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WCU Sustainability in the News

Work begins for installation of WCU's Electron Garden on the Green
The solar powered facility/hammock lounge is believed to be the first on any college campus in the nation.

Sustainable Energy Initiative Approves Seven New Proposals
WCU has great things coming such as an Electric Vehicle Charging Station and solar powered picnic tables. 

A nature-based sculpture project launched by Western Carolina University’s Fine Art Museum will feature outdoors art while promoting discussion of sustainability and aesthetics on campus. 

WCU contingent works on latest phase of Urban Death ProjectSeveral Western Carolina University students and a faculty member spent a recent bitterly cold weekend in the gray winter woods on campus, working on a project that may provide society with an alternative to traditional burial and cremation.

Campus building gets LEED certification
Western Carolina University’s Harrill Residence Hall has become the university’s second building to be LEED-certified for its comprehensive energy-efficient and environmentally friendly features. 

WCU Bookstore receives Energy Star certification
The Energy Star logo is frequently found on household appliances across the country. But rarely do you see it affixed to a building.

WCU students’ energy project takes first place againA team of 18 students from Western Carolina University conducting a comprehensive energy audit of the campus took first place with their research at the Appalachian Energy Summit in Boone. It was the third year in a row that WCU students earned the top honor.

WCU students win top prizes at energy summit

WCU among top institutions for energy reduction

WCU featured in The Princeton Review’s green college guide

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