APWA (American Public Works Association) UW Chapter Officer Openings

Why join us?

Opportunities to develop relationships with local professionals in the field of public works to not only understand future career opportunities but also get direct leads on employment! We also host resume reviews as well as networking sessions and tours to public works sites like the UW Power Plant and SeaTac International Airport.

The field of public works is vast and includes all aspects of civil engineering, environmental science and engineering, construction management, and public administration. The Washington State chapter of APWA is the 3rd largest chapter in the country and is very active in education, advocacy and networking. Membership in the UW Chapter is alse free!

The UW officers’ primary role is helping organize one or two events per quarter, including educational presentations, field trips, resume workshops and networking events with local professionals. If you are interested in joining us for next year, please fill out this form(tinyurl.com/APWAOfficerForm).

Best,
APWA UW Chapter

Internship Opportunity with Seattle Public Utilities

Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) is seeking two (2) interns for the Drainage and Wastewater (DWW) Line of Business to support the DWW Policy Program.

 

Policy interns will be responsible for supporting policy development by collaborating with staff across DWW, SPU, and broader City family to facilitate policy development, research policy issues, evaluate potential solutions, prepare briefings, and help to develop recommendations. Policy topics will generally focus on stormwater and wastewater system management and maintenance, and may include green stormwater infrastructure, non-potable water reuse strategies, climate change issues such as urban flooding, and more.

As a member of a collaborative team, the interns will have opportunities to work closely with individuals with extensive experience in policy, environmental regulation, city planning, and water and natural resource planning.

 

They will:

  • Develop basic understanding of city government functions and the DWW system and related policies
  • Participate in race and social justice work and practice building relational culture
  • Deep dive on 1-2 policy issues, practice gathering relevant information, performing economic and/or data analysis, summarizing information in succinct memos, and creating presentations to brief staff

 

The listing with more detail is here: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/seattle/jobs/3497951/dww-policy-intern

 

Application due April 19th

Grounding the Green New Deal: A Summit on Design, Policy, and Advocacy

April 9, 12-5pm*  National Building Museum, 401 F St NW, Washington, DC *Doors open at 11am for pre-event exhibit and networking. There will be a post-summit reception until 7pm.

More panelists confirmed! Hear from influential leaders working on issues of climate and equity: Bryan Lee Jr, Kate Orff, Colette Pichon Battle, Nikil Saval, Billy Fleming, Dana Bourland, Anne Whiston Spirn, and more.

There is an essential role for the built environment disciplines to play in addressing the climate crisis and translating the goals of decarbonization, jobs, and justice into on-the-ground practices and built works. Through panel discussions with leading changemakers, this summit examines the intersection of policy, design, and advocacy to identify ways to accelerate individual and collective actions to effect change. The summit builds from the Green New Deal Superstudio, a year-long open call which attracted the participation of more than 3,000 students and practitioners in the built environment disciplines. Some 670 design and planning projects were submitted to give form to the goals of the movement-led vision, and a select set will be on display during the event.

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CALL for Applications: Drawing in Design Spring Workshop (due Friday 3/18)

DRAWING IN DESIGN WORKSHOP

APRIL 22 – 24, 2022

Drawing offers a practice for thinking and an important mode of communicating ideas in design. Since 2016 the Department of Landscape Architecture, in collaboration with our professional partners, has convened a quarterly series of public lectures and weekend workshops for students that focus on representation in design.

This quarter we will be led by Milenko Matanovic (https://www.milenko-art.com)

We will draw to keep our minds, eyes, and hands coordinated. We will render the first line, then the second line, and so on. We will try to capture our admirations for what enchants us. We will start with an open mind, release expectations, remember the qualities we care about, and take one step at a time. I hope that you will find joy and grow trust.
The workshop will convene the weekend of April 22-24.  To enroll in this workshop you must be available for the entire weekend, from 5:00 pm on Friday, April 22 to 1:30 pm Sunday, April 24, 2022.
SIGN UP by FRIDAY MARCH 18th at: https://forms.gle/1KZk4mqoXKW42XrG6

If you have questions, please contact Ken Yocom at kyocom@uw.edu.Sponsored by UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON Department of Landscape Architecture.

