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Next IES Speaker Series event: Chris and Chom Greacen, May 2

Tue, 05/01/2018 - 16:45

Institute for Energy Studies Speaker Series

Chris and Chom Greacen - "Building and living in Common Ground, a net zero energy community land trust project on Lopez Island"

WWU Institute for Energy Studies to Host 'Carbon Hackathon' on April 24

Mon, 04/09/2018 - 20:42

Western Washington University’s Institute for Energy Studies will host a “Carbon Hackathon” from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 24 in the Wilson Library Reading Room on Western’s Bellingham campus.

A hackathon is an event where a group of people engage in intense brainstorming sessions to develop creative solutions to challenging problems.  The challenge of reducing carbon emissions is the focus of this hackathon. 

Kellen Lynch to Speak on ZeNETH Tiny Houses at Huxley College Speaker Series

Wed, 04/04/2018 - 22:45

Kellen Lynch, project manager for the WWU student-led Project ZeNETH (Zero Net Energy Tiny Houses) will provide an update on the Institute for Energy Studies project as part of the Huxley College Speakers Series Thursday, April 5, at 4:15 p.m. in Academic West 204.

The talk, co-sponsored by the Institute for Energy Studies, is free and open to the public. 

WWU Students Building Zero-Net-Energy House from Scratch

Fri, 03/09/2018 - 17:45


Students at Western Washington University are designing and building a zero-net-energy house to address local housing issues and educate the University and community about sustainable home design as part of an initiative called “Project ZeNETH.”

“ZeNETH” stands for “zero-net-energy tiny house.” When completed, the house will produce at least as much energy as it consumes through a rooftop solar PV array, energy efficient systems and smart building design.

Microsoft's Brian Janous to present 'Resilient Thinking in System Design' March 14

Thu, 03/08/2018 - 16:39

Brian Janous, general manager of Energy Strategy for Microsoft, will present "Resilient Thinking in System Design: from the power grid to cloud infrastructure" from 4-5 p.m. on Wednesday, March 14 as part of the Institute for Energy Studies Speaker Series.​

This Lecture is free and open to the public.

Ross Macfarlane to discuss 'Toward Sustainable Flight' Feb. 14

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 17:48

With the generous support of Alaska Airlines, the Institute for Energy Studies speaker series convenes energy experts from on and off campus and connects the Western Washington University and Bellingham energy communities. Speakers will explore the diverse fields of energy research and development, and also debate timely issues that connect public policy and business thinking to emerging knowledge in energy science and technology.

Institute for Energy Studies Speaker Series – Natural Gas: Clean Energy or Dirty Fuel?

Wed, 01/24/2018 - 20:32

Tarika Powell of the Sightline Institute will speak Wednesday, Jan. 24 from 4 to 5 p.m. in CF115​. This lecture is free and open to the public.

Institute for Energy Studies' Speaker Series begins Jan. 17

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 21:08

With the generous support of Alaska Airlines, Western's Institute for Energy Studies speaker series convenes energy experts from on and off campus and connects the Western Washington University and Bellingham energy communities.

UbiQD Signs License Agreement with Western Washington University and University of Washington for Luminescent Solar Concentrator Technology

Mon, 08/14/2017 - 18:42

Contact: David Patrick, Western Washington University professor of Chemistry, at (360) 650-3128 or; Donna O’Neill, University of Washington CoMotion Innovation Center at; or Hunter McDaniel, founder and CEO of UbiQD at (505) 310-6767 or

David Patrick appointed director of Scientific and Technical Services

Wed, 07/26/2017 - 16:49

Western Washington University Professor of Chemistry David Patrick has been appointed director of Western’s Scientific and Technical Services (STS) program. 

Chemistry's Tim Kowalczyk Receives $300,000 NSF Grant to Research Photodynamic Cancer Therapy Agents

Tue, 07/25/2017 - 16:27

Western Washington University Assistant Professor of Chemistry Tim Kowalczyk has been awarded a three-year, $300,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to research predictive modeling of photoactive materials.

WWU Team Wins $15,000 Top Prize at Alaska Airlines Innovation Challenge

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 17:57

Nova Solar Glazing, Western Washington University’s team of business, chemistry, industrial design and electrical engineering students, was recently awarded the $15,000 Wells Fargo grand prize at the 2017 Alaska Airlines Environmental Innovation Challenge (EIC) hosted by the University of Washington’s Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship.

Gov. Inslee visits WWU

Tue, 04/18/2017 - 16:42

Dunn and DeMark Presenting at fourth International Climate Change Conference in United Arab Emirates

Mon, 04/03/2017 - 20:15

The fourth international climate change conference, hosted by the Environmental Protection and Development Authority (EPDA) of Ras al Khaimah (RAK), United Arab Emirates April 3-5, 2017, is focused on ecosystem productivity and features 29 presenters from 12 countries, including those from Western Washington University. 

WWU Institute for Energy Studies to Host Symposium April 18

Thu, 03/30/2017 - 16:42

Western Washington University’s Institute for Energy Studies will host a symposium titled “Repowering Mobility: Envisioning a New Future for Transportation Energy” from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 18 on Western’s campus.

Gov. Jay Inslee will provide the opening keynote address to the symposium.

WWU and NWIC to Co-Host Columbia River Treaty Symposium Feb. 22-23

Fri, 02/10/2017 - 17:06

Western Washington University and Northwest Indian College will co-host a symposium, “The Changing Environment and The Columbia River Treaty,” on Feb. 22-23.

The symposium brings together lead negotiators from the United States and representative from Canada, Tribal and First Nations leaders, government representatives, non-government organizations, academics, and members of private industry from across the Columbia Basin to address the modernization of the Columbia River Treaty(CRT).

WWU’s Joel Swisher to Discuss Clean Energy Oct. 27 in Miller 138

Mon, 10/24/2016 - 20:37

Joel Swisher, director of Western Washington University’s Institute for Energy Studies, will discuss clean energy as part of the WWU Huxley College of the Environment Speaker Series at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 27 in Miller Hall 138 on the Western Washington University campus.

The presentation is free and open to the public.