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Category: Sustainability

Holiday greenery harvest adjusts to ‘Godzilla El Nino’

By Sylvia Kantor, College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences

Noble-fir-wreath-by-Freed-webOLYMPIA, Wash. – Harvest of evergreen boughs for holiday garlands and wreaths got a late start thanks to the warmest October on record. Just what the economic impact is won’t be clear until the holiday season is over.Continue reading

Nov. 30: Ecologist touts power of nature in prison reform

By Adrian Aumen, College of Arts & Sciences

Nadkarni-webPULLMAN, Wash. – An internationally renowned forest ecologist and leader in prison reform will talk about blending science, nature and social justice in a free, public address at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 30, in the CUB auditorium at Washington State University.Continue reading

Partnership recycles carbon fiber to permeable pavement

permeable-pavement-research-area-at-WSU-PuyallupSEATTLE – Improving water quality through better permeable pavement is the focus of a research and development collaboration announced by Boeing, Washington State University and the Washington Stormwater Center.Continue reading

Ethanol from wood cellulose a local, sustainable alternative

By Betsy Fradd, Advanced Hardwood Biofuels

poplar-fieldEVERETT, Wash. – Most ethanol sold in the Pacific Northwest is made from corn grown in the Midwest. But ethanol from cellulose – the cheapest, simplest biofuel produced from wood – could be sustainably produced from locally grown poplar trees.Continue reading

Seeking new sorghum, the ‘camel of crops,’ for biofuels

By Will Ferguson, College of Arts & Sciences

grant-writing-cousinsPULLMAN, Wash. – A trend of dry summers and low snowpack in coming years is expected to pose challenges for Washington farmers, especially those working marginal lands without access to ample irrigation.Continue reading

Starts Nov. 16: WSU Extension offers beekeeping series

beeEVERETT, Wash. – The Master Beekeeper introductory/refresher course will be 6:30-9:30 p.m. Mondays, Nov. 16-Dec. 14, in McCollum Park at Washington State University Snohomish County Extension’s Cougar Auditorium, 600 128th St. SE, Everett. The five-week course will repeat beginning Feb. 22.Continue reading