October 2016

Huxley Speaker Series 11/3: WWU Alumna Rachel Vasak on Salmon Recovery

As part of the 2016-17 Huxley College of the Environment Speaker Series, Rachel Vasak, Executive Director of the Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association, will discuss local salmon recovery efforts at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 3 in Miller Hall 138 on the Western Washington University campus. The presentation is free and open to the public.

Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association (NSEA) sprang to life in the 1980s when a group of concerned volunteers united to try to reverse the trend of declining salmon runs in Whatcom County. In 1991, NSEA incorporated as a nonprofit, becoming one of 14 Regional Fisheries Enhancement Groups in Washington State. Over the years, NSEA crews, students and community volunteers have planted more than 250,000 trees and shrubs to turn degraded stream banks into functional buffers that improve water quality. Since 1999, more than 20,000 Whatcom County students have been involved in NSEA... Continue reading

Huxley Speaker Series 10/27: WWU's Dr. Joel Swisher on Clean Energy

As part of the 2016-17 Huxley College of the Environment Speaker Series, Dr. Joel Swisher, Director of WWU’s Institute for Energy Studies, will discuss clean energy at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 27 in Miller Hall 138 on the Western Washington University campus. The presentation is free and open to the public.

Access to modern energy services, including efficient usage, is essential to realize 20th century, let alone 21st century, living standards. Yet a transition from inefficient use of fossil fuels to a clean, efficient energy system is key to mitigate global climate change and other environmental and security risks.

In his Speaker Series talk titled “Modern, Clean Energy: Entry to the 20th Century and Survival for the 21st Century,” Dr. Swisher will discuss ongoing efforts at WWU to create a green, low-carbon campus that will enable students, faculty and staff to work together, link classroom learning to campus... Continue reading

Huxley Speaker Series 10/20: Charles Marohn on Urban Development

As part of the 2016-17 Huxley College of the Environment Speaker Series, Charles Marohn, founder of Strong Towns, will discuss resilience and urban planning at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 20 in Miller Hall 138 on the Western Washington University campus. The presentation is free and open to the public.

Strong Towns is a non-profit organization working to support a model of development that allows America’s cities, towns and neighborhoods to become financially strong and resilient. In his Speaker Series talk titled “Strong Towns: Curbside Chat,” Marohn will discuss the financial health of American towns and cities, covering topics such as America’s Suburban Experiment; the Growth Ponzi Scheme; the illusion of wealth; mechanisms of growth; and incremental and traditional development models.

Marohn is a Professional Engineer (PE) licensed in the State of Minnesota and a member of the... Continue reading

Huxley Speaker Series 10/20: Ted Carlson on Bellingham Transportation Planning

As part of the 2016-17 Huxley College of the Environment Speaker Series, Ted Carlson from the City of Bellingham will discuss local transportation planning at 4 p.m. on Thursday, October 20 in Miller Hall 138 on the Western Washington University campus. The presentation is free and open to the public.

Transportation planning is intricately tied to land use, the pattern of development, and the local economy that evolves as an urban area grows. Bellingham’s city-wide multimodal transportation system includes various travel modes, such as pedestrian, bicycle, transit, automobile, freight truck, marine ferry, railroad, and airplanes. In his Speaker Series talk titled “Bellingham’s Transportation Successes and Challenges,” Ted will discuss Bellingham's successes and challenges in implementing programs and projects to provide, manage, and maintain safe, well-connected complete networks for major modes of transportation and users.... Continue reading

Huxley Speaker Series 10/13: Timothy Ballew, Sr., on Salish Sea History

As part of the 2016-17 Huxley College of the Environment Speaker Series, Timothy Ballew, Sr., from Northwest Indian College will discuss the history of the Salish Sea region at 4 p.m. on Thursday, October 13 in Miller Hall 138 on the Western Washington University campus. The presentation is free and open to the public.

As this quarter’s Salish Sea Speaker, Mr. Ballew will describe changes to the Salish Sea over the course of numerous generations, particularly with regard to fishing. In his talk titled “Five Generations,” Mr. Ballew will discuss how fishing is a way of life for Coast Salish community members and how the act of fishing is about the relationship to the sea. He will also describe how changing settlement patterns, the commodification of fish, and external pollutants all impact this relationship, and, ultimately, explore how to move forward.

Mr. Ballew is a lifelong fisher, former Chairman of the Lummi Indian Business Council... Continue reading