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

New bicycle FIXIT stations installed on campus

Nov. 2, 2015 |
Western Today
Flat tires and squeaky brakes will be a thing of the past thanks to the recent installation of three bicycle FIXIT stations on campus. Each station provides a stand to secure a bike and tools necessary to make common bike repairs. A QR code on each station can also be scanned with a smartphone to provide detailed repair instructions. The stations, made in America by Dero, were funded through a Sustainable Action Fund large grant.

Located on the north side of the Wade King Student Recreation Center, the north side of Arntzen Hall, and the west side of Haggard Hall near the bus stop, the three FIXIT stations join an existing station outside of the Outdoor Center on the first floor of the Viking Union.

Western brings electric vehicles to campus for testing

January 12, 2015 |
The Western Front
Electric vehicles will be test-run on Western’s campus from Jan. 12 to 19 to determine how they can be used across campus to reduce carbon emissions. Facilities Management employees will try out the vehicles and give feedback on whether the vehicles can be used in their daily work. Several kinds of electric vehicles will be tested. Vehicles start arriving on campus Monday, Jan. 12, said Tom Krabbenhoft, program manager of Facilities Management.

Due to the large number of vehicles used on Western’s campus, Facilities Management has been considering alternative-fuel vehicles for years, to help reduce fossil fuel consumption on campus, Krabbenhoft said. “The entire campus is a classroom and everyone who is working and learning here is contributing to the development of others, whether it is directly or indirectly,” Krabbenhoft said in a Facilities Management press release. “We are looking for what types of applications and uses will make sense [and] where we are able to accomplish the job and at the same time reduce the carbon footprint.”

WTA test drives electric bus, not ready to transition

October 20, 2014 |
The Western Front
The Whatcom Transit Authority tested an all-electric bus last week, but is not considering purchasing one for county use. Build Your Dreams Motors Inc. has been traveling around the state, offering transit agencies an opportunity to test the electric buses. BYD approached WTA with the same opportunity, said Maureen McCarthy, WTA’s community relations and marketing manager.

For one week, the public was open to ride one of these all-electric buses with no charge, according to a WTA press release. This gave WTA the opportunity to test what BYD is promoting as the first environmentally-friendly bus technology. “Environmentally speaking, these are a whole lot cleaner than anything that burns diesel,” McCarthy said. “[However], it’s much more expensive to purchase. ... It definitely costs a lot more than a standard diesel bus.”

New fare boxes but same payment options on WTA buses

April 6, 2014 |
The Bellingham Herald
Riders of Whatcom Transportation Authority buses will notice a change when they board starting Friday, April 11.

New fare boxes will be installed in the entire fleet from Friday to Sunday, but most payment options will remain the same. The exception is that WTA will no longer accept free ride coupons, which must be used by Sunday, April 13.

Late Night Shuttle route may be expanded for 2014-15

March 14, 2014 |
The Western Front
Western’s Late Night Shuttle route may be extended from Bill McDonald Parkway down to 21st Street, east on Donovan Avenue and back north through 32nd Street.

Associated Students Vice President for Student Life Robby Eckroth expects the route to be incorporated during fall 2014 if the neighborhoods accept the plan, he said.

Spring quarter bus passes now available

March 11, 2014 |
Western Today
Employee bus passes for spring quarter 2014 are now on sale. The $23 passes are valid March 31 to June 22.

How to purchase:
- Employees who are eligible for payroll deduction may submit a "Viking Xpress Bus Pass Payroll Authorization" esign form, found on the Sustainable Transportation website. Passes purchased through this method will be delivered via campus mail.
- Employees also may purchase a pass in person at Viking Commons Room 25 or by mailing a bus pass request form to Sustainable Transportation at mailstop 9197. Employees not eligible for payroll deduction will have a charge put on their account. Once payment is then made with the Student Business Office or online, the Sustainable Transportation Office will arrange for delivery or pickup of the bus pass.

Zipcars coming to Western: how to rent your next ride

January 9, 2014 |
The Western Front
Western students, staff and faculty will be able to zip around town in two on-campus Zipcars – a gray Ford Focus and a black Ford Escape – with the simple tap of a membership card against the windshield.

