Graduation may be different this year (again), but we will still be honoring all our 2021 graduates and what you have achieved. Join us at 6pm on Thursday June 10th for a live Oceanography Graduation via Zoom. Your commencement speaker this year is yet to be determined. I’ll also wax on poetic, so let me start by saying that I’m proud of you, I’ll miss having you around, and welcome to the world of being an alumnus. The School is still here for you, posting job openings, providing virtual happy hours and events, and returning to in-person programming in September 2021! You are always welcome here – stop back often for a coffee or a chat. --Rick Keil
College contributes to Campus Sustainability Fund project in honor of new graduates
It is graduation season, and with that comes well wishes for our graduates and an opportunity to shine a light on their accomplishments. In appreciation of their contributions to enriching the College of the Environment in numerous ways, the College has decided to fund a project jointly with the Campus Sustainability Fund (CSF). Recognizing our students are the next generation of leaders in environmental science and decision-making, we believe this is a contribution that showcases our collective commitment to the sustainability and the well-being of our Husky Community and our planet.
Based on the recommendation of our Student Advisory Council and a vote by our graduating students, the College will help fund the Native Gardens at UW Farm project. In partnership with wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ (the Intellectual House), students designed and planted a garden of Indigenous plants with significance in native food traditions. This is a step toward food sovereignty on the UW campus, allowing students, staff, faculty, and the community to learn about, grow, and consume traditional foods.
The project was designed for the students involved to plan the garden and events with campus and community partners, which are envisioned to include educational events, community gatherings, arts, and storytelling. This project will contribute to biodiversity and restoration by reintroducing native plant species to the UW campus at two of the UW Farm’s growing sites. It will specifically focus on the reintroduction of edible and medicinal plant species, addressing food sovereignty, food insecurity and access to healthy foods, and will increase the amount of food grown on campus. These activities help address social and environmental sustainability issues.