"Educating the Leaders for Our Clean
and Efficient Energy Future..."

The Institute for Energy Studies at Western Washington University is a multi-college collaboration that offers interdisciplinary undergraduate degrees to address the science, technology, policy, business, and economic aspects of energy systems.

Renewable Energy Scholarships 2022

Windmills along the horizon

The Renewable Energy Scholarship Foundation is now soliciting applications for the scholarships to be given in 2022.  This year they expect to give at least eight $2000 scholarships.  There will be at least one for an early undergraduate (preferable community college), at least one other undergrad scholarship, one for an early grad student, one for a diversity candidate, one for a First Nations student.  All aspects of renewable energy, including social sciences and humanities as well as sustainability and grid issues, are fair game. The deadline for applications is Feb 15, 2022, and details can be found on their website.

Featured Event

May 31
Event type: Speaker Series

Energy News

As we face climate change and a diversity of energy options, we need to know the plans and needs for the future. In this discussion, titled "… Read more: Bellingham Chamber Speaker Series to Feature WWU's Joel Swisher Oct. 9 for 'The Future of Energy'

The Institute for Energy Studies at Western Washington University was a 2019 Energy Leadership Achievement Award finalist.

Western Washington University has announced five new certificate programs in the field of Energy Studies; all the programs are aimed at working… Read more: WWU Unveils New Certificate Programs in Energy Studies


"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