Recognition & Honors

Western Washington University has been recognized by several national rankings based on its commitment to green building techniques, sustainability, and the use of alternative energy sources.

"Western has been a pioneer for decades in campus sustainability, thanks to the visionary leadership of our students, faculty and staff on this very important issue. It's the right and smart way to operate."

-- Western President Bruce Shepard

"Best Outreach Campaign" from Puget Sound Energy


Puget Sound Energy presented Western Washington University an award for best outreach campaign at the PSE Annual Resource Conservation Management Program Meeting in late January. The award, nicknamed a “RCMmy,” is given to a conservation customer that excels in communication to occupants and the community.

Western Washington’s “Sweater Days,” “Power Down,” and “Go for the Green” behavioral campaigns were called out as specific examples for the award. All three campaigns are managed by Western’s Office of Sustainability.

Source: Western Today

Peace Corps: Top Volunteer-Producing Colleges and Universities


The Peace Corps released the 2014 rankings of the top volunteer-producing colleges and universities across the country. In 2014, Western Washington University was ranked No. 1 among medium-sized schools, with 65 alumni currently volunteering worldwide.

This was the second consecutive year that Western Washington University has held the top spot overall in its category. Over the past 10 years the university has been ranked seventh or better each year among medium schools nationwide.

Source: Western Today

WSRA Institution/Higher Education Recycler of the Year


The Washington State Recycling Association has selected Western Washington University to receive the 2013 Institution/Higher Education Recycler of the Year award.

The Washington State Recycler of the Year awards spotlight individuals, businesses, government organizations and community organizations that are making contributions to strengthening and expanding recycling and waste prevention practices across the state.

WWU Office of Sustainability is recognized in the July 2013 issue of the WSRA Newsletter highlighting Western's presence at the conference and the award winners for the conference (with a group photo).

Sources: Western Today | The Western Front

EPA Green Energy List


Western Washington University is continually ranked high on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's list of the nation's top 30 green energy purchasers in higher education. Western annually offsets 100 percent of its electrical consumption from green sources via purchases of Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs). Each year, Western is the only college or university in the State of Washington to be on the EPA list.

Sources: 2014 (19th) | 2013 (19th) | 2012 (20th) | 2011 (17th) | 2010 (12th)

Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges

Princeton Review

The Princeton Review's annual "Guide to Green Colleges"—published in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council—named Western as one of the nation's most environmentally responsible "green colleges," scoring a 96 on a scale range of 60-99 in 2012 and 91 on a scale from 60-99 in 2013.

Sources: Guide to Green Colleges 2012 | Guide to Green Colleges 2013 (News Article: 2013)

Green Cleaning

Green Cleaning Award

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.

In 2009, ACS received the Grand Award in Green Cleaning for Higher Education, a national recognition program organized by the American School & University Magazine, The Green Cleaning Network, and Healthy Schools Campaign. Recognition categories include one Grand Award, three Honorable Mentions, and one Best New Program. Western's ACS earned an Honorable Mention in 2008 and 2011.

Sources: 2009

Beyond Grey Pinstripes

Beyond Grey Pinstripes

The College of Business and Economics has been recognized for its efforts to integrate sustainability into the MBA program by ranking 75th globally within the Beyond Grey Pinstripes list of "green" business schools from the Aspen Institute.

Source: Top 100 MBA Programs: Beyond Grey Pinstripes