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Bill McKibben Discusses Falter: May 2 7:30pm Kane 120

McKibben’s earlier work offered prescient warnings about climate change. But in his newest book he suggests the danger is broader than that. Join us for a thought-provoking discussion about the future.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
Thirty years ago Bill McKibben offered one of the earliest warnings about climate change. Now he broadens the warning: the entire human game, he suggests, has begun to play itself out. 

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PoE Lecturer Tim Billo Makes News in Work with Sword Fern Die-Off

Tim Billo, instructor of our Natural History of the Puget Sound Region course, practices what he preaches. He uses his research into the natural history of our local sword ferns as a way of introducing undergraduates to research, demonstrating to them that they can make important contributions to natural history, as well as to helping to solve pressing ecological issues. Indeed, as the article suggests, this research would not be possible without the collaborative efforts of many concerned citizens, including our students who have played crucial roles over the past four years. 

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PoE Spring Fling: April 4, 4-6pm

The annual PoE Spring Fling is scheduled for Thursday, April 4, from 4-6pm. Students are invited to join PoE faculty for food, fun and community building. Pizza and salad will be provided and there will be plenty of opportunities to get to hang out with friends and meet new people!  Please join in the fun!  Send your questions to the PoE Advisor, Ana Wieman at wieman@uw.edu 

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Spring 2019 Capstone Symposium: May 29

The Program on the Environment will host the Spring 2019 Capstone Symposium on Wednesday, May 29, in the Fishery Science Building.  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 event their dream careers.  

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The Program on the Environment welcomes our new director, Dr. Gary Handwerk!

The UW College of the Environment is pleased to announce that Gary Handwerk has been named director of the Program on the Environment (PoE), effective March 16, 2019.
Gary is a scholar and teacher of the environmental humanities, working in the branch of literary and cultural studies known as “ecocriticism,” which aims to understand the effects of representations of nature. He has extensive experience in departmental administration, serving as chair of both Comparative Literature, and of English, over the last two decades. 

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Sustainability Studio Presentations March 14

Join Sustainability Studio students as they present on their long-term projects improving transportation sustainability on the UW campus and in the greater Seattle community.  These projects are in collaboration with:
Commute Seattle
King County Metro
Transportation Choices Coalition
UW Transportation Services
Sustainability Studio is a project-based course where teams of 3-5 students collaborate to gather and analyze data to help clients make sustainability decisions around the University of Washington and greater Seattle area.  

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Check out summer quarter course offerings!

Environmental Studies has a strong lineup of experiential learning opportunities with more than six course offerings.  Students planning to take more than one ENVIR 495 (same numbered course) should contact advisor for assistance in registering. Just send your email to enviradv@uw.edu
ENVIR 239, Sustainable Choices
ENVIR 240, The Urban Farm
ENVIR 495 A, Agroecology of Cascadia
ENVIR 495 B, Sustainable Cannabis
ENVIR 495 C, Landscape Change in the Pacific Northwest
ENVIR 495 D, Writing Life and Research 

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Congratulations to our 2018-2019 Environmental Leadership Scholars!

Congratulations to Environmental Studies majors Tiara Adler and Zaya Delgerjargal, our 2018-2019 Environmental Leadership Scholarship recipients!
Program on the Environment, with support from generous donors, awards scholarships to two students each year who demonstrate a passion for environmental studies, integrative thought and action in their academics and activities, and a vision of how they hope to make a positive difference in the world. 

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Wilderness Management in Glacier Bay National Park: Conflict and Reconciliation

This past summer, Program on the Environment lecturer Tim Billo traveled to Southeast Alaska with nine UW students for a bold new course exploring wilderness management and its unintended consequences. While there, students examined the complex and evolving relationship between the Huna Tlingit People and the National Park Service in Glacier Bay National Park.

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