Overall Rating Expired
Overall Score Expired
Liaison Seth Vidana
Submission Date Feb. 6, 2013
Executive Letter Download

STARS v1.2

Western Washington University
ER-4: Sustainability Outreach and Publications

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Expired Seth Vidaña
Director of Sustainability
Office of Sustainability
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Does the institution have a central sustainability website that consolidates information about the institution's sustainability efforts?:
Yes

A brief description of the central sustainability website that consolidates information about the institution's sustainability efforts:

The WWU Office of Sustainability website is dedicated to furthering Western’s strategic goal of campus sustainability. As defined by the WWU Sustainability Committee, a sustainable WWU:

* Protects local and global ecology
* Upholds social equity
* Creates economic vitality
* Maintains human health


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Does the institution have a sustainability newsletter?:
Yes

A brief description of the sustainability newsletter:

The campus ESP (Environmental Sustainability Programs) have a monthly bulletin posted on their website.


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Does the institution have a vehicle to publish and disseminate student research on sustainability?:
Yes

A brief description of the vehicle to publish and disseminate student research on sustainability:

The Office of Sustainability website features an updated list of sustainability research projects conducted by students in the Campus Sustainability Planning Studio section.

The Sustainability Institute Initiative (SII) serves as a vehicle that publishes student research on sustainability. There are a variety of projects and programs that can be found on the SII homepage including Marc's "Paddle for Sustainability" web page given below.


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Does the institution have building signage that highlights green building features?:
Yes

A brief description of building signage that highlights green building features :

The AIC building has employed signage to cover green features in that building. This year's green fee projects will incorporate signage for all installed projects


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Does the institution have food service area signage and/or brochures that include information about sustainable food systems?:
Yes

A brief description of food service area signage and/or brochures that include information about sustainable food systems:

The Dining halls display signs at the front desk that include information on the local and organic foods that are served in the cafeterias. Also next to each food option in the dining hall descriptions are given that include information relating to the ingredients, whether or not the food is vegan/vegetarian, and if the food is local or non-local.


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Does the institution have signage on the grounds about sustainable grounds-keeping strategies employed?:
Yes

A brief description of signage on the grounds about sustainable grounds-keeping strategies employed:

Across the WWU campus you will find signs with a lady bug picture labeling pesticide-free zones.


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Does the institution have a sustainability walking map or tour?:
No

A brief description of the sustainability walking map or tour:
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Does the institution have a guide for commuters about how to use alternative methods of transportation?:
Yes

A brief description of the guide for commuters about how to use alternative methods of transportation:

Inside and outside of The Office of Transportation there are brochures and poster guides on sustainable methods of transportation.


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Does the institution have a guide for green living and incorporating sustainability into the residential experience?:
Yes

A brief description of the guide for green living and incorporating sustainability into the residential experience:

All residence halls encourage sustainable acts such as conserving water, recycling, and powering off electronics and lights.

More info can be found here:

http://www.wwu.edu/sustain/goforthegreen/facts.shtml


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Does the institution have regular coverage of sustainability in the main student newspaper (either through a regular column or a reporter assigned to the sustainability beat)?:
No

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Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (1st material):
Yes

A brief description of this material:

The WWU L.E.A.D. program (Learning Environment Action Discovery) organizes work parties and other social activities to promote sustainability in public education and hands-on experiences for community service. LEAD projects include preserving and restoring Whatcom County’s native biodiversity through invasive species removal, native species plantings, trail maintenance, and wetland restoration.


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Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (2nd material):
Yes

A brief description of this material:

The Planet Magazine is a quarterly student publication from Western’s Huxley College of the Environment. The Planet provides opportunities for Huxley College's undergraduate environmental journalism majors to gain experience in editing , publishing, and writing for publication in a professional setting committed to sustainability ethics and business practices, and environmental reporting.

The magazine's mission statement, as articulated by its student editors, is as follows: "We are dedicated to environmental advocacy and awareness through responsible journalism."


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Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (3rd material):
Yes

A brief description of this material:

The WWU office of transportation offers a quarterly newsletter that features stories related to sustainability within the Western community.


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Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (4th material):
Yes

A brief description of this material:

• Sweater Days
“Sweater Days” is an environmentally friendly, economically viable, socially equitable, and healthy energy conservation awareness and action campaign. All are invited to reduce Western’s energy consumption in the winter months.


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Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (5th material):
No

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Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (6th material):
No

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Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (7th material):
No

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Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (8th material):
No

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