Professor Phillip Thompson serves as Director of the Seattle University Center for Environmental Justice and Sustainability and served as Civil and Environmental Engineering Department Chair from 2006-2013. He received the 2015 Seattle University Alumni Association's Distinguished Faculty Award and the 2011-2012 Father James McGoldrick Fellowship, Seattle University's highest faculty honor. He was also awarded the 2009-2010 Thomas J. Bannan endowed chair of engineering. Dr. Thompson joined Seattle University after receiving his Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from the University of Iowa in 1997. He also earned an M.S. in Environmental Engineering and a B.A. in Biology from the University of Iowa and is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Washington.
Yolanda graduated from the University of Brussels, Belgium, with a Masters in Contemporary History, specializing in Latin American and Immigration studies. She also holds post-masters degrees in Teaching and International Humanitarian Aid. She is the author of Chileans in Exile: Their Immigration, Reception and Integration (2004), published by the University of Brussels Press, and worked for the Regional Integration Center of Brussels, where she was responsible for providing social orientation programs to asylum seekers. After relocating to Seattle, she worked as a Program Officer at the World Affairs Council and Pacific Village Institute promoting international exchange and developing cross-cultural and global issues curriculum for high school students and educators. Yolanda also worked several years in documentary production. She co-produced short documentaries for KCTS Connects; assisted in the production of feature-length documentaries on topics such as Fair Trade, Motherhood, and The Ecological Footprint; and she edited over forty short films highlighting the life and traditions of Native peoples for Longhouse Media.
Janeane Harwell, Ph.D., has three years of experience writing grants for sustainability projects. She recently moved to Washington from Albuquerque, New Mexico. While in New Mexico, Janeane wrote USDA, NFWS, and DOE award winning grants for Sacred Power, a Native American owned renewable energy manufacturer and integrator. The award winning grants enable Sacred Power and the U.S. federal government to install off-grid solar systems and wind turbines on remote sites of the Rosebud Sioux and Navajo homes. Janeane developed her understanding of sustainability, environmental politics and policy at the doctoral program in the Department of Political Science at Colorado State University. Her dissertation research focused on the impacts of national security policy on shared protected areas . The research enabled her to travel and research border areas in Argentina and Chile, and at the U.S./Mexico border. She completed her Masters in Public Policy at Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, California. Prior to the graduate education, Janeane was a Warner Brothers Feature Animation artist team member on The Iron Giant and The Quest for Camelot.
Nicole DeNamur is a Seattle-based attorney whose practice focuses on insurance coverage and construction litigation. She is a LEED® Green Associate™ with a passion for the intersection of sustainable building design, construction, and the law. Nicole regularly presents on her holistic and proactive approach to risk management and the legal issues associated with sustainable buildings. She is an Affiliate Instructor at the University of Washington’s Runstad Center for Real Estate Studies, where she developed the content for the interdisciplinary course, Risk and Reward in Sustainable Development. Nicole also developed the content for, and teaches, Policy and Planning, part of the Master’s Program in Design for Human Health at Boston Architectural College.
John Hainze has pursued interests in environmental ethics and the relationship of religion and science through an M.A. in Religion from Yale University, and a Ph.D. in Entomology from the University of Wisconsin. John served as Teaching Fellow at Yale in courses on Religion and Ecology, and Law, Religion, and the Environment. He worked on developing online courses for the Forum on Religion and Ecology at Yale. He served as Adjunct Faculty in Entomology at the University of Wisconsin and in Biology at Carroll University. John is also a film producer, and completed a series of educational videos on Christianity and Cosmology, Evolution, and the Environment. Previously, he worked as a scientist and manager at SC Johnson and Son. John is now president of BioOpus LLC, through which he pursues entomological consulting, writing, and film projects.
