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REGISTER TODAY: The Northwest Nature & Health Symposium

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We are excited to announce that registration for the Northwest Nature & Health Symposium is now open! Leaders in healthcare, education, planning & conservation will explore the health benefits of being in nature, from gardens to wild lands. Join us to learn about the latest innovations in research, policy, and practice; discuss common challenges; and identify shared opportunities to collectively, and equitably, expand the potential of nature to improve our health. Featuring a lunchtime panel with Sally Jewell (former US Secretary of the Interior), Jesús Aguirre (Superintendent, Seattle Parks), Terry Williams (Tulalip Tribes), and Philip Wu (Kaiser Permanente). THE NORTHWEST NATURE & HEALTH …

Ava Holmes asks, how can elephants and people co-exist?

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We are excited to welcome our new UW Environmental Studies intern, Ava Holmes, who asks, “How can we design conservation solutions that enable humans and African elephants to co-exist peacefully?” While ivory poaching is detrimental to elephants, humans, and other animals alike, popular media rarely addresses the complexity of why it continues. Through video-recorded interviews, Ava is exploring various perspectives on the conservation of African Elephants and creating media that dives deeper into the social dynamics around poaching. Interviewees are selected for their expertise and unique perspectives, ranging from an anthropologist working with indigenous tribes living in close corridors with elephants, …

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Nature is prescribed! C3’s Nature & Health working group publishes it’s first paper

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We are excited to announce the first peer-reviewed journal article emerging from a Center for Creative Conservation working group. Nature Contact and Human Health: A Research Agenda has just been published in Environmental Health Perspectives. Congratulations to Howard Frumkin of the School of Public Health, who led the paper, and to all the co-authors and contributors! The paper exhaustively reviews the existing literature on the health benefits of being in nature (the reference list alone is a major resource), and identifies 7 major domains in which further research is needed: mechanistic biomedical studies look at how nature improves human health, such …

C3 now supports self-funded Incubators for complex problem-solving

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Most environmental problems are highly complex, yet we rarely find the time and institutional support to convene the full range of people, ideas, and resources we truly need to address them. Incubators are start-up meetings of interdisciplinary and cross-sectoral teams that encourage innovative conservation problem-solving. Incubators are an ideal tool for scoping a new project, initiative, program, or business. They help new teams build effective working relationships, further conceptualize project ideas, develop plans for implementation, and seek additional funds to support long-term collaborations. The Center for Creative Conservation is now hosting self-funded Transdisciplinary Project Incubators on any cross-cutting topic related to conservation and …

Oceanography Internship Opportunity for UW Students

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Interested in the intersection of environmental science and game development? Check out this amazing summer internship/consultancy with E-Line Media over the summer (20-40 hours per week) to help with the design of a new video game.  The main focus is on the mesopelagic through abyssopelagic zones and looking at the various trophic webs unique to those habitats and phenomena such as bioflourescence, bioluminescence, electrosensory perception, etc.  E-Line is looking for someone who can help source likely species and inter-species relationships, unique behaviors and interesting species.  The chosen candidate will have the opportunity to consult with some top researchers and explorers to whom E-Line …

Eco, Shelter 2, and Walden win awards at inaugural EarthGames on Tap

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Three earth-friendly video games won awards at the Center for Creative Conservation’s inaugural EarthGames on Tap event, which took place May 18, 2017 in Seattle. Twelve stunning “earthgames” were entered into the games showcase. A panel of three judges carefully evaluated the games based on their potential to have an environmental impact and the quality of their game play. In the judges’ competition, Shelter 2 won first place and Walden won second place. In addition, audience members voted for their favorite game, and Eco won the people’s choice award. Congratulations! We hope EarthGames on Tap inspires more video games that are good for people and …

EarthGames on Tap 2017

EarthGames on Tap catalyzes a new community

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We are excited to report that our first EarthGames on Tap event was a smashing success! Thanks to everyone who came out! Held May 18, 2017 at Impact Hub Seattle, the event drew a crowd of 140, showcased 11 stunning new “earthgames” and more from the UW studio, and brought together professionals in the game development, environmental research, and education fields. The evening catalyzed many new connections, and a new community dedicated to joining games and research in creative ways for the good of people and the planet. Explore the EarthGames on Tap site to view photos from the event, learn more about the …

Racial Ecologies Conference

Register now for the Racial Ecologies Conference!

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The Center for Creative Conservation is honored and excited to co-sponsor the Racial Ecologies Conference, hosted by the UW Center for Communication, Difference, and Equity. The conference will bring scholars from across the country together with locally based scholars and activists to exchange information and inspiration. Drawing from multiple disciplines, the conference will focus on collaborative research, on the unequal impact of environmental degradation, and on the work of communities of color to address those impacts. Join us! Thursday, June 1, 2:30-4pm & Friday, June 2nd, 8:30am-4:30pm. Kelly Ethnic Cultural Center, University of Washington, Seattle. Free with RSVP.

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Announcing “Change From Within: Diversifying the Environmental Movement”

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We are delighted to announce Change from Within, the culmination of Jasmmine Ramgotra‘s capstone internship with the Center for Creative Conservation. Change from Within explores the lack of diversity in the environmental field and solutions for improvement in the cross-disciplinary format of contemporary dance. Jasmmine creates a movement-based representation of interviews she conducted with leaders of Seattle’s environmental community over the past two quarters, including individuals in government, NGO’s, business, and academia. Using the interview audio as a sound score, and four dancers to communicate the message, the performance presents clear takeaways about how to create positive change on an individual level. This unique, cross-disciplinary performance …

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Join us for EarthGames on Tap!

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We are gathering researchers and game developers together to spark collaborations on new video games that are good for people and the planet. Join us for an evening of fun and inspiration! Thursday, May 18, 6-9pm Impact Hub Seattle, 220 2nd Ave S. (near the Pioneer Square light rail station) Come hear short, spirited presentations by acclaimed writer Emma Marris and award-winning game developer John Krajewski (Strange Loop Games). Learn how to ‘gamify’ research, and meet others working in the environmental, education, and social change realms. Mingle and brainstorm over dinner & drinks–and try your hand at a curated selection of …