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Governor Inslee Promotes Energy Innovation During Roundtable at CWU

Tuesday, April 27, 2021


Washington Governor Jay Inslee talked about ways the state can be more energy efficient during a roundtable discussion on integrated energy held at Central Washington University on Tuesday.


Inslee has long been an advocate for the development of “green” energy (more environmentally sustainable energy) and for policies that protect the environment and combat climate change.

“Last December, I introduced a climate policy package that included placing a cap on greenhouse emissions in Washington, a shift to clean energy sources, and a requirement that new buildings to be carbon-free by 2030,” Governor Inslee said. “These are the kinds of changes we will need to make immediately in order to address the devastating impacts of greenhouse emissions.”


CWU President James L. Gaudino, who also participated in the discussion said he has made improving sustainability one of the university’s top three goals during the next five years. He pointed to the development of the University Farm and the construction of greener buildings, such as the new Health Sciences Building, as examples of CWU’s commitment to achieving that goal.


“We must do a better job of recycling, reducing our carbon footprint, and building more sustainably in order to protect the health of our planet,” Gaudino said.


Inslee was also joined at the roundtable by Elvin Delgado, a CWU geography professor and founding director of Central’s Integrated Energy Management Program (IEM). Delgado said the IEM program trains students to understand the complexities of today’s energy systems from an integrated and interdisciplinary perspective. The IEM program is designed to give students the opportunity to complete a paid apprenticeship to have hands-on experience with major energy companies before they graduate.


“We are honored to be able to meet with Governor Inslee to discuss some of the most pressing issues of our times, which include fighting anthropogenic climate change and finding ways to have more sustainable, efficient, and pollution-free energy systems. We do this at Central by training IEM majors to analyze the social, economic, political, and environmental implications of these issues and their inter-connections at multiple scales,” Delgado said.


Along with Delgado, Governor Inslee heard from Ellensburg Mayor Bruce Tabb, who has made sustainability, public transit, and affordable housing among his priorities, and Brett Wachsmith, chair of the Kittitas County Commission, who has been involved in the county’s efforts to boost recycling.

Link to more information on CWU’s Integrated Energy Management program.


During his visit to Central, the governor also met with Ediz Kaykayoglu, CWU’s dean of Extended and Global Education, to discuss Central’s Information Technology and Administrative Management (ITAM) Workforce Pathways program in partnership with Renton Technical College (RTC).


“This curriculum helps those in occupational trades earn a college degree by counting work and apprenticeship experience toward the completion of their degree,” Kaykayoglu said. “It’s an important way that Central can make obtaining a college degree more attainable for those already in the workforce.”


CWU recently entered into a partnership with Renton Technical College to kick off the program and provide an opportunity to more apprentice-level workers to develop their project management skills and earn a bachelor of applied science (BAS) degree.


Link to more information about the ITAM Project Management degree program.


Media contact: Richard Moreno, Department of Public Affairs, 509-963-2714,

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