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.


Friday Letter, 4-22-16

Let’s talk about money. Let’s talk about the earth.

Money first. I’d like to encourage you to take a look at the Budget Action Plans on my.cascadia.  We have 20 requests for one-time funding, totaling about $740,000.  We have 27 requests for increases to the yearly operating budget, totaling about $940,000.  The Budget Council has listened to the proposals and will be prioritizing them next week.  We should also have a clear idea next week of just how much money we have to spend.

One thing I know for sure…we do not have enough money in either category to fund all the items. As always, we will try to get as far down the lists as possible.  Several types of filters are being used this year to help make those decisions.  Here they are:

One of the considerations we’ll be making as the final prioritization gets decided is a balance between day-to-day operational needs and long-term planning & vision.

As well, we need to be thinking about the “mandatory” requirements first, “enrollment” driving initiatives second, and “student success” initiatives third. Without good enrollment and retention, we won’t have the revenues to keep us going.

And finally, as many of you commonly know: Students First, Institutional Sustainability Second, and Employees Third.

Having so many filters makes the matrix complex. We’ll do our best and I appreciate all the feedback and Budget Council work to date.

We’re going to talk about the Earth? Yup.This week has been dubbed Earth Week and is a culmination of student, faculty, and staff driven projects as well as good collaboration and work with UWB. The activities also highlight some of the ideas we’ve had in the past and how they have come to fruition. (There’s an unintended pun there…not usually my strength.)

You’ll see the Cascadia Mobile Lab (now painted white) on the edge of the Cascadia Cornucopia. As it turns out, we have multiple names for the trailer and multiple names for the vegetation. We’ll stick with the above labels for the purposes of today’s letter. The Mobile Lab is an ongoing outreach project and we slowly, through multiple years, have been getting it ready for use. We’re at that point. It still needs artwork on the outside, but you’ll see it as a focal point to many of our future activities. It was host to Midori’s “It’s Not Dirt” activities yesterday and is scheduled to be out and about in the communities we serve all summer long. I was touring the president of Bastyr around campus yesterday and stopping in at various Earth Day activities. Photo: Bastyr President Dr. Mac Powell and student body president (and future Bastyr student) Elise Saracino outside the Mobile Lab.


Also yesterday (which was the official “Earth Day”), the facilities staff helped people plant vegetables in the Cornucopia. This interactive, earthy lab has been a success and has been used not only to supply us with a lifetime of kale, but as a point of study for many classes. It continues to grow and diversify and is a shining example of our desire to teach sustainable practices.

This week is a good example of just one way we embrace our values. As we think about the forthcoming budget decisions, those values will be important influences as we put decisions through our filters.

From 11-3 today you can also plant trees and join the Earth Day Fun Fair. Both activities take place on the sports field and near the wetlands boardwalk.

DON’T FORGET NEXT WEEK: Our next DIA (Day of Inquiry and Assembly) is April 29. Again, all employees are asked to attend and we’ll continue our discussion of intercultural competency.  Those folks who attend the entire DIA will receive a ticket, redeemable for a Happy Hour beverage across the street at the Beardsley Public House.  We have reserved the front room after the DIA (from 4:00-5:30) for a social gathering and all offices have approval to close at 4pm on that Friday.  This is my gift to you as thanks for your participation in this process.  I look forward to seeing everyone at our off-campus, after-hours Pub.

Have a great weekend.

Cascadia’s Cornucopia: Earth Week 2016

Have you been enjoying the edible food forest on campus? Ever thought, “Hey, how could I contribute and help keep this garden sustainable?” Well, today is your lucky day, because we have a whole week where you can find out how to give back to your planet, and more specifically to Cascadia’s Cornucopia!

First of all, Earth Week 2016 is going to be a week long celebration (April 18-22)  of information and activities that will grow your relationship with this planet we call home. With over a dozen events designed for Earth Week, you can find the best way for you to engage – film screenings, information fairs, becoming an activist, sustainability tours, tree plantings, and so much more. There will be literally something for everyone!

For a detailed schedule, please visit our Earth Week 2016 event page.

We’d like to highlight the Vegetable Planting in the Food Forest taking place on Thursday, April 21 from 12pm-3:30pm. Help our Organic Landcare gIMG_5426ardeners plant some new vegetables that will soon be available for your consumption!

We encourage you to participate in one, two or all of the activities taking place next week and help make an impact in your campus community!

BAS in Sustainable Practices applications due this Friday!

Are you ready to launch your career in sustainable practices?

Cascadia’s Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Sustainable Practices could be the perfect platform.  Just make sure you get your applications submitted by this Friday, April 1, if you’d like to start the program this coming fall quarter.

Check out these great, local jobs and internships that this degree could lead to:

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

Happy Spring!

Where in the world will your passion for sustainability take you?

Land Tenure Specialist – Myanmar and Seattle

Technical Director (Environmental) – Hong Kong, China

African Climate Leadership Program Associate – Washington, DC and Africa

Program Officer – Andes/Amazon Region – Lima, Peru

Take the first step toward a rewarding and adventurous career in sustainability with a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Sustainable Practices from Cascadia College.  Applications are due April 1st!

Sustainability is about people helping people lead better lives – check out these great career opportunities to do just that!

Community Outreach and Education Coordinator

Community Development Program Manager

Garden to Table Program Educator

Northwest Community Crew Leader

Inspired?  Check out our bachelor and associate degrees in Sustainable Practices.  Contact Jodie Galvan, Assistant Director of Sustainable Practices, for more information at or 425.352.8215.

Applications for the Fall 2016 cohort for the Bachelor of Applied Science in Sustainable Practices are due April 1st!

April 1 – priority application deadline for the Bachelor of Applied Science in Sustainable Practices 2016 Cohort!

There are just three weeks left to apply by the priority deadline for the BAS in Sustainable Practices 2016 cohort.  Applications received after April 1 will be reviewed on a space-available basis as they are received.

Green jobs are abundant and diverse in the Puget Sound Region.  Here are some great examples of recent job postings:

Contact Jodie Galvan, Assistant Director of Sustainable Practices at or 425.352.8215 with any questions.

We hope to see your application soon!

Cascadia Cornucopia: Why so bare?

Some of you may have passed by the edible food forest recently and wondered, “Why does it look so bare?” “What are those stalks standing in some of the piles of dirt?” or “How is that garden sustained during these colder months?” Yes, I’m sure these are the big questions on your mind right now.

Well, thanks to the help of our Cascadia/UW Bothell gardeners, we’re getting an inside look at why the cornucopia looks the way it does and how it is maintaining itself throughout the winter. Robby, a new face in the gardening staff, is going to share some fun facts about winter maintenance!

Robby and Winter Care

Chestnuts roasting on an open fire… or in the Cornucopia!

We tend to hear about this edible nut during the holidays, but what do we really know about the chestnut? Did you know they were almost extinct in the U.S.? Thank goodness there was a campaign to help bring them back! These low in calorie, fiber-loaded, vitamin-C bearing nuts are a great afternoon snack to help keep you focused on your finals coming up. To learn more, watch Adrian share his chestnut knowledge below.

Green tip: to roast chestnuts, make sure to create small incisions over the dome-side to prevent them from busting!

adrian and chestnuts