As a car-sharing service, the integration of Zipcar is “another piece of the picture” in Western’s continuous efforts to offer alternative transportation methods and become more sustainable, said Carol Berry, Western’s campus conservation and sustainable transportation program manager.

Western starts Zipcar program on campus

January 9, 2014 |
Western Today
Western Washington University faculty, staff and students needing a ride to work, an internship or where they volunteer may soon get one when a pair of Zipcars, a Ford Focus and Ford Escape, become available on Western’s campus in January.

Zipcar is a membership-based car-sharing program that offers sustainable transportation for communities & individuals with the goal to reduce pollution & the amount of cars on the road.

Brave icy roads: How to winterize your bike

January 7, 2014 |
The AS Review
When it comes to bike commuting, the months from November to February separate the contenders from the pretenders. The icy winds, pelting rain and lurking patches of black ice will test even the biggest bike nerd’s devotion to their two-wheeled steed. Whether you’re hell bent on toughing it out for the sake of Mother Nature, desperate to keep up with your daily ride to keep off the weigh, or if you truly have no other way to get from A to B, these basic modifications to your gear will make a world of difference.

Campaign aims to make cyclists visible on road

November 22, 2013 |
The Western Front
Local organizations passed out 100 bike light sets to students and faculty members with bikes on campus Tuesday, Nov. 18, and Wednesday, Nov. 19.

The two-day giveaway was part of the See and Be Seen campaign which aims to make cyclists more visible and drivers more aware of riders. Western Washington University's Sustainable Transportation Office partnered with the City of Bellingham and everybodyBIKE, a program that promotes biking for daily transportation, handed out the lights last week.

Upcoming events help cyclists be seen in dark weather

November 18, 2013 |
Western Today
Cyclists, pedestrians and motorists should take special care as they travel during the upcoming months of low light conditions. In order to 'See and Be Seen,' all road users must do their part. Western Sustainable Transportation is partnering with the City of Bellingham and everybodyBIKE to remind all road users to travel safely during these months of increased darkness and inclement weather.

Zipcars come to Western

November 15, 2013 |
The Western Front
A car-sharing service called Zipcar is coming to Western Washington University's campus in January 2014.

Zipcar will station two Ford Fusions on campus parked in lot 11G, which is located behind the Performing Arts Center. Zipcar will pay a fee of about $800 each year to the university to rent the parking spots, said Associated Students Vice President for Student Life Robby Eckroth.

Whatcom Transportation Authority fares stable for next year

October 18, 2013 |
The Western Front
Western Washington University students and other people who regularly ride Whatcom Transportation Authority buses can expect their fares to stay the same throughout the next fiscal year, thanks to a proposed 2014 budget passed at the WTA regular board meeting on Thursday, Oct. 17.

WTA Director of Finance Pat Dunn gave a presentation to board members outlining and explaining the budget in detail.

South campus could get a lift

September 27, 2013 |
The Western Front
Looking out for Western students living on the south end of campus, Associated Students Vice President for Student Life Robby Eckroth aims to provide an additional late-night shuttle service.

Eckroth, who was the Associated Students alternative transportation coordinator last year, said he received several comments about the late-night shuttle and its lack of service to south campus.

Prizes up for grabs for smart commuters

September 17, 2013 |
Western Today
You've seen it before. Some lucky person from Seattle wins a trip to France. This is different.

Whatcom Smart Trips, Western Washington University and many other local businesses have put together an amazing list of prizes for the Smart Trips Fall Prize Campaign – and your chances of winning are really good! This is a special promotional campaign just for the employees of Smart Trips Employer Partners. So every one of these prizes will be won by someone right here in Whatcom County.

Students seek alternatives to shuttle during summer

July 23, 2013 |
The Western Front
Late night transportation has been hard to find on campus this summer.

Students taking summer quarter at Western Washington University do not have the advantage of having the Western Student Shuttle service at night. During other quarters, the shuttle operates until 3 a.m. every day.

