Pete Stelling

After the Viking Commons and the Viking Union Multipurpose Room filled with faculty and staff for the annual convocation breakfast, Western Washington University President Bruce Shepard kicked off the 2015-16 school year with his convocation remarks.

The full text of his speech…

Pete Stelling, assistant professor of geology at Western Washington University, is working to make the Alaskan island of Akutan less dependent on diesel fuel by tapping the island’s renewable geothermal energy.

The volcanic ridges of the Cascades have long been poked and prodded by people who want to know what kind of geothermal energy they'll find beneath the surface.

But many of the Northwest's hot spots are on public lands. And in some cases, federal land…

Diesel fuel from Tacoma travels nearly 2,000 miles by barge to reach the island of Akutan, an Alaskan island in the Aleutian chain, which extends into the Pacific Ocean. Residents there go through 4.2 million gallons of fuel each year, and pay 32 and a half cents per kilowatt hour to power their…

Akutan, a small island in Alaska’s Aleutian chain, needs 4.2 million gallons of diesel fuel a year to keep the lights on and the houses warm for its 125 year-round inhabitants and its major industry, a seafood-processing plant – at a high cost both literally and in terms of…

On March 26, 2013, a long-retired faculty member of our department, Don Easterbrook, presented his opinions on human-caused global climate change to the Washington State Senate Energy, Environment and Telecommunications Committee at the invitation of the committee chair Sen. Doug Ericksen, R.-…

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