Energy & Climate

Western Sustainability Goal: Reduce net carbon emissions to zero by 2050 though conservation, on campus generation, and renewable energy purchases.

2011-2013 Energy Services Performance Contract

Beginning in April 2012, energy savings company McKinstry began energy conservation work on 21 academic buildings, four residence halls, and Wade King Recreation Center. Lighting controls, energy efficient lamps, attic insulation, heating & ventilation upgrades, and water conservation measures will result in these savings campus-wide:

  • Annual savings of $244,000 in year one
  • Carbon emissions reduction of 7.8%
  • Natural gas reduction of 8%
  • Water consumption reduction of 8%
  • Electrical consumption reduction of 7.5%

Facilities Development: Energy Services Performance Contract (ESCO)


Contact: Seth Vidana, Sustainability Manager,

Climate Action Plan

Former WWU President Karen Morse's signature in January of 2007 on the President's Climate Commitment set WWU on a path to climate-neutrality. In the same year, the WWU Office of Sustainability completed WWU's first Greenhouse Gas Inventory, defining the major sources and levels of greenhouse gas emissions. A Climate Action Plan for the university was approved in 2010 by the WWU Board of Trustees. A status update on the Climate Action Plan can be found here.

Supporting Documentation:

Contact: Seth Vidana, Sustainability Manager,

10x12 Program


10x12 is a strategic program of the President's Climate Commitment and the WWU Climate Action Plan. Named for the initial goal of a 10-percent reduction in electricity, natural gas and water consumption and landfill waste production by the end of 2012, 10x12 is an umbrella title for efforts that coordinate, educate and implement utility reduction throughout campus. Projects and programs include: in-House and McKinstry-based building systems efficiency improvements and integrated sustainability awareness, education and action.
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Contact: Carol Berry, 10x12 Program Manager,


Sustainable Action Fund


The Sustainable Action Fund funds over $300,000 in sustainability-focused pilot programs annually. Western Washington University students, staff, and faculty create solutions to reduce the campus' environmental impact and engage the campus community in sustainability education. Several carbon emissions reduction projects have been funded, including a 5kWh solar panel array, LED parking lot lighting conversions, and others. The Grant Program is a joint partnership between the Associated Students, the Office of Sustainability, Facilities Management, and Facilities Design and Capital Budget.
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100% Renewable Energy Purchases

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. Student investments through the Sustainable Action Fund puts over 40 million kilowatt hours of domestically-produced, wind-derived energy into the US electrical grid annually. WWU is one of the nation's top-20 buyers of renewable energy among academic institutions as recognized by the US EPA, and was the first institution in the nation to purchase Renewable Energy Credits to offset 100% of its electrical consumption.


Contact: Seth Vidana, Sustainability Manager,

Campus Solar Arrays


Western's campus holds two demonstration solar arrays:

  • Viking Union Array: A 2 kWh array, visible from the PAC Plaza. This array was donated by the Bonneville Environmental Foundation, and WWU Facilities Management. A kiosk inside the Viking Union provides power generation statistics. Real-time and historical data is available here! Just select Western from the list of schools.
  • Environmental Studies Array: 5 kWh array, visible from the Academic Instructional Center skybridge. This $167,000 array was funded by the Sustainable Action Fund. Real-time data is available via theSunny WebBox portal. (public password: solar)

Contact: Nate White, SAF Grant Program Coordinator,