In a twist on the concept of citizen scientist, University of Washington science students helped the state Legislature with environmental policy.
During the past year and a half, four UW graduate students participated in a working group tasked with creating policies to satisfy the 2008 law requiring Washington state to reduce total greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020.
While the students didn’t succeed in passing new legislation, they may have found a way to connect budding environmental scientists and state policymakers. The students presented their experience at the recent Ocean Sciences meeting in Honolulu, and are now working on a journal paper.
The partnership took place through the Interdisciplinary Graduate Education and Research Traineeship, or IGERT, Program on Ocean Change, now in its third year at the UW. Group members were Andrea Fassbender, Ashley Maloney and Seth Bushinsky in oceanography, and Emily Newsom in Earth and space sciences.