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Plastic Recycling to Return in 2024

Alicia Buchter, Science & Environment Editor December 7, 2023

At its meeting on Nov. 15, the Walla Walla City Council approved a new residential recycling contract that will allow residents to recycle plastic, specifically plastic types No.1 and 2, starting in January...

Illustration by Jonah Rosen-Bloom

Local sourcing gone too far? Campus ducks added to Cleve menu

George Groebner, incapable of pronouncing “foie gras” November 2, 2023

Last week, cryptic signs outside Cleve heralded a new local food sourcing program, promising “scintillating flavors,” “dynamic nutrition upgrades” and “serious ethical quandaries in every...

Illustration by Payton Davies

Creating the Next Generation of Walla Walla Recyclers

Nat Lange, Science & Environment Writer September 14, 2023

Every year, hundreds of new students from across the world arrive in Walla Walla for the first time, and every year, many of these students have to learn new recycling habits. Walla Walla does not...

Whitman to install turf field despite environmental concerns

Whitman to install turf field despite environmental concerns

Zoe Schacter-Brodie, Feature Editor May 4, 2023

On March 5, the Associated Students of Whitman College (ASWC) Senate passed a resolution urging the College to conduct an environmental review. Four months earlier, Whitman had announced plans to install...

Illustration by Eleanor Amer.

Biking for a better future

Keathley Pinney Brown, Feature Writer November 3, 2022

On Oct. 15, I had the pleasure of joining a bike ride hosted by the Sustainable Living Center (SLC) with the purpose of visiting community members working on sustainable projects. One of the most important...

Exploring this year’s academic theme: Climate Reckonings, Climate Justice

Naia Willemsen, News Reporter November 4, 2021

Climate Reckonings, Climate Justice is this year’s academic theme, making it the centerpiece for various events and discussions throughout the year. The academic theme committee, composed of faculty...

State-wide plastic bag ban now in effect

Rosa Woolsey, News Editor October 7, 2021

Forgetting your reusable bags at home could now be a costly slip of the mind. A statewide plastic bag ban came into effect on Oct. 1, meaning a shift from single-use plastic bags to reusable plastic bags...

Whitman ranks last in sustainability report compared to nine peers

Grace Fassio, Staff Reporter October 22, 2020

Whitman College ranked last when compared to nine peer institutions in the Summer 2020 Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System’s (STARS) Comparative Report. The report was developed by...

Illustration by Elie Flanagan

Penrose Library upgrades to LED lights

Jessica Lilly, News Reporter February 13, 2020

The Penrose Library has undergone a sustainability upgrade. Last week, the Penrose Library traded in its fluorescent lighting for higher efficiency, longer-lasting LED bulbs. The upgrade was part of a...

OP-ED: Dissecting sustainability

Lauren Olson, First-Year and ASWC Sustainability Committee Member February 6, 2020

Before arriving on campus, I was already intimidated by what I had heard about Whitman’s environmental culture. Whitman has the reputation of being a sustainability-minded school. For me, someone with...

At the Port of Walla Walla meeting last Thursday, a community member solicited an informal poll for those gains leasing Walla Walla land to a Bitcoin company. Those with hands raised expressed their objection to the land lease, which was later passed unanimously by the Port.

Bitcoin Plugs Into Walla Walla

Tywen Kelly, Publisher April 17, 2018

Over the past few years, Eastern Washington has become a hotspot of cryptocurrency mining. Cheap electricity provided by the Columbia dams and inexpensive real estate have lured  entrepreneurs and techno-libertarians...

WIC and Divest Whitman Seek Avenues for Sustainable Investment

WIC and Divest Whitman Seek Avenues for Sustainable Investment

Rylee Neville , Staff Reporter March 5, 2018

Whitman Investment Company (WIC), sold its last oil share a few weeks ago, officially divesting from fossil fuels. WIC then reached out to Divest Whitman, a student-led organization devoted to pressuring...

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