Fall 2018 Capstone Symposium lineup – join us on Nov. 28

Program on the Environment will host our Autumn 2018 Capstone Symposium on Wednesday, November 28 in Alder Hall. 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.

Autumn 2018 Symposium Schedule

Wednesday November 28

4:30PM Welcoming remarks

Session A – Capstone Lightning Talks

4:35 – 5:50PM
Joy Shang – Parks are in trouble if they don’t diversify
Joshua Jones – What’s goin’ on? The role of cultural events in diversifying Washington State parks
Brooke Stroosma – Uncovering the barriers to proper waste disposal in multifamily homes
Sara Becker-Mayer – Who is taking care of all that trash: Waste collection management problems and solutions
Mary Cappelletti – The false dichotomy of climate change mitigation strategies
Olivia Scott – Residential energy efficiency: A conversation about equity
Jordan Fleming – Invisible planet keepers: Shedding light on plant blindness
Katherine Ort – Making your spring break sustainable: Can tourism be a driver for positive change?

Sneak peeks:
Joy Shang interned with the Washington State Parks Foundation to analyze park visitation and potential barriers to visitation for disenfranchised populations. She created infographics to educate the public about park funding and appeal to public officials for increased funding so everyone can enjoy WA State parks.

Brooke Stroosma interned with Waste Management’s Recycle Corps program to address the challenge of lack of access and knowledge to recycling and composting. She conducted outreach with residents in WA and developed some educational tools.

5:50-6PM Break

Session B – Poster Presentations

6PM Introductions

Aliya Al-Sadi – Northern exposure: Assessing the dangers of solid waste burning in Native Alaskan villages
Meghan Avila – Nature-based therapy: Moving beyond affluent rehabilitation
Kyle Bosch – Incorporating public engagement in urban trail design: South Beach trail
Nicholas Brown – Assessing obstacles to local vegetables
Alisha Bruner – Love isn’t always on time: Observing the timing of peak pupping periods for Steller sea lions utilizing pyramid rock
Chuqi Cai – Understanding visitor usage: What information is needed to improve urban park management?
Hakan Cakir – Discovering the barriers and motivations behind food waste reduction
Emily Dangerfield – 
Assessing diversity and accessibility barriers for UW Farm
Gigi Dawn – 
Using data visualization to show UW energy consumption
Zhaoyi Fang – C
ould EPA grant application evaluation be more consistent and effective?
Morganne Flores – Components that lead to successful risk communication within the EPA in regard to air quality
Minghao Gao – Evaluating the effectiveness of interpretive signage within Discovery Park to guide future education outcomes
Carly Lester – Improving direct farm marketing outlets through examination of marketing strategies
Eleazar Loyo – How are plankton faring in the Bering Sea?
Gardner Allen Patton – Nurturing conservation: Urban farms as a tool for environmental education
Mikaela Steudel – I
nvestigations into human involvement in climate action
Edward Tung – W
ait, there are healthy veggies planted next to my home?
Corina Yballa – 
Enhancing stewardship through community-oriented outdoor experience

Sneak peeks:
Carly Lester interned on a farm in the Netherlands, learning all about the benefits and challenges of organic farming, sourcing local products and direct farm marketing strategies.

Corina Yballa interned with Young Women Empowered to lead community-oriented outdoor activities and foster connections between diverse youth and their environment, in efforts raise environmental awareness and encourage collective stewardship.