Alumni News and Profiles

Upcoming Events

Career Skills Workshop: Interviewing for Environmental Careers May 8, 2013

Have experience interviewing job candidates? Recently completed the job search process yourself? We are looking for alumni volunteers for this early-evening career skills workshop. Contact Joe Kobayashi for more information at

Skyroot Farm Tour April 28, 2013

Come join us for a day at SkyRoot Farm!

SkyRoot Farm is run by Karen Litfin - UW Associate Professor, Elizabeth Wheat - PoE Post-Doc Teaching Fellow, and Joanne Pontrello - UW graduate. We will take a farm tour, have lunch, and then will have a chance to get our hands dirty! Pack a sack lunch and wear your work clothes you won't mind getting dirty. This will be a family friendly trip so feel free to bring the kids.

Farm Tour RSVP Link

Past Events

Spring 2013

Spring Quarter Community Drinks April 11, 2013

The PoE Community closed out the final Community Drinks event of the 2012-13 year at the Big Time Brewery in the University District. The Alumni board as well as all in attendance are looking for the next community drinks event at the start of autumn quarter 2013.

Winter 2013

Winter Quarter Community Drinks January 17, 2013

With the help of the PoE Alumni Board the PoE Community converged on Ballard on January 17th at the Urban Family Public House. About 30 alumni, current students, staff, teachers met to socialize, hear updates, network, and plan for future events. One hot topic for discussion: PoE Karaoke (PoE-oke?) in spring quarter.

Autumn 2012

Career Skills Workshop: Networking for Environmental Careers November 13, 2012

Alumni volunteers worked with counselors from the UW Career Center to tailor a career skills workshop to the needs of Environmental Studies Majors. Students were given strategies for networking, resources for environmentally-oriented networking events, and most importantly: time to network with PoE Alumni.

Autumn Quarter Community Drinks October 4, 2012

A great time was had by all kicking off the new academic year at Café Solstice in the U District. Keep an eye open for a variety of events planned by the Alumni Board this year: socials like the community drinks, educational opportunities (trips and speakers), and volunteer opportunities.

Profiles and Updates

Erin Tomaras

Protecting Sea Turtles in Guatemala
Erin Tomaras, Class of 2012

After graduating from UW and the Program on the Environment program in summer of 2012, Erin Tomaras travelled down to Guatemala to act as the 2012 volunteer/research coordinator for ARCAS, a sea turtle project on the Pacific Coast. In Guatemala, it is legal to take sea turtle eggs from the beach, but there is a donation system in place that specifies 20% of each nest must go to a local hatchery. Erin spent four months conducting nightly beach patrols in order to look for nesting Olive ridley sea turtles as well as receive on the beach donations from the locals. Once we received or found a nest of eggs, we buried them in our hatchery.  After about 45-50 days the eggs hatched and we released the hatchlings into the ocean. She also helped educate tourists and the local children about sea turtles and their status in Guatemala.

From her experience, Erin noticed that one of the hatcheries is almost unusable due age and weather events among other things. Without this second hatchery, less eggs can be saved from local poachers. So, she decided to take it upon myself to raise money for a new hatchery. Erin started a campaign on StartSomeGood (which is like a Kickstarter for charities), in which she needs to raise at least $2500 in order to receive any funds.

To read her blog from her time in Guatemala, go to:

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