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The UW Tacoma community will mark Earth Day 2017 throughout the month of April, with talks, campus fairs, a film screening and more.

Faculty, staff and students at UW Tacoma will mark Earth Day 2017 throughout the month of April, with talks, campus fairs, a film screening, a museum fun day, a garden gathering and a show of support for science.

Science@Lunch: Environmental Science Seminar Series – a series of weekly talks through May 2017 offered as part of TESC 200 Environmental Seminar. All events are open to public.
Where: all events are in SCI 309 (Science Building, UW Tacoma campus)

  • April 10, Monday, 12:30-1:25 p.m. “Precipitation in Washington State: A Study in Contrasts,” with Dr. Nick Bond, Washington State Climatologist and UW Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean Senior Research Scientist.
  • April 17, Monday, 12:30-1:25 p.m. “A River that Reflects Pacific NW Values? The Columbia River in the 21st Century,” with Michael Garrity, Columbia Basin Mitigation Manager and Water Policy Lead, Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife.
  • April 24, Monday, 12:30-1:25 p.m. “Fisheries Resources of the Puyallup River Basin: Status and Trends,” with Russ Ladley, Environmental Resource Protection Manager, Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission/Puyallup Tribe of Indians.

Grit City Think & Drink. Learn cool stuff free at this monthly talk and Q&A. Meet UW Tacoma faculty; hear about their work. All ages welcome. Sponsored by UW Tacoma’s School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences and The Swiss Restaurant & Pub.
Where: The Swiss Restaurant & Pub, 1904 South Jefferson Ave., Tacoma, Wash.

  • April 11, Tuesday, 6:30 p.m. “Arsenic & Old Lakes,” with Dr. Jim Gawel, associate professor of environmental chemistry and engineering. A smelter operating alongside Tacoma’s Puget Sound for almost 100 years contaminated dozens of small lakes in South Puget Sound with heavy metals, including arsenic and lead. Gawel will explain the mechanisms by which the contamination occurred, and the human health and ecological implications.

Sustainable Earth Week! Learn about sustainable lifestyle choices like commuting alternatives, reducing plastics use, Tacoma’s upcoming plastic bag ban, lowering your carbon footprint, and much more. Sponsored by UW Tacoma Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Sustainability.
Where: Prairie Line Trail, center of UW Tacoma campus. Moves indoors in case of rain.

  • April 17 – 21, Monday – Friday, noon-2p.m.

Celebrate Earth Week With SAB! Join the UW Tacoma Student Activities Board for a series of fun activities. Get your hands dirty. Unleash your creativity. Get your mind thinking about the earth and our place on it. Note: all supplies will be provided at all activities.

  • April 17, Monday – noon-2p.m. Plant Your Own Succulents.
    Where: The Dawg House, MAT (Mattress Factory, UW Tacoma campus)
  • April 18, Tuesday – noon-2 p.m. Rock Painting: place your painted rocks in the wild for someone else to find.
    Where: Lobby, KEY (Keystone Building, UW Tacoma campus)
  • April 19, Wednesday – noon-2 p.m. Create Your Own Flower Crown.
    Where: Jane Russell Commons, WPH (William W. Philip Hall, UW Tacoma campus)

A Plastic Ocean: Free Film Screening and Community Discussion.  UW Tacoma, the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium and the City of Tacoma Environmental Services Department present a free screening of the award-winning adventure documentary “A Plastic Ocean,” about the impact on our oceans of our use-it-and-throw-it disposable-plastics lifestyle. Following the film screening, a fast-paced community discussion will delve into microplastics, Tacoma’s upcoming bag ban, ocean plastics art, and how to go plastics-free.
Where: William Philip Hall (UW Tacoma campus)

  • April 19, Wednesday, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Earth Day @ The Giving Garden. Spring is here, and you can learn how UW Tacoma’s Giving Garden combines learning and community connection! Have some eco-art fun; learn about gardening and native plants; help build a green roof and a pathway; find out about bed adoption. Sponsored by UWT Giving Garden, Project Earth, Center for Service & Leadership and The Pantry. Tools and supplies will be provided: be prepared to get your hands dirty!
Where: UW Tacoma Giving Garden, corner 21st Street and Fawcett Ave., UW Tacoma campus. Check-in at the University Y Student Center at 10 a.m.

  • April 22, Saturday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m..

Celebrate Earth Day at MOG—Go Into the Deep. The Museum of Glass in Tacoma will hold special family programs starting at noon in celebration of Earth Day. Based on the exhibition Into the Deep, three hands-on activities will offer visitors the chance to create and explore themes of nature and the environment. There will be a station to make animals out of recycled magazines; students from UW Tacoma teaching about color-changing animals and symmetry found in nature; and the chance to upcycle old glass. To take part in the upcycling, bring an old glass, bottle or other hand-sized glass object to be sandblasted with a pattern of your own creation. At 3 p.m., tour Into the Deep with curator Katie Buckingham, and meet some of the artists included in the exhibition, who will be on-site to talk with you about their inspirations and passion for all things within our oceans.
Where: Museum of Glass, 1801 Dock St., Tacoma, Wash.

  • April 22, Saturday, noon-5 p.m.

253-UWT-Nerd Pride! March for Science, Seattle. Join UW Tacoma faculty, staff and students who will show their support for science at the March for Science in Seattle. Hosted by the Sciences & Mathematics Division of the UW Tacoma School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences. At 8:30 a.m., SAM personnel will organize carpools and a meeting place in Seattle. (Note: there will also be a March for Science in Tacoma on this day.)
Where: Gather at Science Building (UW Tacoma campus)

  • April 22, Saturday, 8:30 a.m.
Written by: 
John Burkhardt / April 7, 2017
Media contact: 

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