Environmental Studies Capstone Symposium

[event] You’re Invited, Save the Date!

The PoE Seniors are giving poster presentations next week about their Capstone Experiences and projects. Come support them by attending the various poster sessions/talks and learn more about the inspiring work they’ve been doing.



Learn about Wade Jones and Sienna Hiebert’s project on tree dating through a nifty science called dendrochronology!

Event Details
WHO: Environmental Studies Seniors
WHAT: Capstone Symposium Autumn 2011
WHERE: ACC 012 PoE commons
WHEN: November 30th, 1:30PM-7:30PM

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America’s Next Eco-Star


Guest post from PoE junior Sarah Kiner, who spent last summer working as an intern in Washington DC for SmartPower:

Do You Have What It Takes To Be America’s Next Eco-Star?

By Sarah Kiner

Imagine winning an all-expenses-paid trip to the summer 2012 Sustainable Futures Academy at the Salzburg Global Seminar in Austria AND a fellowship in the Washington, D.C., office of SmartPower!

These prizes might seem too good to be true, but SmartPower is looking for students just like us to win these prizes, as well as the title of America’s Next Eco-Star.

SmartPower is the nation’s leading clean energy and energy efficiency marketing firm, located in Washington, D.C. This past summer, I had the opportunity to be an intern at SmartPower, where I learned so much about the expanding field of renewable energy, while completing projects and attending hearings focused on the most pressing environmental issues of the time. The winner of America’s Next Eco-Star would have the same opportunity as I did, and I can say from experience that it’s worth competing for!

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[event]: Green Fire movie screening



I am a 2009 POE graduate and now the Environmental Programs Coordinator for the City of Bellevue. On November 20th we are showcasing the first full-length, high-definition documentary film ever made about legendary conservationist Aldo Leopold at the Lewis Creek Visitor Center!  Esteemed University of Washington Professor Emeritus, Dr. Estella Leopold, Aldo Leopold’s youngest daughter will be attending and speaking at this event. I was wondering if the College on the Environment and the POE program would be willing to pass this event information along to their faculty, staff and students.

Thank you for your time and I hope to see you all there!

Alexandra DySard

Park Ranger – Environmental Programs Coordinator
City of Bellevue – Parks & Community Services
Office: 425-452-4195
Mobile: 425-864-1569

for more information follow this link: [event]: Green Fire movie screening.

[study abroad]: Arava Institute for Environmental Studies (Israel)

Want to find out more about what Environmental Studies students can do while studying abroad? Check out the following profile written up by Program on the Environment (PoE) alumni Brian Hoefgen (2011). You can find out more about Environmental Studies at the UW at the PoE website.

Are you passionate about the environment or social justice? Have you ever thought about studying abroad in the Middle East? Do you want to go somewhere with sunny beaches, breathtaking views and world renowned archaeological sites?

If you answered yes to these questions, you should consider enrolling in the premier environmental studies program in the Middle East. My name is Brian Hoefgen and I had an incredible experience at the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies (AIES)! AIES is located on Kibbutz Ketura in the Southern Arava Valley of Israel, just 30 miles north of the Red Sea.

The living arrangements at the Arava Institute create the perfect environment for building networks and understanding through cultural exchange. Affiliated with Ben-Gurion University, the program at AIES is designed to offer students with different backgrounds a unique opportunity to live together for an extended period of time.

for the full story, follow this link: [study abroad]: Arava Institute for Environmental Studies (Israel).

On the Road with Omprakash Volunteer Vance Walstra

October 5, 2011


Program of the Environment (POE) Commons
012 John M. Wallace Hall (ACC)
3737 Brooklyn Ave NE

On the Road with Omprakash Volunteer Vance Walstra

On the Road with Omprakash Volunteer Vance Walstra

Monday, October 3rd, will be the first of 40 action-packed days for Omprakash Volunteer and Grant Recipient Vance Walstra. Vance will be traveling from Seattle, Washington to San Francisco, California on a highly anticipated, first-ever tour to raise awareness for Omprakash – and he’s doing it all by bicycle.  The tour will span three states and cover nearly 1000 miles to deliver over 15 presentations to colleges, universities and high schools along the route.

In 2008, Vance was awarded an Omprakash Volunteer Grant to work with Helping Hands, an education and environmentally-focused Partner in Cusco, Peru. During that trip, he also traveled throughout Peru introducing new non-profit Partners to the Omprakash network. In 2010, Vance returned to Peru to act as a guide for three high-school students interested in creating adocumentary film about Omprakash Partners and the international volunteer experience. In between these trips, Vance traveled to several schools throughout the western United States, giving presentations and collaborating with classrooms and teachers to design and embellish service learning programs.

Now he’s giving back by hitting the road and sharing his volunteer experience with high schools, colleges and universities along the way.

As Vance put it, “My own experiences through Omprakash have subjected me to an entirely new understanding of our world. I have developed a new faith in human potential that has both empowered and humbled me… Through this trip, I hope to connect the passion and potential of individuals who seek to make a difference in the world, to the people and places where those type of individuals are needed.”

Come hear Vance’s account of his life changing experiences abroad and learn more about Omprakash, the network that made it all possible. Vance will be presenting at the UW on October 5th from 4:30-6PM at the POE Commons. To learn more about the Omprakash Bicycle Outreach Tour- please visit our website or Facebook pages, or follow Vance’s trip via his Omprakashprofile.

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Information Session – Want to spend Autumn Quarter in the San Juan Islands (WA)?

Tuesday, March 29, 2011 at 11:30 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.
Wallace Hall (ACC), Suite 012 (PoE Commons)
Meet Dr. Susan Thistle, one of the instructors at UW Friday Harbor Laboratories and hear more about this exciting opportunity to take unique academic classes and conduct research!

Want to spend a quarter away from campus but still want to earn credits towards your major?  Located in the San Juan Islands, UW Friday Harbor Laboratories conducts environmentally related research as well as offer many unique academic courses.  For Autumn 2011 (aka the ‘Marine Biology Quarter’), students are invited to participate in these opportunities by conducting research and/or taking unique academic courses.  Students participating are able to select 3 courses from the following options: Continue reading