Master of Environmental Studies

Rachel Carson Forum

The Rachel Carson Forum is an annual spring event dedicated to Rachel Carson’s legacy of exploration and understanding of complex environmental issues and questions.  The event has been organized by the Master of Environmental Studies Student Association since 1990.

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The 24th Annual Rachel Carson Forum: Responding to Climate Change in the Pacific Northwest

Date: Thursday, April 24, 2014, 6-9p

Location: The Evergreen State College, Library Room 4300, 2700 Evergreen Parkway NW, Olympia, WA

Program: Doors open at 6:00pm with a performance by The Oly Mountain Boys and a tabling expo.  Speakers start at 7:00pm followed by discussion and Q&A.

Distinguished Speakers:  

Dr. Richard Feely, Senior Scientist, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Andy Haub, Planning and Engineering Manager, City of Olympia Public Works Department
Thera Black, Senior Planner, Thurston Regional Planning Council
Facilitated by Rhys Roth, Evergreen Center for Sustainable Infrastructure 

Admission: Free and open to the public. Parking $2.

Information on Rachel Carson

Rachel Carson's 'Rugged Shore' in Maine - New York Times article (Summer 2012)

Rachel Carson Forum History

2013 - Panel Discussion: Building A Sustainable Food System in the South Sound, Mayor Stephen Buxbaum, TJ Johnson, Blue Peetz, and Sarah Rocker
2012 - Panel Discussion: The Social, Political & Ecological Implications of Pesticide Use by Dr. Marion Moses, Dr. Steve Herman, Dr. John Perkins, Ciscoe Morris, and Janette Brimmer
2011 - Lecture by Paul Stamets of Fungi Perfecti
2010 - Lecture by Estella Leopold with breakout session by Billy Frank Jr., Nisqually tribal member and Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission
2008 - "The Health of  Puget Sound" by William Ruckelshaus of Puget Sound Partnership
2006 - "High Stakes Conservation" by Delia & Mark Owens
2005 - "The Tragedy of the Non-commons" by Joshua Farley of Gund Institute for Ecological Economics
2004 - Water & Forests Festival including lecture by author Dr. Eugene Kozloff
2002 - "Widening the Context in the Biotechnology Wars" by Dr. David Ehrenfeld of Rutgers University
2001 - "Rewilding: the need for large carnivores for ecological integrity in wildland ecosystems" by Dave Foreman
2000 - "Fighting for Positive Social Change and Environmental Justice" by Dr. Marion Moses of the Pesticide Education Center
1999 - Lecture by poet & environmental activist Terry Tempest Williams
1996 - "Silent Spring, Sacred Landscapes: Sustainability and the American West" by Charles Wilkinson of the University of Colorado, Boulder
1995 - "Labor & the Environment: Building a Coalition in the Northwest" by speakers Richard Feldman, Gwendolyn Lee, & Tarso Ramos
1994 - "Water & Community: A Sense of Place" by speakers Krag Unsoeld, Bob Mead, Billy Frank Jr., Judy Turpin, J.T. Wilcox, Jan Teague, & Bob Gustavson
1993 - "The Endangered Species Act: Reflections on the Past, Prospects for the Future" by speakers Rick Agnew, John Engbring, John Growen, Valerie Johnson, Jim Pissot, & Andy Stahl