In one of the largest renewable energy commitments from a college or university, the board of trustees of Western Washington University (WWU) approved a student fee that will pay for the purchase of renewable energy for nearly all of the university's electricity needs, which total about 33 million kWh annually. The trustee action follows passage of a green energy initiative by 85% of student voters in spring 2004. The board approval enables university officials to begin negotiating with Puget Sound Energy to purchase the green power, which is supplied through the Bonneville Environmental Foundation. The WWU purchase is expected to increase the utility's green power sales by about 50%.
News release - WWU Trustees Approve Green Energy Fee: Western Set to Become a National Leader in Renewable Energy
News Article - Western gets green light for power
Tim Wynn, WWU Facilities Management, (360) 650-3496
Rachel Zommick, Associated Students president, (360) 650-3265