BASSP Senior Headed to Washington State Recycling Association Annual Conference!

We’re very excited to share that BAS in Sustainable Practices senior, Andre Turner, received a scholarship to attend the Washington State Recycling Association Annual Conference this spring!

Andre has been working all year to improve waste diversion practices at Cascadia as part of his internship and capstone projects.  Specifically, Andre has meticulously audited our landfill, recycling, and compost bins and has found that as much as 80% of our waste could be composted.  This research provides the data driven support Cascadia needs to change our waste collection system to something more efficient and we hope to make these changes over the summer.

Thank you Andre for your hard work and congratulations on your scholarship.  We are excited to hear what you learn at the WSRA annual conference!

BAS in Sustainable Practices senior, Andre Turner, audits our waste!

BAS in Sustainable Practices senior, Andre Turner, audits our waste!

Life at the Intersection of Climate Change and Social Justice

We hope you’ll join us in Mobius Hall this Wednesday, February 28, from 1:15pm – 3:20pm for our 2nd Annual Campus Climate Dialogue.

This year we will engage participants in an eye-opening dialogue about equity issues such as homelessness in our region; examine how climate change, sea level rise and climate migration are predicted to exacerbate social equity challenges; and discuss what we, as a community and as individuals, can do at home, at work and on campus to reduce the impact of climate change on marginalized populations such as immigrants, refugees, women and girls, people of low socioeconomic status, and people of color.

Speakers this year include Jamie Stroble, King County’s climate engagement, community partnerships and communications lead, Derek Hoshiko, a climate justice organizer, and Laura Benjamin, AICP, an associate planner with the Puget Sound Regional Council.

The event is open to everyone on campus and the general public.  Contact Abigail Lynam or Jodie Galvan with questions.

We hope to see you there!

Please join us on October 26 for an inconvenient sequel: TRUTH TO POWER

We’re so excited to announce a very special opportunity to view the newly released sequel to An Inconvenient Truth followed by a live-streaming Q&A with Al Gore.

an inconvenient sequel: TRUTH TO POWER brings us to the frontlines of our collective efforts to mitigate climate change and shows us just how close we are to a real energy revolution.

This event is hosted by the Campus Library, in partnership with sustainability students, faculty and staff from Cascadia College and UW Bothell.  The event will be held in Mobius.  The film screening will start at 1:45pm and the live-streaming Q&A with Al Gore will begin at 3:45pm.

Please contact Jodie Galvan, Assistant Director of Sustainable Practices, at any time with questions at or just swing by her office CC1-142.

We hope to see you there!

Waste Not!

If you’ve walked past the campus garden beds at any point during the last two weeks you might have noticed one of our students seemingly staring at a blue tarp on the ground and wondered ‘what is that guy doing?’.

Andre Turner August 2017

That guy is BAS in Sustainable Practices senior, Andre Turner, and he is completing a Waste Diversion Internship this summer in partnership with Cassie Lubenow, Sustainability Coordinator for UW Bothell.

A Waste Diversion Internship?

Specifically, Andre is sorting and weighing the contents of several waste bins (landfill, recycling and compost) across campus to determine if we’re putting our waste in the right place.  Using the right waste container saves limited natural resources, reduces our greenhouse gas emissions and saves us money!  With the information Andre collects we’ll be able to identify which types of waste stations and signage are most effective and use this to guide future changes to our waste collection system on campus.

Thanks Andre!

Andre Turner August 2017 - 2

We’ll share the results of Andre’s efforts toward the end of fall quarter.  Meanwhile, please do your part and put YOUR waste in the right place!

Questions about Sustainable Practices at Cascadia College?  Please contact Jodie Galvan, Assistant Director of Sustainable Practices, at

Recyclemania Poster Contest!

Cascadia College is hosting a poster contest to promote smart, easy, and efficient ways that everyone can participate in recycling programs going on all around us. All students are invited to submit original works that deal with recycling or repurposing objects in their daily lives– in school, at home, and everywhere!

Draw it, paint it, collage it, photograph it…anything you want to do to express your recycling ideas–just do it!

Entries can be submitted directly to the judges at:
by April 14
, and prizes will be given out at Cascadia College during an Earth Week Celebration on April 20th, 2017.

Don’t forget to include your name and some contact information so we can let you know if you are our lucky winner!

 Say it loud and say it proud–we want to see what recycling means to you!


