Campus and Community Ecology Project periodically highlights selected
campus proposals, technical reports and analyses, as well as draft
reports or white papers submitted to the campus community for peer
review and feedback.
first annual report of the Campus & Community Ecology Project
highlights the Native Plant and Landscape Restoration Nursery and
describes activities during the first year of operation for this new
project at Washington State University. Projects included establishing
nursery stock, planting trees in the E.H. Steffen Center Campus Forest,
collecting native plant seeds for propagation, building nursery facilities,
creating a new Camas Botanical Garden devoted to displaying varieties
of flowering camas and other native plants from the Pacific Northwest,
and designing several campus and community landscape restoration projects.
About 30 students worked with faculty to establish the Native
Plant Nursery during spring and summer, 2003. Over 50 students
will be working in the nursery and on landscape restoration projects
during the coming year.
"In looking to an uncertain
and challenging future, the Faculty at Washington State University
would rather lead than follow. We are asking the WSU Administration,
our Colleagues, and the University community to help us break down
institutional barriers to progressive growth and change. We
are asking for the opportunity to self-develop and implement a corner-stone
of the WSU Strategic Plan and our future land grant mission by creating
a School of Natural Resources and Environment."
School of NRE Faculty
Washington State University
Faculty in the College of Agricultural,
Human, and Natural Resource Sciences propose to create a new, interdisciplinary
School of Natural Resource and Environmental Science at WSU to unite
the many faculty working in the areas of ecology, environmental science
and engineering, landscape architecture and design, natural resource
sciences, and related fields in socio-economics and human dimensions.
concept originated among the faculty as a logical and necessary way
to self-develop a true center of excellence to better address the
future WSU land grant mission for this century. A full copy
of the draft proposal is available for review and comment: Draft Proposal:
School of Natural Resources & Environment (340 k pdf).
discussions are underway for establishing a university-wide initiative
in the ecological and environmental sciences.
WSU students report on how commercial drugs and personal care
products (e.g, perfumes, dyes, sprays, etc.) are contaminating water
supplies and creating scientific concern over potential impacts on
human health and aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems. more...
The world of human transportation is undergoing a revolution
as scientists, engineers, and designers address urgent concerns over
the contributions of automobile emissions to global climate change
and atmospheric pollution. New vehicles using electric, electric-hybrid,
and hydrogen power are being rapidly tested, developed, and introduced
to the market place. These changes have the potential to revolutionize
our urban communities and fundamentally change the way we work and
live in our cities.
Washington State University has the opportunity
to show its leadership and commitment to this emerging future
by evaluating the application of cutting-edge transportation technology
on all our campuses and in our surrounding cities and communities. more...