Upcoming Sustainability Events

Monday, April 22
Tuesday, April 23
Wednesday, April 24
Thursday, April 25

Box Castle

Day: April 25 Time: 9 a.m.–2 p.m. Location: Wheelock Student Center, Marshall Hall

Come see a visual representation of waste. Stop by afterward and pick up free boxes for Move Out!

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Student Market

Day: April 25 Time: 4:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m. Location: Wheelock Student Center, Rasmussen Rotunda
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Night at the Museum: Stories From the Sea

Day: April 25 Time: 6 p.m.–7:30 p.m. Location: Thompson Hall, Room 295

The ocean is filled with so many incredible life forms, and many of us only encounter a small fraction of them. How are these organisms adapted to survive in such a different environment from ours? Answer this question and more with us as we explore stories from the sea!

Specimen preparationAs always, our collections manager and skinners will be turning dead animals into museum specimens. Ask questions and get hands-on with dissections and preparations! Specimen preparation will be in Room 297.…

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Saturday, April 27

City of Tacoma Annual Bike Swap

Day: April 27 Time: 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Location: Thompson Hall, Parking Lot (Lot 4)

The Tacoma Bike Swap is the largest bicycle-related event in the South Sound region. Community members will gather to buy, sell, and trade new and used bicycles, along with accessories like helmets, bells, and trailers. Local businesses, nonprofit organizations, and bicycling experts will be on hand to answer questions about bike equipment, maintenance, routes, and safety.…

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Sunday, April 28

LNG and Puyallup Tribe Documentary

Day: April 28 Time: 5 p.m.–7 p.m. Location: Social Justice Center

Join us for a screening of a documentary that discusses the liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant and how it affects the Puyallup Tribe.

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Monday, May 13

Operation Save: How to Move Out

Day: May 13 Time: All Day Location: Center for Intercultural and Civic Engagement (CICE)

Moving out? Shocked at the amount of clothing you have accumulated over the past year? Wardrobe won't fit in your suitcase? Don't toss those clothes—donate them to Operation SAVE! All donations will go to Tacoma organizations that support those in need in the community as well as helping to stock the campus Clothing Closet.

Do you have gently used clothing, bedding, shoes…

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Saturday, June 1

Neighborhood Cleanup

Day: June 1 Time: 10 a.m.–1:45 p.m. Location: Athletics & Aquatics Center, Parking Lot 3

Sponsored by the university, the City of Tacoma, and the Jefferson Block Watch.

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Wednesday, September 18

Lecture: "Fronteras, Fences, and Funding: Public Lands and the People Who Need Them"

Day: September 18 Time: 6 p.m.–6:50 p.m. Location: Wheelock Student Center, Rasmussen Rotunda

As part of the Reframing Outdoor Culture lecture series, Abigail Vizcarra Perez, diversity outreach specialist at Metro Parks Tacoma, will discuss themes relevant to access to public lands, marginalized community representation in the outdoors, and community activism and work going on in Tacoma.

Join Puget Sound Outdoors, the Center for Intercultural and Civic Engagement,…

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Saturday, September 21

Innovate!Create!

Day: September 21 Time: 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Location: Wheelock Student Center, Murray Boardroom

Innovate!Create! is a deep dive into entrepreneurship in which students learn about developing entrepreneurial concepts and pitching those concepts. Students are invited to show up at 10 a.m. by themselves or with a team. A challenge will be unveiled by 10:15 and teams will work to develop entrepreneurial solutions to pitch to entrepreneur judges. Prizes and feedback will be presented around 3 p.m. While the challenge is always a secret, we can tell you that the challenge is one brought to us by…

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Tuesday, October 1

Lecture: "52 Weeks, 52 Jobs"

Day: October 1 Time: 7 p.m. Location: Wheelock Student Center, Rasmussen Rotunda

From a cowboy in Wyoming, to a fashion buyer in Manhattan, to a firefighter in Florida, park ranger in Hawaii, and real estate agent in Beverly Hills, Sean Aiken learned not only about himself but also about the people around him, finding out what drives people to choose a certain career, what makes them successful, and, more importantly, what makes them happy.

