The first annual Washington Higher Education Sustainability Conference was held Thursday and Friday, Feb. 6 and 7, at Western Washington University.
More than 500 attendees from 38 state institutions visited the Western campus for the event.
Featuring a diverse range of speakers from throughout Washington state, the conference explored how those in higher education could enhance sustainability at their institutions and looked at ways to build leadership capacity. The conference also highlighted the role of colleges and universities in driving advancement on environmental issues and building sustainable communities in the Pacific Northwest.
Paul Dunn, senior executive assistant to the president at Western Washington University, moderated a conference-ending sustainability panel with Bruce Shepard, president of WWU; Tom Keegan , president of Skagit Valley College; Kathi Hiyane-Brown, president of Whatcom Community College; Les Purce, president of The Evergreen State College; and David Mitchell, president of Olympic Community College.