In honor of Earth Day and courtesy of the WWU Alumni, I'd like to share with you some great ways that WWU has contributed to sustainable living. Be inspired.

  • Western was the first university in the nation to use 100% green power for its electricity source, thanks to a student driven initiative.
  • Built in 2003, the student initiated Wade King Student Recreation Center was the first university recreation center with a pool to be LEED certified (LEED - Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is a voluntary, consensus-based national standard for developing high-performance, sustainable buildings).
  • Founded in 1970, The Huxley College of the Environment was one of the first environmental programs in the nation.
  • Western's Vehicle Research Institute continues to be a world leader in innovative alternatively fueled vehicle design with its latest methane-powered engine
  • Founded in 1971, Western's Recycle Center was one of the first university recycling programs in the nation and is still among the most unique for the fact that it is still student run.
  • Thanks to a student-run initiative last year, all students now receive Whatcom Transportation Authority bus passes when taking a minimum of six credits.

Happy Earth Day!