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UW Environmental Studies major, Corina Yballa.

Empowering young women through nature excursions

Corina Yballa interned with Young Women Empowered for her Capstone, where she led a backpacking trip for young women of color to build connections with each other and with nature.

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Tyler Ung bloodline art

Combining science and art to shift our thinking and spur action in a changing world

Recent Program on the Environment alum Tyler Ung developed a senior Capstone project focusing on the budding “sci-art” movement, a concept that bridges the science communication gap through creative expression. His compelling pieces were created during his trips to China and India, and his home city, Seattle.

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Rachel Fricke preparing zooplankton samples on the shores of Lake Kulla Kulla in Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest.

Crunching data to trace the impact of recreational fishing on the movement of aquatic invasive species

Double major Rachel Fricke is using iBobber, a sonar fish-finding tool to distinguish pathways for invasive aquatic species, including the areas where recreational fishing occurs.

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Brooke Stroosma fielding questions about recycling at a Waste Management info fair.

Activating behavior change for proper waste disposal in WA

This summer, Brooke Stroosma interned with Waste Management, the largest environmental solutions provider in North America. She learned all about effective waste disposal and conducted outreach to encourage citizens to organize their trash correctly.

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Who’s paying for WA state parks, who’s not visiting, and what can we do to provide access for all?

Joy Shang is interning with the WA State Parks Foundation to examine possible disparities between Washington’s increasingly diverse population and park visitors. She’s creating infographics to be shared with the public and policy makers in an effort to raise more funds for our state’s beautiful parks.

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Ferns are dying in Kitsap forests, and nobody knows why

More barren patches show increased fern die-off, this time in Kitsap forests. UW POE’s Tim Billo quoted.

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Farm sign in Netherlands

WWOOFing in the Netherlands to sow seeds for the future

Carly Lester’s summer Capstone internship led her to work on a farm in the Netherlands and learn the ins and outs of direct farm marketing. She gained extensive knowledge about the challenges and opportunities of sourcing locally and has big plans for her future career in food.

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The “global flip”: a new model for international learning

A new course add-on option adds short-term travel to international, online collaboration — helping more students to have rich global learning experiences, at home and abroad.
Teaching sustainability through international partnership
Kristi Straus, lecturer in the College of the Environment, knew that her students could learn an enormous amount about sustainability issues if they could place them in more global context. 

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Beth at SkyRoots, her farm on Whidbey Island.

Beth Wheat speaks about her dual role on “In Our Nature” podcast

No matter what’s she’s done and where’s she’s gone, she’s drawn to planting seeds and growing food. Listen to UW Sustainability’s In Our Nature podcast to hear about Beth Wheat’s dual role as farmer and educator.

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Student research reveals barriers to bike riding in one Seattle neighborhood

Program on the Environment student Ziyi Liu interned with Seattle Neighborhoods Greenways for his Capstone project, to learn why so few people bike in Seattle’s Chinatown International District, and what factors prevent people from traveling on two wheels.
Ziyi’s research question asked: “How does bike infrastructure affect cycling safety in the Chinatown-International District?”
His findings revealed that safety was a huge concern, and that in the International District there are very few protected bike lanes, compared to other busy neighborhoods in Seattle. 

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