Green Energy Fee Grant Program: Projects

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2014 Large Grant Projects


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Performance Hall Overhaul
Project Status: In progress

A proposal to replace the lighting in the Performing Arts Center Concert Hall and Main stage with cutting edge, energy efficient LED technology in the interest of serving Western’s commitment to sustainability in reducing its carbon footprint, while at the same time enhancing the aesthetic opportunities for artistic performance which will benefit WWU students, faculty, guests and community members.
Expand MeTeam Members: Lon Butcher, Hannah Fenske, Emma Eliason, Jon Bash

Team Bios


Lon Butcher

Almost 30 years of my life have been involved in theater production. During the times I was not as active in theater I amassed a pretty long list of other “careers,” from manufacturing plant manager, to bike tour guide, and from graphic artist to furniture designer. For the last 10 years my primary focus has been managing the technology in the performance spaces for the CFPA. I have always tried to tread lightly on the planet and am excited about this changeover to the latest lighting technology for our performance spaces.

Hannah Fenske

Hannah is currently a senior in the College of Fine and Performing Arts, double majoring in Technical Theatre and Sculpture. She is passionate about creating a more environmentally-friendly atmosphere in the theatre world, a field that traditionally struggles with implementing green practices. In her rare bouts of free time, Hannah enjoys swing dancing, playing Scrabble, and spending time outside.

Emma Eliason

My name is Emma Eliason and I am a sophomore Music Education major. I enjoy playing the tuba, singing and chilling with my loved ones. I am excited to be a part of this project because I appreciate the many opportunities Western has provided for me and I want to give back to the institution and its facilities in all ways that I can.

Jon Bash

Jon Bash graduated from WWU in 2013 with a Bachelor of Music degree in Composition and worked as a stage technician for several years. He is currently pursuing a Master of Music degree in Composition.


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Viking Cycle Fixit Stations
Project Status: In progress

A proposal to install three bicycle fixit stations around campus. These fixit stations consist of a secured stand to hang and position a bicycle along with all the tools necessary to perform basic repairs and maintenance, from changing a flat to adjusting brakes and derailleurs. These tools would allow students, staff, and faculty the opportunity to service their own bicycle at any hour on campus. With the hardware provided for cyclists to have a safe and sustainable trip, cyclists will ride their bike to campus more, therefore decreasing motor traffic and promoting a healthier and more sustainable lifestyle among the Western body.
Expand MeTeam Members: Maxwell Evans, Morgan Haskins

Team Bios


Morgan Haskins

I'm from Anchorage, Alaska and am currently working on a double major in Philosophy and English Literature. I love riding my bike, reading, cooking and competing on the WWU Debate team. I care a great deal about the environmental, social, and human health consequences of our actions and hope that the DERO Fixit Stations encourage people to have fun riding their bikes to campus instead of relying on single occupancy vehicles.

Maxwell Evans

Maxwell Evans is a senior at WWU with a major in philosophy (minor in Economics and Political Science), he moved to Western from the South and has been active in the sustainability community on a multiplicity of levels his entirety at Western (from the Outback to coordinating academic conferences on sustainability).


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WWU SORTS (Structural Outdoor Refuse Transformation System)Project Status: In progress

A proposal to introduce composting collection containers to Red Square. Currently Western doesn't have any compost collection containers in the Red square area nor any outdoor area on campus. This project would create 4 clustered "convenience sorting stations." Through increased student awareness and improved waste sorting, this project would reduce Western's landfill waste and overall carbon footprint.
Expand MeTeam Members: Jacob de Guzman, Kari Clauson, Marika Weber, Maddie Gavigan Martin, Gary Hodge, Jill MacIntyre Witt

Team Bios

Jacob de Guzman

Jacob de Guzman is a Huxley environmental science major with a passion for making positive change. During the past four years, he has worked at Western’s Office of Sustainability as coordinator for Zero Waste Western program and is the current president of the Huxley student chapter of the Air and Waste Management Association. After graduating in the spring, Jacob plans to join the workforce for before attending a graduate school program.

Kari Clausen

My name is Kari Clausen and I am currently working toward a degree in environmental science and a minor in math. I love to hike, paint, travel, and spend time outdoors. I hope this project can help students make changes in their waste habits that will last them lifelong.

