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

Textile workshop stitches sewing and sustainability together

Nov. 20, 2015 |
The Western Front
Crafty skills like sewing and darning were learned paired with lessons of sustainability at a hands-on clothing and textile workshop held by the Office of Sustainability, Thursday, Nov. 19. Around 10 students were able to sew reusable tote bags by upcycling beer malt sacks and learn how to patch clothes, sew button and darn socks in the Viking Union.

Wanting to start off early this year in fall quarter, Western student Jacquelyn Stenman of the Office of Sustainability said that they wanted something related to clothes like their winter quarter program “Sweater Days.” “One of our themes of Sweater Days is ‘You have the power’, so we’re trying to show people that they have the power to mend their clothes,” Stenman said. Stenman continued, saying that they like to define sustainability as a mix of economic, environment and social sustainability. Stenman decribes social sustainability as being able to take care of yourself and making sure that there equity amongst all different kinds of people.

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.

First Upcycling Clothing Swap set for Friday

February 25, 2014 |
Western Today
The first Upcycling Clothing Swap from the Western Washington University Office of Sustainability is taking place on Friday. All students, faculty and staff are invited to drop off any used, dry, wearable clothing to be exchanged. The drop-off period is 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb 26, and Thursday, Feb 27, at the Office of Sustainability table on the sixth floor of the Viking Union.

You’ll receive tickets for each item donated. These tickets can then be spent at the Upcycling Clothing Swap from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Feb 28, in the VU Multipurpose Room.

Warmth without the waste: Western's Office of Sustainability asks campus to bundle up to save energy

February 8, 2013 |
The Western Front
Rows of sweet, cranky and guilt-tripping grandmas line Canada's National Sweater Day website. Grannies with names like Gladys and Dorothy wear sweaters with poinsettias, snowmen and ruffles while they remind participants to turn down their thermostats and warm up with a sweater.

"I'm not hanging up until you put on that sweater!" scolds a granny in a cream-colored cardigan.

Sweater Days last throughout winter quarter

January 25, 2013 |
Western Today
The WWU Society for Photographic Education student club is collaborating with the Office of Sustainability, shooting professional-quality photographic portraits of Western students, faculty, and staff as a part of the Western Sustainability 10x12 Winter 2013 Energy Awareness campaign. All members of the campus community are invited to participate in the photo sessions. Photos will be published on the Sweater Days website.