Bike to School day returns to Whatcom County

May 17, 2013 |
The Western Front
Whatcom County is celebrating its 16th annual Bike to Work and School Day on May 17 to bring awareness to the most energy-efficient mode of transportation.

May is a great month for people to get back into cycling because there are a lot of other cyclists out on the road, said Andrea Osborn, program assistant for sustainable transportation at Western Washington University.

Tuesday's accident sparks conversation about bike safety

May 17, 2013 |
The Western Front
After seeing the aftermath of a bicyclist hit by a car on Tuesday, May 14, Carol Berry, program coordinator for Western Washington University's Sustainable Transportation, said both motorists and bicyclists need to stay alert and watch out.

The student hit by the car, Kiva Stevens, could not be reached for comment, and the driver of the car declined to comment. "It was quite scary," Berry said in regard to the accident Tuesday. She pointed out she was not a direct witness to the incident.

Simplici-tea: Nomadic tea specialist brews up good feeling at Western

April 12, 2013 |
The Western Front
The 'Edna Lu' rolls into Bellingham the morning of Saturday, April 6, leaving the distinct aroma of tea on the wind. Guisepi Spadafora turns on his portable stove and sets a kettle to boil. Throwing open the doors to his home-on-wheels, he waits with a smile on his face to serve tea to anyone who comes by, completely free of charge.

The bus is also built with an eye for sustainability, running on a waste vegetable oil system. Spadafora takes unused oil from restaurants he comes across, and utilizes it as a free and clean power source. By outfitting the bus with a secondary fuel system, the oil is spun in a device to separate it from unneeded food particles. The engine wakes up with biodiesel, and then transfers to the vegetable oil as the secondary power kicks in.

WTA's Hybrid Bus Fleet

February 26, 2013 |
AS Review
Whether it's riding to Haggen to stock-up on groceries or heading downtown to get some Mallards, many of Western's students rely on the bus system to get them from point A to point B. With the recent implementation of eight hybrid buses to the Whatcom Transportation Authority (WTA) fleet, Western students and the larger Bellingham community can travel sustainably through Whatcom County.

"I think it's a great push for alternative fuels," said Robby Eckroth, Associated Students' Alternative Transportation coordinator at Western. "I think that since the buses have alternative fuels, maybe it will push [the] community, when purchasing their next vehicle, [to] consider getting a hybrid."

Hybrid buses roll into Bellingham

February 5, 2013 |
The Western Front
Eight new hybrid buses entered the Whatcom Transportation Authority's fleet Monday, Feb. 4. The hybrid buses are electric and diesel, and will cycle through all routes, excluding the 80X to Mount Vernon.

The buses offer 40 percent higher fuel economy, a 30 percent reduction in maintenance costs and a 40 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, according to the WTA website.

380 employees registered smart transportation trips during October campaign

November 16, 2012 |
Western Today
More than 380 Western Washington University employees chose an alternative to driving alone at least six days in the month of October during the statewide Wheel Options campaign.

Those 380 employees succeeded in reducing carbon dioxide emissions by over 100,000 pounds.

Bellingham awarded for being bicycle friendly

November 2, 2012 |
The Western Front
Bellingham has achieved a status of bicycle friendliness on par with Seattle, Port Townsend and Olympia, according to League of American Bicyclists.

A key factor in achieving this status was the repaving of Indian Street and the addition of "shared lane markings" along the street to alert motorists of the presence of bicyclists.

Bolting to Seattle by bus

October 23, 2012 |
The Western Front
The BoltBus is the newest addition to low-cost transit in the Pacific Northwest. A division of Greyhound, after launching its Portland, Ore. to Vancouver, B.C. service in May, the company added a Bellingham stop on Oct. 4.

Western's new formula racecar

October 19, 2012 |
The Western Front
For the first time ever Western's automotive engineering team will build a racecar that will run entirely on electric power. It will be a single-seater, open cockpit formula-style and the Formula Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) plans to enter it in a competition this June.

Student shuttle begins service Sept. 23

September 10, 2012 |
Western Today
To be eligible for a bus pass, students must be registered for fall classes with at least one on-campus credit.

