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Feb. 21-22: Urban Green Infrastructure Summit presented
December 22, 2017

SEATTLE, Wash. – Today’s metropolitan areas face a myriad of complex infrastructure, management and social challenges. To help cities successfully tackle those issues, the Western Center for Metropolitan Extension and Research will present the Urban Green Infrastructure Summit on Feb. 21-22 at the Embassy Suites in Tigard, Ore.

Nov. 29: Helping farmers gain access to urban lands
November 10, 2016

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EVERETT, Wash. – Land access options for farmers in the urban areas of western Washington will be presented 5:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 29, at Washington State University Snohomish County Extension’s Cougar Auditorium, 600 128th St. SE, Everett (inside McCollum Park).

Nov 18: Free summit looks at future of food in Seattle
October 24, 2016

few-graphicWOODINVILLE, Wash. – The need to integrate management of natural resources like water, energy and food in the greater Seattle area will be discussed during the free, interactive Urban Food-Energy-Water Summit on Friday, Nov. 18, in the Brightwater Convention Center.

Aug. 16: Explore urban forest at breakfast talk, tour
August 9, 2016

By Seth Truscott, College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences

treeSPOKANE, Wash. – Learn about the benefits that Spokane’s urban forest provides in a breakfast discussion and walking tour 8-10 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 16, at the Scoop, 1001 W. 25th Ave., Spokane.

Human activities harm water quality, raise treatment costs
July 26, 2016

By Eric Sorensen, WSU science writer

Julie-PadowskiPULLMAN, Wash. – Julie Padowski, clinical assistant professor at Washington State University, has found that the loss of land cover around cities has increased pollution and raised the cost of water treatment.

Citizen scientists collect data on urban wild bees
May 2, 2016

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

SEATTLE – City dwellers concerned about recent declines in pollinators can contribute to bee research as citizen scientists. Elias Bloom, a Washington State University doctoral student, is seeking volunteers to collect data on wild, native bees in Seattle in order to promote pollinator health.

Masculine, feminine faces valued more in industrial world
September 25, 2014

By Eric Sorensen, WSU science writer

Hewlett-80VANCOUVER, Wash. – In a world of cover girls, matinee idols and celebrated sexiest men and women, it’s easy to think that humans have always put a lot of stock in a masculine or feminine face.

March 24: Foley hosts ‘Remaking urban nature’
March 18, 2014

Elliott-80PULLMAN, Wash. – How hazardous waste accumulation in urban areas changes environments and provides insight for planning cities of the future will be discussed at noon Monday, March 24, in Bryan 308.

Compost: Closing the loop on urban garbage and local farms
November 12, 2013

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

SNOHOMISH COUNTY, Wash. – Compost produced from urban food and yard waste could be “black gold” to farmers wanting to increase their yields and profits while improving soil and water quality. Washington State University Extension in Snohomish County is exploring how urbanization, long considered a threat to local agriculture, might actually help farmers keep up with demand for local food while recovering a valuable resource from the urban waste stream.