Sammy-award-by-Laura-Dutelle,-WSU-VancouverVANCOUVER, Wash. – WSU Vancouver has received the Clark County Sammy Award for its contributions to protecting salmon, their habitat and area rivers.

The award recognizes the campus’ longstanding environmental stewardship and the role of WSU Vancouver Facilities Operations employees.

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Inscription on the award. (Photos by Laura Dutelle, WSU Vancouver)

WSU Vancouver has documented ongoing contributions to environmental protection since the Salmon Creek campus was established in 1996 and has embraced Clark County Stormwater Best Management Practices since they were adopted in 1998.

In 2010, WSU Vancouver became the first urban campus in southwest Washington to earn Salmon-Safe certification, a designation that means the university is proactively and significantly improving the environmental health of its 351-acre property that borders Salmon Creek. Salmon-Safe is a nonprofit organization based in Portland, Ore. that transforms land management practices so Pacific salmon can thrive in West Coast watersheds.