Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Last Spring Meeting June 1st at 1:00pm in LB1-205!

Join us for the last spring meeting of the Sustainability Organization on Wednesday, June 1st at 1:00pm in the library in room LB1 - 205.

Items on the agenda are:
  • Discuss our plans for building a UWB and CCC joint campus sustainability student organization
  • Expansion of Composting and Recycling on Campus
  • Planning for the Landscape Architecture Presentation Event (Members from the sports field planning committee may join us to help plan, and participate in the meeting discussion)
  • Maximilian will present the Campus Commute Planner
  • Introduction, Jim Freese with Friends of North Creek Forest and our future partnership
  • Bring your summer schedules! We'll be pinning down a new meeting time, bi-weekly, for summer quarter and restoration work parties in our wetland!
  • Passing the torch of leadership to next years officers.

Light refreshments will be served, we look forward to seeing you there!

Monday, May 23, 2011

Using Videos to Promote Campus Sustainability

Below is some correspondence between Tony Guerrero, Assistant Vice Chancellor of Facility Services and myself. I want to bring this idea to the attention of fellow students and get your feedback. Please either contact Tony at or myself (Maximilian Dixon) at Thank you.

(From Tony Guerrero)

Hello All,

I had the opportunity to meet with Mr. David Ryder, who is a UWB student and is very close to graduation.

He has created some very nice Videos for others on campus.  I am very interested in using his talents to promote our campus sustainability.  He stated that because he was graduating, that he will be going out on his own. I was wondering if we (UWB/ CCC/ Students) wanted to share in the cost to hire him and create some sustainability videos?  We can talk about the campus green features, history of the wetlands and its use as a living lab.

We can place these “sustainable” Youtube videos on the Campus Energy Dashboard.

Please review the following videos to see the quality of David’s work: Also, among the videos David created for UW Bothell are these on the UW Bothell student experience, student housing, and diversity:

(Response by: Maximilian Dixon)


I think that would be a fantastic idea. His videos are very well done and would be a great way to promote campus sustainability. Especially in conjunction with the Campus Energy Dashboard. We would have to discuss the costs, which topics/projects we want covered, where these videos could be placed in addition to the dashboard and who is paying what share. If students will be helping to cover these costs then we should have a solid seat at the table. Thank you Tony for bringing this opportunity to our attention.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

President and Vice-President for ASUWB!

Frederic and Darryl, both officers of the Sustainability Organization, are running for President and Vice-President of ASUWB!! Be sure to spread the word and check out their bio here:
Most importantly, VOTE online between May 31st and June 2nd!!!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Meeting Update

The involvement and support of students, staff, and faculty from UWB and CCC in the Sustainability Organization has been a huge success. Our organization meets every Wednesday at 1PM in the Library. Recently all officers and a number of students from both campuses have been attending to help us in our efforts to create a more sustainable joint campus. At our last meeting Arianna Aldebot joined us and will be our new Official Advisor through Student Life. All of us in the Sustainability Organization are in the process of opening doors of communication between both campuses, students, and administration. We invite everyone to join us Wednesdays at 1PM in the Library.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Blogger Crashed

Sorry for the confusion. Blogger crashed and we lost the changes I had made last week. It should all be fixed now. We will be adding more content soon!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011


As the founder and initiator of this joint campus student organization, I have a vision that I would like to share with you. The University of Washington Bothell and Cascadia Community College both have great potential for being leaders in sustainability. So far we have only partially realized this potential. This has mostly come through practices implemented by facility services as well as individual programs and faculty projects. What is lacking is a holistic approach to sustainability similar to the one proposed by the Sustainability Task Force in their 2009 report.

As an active student leader, I recognized the crucial need for more student leadership and participation in not only campus, but also community sustainability projects and initiatives. Administration, staff, faculty, and community groups cannot do all of the heavy lifting. We students must get involved. After all, we are the future.

This organization is the beginning of a foundational network that will provide training, support, education, hands on professional experience, leadership and access to opportunities for developing future leaders and ambassadors in sustainability. We will act as facilitators and communication links between both colleges, administration, staff, faculty, students, and the community.

Our kickoff event was a hugely successful Earth Day Celebration. This led to a partnership with Friends of North Creek Forest (FNCF), a neighborhood organization that is working on saving the last intact forest left in Bothell. North Creek Forest is a half mile away and connects to the campus wetland via North Creek. We will be volunteering with FNCF to provide educational assistance, trail building, grant writing, possible restoration work and other beneficial activities down the road. We will also be leading regular wetland work parties here on campus. And we are working on finishing and implementing a Campus Commute Planner application that I designed and was approved by the UWB/CCC Commuter Services Task Force. This application has huge potential for increasing and improving alternative transportation use to campus as well as providing accurate and easy to use information on all transportation options. These are only a few of our projects and successes so far. There will be many more to come, so stay tuned.

Thank you.

Maximilian Dixon
President - Sustainability Organization at UWB/CCC