Energy conservation and use of renewable energy is at the core of WWU's sustainability goals and Climate Action Plan. Western is committeed to reducing carbon emissions to zero by 2050 as a signatory of the President's Climate Commitment.
As a result a 2005 student-led initiative, Western Washington University purchases Renewable Energy Credits to offset all of its carbon emissions from electrical consumption.
Western Sustainability Goal: Reduce greenhouse gas emissions through alternative transportation.
Transportation needs and impacts include commuter travel and campus operations. It will take a diverse mix of program and facilities solutions to reduce the impacts of current transportation choices and provide fair, healthy, economically sound and environmentally clean mobility and access for all members of the WWU community.
Western Sustainability Goal: Eliminate landfill waste through rethinking, reducing, reusing, and recycling.
The WWU Office of Sustainability and Facilities Management are committed to eliminating all recyclable and compostable waste from the WWU waste stream. Through education, operational changes and peer education, WWU will become a "zero waste" institution.
Western Sustainability Goal: Ensure that campus buildings are using only what they need to decrease carbon emissions and utility costs through green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions.
The LEED framework (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is the primary rating system from "green" buildings in the United States. Western's campus holds three LEED-certified or higher buildings.
Western Sustainability Goal: Provide healthy and sustainable food and food services to campus.
University Dining Services is committed to socially responsible practices that preserve ecosystems, support farming communities, and promote good health with strict purchasing standards, innovative programs, and outreach to sustainable growers and distributors.
Western Sustainability Goal: Reduce potable water consumption and increase non-potable water use.
Students for Sustainable Water is a club dedicated to educating our campus and community about a variety of social and environmental issues related to water sustainability, both globally and locally, including international human rights, corporate ownership of water, the health of our local watershed, and the impact of bottled water.
Western Sustainability Goal: Clean buildings for health in the most sustainable manner possible.
Western Washington University's Academic Custodial Services (ACS) staff has been recognized three times as being among the five "greenest" cleaning operations in the nation.
Western Sustainability Goal: Create a beautiful campus with a minimum of synthetic chemicals.
Outdoor Maintenance is committed to sustainable development by incorporating sustainable practices into daily operations.
Western Sustainability Goal: Purchase safe cleaning products and recycled commodities for campus use.
Central Stores is committed to procuring recycled commodities for WWU. Approximately 90% of Central Store's inventory contains recycled material. Copy, printer and janitorial papers contain between 30-100% post-consumer waste materials. All janitorial cleaning products are Green-Seal approved.