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WMU projects lauded nationally for sustainability

by Deanne Puca

Feb. 17, 2011 | WMU News

Photo of WMU We Sustain EcoMug.
We Sustain EcoMug
KALAMAZOO--Western Michigan University's stainless steel EcoMug is being highlighted by the National Wildlife Federation as one of the top projects across the country that contribute to campus environmental sustainability.

The re-useable mug, given to reduce waste to all new students beginning in fall 2009, is featured along with a photo on the organization's Campus Ecology website. The site provides a list of about 85 projects from more than 60 colleges and universities nationwide included as Campus Sustainability Case Studies for 2010.

NWF's Campus Ecology program publishes the 2010 campus sustainability case studies to highlight initiatives ranging from green jobs training programs, habitat restoration to green building. The EcoMug is one of three projects from WMU on the list that also includes a student-approved fee designed to support campus sustainability efforts, as well as an externally funded research project to evaluate best practices among the first hundred signatories to the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment. WMU President John M. Dunn is on the national Steering Committee of the ACUPCC.

"President Dunn has made a strong and profound commitment to fostering a culture of sustainability with his three pillars: diversity and inclusion, health and wellness, and sustainability," says Dr. Harold Glasser, WMU's executive director for Campus Sustainability. "Staff, faculty--and especially students--have wholeheartedly endorsed this commitment. We are honored by the national recognition that WMU has been receiving from organizations such as NWF for our efforts to model sustainability in all we do."

The EcoMug is given free to all incoming first-year and transfer students at WMU. Using recyclable stainless steel travel mug allows students to take advantage of discounts at campus cafés and local businesses.

Other institutions whose projects made the NWF list include George Washington University, Harvard, New York Institute of Technology, Michigan State University and the University of Michigan.

The National Wildlife Federation is the United States' largest conservation organization. It works with more than 4 million members, partners and supporters in communities across the country to protect and restore wildlife habitat, confront global warming and connect with nature.

For more information, contact Dr. Harold Glasser at or (269) 387-2713.

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