2011 Science and Policy Summit

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GPSS Science & Policy Summit Schedule

The Summit will be held Friday, May 13th in the UW Tower:



8:30 - 9:00


Doors Open:

Light Breakfast


9:00 - 9:30

Introduction and Opening Remarks:

Associate Dean Alison Cullen, Evans School of Public Affairs

Sarah Reyneveld, GPSS President

Charles Plummer, Summit Co-Chair

9:30 - 10:45

Health Panel:Protecting Our Water

10:45 - 11:15

Presentation of Student Research

11:15 - 12:30

Natural Resources Panel:Washington Ecosystems: Mountains to the Sound

12:30 - 1:50

Lunch, Poster Session

(co-sponsored by FOSEP)

&  Student Mixer


1:50 - 2:10


Dean Lisa Graumlich, College of the Environment

Interim President Phyllis Wise

2:10 - 3:25

Built Environments Panel:Transportation and the Modern Society

3:25 - 3:45

Presentation of Student Research

3:45 - 5:00

Energy Panel:Washington State’s Commitment to Alternative Energy


Coffee Break

5:15 - 6:15

Keynote Lecture (Edward L. Miles) and Presentation of Resolution





































HEALTH – Protecting our Water

Clean water is essential for good health. However, water can carry toxins and harmful micro-organisms if not properly protected. The citizens of Washington State rely on laws, public oversight, and informative research to ensure the continued availability of safe water. This is just as true for communities around the Puget Sound as it is for the Columbia Valley, state, and nation.

Currently, our state and region are challenged by excess accumulation of pharmaceuticals in drinking water, toxins in shellfish created from harmful algae, and pesticides runoff. Addressing these challenges to our community’s water and health requires good communication between researchers investigating solutions and the policymakers that enact them. The Summit’s Health Panel will explore the science behind these water issues, the policies that ensure safe water resources, and how research can help support these policies.

Maryanne Guichard - WA State Assistant Secretary for Environmental Health
E. Virginia Armbrust – Director, UW School of Oceanography
Catherine H. Daniels - Extension Specialist, Washington State University
Don Downing – Clinical Professor, UW School of Pharmacy
Moderator:  J. Scott Meschke – Associate Professor, UW Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences


NATURAL RESOURCES – Washington Ecosystems: Mountains to the Sound

The diverse ecosystems of Washington State provide a wealth of benefits to individuals, communities, and the state economy. These include mountains, forests, rivers, lakes, estuaries, and the Pacific Ocean. These ecosystems are all connected by water, providing vital resources throughout: originating in the terrestrial environment, water travels downstream to larger water bodies, and returns upstream through evaporation and subsequent precipitation.

What are the scientific and policy mechanisms by which we determine the value of these different resources and services for stakeholders?  What is the interplay between function and management of resources? How does that interplay affect the quality of resource extraction while ensuring continued conservation? The Summit’s Natural Resources Panel will discuss these questions in the context of Washington State’s ecosystems.

David Montgomery -  Professor, UW Department of Earth and Space Sciences
Clare Ryan – Professor, UW School of Forest Resources
David Dicks – Director of Strategic Partnerships and Civic Engagement, UW College of the Environment
B. Bruce Bare – Dean Emeritus and Professor, UW School of Forest Resources
Moderator: Tom Leschine – Director, UW School of Marine and Environmental Affairs


BUILT ENVIRONMENTS – Transportation and the Modern Society

Transportation infrastructure is at the heart of our modern society. Transportation is critical to personal mobility, environmental sustainability, energy use, as well as global and local commerce. Following global trends, Washington State will see large shifts in population while dealing with ever increasing energy costs. Consequently, transportation will play an ever-increasing role in defining society.

These challenges will be the backdrop for a conversation by the Summit’s Built Environments Panel. Issues such as defining smart growth and evaluating the obstacles to implementing or sustaining smart transportation strategies will be central to the discussion. Further, intersections between culture, perceptions of standard of living, and transportation modes/strategies will be explored while tackling the above issues.

Mark Hallenbeck – Director, Washington State Transportation Center
Rob Johnson – Executive Director, Transportation Choices Coalition
Christine Bae – Assistant Professor, UW Department of Urban Design and Planning
Moderator:  Anne Goodchild, Assistant Professor, UW Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

ENERGY – Washington State’s Commitment to Alternative Energy

Washington State has long held the advancement of renewable and non-carbon based energy sources as a priority. This can be seen by our membership in the Western Climate Initiative as well as numerous laws encouraging the production of clean energy and the development and expansion of energy alternatives. In 2006, the people of the state passed Initiative 937 requiring a mandatory portion of their energy mix comes from renewable sources. With such a rich legacy of making cleaner, more sustainable energy priority it is appropriate that Energy be a focus of this summit.

The Summit’s Energy Panel will explore the status of alternative energy policy, resource development, and the viability and implementation of energy sources. These alternative energy issues will be discussed in the context of evaluating WA State’s progress toward achieving its alternative energy goals. 

Brian Polagye – UW Applied Physics Laboratory
Trenton Cladouhos – AltaRock Energy Inc.
Stan Gent – CEO, Seattle Steam Co
Roel Hammerschlag – Senior Energy Policy Specialist, Energy Policy Division, Washington State Department of Commerce
Moderator:  Howard McCurdy, Professor, Department of Public Administration and Policy, American University



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