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Program on Environment honored at 2017 Husky Green Awards

Teaching, studying and modeling sustainability in action is a hallmark of the Program on the Environment.  This year, the Program is thrilled to congratulate three superstars who are leading change for a more just and sustainable world, through environmental student club leadership, environmental justice capstone work and creative teaching methods. The 2017 Husky Green Awards winners, honored on April 20 at UW Sustainability‘s Earth Day festival include Environmental Studies majors Cassie Maylor, Shelby Cramer and Program on the Environment (POE) lecturer Kristi Straus. 

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April Info Sessions: WA State Legislative Internship

Come learn about the Washington State Legislative Intern Program! This is a paid, for-credit internship opportunity for college students of any major to work as staff at the State Capitol during the Legislative Session (January through March or April). About 70 students are hired each year from colleges around the state. Political experience is not necessary.  Students from diverse backgrounds who are active leaders, engaged in campus communities, and excited to learn about government and gain practical job skills are encouraged to apply.  

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Congratulations Kristen Smith, one of 2017's Husky100!

Congratulations to Environmental Studies student, Kristen Smith, one of UW’s 2017 Husky100! The Husky100 recognizes outstanding students on all three University of Washington campuses who are making the most of their time in college and exhibiting leadership, passion and drive. As interim provost and executive director Jerry Baldasty notes, this honor is reflective of the caliber and spirit of a student body that “gain the skills they need to prepare for rewarding careers in industry, community and life.” Kristen has a passion for environmental education and fostering environmental stewardship in young students. 

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Student Perspective: Amy Haymond talks Capstone with Conservation Corridor

Communicating on Twitter about environmental topics and Capstone project experiences has become the new norm for Environmental Studies students in Sean McDonald’s three-quarter Capstone Course Series. Some are still skeptical of the power of social media, while others, like Amy Haymond, have taken to it, finding value in the access it gives to myriad environmental leaders and organizations. During the course’s “topic of the week” Twitter assignment, students were called to find and connect with an expert doing work related to their Capstone, and Amy tagged Conservation Corridor, who then reached out to Amy to provide a student perspective on studying wildlife connectivity. 

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Kristi Straus receives UW Distinguished Teaching Award

Encouraging students to examine their personal impact on the environment by carrying their waste for a week is just one way Program on the Environment lecturer Kristi Straus pushes the envelope when it comes to teaching students about sustainability. To honor her dedication to engaging students with innovative teaching curriculum and methods, Kristi has been awarded the Center for Teaching and Learning Distinguished Teaching Award, one of the highest recognitions at the University. 

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ENVIR 2017 Summer Courses

Thinking about what’s available for Summer courses? Check out our Environmental Studies offerings.  Registration starts April 11. See time schedule to register. COURSE NUMBER COURSE TITLE ENVIR 100 Introduction to Environmental Studies (full term) ENVIR 239  Sustainability: Personal Choices, Broad Impacts (3 or 5 credit option with service learning) ENVIR 495 A  Agro-Eco Culture of Cascadia (B term, includes 2 overnight field trips) ENVIR 495 B  Global Environmental Literature (full term) ENVIR 495 C  Landscape Change in the PNW (A-term, includes 9-day backpacking trip) ENVIR 495 D  Collaborative Management of Natural Resources (3 or 5 credit version w/ practicum)       

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UW Livable City Year reports on sustainability projects with the City of Auburn

Today, the UW’s Livable City Year program published its first reports from a year-long partnership with the City of Auburn. Reports represent a diverse range of applied learning projects students and faculty implemented to address the City of Auburn’s sustainability challenges. The Livable City Year program (LCY) is a new initiative led by UW faculty directors Branden Born (Urban Design and Planning) and Jennifer Otten (Public Health) in collaboration with UW Sustainability, Urban at UW and the Association of Washington Cities.  

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Spring 2017 ENVIR Courses

Thinking about what’s available for Spring courses? Check out our Environmental Studies Spring offerings. Registration starts Feb. 10! Environmental Studies Courses ENVIR 100: Introduction to Environmental Studies – Great course for exploring environmental majors. Learn about environmental issues in a local and global context.  ENVIR 200: Communication for Environmental Studies – Develop the skills necessary to engage, analyze, write, and speak about complex environmental issues in a variety of disciplinary contexts with particular values and emphases. 

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Coming together with art, for the environment

Last Friday, January 20, a group of driven students welcomed two notable National Geographic photographers to the stage and more than 150 students, family members, friends, faculty and staff at UW for a night of contemplation about what it means to be a steward of the earth and all its creatures. The Student Association for Green Environments (SAGE), currently led by: Frieda Cohen, Cassie Maylor, Shelby Cramer and Summer Cook, orchestrated Friday’s event with the support of their Environmental Studies major unit, the Program on the Environment. 

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Congratulations to Shruti Parikh, Mary Gates Research Scholar!

Shruti Parikh is a junior at UW, majoring in Environmental Studies and Environmental Sciences and Resource Management (ESRM), with a QSCI minor. She’s lived in Washington for the majority of her life and is passionate about good air quality. She recently won a Mary Gates Research Scholarship for her research on using plants to purify air and reduce pollutants such as arsenic, a known carcinogen. 

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