New Diversity & Justice course, GRDSCH 640

The Graduate School is pleased to announce a new course for the Spring quarter entitled: “Engaging with Microaggressions & Macroassaults- Equity in Praxis.

We invite graduate students, faculty, and staff from all disciplines to participate in this interdisciplinary course which seeks to equip participants to critically engage with microaggressions and macroassaults- both the everyday insults and hostilities as well as the structural, large-scale policies and practices that perpetuate the oppression of marginalized populations. Inspired by Paulo Freire’s notion of praxis (the intersection of reflection and action), the course will work to empower participants to address, interrupt, and confront these forces in their personal and professional lives.

  • GRDSCH 640 A
  • SLN: 21645
  • 1 credit CR/NC
  • Tuesdays, 4:30 PM – 5:50 PM
  • Odegaard Library Active Learning Classroom (ACL) 141
  • Instructors: Gino Aisenberg, PhD, MSW & Saejin Kwak Tanguay, M.Ed.

Faculty and staff can email to join the course.

ESS 520: Applications in Geographic Information Systems for the Earth Sciences

ESS 520: Applications in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for the Earth Sciences
Winter 2018
MWF 1:30-3:20, 4 credits

This course provides a survey of intermediate applied uses of GIS in the earth sciences. It builds upon skills and topics covered in introductory GIS courses for the earth sciences. We will examine and experiment with more detailed, complex analytic techniques using examples from the peer-reviewed literature. This will provide greater insight into how GIS analysis is put into practice in earth science research. Topics include the following: digitizing from DEM’s, imagery and/or scanned maps and creating geodatabases; geologic/geomorphic mapping using production-level standards; interpreting terrain characteristics using hypsometric, curvature and morphometric analysis; using hydrologic flow patterns for river bank modeling; floodplain mapping and analysis; measuring and understanding implications of rainfall patterns; landslide forecasting and analysis; and analyzing other geomorphologic phenomena.
Geospatial statistics, including interpolation methods and detection of scale dependence in geospatial phenomena, will also be covered.

Intro-level GIS (e.g., ESS 420) required. For more information, contact Steven Walters,
Senior Lecturer in ESS,

Winter 2018: ARCH 534

ARCH 534: Green Technology

  • Dean Heerwagen (
  • 3 credits
  • TTH 5:30-6:50pm

Designing green buildings involves finding ways to increase the efficiency with which buildings and their sites use energy, water, and materials; reduce the impact of built space on occupant health and on the surrounding environment; and enable efficient operation across the complete building life cycle (i.e., through better siting, design, construction, operation, maintenance, and removal.)

The class will describe methods to:

  • achieve minimal energy consumption for building operation
  • employ alternative renewable energy sources
  • enhance the indoor environmental quality of buildings
  • foster the efficient use of water and the handling of wastewater
  • use materials and other resources efficiently
  • work toward LEED certification and/or Living Building Challenge compliance for building projects

Buerk Center’s Environmental Innovation Practicum

Environmental Innovation Practicum

  • Open to all majors| 2 credits, Tuesdays 4-5:50 p.m.| Autumn Quarter
  • ENTRE 443/543, ENGR 498A, ENVIR 495 (Soon to be ENGR 443, ENVIR 443)

Each weekly seminar instructed by Deb Hagen-Lukens will help students discover how to create solutions to environmental problems. Students will form inter-disciplinary teams and create project-based solutions while receiving coaching by environmental professionals or entrepreneurs. Excellent preparation for the Alaska Airlines Environmental Innovation Challenge. Recommended for juniors, seniors, and graduate students.

Questions? E-mail Lauren Brohawn at

AUT17: Sustainable Planning, Design and Development Strategies for TOD

BE 405/505 Studio | Fall 2017 (6 credits)

BE 498/598 Seminar | Fall 2017 (3 credits)

In 2024 light rail service will connect Kent/Des Moines to Seattle and beyond. This studio and embedded seminar course will envision the transformation of what is now a low density, auto dependent condition into a vibrant, walkable, mixed use and sustainable community catalyzed by light rail.

