2022

Simon Vickery, Climate and Energy Policy Manager at RE Sources

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Simon advocates for equitable and inclusive climate and energy policy. Simon attended law school at the University of Colorado, and previously developed environmental policies for several nonprofit and government entities addressing renewable energy, as well as water quality, water adjudication and endangered species. Growing up on the coast of Maine, he came to care deeply about the impacts of climate change on waterfront communities and natural areas. When he’s not advocating for renewable and sustainable environmental solutions, Simon spends his time rock climbing, biking or solving crossword puzzles.

Zoom Link: https://wwu-edu.zoom.us/j/98689463289

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Tarika Powell, former Project Manager at Spark Northwest in Seattle, WA

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Tarika will be presenting on “Energy and Environmental Justice in the Northwest’s Fight Against Fossil Fuel Facilities”. Tarika is an environmental policy expert specializing in the pollution impacts of fossil fuel facilities. Her research was instrumental in defeating several large-scale liquified natural gas and petrochemicals facilities in Washington and Oregon over the last 10 years. She has a law degree from Vanderbilt Law School, as well as a Master's in Education and undergraduate degrees from Oberlin College. Her advocacy work includes mental health access for low-income communities and raising awareness about the diagnostic disparities and lived experiences of Black autistic women. 

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IES Speaker Series: Sharon Shewmake

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Rep. Sharon Shewmake is a professor of environmental economics, urban economics, and energy policy at Western Washington University in Bellingham, and a children’s book author, spouse, and mother of two young boys. She completed Bachelor’s degrees in Economics and in Environmental Science and Policy at Duke University, and continued her education at the University of California at Davis, earning her Ph.D. in Agricultural and Resource Economics. Before moving to Washington, Sharon taught environmental economics, econometrics, labor economics, and conservation policy at UC-Davis and Vanderbilt University, and in Botswana (through the Experiment in International Living). These areas of academic focus dovetail nicely with her appointments to the House Capital Budget Committee and the Environment & Energy Committee, and her position as vice chair of the House Committee on Rural Development, Agriculture & Natural Resources — key concerns for Whatcom County and the entire state.  Sharon is committed to involving people of all perspectives and parties to make data-driven policies that preserve our land, support our families, and ensure everyone has the opportunity to succeed.

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