An inspiring, fun evening for researchers and video game developers to unite and spark collaborations on new games for change – specifically, video games that are good for people and the planet. Coming up May 18, 2017!
The Nature & Health Working Group is a growing community of public health researchers and practitioners, clinicians, environmental scientists, environmental educators, landscape architects and other design professionals, outdoor industry representatives, and others interested in exploring how experiences in nature benefit human health and well-being. We are working to build a community of practice across disciplines and sectors, develop a research, policy, and action agenda, and define and incubate fundable initiatives and research projects. The group hopes to stimulate awareness of the health benefits of nature, and implement findings that benefit both people and the environment. Project leads: Howard Frumkin (UW School of Public Health), Joshua Lawler (UW School of Environmental and Forest Sciences)
This project will develop online interactive story maps designed to provide information about the consequences of climate change to scientists, resource managers, and stakeholders. The climate science will be framed within stories about Northwest residents who are taking steps to mitigate or adapt to the consequences of climate change, specifically, sea level rise and drought. A goal is to build empathy and mutual understanding among stakeholder groups, and thus foster constructive negotiations, shared purpose, and long-term policy solutions. Project leads: Lisa Hayward Watts (UW Northwest Climate Science Center) and Josh Nowlis (ECS Federal in support of NOAA)
Common camas (Camassia quamash) was one of the most important cultural foods in Coast Salish territory and continues to play a key ecological role. Over the past 200 years these ecosystems and the cultural practices that maintained them have been severely disrupted. This project will develop an education and research program with the goal of revitalizing cultural practices by educating younger generations and engaging tribal and non-tribal members in conservation and restoration of these critical habitats. Project leads: Joyce LeCompte (UW Program on the Environment) and Sarah Hamman (Center for Natural Lands Management)
EarthGames is a dynamic group of students, game designers, and faculty dedicated to making environmental change through games. The group was formed in 2015 and has already produced a National Climate Game Jam award-winning game. EarthGames is focused both on understanding how to inspire and promote action through games and in building the games that will foster change. Project leads: Dargan Frierson (UW Department of Atmospheric Sciences), Joshua Lawler (UW School of Environmental and Forest Sciences)