As Seattle’s housing costs rise an increasing number of residents are migrating to suburban locations with lower housing costs. These residents do not seek the suburban dream of the mid twentieth century. Instead, they seek vibrant, walkable and sustainable mixed use communities with lower housing costs and less reliance on the automobile. Light rail offers the potential to provide such opportunities in the form of urban satellite communties surrounding Seattle. Kent/Des Moines is ideally positioned to become such a community. The designated station location is within easy walking distance of the King County Metro Rapid Ride Line on Highway 99, Highline College and surrounding commercial uses.  Continue reading

Summer Class: Resilience in Action

Resilience in Action: Theory of Resilience and Disaster Planning in Practice
  • UrbDP 498F / 598F
  • Summer, full-term, 3 credits
  • M/W:3:00 PM – 4:50 PM

This course aims to provide a practical understanding of resilience theory and how it can get translated to disaster planning in practice. “Resilience” has now become a fashionable concept in the planning discipline, however its operational relevance has been questioned due to its polysemic (having multiple meanings) character. The purpose of this class is to enhance the general understanding of “resilience”and to seek proper applications of this concept while understanding the challenges arising from translating theory into practice. Throughout the course, students will learn the history and development of resilience concept, as well as how this concept is currently applied in actual disaster planning and research.

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New Special Topics Course for AUT 17- Sustainability and Healthy Buildings in Global Context

AUT 17: CEE 599 (SLN = TBA)

Title: Sustainability and Healthy Buildings in Global Context

Meeting Time: TBA

In this class, we will discuss how to align sustainability strategies to promote occupant health. More specifically, we will identify building components that affect occupants’ health, well-being, and productivity. Various healthy building standards will be discussed. Students will engage in investigating building sensors that promote real-time data analysis and visualization. Finally, we will focus on scientific research and evidence that demonstrates the benefits of healthy building strategies.

Undergraduates who are interested need to submit an add code request and connect with Professor Kim.

Apply Now! Grand Challenges Impact Lab: India – WIN18 Study Abroad

CEE Students:

Applications are now being accepted for the Winter 2018 Grand Challenges Impact Lab (GCIL) India study abroad program. CEE professor Julian Marshall is very much interested in having graduate and undergraduate students from a variety of academic backgrounds – so please apply and encourage interested students to apply as well.  Application deadline is May 15. See details below.

Do you want to work on developing solutions that can make a difference, with the real world as your classroom?

In Winter Quarter 2018, UW Study Abroad will be offering “Grand Challenge Impact Lab (GCIL): India” as a 15-credit course.

  • Study global GRAND CHALLENGES
  • Work hands-on to learn IMPACT INNOVATION
  • Design impact VENTURE SOLUTIONS
  • Pitch your idea for SEED FUNDING

Grand Challenges are the big problems facing humanity – things like food security, clean water, and climate change. The Grand Challenge Impact Lab (GCIL): India is a new UW study abroad experience that empowers students to learn about Grand Challenges and propose and test solutions to them. The program offers an active, hands-on learning laboratory and is open to graduate and undergraduate junior and senior students from any department. Apply now! Deadline is May 15.

VISIONS’17 Ocean Expedition

Interested in participating in a major oceanographic expedition this summer?  

VISIONS’17 is currently accepting applications for the UW Sea-going Research and Discovery course (OCEAN 411). This at-sea course will provide you direct participation on a global-class research ship using a state-of the-art underwater robotic vehicle (ROV). The expedition will take place July 25 to August 28, 2017 aboard the 274-foot R/V Roger Revelle and will utilize the ROV Jason. You will be working at depths of up to 9000 ft beneath the oceanʼs surface and at sites that include methane seeps off the Oregon margin; Axial Seamount (the largest and most active submarine volcano off our coast); active hydrothermal vents hosting novel animal and microbial communities, and along coastal environments off Newport, Oregon. There are no prerequisites for this class – it is open to all students, transportation to the ship is provided, and all costs are covered except 3 credits tuition for Ocean 411 Fall 2017.  Continue reading

Summer Courses in Pacific Northwest Region

The Department of Crop and Soil Sciences at Washington State University is offering Environmental Geochemical / Hydrogeochemical field and lab courses (SOIL 502 and 503) in Pacific northwest region during this summer. Junior, Senior, and graduate students are welcome to apply. Please see attached for course information.