Huxley Speaker Series 6/2: Dr. Leah Bendell on the Baynes Sound Shellfish Industry

As part of the 2015-16 Huxley College of the Environment Speaker Series, Dr. Leah Bendell from Simon Fraser University will discuss the impact of the shellfish industry on Baynes Sound at 4 p.m. on Thursday, June 2 in Communications Facility 110 on the Western Washington University campus. The presentation is free and open to the public.

Baynes Sound/Lambert Channel is one of the most important ecologically sensitive regions along the Pacific Northwest Coast. However, currently it is under increasing pressure from an aggressive shellfish industry, seaweed harvesting and urban development. Although 50 percent of British Columbia’s shellfish comes from Baynes Sound, the industry is afflicted by ocean acidification, warming oceans, an increase in red tide events, high cadmium levels in farmed oysters, and the presence of high numbers of microplastics within water and sediments.

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Huxley Speaker Series 5/19: Dean Steve Hollenhorst on Renewable Aviation Fuels

As part of the 2015-16 Huxley College of the Environment Speaker Series, Dr. Steve Hollenhorst, dean of Huxley College of the Environment, will discuss aviation biofuel alternatives at 4 p.m. on Thursday, May 19 in Communications Facility 110 on the Western Washington University campus. The presentation is free and open to the public.

Aviation requires energy-dense liquid fuels, currently derived exclusively from petroleum. This fossil energy dependence poses tremendous challenges to carbon emissions reductions. In the Pacific Northwest, considerable research is focused on developing viable biofuel alternatives from existing waste streams like forest harvest residues and municipal solid waste. In his Speaker Series talk titled "The Race for Renewable Aviation Fuels and Environmentally Preferred Co-Products,... Read more

5th Annual Graduate Student Conference: May 21, Miller Hall

Huxley graduate students and The GIST of Earth and Life Sciences grad student club invite you to join the 5th Annual Graduate Student Conference on Saturday, May 21 in Miller Hall. Come support WWU’s graduate community and learn about research that is taking place right here at Western. Undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and staff are all encouraged to attend. A light breakfast and lunch will be provided for all attendees. Attendance is free, but pre-registration is encouraged.

Online registration for the event and an abstract submission form can be found at http://www.wwu.edu/gradschool/GradConf.shtml.

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... Read more

Huxley Speaker Series 5/5: WWU Alumna Roberta Riley on Climate Change

As part of the 2015-16 Huxley College of the Environment Speaker Series, WWU alumna Roberta Riley of CoolMom will discuss taking action on climate change at 4 p.m. on Thursday, May 5 in Communications Facility 110 on the Western Washington University campus. The presentation is free and open to the public.

Out of a love for storytelling, Riley regularly ventures off to all corners of Washington State to meet people who are feeling the effects of climate change and coming up with ways to solve the problem. In her Speakers Series talk titled, "Climate Adventures Show and Tell," Riley, a 1982 Huxley College grad, will share a few videos of these stories, ask for feedback, and encourage audience members to share their own climate change stories.

Riley manages the Climate Adventures Program for CoolMom, a Seattle based nonprofit that... Read more

Huxley Speaker Series 4/28: Larry Campbell on Indigenous Health Indicators

As part of the 2015-16 Huxley College of the Environment Speaker Series, Larry Campbell, Tribal Historical Preservation Officer for the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community, will discuss the development of Indigenous health indicators at 4 p.m. on Thursday, April 28 in Communications Facility 110 on the Western Washington University campus. The presentation is free and open to the public.

In his Speaker Series talk titled “Why Developing Indigenous-specific Indicators of Health Matters,” Campbell will discuss the community health work he has long collaborated on with Dr. Jamie Donatuto, Environmental Community Health Analyst for the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community. Over the past 15 years, Campbell and Donatuto have worked together to develop and pilot-test health indicators that are responsive to Indigenous health. Campbell’s talk will describe the evolution of this work,... Read more

Huxley Speaker Series 4/21: Rebekah Paci-Green on Earthquake Risk Reduction

As part of the 2015-16 Huxley College of the Environment Speaker Series, Dr. Rebekah Paci-Green will discuss earthquake risk reduction in Nepal at 4 p.m. on Thursday, April 21 in Communications Facility 110 on the Western Washington University campus. The presentation is free and open to the public.

Nepalese communities live on top of the world’s most active seismic zone. For the last two decades, organizations have attempted to reduce the impacts of these events by strengthening Nepalese public schools using a variety low-cost retrofitting and community development strategies. The April 2015 Gorkha earthquake, a massive magnitude M9.0 event, damaged over 90 percent of the schools in the effected region and put these school retrofitting projects to the ultimate test.

Three months after the earthquake, Dr. Paci-Green and... Read more

Career Workshop - How to Get a Job in Sustainability

Kevin Wilhelm, CEO of Sustainable Business Consulting, will do a fast paced, roll up your sleeves workshop to help students understand "The Keys to Sustainable Jobs." Kevin has worked with over 500 professionals, CSR leaders, and students in helping them find their dream job in sustainability.

This workshop will take place Thursday, April 21, from 2-3 in CF 227. Any major can attend. Free to all WWU students, staff, faculty and alumni.

Huxley Speaker Series 4/14: Kevin Schneider on the Electricity Infrastructure

As part of the 2015-16 Huxley College of the Environment Speaker Series, Dr. Kevin Schneider from the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory will discuss Electricity Infrastructure in the Pacific Northwest at 4 p.m. on Thursday, April 14 in Communications Facility 110 on the Western Washington University campus. The presentation is free and open to the public.

In the 130 years since electricity came to Washington State, the region’s electricity infrastructure has continually grown and evolved to meet the demands of customers. While early changes focused on the best voltage to use and which companies should supply which regions, recent issues have focused on what is the best mix of generation assets and how to best incorporate emerging smart grid technologies.

Some of the issues facing the industry today include high penetration levels of wind generation, aging infrastructure, privacy concerns with... Read more

Huxley Speaker Series 4/7: WWU's David Wallin on Cascades Mountain Goat Populations

As part of the 2015-16 Huxley College of the Environment Speaker Series, Dr. David Wallin will discuss mountain goat populations in the Washington Cascades at 4 p.m. on Thursday, April 7 in Communications Facility 110 on the Western Washington University campus. The presentation is free and open to the public.

Mountain goats inhabit remote, mountainous terrain from Alaska to the western territories of Canada and south to Washington, Idaho and Montana, where they play an important role in shaping alpine plant communities and as prey for large predators. Mountain goat populations in Washington state have declined by 70% or more since the 1950s, probably as a result of overhunting. Although alpine habitat throughout most of the Washington Cascades and southern BC is largely intact, the intervening low elevation habitat has undergone varying degrees of anthropogenic... Read more

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