Thoughts & Doings

Associate Professor Troy Abel Moves to Huxley College on the Peninsulas

Associate Professor Troy Abel has accepted an appointment as Academic Program Director of Huxley’s Peninsulas Program at the new Western Washington University Center at Olympic College in Poulsbo. In January, Abel, a tenured professor in the Department of Environmental Studies, began bringing his expertise in environmental policy and conservation to Huxley College on the Peninsulas.

“Dr. Abel’s appointment is exciting and opens a new chapter in Huxley’s long-standing presence on the Peninsulas. We are thrilled to partner with Dr. Abel and Huxley College to expand student access to a rigorous and engaging Western education on the Kitsap and Olympic Peninsulas,” said Earl Gibbons, vice provost of Extended... Continue reading

Huxley Speaker Series 3/6: Mike Warner from U-W on Climate Change and Extreme Weather in the PNW

Mike Warner from the University of Washington will discuss climate change and extreme weather as part of the Huxley College of the Environment Speaker Series at 4 p.m. on Thursday, March 6 in Communications Facility 125. The presentation is free and open to the public.

In his talk titled “Projected Changes in North American Atmospheric Rivers Due to Climate Change,” Warner will describe his research into the connection between anthropogenic global warming and extreme weather. Atmospheric rivers (ARs)—long, narrow bands of highly-concentrated water vapor that occur with winter storms—are often associated with extreme precipitation and flooding, particularly along the mountainous West Coast of North America. Several studies have suggested that climate change could lead to... Continue reading

Huxley Speaker Series 2/27: Alex Ramel from Sustainable Connections on Energy Efficiency

Alex Ramel, Energy and Policy Director at Sustainable Connections, will discuss energy efficiency as part of the Huxley College of the Environment Speaker Series at 4 p.m. on Thursday, February 27 in Communications Facility 125 on the Western Washington University campus. The presentation is free and open to the public.

Nearly every serious plan to tackle global climate change starts with massive scale energy efficiency retrofits across every sector of the economy. In his talk titled “Achieving Massive Energy Efficiency,” Ramel will describe the Community Energy Challenge, a locally-organized and nation-leading effort to achieve deep energy efficiency retrofits in hundreds of homes and small businesses. With three and a half years of experience the program's efforts shed some light on the... Continue reading

Western Lecture Series at Huxley College on the Peninsulas

The Western Lecture Series continues at Huxley College on the Peninsulas in Poulsbo with talks on the Climate Reality Project, the Port Gamble forest block, and the electricity infrastructure in the Pacific Northwest:

Free Workshop 2/22: Community Engagement in Oil Spill Preparedness and Response

Many citizens are concerned about the growth of oil tanker and cargo ship traffic in the Northwest Straits region of the Salish Sea, especially about the potential of a major oil spill. What will happen if a major oil spill occurs off the shores of Whatcom County? How will it impact our shores? Who is in charge of spill response and what happens behind the scenes? What training do you need to be involved in the clean-up?

These questions and others will be answered at an upcoming workshop in Bellingham on Saturday, February 22, 2014. The workshop will be held at the Squalicum Boathouse in Zuanich Point Park in Bellingham.

Learn from the U.S. Coast Guard about the decisions they face when oil is spilled. Meet spill response managers from the Department of Ecology and Department of Fish and Wildlife, and hear about their roles in the event of a major oil spill. Learn about the challenges spill responders would face in dealing with a spill in our community and how you can help before, during, and after a spill.

Please join us:

Huxley Speaker Series 2/20: Dr. Fuzhan Nasiri on "Integrating Renewable Heat into Non-Domestic Buildings"

On Thursday, February 20, Dr. Fuzhan Nasiri of University College London will speak at Western on renewable heat technology and policy, as part of the Huxley College of the Environment Speaker Series. In his talk titled “Integrating Renewable Heat into Non-Domestic Buildings,” Dr. Nasiri will provide background on the status of renewable heat, including policy, technologies, benefits, and challenges. In particular, he will explore the case of biomass boilers from the perspectives of capital and operational costs, supply chain issues, and environmental impacts. Through a case study, Dr. Nasiri will present outcomes and analyze the results subject to changes in source, types, and pricing of biomass materials as well as the choice of technologies and their cost and environmental performance... Continue reading
Huxley College Professor Gigi Berardi to Speak at Village Books on Thurs. Feb. 13 @ 7pm

Gigi Berardi, Western faculty and Global Discovery faculty member, will share her experiences, including growing up in an Italian home and how that inspired her culinary passions. Berardi’s research in food culture and her belief in the importance of dietary minerals such as sulfur, sun and Mediterranean fats strongly inspire her method of teaching about food. Global Discovery trips are non-credit and offer an opportunity for people to travel with Western faculty and immerse themselves in another culture. Enjoy slides of work at Slow Food hot spots in Europe, as well as in Bellingham and narrations by Gigi, who also will be sharing excerpts from a draft of her newest book project: A Cultivated Life.

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Western Reads Author Nancy Lord to Speak at Arntzen Hall on February 6

From Western Today:

"In conjunction with Western Washington University’s annual Western Reads program, the University will host author Nancy Lord for two presentations, ‘The Warming Warning: What the North is Telling Us Now’ at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 6 in Arntzen Hall 100, and at Western’s Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies’ World Issues Forum at noon on Wednesday, Feb. 12 in the... Continue reading

Huxley Speaker Series 2/6: "The Spectacular Failure of Wind Power in Whatcom County"

Over the past decade, wind power has been the fastest growing source of renewable energy globally. In his talk titled “The Story of the Spectacular Failure of Wind Power in Whatcom County,” Terry Meyer, P.E., will describe Cascade Community Wind’s multi-year effort to build a commercial wind turbine in Whatcom County. The County’s ultimate response: to limit wind power to the Cherry Point industrial area, thereby barring commercial wind turbines from areas where sufficient wind would make them feasible.

Meyer has extensive experience in wind resource assessment and modeling, having performed more than 50 such assessments over the last few years. He also helps clients assess their micro hydro resources, and designs and... Continue reading

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