2011 Western Sustainability Award Recipients

2011 Sustainability Award in Student Life: Students for Sustainable Foods


SSF is being recognized for:

  • Efforts in providing research on WWU's local food purchases, including sorting through hundreds and hundreds of invoices to find out just how much organic, local, fairly traded and humanely-raised food WWU purchases.
  • Working with the WWU administration to adopt the Real Food Challenge 20% local, organic, fairly traded and humanely raised food by 2012.
  • Receiving a grant from the Whatcom Community Foundation for creation of Viking Field to grow produce for WWU.
  • Through this, SFS has put WWU on the map for integration of the university with its local agricultural community.

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2011 Sustainability Award in Academics: Victor Nolet


Dr. Nolet is being recognized for:

  • Beyond leading efforts at Woodring College of Education, creating Teaching for a Positive Future, the Sustainability Education Summer Institute, being chair to the Chair to the national American Association of  Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) special study group on Environmental and Sustainability Education,
  • Victor has crafted environmental and sustainability education standards for Washington State.
  • Victor worked with the WA State Professional Educator's Standards Board (PESB) to establishing pre-service teaching standards for ESE for all pre-service K-12 teachers in WA State last year.
  • These teachers are now required to take Supplemental Teaching Authorization in Environmental and Sustainability Education, which will be offered by Woodring starting this next summer.
  • As a direct result of this work, PK-12 students across the state are being impacted as a result of their teachers receiving explicit professional development in the area of ESE and subsequently developing authentic and meaningful sustainability curricula.
  • Through this and the work of his colleagues he has established WWU as a leader in the nation on sustainability education.

2011 Sustainability Award in Operations: Academic Custodial Services


ACS is being recognized for a number of recent advancements in their operations, including:

  • Eliminating petrochemical cleaning products, and even eliminating green cleaning chemicals through use of  ActiveionTM  Cleaning Solutions technology which uses electrical charges to temporarily alter tap water transforming it into a powerful cleaner.
  • Reducing the exposure of building occupants and workers to cleaning chemicals and their residue while maintaining a high degree of surface cleanliness and sanitation.
  • Increased stewardship of building surfaces for long-term stewardship and durability
  • Conservation of cleaning budgets through elimination of cleaning chemicals
  • ACS won the 2009 Green Cleaning Grand Award for Schools and Universities from American School and University magazine, the top award given in the category nationally.
  • Through this, ACS has established themselves a national leader in Green Cleaning

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2011 Sustainability Award in Community Partnership: Urban Transitions Studio


UTS is being recognized for:

  • Connecting students with their community to take an active role in helping shape Bellingham's development
  • Students in the Urban Transitions Studio engage in real life problem solving situations and impacts local communities by formulating and proposing strategies to achieve sustainable futures
  • Connecting faculty at wwu in cross displinary integration of curricula
  • This program creates a collaboration between Western faculty, the City of Bellingham, and non-profit Sustainable Connections to transition Bellingham into more urban and sustainable city though higher ed connections to local community problems
  • This program has investigated how to bring major retail back to Bellingham's downtown core and examined how single-use areas such as the Bellis Fair Mall can revert to new, more sustainable community uses.
  • The 2011 UTS project identified strategies for establishing transit oriented urban villages in five Bellingham locations, including a site on the WWU campus.

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