By Karina Mazhukhina | Jan 11, 2016

With the second week of winter quarter officially underway, don’t forget to check out a whole new lineup of sustainability events. Some of the week's highlights are listed below, and you can find out even more items happening on campus this week with our full calendar (we're always adding events as we learn about them, so the full Sustainability Events calendar is also the best place to find the most up-to-date listings and details on all events). If you know of any events which should be added, let us know, and if you'd like to get a weekly email of all the upcoming sustainability events, subscribe here.


Start your evening with a Wildlife Science Seminar. This week, Professor Shannon Kachel from the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences will lead a discussion on snow leopards and wolves’ conservation in the mountains of Central Central Asia. The seminar runs from 3:30 p.m. to 4:50 p.m. at Smith Hall 120.


In need of furniture, electronics, and other cool stuff for a reasonable price?  The UW Surplus Store takes in items from all UW departments and medical facilities and sells them to the general public for a small fee. UW Surplus takes in items everyday, so their stock of items are always changing and evolving. They are open every Tuesday, noon to 6 p.m.

Interested in learning more about environmental consulting careers? Environmental Studies is hosting a panel discussion to answer a few key questions: What is environmental consulting? How do I even get into this field? What kind of skills do I need to become a consultant? Stop by Wallace Hall Commons at 5:30 p.m. to learn more and be a part of the discussion. 

It was named one of the best books by the Seattle Times in 2015. The Hidden Half of Nature: the Microbial Roots of Life and Health is centered around the importance of microbes for both people and plants. Hear MacArthur Genius Grant winner, soil expert and geomorphologist David Montgomery of the UW Department of Earth and Space Sciences and biologist Anne Biklé discuss the importance of our gut microbiomes to our health, including Biklé’s personal experiences with HPV, cancer and the anti-inflammatory diet she adopted to improve her overall health. Book discussion will be held at the Elliot Bay Book Company at 7 p.m.


How has the recovery process been going since Japan was struck with a natural disaster in 2011? UCLA professor Hitoshi Abe explores the lessons learned during the five years of recovery efforts and looks ahead to how those lessons may impact our thinking about development in 2020. The seminar is a two-part series, with the first discussion taking place at Gould Court at 6:00 p.m.

Want to contribute to sustainability efforts on campus? Want to work with a group of students who share the same interests? Join EcoReps, a student-run organization that works with students, faculty, and staff to make the UW a more sustainable place. They focus on alternative transportation, waste diversion, energy reduction, and water management. Meeting will run from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Paccar Hall 291.


If you attended UCLA professor Hitoshi Abe’s seminar on Japan’s recovery process since natural disaster struck in 2011 or want to hear from UW experts, then come to the live panel discussion hosted by UW’s Ken Tadashi Oshima. Discussion starts at 6 p.m. at Gould Hall.


Learn about UW Farm’s history, what they’re up to this quarter, their good agricultural practices, certification rules, volunteer opportunities, and how to connect with the UW Farm community. UW Farm orientation and tour starts at 10 a.m. at the Miller Library conference room.

The Saturday lecture series at Mt. Baker Ski Area continues with Daniel Schindler addressing climate and the future of salmon in the Pacific Northwest. The talk is the second of three in the series; a happy hour fondue bar and micro brews are available. The 20-minute talk starts at 3:30 p.m. at Mt. Baker Ski Area's White Salmon Lodge.