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Western wins award from PSE for Best Outreach Campaign

March 14, 2014 |
Western Today
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.

Made in L.A. Documentary Screening

Join us for a Fair Trade movie night, put on by the Office of Sustainability and Vikings for Fair Trade as a part of Sweater Days 2014! Wear your favorite sweater for a chance to win fair trade chocolate!

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Wed March 5th
Academic West 204 5pm, with discussion to follow
Made in L.A. Documentary Screening

Join us for an Emmy award-winning feature documentary following the remarkable story of three Latina immigrants working in LA garment sweatshops as they embark on a three-year odyssey to win basic labor protections from a trendy clothing retailer.

Upcycling Clothing Swap

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Wed Feb 26th & Thurs Feb 27th
Drop off at 6th floor VU Table 10am-3pm
Give us your clean, dry, wearable clothing to receive tickets!

Friday Feb 28th
Swap in MPR 10am-3pm
Shop using your tickets and be entered to win fabulous raffle prizes. Learn more about clubs, departments and organizations involved in upcycling both on and off campus!

Partners:
AS Environmental and Sustainability Programs, Society for Photographic Education Club, Vikings for Fair Trade, Recycle Center, Ragfinery, Western Gallery, Western Libraries, Facilities Management, the WWU Steam Plant.

Gift Card Donors:
Sirena Gelato, NW Handspun Yarns, Mrs. Hudson’s Yarns & Tea

WWU Knitting Group

WWU Knitting Group meets in the Western Library every Wednesday! Bring knitting or other handwork and take a break in the company of fellow fiber enthusiasts. Contact Denise Mor with questions, or just show up! Wednesdays, 12-1pm, Wilson 271

Knit Nights at the Western Gallery

Bring your own project, or learn a new skill at the knit Night open workshops.

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January 15, 29: Bring your knitting or crochet; Hand-spun yarn demo, with local spinner and wood-carver Allen Berry.
February 12: Knit or crochet a Headband. Workshop led by OS staff member and Huxley student Inanna Reistad. Bonus: make wrist warmers or a coffee cozy, using the headband techniques.
February 26: Whittling demonstration: How to carve a crochet hook from scrap wood.
March 12: Demonstration of spinning yarn, and weaving cloth on small portable looms.

Every other Wednesday, 5:30 - 7:30 pm. January 15 & 29, February 12 & 26, March 12

Stitch & Munch

University Residences in partnership with the Office of Sustainability provides a weekly drop in for work on sustainable handcrafting projects to benefit our community. Students, staff, faculty and community members all welcome! Wednesdays, 12-1pm, Edens Hall 111

NW Grown Wool Featured in U.S. Olympic Team Sweaters!

January 22, 2014 |
The Oregonian
SHANIKO -- A magnetic field seems to radiate from Jeanne Carver as she scrambles through rocks and sage on the Imperial Stock Ranch. Hundreds of sheep scamper the other direction as Carver nears, following an ancient impulse to flee.

A hundred yards away on the high desert terrain, a statuesque model raises her chin to an early morning sun. It's time for her close-up. With the light just-so and Carver and the sheep serving as a wooly backdrop, this is golden hour for a fashion photographer, two assistants, a hair stylist, a makeup expert, a fashion designer and her assistant.

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The Art of Submission: The Essential Role of the Arts in Sustainability

September 5, 2013 |
Blog: Residence on Earth
When I was growing up in Shanghai, China, pollution was an accepted part of daily life, like rain or summer. The sun was always obscured by dust and air pollution, compounded by the thick humidity. We never saw the stars. Even clouds were rare; the sky being uniformly grey all the time. In the winter, it was not uncommon for me to have a runny nose the entire season and for my classmates to be out of school for asthma, sinus infections or other air pollution related illnesses. People had a habit of spitting mucus on the sidewalk because of all the dust that entered their airways. The river that ran through the city was black and stinky and littered with trash. It wasn’t until I came to the United States at age nine that I looked up and saw a blue sky; or walked in a forest and touched a clear stream; or breathed without respiratory discomfort.