Shuttle operation will begin Sunday, Sept. 23. Hours are Monday through Saturday from 11 p.m. to 3 a.m. and Sunday from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. The student shuttle does not operate during summer quarter, Thanksgiving vacation or intersession breaks. For text alerts when severe weather cancels service, text "follow wwushuttle" to 40404 or follow @wwushuttle on Twitter.

Employee bus passes for 2012-13 now for sale

September 7, 2012 |
Western Today
Bus passes for faculty and staff at Western Washington University are now for sale.

The employee cost for an academic year pass is $58. These passes are valid Sept. 24 to June 23. The employee cost for a fall quarter pass is $23. Fall passes are valid Sept. 24 to Jan. 6.

Bellingham approves $46M spending plan for sidewalks, pedestrian crossings

August 12, 2012 |
The Bellingham Herald
BELLINGHAM - Over the next two decades the city will strive to build 14 miles of new sidewalks at an estimated cost of $46 million, according to a new plan.

City Council has approved a plan that will guide future spending on pedestrian crossings and sidewalks. The plan is the city's first that focuses on one method of transportation. Next up: a plan for bicycling.

Input needed on campus cycling facilities

August 7, 2012 |
Western Today
The Sustainable Transportation Office at Western Washington University is conducting an online survey of campus cyclists, seeking feedback on the use of current bicycling facilities and ideas for desired future facilities.

Anyone who cycles on, to or from the Western campus is invited to participate.

Latest newsletter from Sustainable Transportation is online

June 21, 2012 |
Western Today
The newest edition of the Sustainable Transportation newsletter has been published. Highlights include: Summer Employee Bus Passes Currently For Sale, Bike to Work and School Day, Be Seen to Be Safe, Summer Rides, Day Trip to Lummi Island, Commuter Packs, WWU's March Smart Trips Winner, & Free 1 Month Bus Pass (Spring 2012 Sustainable Transportation Newsletter)

Students approve renewal of fee that funds bus passes

May 3, 2012 |
Western Today
More than eight in 10 Western Washington University students approved a renewal of the student alternative transportation fee in the annual Associated Students elections, which ended Friday, April 30. The fee, which passed with 84-percent support, funds student bus passes and the student late-night shuttle.

Students also passed initiatives that call for banning the sale of plastic water bottles on campus, greater transparency in dealings with the Higher One Card, and the formation of a sustainable print quota system on campus to replace the old quota system no longer in use.

WWU students approve fee for bus pass program

April 27, 2012 |
The Bellingham Herald
BELLINGHAM - Students at Western Washington University voted overwhelmingly in favor of renewing a bulk bus pass program Friday, April 27.

The program charges students $25 each term. That pays for a Whatcom Transportation Authority bus pass for each student. It also funds a shuttle providing late-night transportation to areas surrounding campus. About 84 percent of voting students cast ballots in favor of the program, extending it for five more years.

Building a hybrid bus from the ground up

April 24, 2012 |
The Western Front
When most people think of buses, they think of a big brick-shaped hunk of metal on wheels. The Hybrid Bus Team is a group of Western students and faculty, Bellingham community members and state industry representatives who are building a rounder, more fuel-efficient and more aerodynamic hybrid bus.

Commute Trip Reduction survey complete with nearly 80-percent response rate

April 23, 2012 |
Western Today
The 2012 employee Commute Trip Reduction survey week has ended. Western Washington University achieved a 78.3-percent response rate, well over the minimum required response rate of 70 percent.

The Sustainable Transportation office at Western thanks the Western employees who responded to the 2012 survey, helping yield the highest response rate yet at the university.

Alternative Transportation Fee referendum

April 23, 2012 |
The AS Review
The Alternative Transportation Fee referendum is sponsored by Sara Richards and David Burgesser. We emailed Richards to ask some questions about the referendum.

Students to vote on bus pass renewal

April 17, 2012 |
The Western Front
Western students will vote to extend the $25 alternative transportation fee that gives students their bus passes between April 23 and 27. Students taking more than six credits at Western pay the fee. The vote would extend the fee for another five years.

