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New Issue of Crimson & Black Magazine Explores Importance of Sustainability

Student harvests produce at Wildcat Neighborhood Farm

Anderson Nsabanga, a student assistant with the Wildcat Neighborhood Farm, harvests cucumbers in one of the three high-tunnel greenhouses on Alder Street.

From erecting greener buildings to establishing the Wildcat Neighborhood Farm, Central Washington University has made significant inroads in recent years by adopting more sustainable practices.

The university’s drive to be more sustainable is the focus of the fall 2021 issue of Crimson & Black, CWU’s official magazine. The publication is distributed to alumni and school supporters, and stories can also be read online at

The issue’s sustainability theme is reflected in a number of features in the issue, including:

  • “Farm Fresh,” a look at the Wildcat Neighborhood Farm, which was established in 2019, and provides fresh, seasonal produce that is served in campus dining facilities.
  • “Giving Future Generations a Better Chance,” which spotlights the importance of sustainability and the efforts of CWU faculty and staff to support such initiatives on campus.
  • “Students Seeing Beyond Green: Society, Planet, Economy,” which focuses on student efforts to combat food insecurity, system racism, inequality, and other aspects of environmental justice.
  • “Dirty Snow Has Global Consequences,” a feature on the research work of Susan Kaspari, a CWU Geological Sciences Professor, who studies places like Mount Rainier to determine how natural and manmade factors can impact snow and how it melts.

The issue also contains an interview with new CWU President Jim Wohlpart and his wife, Sasha, a question-and-answer session with CWU Sustainability Coordinator Kathleen Klaniecki, and a feature on Central’s growing number of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) buildings.

Crimson & Black is published by CWU twice per year (spring and fall) and distributed to alumni and supporters. Copies can also be found on campus and at the Kittitas Chamber of Commerce, Ellensburg City Hall, and the Economic Development Authority in Ellensburg.

In addition to including current stories and archives of past features from the printed magazine, the Crimson & Black website offers web-exclusive stories and photos, updated weekly. A PDF of the issue can be found here.

Media contact: David Leder, Department of Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,