Danica Hendrickson is an educator with a passion for science, sustainability, and justice. She has taught middle school science and math for almost a decade, co-authored interdisciplinary curricular units for Facing the Future, and facilitated professional development events for teachers focused on global sustainability and energy. Danica served as Facing the Future’s Co-I for the Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance (NARA), a USDA-NIFA-funded aviation biofuels project. As a member of the NARA Education team, her primary focus was the development and dissemination of educational resources that foster energy and bioenergy literacy in K-12 students. She led the research and development of Fueling Our Future: Exploring Sustainable Energy Use, co-developed an energy literacy assessment tool for middle school students, and participated in national conversations about energy and bioenergy literacy. Danica has a B.S. in General Science from Seattle University and a M.Ed. from the Mind, Brain, and Education program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education where she focused on misconceptions and metacognition in science education. Danica’s interests lie in designing research-based educational resources and events that foster critical thinking, science literacy, and sustainable action.
Mitchell Thomashow (www.mitchellthomashow.com) is currently a Sustainability Catalyst Fellow at Philanthropy Northwest, based in Seattle, Washington. He’s writing a monograph profiling exemplary sustainability projects in the Pacific Northwest. Thomashow also works independently, consulting with colleges and universities on climate, sustainability, environmental studies, and organizational process. He is an Associate Faculty member of Royal Roads University (Victoria, British Columbia) where he teaches “Developing Environmental Understandings.”
Previously Thomashow was the President of Unity College in Maine (2006-2011) and the Chair of the Environmental Studies program at Antioch University New England. (1966-2006). His books include Ecological Identity: Becoming a Reflective Environmentalist (The MIT Press, 1995), Bringing the Biosphere Home, (The MIT Press, 2001) and The Nine Elements of a Sustainable Campus (MIT Press, 2014). Currently he is working on Environmental Learning in the Anthropocene, a series of essays that reflects on dynamic environmental education challenges and opportunities. They can be read at www.terrain.org.
Jean-Paul is a junior civil engineering student at Seattle University, and has been an intern with CEJS since the spring of 2016. Jean-Paul worked with the SU Grounds and Landscaping department for over a year and a half, he is a student representative for the President’s Committee for Sustainability, and he is involved with multiple sustainability-focused clubs and groups. In his free time, you can find him tending vegetable garden beds on campus, biking through the city, and rock climbing in the cascades. In the future, he hopes to “retrofit and redesign human infrastructure to be fully sustainable. I want our lifestyles to work in harmony with the natural processes of ecosystems, not take advantage of them. I want to work to redevelop cityscapes to be focused on social justice and care for the air, soil, and water.” Go JP!
Angela Moran is a senior marine and conservation biology major and has been interning at CEJS since the winter of 2014. She is also a student research assistant in the SU biology department working to quantify genomic size variation among marine shrimp, as well as perform ecological surveys of various contaminated and uncontaminated aquatic sites in the Seattle area. Angela is an outdoor enthusiast who would almost always rather be trail running, tidepool hopping, or backpacking. Moving forward, Angela hopes to fuse her passion for the outdoors with her desire to instill positive change in the world by helping communities grow and thrive equitably and sustainably.
Elexa Moore is a senior, Digital Design student from Tacoma, WA. The digital design program has allowed her to gain experience creating a variety of materials for print and the web. Service learning projects with non-profits, focused on environmental justice and social welfare, have allowed her to engage with the greater Seattle community while using her design skills. She is excited to work with CEJS as the graphic design intern for the 16-17 academic year.
Jillian Gayler is a junior Civil and Environmental Engineering major whose passion for sustainability and the environment stems from her love of being outdoors, whether she's mountain biking, rock climbing, backpacking, or reading a good book in the park. She is co-president of Engineers for a Sustainable World and a member of the SU Core Honors program, and she strives to use her education and experiences to help humankind progress while protecting natural spaces .
Ched Myers will discuss a new anthology that examines the critical idea of '"watershed discipleship." This compilation of essays uses a theological and ecological approach to understand our relationship with the earth and one another. Learn more.
Thank you so much to the 3,037 Seattle University community members who took the campus commuting survey this November! The response rate was amazing: 30% of all students and 51% of all Faculty and Staff responded! The data we collected will be pivotal in the planning of future transportation and sustainability programs, tracking of university members' commuting habits, and the estimation of SU's annual carbon emissions. Click here to learn more about the survey, and check back for more detailed results!