Faculty, staff asked to record commute trips to campus

April 3, 2012 |
Western Today
Western Washington University President Bruce Shepard sent a letter to the campus community Monday, April 9, apprising faculty and staff of an upcoming commuting survey.

On April 16, faculty and staff will receive a link to the Commute Trip Reduction survey, where they'll enter information about how they reached work during the week of April 9 to 13.

Latest issue of Sustainable Transportation News is online

February 24, 2012 |
Western Today
The winter quarter Sustainable Transportation Newsletter has been published and is now online. Included in this quarter's news: Know Before It Snows; Keep Those New Year's Resolutions!; Employee Bus Passes; Upcoming Events; See and Be Seen; Reading a Transit Guide; Rain Gear- Don't Let the Weather Rain on Your Parade; Winter Quarter Smart Trips Winners; Day Trip on Public Transit.

WTA approves extension of WWU student bus pass contract

February 9, 2012 |
The Bellingham Herald
Whatcom Transportation Authority's board unanimously approved a deal with Western Washington University that would extend the student universal bus pass program for five years.

The board on Thursday, Feb. 9, voted 9-0 to approve the five-year contract extension. The deal is still contingent on WWU student voters approving a fee to continue purchasing thousands of passes in bulk. Student elections will be held in April.

WTA to consider five-year bulk student pass deal with WWU

February 7, 2012 |
The Bellingham Herald
BELLINGHAM - Western Washington University students would continue to receive bus passes purchased through a student fee, under a deal Whatcom Transportation Authority is likely to approve. But that's only if students this fall approve a five-year extension of the fee that buys the passes.

WTA's board on Thursday, Feb. 9, will consider approving an extension of the contract with WWU. More than half the WTA board members, sitting as the board's executive committee, have already recommended approving the extension.

Relaunched rideshare program starts Dec. 3

December 2, 2011 |
The Western Front
A revamped program that gives students easier access to carpools will be available on the Viking Village home page beginning Dec. 3.

The rideshare program allows users to search through postings by specifying rides offered or needed, departure and arrival locations, dates, times and costs, said Western senior Kelsey Heyd, co-creator of the new rideshare program.

"We've made it a very simple list format," Heyd said. "All posts are uniform, so students can immediately see what they're trying to get out of the rideshare."

Bellingham to spend more money on bus service

November 14, 2011 |
The Bellingham Herald
City leaders will consider buying more bus service with money from the 2010 voter-approved sales tax increase, although they don't yet know which areas the buses will serve. The citywide Transportation Benefit District, which is governed by the City Council wearing a different hat, used the two-tenths of 1 percent sales tax increase approved in November 2010 to restore Sunday bus service earlier this year. Money from the tax also goes to boost the city's annual street repaving budget and to pay for pedestrian and bicycle projects.

Fall Wheel Options offers extra incentives for traveling sustainably to work

October 26, 2011 |
Western Today
Western Washington University Smart Trips participants have logged 364 walking trips, 945 cycling trips, 1,500 bus trips and 474 shared rides since the beginning of October.

With Fall Wheel Options under way (it began on Oct. 16 and runs through Oct. 29), those who use sustainable transportation to get to work may win a few extra prizes. To participate, ride the bus, bike, walk or carpool to work twice by Oct. 29. Then, log the non-drive-alone trips you made between Oct. 16 and 29 at by Nov. 4. All employees who participate and log at least two non-drive-alone trips to work will receive an Amtrak Companion Fare coupon as well as automatic entry into random prize drawings. Paper entry forms are available upon request from Sustainable Transportation.

WTA receives $2.8 million for five hybrid buses

October 19, 2011 |
The Bellingham Herald
Whatcom Transportation Authority has received a $2.82 million grant to buy five diesel-electric hybrid buses, which should hit streets in late 2012. The Federal Transit Administration recently awarded WTA competitive grant funds to replace five 18-year-old diesel buses with the new hybrids. "This is big news for us to be able to jump into the alternative fuels world," said Maureen McCarthy, WTA spokeswoman.

