Check out the first in a seven-part series titled, “Students of Sustainability: How Higher Education Can Teach the World To Be More Planet-Minded” written by Michael K. Young, President of the University of Washington. You can read the entire piece on the Huffington Post.
Another high-level Hanford official has quit, after the Department of Energy ignored a memo he sent warning about potential meltdowns at the nuclear ranch’s waste treatment facility, currently under construction. Read more here.
The extended biodiesel credit just passed by Congress includes, for the first time, advanced biofuels produced from algae and cyanobacteria. Pacific Northwest biotechnology companies think that this makes algae-based biofuels competitive with other biofuel feed stock. Read more here!
Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn says coal trains would cause increased traffic delays for drivers and pedestrians at eight Seattle intersections, if an export terminal is built near Bellingham. Examination of our use and transportation of coal is important partly due to global-warming-induced sea level rise. Read more here; CIG‘s research is cited.
A demonstration project at the University of Washington will help students cut the school’s energy bill; it’s part of a larger, five-state project to make the power grid “smarter.” Environmental Management students Duncan Clauson and Evann Sawyers-Rouse are involved in this very cool project; read more here!
Next week will be the University of Washington’s third Sustainability Summit, an annual event that celebrates leadership and accomplishments in environmental stewardship and sustainability. While events will take place throughout the week, Wednesday evening will feature a conversation about energy involving a leading Northwest energy and climate expert, Microsoft’s chief environmental strategist and other panelists. Lisa Graumlich, dean of the College of the Environment, will be moderating the panel. Join us!