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Update on Coronavirus/COVID-19

Dear Students, Staff and Faculty,

At Evergreen, we value the health and well-being of our community.  We, in partnership with state and county health authorities, are vigilantly monitoring and assessing the spread of the coronavirus, now known as COVID-19.

The immediate risk to the public in Washington is considered low by the health authorities.  As of today, there have not been any reported cases of COVID-19 at Evergreen or in Thurston County.


Student-Driven Art Exhibition Opens at Evergreen

“Retrospective: An Exhibition of the Evergreen Art Collection” opens Wednesday, Feb 26. A reception will be held in The Evergreen State College’s gallery from 5–7 p.m.

“Students involved in this project gained experience in the kind of work it takes to run an art exhibition and manage a gallery, from start to finish,” said Michelle Pope, Evergreen’s visual arts operations manager. “From curation and conservation, to installation and marketing, they did it all.”

Fall Clock Tower Rainbow

Evergreen begins leadership transition

The Evergreen State College Board of Trustees and President George Bridges announced today they are beginning a leadership transition at the college, which will culminate in selection of a new president by the time Bridges concludes his presidential contract in June 2021.

Bridges, an award-winning University of Washington educator and former president of Whitman College, recently informed the board of his decision to retire as president and return to teaching.

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State Grants Evergreen More than $1 Million Toward Sustainability

The Evergreen State College has been awarded a State Project Improvement Grant of $1,159,232 by the Washington State Department of Commerce.

These funds will be used to increase energy efficiency of the HVAC system of Lab I, which houses labs used to study quantum mechanics, marine biology and integrated natural science. These measures will reduce energy usage enough to save $67,000 per year and help the college in its efforts to reach carbon neutrality.

Carri LeRoy Mt St Helens

“Evergreen Talks” Announces Winter and Spring Speakers - Edited

The unique role of certain plants in the blast zone of Mount St. Helens, traditions and innovations in Native art, and secrets held in the history of Mount Rainier are the topics of three upcoming free lectures at Olympia’s historic Lord Mansion, starting February 25.

The Evergreen State College continues the Evergreen Talks speaker and lecture series with three faculty members chosen by a group of Evergreen peers and distinguished in their fields of study.

A Townsend's chipmunk on a rock

Evergreen and University of Washington Partner to Protect Species Impacted by Climate Change

All plants and animals need suitable conditions to survive. That means a certain amount of light, a tolerable temperature range and access to sources of food, water and shelter.


Many of the existing efforts to protect plant and animal species across the United States rely on information about where these species currently live. For example, if a rare bird species such as the snowy plover is found in a specific location along the Washington coast, conservationists try to protect it from human development where it lives.