Spring 2021 Capstone Symposium: May 26

The Program on the Environment will host the Spring 2021 Capstone Symposium on Wednesday, May 26, 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

Spring 2021 Symposium Schedule

Wednesday May 26

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 – Education & Outreach; Business & Sustainability

Annemarie Ayton (Room #1) – How Friends of Discovery Park Can Increase Environmental Awareness and Enhance Visitor Experience. Site Partner: Friends of Discovery Park (Summary) (Poster PDF) (Video)

Ashleigh Bell (Room #2) – Environmental Volunteering: Being Green Shouldn’t Mean Being White. Site Partner: Friends of Lincoln Park (Summary) (Poster PDF) (Video)

Brianna Bjolstad (Room #3) – Community Outreach in Urban Park Restoration Planning . Site Partner: Friends of Discovery Park (Summary) (Poster PDF) (Video)

Vanessa Chung (Room #4) – Increasing Representation of BIPOC in Sustainable Shopping. Site Partner: Enweave (Summary) (Poster PDF) (Video)

Sophie Faller (Room #5) – Dig In: Rethinking Hands-On Education. Site Partner: Oxbow Farm and Conservation Center (Summary) (Poster PDF) (Video)

Noah Gauntz (Room #6) – Listen Up! Use Of Podcasts in Environmental Education. Site Partner: University of Washington Bothell (Summary) (Poster PDF) (Video)

Daniela Ivana Gonzalez (Room #7) – Empowering a Diverse And Inclusive Culture Between The UW and NOAA: Creating The UW DEI Catalogue. Site Partner: NOAA Fisheries, West Coast Region (Summary) (Poster PDF) (Video)

Jonmichael Halvorson (Room #8) – Skip the Gym, Save the Planet & Buy Your Dream Home: Why Our Commutes Matter. Site Partner: 2100 Project (Summary) (Poster PDF) (Video)

Souichiro Himuro (Room #9) – How Green Marketing Can Help Close the Value-Action Gap to Promote Sustainable Consumption. Site Partner: Enweave (Summary) (Poster PDF) (Video)

Ei Hla (Room #10) – How Can We Focus on Loving Food While Stopping Waste at Home?. Site Partner: City of Redmond (Summary) (Poster PDF) (Video)

Gabby Lacson (Room #11) – Hot Take: The Best Ways to Promote Resilience in the Face of Wildfires. Site Partner: King County Office of Emergency Management (Summary) (Poster PDF) (Video)

Alex Lam (Room #12) – Climate Issues and The People: Exploring and Analyzing Effective Methods for Environmental Communication. Site Partner: Global Shapers Seattle Hub (Summary) (Poster PDF) (Video)

Katie Lam (Room #13) – Branching Out: How Non-Profits Effectively Use Communication Methods to Garner Support. Site Partner: City Fruit (Summary) (Poster PDF) (Video)

Anne-Marie Le (Room #14) – Organized Organics: Analyzing Methods Of Outreach in Waste Disposal. Site Partner: Cedar Grove (Summary) (Poster PDF) (Video)

Amy Lin (Room #15) – Undressing Fast Fashion Through Clothing Repair. Site Partner: Seattle Public Utilities (Summary) (Poster PDF) (Video)

Cara Payne (Room #16) – Using Social Media for Behavior Change. Site Partner: Cascadia Consulting Group (Summary) (Poster PDF) (Video)

Max Rodrigo (Room #17) – Accessibility to Environmentalism for Bipoc Youth in Seattle. Site Partner: Friends of Lincoln Park (Summary) (Poster PDF) (Video)

Abigail Serna (Room #18) – Virtual Learning: Enhancing Food Literacy Through Virtual Cooking. Site Partner: Oxbow Farm and Conservation Center
(Summary) (Poster PDF) (Video)

Emily Siangkam (Room #19) – How Pesticide Risk Communication Can Empower Indigenous Communities. Site Partner: United States Environmental Protection Agency, Region 10 (Summary) (Poster PDF) (Video)

Emily Talbot (Room #20) – Sustainability Focused Podcasts: Maximizing Reach and Impact. Site Partner: University of Washington Bothell Sustainability Office (Summary) (Poster PDF) (Video)

Harry Wheldon (Room #21) – How Can We Educate College Students to Recycle More And Recycle Smarter?. Site Partner: University of Washington Recycling (Summary) (Poster PDF) (Video)

Isabel Wilson (Room #22) – Missing Perspectives: The Inaccessibility of Environmental Community Science. Site Partner: Stillwaters Environmental Center (Summary) (Poster PDF) (Video)

Dustin Woodbury (Room #23) – Increasing Compliance Rates for UST Safety on Tribal Lands. Site Partner: United States Environmental Protection Agency, Region 10 (Summary) (Poster PDF) (Video)

