Carbon-neutral WWU by 2035

Western’s new Sustainability Action Plan includes social equity, economic vitality and human health
Story by Mary Gallagher

Western has long been a leader in sustainability, from establishing Huxley College of the Environment, the nation’s first, in 1969, to recent student-led initiatives to bring more local food to campus dining halls. 

Now, Western’s new Sustainability Action Plan lays out a roadmap for not only protecting local and global ecology, but upholding social equity, creating economic vitality and maintaining human health. 

Among the highlights: Launching a new Institute for Sustainability and creating options to learn about sustainability in all majors. The plan establishes the goal of carbon neutrality by 2035, reductions in water consumption and drive-alone rates to campus and adopting zero-waste operations in dining halls. 

Learn more at to see dozens of goals for more academics, engagement, operation, and planning and administration. 

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