more about Western’s sustainability actions, including energy conservation. Staff from the Sustainable Action Fund, Western’s Energy Management Team, and Western Gallery answered questions about campus energy-conservation projects. Attendees tested Belkin watt-meters and energy-saving switches available to SOC offices and departments and participated in a guided tour of Western’s Steam Plant, a noted regional example of energy-efficient district heating. The Western Gallery lighting system was recently re-fitted to all LED lamps, resulting in annual energy savings of 89 percent.

Campus offices embrace energy-reduction program

November 6, 2012 |
The Western Front
Offices across campus are making changes to be more energy-reducing and sustainable.

On Nov. 1, the Western Sustainability Office Certification, a program that recognizes campus offices' environmentally friendly choices, was made available to all administration offices on campus. Five administration offices on campus participated in the pilot program over the summer.