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.
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... Read more
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.
As part of the 2016-17 Huxley College of the Environment Speaker Series, Julie Hirsch from Hirsch Consulting Services will discuss community environmental education in the Salish Sea region at 4 p.m. on Thursday, October 6 in Miller Hall 138 on the Western Washington University campus. The presentation is free and open to the public.
Garden of the Salish Sea Curriculum (GSSC) is an innovative K-12 stewardship and community environmental education initiative created on Lummi Island in 2012. In her Speaker Series talk, Julie Hirsch will present Oystertopia: Stewards of the Salish Sea, a short film directed by Sam Giffin that documents a GSSC oyster planting carried out by Lummi Island students in June 2016. She will also offer a slide presentation that focuses on shellfish harvesting, ocean acidification and stewardship of the Salish Sea.
Julie is an environmental scientist with more than 25... Read more
Each year, Huxley College holds a fall potluck/BBQ to welcome back college students, staff, and faculty. Professor Leo Bodensteiner provides his grill, the dean buys the hot dogs and meatless alternatives, and staff, faculty, and students bring side dishes to share. In other words, FREE FOOD for all Huxleyites.
This year, we will once again hold the BBQ on campus at the Communications Lawn, the wide green space between Environmental Studies, Communications Facility, and Academic West. (See below.) Rain or shine--in case of rain, we will move the BBQ and tables under the Academic West overhang.
Members of the class of 2015-16 celebrated graduation in the usual style at the PAC on June 11. Brenna Davis '98 gave the alumni address while the Huxley House Band treated the crowd to a bluegrass interlude, complete with dancing on the PAC stage. Video highlights of the event are on YouTube and in the playlist below. Enjoy!
Huxley College Dean's Advisory Board is pleased to announce a summer meet-up on June 30 at Fremont Brewery from 5:30 to 8:30 PM. This informal networking event is connects Seattle-area alumni to discuss their personal and professional environmental interests. Dean Hollenhorst will be in attendance.
Planners, educators, policy folks, and scientists are welcome because everyone is needed to tackle the complex environmental issues we face. Please join us for smiles, thought-provoking discussions, and to connect with other alumni.
Also, please consider carpooling, biking, or using public transportation to get to the event. Hope you can make it!
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, on the east coast of Vancouver Island halfway between Nanaimo and Campbell River, 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... Read more
As part of the 2015-16 Huxley College of the Environment Speaker Series, Dr. Carl Schmitt from the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) will discuss the impact of air pollution on glacier runoff at 4 p.m. on Thursday, May 26 in Communications Facility 110 on the Western Washington University campus. The presentation is free and open to the public.
Increases in human activities often leads to increases in air pollution and airborne dust. These light absorbing particles can be transported long distances and can be deposited on snow and glacier ice. Once on snow surfaces, they reduce the albedo leading to faster melting thus affecting the local water supply. In his Speaker Series talk titled “Measurements and Impacts of Light Absorbing Particles on Tropical Glaciers,” Dr. Schmitt will show results of ongoing measurements in the Peruvian Andes where glacier runoff can account... Read more