Western's sustainability programs are the subject of Feb. 3 talk

Seth Vidana will present "Sustainability Initiatives and Programs at Western: The Campaign to Go Carbon Neutral" as part of Western Washington University’s Huxley College of the Environment Speaker Series at noon on Friday, Feb. 3 in Academic West room 304 on the Western campus.

The presentation is free and open to the public.

Vidana will discuss how Western hopes to become carbon neutral by 2050 and decrease its greenhouse gas emissions more than a third by the end of the decade. These programs far exceed any expectations put forward at state, national or international levels and their example may help lead decision makers to resolve climate policy stalemates and commit to real reductions in climate impacts.

Western’s Office of Sustainability is dedicated to integrating sustainability throughout the university’s culture and operations. The office is committed to advancing green energy, waste reduction and sustainability education. Sustainability programs aim to help Western minimize environmental impacts, uphold social equity, enhance economic vitality, and maintain human health.

Vidana is the sustainability manager for Western’s Office of Sustainability. He obtained his master’s degree in Environmental Education from Western’s Huxley College of the Environment in 2008.

Anyone interested in this topic is encouraged to come and participate; the presentation will include a question-and-answer period. The speaker series is held by Western's Huxley College of the Environment to bring together the environmentally minded community and other interested members of the WWU and Bellingham communities. Speakers address topics of contemporary environmental concern in the region and the world.

For more information, please contact the main office of Huxley College of the Environment, at (360) 650-3520.

Western’s Huxley College of the Environment is one of the oldest environmental colleges in the nation and a recognized national leader in producing the next generation of environmental stewards. The College’s academic programs reflect a broad view of the physical, biological, social and cultural world. This innovative and interdisciplinary approach makes Huxley unique. The College has earned international recognition for the quality of its programs.