Commute Smart Awards celebrates 20 years

October 11, 2011 |
Washington State Department of Transportation
Two decades of saving commuters money, curbing air pollution, conserving fuel and easing traffic congestion was celebrated at the 2011 Governor's Commute Smart Awards.

The City of Bellingham recieved a Commute Smart Employer Champion Award in the large employer category. The City's program includes subsidized bus passes; bicycles for work-related trips; and a teleworking option for exempt employees. The City's commitment to sustainabile transportation has led to one of the highest participation rates in Whatcom Smart Trips. Since the beginning of the program in 2006, their employees have traveled nearly one million miles by walking, bicycling, sharing rides and riding the bus.

Bikers to ride from WWU downtown Saturday as part of climate change rally

September 22, 2011 |
Western Today
Ten bike rides from ten different schools across Bellingham will converge at Bellingham City Hall at noon on Saturday, Sept. 24 to call for local and national solutions to climate change. Mayor Dan Pike will join rally goers in calling for transition to a fossil fuel-free world.

Lauren Squires, of Western Washington University's Office of Sustainability, will speak at the event to share what Western is doing to lower its carbon footprint.

Student bus pass to become operational Sept. 12

September 7, 2011 |
Western Today
The student bus pass is available and valid for use beginning Sept. 12. The pass is good on all WTA routes. Students may bring their Western ID cards to Wilson Library Room 165 (across from the Associated Students Bookstore) from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 12 to 23 to have the bus pass encoded on their cards. A new bus pass is encoded onto the Western ID card each academic year and summer quarter.

Summer Viking Xpress bus passes for faculty and staff will be available June 6

June 2, 2011 |
Western Today
Summer Viking Xpress bus passes for faculty and staff go on sale Monday, June 6, and will be valid for use beginning June 20. The employee cost is $40.

Alaska Airlines Magazine: Creative Challenges

May 17, 2011 |
Western Today
(Page 42) Just up the coast, in Bellingham, Washington, a team of students from Western Washington University's Vehicle Research Institute last summer made it all the way to the second-to-last round of the X PRIZE Foundation's Progressive Automotive X PRIZE competition.

WWU alumnus wins prestigious transportation fellowship from Federal Highway Administration

April 5, 2011 |
Western Today
Western Washington University alumnus Alexander (A.J.) Garcia, from Spokane, has been awarded a prestigious Dwight David Eisenhower Graduate Transportation Fellowship from the Federal Highway Administration of the U.S. Department of Transportation for the 2011-2012 academic year.

Gas prices rise in county

February 25, 2011 |
The Western Front
At about $3.51 per gallon, Whatcom County has the highest average gas prices in the state, and some of the highest prices in the country.

In Blaine, a Chevron station just a few blocks south of the Canadian border is asking $3.89 per gallon of regular unleaded gas.

You don't have to drive to get around

February 22, 2011 |
The AS Review
With the myriad of alternative transportation options available to Western students, it's hard to believe so many still use cars on a daily basis.

According to data gathered by the Office of Survey Research, in 2010 two-thirds of students had a car available for use in Bellingham, while 17 percent of students said they drove alone to school at least three times a week.

Creating the future of transportation

January 31, 2011 |
The AS Review
Machines hum and florescent lights buzz around a turquoise and sea green bus. Sitting inside a spacious concrete room, the bus appears as if it was plucked out of time. With its exposed engine and faded markings, it patiently waits as if it knows it's about to face a huge change.

Western senior Adrian Eissinger adjusts his protective eye wear just before he peers into the engine. He is not a professional engineer with years of experience under his belt. He is a vehicle engineering technology major and part of the Hybrid Bus Project Team.

With federal earmark, WWU students develop high-tech bus

January 15, 2011 |
The Bellingham Herald
BELLINGHAM - For decades, buses around the world have rolled down city streets with characteristic flat fronts, even though that's not exactly aerodynamic.

