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CEREO September 2021

How to Write Proposals that Get Funded and Papers that Get Cited: Story and Story Structure (The Strategy of Communication)

October 7 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

This –VIRTUAL– event is free for graduate and undergraduate students, as well as for faculty

This session will focus on story and story structure—the big picture. What are the key elements that frame your strategy for a piece? This emphasizes what Dr. Josh Schimel calls the “OCAR elements” of the Opening, Challenge, Action, and Resolution. If you nail these, you’re 70% of the way to an effective document. “If you are planning to attend the workshop, it is a prerequisite to complete this Pre-workshop Exercise by September 27th. You should complete this exercise prior to registering for the event, as you will need to submit the completed exercise in order to register. When you have completed the exercise, you can submit it and register for the event this link

2021 Interdisciplinary Approaches to Wildfire and Fire-Related Research in the Pacific Northwest Workshop

As climate change reshapes fire regimes across the Pacific Northwest and beyond, we face an increasingly complex and challenging set of human and environmental problems. Interdisciplinary research efforts are needed to better understand how integrate and better utilize the full spectrum of wildfire research to empower communities and foster landscapes that are resilient or thrive with fire.

Join us! This is an opportunity to network with old and new colleagues from across the Pacific Northwest and contribute to a publication that outlines our most pressing interdisciplinary wildfire challenges for future research.

Who should attend: Scientists, researchers, and those interested in addressing the complex challenges that wildfire brings to the Pacific Northwest.

When: 4 & 5 November 2021, 08:30 – 12:00 PT (virtual)

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Palouse Basin Aquifer Committee Wants to Hear From You

The Palouse – The Palouse Basin Aquifer Committee (PBAC) ensures a long-term, quality water supply for the Palouse Basin region. They are conducting a Google Poll to gather a baseline of local water understanding, water use, and water values from residents on the Palouse. To participate, visit our website ( or go to this link: The poll will run from September 8 to October 6 and is open to anyone living on the Palouse. As an incentive to participate, PBAC is giving away a $100 Avista Housewarming Gift Certificate. The gift certificate will be given to one lucky person who takes the survey and enters their email.

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Emcon Virtual Conference

Emcon Virtual Conference

September 13 – September 14

On behalf of our Scientific Committee, we cordially invite you to Emcon 2021, the 7th International Conference on Emerging Contaminants. This event will be held virtually on September 13-14, 2021, where you can expect to hear the latest research news and discoveries about the environmental chemistry of emerging environmental contaminants and their management. We welcome you to EMCON where you can virtually reconnect with old colleagues and meet new friends from around the world while discussing your exciting research and…

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The Public-Private Partnership Conference & Expo

The Public-Private Partnership Conference & Expo

September 13 – September 15

Attendees will discover new project delivery methods, strategies for implementing a successful procurement, the nuts and bolts of how P3 agreements operate, and how to manage risks associated with legal and financial frameworks. Topics:  Roads & Bridges, Airports, Resiliency, Water Infrastructure Projects. Visit the conference website for more information and registration

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3rd Enterprise and Infrastructure Resilience Workshop

Sept 27-29, 2021

This workshop explores multifaceted resilience strategies for the modern enterprise that address dependence on external systems, such as the environment, stakeholders, shareholders, and society.

The Institute for Sustainability (IfS) recently received funding from the National Science Foundation to support our event. I encourage students, post docs, and early career researchers that are US based or at US based universities to now apply for your FREE registration. I invite you to complete the webform to submit your application by the September 15 deadline.


