UW Tacoma hosts fall sustainability seminars

Faculty from across University of Washington Tacoma and a variety of guests from the public and private sectors will speak throughout fall in a series of seminars called Interdisciplinarity and Sustainability. The lectures emphasize that environmental concerns and their solutions criss-cross the boundaries of academic fields. The seminars take place on the UW Tacoma campus, in the Joy Building, room 117, from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., most Wednesdays from Oct. 5 to Dec. 7. The lectures, sponsored by UW Tacoma’s Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences program, are free and open to the public. The line-up of speakers and topics includes:

I. Complexity and sustainability: systems perspectives / Oct. 5 / Mike Kalton, professor emeritus, Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences / UW Tacoma

II. Tacoma: from gritty to green / Oct. 12 / Marilyn Strickland, mayor / City of Tacoma

III. The economics of sustainability / Oct. 19 / Joe Lawless, executive director / Center for Leadership and Social Responsibility / UW Tacoma

IV. Community gardens: effects on nutrient cycling, diabetes and democracy (among other things) / Oct. 26 / Kristen McIvor,Tacoma/Pierce County community garden coordinator / Grow Local / Cascade Land Conservancy

V. On the working waterfront: integrating multiple uses and creating public access in urban industrial shoreline areas / Nov. 2 / Anne Wessells, assistant professor, Urban Studies

VI. UW Tacoma Watershed economics for the 21st century: the value of ecosystem services with a case study in the Puyallup River watershed / Nov. 9 / Rowan Schmidt, research analyst / Zac Christin, research analyst / Earth Economics

VII. Community-based conservation in tropical ecosystems: examples from Peru and Panama / Nov. 16 / Ursula Valdez, lecturer, Environmental Sciences

VIII. UW Tacoma Uranium mining: sustainable solutions in a tribal community / Nov. 30 / Twa-le Abrahamson / SHAWL (Sovereignty, Health, Air, Water, Land) Society / Spokane Tribe

IX. Feeling the heat: how American mainstream media cover environmental issues / Dec. 7 / Ellen Moore, lecturer, Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences / UW Tacoma