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SUM 2016 Environmental Studies Courses

Program on the Environment LogoENVIR 239: Sustainability: Personal Choices, Broad Impacts

3/5 credits – Dr. Kristi Straus – Full-term – Counts for I&S/NW – No pre-reqs.
  • Present frameworks of sustainability via exploration of key pillars of sustainability, the history of sustainability movements, and sustainability in action.
  • Examine personal and global aspects of sustainability through issues such as smart growth, green business and energy, ecotourism, and international policy.
  • Take inspiration from No Impact Man and participate in your own experimental lifestyle activities to examine your sustainability footprint.

ENVIR 495 B: The Nature Essay – NEW COURSE

5 credits – Ned Schaumberg – Full-term – No pre-reqs.
  • Explore the genre of the nature essay through reading, analysis and engagement with the natural world.
  • Examine famous and impactful texts by Rachel Carson, Barry Lopez and Henry David Thoreau; pick apart the texts, see what makes them work, and then create your own compelling nature writing!
  • Produce inspiring nature essays in a workshop style class and learn how writing can galvanize environmental movements.

ENVIR 495 D: Trash: Environmental & Social Justice Impacts of Waste – NEW COURSE

3 credits – Frederica Helmiere – B-Term – Required field trip.
  • Learn more about American waste production and disposal; where does it go? Who does it impact?
  • Explore trans-boundary dumping and the environmental, economic and ethical costs of waste in this country.
  • Examine the history and current state of American waste through an eco-justice lens.

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SUM 2016 Classes from Environmental Studies

ENVIR 100: Introduction to Environmental Studies
5 credits – Hybrid class w/ Yen-Chu Weng – Counts for I&S/NW and Env. Studies Core  – Open to all majors. Great intro for Freshmen and Sophomores who are exploring environmental majors.
The hybrid class model includes online lectures so students can listen at any time, and in-person weekly quiz sections.

Learn about complex environmental issues in a local and global context. Practice environmental communication and critical thinking skills through peer engagement, iterative writing, a team project and public poster presentation.

ENVIR 239: Sustainability: Personal Choices, Broad Impacts
3/5 credits – Dr. Kristi Straus – Counts for I&S/NW – No pre-reqs – Open to all majors.

Present frameworks of sustainability via exploration of key pillars of sustainability, the history of sustainability movements, and sustainability in action. Examine personal and global aspects of sustainability through issues such as smart growth, green business and energy, ecotourism, and international policy.

ENVIR 495 A: Agro-Ecosystyems of Northern Cascadia: From the backyard to the back forty
5 credits – Elizabeth Wheat – A-term – Counts for Env. Studies Perspectives & Experiences – No pre-reqs – Open to all majors.

Become familiar with the varied agricultural ecosystems in the PNW and design and practice implementing agro-ecosystem ideals on the student farm at UW.

ENVIR 495 B: The Nature Essay
5 credits – Ned Schaumberg – Full-term – Counts for Env. Studies Perspectives & Experiences – No pre-reqs  – Open to all majors.
Explore the genre of the nature essay through reading, analysis and engagement with the natural world. Produce inspiring nature essays in a workshop style class and learn how writing can galvanize environmental movements. This course would be a great complement to ENVIR 495 C.

ENVIR 495 C: Landscape Change in the Pacific NorthWest
5 credits – Tim Billo – A-term – Counts for Env. Studies Perspectives & Experiences – Required field trip  – Open to all majors.
Examine the cause and consequences of wilderness loss and landscape change in the Pacific Northwest, through a challenging 9-day wilderness expedition in the Olympic Peninsula.

ENVIR 495 D: Trash: Environmental & Social Justice Impacts of Waste 
3 credits – Frederica Helmiere – B-Term – Counts for Env. Studies Perspectives & Experiences  – Open to all majors.

Learn more about American waste production and disposal. Explore trans-boundary dumping and the environmental, economic and ethical costs of waste in this country.

Event: Meet Your Future – Environmental Education Panel (05/05/16)

Program on the Environment LogoMeet Your Future:  Environmental Education
Tuesday, April 5
5:30-7:00pm
Wallace Hall Commons http://www.washington.edu/maps/#!/acc

Professionals in the field will serve on this moderated panel discussion:

  • Arece Hampton, Seattle Public Utilities, Saving Water Partnerships
  • Siri Nelson, Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center
  • Mikhaila Gonzales, Seward Park Audubon Center
  • Jamie Stroble, Wilderness Inner-City Leadership Development (WILD) Program
  • Stephanie Ung, Islandwood
  • Moderated by Dr. Tim Billo, Instructor for Environmental Studies

Contact:  Ana Wieman wieman@uw.edu 206-616-2461

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SPR 2016 Environmental Studies Courses

Program on the Environment LogoENVIR 100: Introduction to Environmental Studies

5 credits – Dr. Kristi Straus and Dr. Yen-Chu Weng – Counts for I&S/NW and Env. Studies Core – Open to all majors. Great intro for Freshmen and Sophomores who are exploring environmental majors.
  • Learn about contemporary environmental challenges and responses, including topics on climate change, biodiversity conservation, sustainability, and natural resource management. 
  • Recognize the complexity in environmental issues and our connections to these issues at multiple scales, from local to global. Participate in a dynamic and unique learning experience with an interdisciplinary teaching team. 
  • Practice environmental communication and critical thinking skills through peer engagement, iterative writing assignments, a team project, and a public poster presentation.

