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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!  

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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. 

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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. 

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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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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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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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