Marika Weber

I am currently Vice President of Students for Renewable Energy, and am thrilled to extend my passion for the environment to the GEF program. I started lunchroom composting at my high school, and would love to see outdoor composting in Red Square.

Maddie Gavigan Martin

Maddie is a sophomore majoring in environmental science and minoring in astronomy. She works in the Office of Sustainability as the Residents' Resource Awareness Program Assistant and serves as the Peer Advisor to the GEF SEED room students. As Huxley's Air and Waste Management Vice President she isn't afraid of digging through waste- and on the contrary actually finds it both fascinating and oddly soothing.

Gary Hodge

I graduated from Colorado State University with a Horticulture degree and a concentration in Landscape design and Construction. Working at Western Washington University for the past eight years has been a dream job for me. It allows me to utilize my knowledge and continue to learn from all the brilliant staff and students here. Sustainable practices in my industry have come a long way and I am very interested in seeing the trend continue.

Jill MacIntyre Witt

Jill MacIntyre Witt After graduating with a degree in Environmental Biology, I have made a life-long journey of empowering others to protect our planet. From health education in the Peace Corps to environmental education as a wilderness instructor to community organizing on various environmental issues, I have realized that each of us can make a difference in our actions. I am looking forward to working with and supporting the students and Western staff to create a more sustainable waste disposal system on campus, with less waste ending up in the landfill.


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Western Wind Energy
Project Status: On Hold

A proposal to continue the trend of green energy usage by installing either a single or multiple small-scale wind turbines on a roof of a building on campus. The team is researching micro-turbines between 1kw and 5 kw to install on either Parks Hall or the Environmental Studies Building. The proposal has the goal of educating students on the benefits of renewable energy where professors could potentially use the installed wind turbine as a case study in their classes.
Expand MeTeam Members: Steven Albert, Michael Furman, Josh Ulrich

Team Bios

Steven Albert

I'm a junior currently studying Environmental Science. I grew up in Arlington, Wa and enjoy hiking, rock climbing and snowboarding. I hope implementing wind turbines on campus will encourage others in Bellingham to start thinking seriously about alternative energy.

Michael Furman

Maxwell Evans is a senior at WWU with a major in philosophy (minor in Economics and Political Science), he moved to Western from the South and has been active in the sustainability community on a multiplicity of levels his entirety at Western (from the Outback to coordinating academic conferences on sustainability).

Josh Ulrich

I am a Geology major and love all aspects of earth sciences from the environment to the processes that are working miles below our feet. Many of my hobbies are outdoor activities, mountain biking, backpacking, rock climbing, skiing, and many more. The idea for this project popped into my head while I was longboarding by the rec center on a windy day and actually got pushed by the wind toward campus, I realized there is a lot of energy in the wind that our campus could take advantage of and decided to take on this project to try to capture it.

2014 Small Grant Projects


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The Human Aspect of Sustainability
Project Status: Complete
Funding awarded: $692

This team put an emphasis on the Social Equity tier of the 3 pillars of Sustainability (Environment, Economy, and Social Equity) though two means 1. a film viewing/panel discussion and workshop centered on how we can create and sustain happiness as a community in order to maintain social equity. 2. Working with Phi Kappa Phi to hold a sock monkey workshop. 30 handmade sock monkeys will be given to Child Protection services for young children as they are being placed in new homes.
Team Members: Shevell Thibou, Caroline Dallstream, Simon Bakke


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Hydroponics Aquarium
Project Status: Complete
Funding awarded: $780

A hydroponic aquarium was installed on the first floor of the biology building in a public student study area. This growing method cuts down on waste and water pollution, promotes natural pest control, and produces sustainable yields that can be grown all year round. This project aims to educate campus about these practices and seek out sustainable foods. Two workshops were held to educate campus on hydroponic gardens and create mini-hydroponics.
Team Members: Allison Fina, Mikey Jane Moran, Jackson Lee, Breanne Bartok

2013 Funded Large Grant Projects


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Sustainable and Energy-Efficient Dorm (SEED) Pilot
Project Status: In progress

A proposal to install energy-efficient fixtures and appliances in a Buchanan Towers Classic dorm room to educate students and the campus community about personal energy use and to act as a trial space for new energy-saving technologies.
Expand MeTeam Members: Rafael Gonzales, Melodi Yanik

Team Bios


Rafael Gonzales, Project Lead

I was born in Ashland, Oregon and grew up playing soccer, snowboarding, and hiking among many other things. I have a passion for traveling, dogs and using my hands. When I first moved to Bellingham I spent the first year and a half remodeling our newly acquired house with 80% of the materials from the Re-Store, and look forward to doing many similar projects in the future.