ENVIR 240: The Urban Farm

5 credits – Dr. Elizabeth Wheat – Counts for I&S/NW and Env. Studies Perspectives & Experiences – Open to all majors. Freshmen and Sophomores encouraged!
  • Terrific hands-on course in urban farming. Develop your understanding of urban and peri-urban farming practices and learn more about the UW Farm and food production techniques in urban settings.
  • Gain a working knowledge of plants and soil growing techniques. Learn what soils are best suited for garden plants, get your hands dirty, learn about plant diseases and ecological approaches to pest control.

ENVIR 280: Natural History of the Puget Sound

5 credits – Tim Billo – Counts for I&S/NW and Env. Studies Perspectives & Experiences – Open to all majors.
  • Explore and understand the landscape of Western Washington and the species that inhabit it. Take an integrated look at climate, geomorphology and vegetation through a natural and social science lens. 
  • Connect to nature and gain valuable hands-on field experience. Students will go on field trips to the Olympic Peninsula, Whidbey Island and the east slopes of the Cascades and identify indicator species for different habitats.
  • Hone observation skills with weekly journaling and study of Washington habitats and species.

ENVIR 300: Analysis of Environmental Cases

3 credits – Dr. Elizabeth Wheat – Counts for I&S/NW – Pre-reqs: ENVIR 100, ENVIR 200, ENVIR 250.
  • Use natural and social sciences to address environmental issues. Learn to use data to inform how environmental decisions are made.
  • Review environmental cases. Dive deep into the sociocultural, socioeconomic and ecological contexts of environmental decisions and understand how and why facts can be critical in addressing environmental problems.

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Workshops to Help You Prepare for the Environmental Career Fair

The Environmental Career Fair is just a couple of weeks away – Wednesday, February 24! The Career Fair runs from 11am-3pm in MGH Commons, with an employer panel from 2-3 pm in the Career Center (MGH 134).
Learn more: https://environment.uw.edu/students/career-resources/uw-environmental-career-fair/

Several groups across campus have put together workshops to help you prepare for the Environmental Career Fair & your job/internship search. These events are all free and open to all students. Two of these events – Xi Sigma Pi’s Resume Workshop (2/10) and the Environmental Studies Career Fair Prep Workshop (2/22) – are focused specifically on helping students to prepare for careers/internships related to the environment and/or natural resources.

Resume Workshop (Xi Sigma Pi), Wednesday, Feb 10 5-6 pm, AND 207 Forest Club Room (see full announcement below)
Career Fair Success for International Students (Career Center), Thursday, Feb 11 2:30-3:30p, MGH 134
Internship Fair Success (Career Center), Tuesday, Feb 16 12:30-1:00pm, MGH 134
ResumeFest (20 min resume reviews, Career Center), Wednesday, Feb 17 10am-4pm, MGH 134
Internship Fair Success (Career Center), Wednesday, Feb 17 3:30-4pm, MGH 134
Career Fair Prep Workshop (Environmental Studies), Monday, Feb 22 5:30-7pm, Wallace Hall Commons https://envstudies.uw.edu/about/news-events/events/#/?i=1
Career Fair Success (Career Center), Tuesday, Feb 23 12-1pm, MGH 134

Questions about the career fair? Please email envjobs@uw.edu

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Study Abroad Opportunity: From Andes to Amazon – Biodiversity, Conservation, and Sustainability in Peru

Program on the Environment LogoFrom Andes to Amazon: Biodiversity, conservation, and sustainability in Peru

See the attached flyer.  The application period for this September course is open NOW and closes March 4.

More information is also at the following website:  http://faculty.washington.edu/timbillo/

Information sessions are coming up , Friday January 15, 12-1pm (MGH 206) and Wednesday February 17, 3-4 pm (POE Commons, Wallace Hall First floor).

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WIN 2016 Course: Environmental Education Field Practicum (ENVIR 495D)

This course is an “amazing opportunity to design and deliver an environmental education curriculum for one of Washington’s most diverse middle schools in Seattle’s international district.” It is an opportunity to gain teaching skills for environmental education in an outdoor setting, and will offer insight and avenues into excellent career opportunities in environmental education.

ENVIR 495D
Environmental Education Field Practicum
5 credits
T,Th 9:30a–11:20a
Instructor permission required to register (email timbillo@uw.edu)

Course Details: 
We will be doing classroom visits, discussing basic teaching techniques for environmental education in outdoor settings, talking about diversity issues in environmental education, working as a team to design and deliver a curriculum, meeting with teachers at Washington Middle School to understand their needs and challenges, and observing middle school students in a classroom setting to get to know them better before taking them outdoors.

During the last week of class, UW students will be taking Washington Middle School 8th graders out to a Seattle city park to deliver a comprehensive environmental education curriculum. Students must be willing to miss three days of class to teach the curriculum.