In This Issue...
2-Degree Turn Down
During November and December 2011 the Office of Sustainability and WWU Facilities Management launched a pilot project called 2-Degree Turn-Down. WWU staff reduced temperature settings by approximately 2 degrees in several buildings, an adjustment that saved WWU $15,270 utility dollars and reduced the institution's natural gas consumption by 13 percent. FULL ARTICLE
The Viking Green Games
WWU Viking Athletics is making all home basketball games “Green Games” this season, with an emphasis on recycling and sustainability. FULL ARTICLE
2011 Sustainability Week & Awards
For one week in October WWU took time to honor members of the Western community who work hard to bring about sustainable changes to campus life and operations. Sustainability Week brought individuals and organizations together and highlighted some exciting new changes in the way Western defines its way of life. FULL ARTICLE
Excerpts from the Industry
"The clean economy, which employs some 2.7 million workers, encompasses a significant number of jobs in establishments spread across a diverse group of industries. Though modest in size, the clean economy employs more workers than the fossil fuel industry and bulks larger than bioscience but remains smaller than the IT-producing sectors." --Green Collar Association
United Nations Environment Program defines a green job as "Work in agricultural, manufacturing, research and development, administrative, and service activities that contribute substantially to preserving or restoring environmental quality...this includes jobs that help to protect ecosystems and biodiversity; reduce energy, materials, and water consumption through high efficiency strategies; de-carbonize the economy; and minimize or altogether avoid generation of all forms of waste and pollution."
The Story of Stuff Project presents a case study on Cap & Trade, the leading climate solution being discussed at Copenhagen and on Capitol Hill. Annie Leonard introduces energy traders, Wall Street financiers, and reveals the "devils in the details"...