Sustainability Fast Facts

Looking for information on CWU's sustainability facts and highlights? Here's an overview of our key achievements and accomplishments:


  • CWU is a Tree Campus Higher Education campus with over 3,000 trees!
  • We have six LEED certified buildings on campus, including Health Sciences (Gold), Samuelson Hall (Gold), Dean Hall (Gold), Hogue Technology Building (Gold), Barto Hall (Platinum) and Discovery Hall (Gold).
  • In November 2019, CWU broke ground on the Health Sciences building which is being built to LEED standards and will feature a 9,500 sf rooftop solar array.
  • CWU is committed to reducing GHG emissions in line with the reduction targets specified in RCW 70.235.050.
  • The Sustainability layer on the CWU Map highlights the sustainability features on campus.
  • 83% of CWU’s electricity comes from hydropower.
  • Ellensburg Central Transit in fare-free for all CWU students.
  • CWU has more than 50 bike racks on campus.
  • In November 2019, CWU started a partnership with FlixBus for shuttles to Seattle, Portland, Spokane, etc.
  • The Wildcat Neighborhood Farm provides 1,000lbs+ of produce annually to Dining Services.
  • Interested in growing your own food? Students can apply for a plot at the Community Garden at the Wildcat Neighborhood Farm
  • The Wildcat Neighborhood Farm added honeybees to the farm in March 2020.
  • In fall 2019, Wildcat Printing replaced the current stock of 20lb white copier paper with tree-zero paper.
  • In 2019, Dining Services introduced reusable plates and silverware in Holmes Dining room to reduce waste going to landfills.
  • In January 2020, Dining Services introduced compostable NoTree products to campus and promotes the use of reusable water bottles and coffee mugs.


  • 5.25% of all classes at CWU are sustainable course offerings
  • 8.70% of CWU faculty are engaged in sustainability research
  • A ‘Sustainability’ pathway was added to the CWU General Education program Courses in this pathway address issues relating to sustainability, including social, cultural, economic and environmental concerns.
  • Central Washington University has numerous programs in which sustainability is a central theme: Environmental Studies Program, Integrated Energy Management Program, Master of Science in Cultural and Environmental Resource Management, and the Sustainability Certificate.
  • Students from any academic path can earn a Sustainability Certificate by developing an experiential, service-learning projects that focus on improving sustainability needs of the university or a community partner. The first cohort of students graduated with a Sustainability Certificate in Spring 2020.


  • Take a leadership role! Students can be a member of the Sustainability Council and Council on Investor Responsibility or serve as the ASCWU Senator for Sustainability.
  • During the month of May, CWU recognizes campus sustainability leaders at the annual Sustainability Champion Awards.

Planning & Administration

  • CWU created and hired a Sustainability Coordinator position in January 2020 that will lead sustainability efforts on campus.
  • In February 2020, the CWU Council on Investor Responsibility was formed to make recommendations on socially and environmentally responsible investment opportunities.

Awards and Recognition

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