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Whitman ranks last in sustainability report compared to nine peers

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...

Penrose Library upgrades to LED lights

Illustration by Elie Flanagan
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

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...

Bitcoin Plugs Into Walla Walla

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.
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
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...

Tiny houses – Students Work for Sustainability

Illustration by Taylor Penner-Ash
A small group of students wants to build a tiny house on campus.
April 27, 2017

On April 8, a group of Whitman students attended the Tiny House Conference in Portland, and hope to build one on campus within the next two years. Margo Heffron, Dani Schlenker and Caroline Ashford...

EcoChallenge Makes Whitman More Green

EcoChallenge Makes Whitman More Green
October 27, 2016

The Northwest Earth Institute is currently hosting a two-week EcoChallenge where people change one behavior in order to be more "green." Hundreds of schools, companies, and organizations including Whitman...

ASWC Passes Internal Carbon Tax

February 25, 2016
ASWC has passed an internal carbon tax to increase student awareness about the environmental costs of travel.

Whitman Students Build Wind Turbine

Photo by Marra Clay.
November 19, 2015

By the spring of 2016, some of Whitman’s physics students will have finished building a vertical axis wind turbine. The wind turbine, which will be located between Penrose Library and Harper Joy Theater,...

Upcoming Climate Action Plan Promotes Campus Sustainability

September 17, 2015

Imagine a wind turbine, its blades slowly turning as it stands between the science building, Harper Joy Theater, and Penrose Library. Picture a campus shimmering with the reflections of solar panels, retrofitted...

Upcoming Event: Sustainability Summit!

February 23, 2015

Interested in learning about Whitman's sustainability initiatives? Looking for ways to get involved in sustainability-focused clubs and projects on campus? Come to the Reid Coffeehouse at 7 p.m. on February...

Glean Team and Organic Garden help fight hunger in community

Glean Team and Organic Garden help fight hunger in community
October 23, 2014

With boxes picked of deformed fruit and baskets of free vegetables, Whitman Glean Team and Organic Garden are doing their best to help the Walla Walla community's food insecurity issues. Gleaning...

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