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Promoting improved sustainability on campus

On July 8, 2019, the President's Executive Team (PET) endorsed a six-point Sustainability Plan for WSU. The plan was developed by three working groups under the leadership of the Sustainability Steering committee chaired by Carolyn Shaw, Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs.

The working groups have developed strategies and tactics that they're now advancing for the 2019-20 academic year.

Get Involved

If you are interested in participating in one of the working groups, please contact the one of the group chairs.

Additional questions or comments:, Steering Committee Chair 


Sustainability Statement and Goals

Recognizing the educational, cultural, economic, and environmental benefits of sustainability, WSU is committed to engaging and empowering students, faculty, and staff to value, develop, adopt and promote sustainable practices. 

WSU defines sustainability as using resources wisely and engaging in actions that are environmentally, socially, and financially responsible, and benefit present and future generations. 


  1. Foster a culture of sustainability that permeates all aspects of our university experience and promotes civic engagement.
  2.  Develop and promote initiatives that lead to great efficiencies and responsible use of resources.
  3. Design a dynamic, adaptive curriculum that views sustainablity in a holistic manner.  Develop and promote initiatives that lead to greater efficiencies and responsible use of resources.
  4. Provide applied learning and research opportunities that address societal challenges and develop skills for workforce success.
  5. Transparently communicate University sustainability priorities and initiatives that are established through a shared governance process.
  6. Establish and maintain an ongoing process to review and refine WSU's sustainbility plan. 

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