Queer Trans Ecologies and River Justice

*Note: This is a presentation by Landscape Architecture Adjunct Assistant Professor Cleo.
 

Queer Trans Ecologies and River Justice

Cleo Wölfle Hazard with Stephanie Clare
Friday, March 11, 2022, 7:30PM
The Forum
1119 8th Ave (Entrance off Seneca St.)
Seattle, Washington 98101
A livestream of this event will be available.

From the grasslands of the Columbia Plateau to the rich valleys west of the Cascade Mountains, There are over 70,000 miles of rivers in Washington state. Rivers are vital to our region’s ecosystems, hosting a wide diversity of living things in their waters and along their banks – our beautiful state would not be what it is without our waterways. How might we better understand rivers and ensure their vitality now, and in the future?

According to queer-trans-feminist river scientist Cleo Wölfle Hazard, the key to our rivers’ futures requires centering the values of justice, sovereignty, and dynamism. Wölfle Hazard’s new book, Underflow: Queer Trans Ecologies and River Justice, meets at the intersection of river sciences, queer and trans theory, and environmental justice, and explores river cultures and politics at five sites of water conflict and restoration in California, Oregon, and Washington.

Incorporating work with salmon, beaver, and floodplain recovery projects, Wölfle Hazard weaves narratives about innovative field research practices with a queer and trans focus on love and grief for rivers and fish. Wölfle Hazard frames the book with the concept of underflows — important, but unseen parts of a river’s flow that seep down through the soil or rise up from aquifers deep underground. Wölfle Hazard explains that there are underflows in river cultures, sciences, and politics, too, where Native nations and marginalized communities fight to protect rivers.

In discussion with UW associate professor Stephanie Clare, Wölfle Hazard describes why rivers matter for queer and trans life and how science can disrupt settler colonialism.

Cleo Wölfle Hazard (he/him, ze/hir, they/them) is assistant professor in the School of Marine and Environmental Affairs at the University of Washington, coauthor of Thirsty for Justice: A People’s Blueprint for California Water, and coeditor of Dam Nation: Dispatches from the Water Underground.

The Forest History Society Presents:

“Frederick Law Olmsted: Bringing Nature to the City”
by Laurence Cotton
Monday, February 14th from 1:00 to 2:30 pm, Eastern
This 90 minute presentation is approved for 1.5 Units of CFE Credits from the Society of American Foresters. April 26, 2022 marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Frederick Law Olmsted, the master designer of public parks and a founder of the field of landscape architecture. Join historian and filmmaker Laurence Cotton (originator of and consulting producer to the PBS special “Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing America”) as he does a deep dive into the remarkable life and career of the Renaissance-man Olmsted–writer, philosopher, social reformer, advocate for the preservation of natural scenery, and creator of some of the most beautiful public and private parks and gardens in all of North America.  A practicing public historian, and writer/producer of historical films for PBS, Mr. Cotton was trained as a cultural anthropologist and brings that lens to bear on much of his work.  Enhance your webinar experience by watching the 55-minute PBS film “Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing America” that Laurence consulted on, available through Amazon Prime Video or for free here: https://video.wned.org/video/wned-tv-history-frederick-law-olmsted-designing-america/

Design for the Common Good: Exhibition, Conference, Conversations

I am pleased to share details about a series of upcoming events in March on community and public interest design that you can join online. All are companion events for the current Design for the Common Good exhibition in Denver — https://www.msudenver.edu/cva/exhibitions/archive/design-for-the-common-good/
Structure for Inclusion Conference, March 4-5, 2022
Register (free if you register as a member of the Pacific Rim Community Design Network) at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/structures-for-inclusion-conference-2022-tickets-219964889907
Design for the Common Good Online Conversation I: March 3, 2022
Featuring speakers including Akiko Okabe from University of Tokyo and people behind projects from Mongolia, Australia, UK, Singapore, and Nepal.
Design for the Common Good Online Conversation II: March 19, 2022
Featuring speakers including Nabeel Hambi, author of Small Change, and people behind projects from Ghana, Ecuador, USA, and Germany.
The Pacific Rim Community Design Network, supported by the Urban Commons Lab, is a founding member of the Design for the Common Good Network — https://www.designforthecommongood.net/
See attached for additional details. Please mark your calendar and register soon!