Sarah Zwaagstra (Room #24) – Corporate Social Responsibility: Communicating Sustainability. Site Partner: Nordstrom, Inc (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 – Agriculture & Food Systems; Natural Science & Restoration; Policy & Regulation

Batoul Al-Sadi (Room #1) – Seeking Justice: Establishing the EPA’s Framework to Address Environmental Challenges of Indigenous Communities. Site Partner: United States Environmental Protection Agency, Region 10 (Summary) (Poster PDF) (Video)

Alexander Ankuta (Room #2) – Spawning Salmon Population Analysis for Walker and Miller Creeks in the Walker Preserve. Site Partner: Green/Duwamish & Central Puget Sound Watershed (WRIA), King County (Summary) (Poster PDF) (Video)

Beth Behnken (Room #3) – Examining the Impact of Endangered Black Abalone on California Stakeholders to Inform Future Conservation Efforts. Site Partner: NOAA Fisheries, West Coast Region (Summary) (Poster PDF) (Video)

Sam Bergstrom (Room #4) – How Food Insecurity During Covid-19 Was Minimized by Resources From an Urban Housing Organization. Site Partner: Solid Ground (Summary) (Poster PDF) (Video)

Levi Casto (Room #5) – Learning From the Forest Chorus: Indicator Songbirds on the Olympic Peninsula. Site Partner: Washington State Department of Natural Resources and Omfishient Consulting (Summary) (Poster PDF) (Video)

Madelyn Chandler (Room #6) – Exploring the Use of Local Ecological Knowledge in Fisheries Management. Site Partner: NOAA Fisheries, Alaska Fisheries Science Center (Summary) (Poster PDF) (Video)

Sarah Chen (Room #7) – Construction and Demolition Waste Management in Wa: What We Know and What We Can Do. Site Partner: Engh Group (Summary) (Poster PDF) (Video)

Madeline Corbett (Room #8) – Changes in the Purple Orange Sea Star’s Spatial Distribution and Abundance in the Bering Sea. Site Partner: NOAA Fisheries, Alaska Fisheries Science Center (Summary) (Poster PDF) (Video)

Madison Harasek (Room #9) – Growing a Healthier Community Through Gleaning. Site Partner: City Fruit (Summary) (Poster PDF) (Video)

Christine Hoang (Room #10) – Risk Analysis of a Market Wide Scale Transition to Electric Vehicles. Site Partner: King County Metro Transit (Summary) (Poster PDF) (Video)

Alex Izquierdo (Room #11) – Mapping Seagrass: A Visual Approach to Conservation Research. Site Partner: International Union for Conservation of Nature Seagrass Specialist Group (Summary) (Poster PDF) (Video)

Therese Kaitis (Room #12) – The Sound of Science: What Can Songbirds Tell Us About Forest Ecosystem Function on the Olympic Peninsula? . Site Partner: Washington State Department of Natural Resources and Omfishient Consulting (Summary) (Poster PDF) (Video)

Angie Lai (Room #13) – Putting the “Trust” in Trust Responsibility: Sovereignty and Climate Adaptation for Federally Recognized Tribes, Nations, and Confederacies. Site Partner: United States Environmental Protection Agency, Region 10 (Summary) (Poster PDF) (Video)

Elizabeth Lee (Room #14) – Three Best Practices for Environmental Law and Policy from the 1972 Marine Mammal Protection Act. Site Partner: National Marine Fisheries Service, West Coast Region (Summary) (Poster PDF) (Video)

Nathan Mock (Room #15) – Application of ‘Kelpost’ to Pasture and Significance for Soil Carbon Sequestration. Site Partner: Washington Sea Grant (Summary) (Poster PDF) (Video)

Ryan Mohandeson (Room #16) – Building a More Regenerative Future One Farm at a Time. Site Partner: The Organic Farm School (Summary) (Poster PDF) (Video)

Lianna Rzajeva (Room #17) – Building Communication Frameworks: How Communication Adaptability Engages Our Communities. Site Partner: United States Environmental Protection Agency, Region 10 (Summary) (Poster PDF) (Video)

Carson Torres (Room #18) – The Role of Top Predators in Seagrass Conservation. Site Partner: International Union for Conservation of Nature Seagrass Specialist Group (Summary) (Poster PDF) (Video)

Jenna Truong (Room #19) – Inside EPA: Getting to Effective Science Communication from the Inside Out. Site Partner: United States Environmental Protection Agency, Region 10 (Summary) (Poster PDF) (Video)

Ryan Yasuda (Room #20) – Government Inefficiencies and Limitations: An Application of Environmental Policy. Site Partner: NOAA Fisheries, West Coast Region (Summary) (Poster PDF) (Video)


7:15 PM – 7:30 PM Closing