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-27: Innovation D

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:
Western partners with Puget Sound Energy for Creation of New Wind Farm

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:

In December of 2016, Western signed a contract to purchase renewable energy through Puget Sound Energy’s “Green Direct” program. Through this program, Puget Sound Energy will build enough new wind power capacity to supply Western with 100% carbon-neutral electrical power. This process is not akin to the purchase of Renewable Energy Credits. It is the production and retirement of Renewable Energy Credits through a university-funded new wind farm. RES America has been selected as the contractor. Ground breaking for the wind farm will take place in summer of 2018 and will be operational in December of 2019. This wind farm is slated to be built near Centralia, WA. The University’s close-knit partnership between students and administration made involvement in this partnership possible.

Which of the following impact areas does the innovation most closely relate to? (select up to three):
Public Engagement
Air & Climate

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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