Green Issue   the green issue

Alumni, faculty, staff and students keep the environment and sustainability close to their hearts. Read how they are striving to make our planet a better place to live.

Congo Call of the Congo
Kate Jackson has survived a cobra bite and a rare tropical disease while building the only online database of the snakes of Western and Central Africa. Her research will save lives. And it could prevent mining companies from destroying the Congo.

Nat ClarkeNat Clarke ’11 combines coursework, research, student-faculty collaboration
Clarke collaborated on Kate Jackson's forthcoming book, “Snakes of Western and Central Africa,” and helped develop the website.

Schaeffer Schaeffer confronts rain forest destruction
“Ever since I went to Whitman, I wanted to do this type of work.”

Curtis Curtis promotes a bright idea in the clean energy revolution

Lisa Curtis ’10 works for a solar company, buys locally and rides her bicycle rather than drives. However, don’t call her an environmentalist.

Green list Green List
25 ways the Whitman community keeps its commitment to the environment and to sustainability.

Giordano Water work earns Giordano a trip to Sweden to receive prestigious prize

Water is a precious resource, but for Mark Giordano ’88, it’s also a ticket to meeting a king.

Skeptic Whitman students challenge a global warming skeptic in letters to the editor
“Here’s a challenge for anyone who really believes anthropogenic global warming exists: prove it.”

chef Who’s the top sustainable chef?
Whitman’s first-ever Sustainable Iron Chef competition.

unique A unique major asks students to reflect on their place in nature   

Like Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau, Whitman’s environmental humanities majors seek to answer this question: How should we fit into the natural world?

Art The art of awareness
Oftentimes, words just won’t do. Assistant Professor of Art Michelle Acuff’s work embodies and provokes a dialogue between art and environment.