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Three from UW Tacoma recognized with Husky Green Awards

(Photo above: Sustainable Urban Development student Amy Boucher, organizer of UW Tacoma's 2018  Earth Day Celebration, greets visitors at the event. Photo by Ryan Moriarty.)

Gardens, parks, trails, climate change, orcas, transportation—these are just some of the topics that students, faculty and staff could learn about at the 2018 Earth Day Celebration, hosted by UW Tacoma in William Philip Hall on April 17.

For an hour-and-a-half around lunchtime, 16 organizations presented snapshots of what they are doing to encourage environmental sustainability. Browsers could learn about the Giving Garden, Civitas, Forevergreen Trails, Metro Parks, Harvest Pierce County, and many other opportunities.

The celebration isn’t limited to the Tacoma campus. Seattle’s major activity is this Friday, April 20, an all-day multi-disciplinary event on Red Square with keynote speakers including Nikkita Oliver.

In Seattle, the 2018 Husky Green Awards will be presented at the Red Square event. This year we are proud to announce several awards with UW Tacoma connections.

Anne Taufen, UW Tacoma Associate Professor of Urban Studies, faculty co-director of UW's Livable City Year Program.

Livable City Year - 2018 Husky Green Award

A tri-campus activity, the Livable City Year Program engages UW students and faculty across all three campuses in cross-collaborative projects to develop sustainable solutions to real-life problems in a partner community. The program is working with the City of Tacoma for 2017-2018, building on the longtime partnership that UW Tacoma has with the City. Urban Studies Associate Professor Anne Taufen is a faculty co-director of the Livable City Year program, along with Branden Born and Jennifer Otten from UW’s Seattle campus.

Stanley Joshua - 2018 Husky Green Award

Stanley Joshua is the Director of Facilities Services for the UW Tacoma campus and an avid advocate for sustainable projects in the community. Several key undertakings he has been a part of include leading a sustainable design class, collaborating with students on the EPA Campus RainWorks Challenge, and implementing energy efficient lighting and Cedar Grove composting programs on campus. He actively involves students in all his projects and has attended the last two regional Sustainability in Higher Education Conferences to bring back new programs to campus.

UW Tacoma Environmental Chemist Jim Gawel in the field.

Jim Gawel - 2018 Husky Green Award

An Associate Professor of Environmental Chemistry, Jim Gawel is a mainstay of UW Tacoma’s environmental science program. He teaches courses on environmental chemistry, pollution and public policy, and limnology. He organizes the Puyallup Watershed Initiative’s yearly film documentary competition, mentors the student-led Project Earth, and is regarded as a regional expert on freshwater lakes. He previously won a Husky Green Award, as part of the Environmental Sciences team, in 2010, and a Distinguished Community Engagement Award in 2016.

Aleece Rose – 2018 Husky Green Honorable Mention

An Urban Studies student and a member of the Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Sustainability, Aleece Rose has taken a leadership role in projects ranging from the water-refilling tracking app Cupanion, an effort to convert campus departments to green purchasing standards, the creation of a green office certification process for campus, the revamp of the UW Tacoma Sustainability website, and an effort to create a sustainable funding source for a paid sustainability position on the UW Tacoma campus. As a nominator said, “Her passion for bettering our world through sustainable living practices is palpable!”

Congratulations to our UW Tacoma sustainability leaders, and to all those faculty, staff and students who put sustainability at the center.

Written by: 
John Burkhardt / April 19, 2018
Media contact: 

John Burkhardt, UW Tacoma Communications, 253-692-4536 or