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

Huxley Speaker Series 3/10: Sam Cushman on Landscape Genetics

As part of the 2015-16 Huxley College of the Environment Speaker Series, Sam Cushman from the U.S. Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station will discuss landscape genetics in carnivore conservation at 4 p.m. on Thursday, March 10 in Communications Facility 110 on the Western Washington University campus. The presentation is free and open to the public.

Landscape genetics is an interdisciplinary field that integrates approaches from landscape ecology and population genetics to explore how geographical and environmental features structure genetic variation in both individuals and populations. The current focus of the field is on assessing how landscapes facilitate the movement of organisms, a concept known as landscape connectivity.

In his Speaker Series talk titled “Applications of Landscape Genetics, Connectivity Modeling, and Carnivore... Read more

Huxley Speaker Series 3/3: Jen Watkins on Habitat Connectivity

As part of the 2015-16 Huxley College of the Environment Speaker Series, Jen Watkins from Conservation Northwest will discuss habitat connectivity in the I-90 corridor at 4 p.m. on Thursday, March 3 in Communications Facility 110 on the Western Washington University campus. The presentation is free and open to the public.

In her Speaker Series talk titled “Connecting Wildlife in the Cascades: Maintaining and Restoring Habitat Connectivity in the I-90 Corridor,” Watkins will explain why the bottleneck of habitat around Interstate 90 just east and west of Snoqualmie Pass is so important for wildlife in light of a changing climate. Her talk will also highlight the historic efforts of public and private partners to maintain and restore habitat connectivity in this region.

Watkins began working with Conservation Northwest in 2001 as part of the outreach team for The Cascades Conservation... Read more

Huxley Speaker Series 2/25: Huxley Alumnus Jeff Hammarlund on Northwest Energy Policy

As part of the 2015-16 Huxley College of the Environment Speaker Series, Huxley College alumnus Jeff Hammarlund from Portland State University will discuss energy policy in the Pacific Northwest at 4 p.m. on Thursday, February 25 in Communications Facility 110 on the Western Washington University campus. The presentation is free and open to the public.

Cheap, abundant, and reliable electricity has helped transform the Pacific Northwest from a forgotten backwater to a major international powerhouse. However, geography, climate, location, history, and a set of regional political “deals” that have occurred in 30-year cycles have ensured that energy policy issues and challenges are different here in some very important ways.

In his Speaker Series talk titled “How and Why Energy Policy Is Different (Even a Little Weird) in the Pacific Northwest,” Hammarlund will... Read more

Huxley Speaker Series 2/18: Conservation Northwest's Joe Scott on Wildlife Border Issues

As part of the 2015-16 Huxley College of the Environment Speaker Series, Joe Scott from Conservation Northwest will discuss wildlife conservation in the Canada/US border region at 4 p.m. on Thursday, February 18 in Communications Facility 110 on the Western Washington University campus. The presentation is free and open to the public.

The Canada/US border region contains some of the wildest lands in the contiguous US but some of the most developed in western Canada. US federal and state wildlife and land management agencies and their Canadian counterparts have inconsistent wildlife laws, policies and mandates. Conservation NGOs on either side of the international border often have different priorities, capacities and perspectives on issues affecting wildlife, habitat and economic development.

In his Speaker Series talk titled “Conservation Across Borders,” Scott will describe... Read more

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