Where are We Now with Greenhouse Gas Emissions?

An Update on Western’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Energy Use

WWU students walk through a maze of colored pipes and large equipment in the university's steam plant.

Event Details




Online: Zoom



Brought to you by:

Sustainability Engagement Institute, The Foundation for WWU & Alumni


Check out this video to watch the Where are We Now with Greenhouse Gas Emissions?.

Learn about Western’s greenhouse gas emission reduction goals and how Western is working towards meeting those goals through on campus efficiency and transition projects, as well as off campus partnerships. We will learn from Darrin Magee, the Director of the Institute for Energy Studies, and Jeff Aslan, Western’s Campus Utilities Manager. Participants will also learn about how they can contribute to this work.

Western’s Sustainability Action Plan is the campus’s 20-year road map for protecting local and global environments, upholding social equity, creating economic vitality, and supporting community health and wellbeing. 


Darrin Magee is a light- skinned male with brown hair. He smiles and wears a blue shirt and sunglasses atop his head.

Darrin Magee, Speaker

Darrin Magee is a scholar of China's electrical system, with a particular interest in environmental and social impacts of large-scale hydropower, as well as the challenges and potential of renewables integration. In his role as Director in the Institute for Energy Studies, Darrin helps prepare students for leadership roles in the energy transition.

Jeff Aslan is a light-skinned male with short brown hair and a short beard. He has large brown eyes and wears a red plaid shirt.

Jeff Aslan, Speaker

As Campus Utility Manager, Jeff Aslan is responsible for contracting utilities for WWU’s campus, analyzing campus metering and energy monitoring, and coordinates sustainability initiatives relevant to the Built Environment such as energy efficiency retrofits, electric vehicle charging infrastructure and electrification of WWU’s district heating system. Jeff has been working on residential and commercial energy efficiency in Bellingham for over a decade in several different roles. He retrofitted his home in 2016 to become the first Zero Energy Certified home in Bellingham in 2016. Jeff holds a JD from Vermont Law and Graduate School in 2013 studying energy policy and focusing on reducing campus energy usage.

Grace Wang is a light-skinned female with brown hair and brown eyes. She has a warm smile and wears glasses an a grey T-shirt.

Grace Wang, Speaker

Grace Wang is the Director of the Sustainability Engagement Institute and Professor of Urban and Environmental Planning and Policy, with a focus on natural resource policy.

Kate Beck is a light-skinned female with short brown hair and brown eyes. She smiles warmly and hears a black T- shirt.

Kate Beck, Moderator

Kate coordinates the implementation of Western's Sustainability Action Plan, reports on Western's sustainability progress, brings people together to work towards Western's sustainability goals. Prior to working at Western, Kate worked as a regional planner and policy researcher in public utilities and transportation. Kate has a Masters in City Planning and Masters in Public Health from UC Berkeley. 

Accommodations and Other Details

Contact The Foundation for WWU & Alumni for this event if you have questions or need disability accommodations by calling (360) 650-3353 or emailing Alumni@wwu.edu

Advance notice for disability accommodations and special needs is greatly appreciated. Please indicate your special needs on the registration form. There will be auto-captions available for the Zoom webinar.

The views expressed by our speakers do not necessarily reflect those of Western Washington University.

Photo credit: Cole Burk.