Master of Environmental Studies

Rachel Carson Forum

The Rachel Carson Forum is an annual spring event dedicated to Rachel Carson’s legacy of exploration and understanding of complex environmental issues and questions.  The event has been organized by the Master of Environmental Studies Student Association since 1990.

The 25th Annual Rachel Carson Forum

Theme: Urban Ecology (more details coming soon)
Date: Thursday, April 23, 2015, Evening
Location: The Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA
Admission: Free and open to the public. Parking $2.

Rachel Carson Forum History

2014 - "Responding to Climate Change in the Pacific Northwest," panel discussion with Dr. Richard Feely, Senior Scientist, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; Andy Haub, Planning and Engineering Manager, City of Olympia Public Works Department; Thera Black, Senior Planner, Thurston Regional Planning Council; facilitated by Rhys Roth, Evergreen Center for Sustainable Infrastructure
2013 - "Building A Sustainable Food System in the South Sound," panel discussion with Mayor Stephen Buxbaum, TJ Johnson, Blue Peetz, and Sarah Rocker (5/10/13)
2012 - "The Social, Political & Ecological Implications of Pesticide Use," panel discussion with Dr. Marion Moses, Dr. Steve Herman, Dr. John Perkins, Ciscoe Morris, and Janette Brimmer (5/2/12)
2011 - Lecture by Paul Stamets of Fungi Perfecti
2010 - Lecture by Estella Leopold with breakout session by Billy Frank Jr., Nisqually tribal member and Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission plus the Graduate Program on the Environment's 25th anniversary
2008 - "The Health of  Puget Sound" by William Ruckelshaus of Puget Sound Partnership
2007 - "Taking Sunbeams Seriously: The Role of Solar Energy in a Healthy, Prosperous, Sustainable Future" by Denis Hayes
2006 - "High Stakes Conservation" with speakers Delia and Mark Owens (5/2/06)
2005 - "The Tragedy of the Non-commons" by Joshua Farley of Gund Institute for Ecological Economics
2004 - Water & Forests Festival including lecture by author Dr. Eugene Kozloff
2003 - Lecture by nature writer and environmentalist Rick Bass and Northwest novelist/essayist David James Duncan
2002 - "Widening the Context in the Biotechnology Wars" by Dr. David Ehrenfeld of Rutgers University
2001 - "Rewilding: the need for large carnivores for ecological integrity in wildland ecosystems" by Dave Foreman
2000 - "Fighting for Positive Social Change and Environmental Justice" by Dr. Marion Moses of the Pesticide Education Center
1999 - Lecture by poet & environmental activist Terry Tempest Williams
1996 - "Silent Spring, Sacred Landscapes: Sustainability and the American West" with introduction by MES faculty Jovana Brown and lecture by Charles Wilkinson of the University of Colorado, Boulder
1995 - "Labor & the Environment: Building a Coalition in the Northwest" with speakers Richard Feldman, Gwendolyn Lee, & Tarso Ramos
1994 - "Water & Community: A Sense of Place" with speakers Krag Unsoeld, Bob Mead, Billy Frank Jr., Judy Turpin, J.T. Wilcox, Jan Teague, & Bob Gustavson
1993 - "The Endangered Species Act: Reflections on the Past, Prospects for the Future" with speakers Rick Agnew, John Engbring, John Growen, Valerie Johnson, Jim Pissot, & Andy Stahl (4/7/93)
1991 - "The History of Women in the Environmental Movement" with speakers Hazel Wolfe, Secretary of the National Audubon Society and Marcy Golde, Washington Environmental Council (6/6/91)
1990 - "Reaching the Summit: Pathways to Action" with organizations Earth First!, Sierra Club, American Littoral Society, No Sweat, Black Hills Audubon, S.P.E.E.C.H., and Washington Environmental Council (10/18/90)