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Environmental Fellows Program Application

The application for the 2020 Environmental Fellows Program is now open! The Environmental Fellows Program is a nationally competitive summer fellowship program for masters and doctoral students that seeks to place students traditionally underrepresented in the environmental field and those committed to the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion in summer fellowships with environmental foundations and their grantees.   

Deadline to apply is January 10,2022.

The Environmental Fellows Program involves:

  • A 12-week fellowship at either an environmental grantmaking foundation, or at one of their grantees. Past placement sites include: Center on Race, Poverty & the Environment; Appalachian Voices; Natural Resources Defense Council, New England Grassroots Environment Fund, the Erb Family Foundation and many more!
  • A stipend of $11,000 plus a travel allowance for participating fellows.
  • Participation in the Environmental Grantmakers Association Fall Retreat.
  • Fellows work on a variety of environmental issues including but not limited to: environmental health, energy justice, marine conservation, transit solutions, food justice, and more!
  • Fellows receive training in: diversity, equity, and inclusion; institutional culture; and professional development.


Please also share this opportunity (and the attached flyer) with any graduate students who have an interest in exploring the world of environmental grantmaking/philanthropy and/or are passionate about diversity, equity, and inclusion in the environmental field.


We will host informational webinars on Wednesday, November 17 from 12-1pm ET and Thursday, November 18 from 3-4pm ET if you would like to learn more. Please RSVP here. Details and link will be sent to those able to join as the date gets closer.

You can also visit to learn more/apply or feel free to contact Molly Blondell or Donna Williams at


Dubai International Conference on Water in Arid Regions Accepting Abstracts

The international conference “Water Resources Management and Sustainability: Solutions for Arid Regions” will be held March 22- 24, 2022, as part of Dubai’s EXPO 2020. I am a member of the conference’s Scientific Committee. To be held in conjunction with observance of World Water Day (March 22), the conference will address a wide range of topics on water resources and include free workshops on AI and GIS/Remote Sensing applications. Conference organizers, the National Water and Energy Center, UAE University, in collaboration with the South Australian Goyder Institute for Water Research and the South Australian Department for Environment and Water, are inviting presentation abstracts. The call for abstracts is open until December 1, 2021. Papers are invited that relate to a broad set of conference themes from Socio-Economic Water Studies and Water Resources Sustainability to Advanced Technologies in Water Resources Management and Karst and Coastal Zone Management and Water Resources, among others. Accepted full-length papers will be considered for publication in the book series Water Science and Technology Library, published by Springer. Extended abstracts will be included in the conference proceedings.

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Sustainability Sessions during the Microsoft Research Summit 2021

Sustainability Sessions during the Microsoft Research Summit 2021

We’d like to promote the inaugural Microsoft Research Summit taking place next week as it includes two sessions on sustainability related research, specifically on driving towards carbon negative.

Check out additional details on the summit below and register here today!

Advancing technology, benefiting humanity 
For 30 years, our research community at Microsoft has worked across disciplines, institutions, and geographies to envision and realize the promise of new technologies for Microsoft and society. Today, we’re inviting the global science and technology community to continue this exploration—because ensuring that future advancements benefit everyone is up to all of us.

Our inaugural Microsoft Research Summit will be held October 19-21, streaming virtually. You will hear from over 300 science and technology leaders from around the world who are driving advances across the sciences and pushing the limits of technology toward achieving a meaningful impact on humanity.

Immerse yourself in subjects like AI for industries, machine learning, sustainability, privacy and security, health and life sciences, and so much more. You will also have the opportunity to engage with speakers in live Q&A sessions during the event. Learn more and register!

The Research Summit workshop on ”Research for Carbon Negative” will happen next Thursday, Oct 21, 8-11 AM PT. The workshop will be virtual, live and interactive and will feature 4 parallel breakout discussions of critical research needs in:

  • Carbon removal, led by Ben Cutler
  • Green energy, led by Weiwei Yang
  • Materials science, led by Bichlien Nguyen
  • Climate economics and policy, led by Nicole Immorlica and Alberto Arribas Herranz

To register for the workshop and/or tracks, first register for the Microsoft Research Summit, then find the workshop in the Session Scheduler and select “Add session” to reserve your spot. A Microsoft Teams link to the workshop will be available 10 minutes prior to the start of the session.

Interested in catching up on previous Azure Sustainability Culture of Learning sessions? Check out the recordings here.

Azure Sustainability Culture of Learning v-team // Azure Sustainability CoL

Water Summit

Virtual on Thursday, October 21st from 6-8pm. Please register to attend this Zoom Webinar format. We are honored to have Amy Vickers, Amy Vickers & Associates, joining us as our 2021 Keynote.  Amy literally “wrote the book” on water conservation. Her presentation, “Hello, Future Water Savings from Conservation and Efficiency – Goodbye, Water Waste and Supply Shortages,” will certainly challenge us all to do better.  Of course we’ll also hear from Korey Woodley with the “State of the Basin” and Dr. Robin Nimmer with a great update on her “Alternative Water Supply” work.

To register  Please share this link and encourage your colleagues, friends and families to join us!


WSU Research Week 2021 Oct 11-15

Join the Office of Research for our fifth annual Research Week! This year, featured events include competitions for seed and travel funding, learn from Fulbright Scholars, and hear flash talks from distinguished scholars. We will announce competition winners and recognize research achievements by faculty and staff during an awards ceremony and reception. All are welcome to come and take advantage of professional development and networking opportunities.

Find out more by visiting our Research Week website today.


Seminar: Quantifying pesticide impacts on populations: Two decades of technological change in crop protection and what it means for butterfly research

Braeden Van Denzye, NOAA/UW, October 11, 2021 3:10-4:10
In person – VUB225- or via ZOOM (Vancouver)
Evidence is growing that insect populations, including several butterfly populations across the United States, are in decline. In addition to changing land use and climate change, agricultural pesticide use is a commonly hypothesized driver of such declines. Since the mid-1990’s, crop protection, including pesticide use, has undergone several major technological shifts, each of which could potentially contribute to reduced butterfly diversity and abundance. This talk will cover major technological shifts in crop protection for major Midwestern field crops, including how farmers choose between crop protection options and how different technologies might affect different butterfly species. Results linking detailed pesticide and seed choices from farmers across the Midwest with butterfly survey data will be shared, followed by discussion of measurement and data issues surrounding pesticides and other crop protection technologies.

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)

Registration link:

For questions, please email

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.

For more information