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The Center for Environmental Politics engages in two types of public outreach activities: organizing public debates on salient issues and hosting “environmental conversations.”


Public scholarship and public outreach is an important goal for the Center for Environmental Politics. Environmental Conversations feature prominent environmental leaders/practitioners who share their perspective on real-world environmental policymaking. In 2018-2019, in collaboration with the EarthLab, the Center will host three such “conversations” with Sally Jewell, drawing on her experience in the government, the for-profit, and the non-profit sector. Sally Jewell served as U.S. Secretary of the Interior under President Barack Obama. Before serving as Interior Secretary, Jewell was President and CEO of REI. She is currently a Distinguished Fellow at the University of Washington College of the Environment.

This initiative will be known as “Doug and Maggie Walker Environmental Conversations” to honor the tremendous impact both Doug and Maggie have had on practical aspects of environmental policy locally, regionally, and nationally. All events are free but you will need to reserve your spot, see below.

2018-2019 SCHEDULE

Conversations with Sally Jewell: Federal Government and Environmental Policy
Tuesday, October 30, 4:00-6:00, Petersen Room

Tuesday, Jan 22, 4:00-6:00, Petersen Room
Conversations with Sally Jewell: Greening Businesses: Opportunities and Challenges

Tuesday, April 23, 4:00-6:00, Petersen Room (click here for tickets)
Conversations with Sally Jewell: Nonprofits and Community Action for
Environmental Sustainability


The state of Washington will be voting on the Carbon Fee initiative, I-1631 in November 2018. The Center hosted a public debate on this subject on Tuesday, October 16. For coverage of the event from The Daily, click here.