Energy and Climate Change are the key topics in the 2014-15 Huxley College Speakers Series
The Huxley College Speaker Series, which brings guest lecturers to the WWU campus to address topics of contemporary environmental concern in the region and beyond, is intended to bring together environmentally minded members of the WWU and Bellingham communities.
For 2014-15, the speaker series theme was energy and climate change: sustainability, habitat recovery, solar energy and other forms of renewable energy.
As always, the lectures are free and open to the public.
This year's speakers included:
- WWU Chemistry Professor David Patrick on "The Quest for Affordable Solar Energy."
- Jennie Stephens, professor of Sustainability Science and Policy at the University of Vermont, in "Power Struggles in Energy System Transition."
- Bill Shaw, a physical oceanographer at the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School, on "The Retreat of Antarctica's Glaciers."
- Cascadia Wildlands Executive Director Bob Ferris and environmental journalist Todd Wilkinson on "The Two Talking Wolves Tour."
- Charles F. Wilkinson, professor of law at the University of Colorado, on "Stewards of the Land."
- Faculty from Western and Northwest Indian College in a panel discussion on "Freeing the Elwha."
- John Gussman codirector of the film, "Return of the River."
- Bill Hurley, chairman of the Seattle-based consulting firm The Glosten Associates, Inc. on "Deep Water Offshore Wind Energy in Europe."
- Alex Ramel, a 2005 Huxley alumnus and Energy and Policy director at Sustainable Connections, on "Aligning Economic Development and Clean Energy Sector Growth."
- Joel Swisher, director of Western's Institute for Energy Studies, on "Next-Generation Energy Systems for a Low-Carbon Campus and Economy."
- Tom Loranger, 1982 and '86 Huxley alumnus and manager of the Department of Ecology's Water Resources Program, on "Western Water Laws and Resource Management."
- Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies Thomas Webler on "The German Energy Transition: Can we do the same here?"
- WWU lecturer and Anthropology alumnus Jerry Ek on "Resilience Theory and the Classic Maya Collapse."
- Robert K. Johnston, a 1981 Huxley alumnus and a senior scientist with the U.S. Navy, on "Monitoring and Modeling Pollution Runoff in Puget Sound Inlets."
- Julann Spromberg, Huxley alumna and NOAA toxicologist, on "Murky Water: Coho salmon and urban stormwater runoff."
- David Kaplan, CEO and founder of 1Energy Systems, on "The Role of Information Technology in a Clean Energy Future."
- Jim Conca, senior scientists for UFA Ventures, Inc., on "The Geopolitics of Energy: Achieving a Just and Sustainable Energy Distribution by 2040."
- Chance Asher, Sediment Program policy lead in the Toxics Leanup Program at the Washington State Department of Ecology, on "The Critical Role of Science in Environmental Law and Policy Making."
- Erika McPhee-Shaw, director of the Shannon Point Marine Center, on "Life on the Edge of the Pacific."
- Timothy W. Miller, a weed scientist for Washington State University Extension, on "Battling Invasive Wildland Weeds: How we plan and conduct management trials."
- A panel discussion with NCI, Sustainable Connections, ForestEthics and RE Sources on "Enviro Job-Hunting Basics."
- Brenna Forester, Huxley College alumna and Ph.D. candidate at Duke University, on "Genomics and Conservation; or, Salamanders vs Climate Change."
- Stu Weiss, conservation ecologist and chief scientists of the Creekside Center for Earth Observation, on "Climate, Nitrogen Deposition and the Bay Checkerspot Butterfly."
- Steve Wright, general manager of Chelan County Public Utility District No. 1, on "Salmon Restoration and Energy Planning in the Columbia River Basin."
- Amanda Graham, director of Education for the MIT Energy Initiative, on "Reflections on Ecological Literacy in the Anthropocene."
- Adriana Martinez, associate professor in the Geography and Environmental Science Program at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, on "Environmental and Social Impacts of the US-Mexico Border Fence."
- Crina Hoyer, executive director of RE Sources for Sustainable Communities and a Huxley Environmental Education alumna, on "Offensive Remarks: Building public insistence and a bias for action."
Several speakers, Forester, Weiss, Wright, Graham and Hoyer, were sponsored by Alaska Airlines. The Alaska Airlines Speaker Series was made possible by a contribution to Western's Institute for Energy Studies.