World Changers Have Olympia Ties

December 22, 2011

(Olympia, Wash.) What’s the connection between Olympia and the construction of the 1776-foot tall One World Trade Center building at Ground Zero in New York? You might be surprised (and you’ll find out if you read on).

the evergreen state college | 40"We all have our perspective on what's not working, whether the topic is politics, media, the environment, or the economy," says Michael Zimmerman, Evergreen's academic vice president and provost. "The newest Evergreen Magazine offers a different focus. It highlights what is working and tells the stories of people with ties to Olympia — Greeners with inspiring stories, who simply make the world better."

The magazine celebrates 40 years of The Evergreen State College and includes profiles of leaders with Olympia connections, including Evergreen alumni at the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, The Nature Conservancy, The Washington State Court of Appeals, and the US Agency for International Development, among others.

Ranging from business and non-profit innovators to environmental, health and civil rights advocates, the magazine highlights some of the contributions of the 40,000 alumni of The Evergreen State College.

The stories can be found online at

One of the stories is about Dan Tishman of Tishman Construction (Evergreen Class of 1977), the construction managers for One World Trade Center as well as WTC Towers 3 and 4 and a host of other iconic projects in the United States and around the world. Tishman also chairs the board of trustees of the Natural Resources Defense Council and has become an international leader in green building.

"Liberal arts education develops the ability to think critically, act creatively, and integrate information from many perspectives," says Zimmerman. "This is what a rapidly changing world requires, and the Evergreen alumni featured in our latest magazine are putting those capabilities to work in amazing ways."

Past issues of the Evergreen Magazine focused on themes including business and entrepreneurship, science and medicine, food, media and technology, politics and public service, the environment, and more. These are also available online at


The Evergreen State College is a nationally recognized public liberal arts college located in Olympia, Washington. The college is noted for its unique interdisciplinary approach, strong student/faculty engagement, narrative evaluations and student-centered curriculum. Evergreen is one of America’s 373 Best Colleges (Princeton Review), America’s Best Buys (Fiske Guides), Colleges That Change Lives and top "green" schools (Sierra Magazine). The college is celebrating its 40th Anniversary in the 2011-12 academic year. Find Evergreen on the web at or