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Educating the Leaders for Our Clean
and Efficient Energy Future

Give Day 2024

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A group of energy studies students are touring a manufacturing plant. The plant manager is explaining an electrical panel.

Thursday, April 25 is Give Day at Western Washington University, a day when we call on the collective generosity of the Western community to help students find their paths, achieve their goals, and move one step closer to becoming tomorrow’s leaders. 

Energy Studies students are smart, creative, and ready to change the world, moving forward with equal measures of realism and optimism. Our faculty are leaders in their fields and committed to giving students the best energy education available both in and out of the classroom. Our graduates land meaningful roles across the energy sector, our advisory board is actively engaged, and the university’s senior leadership is supportive and enthusiastic. We have a clear runway ahead! 

We hope you'll join us in supporting the next generation of energy leaders today. Your support helps provide scholarships to IES students, fund student research and professional development opportunities, and support faculty in their scholarly and community engagement work. 

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April 16, 2024

In this special edition of Window:

  • Guest editor Amy Harder writes about How we know the energy transition in here 
  • IES Director Darrin Magee discusses Energy Studies at WWU
  • Student profile 'Everything is about energy': The many lives of Olivier Singbo

Read and watch here

April 9, 2024

Young people, including college and university students, are pelted with bad news about the world they will inherit.

Vitally important fields such as ecology and environmental science paint a picture of the planet’s natural and physical systems under stress, and the negative impacts of climate change are becoming increasingly widespread, frequent, and irrefutable.

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February 26, 2024

Originally from Anacortes, Bjånesøy (Pronounced b-yon-ne-soy) was one of the first WWU students to graduate with the BA in Energy Policy and Management, created in 2015. 

Read more about Stella's story


"I chose to pursue a minor in Energy Policy after I came to the realization that energy production and consumption are two of the greatest contributors to greenhouse gas emissions worldwide. We can’t expect to improve the environment without a significant shift towards energy efficiency, carbon pricing, and renewable technologies."

Stefanie Neale

Class of 2017

"Energy plays a critical role in most of the economic, environmental, and political policy challenges facing the world in the twenty-first century. Western’s Institute for Energy Studies is exciting to me because its goal is to equip students and help researchers to understand how energy-related issues affect these challenges."

Phil Thompson

Associate Professor, Economics