Office of Sustainability unveils new website

Western Today staff

The Office of Sustainability has released a new comprehensive campus sustainability website for Western Washington University.

The “Western Sustainability” website was created to facilitate spotlight programs and practices throughout campus that make Western a sustainability leader in academics, operations, and student life.

In 2006, the Office of Sustainability created a website to publicize the efforts within its department. Since that time, sustainability programs and activity have emerged throughout campus.

“The Western Sustainability site is intended to reflect all of the efforts on campus that make us who we are. We’re seeing an increasing number of our partners take on sustainability challenges in their own department and put their own spin on things. This widespread adoption is exactly where we want to be heading,” Seth Vidaña, Western’s Office of Sustainability campus sustainability manager.

The new site includes daily updated news and events, a green map of campus, and information on ways that students, staff, and faculty can get involved in campus sustainability. Long-standing programs such as the AS Recycle Center, the Outback Farm, and Sustainable Transportation are included as well as new programs such as the Sustainable Office Certification Program, Viking Agriculture Program, and the Green Energy Fee Grant Program.

“The site is intended to be a one-stop-shop for all of your sustainability needs. If you want to apply for a sustainability grant, find out what events are taking place this week, and peruse a list of upcoming sustainability courses, this is your place.”

The site was created with the help of Western design major and Office of Sustainability webmaster Shayne Smith.

The Western Sustainability website is online at wwu.edu/sustain.