Join us for the Spring 2018 Capstone Symposium

The Program on the Environment will host our Spring 2018 Capstone Symposium on May 23 at the Fisheries Sciences Building. We welcome all to attend and support students as they present on the culmination of three quarters of hard work.

The Capstone Course Series is a highlight for many students, and serves to catapult some into their first jobs or even their dream careers. Through internships, research, social media training, students come out of the experience well-equipped to communicate about the problem they sought to solve, and to tie their academic learning with specific research questions.

See below for the schedule and some sneak peeks from each session!

This event is open to the public and we encourage students interested in learning about the Capstone, as well as members of our community, to join us. There will be beverages and snacks. For those who can’t attend in person, follow our live tweets on Twitter: #POEcap.

Spring 2018 Symposium Schedule

Wednesday May 23

4:30PM Welcoming remarks/housekeeping

Session A – Poster I: Agriculture & Food systems, Green business & Sustainability, Natural Science & Conservation

4:35 – 5:15PM
Summer Cook – Full circle in the remote tropics: 5 ways to optimize permaculture in unconventional settings
Lexie Gray – Greening sports: How athletic facilities can implement change to save money and the environment
Nazmah Hasaan – Improving accessibility of the UW Sustainability Climate Action Plan website
David Hedin – Visions of restoration at Daybreak Star Cultural Center
Elena Hinz – Contaminants, comparisons, and consequences: The three c’s of a water quality assessment
Shunxi Liu – Community engagement programs can align with the co-creation mission in higher education sustainability
Carla Marigmen – Improving the efficiency of operations and behaviors within athletics facilities
Staci McMahon – Predicting the effects of climate change on flatfish distributional shifts into the Chukchi Sea
Jennifer Mitchell – Achieving campus sustainability: What practices universities are doing to become leaders in campus sustainability
Colin Piwtorak – From top to bottom and back again: How citizen science at all levels can be used to its greatest potential
Clyzzel Samson – How low income food bank clients’ concern for the environment and food waste is underestimated
Lex Savanh – Developing an alternative to cable ties for bird tagging
Uyen Tran – Sustainable finance and investment in higher education institutions: Reasoning and best practices
Brandon Wech – Trees aren’t just for the Lorax anymore: Measuring Northwest permaculture efficiency
Yunbo Xie – Promoting sustainable moves in a citizen science project and correlating volunteers’ motivations with their ongoing status
Hualian Xu – Endangered species “summer chum”: A way to save them

Sneak peek: Uyen Tran interned with UW Sustainability to examine sustainable finance and investment in higher education institutions. She conducted a competitive analysis along with two other students of the STARS (Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System) ranked colleges and looked into which higher ed institutions use SRI stocks and why that’s significant.

Session B – Capstone lightning talks

5:20PM Introduction 
Danielle Elizabeth Bogardus – E.W.W!! Education, Waste, and Water: A case study in the Las Piedras Region of Peru
Frieda Elise Luoma-Cohan – From the lab to the classroom: The use of non-traditional teaching tools in science communication
Samantha Anne Orcutt – The dirty side of business: How communication is key to streamline waste management practices
Yushan Tong – Value and use of Discovery Park by Chinese communities in Seattle
Tyler Sing Ung – Raising environmental awareness in a digitized world: The effectiveness of visual art and photography
Ha Young Yoo – Returning to the roots of sustainable ecotourism: Indigenous Knowledge is power rooted in ecology

Sneak peek: Danielle Bogardus has spent 4 years conducting work in a remote area of Peru, with an alumna’s non-profit, Hoja Nueva, on assessing and developing a waste management toolkit for remote native and migrant communities in Peru’s Las Piedras region that don’t have systems in place to dispose of waste. Danielle will seek to replicate and scale this toolkit in other communities after she graduates. 

Session C – Poster II: Education & Outreach, Policy & Regulation

6:15 – 7:00PM
Sean Adair – Assessing the impact of environmental education on childhood awareness and relationship to nature
Maggie Brown – Benefits to food recovery: Improved resource conservation through effective outreach methods
Sungkun Choi – Back to the science
Sara Clark – A necessary evil? Various perspectives towards salmon hatcheries
Saruul Delgerbayar – Hazardous waste generators in tribal communities of Alaska
Marlee Grasser – Puget Sound high-risk facilities in relation to environmental justice
Bridget House – Bluff erosion mitigation: Should it be incorporated into restoration strategies?
Katie Hunger – Sorting trash, there’s gotta be a better way!
Soondus Junejo – The need for mandatory environmental screening in daycare settings in order to minimize the health risk for children
Ziyi Liu – How does bike infrastructure affect cycling safety in the Chinatown-International District
Shelby Logsdon – Park or ride? An analysis of Washington State park transit accessibility
Chance O’Neal – The age of information: Improving the reliability of environmental websites
Rachel Pemberton
 – Underserved and overlooked: The roles of race and income in environmental advocacy
Gloria Piekarczyk – We’re all part of the problem, but who wants to be part of the solution?
Ellen Short – What’s gender got to do with it? How ecofeminism could save the planet
Chelsy Sirnio – Early outdoor education: Reconnecting children with nature

Sneak peek: Saruul Delgerbayar worked with the EPA on hazardous waste generators in rural villages of Alaska. Saruul assisted with EPA’s pilot program to backhaul hazardous waste from tribal communities lacking waste management systems and conducted interviews to identify the types of hazardous waste generated, to inform regulations that would benefit the communities’ overall health.


A snapshot of Saruul's Capstone research findings.
A snapshot of Saruul’s Capstone research findings.