The Office of Sustainability partners with units and organizations on and off campus to further sustainability on campus and in the community.

On-Campus Partners | Off-Campus Partners

On-Campus Partners

The Office of the President

Bruce Shepard began service as the 13th President of Western Washington University on September 1, 2008. He draws four decades of distinguished service in higher education as an educator and academic leader.
Contact: | (360)650-3480

Facilities Management

Facilities Management (FM) supports Western Washington University's academic mission through the planning, development, maintenance and operation of Western's facilities and grounds. This support is accomplished through leadership, teamwork, and our commitment to quality customer service for the Western Washington University community.
Contact: Facilities Management Administration, (360)650-3497

Residence Life

University Residences engages students in diverse and inclusive, healthy, safe and sustainable communities that foster academic success and personal growth. Residence Life's overarching educational goal is for students to learn about themselves and how to live and work with others.
Contact: | (360)650-2960

Dining Services


University Dining Services is committed to socially responsible practices that support farming communities, preserve the environment and promote your well-being. This includes strict purchasing standards, innovative programs, and outreach to sustainable growers and distributors.
Contact: Thomas Koerner, | (360)650-7543

Associated Students Board of Directors


We proudly serve as the elected representatives of your student body. We keep daily office hours in order to address student questions and concerns. Please contact us; we are always happy to help.

Associated Students Environmental and Sustainability Programs


The ESP is the heartbeat of the campus environmental community. The Environmental Center, the Outback, and the Alternative Transportation Coordinator are the student-led hubs that make up the ESP. All these positions are committed to serving students by helping them grow their passions and discover what sustainability looks like in their own lives. Our united purpose is first and foremost to create and continue a steady flow of collaboration and dialogue around environmental issues.
Contact: Nina Olivier, | (360)650-6129

Facilities Design and Construction Administration

FDCA is a division within Facilities Management (FM) which supports Western Washington University's academic mission through the planning, development, maintenance and operation of Western's facilities, utilities and grounds. This support is accomplished through proactive professional leadership, teamwork, and our commitment to quality customer service for the Western Washington University community.
Contact: Rick Benner, | (360)650-3550

Huxley College


Huxley College of the Environment addresses today's environmental issues and prepares tomorrow's interdisciplinary problem solvers. We accomplish this mission by integrating outstanding educational programs, faculty-student collaboration, applied research, and professional and community service.
Contact: | (360)650-3520

College of Business and Economics


The College of Business and Economics provides high quality programs in business and economics focusing primarily on undergraduate instruction. The College serves the needs of students from throughout the region by offering programs that provide a global perspective, a knowledge of information technology, and the ability to apply economic and business principles.
Contact: | (360)650-3896

Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies


Fairhaven is as an undergraduate learning community defined by five attributes: (1) Interdisciplinary study, (2) Student-designed studies and evaluation of learning, (3) Examination of issues arising from a diverse society, (4) Development of leadership and a sense of social responsibility, (5) Curricular, instructional and evaluative innovation.
Contact: | (360)650-6680

Woodring College of Education


Woodring College of Education fosters community relationships and a culture of learning that advance knowledge, embrace diversity and promote social justice.
Contact: | (360)650-3319

College of Sciences and Technology


The mission of the College of Sciences and Technology is to provide the highest quality education in science, mathematics and technology; to participate in the discovery, communication and application of knowledge; to integrate teaching, scholarly activity and service; and to maintain a diverse college community.
Contact: Jeff Wright, Dean, | (360)650-6400

Public Safety


The Public Safety Department at Western Washington University encompasses several functional units, which, though distinct, work together toward a common goal. Operating under one administrative director, are the units that comprise the Public Safety Department: University Police, Parking Services, University Lockshop, and Sustainable Transportation.
Contact: University Police, | (360)650-3555

Environmental Health and Safety

Our mission is to advance responsible stewardship of university resources through service to the campus community. We focus on the needs of our students and their learning environment. We encourage innovative risk mitigation and safety solutions, promote the health and safety of our people and foster sustainability.
Contact: | (360)650-3064

Off-Campus Partners

City of Bellingham


On the shores of Bellingham Bay with Mount Baker as its backdrop, Bellingham is the last major city before the Washington coastline meets the Canadian border. The City of Bellingham, which serves as the county seat of Whatcom County, is at the center of a uniquely picturesque area offering a rich variety of recreational, cultural, educational and economic activities.
Contact: City Hall, | (360)778-8000

Port of Bellingham


The Port of Bellingham's mission is to fulfill the essential transportation and economic development needs of the region while providing leadership in maintaining greater Whatcom County's overall economic vitality through the development of comprehensive facilities, programs, and services. In so doing, the port pledges to work cooperatively with other entities, within the framework of community standards, and to be a responsible trustee of our publicly owned assets.
Contact: (360)676-2500

Whatcom County


Each of Whatcom County's cities boast their own individual character. From farming communities to urban hubs, these diverse communities await your exploration. The county seat is at Bellingham, which is also the county's largest city.

RE Sources for Sustainable Communities


RE Sources is a non-profit environmental education organization founded in 1982 as Bellingham Community Recycling. We build healthy communities by promoting and supporting waste reduction; advocating for clean water, air and energy; empowering schools to reduce their carbon footprint and putting sustainability tools into your hands.
Contact: | (360)733-8307

Sanitary Service Company


Locally-owned and family-operated, Sanitary Service Company, Inc. (SSC) is Whatcom County's largest full-service recycling and waste collection company. As fellow neighbors, SSC cares about their community and takes pride in supporting the areas they service by participating in local events. SSC is a proud business member of Sustainable Connections and the Bellingham/Whatcom Chamber of Commerce and Industry. As a 5-Star EnviroStar, Whatcom Watershed Pledge participant, Whatcom County Waste-Wise Business, 100% Green Power business and Toward Zero Waste Pioneer, SSC strives to reduce their waste, reuse and recycle. They regularly use products made from recycled materials and continue to find ways to incorporate other recycled products into their daily operations.
Contact: | (360)734-3490

Sustainable Connections

Sustainable Connections

To be the local forum where businesses come together to transform and model an economy built on sustainable practices. We work with local, independently owned businesses that have the autonomy to make any transformational change in their business that they can imagine… reexamining where we buy goods and services, how we consume energy, grow and distribute our food, build homes, and even, how we define success in business. Sustainable Connections is supporting a community of innovators in green building, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, supporting independent businesses in town centers, and mentoring a new breed of entrepreneurs that have designed their business with a sustainable vision.
Contact: (360)647-7093

The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education

Sustainable Connections

AASHE is helping to create a brighter future of opportunity for all by advancing sustainability in higher education. By creating a diverse community engaged in sharing ideas and promising practices, AASHE provides administrators, faculty, staff and students, as well as the business that serve them, with: thought leadership and essential knowledge resources; outstanding opportunities for professional development; and a unique framework for demonstrating the value and competitive edge created by sustainability initiatives.
Contact: (303)395-1331