Built Environment

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.

LEED Buildings

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:

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Miller Hall: LEED Gold (2011) (Miller Hall LEED Scorecard)
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Academic Instructional Center: LEED Silver (2009) (Case Study)
wade king Wade King Recreation Center: LEED Certified (2007) (News Release)

Per Washington State law, all state-funded buildings 5,000+ ft² are required to achieve at least LEED Silver.

Contact: Ed Simpson, Assistant Director FDCA,

Energy Management

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Western's Energy Management Team works to ensure that campus buildings are using only what they need to decrease carbon emissions and utility costs. A few of the more prominent energy conservation mechanisms are:

  • 68 degree set-point: Many campus buildings are set to heat to 68 degrees
  • Building operating hours: Most campus buildings are set to enter a low energy state at a time when buildings are at a minimal use state.
  • Lighting controls: Many buildings feature both motion sensing or infrared technology to turn off lights when rooms are unoccupied.

Contact: Greg Hough, Utility Manager,

Energy Conservation Retrofits 2011-2013


A large-scale energy conservation project was initiated in 2009 in order to advance Western’s sustainability goals and reduce our carbon footprint. In 2011-12, this project will implement 38 separate facility improvement measures in various academic and auxiliary buildings identified by an energy audit of Western's campus. It includes lighting controls, energy efficient lamps, additional insulation in attic spaces, upgrades to existing heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) equipment and controls, and water conservation measures in 23 academic buildings, Wade King Student Recreation Center and four residence halls (including both Fairhaven Academic and Fairhaven Residence Halls.
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Contact: Seth Vidana, Campus Sustainability Manager,

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