ENVIR 480 Sustainability Studio presents: Environmental Wellness & Health

Last quarter, students in Program on the Environment’s Sustainability Studio class worked with the Special Olympics team to strategize ways to green the games, set to take place in Seattle this summer. This winter quarter, ENVIR 480 students explored the theme of Environmental Wellness and Health.

Today, humankind has quite the reputation for harming our natural surroundings, whether through resource exploitation or pollution. On the flip side, our built environment may not be the best thing for our health either, given declining air quality in big cities and the adverse effects of a sedentary lifestyle. Can we create healthy surroundings that benefit both people and the environment? The ENVIR 480 class, taught by Thao Huynh, is exploring this possibility by working with Miller Hull Architects, the Puget Soundkeeper Alliance, and UW Livable City Year on a range of projects.

Please join the students next week, on March 8, as they present about microplastics in UW’s water supplies, managing green open spaces in Tacoma, mapping pollution along the Duwamish River, and more.