Thanks to BAS in Sustainable Practices student and Winter Sustainability Intern, Justin Masi, Cascadia and UWB are participating in Recyclemania throughout February and March.


Justin is monitoring waste diversion rates across campus daily.  Essentially, he is checking to see how full all of our dumpsters (garbage, recycling and compost) are every evening before they are picked up.

Step one of Recyclemania is to get baseline waste diversion rates.  Step two is to promote recycling and composting on campus in hopes of improving waste diversion rates (decreasing our inputs to the landfill and increasing our recycling and composting).  We’ll be sure to keep you posted on what he learns.  Meanwhile, please do your part to make sure recyclables and compostables end up in the appropriate bins.

Check out these links for more information about recycling and composting in King County!

What do I do with?…

EcoConsumer Waste Calculator

What happens to my recyclables?

Compost More. Waste Less.

Top 10 list of things you can do to help reach Zero Waste of resources in King County

Only five spaces left in the 2016 BASSP cohort!

Apply now to join the 2016 cohort of Cascadia’s Bachelor of Applied Science in Sustainable Practices and put yourself of track for an exciting and rewarding career in the growing sustainability field!

Campus Sustainability Coordinator – Whitman College

Pollution Prevention Volunteer Coordinator – Puget Soundkeeper Alliance – Entry Level

Project Coordinator – PSE

Senior Environmental Planner – City of Bellevue

Water Resources Specialist – City of Tumwater – Entry Level

Outreach Associate – Pierce County Public Works – entry level

Community Engagement Associate – Bainbridge Island Land Trust

Questions? Contact the Assistant Director of Sustainable Practices, Jodie Galvan, at

Is a career in clean water right for you?

We love our rivers, lakes and the Puget Sound and keeping these waters clean and healthy is one of the most important things we can all do!

If you are especially passionate about our region’s waters consider pursuing a career in clean water – starting with a degree in Sustainable Practices at Cascadia College.

AAS-T degree in Environmental Technologies and Sustainable Practices

BAS degree in Sustainable Practices

Current careers in clean water

Nonpoint Water Quality Inspector – Department of Ecology

Water Quality Section Manager – Department of Ecology

Environmental Scientist – TetraTech

Source Control Program Manager – Seattle Public Utilities

Questions?  Contact Cascadia’s Assistant Director of Sustainable Practices, Jodie Galvan, at or 425.352.8215.

Cascadia’s BAS in Sustainable Practices has only a few spaces left for Fall 2016!

Cascadia’s Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Sustainable Practices is a cohort based program that is completed in 6 quarters of primarily afternoon and evening classes.  It is an inspiring, challenging and practical program designed to launch your career in sustainability.  Here are a but a few examples of where this degree can take you:

Assistant Planner – City of Bellevue

Associate Planner – City of Woodinville

Long Range Planning Manager – City of Mercer Island

Parks Project Manager – City of Bellevue

Environmental Analyst II – Remediation – Port of Tacoma

Environmental Analyst II – Water Quality – Port of Tacoma

Sustainability Project Manager – Microsoft

Sustainability Engagement Manager – Amazon

Apply today to save your spot in our Fall 2016 cohort!  Questions?  Contact Jodie Galvan, Assistant Director of Sustainable Practices, at or 425.352.8215.


Cascadia’s BAS in Sustainable Practices can lead to great jobs!

Two of our current BAS in Sustainable Practices students recently secured paid summer positions on an AmeriCorps habitat restoration crew – yay!!

Here are some other great entry level opportunities available to individuals with a degree in sustainability.

Harvest Steward – City Fruit

Assistant Program Instructor – Green Plate Special

Summer Student Worker – Snohomish County PUD

Education Programs Coordinator – National Wildlife Federation

Programs Coordinator – National Wildlife Federation 

Environmental Education Assistant – LOTT Clean Water Alliance

AmeriCorps Restoration Coordinator – Capitol Land Trust

Educational Outreach Coordinator – MaST Center

Citizen Science and Volunteer Coordinator – MaST Center

Communications and Outreach – Save Habitat and Diversity of Wetlands

Apply now to join the Fall 2016 cohort of our BAS degree in Sustainable Practices.  Only a few spaces remain.

Questions?  Contact Cascadia’s Assistant Director of Sustainable Practices, Jodie Galvan, at or 425.352.8215