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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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Student Capstone projects highlight impact beyond borders and across oceans

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. 

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2018 Husky Green Award winners Frieda Cohan and Elizabeth Wheat

Frieda Cohan and Beth Wheat honored at 2018 Husky Green Awards

Congratulations to this year’s Husky Green Award winners from Program on the Environment, Frieda Cohan and Beth Wheat!

This year, our program is thrilled to spotlight these two enthusiastic leaders who are walking the walk on sustainability, through environmental stewardship of green space and gardens and heartfelt teaching.
The 2018 Husky Green Awards recipients were honored on April 20 on Red Square as part of UW Earth Day celebrations.  

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Elizabeth Wheat

Faculty Friday: Elizabeth Wheat

Today we celebrate Beth Wheat, committed Program on the Environment lecturer and founder of SkyRoot Farm on Whidbey Island, who will receive a Husky Green Award at the Earth Day festivities on Red Square.

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UW students (left to right) Congshan Amanda Bai, TJ Gascho, Yushan Tong, and Shunxi Liu

Piloting a “Global Flip” study abroad experience in China

With today’s technology, distance is no longer a barrier, and collaborating with learners halfway around the world is a tangible reality.

Understanding this potential for enhanced learning, Dr. Kristi Straus piloted the UW’s first “Global Flip” in collaboration with Dr. Xi Lu at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China.

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Sean McDonald speaks about the value of translational ecology, March 7

This month’s Rabinowitz Speaker Series: Society’s Role in a Changing Environment, co-hosted by Program on the Environment and School of Marine and Environmental Affairs, is next week, Wednesday, March 7.
Please note the date change! Join us from 4:30–6pm in Wallace Hall Commons. Faculty talks are followed by Q&A and time for mingling. Light refreshments served.
Our March speaker is Program on the Environment lecturer Dr. 

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Emily Noyd in her office, Yosemite National Park

A backcountry ranger shares her passion for the wilderness

Wilderness means different things to visitors of the country’s national parks and wild lands. For Program on the Environment alumni Emily Noyd, who was featured in REI’s Keepers of the Outdoors series, being outside and helping people navigate relatively untouched lands is an incredibly rewarding experience.

 
Emily is currently a backcountry ranger in Yosemite National Park, where 94 percent of the park’s land is wilderness. 

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Riley Smith, Shruti Parikh, Sydney Barnes-Grant and Lola Behrens with Capstone Instructor Sean Mc Donald.

Environmental Studies Capstone winners skillfully cover food security, urban waste design, fishery certification and plant-microbe partnerships.

Last week’s Capstone Symposium presenters did not disappoint. With an array of oral and poster presentations showcasing work with business, campus, nonprofit and government partners on topics ranging from global conservation to implementing sustainable practices in corporations, choosing winners was tough.
The results are in though (thanks to faculty and alumni judges), and the winning presenters have bragging rights for life. 

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Joyce LeCompte kicks off Rabinowitz Speaker Series on society and environment, Dec. 5

Examining the impact of human behavior and actions on the environment is a focus of both Program on the Environment and the School of Marine and Environmental Affairs at UW. To further highlight the interdisciplinary teaching and research of both units, we are co-hosting a monthly Rabinowitz Speaker Series: Society’s Role in a Changing Environment, featuring a different faculty member each month. 

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The Sustainable Learning Space

New Sustainable Learning Space celebrates place-based learning and community

This Spring, a vibrant outdoor learning space, located on the northern side of the School of Aquatic and Fisheries lawn was built.
The garden space, adorned with nature-themed quotes, hand-crafted wood benches, native plants, a bioswale and rain garden is the result of a tremendous team effort by students, faculty and staff across campus.

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