Sunday, April 7, 2013

WWU Sustainability Events Happening This Week: 4/8/13 - 4/12/13


It seems like almost every day there is something interesting happening at Western in regards to Sustainability! Here are just a few of the things going on this week, beginning on April 8, 2013. (All programs are free and open to the public).

MONDAY APRIL 8: You won't want to miss this!

  • Then, from 2 to 3pm, Bellingham resident Brad Howard will be speaking  about his humanitarian work in North Korea in Bond Hall, Room 415. This event is sponsored by the Center for International Studies.

TUESDAY APRIL 9: Two more talk that promise to be interesting!

  • WWU Professor of Secondary Education in the Woodring College of Education Lauren McClanahan will be speaking about how climate change affects lives at Village Books (1200 11th St.) from 12 to 1pm as part of the "Western Connections" series. McClanahan will be talking about her loves of literacy and photography and using them to illustrate how our changing climate is affecting teens in ecologically sensitive areas.  Sponsored by: Western Libraries & VILLAGE BOOKS

  • WWU visiting assistant professor of History Andrew Denning will be presenting a talk titled “Whiteout: Skiing and the Making of the Modern Alps” at 4 p.m. in Bond Hall (BH) 415. Denning is writing a book that examines the changing motivations for Alpine skiing and the relationship skiers have created with the Alps. The book also looks to help find and understand the repercussions of skiing and “getting away from it all.”

WEDNESDAY APRIL 10: This is a busy day at Western with a lot going on!

  • The Teaching and Learning Academy (TLA)  begins meeting today at 12pm and also at 2pm in the Learning Commons, Wilson Library 270. TLA's "Big Question"  for spring quarter is: How will we cultivate and connect communities in which the whole person grows and relationships flourish? Consider joining the TLA to discuss this question, which is one of the cornerstones of sustainability. To sign up to participate,email TLA Program Coordinator Shevell Thibou,

  • Also from 12 to 1 pm "Community Stitch and Munch Drop-in"  (Hans Wholebean really wants you to check this one out!) University Residences and the Office of Sustainability are partnering to provide a weekly drop in for all campus and community members to work together on sustainable handcrafting projects to benefit our community. Currently they are working on a project inspired but Phi Kappa Phi member and Learning Commons Program Coordinator Shevell Thibou, who plans on hosting a sock monkey workshop series as a community outreach opportunity. The handmade monkeys will be donated to DSHS who will provide them to young children as they are being transitioned from their homes to safe residences. Location: EA 110 (Edens Admin – 1st floor of Edens Hall – entry door faces the Old Main lawn) For more information, contact June Fraser at   

  • Also from 12 to 1:20: Fairhaven College will be kicking off its Spring World Issue Forum at the Fairhaven College Auditorium with a presentation by Ethan Casey, veteran international journalist, editor and author called What Does Pakistan Have to do with Haiti?” 

  • And at 7pm: There will be an event in Academic West 204 feathering filmmaker John Gussman, Research Ecologist Jeff Duda of the U.S. Geological Survey, and Stephen Streufert, the Pacific Northwest director of the environmental education nonprofit NatureBridge who will be conducting a presentation on the impacts of the Elwha River dam-removal projects in the Olympic National Park.
THURSDAY APRIL 11:  And last but definitely not least!

  • At 12pm:  TLA is meeting again at 12pm in the Learning Commons, Wilson Library 270. 
  •  At 4pm:   Andy Bunn, Director of Western’s Institute for Energy Studies, will speak about renewable energy “Could the United States Rely on Renewable Energy Alone?” in Biology 212.

Those are some of the things happening this week! For more information about event and news at Western, check out WWU's online publication of "Western Today."

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