Photo contest accepts images of environmentally friendly commutes

January 10, 2011 |
Western Today
Combine creativity with your commute by bike, foot, bus or carpool and win! Contest is open to students, faculty and staff who submit photos of their non-drive-alone commute during winter quarter 2011. Submissions will be accepted from Jan. 10 to March 18. Winners will be announced the week of March 21. To apply, fill out the online form, and then submit your photo via email.

WWU awarded $730,000 federal grant for design of hybrid bus

December 8, 2010 |
Western Today
The Federal Transit Administration recently awarded Western Washington University a $730,000 grant to design a lightweight hybrid bus for transit applications. The project is under way at the Technology Development Center, a Port of Bellingham facility leased by WWU and Bellingham Technical College.

Partners with WWU in the project include Transition Composites, Janicki Industries, Kitsap Transit, Whatcom Transportation Authority, the Port and Airtech.

WWU employees save $3,880 during Wheel Options promotion

December 3, 2010 |
Western Today
During the fall 2010 Wheel Options promotion, 277 WWU employees used an alternative to driving alone at least two days between Oct. 17 and 30. The results included 29,390 miles not driven and 23,854 pounds of carbon dioxide not emitted into the atmosphere.

Total Dedication: WWU students make a tenacious run for the X-PRIZE

December 1, 2010 |
WINDOW Magazine
Don Hayward takes one look under the hood of the sleek, modern car and frowns.

The longtime auto racing guru is staring at Viking 45, Western Washington University's ultra-fuel-efficient entry in the Progressive Automotive X PRIZE competition, and he's perplexed.

"What I saw was a wad of wires on top of some structure that I couldn't understand," Hayward would later recount. "I frankly thought that this car was not appropriate for this competition."

WWU works to decrease car commuting to campus

November 29, 2010 |
Western Today
The folks in the Sustainable Transportation Office practice what they preach. Carol Berry, Wendy Crandall and Kay McMurren all use sustainable methods of transportation to get to campus, including carpooling, busing, biking and walking.

The office has been encouraging Western Washington University employees and students to do the same for years. A large part of the staff members' work is in conjunction with the Commute Trip Reduction program.

The Pros and Cons of One Transportation Choice - Natural Gas

November 5, 2010 |
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
...He points to a biogas project at Western Washington University in Bellingham. Dairy manure is being converted to power a new fueling station. The project is close to operational. Beginning next year shuttles from Sea-Tac to Bellingham will use the biogas.

I Heart Bellingham, WA

October 21, 2010 |
Mia Birk
On Wednesday, lovely little Bellingham, WA captured my heart. The 70,000 person green, hilly NW town already has built up an enviable bicycle mode share of six percent. Are they satisfied? Of course not. Their dedication to green sustainable living is deep and sincere, and they know they can make their town even better, safer, more livable, cleaner, and greener. The City's major employer, Western Washington University, certainly sets a great example, with an 80% bike/walk/transit mode share, while the City is rapidly transforming many of its streets with bike lanes, is on the verge of adding its first bike boulevard, and is engaging residents in shifting trips in partnership with a regional Smart Trips program. Adding to the package is a focus on green development, local food, low waste, recycling, and waste reduction.

WWU employees who reduce driving this month can get Amtrak coupons, win travel prizes

October 9, 2009 |
Western Today
WWU employees who walk, bicycle, share a ride or ride the bus to work at least twice from Oct. 18 to 31 and enter the Fall state-wide Wheel Options promotion could win a trip to Rome for two, including airfare, lodging and a Rick Steves Best of Rome seven-day tour.

Every WWU staff or faculty employee who participates by logging at least two non-drive-alone trips to work between Oct. 18 and 31 will receive a two-for-one Amtrak Cascades coupon to use through next May.

WWU to Work with Kitsap Transit on New Hybrid Passenger-Bus Design

February 5, 2008 |
University Communications
BELLINGHAM - Western Washington University's Vehicle Research Institute (VRI) is working with Bremerton-based Kitsap Transit to produce a prototype hybrid passenger bus that will get double the miles-per-gallon of its existing buses.

The prototype will be used to construct a fleet of up to six buses that will be purchased by Kitsap Transit.