MES News & Updates

Bees, Maps, and iPads: Interning with The City of Olympia’s Parks, Arts, and Recreation


What started out as a desperate hunt for thesis topic ideas ended in an amazing internship with the City of Olympia. I started the thesis process the spring quarter of my 1st year in the program and had decided on an ambitious lab project. After diving into the mini-prospectus and taking multiple lab trainings, I discovered resource constraints that I realized would not allow me to finish my thesis on time. Instead, I decided that I really wanted to work with another agency and reached out to my elective faculty for Disease Ecology and GIS. I started a project at Mt.

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Cities Alive Conference, Fall 2017


Between September 18th – 20th I attended the Cities Alive conference in Seattle presented by the organization Green Roofs for Healthy Cities. This national conference provided in-depth and expansive breadth around green roofs and walls as a sustainable building solution. I attended this conference to gain a crash course in green roofs while focusing on current policies guiding the implementation of green infrastructure.


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Reflections on Carbon Friendly Forestry Conference


I attended the Carbon Friendly Forestry conference at the Cedarbrook Lodge in the Sea-Tac area on Tuesday, September 12th, 2017. It was a great experience learning about Washington Environmental Council’s (WEC) efforts to establish carbon friendly forestry practices by bringing together many interested stakeholders. I attended the event with fellow MES’ers Averi Azar and Katrina Keller (the three of us are pictured below on left side of the front row).

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2018 Graduate Sustainability Fellowships Announced


After interviewing several highly qualified candidates and a difficult deliberation, the hiring committee chose three 2018 Graduate Sustainability Fellows. Our fellows this year will be:


Lucy Pierce, 2nd year MES student, Carbon Offsets Fellow. Lucy will research on-going carbon offset projects and markets, and assist with campus engagement and discussion of what offsets the College should and should not pursue.


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MES Poster Presentations by Thesis Students


In Fall quarter, when students are beginning their thesis work, they enroll in the final core course called Case Studies, which is designed to kick off their thesis projects. At the end of each Case Studies course, students create a scientific poster representative of their thesis topic and the methods they will carry out in the coming months. Last night Case Studies held the annual student Poster Presentation Session at The Evergreen State College. Students in the program and community members were invited to see what thesis students would be working on in MES this year.

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