Autumn 2020 Capstone Symposium: December 2

The Program on the Environment will host the Autumn 2020 Capstone Symposium on Wednesday, December 2, online.  All are welcome to attend and support students as they present on the culmination of their hard work over three quarters.

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, and 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.

This event is open to the public, and we encourage students interested in learning about the Capstone, as well as members of the community, to join us. Please also follow the event on Twitter #POEcap.

**Event program can be found here: PDF. Video presentations can be found here: Playlist

**Abstracts and additional information about each project can be found in here: Word/PDF

Autumn 2020 Symposium Schedule

Wednesday December 2

4:30 PM – 4:40 PM Welcome & Session Overview


4:40 PM – 4:50 PM Session A Speaker Intros

4:50 PM – 5:50 PM Poster Session A – Agriculture & Food Systems

Kaitlyn Birkholz (Room #1) – The Struggles of Farming During a Pandemic. Site Partner: Barn2Door (Summary) (Poster PDF) (Video)

Kyle Crane (Room #2) – Building Resilience in Urban Food Distribution. Site Partner: Homegrown Organics (Summary) (Poster PDF) (Video)

Krista Einarsson (Room #3) – Systems Thinking in Food Systems: How a Ball of String Can Reshape the Way We Think About Our Food. Site Partner: Oxbow Farm and Conservation Center (Summary) (Poster PDF) (Video)

Caitlin Kelly (Room #4) – Covid & Cuisine: Can a Global Pandemic Lead to Social and Sustainable Food? Site Partner: The Organic Farm School (Summary) (Poster PDF) (Video)

Amber Pfeifer (Room #5) – The Realities of Home Composting. Site Partner: Homegrown Organics (Summary) (Poster PDF) (Video)

Kai San Jose (Room #6) – How Gleaning Organizations Contribute to Food Waste Reduction & Food Security. Site Partner: City Fruit (Summary) (Poster PDF) (Video)

Elena Spasova (Room #7) – 4 Ways Indigenous Knowledge Can Help Improve the World Food System. Site Partner: Organic Farm School (Summary) (Poster PDF) (Video)

Hanna Treppenhauer (Room #8) – Sustainable Eating in Schools: Increasing Student Participation Through Food Culture. Site Partner: The Northwest School (Summary) (Poster PDF) (Video)


5:50 PM – 6:00 PM BREAK


6:00 PM – 6:05 PM Session Overview

6:05 PM – 6:15 PM Session B Speaker Intros

6:15 PM – 7:15 PM Poster Session B – Education & Outreach; Science & Policy; Planning & Justice

Andres Barrera (Room #1) – Digging to Identify a Potential Cause for the Sword Fern (Polystichum Munitum) Die-off at Seward Park. Site Partner: Friends of Seward Park & Haven Ecology & Research (Summary) (Poster PDF) (Video)

Nektarios Hagler (Room #2) – Building Smoke Ready Communities in Washington: How to Prepare, Not React. Site Partner: United States Environmental Protection Agency, Region 10 (Summary) (Poster PDF) (Video)

Emma Helm (Room #3) – LEEDing the Way to a Healthier Construction Industry. Site Partner: Mortenson Construction (Summary) (Poster PDF) (Video)

Allison Kirste (Room #4) – Communicating the Climate Crisis: Assessing the Role of Rhetoric in Climate Change Communication. Site Partner: King County Climate Action Team (Summary) (Poster PDF) (Video)

Elizabeth Landefeld (Room #5) – For Whom Do the Salmon Run? Commercial Fishing Rights in Bristol Bay, Alaska. Site Partner: Alaska Salmon Program, School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, University of Washington (Summary) (Poster PDF) (Video)

Megan Lee (Room #6) – Technology and Nature: Friends or Enemies? Site Partner: Friends of Discovery Park (Summary) (Poster PDF) (Video)

Brian Muoneke (Room #7) – Climate Activism: A Connection Between the Youth and Minorities. Site Partner: King County Clumate Action Team (Summary) (Poster PDF) (Video)

Nick Tritt (Room #8) – 15-Minute Neighborhoods: Improving Environmental Health by Increasing Walkability. Site Partner: Seattle Neighborhood Greenways (Summary) (Poster PDF) (Video)

Gert-Jan van Doorn (Room #9) – Technology in Nature, Who Can Benefit? Site Partner: Friends of Discover Park (Summary) (Poster PDF) (Video)

Selena Xie (Room #10) – The Role of Environmental Indices in Informing Policy Making. Site Partner: United States Environmental Protection Agency, Region 10 (Summary) (Poster PDF) (Video)

Kate Terrado (Room #11) – Think Global, Act Local: Escaped Trash Reduction. Site Partner: United States Environmental Protection Agency, Region 10 (Summary) (Poster PDF) (Video)


7:15 PM – 7:30 PM Closing