Thoughts & Doings

Huxley Speaker Series 4/14: Kevin Schneider on the Electricity Infrastructure

As part of the 2015-16 Huxley College of the Environment Speaker Series, Dr. Kevin Schneider from the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory will discuss Electricity Infrastructure in the Pacific Northwest at 4 p.m. on Thursday, April 14 in Communications Facility 110 on the Western Washington University campus. The presentation is free and open to the public.

In the 130 years since electricity came to Washington State, the region’s electricity infrastructure has continually grown and evolved to meet the demands of customers. While early changes focused on the best voltage to use and which companies should supply which regions, recent issues have focused on what is the best mix of generation assets and how to best incorporate emerging smart grid technologies.

Some of the issues facing the industry today include high penetration levels of wind generation, aging infrastructure, privacy concerns with customer information, and cyber-security. In... Continue reading

Huxley Speaker Series 4/7: WWU's David Wallin on Cascades Mountain Goat Populations

As part of the 2015-16 Huxley College of the Environment Speaker Series, Dr. David Wallin will discuss mountain goat populations in the Washington Cascades at 4 p.m. on Thursday, April 7 in Communications Facility 110 on the Western Washington University campus. The presentation is free and open to the public.

Mountain goats inhabit remote, mountainous terrain from Alaska to the western territories of Canada and south to Washington, Idaho and Montana, where they play an important role in shaping alpine plant communities and as prey for large predators. Mountain goat populations in Washington state have declined by 70% or more since the 1950s, probably as a result of overhunting. Although alpine habitat throughout most of the Washington Cascades and southern BC is largely intact, the intervening low elevation habitat has undergone varying degrees of anthropogenic alterations.

In his Speaker Series talk titled... Continue reading

Huxley Speaker Series 3/10: Sam Cushman on Landscape Genetics

As part of the 2015-16 Huxley College of the Environment Speaker Series, Sam Cushman from the U.S. Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station will discuss landscape genetics in carnivore conservation at 4 p.m. on Thursday, March 10 in Communications Facility 110 on the Western Washington University campus. The presentation is free and open to the public.

Landscape genetics is an interdisciplinary field that integrates approaches from landscape ecology and population genetics to explore how geographical and environmental features structure genetic variation in both individuals and populations. The current focus of the field is on assessing how landscapes facilitate the movement of organisms, a concept known as landscape connectivity.

In his Speaker Series talk titled “Applications of Landscape Genetics, Connectivity Modeling, and Carnivore Conservation,” Cushman will present applications of... Continue reading

Huxley Speaker Series 3/3: Jen Watkins on Habitat Connectivity

As part of the 2015-16 Huxley College of the Environment Speaker Series, Jen Watkins from Conservation Northwest will discuss habitat connectivity in the I-90 corridor at 4 p.m. on Thursday, March 3 in Communications Facility 110 on the Western Washington University campus. The presentation is free and open to the public.

In her Speaker Series talk titled “Connecting Wildlife in the Cascades: Maintaining and Restoring Habitat Connectivity in the I-90 Corridor,” Watkins will explain why the bottleneck of habitat around Interstate 90 just east and west of Snoqualmie Pass is so important for wildlife in light of a changing climate. Her talk will also highlight the historic efforts of public and private partners to maintain and restore habitat connectivity in this region.

Watkins began working with Conservation Northwest in 2001 as part of the outreach team for The Cascades Conservation Partnership. As Conservation Associate, she continues... Continue reading

Huxley Speaker Series 2/25: Huxley Alumnus Jeff Hammarlund on Northwest Energy Policy

As part of the 2015-16 Huxley College of the Environment Speaker Series, Huxley College alumnus Jeff Hammarlund from Portland State University will discuss energy policy in the Pacific Northwest at 4 p.m. on Thursday, February 25 in Communications Facility 110 on the Western Washington University campus. The presentation is free and open to the public.

