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.
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:
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.
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.
Program on the Environment’s Spring 2018 Capstone Symposium featured 38 projects that addressed an array of environmental challenges students worked on for 9 months. From greening UW’s sport facilities to assessing water quality, piloting waste management plans and exploring the impact of environmental education, students shared their work with passion and finesse.
The symposium, held twice a year, drew colleagues, faculty advisors and students from across campus as well as parents and community (Capstone) partners.