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.
AS Recycle Center
The mission of the A.S. Recycle Center is to provide the opportunity for students, faculty, and staff to recycle on campus, to educate the University community on the recycling process at Western, and to continually increase our collection efforts in order to reduce Western's waste stream. In addition to this, we provide student employment opportunities and work experience, specifically in recycling and waste management.
Green Energy Fee Grant Program
Your Money. Your School. Your Planet.
The Green Energy Fee (GEF) is a student-initiated, quarterly fee paid by all Western Washington University students to reduce the campus' environmental impact and engage the campus community in environmental awareness.
Green Office Tools
Staff throughout the university support campus sustainability. Here's what you can do!
Participate in the Sustainable Office Certification program, become a Department Conservation Coordinator, post the "Top 10" Sustainability Action Poster in your office, or use the Green Office Tools: Heating Toolkit, 5 Things in 5 Minutes Toolkit, Power Down for Break Toolkit, Power Down Computers Toolkit.
The Outback Farm
To promote harmonious living in the community and environment through experiential education, service learning, and celebration.
The Outback, a joint program of the Associated Students and Fairhaven College, is a 5 acre farm and wetland restoration site. The purpose of the Outback OELP is to coordinate a wide range of opportunities for students to learn about, develop and implement sustainable land use practices.
ResRAP is dedicated to reducing Western's resource consumption through our commitment to training, assisting, and advising Eco Reps, who are peer educators and leaders living in the residence halls. By training Eco Reps on aspects of sustainability, they will be able to open a positive, informative dialogue with their residents—increasing awareness of the many changes residents can make in their daily lives to reduce their personal consumption.
Sustainable Office Certification
SOC is for administrative and academic office working groups, to measure, improve, and get recognition for their daily practices that reduce energy and materials consumption, impacts and waste. As of Fall 2013, 10% of campus offices are certified Silver or Gold. Participation is open to all. Contact the SOC coordinator to learn more, and sign your office up for Sustainable Office Certification support and tools.
The Sustainable Transportation Office provides assistance to the WWU community with alternative transportation information, supports Student Transportation Is a campus resource for sustainable transportation news and information, is a liaison between WWU, WTA and other transportation-related community groups, and fulfills the requirements of the state Commute Trip Reduction Act.
Think of your sweater as a portable personal heater you don't plug in.
Sweater Days is an environmentally friendly, economically viable, socially equitable and healthy energy conservation awareness and action campaign. Everyone is invited to keep university energy consumption and costs lower during the winter months.
Viking Supported Agriculture
The VSA program is a project of the Office of Sustainability and is funded by a Whatcom Community Foundation grant to help our community support sustainable local agriculture by making nutritious food available to members of the Viking Community. Our VSA program supports Growing Washington and Alm Hill Gardens, located in Everson 25 minutes northeast of Bellingham.
Zero Waste Western
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.