Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 60.52
Liaison Lindsey MacDonald
Submission Date March 1, 2019
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STARS v2.1

Western Washington University
IN-25: Innovation B

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Seth Vidaña
Director of Sustainability
Office of Sustainability
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Name or title of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
$1,200,000 dollars in grants distributed through Western's Sustainability, Equity, and Justice Fund Grant Program (formerly the Sustainable Action Fund Grant Program)

A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome that outlines how credit criteria are met and any positive measurable outcomes associated with the innovation:

As of February 2019, Western's Sustainability, Equity, and Justice Fund Grant Program (formerly the Sustainable Action Fund Grant Program) has awarded over $1,200,000 in grants to student-led teams through the implementation of 60 individual projects. This student fee-funded grant-awarding program provides a means for students to collaborate and innovate to improve our community and campus. The program is both co-curricular and interdisciplinary; students, faculty, and staff from every college in the university have contributed to projects. Participating students develop grant writing and project management skills as the steward their concepts to approval and execution. Since its inauguration, the grant award program has funded projects have brought internationally-recognized speakers to campus, funded sustainability-focused staff-positions, and installed new health facilities and energy-saving technology on campus. Some topics addressed by the projects have been environmental justice, waste, water, women's health and safety, economic systems, recreation, social equity, education, food production and distribution, people of color in the environmental movement, alternative transportation, agriculture systems, local foods, and aquaponics. A complete list of projects can be found at: https://sustain.wwu.edu/saf/saf-projects/

Which of the following impact areas does the innovation most closely relate to? (select up to three):
Campus Enagement

A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise or a press release or publication featuring the innovation :

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

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