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Sustainability Speakers Series

Program Contact: Patricia Townsend, Ph.D., Natural Resources Programs Director
425-357-6020 •

Give us 50 minutes, we’ll teach you something

WSU Snohomish County Extension – Sustainable Community Stewards are finalizing the plans for our Sustainability Speaker Fall Series starting Wednesday, August 19th at 5 pm. This series will focus on a variety of environmental sustainability areas including Global Footprint Network, Creative Upcycling, Carbon Off-sets and Greening your Gardening!

Upcoming Autumn Sessions:

August 19th – “Measure What you Treasure: Earth Overshoot Day with Global Footprint Network”
September 9th – “Understanding Carbon Offsets”
September 30th – “Creative Upcycling”
October 21st – “Greening your Gardening” – WSU Master Gardeners


Like all WSU Extension Programs These Virtual Events are Open to All!

To participate:

You must have your own Zoom account to participate. You can easily Create a Free Zoom Account if you do not already have one.

You must have your Zoom account set up and be registered for the webinar at least two hours before the webinar start time.

If you are interested in a webinar but will be unable to attend, you can  register anyway so that you can receive a link to the recording.

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Summer Speaker Series Recordings:

June 10th

Making Sense of Sustainability: Meaning, Measurement and Me!

Many people talk about sustainability, but what does it mean, really? Can you measure it and if so, what would you measure? Exploring sustainability with lenses ranging from physics and chemistry to epidemiology and political science, this discussion will help you see deeper patterns in society and your own life. You will have a chance to apply what you learned, in collaboration with other participants, to develop insights on current issues in sustainability. Finally, we will close with what is on the horizon in sustainability.

Recording on YouTube

Instructor: Ram Hariharan, MBA, Sustainable Business, Entrepreneur

Ram Bio

Ram Hariharan, MBA in Sustainable Business, Entrepreneur. Ram spent most of his career leading engineering teams at major tech companies like Microsoft and Expedia. After completing his MBA at Pinchot (now part of Presidio Graduate School), Ram started an employee group within Expedia to promote sustainable business practices. Before he left, the group included over 100 employees across 5 countries who organized dozens events and guided Expedia’s operations to more sustainable choices, including offsets for more than 1 million kg of carbon emissions from business travel. He is currently working on an early stage startup called Connected-Citizen, an app to facilitate and encourage voter participation ( ).


June 17th

COVID-19 impact on the zero waste movement and Washington state policy actions for the future. 

The pandemic has caused many changes in our lives and businesses, some temporary and some likely to be permanent. Forces to bring back plastics and reduce recycling have strongly emerged…. but the strong momentum of the zero waste movement is resilient.  Find out about current status and plans for significant policy efforts in the works.

Recording on YouTube

Instructor: Heather Trim, Zero Waste Washington

Heather bio

Heather Trim, Executive Director.  Heather has more than 25 years of experience in environmental work ranging from zero waste to toxic chemicals and habitat issues. At Zero Waste Washington, her focus has been on reducing upstream sources of waste and addressing downstream impacts, getting toxic chemicals out of products, eliminating plastic pollution, and building on the organization’s signature producer responsibility policy initiatives. Previously, at Futurewise, she worked to prevent runoff from entering our waterways and improve shoreline management practices and policies. Heather was at People for Puget Sound for over ten years where she focused on protections for the marine environment. Earlier, she was staff scientist for the Los Angeles and San Gabriel Rivers Watershed Council and worked for the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board on water quality standards, regulatory permits, pollution assessments, greening the LA rivers and habitat renewal. In addition to policy work, Heather has conducted extensive education and outreach projects.


June 24th

Creating Your Zero Waste Life: Tips & Tricks from the past 25 years 

Instructor: Siobhan McComb, Zero Waste Consultant and Sustainability Educator

The way zero waste lifestyle is becoming the norm in daily conversations is so inspiring! Are you ready to be inspired? Join us June 24th as Siobhan shares first-hand her creative tips and tricks to successfully tackle the challenges of those striving for Zero Waste Living with a family of 4, especially doing so during a pandemic!

Recording on YouTube

Siobhan Bio:

Siobhan McComb is a Zero Waste Consultant and Sustainability Educator. She also owns the blog, One Glass Jar. Siobhan began her zero waste lifestyle journey more than 20 years ago. She enjoys teaching zero waste lifestyle classes around the Pacific Northwest and sharing her successful strategies with others around the world via her blog, One Glass Jar. She has traveled the globe and has lived all over the US. She and her family now call their newly founded homestead on Vashon Island, home.


Eco and Economical Style: Tips from Former Fashion Designer

We all want to look good, even if our favorite sweatpants are currently getting extra use. Wearing beautiful clothes can make us look and feel great! We will provide tips on how to revamp your wardrobe on a budget, and how our shopping decisions can decrease our environmental footprint. You do not need to sacrifice style while being sustainable.

Recording on YouTube

Instructor: Dr. Patricia Townsend, WSU Extension

Patricia bio

Dr. Patricia Townsend started a brief career as a fashion designer after graduating from Parsons School of Design. She worked in New York City, Italy and Peru as a knitwear designer. These experiences helped her quickly realize that she loved the natural world more than design. Currently, Patricia is an Associate Professor and Natural Resources Extension Specialist at Washington State University. Patricia leads research and outreach on a variety of environmental issues including green infrastructure, plastic pollution, renewable energy, sustainable urban systems, and ecosystem services.

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Acknowledgements and Accommodations

This program is made possible in part by funding support from Washington State University and Snohomish County.

Extension programs and employment are available to all without discrimination. Reasonable accommodations will be made for persons with disabilities and special needs who contact Heather Teegarden at 425-357-6027 or at least two weeks prior to the event. Evidence of noncompliance may be reported through your local Extension office.


WSU Extension publications contain material written and produced for public distribution. Alternate formats of our educational materials are available upon request for persons with disabilities. Please contact Heather Teegarden at WSU Extension Natural Resources or call 425-357-6027 for more information.


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