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Penrose Library upgrades to LED lights

Illustration by Elie Flanagan

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 campus-wide initiative towards greater lighting and energy efficiency, taking Whitman College one step...

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 limited knowledge in this area, knowing where to start was daunting to say the least.  As a chi...

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.

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 from all over the world to cities like The Dalles and Wenatchee, all in the hopes of ...

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 the college to divest its endowment. After divesting, WIC sought the help of Divest Whitman to f...

Tiny houses – Students Work for Sustainability

Lindsey Brodeck, Staff Reporter

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 Aya received funding for the conference from the ASWC finance committee after convincing Senate that the expe...

EcoChallenge Makes Whitman More Green

EcoChallenge Makes Whitman More Green

Elizabeth Friedman, Staff Reporter

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 are participating in the challenge. The challenge started on October 14 and ends this Friday, Octobe...

ASWC Passes Internal Carbon Tax

North Bennett, News Writer

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.

Georgia Lyon

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, will be the first student-constructed wind turbine on a college campus. Because of the relatively...

Upcoming Climate Action Plan Promotes Campus Sustainability

Kamna Shastri, Staff Writer

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 for rooftops. Think of going to the dining hall and leaving with a reusable to-go box in...

Upcoming Event: Sustainability Summit!

Sonya Kuzminski

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 25 for an exciting evening uniting the college's green clubs, ASWC and Whitman's sustainability...

Glean Team and Organic Garden help fight hunger in community

Glean Team and Organic Garden help fight hunger in community

Martina Pansze

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 is the act of collecting leftover produce from farmers after a harvest. The club picks (or "gleans") the ...

Whitman Seeks Sustainable Solutions at Conference

Whitman Seeks Sustainable Solutions at Conference

Lachlan Johnson

January 30, 2014

In an effort to find a way to focus and better coordinate Whitman College's sustainability project, Campus Sustainability Coordinator Tristan Sewell will lead a delegation of five students to the Washington Higher Education Sustainability Conference. The conference, which will be held on Feb. 6 and 7 at Wester...

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