Melodi Yanik

Hi guys my name is Melodi. I'm a junior studying psychology whilst earning a minor in sustainable design. My ultimate goal within this career field is to be able to design sustainable, economical and aesthetically pleasing housing available to the common folk; your everyday, working class families that deserve more.

Random fact: This summer I tied my phone to a bunch of helium balloons and watched it float up 200 feet.

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Driving Down Energy Consumption with Dashboards - Information is POWER!
Project Status: In progress

A proposal to pilot interactive campus energy consumption displays—"Dashboards" that will receive data from an expanded remote utility reading network on campus that captures near real time energy consumption information.
Expand MeTeam Members: Greg Hough, Fred Escher, Brian Schiller, Jeremy Dyche, Jeremy Caci, Ali Hajy

Team Bios

Greg Hough, Project Lead

Greg is a Western staff member in the Facilities Management department. Along with many other duties he manages Western's utility accounts always looking for places to conserve, reduce costs, or get a rebate! He's been an active supporter of the Green Energy Fee program since its beginning. When Greg went to school in Minnesota he enrolled in an intensive interdisciplinary program called "Design of an Energy Efficient Community". Surprisingly, 30 years later the cutting edge technologies haven't changed that much! Go figure.


Fred Escher

I've been an electrician on staff with Western's Facility Management for 11 years. I love working at Western around such talented kids and am glad to be a part of this Green Energy Fee project. I'll help the team by installing the necessary infrastructure at the targeted buildings.

We moved our family to Bellingham in 1991 from Hawaii. We've got 6 kids and 8 (for now) grandkids. I enjoy my growing family, cycling, surfing and playing guitar in my spare time.



Brian Schiller

I am a double major in Math and Computer Science. I work in the Math Center and am the Program Coordinator for the ACM Mentor Program. I'm excited to work on this project because I have a background as an outdoor environmental educator.


Jeremy Dyche

I am currently a senior at Western Washington University in the Computer Science department. My hobbies include playing guitar, snowboarding, and lacrosse. My favorite food is a cheeseburger!


Jeremy Caci

Bio coming soon...

Ali Hajy

Hi my name is Ali Hajy and I am a Computer Science student here at WWU. I am passionate about the environment because I am climber, mountaineer and over all outdoor enthusiast. I look forward to use my computer science skills alongside my passion for conservation to help in any way I can.


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Environmental Outreach Hydration Station (EOHS)
Project Status: Complete
Funding awarded: $20,394

A proposal to install a water bottle refilling station in the Wilson Library in order to continue the education of the use of reusable water bottles. Around this Hydration Station will be a Green Energy Resource kiosk featuring information and outreach concerning sustainability at Western.
Expand MeTeam Members: Carolyn Bowie, Gerald Kitsis

Team Bios


Carolyn Bowie

I love the fresh, bountiful water that surrounds us here in the Pacific Northwest. We find it falling from the skies, rolling in the Bay, cascading from glaciers, and flowing from lakes and streams into our homes, and out of our taps. My hope is that one day everyone in the world, beginning with the folks here at Western, will drink delicious, clean water as a shared, respected community resource.

Gerald Kitsis

I have been drinking crisp, clean Washington water for twenty one years and I have a great appreciation for the Pacific Northwest. As vice president of WWU club Students for Sustainable Water, I encourage those who surround me to support our local water source, Lake Whatcom, and reduce the waste of plastic water bottles on campus. I am an Environmental Science major and strive to learn more about our planet's ever changing ecosystems. I make a mean sauerkraut and often bring it to potlucks.


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Western SOLutions
Project Status: On hold

A proposal to use solar thermal collectors to heat the pool at the Wade King Recreation Center. This project will decrease Western's CO2 emissions and will serve as a learning model and awareness tool for solar thermal energy.
Expand MeTeam Members: Stephen Harvey, Brian Maskal, Nina Olivier

Team Bios

Stephen Harvey, Project Lead

I am an Environmental Science student who wants to help create a sustainable human-earth relationship. Having grown up in Olympia, WA where there was a small inlet full of crabs and oysters, I realized a sense of place. I hope this project can be a way in which anthropogenic carbon emissions are reduced, helping out the oysters.


