Huxley Speaker Series brings environmental leaders to Western

Submitted by gallagm7 on Fri, 08/16/2013 - 5:18pm

The Huxley College Speaker Series brings together the environmental-science community and other interested members of the WWU and Bellingham communities to explore topics of contemporary environmental concern in the region and the world. 

Lectures in 12-13 included: 

A discussion of the documentary “American Meat,” by director Graham Meriwether. 

“Transportation in Bellingham,” by Kirsten Wert, Smart Trips Program Coordinator for the Whatcom Council of Governments.

“Hiding in Plain Sight: Mining Sustainability at Sea-Tac Airport,” by Mark Reis, managing director of Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

“Clean Energy Conversations: Common and Not Yet Common Topics on the Road to Sustainable Energy,” by Alex Ramel, Energy and Policy manager for Sustainable Connections.

“A Fisherman's Perspective of the Individual Fishing Quota System in Alaska - Before, During, and After Implementation,” by Dean Adams, an author and former longline fisherman.

“The DNA of Cities,” by A-P Hurd, Runstad Fellow in the College of Built Environments at the University of Washington.

“The Nature of Borders: Salmon, Boundaries, and Bandits on the Salish Sea,” by Lisa Wadewitz, a Linfield College history professor specializing in environmental history. 

“Understanding resilience in Washington state’s seagrass beds-collecting scientific data for coastal management,” by Sylvia Yang, Marine scientists at Western Washington University’s Shannon Point Marine Center.

“Trends in Environmental Collaboration Practices and Projects,” by Martha Bean, mediator at RESOLVE in Seattle.

“Nuclear Power, Environmental and Health Effects, and Reactor Accidents,” by Ruth Weiner, adjunct professor for the Department of Nuclear Engineering at the University of Michigan and principal member of the technical staff for Sandia National Laboratories.

“The Trouble with Tourism: Rethinking Travel in the Age of Climate Change,” by Steve Hollenhorst, Western's dean of Huxley College of the Environment.

“Could the United States Rely on Renewable Energy Alone?” by Andy Bunn, associate professor of Environmental Sciences and director of Western's Institute for Energy Studies.

“Aboriginal Land Claims and the Politics of a Pipeline,” by David Rossiter, associate professor of Environmental Studies.

“WHAT JUST HAPPENED? The Clean Energy Movement Reinvented,” by David Allen, principal and executive vice president of McKinstry.

“Climate Solutions in an Era of Consequences,” by Ross Macfarlane, manager of the Climate Solutions Business Partnership program.

“Coal at Cherry Point: Local Battle, Global Fallout,” by Matt Krogh, North Sound Baykeeper at RE Sources for Sustainable Communities and the northwest Washington director of the Power Past Coal coalition.

“Environmental Concerns and the Political Process,” by Riley Sweeney and Kathy Kershner, Sweeney is a political strategist and Kershner is a Whatcom County Council member.

“520 Bridge Expansion: Environmental Impacts and Assessments,” by Mike McDowell, principal fisheries and aquatic scientist with Confluence Environmental.

“The Future of Food,” by Stephen Trinkaus, owner of Terra Organica and Jim Ashby, general manager Community Food Co-Op.

"The Future of Food Justice,” by Rosalinda Guillen , Community to Community Development.

“Protecting Land, Protecting Food,” by Eric Carabba, director of Lands for the Whatcom Land Trust, Steven Hollenhorst, Huxley College of the Environment dean, Samya Lutz, Whatcom County Planning and Development, and Laura Ridenour, Food and Farming manager for Sustainable Connections.

“Bellingham's Waterfront: Where We're Going, Where We Should Be Going, and How My Huxley Education Helps Me Understand the Difference,” by Dan Pike, former Bellingham mayor.

“Some Observations on U.S. Energy Markets and Prices,” by Phil Thompson, assistant professor of Economics.