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Student inspired to improve environmental programs

By Maegan Murray, WSU Tri-Cities

Bartoshevich-80RICHLAND, Wash. – Improved campus recycling and composting programs, as well as an organic garden for students and employees, are a few of the ideas Randy Bartoshevich hopes to help implement as a new officer in the Environmental Club at Washington State University Tri-Cities. » More …

NARA member receives national award for STEM education

By Charles Burke, WSU NARA

nara-logo-200PULLMAN, Wash. – The University of Idaho McCall Outdoor Science School (MOSS) has received a national award for advancing learning in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) through projects addressing real environmental problems. » More …

Study: Environmental epigenetics affects disease, evolution

By Eric Sorensen, WSU science writer

Skinner-Michael-2012-80PULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University researchers say environmental factors are having an underappreciated effect on the course of disease and evolution by prompting genetic mutations through epigenetics, a process by which genes are turned on and off independent of an organism’s DNA sequence. » More …

March 25: Reception, lecture by emeritus award winner

Hinman-80PULLMAN, Wash. – The free, public Legacy of Excellence Reception – including a lecture by 2015 Washington State University Emeritus Society Legacy of Excellence Award winner George W. Hinman – will be at 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 25, in Todd Hall 125. Hinman will talk about nuclear energy issues in Washington state. » More …

Waste recycling solution creates energy, jobs

WSU alumni Larry Condon, former general manager and co-founder of Barr-Tech.  Photo courtesy of the WSU College of Engineering and Architecture.





Barr-Tech at

08-27-10 Spokane Journal of Business – Barr-Tech eyes plant’s next phase
Work on power-producing digester to begin soon  

Sirti – Barr-Tech receives $2 million and the Sirti: Foundation receives $250,000 in stimulus funding from the State Energy Program 

SPOKANE, Wash. – Take the city of Spokane’s garbage. Mix with a little expertise from WSU’s Department of Biological Systems Engineering. Add some engineering support from Ch2MHill.

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On further review, ‘green report card’ grade improves



PULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University looks a little greener now that its most recent grade on the College Sustainability Report Card, issued annually by The Sustainable Endowments Institute (SEI), has been upgraded to a B+ following an additional review of data supplied by the university.

A nonprofit organization that researches sustainability on college campuses, SEI this month re-issued WSU’s 2010 “green report card” sustainability grade, which was initially announced last November, from a C to a B+. The grade revision resulted from a second review of WSU’s sustainability efforts by SEI following a realization by WSU … » More …

32 BIXI bikes added to Green Bike program (video)

Photos of Jamie Bentley, Environmental Wellbeing coordinator, and BIXI bikes and station, by Tim Marsh, WSU Today



Bike sharing thriving at universities.

WSU Green Bike program  or call 335-WELL
BIXI system overview

Time Magazine rates BIXI one of best inventions of 2008

PULLMAN – WSU’s Green Bike program has expanded its fleet from 40 to 72 bikes, including the addition of 32 new BIXI bicycles.
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State awards $3M for energy savings projects at WSU



PULLMAN – The state has awarded WSU a $3,075,180 grant to assist with energy cost-saving improvement projects at the Pullman, Spokane and Tri-Cities campuses, as well as the Puyallup Research Station.


Some of the upgrades include lighting, controls, boilers, heating ventilation and air conditioning, and smart grid metering/demand reduction/conservation voltage reduction.


“Facilities Operations is excited to receive this grant award,” said Terry Ryan, director of WSU’s Energy Systems Operations. “The total cost (of the projects) is $6.7 million, with the balance of the funding coming from energy savings, utility rebates and other nonstate funds.


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