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Huxley Speaker Series 6/1: Sylvia Yang on WWU's SEA Discovery Center

As part of the 2016-17 Huxley College of the Environment Speaker Series, Sylvia Yang will deliver her talk “SEA Discovery Center: Fostering a deeper understanding and appreciation of marine ecosystems,” at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 1 in Miller Hall 138 on the Western Washington University campus. Located in Poulsbo, WA, the SEA Discovery Center is a public aquarium and hands-on learning center featuring marine life and habitats from the Pacific Northwest. Since May 24, 2016, Western Washington University has been continuing the center’s mission to foster a deeper understanding and appreciation of the marine environment. Sylvia Yang will share the Center’s history as an educational resource for the community and discuss... Continue reading
Huxley Speaker Series 5/25: Kimberly Larson on Climate Change Communication

As part of the 2016-17 Huxley College of the Environment Speaker Series, Kimberly Larson will deliver her talk “It’s Okay to Talk About Global Warming: Effectively Communicating About Climate in a Heated Climate,” at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 25 in Miller Hall 138 on the Western Washington University campus. Kimberly Larson will discuss current challenges for advocates of climate action and how they can best communicate with their audiences and challengers. As a Northwest-based nonprofit, Climate Solutions works to advance clean energy solutions to the climate crisis through promoting effective policies and market-based innovations, organizing partnerships and a diverse movement for action, and communicating the best solutions at... Continue reading
Huxley Speaker Series 5/18: Denise Attwood and Ric Conner on the Conscious Connections Foundation

As part of the 2016-17 Huxley College of the Environment Speaker Series, Denise Attwood and Ric Conner will deliver their talk, “Conscious Connections Foundation: Earthquake Relief in Nepal,” at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 18 in Miller Hall 138 on the Western Washington University campus. The presentation is free and open to the public.

Ric and Denise will present on the CCF, which was initially established to support rural health care and education for girls. After the devastating earthquake that hit Nepal in April 2015, CCF was in a position, because of long term relationships, to provide quick, effective and continuing aid. The talk will include photos of Denise and Ric... Continue reading

Huxley Speaker Series 5/11: Dr. Misty Peacock on Algal Toxin Events within the California Current

As part of the 2016-17 Huxley College of the Environment Speaker Series, Dr. Misty Peacock will deliver her talk “Blurred Lines: Multiple Freshwater and Marine Algal Toxins at the Land-Sea Interface,” at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 11 in Miller Hall 138 on the Western Washington University campus. The presentation is free and open to the public.

The California Current spans nearly 3,000 km, from Southern British Columbia to Baja, California. Over the last few years, there have been multiple, dramatic algal toxin events within the California Current. In her Speaker Series talk, Dr. Peacock will discuss San Francisco Bay, CA, a region that was once assumed to not have harmful algal bloom problems. Sampling... Continue reading

Huxley Speaker Series 5/4: Kate Troll on Ten Points of Hope for Progress on Climate Change

As part of the 2016-17 Huxley College of the Environment Speaker Series, Kate Troll will deliver her talk, “The Great Unconformity,” at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 4 in Miller Hall 138 on the Western Washington University campus. The presentation is free and open to the public.

Kate Troll will share her stories, insights, and experience in dealing with the political difficulties of advancing conservation initiatives in a state dominated by extractive resource industries. In her new book “The Great Unconformity: Reflections on Hope in an Imperiled World,” Ms. Troll uses the power of adventure storytelling to convey key policy insights and ‘hope spots... Continue reading

Huxley Speaker Series 4/27: George Lakey on Addressing Climate Change through Nordic Strategies

As part of the 2016-17 Huxley College of the Environment Speaker Series, George Lakey will deliver his talk, "Climate Action and the Struggle for Economic Justice," at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 27 in Miller Hall 138 on the Western Washington University campus. The presentation is free and open to the public.

George Lakey argues that although some environmentalists are reluctant to get the critical question of climate mixed up with other issues such as economic and racial justice, there is evidence that intersectionality is the best pragmatic choice for making progress. Lakey will present evidence from the Nordic countries, which he argues set the pace for addressing the climate crisis globally.  

George Lakey recently retired as... Continue reading

Huxley Speaker Series 4/20: Mitchell Thomashow on Environmental Learning

As part of the 2016-17 Huxley College of the Environment Speaker Series, Dr. Mitchell Thomashow will deliver his talk, “The Future of Environmental Learning,” at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 20 in Miller Hall 138 on the Western Washington University campus. The presentation is free and open to the public.

Global environmental challenges impact all aspects of our lives, both in our local communities and in places near and far. These challenges are directly connected to urgent issues such as global refugees, social and economic justice, and world peace. How we think about these issues is dramatically influenced by social media, internet communications, the future of education, and the future of work. Mitchell Thomashow will discuss... Continue reading

Huxley Speaker Series 4/13: Peter Robinson on the Future of Environmentalism

As part of the 2016-17 Huxley College of the Environment Speaker Series, Dr. Peter Robinson will deliver his talk, “The End of the Baby Boom and the Future of Environmentalism,” at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 13 in Miller Hall 138 on the Western Washington University campus. The presentation is free and open to the public.

The baby boomer generation is aging and at the same time we are hearing a narrative that environmentalism is failing. Peter Robinson argues that these two occurrences are no coincidence – they are linked. Robinson will use the framework of generational theory to discuss how modern environmentalism is being (re)interpreted and (re)defined by a younger generation of people who care about the environment... Continue reading

Huxley Speaker Series 4/6: Bill Moyer on Electrifying the Railroads

As part of the 2016-17 Huxley College of the Environment Speaker Series, Bill Moyer will deliver his talk, “Solutionary Rail: a people-powered campaign to electrify America's railroads and open corridors to a clean energy future,” at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 6 in Miller Hall 138 on the Western Washington University campus. The presentation is free and open to the public.

Bill Moyer will discuss why electrifying the railroads is the next step in a just transition to a green energy economy.  When the United States seems intensely divided and polarized beyond collaboration, a new book declares that our railroads hold the promise of uniting communities and diverse sectors of our country in common... Continue reading

Kevin Wilhelm Seminar - How to Get A Job in Sustainability

Huxley College of the Environment and the WWU School of Business and Economics-Business and Sustainability are proud to welcome Kevin Wilhelm.

Kevin Wilhelm, CEO of Sustainable Business Consulting, is one of the world’s leading speakers on business sustainability and climate change and has authored several leading books on sustainability and business

He will be leading a workshop to help students interested in entering exciting careers in sustainability!  

Kevin will be giving free copies of his book "Sustainability Jobs" to attendees.    Students are also encouraged to bring their resume to this seminar for advice.

Don’t miss it!

If you think you will attend, please send an email to ed.weber@wwu.... Continue reading

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