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Sustainability Speakers Series

Program Contact: Heather Teegarden, Natural Resource Outreach Program Coordinator
425-357-6027 •

Upcoming 2021 Sessions

Give us 50 minutes, we’ll teach you something

WSU Snohomish County Extension – Sustainable Community Stewards are thrilled to be offering our fall series with a focus on a variety of environmental sustainability education in areas including: Greener Burials/Deathcare Options, Zero Waste Updates from the state, Sustainable Travel and also Textile options!

These events are free and open to all! Registration is required and will be available via Zoom.

We are equally thrilled to be partnering with our Waste Wise Program colleagues at WSU Island County Extension and our community partners at Sno-Isle Library on this series. Past Session Recordings [Link]

Upcoming Sessions:

October 19th – Zero Waste Policy Action Updates with Heather Trim, Zero Waste Washington

Join us as we hear an annual update with Zero Waste Washington’s Executive Director, Heather Trim. Hear all of the latest news on what new zero waste initiatives have been passed and updates on future policy issues in the areas of reducing plastic waste, reducing plastic pollution, reducing food waste and addressing climate change through community actions.

Presenter bio: Heather Trim, Executive Director, Zero Waste Washington

picture of a woman in white shirt with glasses, smilingHeather joined Zero Waste Washington in 2016. Prior to Zero Waste Washington, Heather has been active in zero waste issues, including helping lead the Seattle bag campaign and helping get the ban on styrofoam serviceware products passed. Previously, Heather was Director of Science and Policy at Futurewise, focusing on habitat, shoreline, stormwater and other issues related to landuse. Before that, she worked on similar issues and including toxic pollution and plastics. Heather earned a BS in geology from Yale University and a PhD from UCLA in geochemistry (Contact: heather[at]zerowastewashington[dot]org or 206-441-1790)



November 16th – Sustainable Travel & Eco-Fashion Trends by WSU Professors Christine Chi, Ph.D. and Ting Chi, Ph.D.

Fall is upon up which means here come the holidays! Holidays can equal travel and new attire. This presentation will cover both topics of sustainable travel and apparel rental as a viable sustainable attire option perfect for all occasions!

Explore the beauty in the world with a lighter footprint: sustainability is a buzz word but the concept remains fuzzy in many travelers’ mind. So what makes tourism sustainable? Why is it important? What makes you a sustainable traveler? In this 20-minute presentation we are going to explore some of the topics.

Apparel rental service: a possible solution to wasteful consumption?

Apparel rental, also known as collaborative apparel consumption, has created an innovative business model, providing consumers with the ability to focus on using their products instead of ownership.  To better understand the emerging popularity of apparel rental services among the U.S. consumers who are increasingly embracing the sustainability movement, our study identified the factors significantly influencing consumers’ intention to use apparel rental services.

Presenters: Christine Chi, Ph.D. and Ting Chi, Ph.D.

Dr. Christina G. Chi is Professor at the School of Hospitality Business Management (SHBM) in the Carson College of Business, Washington State University. She is also Hospitality Business Management Fellow and Research Insights Coordinator at SHBM. Her area of research includes tourism marketing, travelers’ behaviors and hospitality operation management. Her primary research focus is on tourist satisfaction, destination loyalty, residents’ attitude and wellbeing, as well as tourism sustainability issues. Her other research interests include generations/labor issues in the hospitality workplace, consumers’ wine consumption behaviors, customers’ complaint behaviors, and hotel sustainability. More info: LinkedIn Profile


Speaker bio: Dr. Ting Chi is currently a Professor and Chairperson in the Department of Apparel, Merchandising, Design and Textiles at Washington State University where he has been a faculty member since 2008.  Dr. Chi completed his Ph.D. degree in Consumer, Apparel and Retail Studies at The UNC Greensboro and M.S. degree in Textile Engineering and B.S. degrees in Business Administration and Knitting and Clothing Engineering at Donghua University China. Building on solid understanding of textile and apparel products and industries, Dr. Chi research program focuses on strategic marketing and supply chain management for sustainable business development in the textile, apparel, and retail industries. More info: LinkedIn Profile



To participate:

  • You need to sign up for a Zoom account to participate. You can easily Create a Free Zoom Account if you do not already have one.
  • You need to 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.

Acknowledgements and Accommodations

This program is made possible in part by funding support from Washington State University Extension  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.

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Check out all of the past Sustainability Speaker Series Recordings [LINK]!


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