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

Walker 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. The Conversations are free and open to the public.

2020-2021 SCHEDULE

Tuesday, February 23, 2021, 5:00-6:30 (online)
Why Microsoft Cares About Sustainability
Speaker: Lucas Joppa, Chief Environmental Officer, Microsoft
Please click here for a video of the talk.

Thursday, December 10,2020, 5:00-6:30 (online)
The 2020 Elections and the Latino Vote: Implications for Climate Policy
Speaker: Gary Segura, Co-founder Latinodecisions.com
Please link here for a video of the talk.

2019-2020 SCHEDULE

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

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

2018-2019 SCHEDULE

The Center hosted three  Cnversations with Sally Jewell, former Interior Sectretary, drawing on her experience in the government, the for-profit, and the non-profit sector.

Federal Government and Environmenal Policy
Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Greening Businesses: Opportunities and Challenges.
Tuesday, January 22, 2019

The Nonprofit Sector and Environmental Sustainability
Tuesday, April 23, 2019


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.