Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 61.29
Liaison Seth Vidana
Submission Date Feb. 6, 2013
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Western Washington University
OP-8: Clean and Renewable Energy

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.07 / 7.00 Seth Vidaña
Director of Sustainability
Office of Sustainability
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Option 1: Total clean and renewable electricity generated on site during the performance year and for which the institution retains or has retired the associated environmental attributes :
6.57 MMBtu

Option 2: Non-electric renewable energy generated:
0 MMBtu

Option 3: Total clean and renewable electricity generated by off-site projects that the institution catalyzed and for which the institution retains or has retired the associated environmental attributes :
0 MMBtu

Option 4: Total RECs and other similar renewable energy products that the institution purchased during the performance year that are Green-e certified or meet the Green-e standard's technical requirements and are third party verified:
136,380.40 MMBtu

Option 5: Total electricity generated with cogeneration technology using non-renewable fuel sources :
0 MMBtu

Total energy consumed during the performance year :
3,656,056 MMBtu

A brief description of on-site renewable electricity generating devices :

WWU currently has installed a 2kW solar array on top of the Viking Union building paid for by a donation from the Bonneville Environmental Foundation . The array is visible from an adjoining plaza. A 5kW array is currently under construction on the roof of the Environmental Studies building, paid for by the student-funded Green Energy Fee. Construction is scheduled for completion in April 2012.

A brief description of on-site renewable non-electric energy devices:

A brief description of off-site, institution-catalyzed, renewable electricity generating devices:

A brief description of RECs or other similar renewable energy products purchased during the previous year, including contract timeframes:

In 2011, WWU purchased 40,000 Renewable Energy Credits from NextEra Energy, a subsidiary of Florida Power and Light. WWU’s REC are generated on the Endeavor Wind Farm in Iowa and fed into the MRO grid region. RECs are purchased through the Green Energy Fee, a student fee assessed at $.70 per credit. RECs are purchased based on their carbon offset impact as well as site environmental considerations.

A brief description of cogeneration technologies deployed:

The website URL where information about the institution's renewable energy sources is available:

Additional Info:
The Environmental Protection Agency’s Green Power Partnership, a voluntary program that supports the organizational procurement of green power, ranked Western as 17th best green power purchaser among all United States colleges and universities in 2011. Western's green power purchase is one of the largest renewable energy commitments made by any college or university to date and the only college to have the student body vote-in a Green Fee. In 2010, Western students approved raising the Green Fee to fund on-campus sustainability projects that include alternative energy research. "Western's students, faculty, and staff continue to provide nationally recognized leadership in the fields of sustainability, alternative energy, and green-building design," said WWU President Bruce Shepard. "We will continue to push these initiatives forward as we grow the next generation of environmental stewards right here on this campus."

-Percentage Green Power 102.4%
-Purchasing Third-Party Certified Green Power Product? Yes
-Organization-wide Purchase Yes
-Awards/Recognition Green Power Leadership Award 2005


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