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VIDEO: Western Windows Ep. 34: Learning to Clean Up

Episode 34: January 2016

Part 4: Learning to Clean Up – Students in Western’s Huxley College of the Environment are learning more about toxic contamination in places like the Hanford Nuclear Reservation and how these sites can be cleaned and remediated and the many factors that go into real-life cleanup of toxic sites. Huxley faculty members Rebekah Paci-Green and Ruth Sofield and their Science and Management of Contaminated Sites (SMoCS) program are featured in this segment.

Huxley Speaker Series 1/28: Environmental Job-Hunting Basics

As part of the 2015-16 Huxley College of the Environment Speaker Series, panelists from four local environmental organizations will give their advice on environmental careers. Local organizations have helped many Huxley graduates enter the workforce as environmental professionals. This week we'll have representatives from four such organizations on campus to discuss the employment landscape, give application and interview advice (such as show up on time and don't wear pants with hammer loops), and detail the critical skills to develop while you are still a student. WWU Career Services advisers will also be at the session to answer any questions you may have.


  • Derek Koellmann, Principal Environmental Planner, Anchor QEA (Private Sector)
  • Keri Shepherd, Transportation Planner, Nooksack Indian Tribe (Tribal Employment)
  • Rose Lathrop, Green Building & Smart Growth Manager, Sustainable Connections (Non-Profit Industries)
  • Nick Saling, WCC Crew Supervisor... Continue reading
Huxley Speaker Series 1/21: Christopher James to Speak on China’s Energy Policies

As part of the 2015-16 Huxley College of the Environment Speaker Series, Christopher James, principal at Regulatory Assistance Project (RAP), will discuss China’s environmental and energy policies at 4 p.m. on Thursday, January 21 in Communications Facility 110 on the Western Washington University campus. The presentation is free and open to the public.

China creates its own history and follows no patterns that appear logical to Westerners. One hundred fifty-five new coal plants were approved for construction during 2015, but coal consumption decreased by 9%. A newly strengthened Air Law adds teeth to comprehensive policies that require all 338 key Chinese cities and counties to develop and begin to implement air quality management plans by 2017. Key regions are required to reduce pollutants 25% over five years, double the rate of progress required by American law. China’s wind and solar energy programs have resulted thus far in over... Continue reading

2016 Huxley Environmental Career & Internship Fair: Feb. 11, 4:30-6:30pm

The annual Huxley Environmental Career and Internship Fair is set for Thursday, February 11, 2016, from 4:30 to 6:30pm in the Viking Union Multi-Purpose Room, directly following the WWU Winter Career Fair. 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.

Prior to the event, the WWU Career Center will conduct a free session called “Preparing for the Huxley Internship/Job Fair” on Tuesday, February 2, 2016, from 3-5 pm in Arntzen Hall 30. During this session, participants will receive tips on researching participating organizations, making the best impression, and preparing a resume for the event.

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Huxley Speaker Series 1/14: Lummi Chairman Timothy Ballew to speak at Inaugural Salish Sea Speaker Series

As part of the 2015-16 Huxley College of the Environment Speaker Series, Lummi Chairman Timothy Ballew, II, Lul-hal-mun, will speak at the inaugural Salish Sea Speaker series at 4 p.m. on Thursday, January 14 in Communications Facility 110 on the Western Washington University campus. The presentation is free and open to the public.

In his talk titled "Pulling Together in the Salish Sea," Chairman Ballew will discuss the pressing ecological and social issues facing the Salish Sea and discuss how the Lummi Nation has been working towards building strong and resilient communities. Chairman Ballew is a regional and national leader in defending Treaty rights – and has been a powerful voice in protecting one of Lummi’s Sacred Sites, Xwe’chi’eXen (Cherry Point).  Chairman Ballew will discuss his role as a leader of the Lummi Nation, as well as his efforts at a... Continue reading

Huxley College Reflection Session on Diversity & Inclusion: Thursday, Dec. 3 @ 4pm

Huxley College of the Environment is hosting a Reflection Session this Thursday, December 3, at 4pm in CF 120. The gathering will offer an opportunity for Huxley students, faculty, and staff to discuss issues of diversity and inclusion, especially in light of recent events on campus, and to consider how we, as a college community, can be supportive of all students. The discussion will be facilitated by instructor Sheri Russell, who has more than two decades of experience with diversity issues, conflict resolution, and environmental law.

The session is also part of a larger effort already underway to create a college-level strategic plan for diversity and inclusion within Huxley College. All opinions, experiences, and perspectives are welcome.

Note: This reflection session will take place in lieu of this week’s Huxley College Speaker Series.

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 Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday afternoons during Dead Week from 2:15-5pm. Stop by and pick up a Huxley hoodie or T-shirt. We’ll also be taking special orders if the inventory runs low! (NOTE: Only cash and checks accepted.)

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

Huxley Speaker Series 11/19: Martin Stapanian on Contaminants in Freshwater Fish

As part of the 2015-16 Huxley College of the Environment Speaker Series, Dr. Martin Stapanian from the U.S. Geological Survey will discuss environmental contaminants in fish populations at 4 p.m. on Thursday, November 19 in Communications Facility 120 on the Western Washington University campus. The presentation is free and open to the public.

Fish contain high quality protein and essential nutrients. However, some populations also contain chemical contaminants at levels that may be harmful to health. Because of their greater proximity to human activities and contamination sources, freshwater fish are more likely to be contaminated than those from marine waters. In his Speaker Series talk titled “PCBs and Mercury Concentrations in Freshwater Fish,” Dr. Martin Stapanian will describe the results of a study comparing male and female burbot from a contaminated source (Lake Erie) with those taken from a... Continue reading

Huxley Speaker Series 11/12: Becky Petersen on Land Preservation in King County

As part of the 2015-16 Huxley College of the Environment Speaker Series, Western alumna Becky Petersen from King County will discuss land acquisition issues as part of the WWU Huxley College of the Environment Speaker Series at 4 p.m. on Thursday, November 12 in Communications Facility 120 on the Western Washington University campus. The presentation is free and open to the public.

The mission of King County’s Water and Land Resources Division (WLRD) is to protect the region’s water and lands so that residents can enjoy them safely today and for generations to come. In her Speaker Series talk titled, “Conservation and Preservation: Saving Lands for Future Generations,” Acquisition Project Manager Becky Petersen will offer insight into how—and why—the land acquisition group acquires property throughout King County... Continue reading

Dean Hollenhorst to Moderate Emergency Response Panel at the 2015 Munro Seminar for Civic Education

The 2015 Munro Seminar for Civic Education will be held on campus October 27-28 in the Wilson Library Reading Room. The event is free and open to the public.

“The panelists this year will be focusing on some of the most important issues facing our state. Western students and community members are particularly encouraged to join us for these interesting and lively discussions with key decision makers and experts,” said Vernon Johnson, professor of Political Science at Western and director of the Munro Seminars and the Ralph Munro Institute for Civic Education.

Dean Steve Hollenhorst of Huxley College will be moderating the following panel:

Earthquake and Emergency Preparedness and Response in Washington State, Wednesday, Oct. 28... Continue reading


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