2017 Huxley Environmental Career & Internship Fair: Feb. 9, 4:30-6:30pm

The annual Huxley Environmental Career and Internship Fair is set for Thursday, February 9, 2017, from 4:30 to 6:30pm in the Viking Union Multi-Purpose Room, directly following the WWU Winter Career Fair. All majors are welcome. If you'd like to explore internships, summer jobs, and career-track positions with an environmental focus, then save this date.

We've already got a great line-up of participating organizations, from government agencies and nonprofits to consulting firms and private companies, and expect more to register between now and the event.

Prior to the event, the WWU Career Center will conduct a free session called “Preparing for the Huxley Internship/Job Fair” on Wednesday, February 1, 2017, from 3-5 pm in Arntzen Hall 225. During this session, participants will receive tips on researching participating organizations, making the best impression, and preparing a resume for the event.

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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

2016 T-shirt & Sweatshirt Sale During Dead Week in the ES Lobby

$5 off any sweatshirt in stock while supplies last!

Don’t miss our Huxley College T-shirt & sweatshirt sale, just in time for the holidays. We’ll be in the lobby of the Environmental Studies building (floor 1) on Tuesday 2-5pm, Wednesday 9am - 12:30pm, and Thursday 2-5pm. Stop by and pick up a Huxley hoodie or T-shirt. (NOTE: Cash, checks and credit cards accepted.)

Stock up now, and be sure to ask about our environmentally friendly products...

Huxley Speaker Series 11/17: James Meacham on Wildlife GPS-collar Technology

As part of the 2016-17 Huxley College of the Environment Speaker Series, James Meacham from InfoGraphics Lab will discuss the use of GPS-collar technology to track wildlife in Yellowstone National Park at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 17 in Miller Hall 138 on the Western Washington University campus. The presentation is free and open to the public.

Wildlife GPS-collar technology provides wildlife ecologists an immense amount of data, giving new insight into animal migration. In his Speaker Series talk titled “Visualizing the Complexities of Wildlife Migration: Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem Ungulates,” James Meacham will focus on the spatiotemporal data and cartographic design challenges encountered in the creation of thematic maps and data graphics for the Atlas of Wildlife Migration: Wyoming’s Ungulates. The recent discovery of the longest land mammal migration in the contiguous United States, the 150-mile “Red Desert... Read more

Huxley Speaker Series 11/10: Lorna and Darrell Smith on Charismatic Carnivores

As part of the 2016-17 Huxley College of the Environment Speaker Series, Lorna and Darrell Smith from Western Wildlife Outreach will discuss the status of large carnivores in Washington State at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 10 in Miller Hall 138 on the Western Washington University campus. The presentation is free and open to the public.

It’s an exciting time to be a large carnivore biologist or aficionado. Career wildlife biologists and ecologists Darrell and Lorna Smith have been immersed in carnivore issues since the mid-1980s. In their Speaker Series talk titled “Lions, Bears & Wolves: The Status of Large Charismatic Carnivores in Washington State,” they will discuss new developments and science-based knowledge in Carnivoran ecology, genetics and taxonomy, along with current population status and recovery issues. They will also talk about safety and human-Carnivoran coexistence.

Western Wildlife Outreach (WWO) grew out... Read more

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... Read more

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... Read more

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... Read more

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.... Read more

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... Read more

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