This November: Environmental Justice Symposium

In partnership with the Climate Impacts Group, Urban@UW is hosting a symposium on November 7 and 8 to expand university-wide engagement with the complex issues of environmental and climate justice in the context of urbanization and city growth and decline. The free symposium will feature several SEFS faculty members and affiliates, including Director Tom DeLuca, Professors Peter Kahn and Josh Lawler, and Mary Ruckelshaus from Natural Capital, and you can check out the full agenda online.

What: “Urban Environmental Justice in a Time of Climate Change”
When: November 7 and 8, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: University of Washington Samuel E. Kelley Ethnic Cultural Center

The symposium will explore how communities are drawing on environmental and climate science alongside social sciences to advocate for justice; how human and environmental health are linked in a just city; and how we bring these issues to our classrooms, academic communities and beyond. It will gather academic and civic leaders to collectively learn from each other about the challenging legacies and current issues of environmental injustices, and how we create more just and equitable cities.

Registering for the symposium does not entail complete attendance, and organizers invite you to attend as many sessions and events as your schedule allows. So RSVP if you’re interested, and contact if you have any questions!

(Note: you will need to register separately for Jacqui Patterson’s lecture at 7:30 p.m. on November 7.)

SEFS Seminar Series: Fall Schedule Announced!

It’s been a long, quiet summer in Anderson Hall, but the start of Fall Quarter is just around the corner—which means the return of footsteps clomping through the hallways, rabid jostling for coffee in the kitchen, and a Forest Room revived from eerie dormancy. It also means the return of the SEFS Seminar Series beginning on Tuesday, October 1!

SEFS Seminar SeriesThe day and start time of the seminars is changing—they will now be held on Tuesdays from 3:30 to 4:20 p.m.—but you can still catch the action in Anderson 223 with 10 weeks of presentations from your colleagues and other experts in the field. (Graduate students and undergraduates can receive 2 credits: ESRM490F or SEFS550C).

This fall, the series includes four weeks devoted to aspects of alternative energy generation from forest products, including a three-week segment on forest residue-based biofuel research. Other topical areas include plant physiology, endophyte microbiology, fire ecology and human dimensions of fire management, and brown bear behavior along salmon-spawning streams in Alaska. In short, one heck of a line-up!

Kicking off the quarter will be Mary Ruckelshaus from Natural Capital Project with her talk, “Valuing Nature’s Benefits” (we’ll have more on her seminar next week). All students, staff and faculty are welcome to attend, so mark your calendars for the dates below and come out and spend an hour each week with your fellow colleagues and classmates!

Week 1: October 1
Mary Ruckelshaus, Natural Capital: “ Valuing Nature’s Benefits”

Week 2: October 8
Fernando Resende, SEFS: “Thermochemical Conversion of Lignocellulosic Biomass into Fuels and Chemicals”

Week 3: October 15
Don McKenzie, U.S. Forest Service: “Climate Change, Wildfires and Why We Need Ecologists”

Week 4: October 22
Soo-Hyung Kim, SEFS: “Is Increasing Leaf Albedo an Effective Crop Improvement Strategy for Climate Change Adaptation?”

Week 5: October 29
Aaron Wirsing, SEFS: “Noninvasive Exploration of Brown Bear Behavior Along Salmon-Spawning Streams in the Wood River Lakes System, Alaska.”

Week 6: November 5
Stanley Asah, SEFS: “Inciting Organizational Ambidexterity in the Forest Service: Community-Agency Interactions, Personality, and Perceived Organizational Obstruction in Fire Management.”

Week 7: November 12
Team-led by Renata Bura, SEFS: “Bioconversion of Forest Residuals to Biofuels – Technical, Economic, and Life-Cycle Assessments”

Week 8: November 19
Team-led by Sandor Toth, SEFS: “Optimization and Economic Impacts of a Washington State Biofuels Industry Using Forest Residuals”

Week 9: November 26
Team-led by Clare Ryan, SEFS: “Social and Policy Implications of a Washington State Biofuels Industry Using Forest Residuals.”

Week 10: December 3     
Sharon Doty, SEFS: “Increasing Crop Growth and Biomass Production Sustainably Using Natural Endosymbionts of Poplar”