Last quarter, students in Program on the Environment’s Sustainability Studio class worked with the Special Olympics team to strategize ways to green the games, set to take place in Seattle this summer. This winter quarter, ENVIR 480 students explored the theme of Environmental Wellness and Health.
Today, humankind has quite the reputation for harming our natural surroundings, whether through resource exploitation or pollution.
On a quest to better understand sustainability in a global context, two Program on the Environment students, Tyler Ung and Olivia Scott have joined the UW’s Grand Challenges Impact Lab for its pilot program in Bangalore, India. The students are there for Winter Quarter, immersing themselves in a unique learning lab that uses design thinking to address complex societal problems.
What are Grand Challenges?Read more
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.
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.Read more
For a trip of a lifetime, School of Marine and Environmental Affairs student Katie Keil rearranged her travel to join Tim Billo and his ENVIR 495C: Landscape Changes in the Pacific Northwest course as a teaching assistant. The annual summer course has deeply impacted students who have, for perhaps the first time, experienced raw wilderness and learned about what a changing landscape means for us all.Read more
This quarter’s newest addition to the teaching team is Thao Huynh, a graduate student at School of Marine and Environmental Affairs who is teaching our popular Sustainability Studio course.
What brought you to Seattle and our program?
I was born and raised in Dallas, Texas. I moved to Seattle to study marine and environmental affairs at the University of Washington.Read more
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.
Sword ferns in Seattle’s Seward Park are disappearing and nobody really knows why. UW’s Tim Billo, Paul Shannon and national fern experts are investigating the phenomenon.Read more
Sword ferns provide valuable ecosystem benefits, holding soil in place to prevent erosion and invasive plant growth. They also provide a habitat for forest birds such as the Pacific wren, and a food source for wildlife, such as mountain beavers. And in Seattle’s Seward Park, they are dying off at alarming rates.
Nobody really knows why, but Program on the Environment lecturer Tim Billo and Seward Park steward Paul Shannon have some ideas, which they shared with King 5 News reporter Alison Morrow last Friday.
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.