Huxley Alumni Summer Mixer: June 30, 5:30-8:30pm at Fremont Brewery in Seattle

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!

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 unites families to take action on climate change through education... Read more

VIDEO: Huxley Alumna Crina Hoyer on Working for Change

Huxley Speaker Series 6/4: Huxley Alumna Crina Hoyer on Environmental Grassroots Campaigning

For the final installment of the 2014-15 Huxley College of the Environment Speaker Series, WWU alumna Crina Hoyer from RE Sources for Sustainable Communities will discuss environmental grassroots campaigns at 4 p.m. on Thursday, June 4 in Communications Facility 120 on the Western Washington University campus. The presentation is free and open to the public.

Residents of the Pacific Northwest are engaged in multiple defensive battles to protect our marine shores, fresh water resources, and community safety. Whatcom County is wrestling with a proposal to build North America’s largest coal export facility on the shores of Cherry Point. The threat of a disastrous oil spill or explosion looms large as area refineries import volatile crude via rail and pipeline. And tens of thousands of pounds of contaminants are flushed into the Puget Sound each year as polluted runoff. These... Read more

Huxley Speaker Series 4/30: WWU Alumna Brenna Forester on Salamanders and Climate Change

As part of the 2014-15 Huxley College of the Environment Speaker Series, Brenna Forester from Duke University will speak on adaptation in response to environmental change at 4 p.m. on Thursday, April 30 in Communications Facility 120 on the Western Washington University campus. The presentation is free and open to the public.

Faced with climate change, organisms either adapt in place or move—or they go extinct. Relative to dispersal, adaptation in response to environmental change remains poorly understood. Fortunately, the recent development of molecular techniques for detecting adaptation in wild populations has made it easier (and more cost-effective) to evaluate this response. These tools offer important benefits for conservation practice in a dynamic world, since adaptation can improve the ability of species to persist under the combined effects of climate change and habitat fragmentation.

In... Read more

45th Anniversary of Huxley College: May 16 at Back2Bellingham

Huxley College's 45th Anniversary Celebration will take place at WWU's annual Back2Bellingham reunion weekend on Saturday May 16, 2015. Please join us for a day of Huxley-focused activities, including Classes Without Quizzes led by Huxley College faculty and a Huxley College alumni happy hour and dinner celebration with family, faculty, and students at the Wade King Rec Center's Mac Gym. See the schedule below for more details.

Online registration for the anniversary and reunion celebration is available on the Back2Bellingham website. Updated information will also be available here on the Huxley blog and on our Facebook page, or call the Alumni Association at (855) WWU-ALUM.

Huxley B2B Schedule of Events

Saturday, May 16, 2015

11am-12pm: Classes Without Quizzes offered by Huxley Faculty... Read more

Two Huxley College Alumni Notch Sustainability Leadership Awards

At the end of January, Sustainable Seattle hosted their annual Sustainability Leadership Awards celebration at the Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI) on Lake Union. Three WWU/Huxley College alumni were nominated for this year's awards:

  • Brenna Davis (at right), Huxley '98 and Director of Sustainability at Virginia Mason, nominated for the Environmental Hero Award
  • Brandon Miles, Huxley '02 , nominated for the Creative Solution Award for his group's sustainability work with the City of Tukwila
  • Dave Bennink, Huxley '94 and owner of Re-Use Consulting, nominated for the Creative Solution Award for his company's work finding sustainable alternatives to demolition while creating jobs for disadvantaged workers

 The... Read more

Huxley Speaker Series 2/19: Huxley Alum Julann Spromberg on Mortality Syndrome in Coho Salmon

As part of the 2014-15 Huxley College of the Environment Speaker Series, Western alumna Dr. Julann Spromberg, a toxicologist with NOAA's Northwest Fisheries Science Center, will discuss the impact of storm water runoff on Coho salmon at 4 p.m. on Thursday, February 19 in Communications Facility 120. The presentation is free and open to the public.

Adult Coho salmon return each fall to freshwater spawning habitats throughout western North America. The Coho spawner migration coincides with increasing seasonal rainfall, which in turn increases storm water runoff, particularly in urban and suburban watersheds. For more than a decade, adult Coho in urban spawning habitats have been dying prematurely, often at rates exceeding 50% of the fall run. Such high levels of mortality are a significant concern for the long-term conservation and recovery of wild Coho, particularly those population segments vulnerable to development pressures in northern California... Read more

Huxley Speaker Series 2/12: Robert Johnston on Pollution Runoff in Puget Sound

As part of the 2014-15 Huxley College of the Environment Speaker Series, Western alumnus Dr. Bob Johnston, Senior Scientist with the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific, will discuss the monitoring of pollution runoff in a pair of Puget Sound inlets at 4 p.m. on Thursday, February 12 in Communications Facility 120 on the Western Washington University campus. The presentation is free and open to the public.

An important need for achieving ecosystem restoration goals is to identify response actions that will make real improvements in environmental quality. A cooperative monitoring and modeling study conducted by the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Washington Department of Ecology, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and local stakeholders is bringing new understanding about how pollution runoff is impacting the water quality of Sinclair and Dyes Inlets in the Puget Sound, WA. In his talk titled “Monitoring and Modeling Pollution Runoff in... Read more

Huxley Speaker Series 1/22: Huxley College Alumnus Tom Loranger on Washington State Water Resources

As part of the 2014-15 Huxley College of the Environment Speaker Series, Tom Loranger of the Washington State Department of Ecology will discuss water resources management in Washington at 4 p.m. on Thursday, January 22 in Communications Facility 120 on the Western Washington University campus. The presentation is free and open to the public.

Water management in Washington State is governed by western water laws. While western water laws are well suited to protect water usage, they are less flexible when it comes to meeting the state’s diverse water needs. Disparate groups currently compete for Washington’s water resources, including our rapidly growing populace; the sustainable agriculture community; and the sport, commercial, and tribal fishing communities. In his talk titled “Western Water Laws and Resource Management,” Tom will discuss current challenges and successes in managing the water... Read more

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