Power Station

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. 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. These events will be held in the Allen Library’s Petersen Room, from 4:00 to 6:00 pm (except for Dan Esty’s talk). The Conversations are free and open to the public, but in order to ensure enough seats are available the events are ticketed. We will release the ticket link for each event in advance so you will be able to reserve spots by clicking here.

In 2018-2019, in collaboration with the EarthLab, the Center hosted three such “conversations”: with Sally Jewell, drawing on her experience in the government, the for-profit, and the non-profit sector.  In 2019-2020, the Center will host the following “conversations.”

2019-2020 SCHEDULE

Fall Quarter
The Climate Challenge: Is it time to go Nuclear?
Tuesday, October 15, 2019
Speaker: James Conca
Commentator: Scott Montgomery

Winter Quarter
Diversity in Environmental Organizations
Tuesday, January 28, 2020
Speaker: Whitney Tome
Please click here for a Powerpoint of the talk

Spring Quarter CANCELLED
The Future of Conservation Policy
Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Speaker: Peter A. Seligmann


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.