Climate Reality Project

Sustainability Students

Our students are the heart and soul of Cascadia's sustainability degrees and practices. Their passion, energy, knowledge and hard work drive us to do our best each and every day.  Sustainability is a broad field and our students' interests are equally diverse.  Within their classes, internships and capstone projects our students specialize in sustainability topics that are near and dear to them, such as:

     1) Reducing plastics on campus and in our waterways;

     2) Improving water quality in the Sammamish River watershed;

     3) Helping local municipalities plan for climate change; and

     4) Helping local farmers get healthy food to those who need it most.

Local conservation organization love our students too! 

Here's what Alice Tsoodle, Education Manager at Friends of North Creek Forest, had to say when asked if their organization would consider hosting another intern from our program.

"Yes, I’ve had two of your interns now and both were very thoughtful and brought a wealth of knowledge to the table. They were both wonderful at bringing an environmental awareness to their work which is exactly what we need here at Friends of North Creek Forest. Because of their skill set and initiative, they were valuable addition to the team as opposed to extra work which is critical for this small, resource tight organization."

And, here is what Rae Edwards, City of Bellingham, said about one of our recent graduates who interned with the Bellingham Parks Department.

"I really enjoyed working with McKayla during her internship at Bellingham Parks. She was a joy to work with and I appreciate her steadfast commitment regardless of the weather!"

Thank you Alice, Rae and all of our community partners for working with our students on a huge array of local sustainability efforts! 


Eric J on field trip in OlympiaEric Jonsson

Eric graduated in June, 2017 with his Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Sustainable Practices.  For his capstone project, Eric audited campus biking infrastructure and recommended actions we can take to increase bicycle commuting by students, faculty and staff.  This project helped him secure a summer position with Steer Davies Gleave as a Team Leader for the Curb the Congestion campaign.  Eric is now working as the Employee Transportation Coordinator for Swedish Medical Center!


CM at King County


Christine M.

Christine is earning her Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Sustainable Practices.  This past summer, she worked as a Recycling Education Intern at Waste Management in Kirkland, WA.  This internship honed her community outreach and education skills and increased her knowledge of multifamily recycling challenges and opportunities. 

 DH sampling in wetland

Keu "David" H.

David is also a student in our Bachelor of Applied Science in Sustainable Practices program.  This past summer David interned with Friends of North Creek Forest, a local non-profit organization that implements environmental education and habitat restoration projects in North Creek Forest.  This internship expanded David's knowledge of forest ecosystems and gave him experience leading environmental education activities for small groups. 


Daniel H.

Daniel graduated in June, 2017 with his Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Sustainable Practices.  The following summer he worked with City Growers in Brooklyn, New York where he connected city youth with the natural world and an understanding of where our food comes from.  He now has a sales position with Barn2Door which provides ecommerce for local farms.

Daniel with City Growers


Donna B. and Annie A.

Donna and Annie are both working toward their Associate of Applied Science - Transfer degree in Environmental Technologies and Sustainable Practices.  They are interested in green building techniques and secured summer internships with Northwest EcoBuilding Guild.  As part of this experience, they researched sustainable materials and building processes that result in affordable homes with a small carbon footprint.  Their research was included in a local summit of small carbon footprint housing stakeholders and advocates.

Built Green student internship

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