He trekked more than 46,000 miles, slept on 55 couches, and raised over $20,000 for charity, and from this The One-Week Job Project was…

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Friday, October 4

Lecture: "The Political Future of Haze and Peatlands in Southeast Asia"

Day: October 4 Time: 5 p.m. Location: Wheelock Student Center, Rasmussen Rotunda

This event is part of the LIASE Symposium. We are pleased to welcome Helena Varkkey as our 2019 keynote speaker. Varkkey is a senior lecturer at the Department of International and Strategic Studies, University of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. She completed her doctorate at the University of Sydney, Australia, and her book The Haze Problem in Southeast Asia: Palm Oil and…

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Tuesday, October 8

Film Screening and Reception with Alix Henry

Day: October 8 Time: 6 p.m.–9 p.m. Location: Wyatt Hall, Room 109

Alix is a licensed architect practicing in Taos, NM, and adjunct assistant professor at Webster University where she teaches two classes, "Living On/Off the Grid" and "Global Ecologies and Sustainable Living." She has dedicated her architectural practice to principles of sustainability; and worked for six years with Solar Survival Architecture (predecessor to Earthship Biotecture) where she was an architectural intern, builder and manager of earthship rentals. She lives with her husband and two kids…

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Wednesday, October 9

Lecture: "Puyallup Sovereignties"

Day: October 9 Time: 4 p.m.–5 p.m. Location: Wyatt Hall, Room 101

Dr. Danica Sterud Miller, a member of the Puyallup Tribe and professor at the University of Washington at Tacoma, will present her research on Puyallup sovereignties.

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ART+SCI Salon with guest artist Alix Henry

Day: October 9 Time: 6 p.m.–8 p.m. Location: Kittredge Hall, Kittredge Gallery

Alix is a licensed architect practicing in Taos, NM, and adjunct assistant professor at Webster University where she teaches two classes, "Living On/Off the Grid" and "Global Ecologies and Sustainable Living." She has dedicated her architectural practice to principles of sustainability; and worked for six years with Solar Survival Architecture (predecessor to Earthship Biotecture)…

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Saturday, October 12

Green Tacoma Day

Day: October 12 Time: 10 a.m.–1 p.m. Location: Metro Parks Tacoma

Tacoma’s parks and open spaces need your help! These natural resources provide people with clean air, clean water, and access to nature. Keeping them healthy is a community effort. Join hundreds of volunteers this fall as we work to keep Tacoma green and volunteer at one of fourteen different event sites around the city. Volunteers will plant trees and shrubs, pull invasive weeds, and remove litter. Bring your neighbors, friends, and family and come out to help. This year, volunteers at the event…

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Sunday, October 13

Lecture: "Community-Supported Urban Agriculture"

Day: October 13 Time: 3:30 p.m. Location: Wheelock Student Center, Rasmussen Rotunda

“Because of the increasing rates of obesity, unhealthy eating habits, and physical inactivity, we may see the first generation that will be less healthy and have a shorter life expectancy than their parents.” So says Zsofia Pazstor, an award-winning landscape designer, permaculturist, horticulturist, and arborist. “Children,” says Pazstor, “are full of joy and hope—we have…

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Saturday, October 19
Monday, November 18

Lecture: "Spaceship in the Desert: Energy, Climate Change, and Urban Design in Abu Dhabi"

Day: November 18 Time: 5 p.m. Location: Wheelock Student Center, Rasmussen Rotunda

Gökçe Günel is an assistant professor of anthropology at Rice University in Houston, Texas, and a sabbatical fellow at Crown Center for Middle East Studies at Brandeis University. She will discuss energy, climate change, and urban design in Abu Dhabi.

Her first book Spaceship in the Desert: Energy, Climate Change, and Urban Design in Abu Dhabi (Duke University Press, 2019)…

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Saturday, February 15

Canning for a Cause

Day: February 15 Time: 2 p.m. Location: Saint Leo's Food Connection, 1323 S. Yakima Ave, Tacoma, WA 98405

Whether you love canning or just want to learn, this month's Food Justice Loggers in Tacoma event is just for you. This event will teach participants the basics of canning and the usefulness of food preservation skills in daily life. The resulting food will be split between the St. Leo's Food Kitchen and Puget Sound's on-campus Food Pantry.

Take home a jar of what we make while also supporting local food pantries, including the one on our campus. 

Transportation is also available with limited space…

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Wednesday, February 26
Wednesday, March 4
Tuesday, March 10

Environmental Policy Panel—CANCELED

Day: March 10 Time: 6 p.m.–8 p.m. Location: Trimble Hall, Trimble Forum

This event has been canceled.

Join Sound Policy Institute for a panel on local environmental policy featuring Port Commissioner Kristin Ang '00, Sustainable Tacoma Commissioner and member of Washington's Environmental Justice Task Force Emily Pinckney, and Program Manager with National Parks Conservation Association, Graham Taylor '07. We will talk about pathways to civic engagement and civil service and impacts on environmental policy.

