Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 60.52
Liaison Seth Vidana
Submission Date March 1, 2019
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STARS v2.1

Western Washington University
OP-6: Clean and Renewable Energy

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.92 / 4.00 Scott Dorough
Campus Energy Manager
Facilities Management
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Total energy consumption (all sources, excluding transportation fuels), performance year :
596217.00 MMBtu

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:
24.73 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 has also been installed on the roof of the Environmental Studies building, paid for by the student-funded Sustainable Action Fund.


Non-electric renewable energy generated on-site, performance year:
0 MMBtu

A brief description of on-site renewable non-electric energy devices:
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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, performance year:
0 MMBtu

A brief description of off-site, institution-catalyzed, renewable electricity generating devices:
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Total third-party certified RECs, GOs and/or similar renewable energy products (including renewable electricity purchased through a utility-provided certified green power option) purchased during the performance year:
136480 MMBtu

A brief description of the RECs, GOs and/or similar renewable energy products, including contract timeframes:

Each year, WWU purchases 40,000 RECs 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 MROW grid region. Our REC vendor was selected based on carbon offset impact as well as site environmental considerations. Western was the first institution on the nation to base REC purchases on this criteria (2007). Western purchases more RECs than needed to offset our carbon emissions from electricity consumption. As the number of RECs we buy has stayed static, our electricity use has decreased.


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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Electricity use, by source (percentage of total, 0-100):
Percentage of total electricity use (0-100)
Biomass ---
Coal 33
Geothermal ---
Hydro 33
Natural gas 33
Nuclear ---
Solar photovoltaic ---
Wind ---
Other (please specify and explain below) ---

A brief description of other sources of electricity not specified above:

We have two rooftop solar panels, however their contribution to electricity generation is minimal.


Energy used for heating buildings, by source::
Percentage of total energy used to heat buildings (0-100)
Biomass ---
Coal ---
Electricity ---
Fuel oil ---
Geothermal ---
Natural gas 100
Other (please specify and explain below) ---

A brief description of other sources of building heating not specified above:
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Percentage of total energy consumption from clean and renewable sources:
22.90

Additional Info:
The Environmental Protection Agency’s Green Power Partnership, a voluntary program that supports the organizational procurement of green power, ranked Western as 20th among all of higher education's renewable energy users for 2015.

http://www3.epa.gov/greenpower/toplists/top30ed.htm

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