Cheap, abundant, and reliable electricity has helped transform the Pacific Northwest from a forgotten backwater to a major international powerhouse. However, geography, climate, location, history, and a set of regional political “deals” that have occurred in 30-year cycles have ensured that energy policy issues and challenges are different here in some very important ways.

In his Speaker Series talk titled “How and Why Energy Policy Is Different (Even a Little Weird) in the Pacific Northwest,” Hammarlund will explore some of the reasons behind our region’s unusual... Continue reading

Huxley Speaker Series 2/18: Conservation Northwest's Joe Scott on Wildlife Border Issues

As part of the 2015-16 Huxley College of the Environment Speaker Series, Joe Scott from Conservation Northwest will discuss wildlife conservation in the Canada/US border region at 4 p.m. on Thursday, February 18 in Communications Facility 110 on the Western Washington University campus. The presentation is free and open to the public.

The Canada/US border region contains some of the wildest lands in the contiguous US but some of the most developed in western Canada. US federal and state wildlife and land management agencies and their Canadian counterparts have inconsistent wildlife laws, policies and mandates. Conservation NGOs on either side of the international border often have different priorities, capacities and perspectives on issues affecting wildlife, habitat and economic development.

In his Speaker Series talk titled “Conservation Across Borders,” Scott will describe how Conservation Northwest has straddled the 49th... Continue reading

Urban Planning and Sustainable Development Major at Huxley College

Huxley’s B.A. in Urban Planning and Sustainable Development (UPSD) program is currently under review for national accreditation by the Planning Accreditation Board. A site visit is scheduled February 21-24 where assessors will evaluate the program in detail against national standards for urban planning education. The program is currently a candidate for accreditation and the final determination regarding our program’s accreditation status will be made in November 2016.

For more information about Huxley’s degree program, please visit the Urban Planning and Sustainable Development Program page.

VIDEO: Earthquake & Emergency Preparedness/Response in WA

2015 Munro Seminar for Civic Education - "Earthquake and Emergency Preparedness/Response in WA" with Rebekah Paci-Green (Resilience Institute), David Sattler (WWU), John Ufford (WA State Emergency Management Division), and Lynda Zambrano (NW Tribal Emergency Management Council).

LINK TO VIDEO ON TVW.ORG:

http://www.tvw.org/watch/?eventID=2015101047

Huxley Speaker Series 2/11: Mitch Friedman on Recovering Washington's Carnivores

As part of the 2015-16 Huxley College of the Environment Speaker Series, Mitch Friedman from Conservation Northwest will discuss Washington carnivore populations at 4 p.m. on Thursday, February 11 in Communications Facility 110 on the Western Washington University campus. The presentation is free and open to the public.

In his Speaker Series talk titled “Recovering Washington’s Carnivores,” Conservation Northwest executive director Mitch Friedman will present on Washington’s carnivore populations, including gray wolves, wolverine, fisher, lynx and grizzly bear. He will also highlight the types of conservation efforts being used to recover these species to health and viability.

Since 1989, Mitch has served at the helm of Conservation Northwest, an organization dedicated to creative conservation. A founding board member of The Wildlands Network, Western Lands Alliance, and the... Continue reading

Huxley Speaker Series 2/4: Microsoft's Brian Janous on Cloud Computing Energy Strategy

As part of the 2015-16 Huxley College of the Environment Speaker Series, Brian Janous from Microsoft will discuss energy strategies in cloud computing at 4 p.m. on Thursday, February 4 in Communications Facility 110 on the Western Washington University campus. The presentation is free and open to the public.

Microsoft operates one of the world's largest cloud businesses in its global network of datacenters. One of the key challenges that cloud companies face is how to manage the increasing appetite for energy to supply growing demand for cloud services. In his Speaker Series talk titled “Powering Microsoft’s Cloud,” Brian Janous will discuss how Microsoft is addressing these challenges, including navigating energy policy, developing renewable energy resources, and enabling new energy technologies.

As Microsoft's Director of Energy Strategy, Brian is responsible for leading the development... Continue reading

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