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Carbon emissions report release delayed: Thinly spread staff pushes back Western's sustainability report

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Posted: Friday, April 5, 2013 6:38 am | Updated: 7:02 am, Fri Apr 5, 2013.

The results of Western Washington University's 10x12 program have been delayed for several more weeks, despite being scheduled for release over spring break. 

The 10x12 program was designed to reduce Western’s carbon emissions by 10 percent by the end of 2012, according to the Office of Sustainability’s website. To do this, the university reduced its baseline building heat, encouraged faculty, staff and students to shut off their electronics and took measures to reduce landfill waste, such as installing recycle and compost bins around campus.

Vidaña said his office lost an energy manager responsible for overseeing data work on projects like 10x12. Now, he said, multiple people must divide up “number-crunching” tasks, and data analysis is behind schedule.

The program marks Western’s first tangible step toward zero carbon emissions since former Western president Karen Morse’s Climate Action Plan in 2007. Morse’s plan supported the President’s Climate Commitment, a national effort to promote sustainability in higher education.

The program is one of many ventures in the Climate Action Plan propelling Western toward more sustainable practices, including the Green Energy Fee and the Real Food Challenge.

Western spent between $10,000-$49,000 on the plan, but saved between $50,000-$99,000 after implementing it, according to a 2012 report on the website of the President's Climate Commitment. 

The same report projects that adhering to the entire Climate Action Plan will save Western anywhere from $1 million to $10 million.

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