Message from the VP

Mary Voves

Happy Spring everyone! During the long winter months here in the Pacific Northwest, it can feel like we’re never going to see blue skies, green grass and fresh blooms in our gardens. But, I’m happy to report Spring has officially begun… at least on campus.

Like many of you do spring-cleaning in your own homes, we also spruce up campus at the start of Spring. It’s the time that our Facilities Services, Landscaping, and Grounds crews begin to clean up campus to get ready for our springtime events and commencement later in June. Specifically, all of the Business and Finance teams have been preparing for Earth Day that is just around the corner on April 22nd. As this “holiday” reminds us to take care of our earth and appreciate it, it only makes sense that our Earth Day activities seek to do the same. That’s why on April 22nd you can expect to see compost training demonstrations, education booths, a farmers market and much more. I encourage you all to join in on these activities and commit to supporting our environmental efforts.  

As you all know by now, the Business and Finance division places an important focus on sustainability, which goes hand-in-hand with supporting and maintaining a healthy environment. This year, EWU hosted it’s First Annual Sustainability Symposium. Organized by the EWU Dining Services Administrative Assistant for Sustainability Initiatives, Kelsey Mae Crane, and supported by an interdisciplinary planning team of individuals from Administration, Dining Services, Marketing and Communication, Web Development and the student-led Sustainability Project, this event was a huge success! The event included a keynote presentation by Gloria Flora, founder and Director of Sustainable Obtainable Solutions, as well as a number of breakout sessions focused on sustainability topics. The Sustainability Symposium served many purposes, but it specifically helped generate awareness about sustainability and EWU’s efforts surrounding climate change, the Sustainability Center, the Campus Garden, and other projects taking place on campus.

I hope that you’ll take a few minutes to learn about some of the other projects and initiatives we’re working on around campus. And be sure to check out our section on Earth Day under the “Unit Spotlight” tab to make plans for which activities you hope to participate in!