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 Media can provide access, including David GruberMandy Joye, and (to a more limited extent) Sylvia Earle. This is a paid position.  Additional course credit though an independent study with the Center for Creative Conservation can also be arranged.
Please contact if you are interested in applying. Questions about the internship and E-Line media can sent to Matt Swanson (

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 the planet, and we hope to see all of the participating developers, and more, at our next event.

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 featured speakers and panelists, and take a peek at the showcased games. To receive an invitation to our next event, email and request to join the mailing list – and join our Facebook group to stay in touch and help our new community grow!

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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.


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 is the outcome of Jasmmine’s double degree in environmental studies and dance at UW.

Change from Within features Esra Cömert-Morishige, Megumi Hosaka, Peter Kohring and Sean O’Bryan as performers/movement collaborators, and an original sound score by local compositional artist Eli Hetrick / HETRIK.

Two performances are available, both free and open to the public with an RSVP. Join us!

Thursday, June 1, 7-8pm, Olympic Sculpture Park, Paccar Pavilion, Seattle. This performance will be followed by an audience and collaborator discussion to reflect on the piece collectively, focusing on our dissonances, insight, and collective inspirations. Free with RSVP.

Friday, June 2, 3:30-4pm, Kelly Ethnic Cultural Center, University of Washington, Seattle. This performance is part of the Racial Ecologies Conference, and will be followed by a reception. Free with RSVP for the post conference reception.

Help keep Jasmmine’s work free and accessible for all by donating to her GoFundMe.

See you there!

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 new ‘earthgames’!



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Register now for “The Living Breath of wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ” Indigenous Foods and Ecological Knowledge symposium

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The UW Intellectual House Advisory Committee, including Dr. Charlotte Cote, a member of the C3 Steering Committee and an Associate Professor in American Indian Studies, is excited to host The “Living Breath of wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ” Indigenous Foods and Ecological Knowledge Symposium. Register now for this two-day event at the wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ (University of Washington Intellectual House) featuring keynote speaker, Kaliyah Rampant (Nuu-chah-nulth, Woodland Cree, Finnish), a 16-year old Indigenous songwriter, musician and activist. The symposium also includes 10 seminars ranging from Community Food Assessment to Biodynamics of Soil. For more information and to register, click here.

Sponsered by: UW’s – Department of American Indian Studies, Social and Historical Studies (UW-Tacoma), Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity, College of the Environment, Devon Peña-The Acequia Institute, wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ Intellectual House, Canadian Studies/Jackson School, Bill Holm Center, Lucy Jarosz-Department of Anthropology.

Friday May 5th at 8:00AM – Saturday May 6th at 5:00PM
UW “wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ” Intellectual House
4249 Whitman Court
University of Washington, Seattle Campus
Seattle, WA 98195

Join us for ‘The Same River Twice: Ethics and Entities in the Anthropocene’

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Ciliwung River “normalization” in process, Central Jakarta, Indonesia (2016); photo by Etienne Turpin.

Ciliwung River “normalization” in process, Central Jakarta, Indonesia (2016); photo by Etienne Turpin.

We are excited to co-sponsor a lecture hosted by the UW Simpson Center for the Humanities, titled The Same River Twice: Ethics and Entities in the Anthropocene, by Etienne Turpin. Turpin is a research scientist from MIT who combines design, archival research, ​documentary, and ethnography to create knowledge infrastructure. Considering the ethical and epistemic consequences of residential life in the city—including dispositions toward nonhuman entities, mediations that enable collaboration and contestation, and contributions to postnatura​l ecologies—the presentation will explore concepts and concerns that arise in contemporary urban ecologies.

Event Details:

Wednesday, April 5th, 3:30PM – 5:00PM

Communications 120

University of Washington, Seattle Campus

Seattle WA, 98195

Announcing our 2017 Project Incubators

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We are excited to announce our two, inaugural, 2017 Project Incubators! Incubators convene interdisciplinary and cross-sectoral teams in a series of start-up meetings to creatively tackle multi-faceted conservation problems. This year we are hosting the Story Map of Climate Change Incubator, led by Lisa Hayward Watts of UW, and Josh Nowlis of NOAA, and the Camas Prairie Cultural Ecosystems Incubator, led by Joyce LeCompte of UW, and Sarah Hamman of the Center for Natural Lands Management. The Story Map of Climate Change project will develop place-based, interactive online story maps designed to inform and build empathy among scientists, resource managers, and stakeholders about the consequences of climate change, specifically drought and sea level rise affecting Northwest communities. The Camas Prairie Cultural Ecosystems project will develop a community-engaged education, research, and restoration program designed to revitalize the Coast Salish cultural practices that maintain camas prairies as ecosystems and important sources of food. Check back frequently for updates on both projects!

Harbor sinkhole courtesy of Oregon Department of Transportation

Harbor sinkhole courtesy of Oregon Department of Transportation

Camas prairie by Sarah Hamman

Camas prairie by Sarah Hamman

Meet Andrew Arakaki, our new program assistant

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Andrew ArakakiWe are excited to welcome Andrew Arakaki, our new program assistant, to the C3 team! Andrew is a senior in biology at UW, with career plans to address the relationships between climate change and human health. He brings a rare combination of multidisciplinary, intersectional, and critical perspectives to problem-solving, and offers experience in leadership, event planning, facilitation, and mentoring. In addition to helping us with all things C3, he doubles as a grasshopper researcher, teaching assistant, and campus tour guide. Welcome, Andrew!