Thoughts & Doings

Salish Sea and Huxley Speaker Series 3/9: Dana Wilson on Changes in the Salish Sea

As part of the 2016-17 Salish Sea Speaker Series and the Huxley College of the Environment Speaker Series, Dana Wilson will deliver his talk, “A Lifetime of Fishing in the Salish Sea.”  This quarter, the Salish Sea Speaker is scheduled on Billy Frank, Jr. Day, in celebration of the Nisqually Tribal member and famed fishing rights activist, who earned the Presidential Medal of Freedom posthumously. This event will take place on March 9 and has two venues:

12pm-2pm: Northwest Indian College... Continue reading

Huxley Speaker Series 3/3: Tzeporah Berman on Environmental Campaigns

As part of the 2016-17 Huxley College of the Environment Speaker Series, Tzeporah Berman  will deliver her talk, “This Crazy Time: Living Our Environmental Challenge,” at 5:30 p.m. in Academic Instructional Center West 204 on the Western Washington University campus. During the presentation, Berman will discuss her new book of the same title, environmental activism, and current and past environmental campaigns, including natural resources and energy issues. The presentation is free and open to the public.

Tzeporah Berman has been designing and winning environmental campaigns in Canada and internationally for 20 years. She currently works as a strategic advisor for dozens of environmental organizations, First Nations... Continue reading

Huxley Environmental Career and Internship Fair

The annual Huxley Environmental Career and Internship Fair is set for Monday, 3 April 2017, from 4:30 to 6:30pm in the Viking Union Multi-Purpose Room. All majors are welcome. If you'd like to explore internships, summer jobs, and career-track positions with an environmental focus, then save this date.

We've already got a great line-up of participating organizations, from government agencies and nonprofits to consulting firms and private companies, and expect more to register between now and the event.

Questions? Contact Ed.Weber@wwu.edu or (360) 650-3646. See you there!

Participating Organizations

Huxley Speaker Series 2/23: Dr. Jon Riedel on the Status of Glaciers in Washington's National Parks

As part of the 2016-17 Huxley College of the Environment Speaker Series, Dr. Jon Riedel will deliver his talk, “Blue Ice: Photographic and Scientific Evidence of the Recent Loss of Glaciers in Washington's National Parks,” at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 23 in Miller Hall 138 on the Western Washington University campus. The presentation is free and open to the public.

The presentation will discuss the recent loss of glaciers in Washington’s National Parks. More than 500 glaciers grace the summits of Washington’s three National Parks. Aerial photographic evidence of their status was collected at various times in the last century, which has allowed for comparisons. Along with this data, scientific... Continue reading

Huxley Speaker Series 2/16: Dr. Christine Biermann on the American Chestnut

As part of the 2016-17 Huxley College of the Environment Speaker Series, Christine Biermann will deliver her talk, “Securing Forests from the Scourge of Blight: Nature, Nation, and the American Chestnut,” at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 16 in Miller Hall 138 on the Western Washington University campus. The presentation is free and open to the public.

The presentation will examine how a range of human and non-human actors—from Appalachian farmers to rapidly-mutating viruses, and from biotech corporations to fungal pathogens—have shaped the American chestnut. Calling attention to the historical ties between nature and nation, Christine Biermann explores how blight control... Continue reading

Huxley Speaker Series 2/9: Jim Lazar on the Transition to Renewable Energy

As part of the 2016-17 Huxley College of the Environment Speaker Series, Jim Lazar, a graduate of Huxley College, will deliver his talk, "Teaching the Duck to Fly:  Ten Strategies to Enable A High Reliance on Wind and Solar Energy for Electricity,"  at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 9 in Miller Hall 138 on the Western Washington University campus. The presentation is free and open to the public.

In recent years, wind and solar energy have become the least expensive resource options to meet the country’s electricity needs, but these resources are “variable” meaning they do not always produce electricity at predictable levels. Jim Lazar will discuss a... Continue reading

Huxley Speaker Series 2/2: Alumni Speak on Environmental Careers

As part of the 2016-17 Huxley College of the Environment Speaker Series, Huxley College alumni, Derek Koellmann, Christine Woodward, Rose Lathrop, and Bill Way will discuss their careers and the organizations they represent at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 2 in Miller Hall 138 on the Western Washington University campus. The panelists are from the following organizations:

  • Derek Koellmann, Anchor QEA
  • Christine Woodward, Samish Nation Tribal Government
  • Rose Lathrop, Sustainable Connections
  • Bill Way, The Watershed Company

The panelists represent a wide variety of environmental careers in areas such as natural resource management, environmental planning, green building and smart growth, environmental restoration, and policy development. All four of the panelists are graduates of Huxley College of the Environment.

The presentation will include a question-and-answer period. Anyone interested in the topic is encouraged to attend and participate.

For more information, please contact WWU’s Huxley... Continue reading

Graduate Student Thesis Funding - Huxley Small Grants Fall 2016

Each year, Huxley College provides a limited number of small grants to foster and facilitate graduate thesis research in environmental science and geography. In Fall 2016, the Graduate Program Committee awarded a total of $2,150 in support of graduate student thesis projects.

Click on a highlighted name to review the approved proposal:

  1. Cristina Villalobos
    Award amount: $1404
    Topic: How interaction of ocean warming and acidification will affect Pacific Herring embryology and make predictions of future herring populations.

  2. Mira Lutz
    Award amount: $746
    Topic: A search for Blue Carbon in temperate eelgrass meadows.

 

Huxley College's Urban Planning and Sustainable Development Program Awarded National Accreditation

Western has been granted national accreditation for its BA program in Urban Planning and Sustainable Development. The accreditation of undergraduate and graduate programs in the United States is granted by the Planning Accreditation Board in association with the American Planning Association, the American Institute of Certified Planners, and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning. The granting of accreditation followed a three-year review effort involving the demonstration of compliance with 57 standards and criteria. Western now joins only fifteen other accredited undergraduate planning programs in the United States, and is the second accredited undergraduate planning program in Washington State.

Western has a long tradition in training students in the professional field of urban planning. Huxley College’s BA Degree Program in Urban Planning and Sustainable Development, and its predecessor BA programs in environmental planning and urban and regional planning, have continuously operated at... Continue reading

2016 T-shirt & Sweatshirt Sale During Dead Week in the ES Lobby

$5 off any sweatshirt in stock while supplies last!

Don’t miss our Huxley College T-shirt & sweatshirt sale, just in time for the holidays. We’ll be in the lobby of the Environmental Studies building (floor 1) on Tuesday 2-5pm, Wednesday 9am - 12:30pm, and Thursday 2-5pm. Stop by and pick up a Huxley hoodie or T-shirt. (NOTE: Cash, checks and credit cards accepted.)

Stock up now, and be sure to ask about our environmentally friendly products...

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