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WWU to host Chris Bruntlett Jan. 29 for 'Building the Cycling City: The Dutch Blueprint for Urban Vitality'

Mon, 01/28/2019 - 16:57

WalkBusBike Bellingham is partnering with the WWU Institute for Energy Studies Speaker Series to bring Chris Bruntlett, co-founder of Modacity in Vancouver, B.C., to Arntzen Hall 004 at 4 p.m. on Tuesday Jan. 29 to discuss his book, “Building the Cycling City: The Dutch Blueprint for Urban Vitality.”  A book signing and reception will follow the talk.

WWU's Energy Tool Lending Library Now Open

Thu, 11/01/2018 - 16:44

With a desire to create a tool lending option on campus that students and faculty could use for energy/engineering related projects, Aden Nevler, Patrick Shive, and Max Schneider wrote and submitted a grant through the Sustainable Action Fund Grant Program (now the Sustainability, Equity, and Justice Fund Grant Program). The Energy Tool Lending Library offers free access to professional equipment for research and energy related projects, while not burdening professors with the cost of providing critical materials to enhance their classes.

Institute for Energy Studies Speaker Series - Oct 9th 4-5pm SL 130 - Free & Open to the Public

Mon, 10/01/2018 - 21:53

Speaker: Steven Klein

Title of presentation:  

“The Electric Utility of the Past, Present & Future – Dinosaur or Technology Enabler?”


WWU Names 2017-18 Outstanding Graduates

Tue, 07/24/2018 - 17:47

Dozens of Western Washington University students have received Outstanding Graduate honors for the 2017-18 academic year.

Faculty members from dozens of academic departments and programs select one graduate to honor as the Outstanding Graduate of the year. Selection is a high honor based on grades, research and writing, service to the campus and community, and promise for the future.

The graduates were recognized at spring Commencement June 16.

This year’s Outstanding Graduates include:

WWU’s Tim Kowalczyk Named a Cottrell Scholar; Receives New Grant to Continue his Research into Solar Thermal Fuels

Wed, 07/11/2018 - 17:07

The Research Corporation for Science Advancement has named Western Washington University assistant professor of Chemistry Tim Kowalczyk a 2018 Cottrell Scholar, an honor that comes with a grant stipend to allow him to continue his research into the developing technology around solar thermal fuels.

Three Western students Win First Place in Environmental Challenge Competition

Thu, 07/05/2018 - 15:46

Three Western students won first place in the Air and Waste Management Association’s 11th Annual International Environmental Challenge (ECi) Competition in Hartford, Connecticut, on June 28, 2018.

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.