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," Steve will discuss the proposition that biofuel... 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

ESCI's Brooke Love Receives WWU's 2016 Excellence in Teaching Award

Brooke Love from Huxley College's Department of Environmental Sciences has been selected to receive one of two prestigious WWU faculty teaching awards made possible by the Western Foundation. Love, who was chosen to receive the 2016 Excellence in Teaching Award for faculty from the colleges of Business and Economics, Fairhaven, Fine and Performing Arts, Huxley, and Woodring, will receive a check for $1000 and be recognized at a reception hosted by the Provost and Faculty Senate at the end of April.

For more information on faculty awards and recognition at Western, please visit the Office of the Provost's Awards page.

VIDEO: Western Windows Ep. 34: Learning to Clean Up

WESTERN WINDOWS TELEVISION SHOW
Episode 34: January 2016

Part 4: Learning to Clean Up – Students in Western’s Huxley College of the Environment are learning more about toxic contamination in places like the Hanford Nuclear Reservation and how these sites can be cleaned and remediated and the many factors that go into real-life cleanup of toxic sites. Huxley faculty members Rebekah Paci-Green and Ruth Sofield and their Science and Management of Contaminated Sites (SMoCS) program are featured in this segment.

Huxley's Fall BBQ/Potluck October 8 @ the Communications Lawn

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 and faculty 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.

Questions? Contact Jen VanderWeyden. Hope to see you there!

ENVS Brown Bag Series: Jean Melious on Managing Water Resources

As part of the Environmental Studies Department's brown bag discussion series, ENVS Professor Jean Melious will present "Fish Out of Water: Why salmon lose to sprawl" on Monday 4/20 at 4pm in Arntzen Hall 225.

In response to epic drought, farmers in California are mining million-year-old water. Is water use here in evergreen Washington more rational? Over the past few years, Professor Jean Melious has been working with citizens and environmental organizations to implement Washington’s state laws, which appear to link new development to water availability. The reality, however, is far different. This talk will discuss some of the legal, political, and economic issues that make rational stewardship of water resources so difficult, focusing on Whatcom County and Washington and bringing in insights from other areas. Melious will also describe prospects for the future of water management under conditions of climate change.

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ESCI's Brian Bingham Receives WWU's 2015 Excellence in Teaching Award

Brian Bingham from Huxley College's Department of Environmental Sciences has been selected to receive one of two prestigious WWU faculty teaching awards made possible by the Western Foundation. Bingham, who was chosen as a co-recipient of the 2015 Excellence in Teaching Award for faculty from the colleges of Business and Economics, Fairhaven, Fine and Performing Arts, Huxley, and Woodring, will receive a check for $1000 and be recognized at a reception hosted by the Provost and Faculty Senate in May.

For more information on faculty awards and recognition at Western, please visit the Office of the Provost's Awards page.

Huxley Speaker Series 1/29: Thomas Webler on Germany’s Energy Transition

As part of the 2014-15 Huxley College of the Environment Speaker Series, WWWU Assistant Professor of Energy Policy Thomas Webler will discuss Germany’s energy transition as part of the WWU Huxley College of the Environment Speaker Series at 4 p.m. on Thursday, January 29 in Communications Facility 120 on the Western Washington University campus. The presentation is free and open to the public.

Germany is the world’s fourth largest economy and the sixteenth most populous nation. Germans are also strongly committed to fighting climate change without nuclear power.  Now they have set the ambitious goal: to fuel their heavily industrialized economy with renewable energy. In his talk titled “The German Energy Transition: Can we do the same here?” Webler will offer an introduction to and update on Germany’s progress in its so-called Energiewende (Energy Transition), and invite a... Read more

Huxley Speaker Series 11/6: "Freeing the Elwha" Faculty Panel Discussion

As part of the 2014-15 Huxley College of the Environment Speaker Series, faculty panelists from Western Washington University and Northwest Indian College will discuss the Elwha River dam removal and restoration project at 4 p.m. on Thursday, November 6, in the Wilson Library Reading Room at WWU. The presentation is free and open to the public.

Following the largest dam removal in history, the Elwha River now flows freely from its headwaters high in Olympic National Park to the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Salmon and steelhead are returning above the dams for the first time in a century, supporting the goal to reestablish an important fishery to the Salish Sea. The ongoing Elwha restoration project is one of the largest self-sustaining ecosystem restoration programs ever attempted, and addresses elements deeply valued by the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe, who opposed construction of the dams and long advocated for their... Read more

Fall BBQ/Potluck October 9 @ the Communications Lawn

Each year, Huxley College holds a fall potluck/BBQ to welcome back college students, staff, and faculty. Prof. Leo Bodensteiner provides his grill, the dean buys the hot dogs and meatless alternatives, and staff and faculty bring side dishes to share.

In past years, the BBQ was held off-campus at Fairhaven Park, which was a tad difficult for the carless to reach. This year, we're starting a new tradition--the 2014 BBQ will take place on campus at the Communications Lawn, the wide green space between Environmental Studies, Communications Facility, and Academic West. (You know, where the Stairs to Nowhere reside.)

Questions? Contact Jen VanderWeyden. Hope to see you there!

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