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Sustainability summit focuses on WSU’s long-term plans
June 26, 2006

PULLMAN — Washington State University held its first Environmental Management System/Sustainability Initiative Summit on June 15, focusing on a campuswide effort to implement Executive Policy 24, also known as WSU Sustainability Initiative.The summit is the first meeting of campus organizations involved in implementing the policy, which was approved by President V. Lane Rawlins last November. The policy states that the university is “committed to improve its performance in sustainability in all areas of operations to meet the needs of current generations without impairing the ability to meet the needs of future generations.” “An Environmental Management System incorporates environmental care throughout the organizational structure that enables a reduction in environmental … » More …

University Recycling advocates zero-waste events
April 4, 2006

With weather warming and the school year coming to a close, many departments are planning end-of-the-year barbecues, meetings and events. University Recycling hopes event planners include environmental sustainability in their party plans.The WSU Sustainability Initiative Executive Policy 24, which passed in November 2005, “seeks to provide an exemplary teaching, research and outreach environment that fosters the conservation of natural resources, supports and enhances social responsibility, addresses community and economic development, and follows environmental, social and economic practices,” according to the initiative’s vision statement.Judi S. Dunn, recycling/sustainability education coordinator for University Recycling, hopes staff, faculty and students will keep the environment in mind while planning their … » More …

WSU Spokane presents seminar on sustainability
January 20, 2006

The WSU Spokane Third Friday Seminar Series presents “What Accounts for the Adoption of ‘Sustainability’ Policies and Programs in American Cities?” on Friday, Jan. 20 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Health Sciences Building.Hosted by the WSU Spokane Office of Research and the Health Research and Education Center, the lecture features political science professor and former WSU Spokane interim chancellor Nicholas Lovrich. Wine and cheese will be served.Dr. Lovrich’s presentation is based on a Spring 2005 joint graduate seminar in environmental science and political science, in which 10 graduate students investigated the three rival theories of creative class, social capital, and political culture … » More …

Four-day forum looks at sustainability issues
October 14, 2005

A four-day sustainability forum is scheduled for Oct. 24-27 at WSU Pullman.The forum will include exhibits and sessions on sustainability, environmental consciousness, consensus building and change management, as well as panel discussions on sustaining food systems and environmental education. For more information and a schedule of events, go to

Sustainability requires changing purchasing and involvement
January 7, 2005

What if technology and the economy were designed to sustain rather than degrade the natural environment? Imagine a world where waste is eliminated because all waste products are recycled. Does this sound like a pipe dream? Not if you believe in the concept of sustainability, which is reshaping state institutions from WSU to Olympia. Gov. Gary Locke has issued an executive order that the state of Washington should practice sustainable development. This means looking at how water and energy issues, growth and economic development can be approached in an integrated manner that maintains natural resources. WSU has taken a number of steps toward this goal … » More …

Sustainability issues the focus of Oct. 14-15 forum
October 11, 2004

Discussions on sustainability principles and practices will highlight an open public forum at Washington State University Oct. 14-15, hosted by the WSU Environmental Science and Regional Planning Program.The event is intended to show what can be done and is being done to foster sustainability, as well as focus on opportunities for individual to become proactive participants in sustainability programs, according to Eldon Franz, forum director and professor of environmental science and regional planning.The opening session will focus on research and extension programs for sustainability with a keynote presentation by James Dobrowolski, WSU water extension specialist. Other presentations will deal with citizen involvement and community programs, … » More …