Brian Maskal

Brian was born in McChord Air force Base to an Army officer father and a physician mother and was raised in Puyallup, WA. At WWU, he began studying Environmental Science and playing rugby, both of which have significantly impacted his life. Last winter quarter, he began a solar thermal project along with his fellow colleagues which eventually became a part of the Green Energy Fee program.



Nina Olivier

I'm from Southern California and moved up to the great northwest to study wildlife conservation. I am majoring in Biology with a minor in Environmental Science. I hope to focus my career around the conservation of endangered species and work for the World Wildlife Fund. I am passionate about protecting the last bit of our planet's natural splendors and all of its wonderful creatures that live in it. I enjoy biking, hiking, running, cooking and anything that has to do with the great outdoors!

2013 Funded Small Grant Projects


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Green Lighting the Black Box

Project Status: Complete
Funding awarded: $2,000

Led by the WWU Theatre Technicians Club, rehearsal lighting was converted to energy-efficient fixtures. The funding purchased 44 Light-Emitting Diode (LED) lamps to replace the lighting in two rehearsal space (Black Box) rooms, at the College of Fine and Performing Arts.
Team Members: Lon Butcher, Hannah Fenske


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Green Residence Certification Pilot

Project Status: Complete
Funding awarded: $1,975.44

This project team recognized students for the small steps they take to protect our planet. A Green Residence Certification Process for dorm rooms was created with the help of this funding. The funding went to Green Room Kits (with energy saving outlets & shower timers) and certification certificates and promotional materials.
Team Members: Kendra Krantz, Hayden Fairley


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Outback and Arboretum Environmental Restoration

Project Status: Complete
Funding awarded: $1,935

This project offered WWU students opportunities to explore campus natural areas and increase the native biodiversity of the Outback and Arboretum. This project team purchased native plants and garden tools. These items were used for three work parties. They planted on bare sites where invasive species had previously been eradicated.
Team Members: Katrina Poppe, Eric Nelson

Expand MeSee the project in action!


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Built to Last Picture Show

Project Status: Complete
Funding awarded: $500

A sustainability film festival was held in Western Libraries every week in April. The festival built excitement for Earth Day, and was promoted with a do-it-yourself sticker design contest that encouraged the use of reusable coffee mugs.
Team Members: Ella Berishev, Rob Lopresti, Clarissa Mansfield, Lidiya Rebrik
Built To Last Picture Show Poster (pdf)
WWU Coffee Mug Contest Poster (pdf)
Western Libraries "Bring Your Own Mug" Design Contest


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Project MUG

Project Status: Complete
Funding awarded: $1,926

Pilot Program: Rent a reusable mug, reduce waste! Project MUG reduces single-use cup waste generated at Western Washington University (Western). A pilot system has been implemented which allows students to check out reusable mugs and return them to the VU Cafe when finished.
Team Members: Lauren Murphy, Kali Levy, Jaymes McClain
Project MUG Contract Info

2012 Funded Large Grant Projects


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Environmental Studies Building Solar Array
Project Status: Complete
Funding awarded: $167,500

Project to continue the incremental adoption of on-campus solar renewable energy generation by installing a 5 kWh solar array on the Environmental Studies Building's south facing roof.


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High-Speed Hand Dryers
Project Status: Complete
Funding awarded: $13,000

Project to replace paper towel dispensers in the Arntzen Hall concourse bathrooms with 4 Dyson hand dryers to reduce the size of Western's waste stream.


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Parking Lot LED Lighting Retrofitting
Project Status: Complete
Funding awarded: $61,000

Project to retrofit parking lot lighting with energy efficient light emitting diodes (LED) lighting fixtures in the C lots across from the Wade King Rec Center to help reduce Western's energy consumption.


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Water Bottle Refilling Stations
Project Status: Complete
Funding awarded: $21,000

Project to install a total of 3 water bottle refilling stations, one in each of the following buildings: Old Main, Arntzen Hall and the Wade King Rec Center in order to promote the use of reusable water bottles.

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Restroom Paper Towel Composting
Project Status: Complete
Funding awarded: $1,400

A 6-month pilot project to add another receptacle that will only accept paper towels in each of the first and second floor restrooms in Haggard Hall. The paper towels will be composted in order to reduce the size of Western's waste stream.



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