By Karina Mazhukhina | May 8, 2016

There’s a whole new lineup of sustainability events this week, ranging from discussions on climate change to bike to campus month and UW Farm volunteer hours. Some of the week's highlights are listed below, and you can find out even more items happening on campus with our full Sustainability events calendar, which is 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 to the calendar, please let us know. And if you'd like to get a weekly email of all the upcoming sustainability events, subscribe here.

This Wednesday, I will be attending the “LSJ & the Environment: Small Solutions with a Meaningful Impact” seminar. Expect to find a detailed overview of the event later this week on our blog. My article will revolve around the critical aspects of climate change and simple solutions too alleviate its detrimental effects. Law, Societies and Justice (LSJ) Professor Steve Herbert and experts in agriculture, architecture and more will moderate the seminar. For those of you who would like to attend, the discussion will be held in Smith Hall 115 from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. No registration is required, and admission is free.

Plus, the month of May is national Bike to Work Month. Join in on the fun and sign up for the Bike Everywhere Challenge. With all the sunny weather we’ve been having, it’s a great time of the year to start bicycle commuting! So, spread the word and promote cycling as a primary commute option. Also, Transportation Services will be sponsoring tons of fun events throughout May to help prepare you and your friends for a month of biking.


From 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., UW Tacoma is hosting a lecture on the “Hazardous Northwest.” Scott Anderson From the United States Geological Survey will explore the downstream geomorphic response of North Fork Stillaguamish River and the Oso Landslide. The seminar will be held in the UW Tacoma Science Building 309.


David Beauchamp from the United States Western Fisheries Research Center will be hosting a seminar on “Introduced Game Fish and Inland Aquatic Food Webs: Impacts and Management Actions.” The lecture will be held in Fishery Sciences 102 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

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. They are open every Tuesday, from noon to 6 p.m. 

UW EcoReps is sponsoring its weekly Green Greek Representative meeting at Sigma Kappa House from 6 to 7 p.m. They will be discussing ways to implement green change in the Greek system and how to get every chapter involved.

The UW Farm is also hosting its regular volunteer hours five days this week, beginning today! All the UW Farm volunteer times and locations are listed below:

  • Tuesday from 11:30 to 4 p.m. at Mercer Court
  • Wednesday from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Center for Urban Horticulture
  • Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Mercer Court
  • Friday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at McMahon Terrace and from 1:30 to 5 p.m. at the Center for Urban Horticulture
  • Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Mercer Court 
  • Thinking about volunteering? Sign up here.


Dr. Patricia Romero Lankao talks on Examining Urban Inequality, Vulnerability and Risk to Enhance Resilience in Communications 102 at 5 p.m.

EcoReps will be hosting its weekly meeting to discuss upcoming green projects and work towards implementing them. All students are welcome to join. The meeting will be held in Smith Hall 311 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.


With increases in tuition and the rising cost of living in Seattle, students, staff and faculty are often left with the difficult discussion of choosing between paying for regular meals or spending money on books, childcare, rent, insurance, etc. The Campus Food Pantry is here to make that choice significantly easier and provide food to those in need. In partnership with student organizations and university leaders across campus, the Campus Food Pantry wants to create a welcoming space where all members of the campus community have access to food. The pantry will be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the HUB Rm. 214.

Students, staff and faculty must bring their Husky Card to enter the pantry. No other information is required. Questions or Comments? Please contact or 206.543.4972

Also, as part of the School of Marine and Environmental Affairs' Spring 2016 Speaker Series, environmental social scientist Nathan Bennett will discuss his work on equity in marine protected areas globally and indigenous fisheries in Canada. He will also explore the role of social science in conservation. The lecture will be held in Fisheries Teaching and Research Building 034 from 12 to 1 p.m.


The Center for Environmental Politics organizes a monthly colloquium series on environmental politics, policy, and governance. Today’s topic: “Decentralization and Deforestation.” The talk will run from 12 to 1:30 p.m. in Smith 40 A.


It’s the 2016 UW Climate Change Video Awards. For the second year in a row, the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences has challenged Washington high school and undergraduate students to show what climate change means to them in three minutes or less. Come to Town Hall for a screening of the finalists' videos, and see who wins the $5,000 grand prize. Second place winners will receive $1,000 and third place will get $500.  

The event is free and open to the public. Doors open at 6 p.m. Register here.