  • Built Infrastructure
  • Environmental, Ecological and Disaster Resilience
  • Broader Resilience Concepts
  • Chemical/Chemical Related Infrastructure Resilient Processing
  • Energy and Fuels Sector Resilience Concepts
  • Resilient Systems Modeling


“Making “Green” Energy “Clean” Energy: The Minerals that Will Power the Low-Carbon Future”

Monday, September 13, 4:30 pm, Zoom: Casey Bartrem on “Making “Green” Energy “Clean” Energy: The Minerals that Will Power the Low-Carbon Future”

The fight against climate change requires a shift to low-carbon technologies, but these alternative energy sources are not completely green, clean, or renewable. In addition, many of the minerals needed to power climate-friendly initiatives are linked to violent conflict, child labor, and severe environmental and public health impacts for the communities where these mines are located. Recent proposals for mining development in the Pacific Northwest bring the trade-offs of low-carbon energy closer to home, especially to tribal lands where many of these minerals are located. An honest assessment of what renewable energy means is the first step towards developing a framework for responsible mining at home and abroad in order to attain a low-carbon future that is both sustainable and equitable. Casey Bartrem is the executive director of Terregraphics International Foundation, a nonprofit organization that works to address growing disparities in environmental health.

Hosted by the WSU Pullman Common Reading Program Zoom link:

Al Gore at the Frontiers Forum

Join the former US Vice President and Nobel Laureate at our next Frontiers Forum speaker session to hear encouraging progress on the sustainability revolution plus what’s needed to reach net zero emissions by mid-century.

An environmental, business and tech visionary, Al Gore is the undisputed epicenter of the global conversation surrounding climate change. He is the co-founder and chairman of The Climate Reality Project, a nonprofit devoted to solving the climate crisis, and was awarded the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize for his tireless campaign to focus global public and political attention on the climate crisis.

The case for climate optimism | Wednesday 29 September 2021
06:30-07:45 Los Angeles | 09:30-10:45 New York | 15:30-16:45 Paris | 21:30-22:45 Beijing
Al Gore | Former US Vice President
RSVP for the session (register or decline)

The Vice President’s talk will be followed by a discussion with global experts on climate change and emissions reductions.


When: OCTOBER 6th, 2021 (10:30 AM to 5:00 PM) and OCTOBER 7th, 2021 (10:30 AM to 4:50 PM, followed by a virtual Happy Half Hour, 4:50 PM to 5:20 PM)

On October 6 and 7, 2021 the Washington Section of the American Water Resources Association will host a virtual conference on: “Transboundary Water Resources Management and Water Marketing Trends.” This year’s Keynote address will be presented by Robert W. Sandford. Bob holds the Chair in Water and Climate Security at the United Nations University Institute for Water, Environment and Health. In this capacity Bob was the co-author of the UNWater in the World We Want report on post-2015 global sustainable development goals relating to water. He is also lead author of Canada in the Global World, a new United Nations expert report examining the capacity of Canada’s water sector to meet and help others meet the United Nations 2030 Transforming Our World water-related Sustainable Development Goals. Bob is also the author, co-author or editor of over 30 books on topics including the history and water resources of the Canadian Mountain West.

Sessions for day one of this two day event will highlight interagency management in the Spokane, Palouse, and Walla Walla River Basins. The Spokane and Walla Walla basin sessions will address ways of maintaining river flows under water stress situations. The Palouse Basin session focuses on the declining water levels in the aquifer serving the University communities of Moscow, Idaho and Pullman, Washington.

Day two sessions will include International considerations for the management of the Columbia River including elements of the current negotiations of the Columbia River Treaty and US Tribal and Canadian First Nations efforts to reintroduce salmon above Grand Coulee Dam and the proposed temperature TMDI for the Columbia. Day 2 will also cover recent developments on salmon recovery on the Snake River and Trends in Water Marketing.

A unique feature this year will be two presentations by former Washington Section Fellowship winners.

Early bird registration for this information packed event is $35; late registration will be $50. Mark you calendar now so you don’t miss this conference (registration will open soon).

Also: please submit your poster presentations.  New to our conference this year, we’re offering attendees the opportunity to submit posters, which will be shared with other attendees via Whova in a “virtual room”.  If you’re interested in submitting a poster, please email Katherine Ryf at

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