School of Environmental and Forest Sciences  |   College of the Environment

2015 Sustaining Our World Lecture
Kane Hall 210

The UW School of Environmental and Forest Sciences invites you to attend the 2015 Sustaining Our World Lecture: "Human[-]Nature: Care for Our World is Care for Ourselves," featuring Molly Steinwald, executive director of the Environmental Learning Center in Vero Beach, Fla.

When: Thursday, April 2, 2015, from 6 to 7 p.m.
Where: Kane Hall, Room 210, UW Seattle
Cost: The lecture is free and open to the public

About the Lecture
A growing body of work is showing that people are spending an overwhelming amount of time indoors, in front of screens, interacting less with other living creatures and less with each other. At the same time, the incidence of depression, child and adult obesity, ADHD and more is growing at an alarming rate. And still, many suffer the effects of socioeconomic hardship.

Environmental scientists and educators are beginning to recognize that traditional methods of outreach and education promoting conservation behaviors are not enough. Stepping back and recognizing the many facets of humanity that make up “the public”—focusing on their interests, needs and barriers to environmental behavior change—and partnering with individuals and organizations across disciplines is requisite. Similarly, research is increasingly pointing to contact with nature as therapy, and engagement in sustainability-focused programs can provide professional skills. So by re-envisioning environmental education and outreach programs so that human well-being and empowerment are considered as equally important to improving the state of the environment, we can work to overcome the human-nature divide—such that caring for the environment means also caring for self and loved ones.

About the Speaker
2015_02_MollySteinwaldMolly Steinwald is a science and environmental educator, writer, photographer and researcher, and before taking on her current role with the Environmental Learning Center she served as director of science education and research at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Pittsburgh, Pa. Her research interests range from animal behavior and wildlife genetics to plant community composition and environmental psychology, and much of her recent work involves environmental education and empowerment for non-traditional audiences. Steinwald has more than 15 years of teaching experience at the undergraduate and graduate level to science and non-science majors and K-12 teachers, in formal and informal learning settings—and in topics ranging from physiology and ecology to molecular biology and plant-people interactions.

Parking is available in the Central Plaza Garage below Red Square. There will be a $10 fee per vehicle. Please request disability parking at the gatehouse if needed. A detailed campus map may be viewed at

Kane Hall is located above the northeast corner of the parking garage. Elevators are available from multiple levels and will take you directly into Kane Hall.

From I-5, take the NE 45th Street exit (#169). Turn east onto NE 45th Street. Continue east about one quarter mile to 15th Avenue NE and turn right. Head south on 15th Avenue three blocks to NE 41st Street. Turn left at Gate #1 into the Central Plaza Garage. Stop at the gatehouse inside the garage.

Transit Information
The University of Washington encourages you to join our efforts to improve traffic conditions and to protect the environment. Please consider using an alternative to driving alone to get to events on campus. There are more than 60 bus routes from all over King and Snohomish counties serving the University District— 35 come right to campus. Getting here by bus is easy and inexpensive.

Time: 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

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