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Wednesday, March 11
Saturday, March 14

South Sound Sustainability Expo 2020—POSTPONED

Day: March 14 Time: 10 a.m.–3 p.m. Location: Greater Tacoma Convention Center; 1500 Commerce St, Tacoma, WA 98402

NOTE: This event has been postponed. Please check the event calendar for updates.

This free event connects community members with local businesses and organizations dedicated to a healthy and environmentally sustainable South Sound. Guests will enjoy new workshops, free screen printing, a mini farmers market, kids activities and crafts. Visit SouthSoundSustainabilityExpo.org…

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Tuesday, March 17

Children's Water Festival—CANCELED

Day: March 17 Time: All Day Location: Athletics & Aquatics Center, Multiple campus locations

This event has been canceled.

The Children's Water Festival is an annual event that brings nearly 700 Pierce County fifth-graders together for a day of learning about water quality and conservation on the University of Puget Sound campus. Students visit stations around campus for hands on learning with local experts and educators from dozens of community organizations on a range of water-related topics.

This partnership with Pierce Conservation District relies on more than 120 volunteers from local…

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Thursday, March 26

Reception and Art+Sci Salon for "Gathered From the Field: Art Provoked by Climate Research"—CANCELED

Day: March 26 Time: 4:30 p.m.–6 p.m. Location: Kittredge Hall, Kittredge Gallery

Join us for a reception for Anna McKee and Suze Woolf's show in Kittredge Gallery. Artists Anna McKee and Suze Woolf, along with their science collaborators Diana Six (entomology, University of Montana) and Eric Steig (glaciology, University of Washington), will talk about their work in a panel talk moderated by Elise Richman and Peter Wimberger of Art+Sci. 

4:30 Reception…

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Tuesday, April 7

Virtual Lecture and Conversation: "Confronting the Root Causes of the Climate Crisis"

Day: April 7 Time: 5:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m. Location: https://zoom.us/j/417811006

In order to understand climate change, we have to study the systemic roots that have led to this crisis. This event will look at the system of gender-based violence as a root cause of climate change and explore how it is linked to capitalism, colonialism, racism ,and patriarchy. We will look at how gendered understandings of consumption, ownership, privilege, and supremacy have led to the degradation of the natural world and the brink of mass extinction on Planet Earth.

For The People community…

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Saturday, April 25
Thursday, September 10

Suze Woolf Lecture: Bark Beetle Books and the Exhibit that Never Happened

Day: September 10 Time: 4 p.m.–5:30 p.m. Location: Zoom

Suze Woolf is an amazing environmental artist who installed a beautiful exhibit in Kittredge just before COVID shut down everything in March. She and entomologist Diane Six were going to talk about their collaboration and work in an art/sci salon in March, but couldn’t because of the lockdown. Suze and Diane will be doing a special Zoom presentation of their work.

Join Zoom…

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Tuesday, October 6

Conversations with Germany: "Green Germany: What is Really Happening?"

Day: October 6 Time: 10 a.m.–11 a.m. Location: Zoom Meeting - register for link

Join us during Fall Semester for a four-part series of conversations with German students, activists, and professionals who will share their perspectives on life, culture and politics in contemporary Germany. Our speakers will provide 20 minutes of introductory remarks and then open the floor for discussion.

In this meeting we'll talk about environmental and climate protection in the U.S. and Germany. How do Germans view sustainability, LGBTQ+ rights, US politics, and immigration issues?

Both the…

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Thursday, October 29

Thompson Hall Science and Mathematics Seminar: "Saving an Endangered Species: Using Science to Inform Policy for Southern Resident Killer Whale Recovery"

Day: October 29 Time: 4:10 p.m.–5 p.m. Location: Google Meet: https://meet.google.com/dci-bqpu-hgm

Grace Ferrara (Puget Sound Class of 2013), Natural Resource Specialist with NOAA Fisheries, will present this talk.

Thompson Hall Science and Mathematics Seminars, held on a regular basis since 1978, focus on topics in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) presented by faculty members and invited guest speakers. Each lecture is followed by discussion opportunities. Free and open to the public. Please begin logging into the site at 4 p.m.

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Thursday, December 3

Thompson Hall Science and Mathematics Seminar: "State of the Climate Series, Part 1"

Day: December 3 Time: 4:10 p.m.–5 p.m. Location: Google Meet: https://meet.google.com/dci-bqpu-hgm

Steven Neshyba, University of Puget Sound Department of Chemistry, will present this talk.

Thompson Hall Science and Mathematics Seminars, held on a regular basis since 1978, focus on topics in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) presented by faculty members and invited guest speakers. Each lecture is followed by discussion opportunities. Free and open to the public. Please begin logging into the site at 4 p.m.

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