Huxley College's Urban Planning and Sustainable Development Program Awarded National Accreditation

Western has been granted national accreditation for its BA program in Urban Planning and Sustainable Development. The accreditation of undergraduate and graduate programs in the United States is granted by the Planning Accreditation Board in association with the American Planning Association, the American Institute of Certified Planners, and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning. The granting of accreditation followed a three-year review effort involving the demonstration of compliance with 57 standards and criteria. Western now joins only fifteen other accredited undergraduate planning programs in the United States, and is the second accredited undergraduate planning program in Washington State.

Western has a long tradition in training students in the professional field of urban planning. Huxley College’s BA Degree Program in Urban Planning and Sustainable Development, and its predecessor BA programs in environmental planning and urban and regional planning, have continuously operated at... Read more

Speaking of Maps: Andy Bach to Discuss Environmental History of the Ozette Prairies

From The News @ Western Libraries: Western Washington University Associate Professor of Environmental Geography Andy Bach will discuss his research exploring the relationship between historical vegetation changes in the Ozette Prairies, Olympic National Park, and human use of this region. “Archival Evidence for Historical Changes in Lowland Wilderness Meadows, Ozette Prairies, Olympic National Park,” will be held in the Map Collection (Wilson Library 170) at Western Libraries from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Wed., May 11, 2016. This presentation is free and open to the public.

Using a multi-media archival approach to understand the environmental history of the area, examining repeat air and ground photography, maps, and written records, Bach determined that the prairies originally began as natural wetlands... Read more

ENVS Brown Bag Series: Nathan J. Bennett on environmental management and policy

In the inaugural lecture of the Environmental Studies Department's brown bag discussion series, visiting scholar Nathan Bennett will present "Engaging Critical and Constructive Approaches to Environmental Management and Policy."

Scholars studying environmental management and policy often engage either constructive or critical approaches and theory. Yet, scholars from each of these traditions rarely present in the same venues or publish in the same journals and thus often lack awareness of the methods, theories and rationales for engaging the opposite perspective. This absence of a productive conversation between the two groups interferes with the interdisciplinary engagement and knowledge co-production vital for solving complex environmental problems. In this talk, I will reflect on the requirements for engaging both critical and constructive approaches to studying environmental management and policy with reference to my own work on marine conservation and management... Read more

Huxley Speaker Series 5/29: Huxley Alum Darby Cowles on Downtown Bellingham Development

As part of the Huxley College Speaker Series, Darby Cowles, Senior Planner with the City of Bellingham and a 2002 graduate of WWU, will discuss development plans for downtown Bellingham. The presentation is free and open to the public.

In her talk, titled “Community Engagement in the Downtown Plan,” Cowles will highlight a multi-year effort to engage stakeholders in creative and unconventional ways to create a new vision and series of actions to improve Downtown Bellingham. Attendees will learn how early collaboration built a constituency in support of the plan, and will also be given an opportunity to explore how they can initiate and contribute to positive changes to the city.

Darby received her degree in Environmental Planning and Policy from Huxley College in 2002, and has... Read more

Lacey Cunningham, M.S. Candidate in Geography, to Present Thesis Seminar 5/8

Please join us on Thursday, May 8 at 11 AM in the Huxley Conference Room (ES 534) to hear Lacey Cunningham's M.S. Candidate in Geography thesis seminar, "Transparency in Mineral Extraction:  The Commodity Story, the Dodd-Frank, and the Emergence of 'Conflict-Free.'"

Huxley College Scholarship Application Due April 4

Huxley College is now accepting scholarship applications for the 2014-2015 academic year. More than $25K in scholarship funds is available to students within the Environmental Sciences and Environmental Studies departments, and will be awarded based on individual scholarship criteria.

Application guidelines, links, and a list of all Huxley College scholarships and corresponding criteria can be found online at Scholarship application materials are due to the Huxley College office in ES 539 by Friday, April 4, at 5 p.m.

For more information about scholarships, please contact Jen VanderWeyden at (360) 650-2554 or

Huxley College Professor Gigi Berardi to Speak at Village Books on Thurs. Feb. 13 @ 7pm

Gigi Berardi, Western faculty and Global Discovery faculty member, will share her experiences, including growing up in an Italian home and how that inspired her culinary passions. Berardi’s research in food culture and her belief in the importance of dietary minerals such as sulfur, sun and Mediterranean fats strongly inspire her method of teaching about food. Global Discovery trips are non-credit and offer an opportunity for people to travel with Western faculty and immerse themselves in another culture. Enjoy slides of work at Slow Food hot spots in Europe, as well as in Bellingham and narrations by Gigi, who also will be sharing excerpts from a draft of her newest book project: A Cultivated Life.

Alexis Blue, M.S. Candidate in Geography, Thesis Seminar Presentation 1/24

Please join us on Friday, January 24 at 11 AM in Arntzen Hall 221, to hear Alexis Blue's MS in Geography Thesis Seminar Presentation: "Assessing Economic Impacts of Disruption to Oregon’s Energy Infrastructure to Enhance Regional Disaster Resilience." All are welcome.

Huxley Professors to Participate in Environmental Science and Ethics Panel Discussion on 10/17

Two Huxley professors are set to discuss the scientific and ethical issues raised in this year's Western Reads section, Early Warming: Crisis and Response in the Climate-Changed North by Nancy Lord. Associate Professor of Environmental Studies Grace Wang and Associate Professor of Environmental Science Andy Bunn will join oceanographer and science photographer Chris Linder to lead two separate discussions on environmental science ethics. The talks will take place on Thursday, October 17 on campus and at Village Books in Fairhaven.

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Michael Medler, Environmental Studies Department Chair, Featured in Bellingham Herald

Professor Michael Medler, chair of the Department of Environmental Studies, was featured in a recent article in the Bellingham Herald that describes the steps local communities have taken to reduce the potential for poperty loss from wildfires. Medler's research focuses on developing techniques for mapping and analyzing complex biophysical processes such as forest fires, avalanche hazards, and other disturbances.